Nutrition and Digestion

NUTRITION GUIDELINES

The following guidelines are to assist and promote easy and efficient processing of food in the digestive tract.  If followed, they will ease the work of the stomach, liver, pancreas and intestines and help these organs to supply the rest of your body with nutrients to create energy, joy, contentment and new strong cells to replace the old ones.

1.          No drinks for half an hour before to one hour after protein meals, except for wine, a small brewed coffee or a tiny drink designed to assist digestive processes.  Drinks too close to meals will water down the gastric juices, enzymes and other secretions, making them less effective.

2.         No raw fruit with meals or for 3 hours afterwards.  Raw fruit is very simple and fast to digest, protein is complex and takes hours.  If your body is dealing with a complex meal, incl. protein, and /or grain carbohydrates, the last thing it wants is to have juicy, sugary fruit added. Adding fruit to this process will merely start an uncomfortable process of fermentation in the gut.  This can be felt as painful bloating resulting in possible sleepless nights and disturbing wind, not to mention that the body will not have been able to extract the necessary nutrition.

3.         Throw away instant coffee, commercial salt (try sea salt or vegetable salt) and cows milk - they all dehydrate the body.

4.         Try to avoid all processed food and all food with additives, preservatives (often listed as numbers in the Ingredients on the pack) etc.  Nature provides us with fabulous food in a perfect balance for our bodies needs.  Your body will sigh with relief when you nurture it with fresh, whole food. Organically grown is safest and best.

5.         Chew all food 20 - 30 times. Savour it and think about how happy your body is going to feel as this delicious mouthful goes down further and further.

6.             Do not eat the same foods more than once a day, e.g. if you have bread for breakfast do noteat bread again that day, or any other wheat products like cakes, pies and biscuits.  Your body produces many different enzymes which are designed to help break down specific kinds of foods and it gets tired of always being expected to produce the same ones.  Then it gets exhausted and the result is that it reacts as though it is allergic to this food.  Look at the range of foods offered by nature.  Wheat is not the only grain, what about maize, millet, rye, oats, barley?  What about nuts?  What about dried fruit, beans, lentils etc. etc........ Nurture your body, it is your most valuable tool. Try thinking about what your body would like to eat before you throw down the same old thing again.                                               

7.         Do not mix protein and carbohydrate foods in the same meal, e.g. if dinner includes meat or fish, do not eat rice, bread or potatoes with it.  If lunch is a sandwich it should not contain meat or cheese try avocado and salad.  The reason for this guideline is that a protein based meal will take your body 3 hours of complicated work.  If you consume a meal with protein and carbohydrates it takes your body approx. 10 hours to digest .......this means you are overloading and backlogging your system.  (See  'Fit For Life' by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond)

8.         OZMIX - a protein drink; - a gall bladder cleanse; - a liver tonic; - a supply of essential fatty acids.  Good to have for breakfast or lunch 2 or 3 X weekly.  If it makes you nauseous it's probably because your liver is congested and you can cut right down on the amount of oil - start with a teaspoon and each week increase it slightly. Please make adjustments according to your Blood Type.

1 glass acidophilus goats or sheeps yogurt                                                                                                                                             1 tablespoon cold pressed oil (almond or flax seed oil)                                                                                                                             1 tablespoons ground almonds or mix of almonds, sunflower seeds and linseed.                                                                                    2 tablespoons lecithin granules                                                                                                                                                                1 tablespoon whey powder or half glass of goats milk, rice milk, soy milk (organic, whole and not genetically modified)                         1 ripe banana or molasses or honey                                                                                                                                                        1 large glass filtered / mineral water                     BLEND AND DRINK

9.             Begin all meals with a raw salad with dressing. This will stimulate your digestive juices and provide wonderful live enzymes to help breakdown and utilise the food that follows. If you have some cooked vegetables in the meal make them lightly steamed. Eat raw fruit regularly between meals.

(See 'Raw Energy' by Leslie and Susannah Kenton)

10.        It's very important that your body gets enough protein.  Protein provides amino acids which are the basic building blocks needed by your body.  Protein is the most complex and difficult type of food to digest and the need for digestive assistance in order for your body to get the most out of your food is very common.  A general guideline for how much protein you need daily is as follows:

Females need between 40 and 55 grams daily, depending on physical structure. If you are pregnant, breast feeding or weight training your protein requirements increase 30-50%.

Males need between 50 and 70 grams daily, depending on physical structure. Again requirements are increased as above if you are weight training.

Examples of protein foods showing complete protein gram for 100 gms or 3.5 oz serving of each food:

Fish - 35gm

Chicken - 28gm

Cheese - 24gm

Offal - 35gm

Red meat - 28gm

Tofu / Soy beans - 27gm

Veal - 35gm

Buttermilk -10gm - lge glass

Yogurt - 10gm - lge glass

Egg - 6.5gm

Nuts    -  24gm

 

Fruits and vegetables provide up to 1 hour of energy. Grain carbohydrates provide 2-3 hours energy. Secondary proteins such as nuts and beans provide 3-4 hours energy.  Primary protein foods from animals or soy products provide approx. 5 hours of energy.

Above Nutritional Information courtesy of Glynn Braddy - Dimensions IFA; Dorothy Hall, Harvey and Marilyn Diamond in ‘Fit For Life’, Adele Davis, Leslie & Susannah Kenton in ‘Raw Energy’.