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10 Food Combinations That Can Ruin Your Health

10 Food Combinations That Can Ruin Your Health

Do you often have problems in digesting a meal? If you have ever wondered about the reason, it is probably because you eat foods that should never be combined. This causes problems in digestion which sets in motion a sort of chain reaction. You probably have painful gas, heartburn, and an upset stomach. As if that was not bad enough, you are not getting the full benefits of proper nutrition because of the faulty digestion.

Here are 10 food combinations to avoid like the plague. Your health will benefit a lot.

1. Fruit with food

Lots of people finish their meal by having a piece of fruit. The problem here is that normally fruit is easily digested but if taken on top of a hefty meal of pasta and meat, then it will stay far too long in the digestive tract. It will ferment and cause some damage to your intestines. That is why fruit is much better as a healthy snack between meals.

“Eat melon alone, or leave it alone, or your stomach will moan.”- Dr. Mercola, nutrition expert

The experts say that ham and melon would be digestive suicide but try telling that to Italians who adore that combination!

2. Alcohol and food

Drinking a bottle or two of wine with your meal can wreck your digestive system. This sort of heavy drinking can lead to stomach ulcers and damage to the pancreas, among other things. It also makes it really difficult for the body to absorb all the nutrients. So, a glass of wine is OK with a meal but when you are opening a second bottle, then you might want to think again.

3. Protein and starchy food

Protein needs a lot of the stomach acids to be completely absorbed. If you start by eating bread and pasta and then move on to meat, the the whole operation is slowed down. Green vegetables such as spinach, kale, and other non-starchy veggies go well with protein. That is why munching on bread before a steak is not a great idea. Meat and potatoes and even a turkey sandwich are not brilliant combinations either.

4. Yogurt and fruit

According to Ayurveda dieting principles, mixing sour fruits with yogurt can disturb digestion and also nasal congestion, coughs and allergies. You can sweeten the sour fruit by adding a teaspoon of honey and also add in some raisins if you cannot go without yogurt. Why not watch the video where Dr. John Douillard explains some of the principles of Ayurveda dieting.

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5. Tuna and mayonnaise

If you read Donna Gates’ book, The Body Ecology Diet, she warns against combining fatty foods with protein. The reason is that fats require bile salts from the gallbladder to be broken down. When protein, such as tuna is added, the digestive system is under greater stress.

6. Water with food at mealtimes

Now we are having a go at water! What next? Actually, drinking water before a meal is a much better idea. There is a simple reason for this. If you are drinking while eating, precious enzymes for your digestion are diluted and they are not nearly as effective.

7. Bacon and eggs

The problem with two proteins together is that it takes ages to digest them. Compare these with fruit which takes about half an hour. Meat and fish can take up to three hours! That is why having two proteins sources in the same meal is not really a good idea.

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8. Bananas and milk

This means that your banana smoothie may not be the best snack for you. The problem here is that the different digestion times will cause the fruit to curdle. Fruit, as we have seen, is very easily and quickly digested but milk is not. That means a lot of extra acidity in your stomach. But you can ease the process by using ripe bananas and adding nutmeg to sweeten the deal.

9. Honey and tea

What better way of sweetening your tea than adding honey. The problem here is that once honey melts in the tea, it is going to produce more toxins and also clog up the body’s channels. This is why honey is better with a cold drink or on its own.

10. Salt in salads

You don’t need extra salt, so why put it in salads as well? Another problem is that salt will drain the salad leaves of their moisture and all the other valuable nutrients as well. We all need a little salt but going overboard on salty snacks (even soda contains salt!) is not a great idea. Doctors and heart specialists say that we need 2,400 milligrams of salt a day – that is one teaspoon.

Key takeaway message

Basically, the food combinations that really do damage are when alkaline and acid foods are consumed together. Not only that but the American diet is far too acidic (too much eggs, dairy and meat) and we are not eating enough alkaline foods. There is a complete list here.

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Dr. Wayne Pickering, the famous nutrition expert, explains what happens when this combination is chosen.

“Starches require an alkaline digestive medium to digest. If you put your fist in your stomach while it’s digesting steaks and all that, chances are, you wouldn’t have a hand anymore. The acid is intense… When you mix them both together – an acid-type of food and an alkaline – basic chemistry shows that they don’t digest. They neutralize. Then what happens? If the food is not digesting… it’s going through your body [undigested], throwing it into all kinds of turmoil.”- Dr. Wayne Pickering.

Featured photo credit: Double smoked ham, truffle brie and spinach on house made Pide bread at Speakeasy/ Katherine Lim via flickr.com

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Author of Ziger the Tiger Stories, a health enthusiast specializing in relationships, life improvement and mental health.

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Last Updated on November 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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