Detox Retreat Newsletters - June 2013
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They are full of news on what we are up to, detox information from Dao, raw food recipes from Nikki, and tips from the team on how to stay healthy in our crazy world.
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LUVING YOUR TUM
The point of this month's letter is about food combining, but before we go into that, I just wanted to point out that the picture above is of yesterday's lunch - mostly picked from the hedgerows and fields by Nikki.
Wild foods are always going to be the best, as they are not hybridised to make them bigger, more colourful, or transportable, and not covered in petrochemistry like our industrialised salads are.
So if you have a meadow or country lane near you, have a read about on the web about what is good to eat, then get out there, and pick your own salad for free.
FOOD COMBINING MADE SIMPLE
So many of us today have digestive problems, feel bloated after meals, tired all the time or struggle with weight. Why is that ?
Yet keeping your tummy happy and your energy high is easy when you know how...
Did you know that different parts of the digestive system specialise in dealing with different food groups? Working with this information is the key to good digestion.
You’ll have heard of the food groups sugars (simple carbohydrates), starches (complex carbs) and proteins.
Although all foods in fact contain all 3, we’ll place foods in these categories according to their predominant quality, and how the body processes them...
SUGARS – ALL FRUITS, including tomatoes
STARCHES – ALL GRAINS (rice, wheat, pasta, noodles) and also bananas and sweet potato (although less starchy than grains)
PROTEINS – FLESH, EGGS, BEANS , MILK, CHEESE, anything we get told to eat if you're thinking of becoming a vegetarian
NEUTRAL – ALL VEGETABLES AND SALADS
For millions of years our ancestors ate only one type of food at a time, just as our closest relatives, the great apes, (and in fact all animals) still do today. If they find a fig tree, they eat a meal just of figs, then move on to a nut tree and a meal just of nuts, etc.
It’s only in relatively recent times that humans have begun combining different foods, and also cooking them... but our bodies have not had time to change how we digest, and it is not expecting these altered and combined foods – hence our problems in dealing with them.
So how was it designed to work?
SUGARS – when the tongue tastes sugars, it expects fruit – typically low in fat, starch and protein, high in water, simple sugars, vitamins and minerals, fruit needs to go straight through the stomach to the small intestine, where the water, sugars, and so on are quickly absorbed.
STARCHES – harder to digest, need to be broken down by enzymes, a process which starts in the mouth with the release of Ptyalin when chewing. Starches need to leave the stomach quickly, and the rest of digestion takes place in the intestines – this is also where fats are extracted.
PROTEINS – are digested in the stomach, where the body can create the highly acidic environment needed to break them down..
SUGAR AND STARCH (IE: cake) – the tongue tastes sweet so the body gears up to process fruit. Ptyalin is reduced meaning the starches can’t digest properly and ferment, giving off toxins.
SUGAR AND PROTEIN (IE: cake again) - similarly, the tongue tastes sweet so the body gears up to process fruit. Stomach acids are inhibited and the proteins digest poorly, giving rise to putrefaction, and again giving off toxins.
PROTEIN AND STARCH (IE: steak and chips, rice and beans, cheese on toast). Proteins need to stay in the stomach, starches need to go to the intestines quickly to be broken down into sugars. If forced to do both jobs at once, we can do neither well.
THE COST TO THE BODY
Because bad combinations allow fermentation and encourage detrimental bacteria to populate the bowel, the immune system spends much of its time suppressing them, and then spends further resources clearing up their toxic bi-products.
Furthermore, we absorb less nutrients from the food we eat, because it is being fermented rather than digested, so the over-burdened immune system is having to do more work on less 'fuel'.
AND WE COOK EVERYTHING TOO
Additionally, cooked foods do not arrive with their enzymes intact ready to help digest them, and the body is forced to make up the shortfall.
Do this, day in, day out, leaves the body depleted of these critical enzymes which would otherwise go to the immune system to keep the blood clear of debris.
The blood can become so thick with them, that the body can chose to store the toxins in fat cells until it has the resources to remove them.
This is where fasting enters the scene. The enzymes are freed up to do their crucial role of cleaning the blood, and the organs it supplies.
HOW TO LOVE YOUR TUMMY
1. Never combine very starchy foods with dense proteins.
Combine neutral foods – salads and vegetables, cooked or raw, with
EITHER protein (salad nicoise, steamed veg with fish),
OR starch (stir fry veg and noodles, roast root veg with rocket.
2. Eat fruit separately from other foods, best for breakfast, or at least half an hour before other foods, and never at the end of a meal – to prevent fermentation.
- Or, if it is easier for you -
3. Eat a big portion of salad and/or veg with a starch & protein meal, so that the starches and proteins are a much smaller ratio of the whole meal.
The enzymes in the salad will aid digestion, and its fibrous nature will keep the bowel moving.
YOUR TUMMY WILL LOVE YOU BACK
No bloating, lots more energy, natural weight loss
For more help in creating and sustaining a healthy lifestyle,
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With love from Dao & Nikki, and the Sura team.
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