Food Combining + Raw Chocolate = Love
I thought I would write a quick explanation on food combining since I mentioned it in my last post. I know some people approach food combining differently, so I wanted to explain the way I have decided to follow them based off Natalia Rose’s approach. I have mapped out some simple rules & exceptions.
There are 4 basic groups (excluding non-starchy veggies); fruit, nuts/seeds, fleshes and starches. These groups should not ever be eaten together, but can all be enjoyed with raw or cooked non-starchy veggies with the exception of fruit.
Starch: breads, rice, potatoes, avocados, legumes (lentils, beans, cooked peas), young coconut, cooked corn, pasta
Flesh: eggs, fish, poultry, meat (lamb, pork, beef, etc.), wild game, shellfish, cheeses
Nuts/Seeds: all nuts, seeds, dried fruits and mature coconut (small and brown)
Fruit: citrus, bananas, berries, etc.
- Fruit should always be enjoyed on an empty stomach. Fruit is a “quick exit” food which means it can be consumed 30 minutes before another food group.
- You may eat different foods within the same group for the exception of the flesh group – i.e. Do not mix cheese & meat, or fish & poultry.
- Wait 3 hours after eating a properly combined meal before switching food groups; 4-6 hours if the meal contained flesh.
- Caffeine is best consumed on an empty stomach.
- “Neutral Foods” may be combined with any food group except fruit (dark chocolate, raw goat cheese, oils)
A Few Exceptions:
- Avocados combines as a starch, although may also be combined with fruit.
- Lettuce or celery may be combined with fruits.
- Bananas may combine with the nuts/seeds group, as well as with starches.
There is a ton more rules & exceptions when you start to really delve into things, but since I’m just starting out I’m pretty much just sticking to the above. The main thing is really to just avoid processed food and dairy other than raw goat cheese (which is fine since I’m a little lactose intolerant), practice food combining to the best of your ability and listen to your body to figure out what feels best for you.
I like to start out the day with some variation of the Green Lemonade listed in the book, and then have fruit or a fruit smoothie throughout the morning until lunch which I am trying to keep raw. So far this has been making me feel really great so I’m going to continue on. …and of course I am keeping wine in my diet – which is actually allowed by raw food standards!! As is raw chocolate of course!
I would like to introduce you to my new best friend… Gnosis Chocolate. Check out the ingredient list. Could it be? Healthy, raw and dairy-free chocolate?? The ingredient list says it all: Cacao beans, agave nectar, Crystal Manna Blue-Green Algae, Vanilla Bean, Peppermint Essential Oil, Love.
My older sis actually turned me onto this chocolate after she and her husband found it in Whole Foods – and ended up buying about 10 boxes of the stuff! It has the texture of fudge, with just the perfect amount of sweetness to satisfy your dessert craving. Honestly I just can’t get over how PURE this stuff tastes. It actually comes in different flavors and you could get the regular kind called “Simplicity”, but for my first box I wanted to get the Cool Peppermint flavor since mint & cocoa are my favorite combo ever! Who needs thin mints or york peppermint patties though, when you have this stuff?? If you live near a Whole Foods or health food store, stop reading immediately and go out and buy some!!!