What is food combining ?
Food combining is the correct combination of eating food for best digestion and health. We do not want to eat concentrated proteins with concentrated starches. What is meant by a concentrated starch is usually a food with a 20 percent or more carbohydrate content. Potatoes, rice, bread, noodles, corn on the cob, and all grains such as wheat, rye oats, etc, would fall into the category. These foods need to be chewed well so that the enzyme ptyalin, which is secreted in the saliva, can start acting on the starch. The ultimate aim is to break down these starches down into simple sugars, which is the only way they can be absorbed into the blood stream. very simply, starch moves into the stomach, where it is churned up while the ptyalin continues to act on it.This mixture called chyme, then passes into the small intestine where further digestion takes pace with the aid of amylase or starch-spitting enzymes. The simple sugars that result from this breaking-down process are then absorbed into the blood stream and used by the body.
It is good to be back on here again and writing to you all. It has been a while …. a whole 3 months. We all need a break now and then right? Christmas happened January flew by and here we are in February already. It was a much-needed break from the internet as I spent time with my love and my beautiful family, and this last month I dug into my Nutrition Consulting course which is great! Progress is being made.
Last weekend myself and my partner(soon to be husband!!! Bernd) yes that also happened! I’m getting married (more about that later) we made a trip to Cape Town and stayed in Gordon’s bay as I had a full day conference with Mary-Ann Shearer from the Natural Way (the course I am currently studying). It was a full day conference filled with amazing information about leading medical research on the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Natural Way course is now affiliated with PCRM ( Physicians comitee for responsible medicine). The amazing Dr Neal Barnard is the founder and president of PCRM, “The Physicians Committee is leading a revolution in medicine—putting a new focus on health and compassion. The Physicians Committee combines the clout and expertise of more than 12,000 physicians with the dedicated actions of 150,000 members across the United States and around the world” I encourage you to check out the website!
Well hello beauties!
It has been a while since my last post! Life has indeed been busy, I have been focusing a lot on my Triyoga Level 2 Training, that has been my main priority and everything else has been left to the side for a bit, including my blog! I do my exam this coming Wednesday December 9th. I am so looking forward to it, we have worked on this Level for 2 years, so it is time to wrap it up and keep enjoying the flow. So after that I will be focusing more on my blog and writing more post with yummy recipes. So lets get to it.
During my time of studying nutrition, I have really been enjoying the nutrition for kids, giving them a good start can save them and yourself a lot of troubles in the future. And now having my own bubs thats had just recently started solids I feel the need to share this great information. So I have decided to write a post to help any mammas feeling overwhelmed.
This is a big subject and it has so many opinions. So I will try keep this to the point and get as much necessary information in! The most important thing you can do for yourself and your family is research. Look into different lifestyles, look at the science behind it ,as well as what feels good for you. So assuming you have been through a pregnancy or are pregnant, that alone has so many opinions about what you should be eating so you and baby get enough nutrients, that is a whole other topic though! Then the decision breast or bottle? Then around 4-5 months and on, what do we feed these little humans? What is the best food for them? Oh so many questions!
Wow , I have reached 108 days! I did it guys! I’m so stoked, it has been so fun doing Hanuman everyday, even on those lazy days or when I’m feeling stiff and tired. But I did it, I got on my mat and it always made me feel better and I was always glad I did. This practice has taught me to just do it, stop having conversations in my head about whether or not to do something. Just get on with it and enjoy it and be in the moment, and fully present in that moment , but find the balance of not pushing , be gentle with yourself. Yoga is a journey, not a destination. Read more
This weeks interview is with the oh so beautiful Keri Bainborough, from ‘We are the Wildflowers’. I remember reading Keri’s blog when it was still Midlands Musings, I had just got the courage to start my blog, so I found this to be a great source of inspiration. I love the way Keri writes, she is raw and real and makes you feel like you are her friend (: I really started following her blog posts more when she started her Vegan journey, as I found I could really relate to that as I had been through a similar journey. I really do encourage you to check out her blog, it really is beautiful and her writing so honest and real. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview Keri!
Oh how I love me some potatoes! Yes please. They are comforting and definitely full the gap! I used to love hot chips as a child with some sweet All Gold tomato sauce, I mean who didn’t? So when heading onto this health journey I ditched the oily deep-fried chips and these oil free hearty potato wedges were born! Read more
This weeks interview is with the beautiful and inspiring Pixie Bennett. I know Pixie from high school, she was a few grades above me, I also, as I’m sure a few of you know her for her sweet and beautiful voice.
Over the years I noticed a lot of inspiring pictures and recipes of food by Pixie on her Facebook. I was transitioning to a more healthy lifestyle myself and am always looking for like-minded people and inspiration and pixie is definitely just that! Pixie is busy studying to become a raw food teacher, so exciting, so keep a look out for courses and retreats with her! So without further delay let’s get to it.
(my little Molly is my supporter (: )
Wow can’t believe how fast time has gone. I am already on day 77!! So far this journey has been quite amazing. Since my last post 108 Days of Hanuman Part 1 a lot has happened. Just 3 weeks ago my partner lost his dad suddenly. It has been raw but also so surreal. I have known him for almost 9 years now and looked at him like a dad. The comfort of their home was something I treasured as a safe place. And it still is, but a bit different now. It still doesn’t quite feel real as it was so sudden, life is definitely never quite what we expect. I feel more upset and hurt when I think of my love Bernd. To know someone I love so much is hurting is so painful. But all you can do is be there with open arms ears and heart, with so much love to give.
Keeping healthy while you travel? Yes it can be hard but it doesn’t have to be. For our most recent trips (Bali and Europe) I had planned ahead and organized myself and it really helped. Looking after yourself while travelling and being on holiday is so important as you have more energy to explore and keep well.
Firstly lets look at your flight, plane food…..ergh no thanks. Air food is all made in bulk in a huge kitchen and never looks appetizing to me(unless you’re in first class). I just prefer to try eat before and take my own food along. You can take food on your flight but not off, so don’t overpack your lunchbox (; , take just enough. Some easy ideas are to purchase some healthy food bars, my favorite ones are the nak’d bars which you can order here .They are just plain goodness, 100% natural ingredients, no added sugars or syrups, 1 of 5 a day, gluten, wheat and dairy & GM free.