With so many diets out there having you counting everything from carbohydrates to proteins and sugars, the last thing you need is another confusing diet plan that is supposed to be a cure all to everything! Before you agree, ask yourself what proof of substance any of those other diet plans have? Just because a famous celebrity said he or she lost 50 pounds by following the newest routine doesn’t mean it’s true or that you will, right? One diet plan you may want to consider, is more a way of life eating trend than a diet and can literally transform your health and your weight along the way! The best part is that it is easy to understand and follow and is based on scientific and medical evidence that actually makes perfect sense.
This diet is basically called the separation diet and the idea is to NOT mix proteins and carbohydrates when you eat. For those of you who love your steak and baked potato; you are bound to be slightly disappointed; however when you realize the health benefits you are bound to make do. Probably the most important thing to understand is this diet isn’t really a “diet” at all, at least not by conventional terms! It is in fact a completely new way to approach food and eating habits so that your digestive system can be efficient and so the rest of your organs and tissue can find comfortable balance. This means that when you start separating your proteins and carbohydrates you will be able to experience an optimal existence of health. Here’s why!
When you separate foods that contain proteins and carbohydrates, you are able to expedite your digestive process. This boils down to the fact that foods are either acid or alkaline producing. So when you eat foods that contain both acid (meats, fish, cheese) and alkaline (fruits and vegetables) you are essentially causing fermentation in your intestines. The protein foods you eat only require a medium level of acid in order to be digested and expelled properly. They naturally spark pepsin to be activated, which is essential for breaking down the proteins. On the other hand, the digestion of starches or carbohydrates requires an alkaline balance to expedite digestion. With carbohydrates, the digestive process begins in the mouth with the release of an enzyme called ptyalin and the complex starches are broken down in part even before they reach the stomach. If you were to eat steak with alkaline foods (carbohydrates), you are hindering the natural process of your digestion.
Luckily, there are foods that are considered neutral meaning that they get along with both the proteins and the carbohydrates that you eat. For instance dairy products (with the exception of milk), olive oil, all green leafy vegetables, raw or smoked meats, fish, nuts (except peanuts), mushrooms, olives, avocados, blueberries and herbs are considered neutral foods. One easy example of a daily meal plan separating proteins and carbohydrates would be as follows. Breakfast can be fruit of your choice. Fruit should always be eaten alone because of the sugar content. For lunch, you could have a baked potato with sour cream, butter and chives and for dinner, eating a piece of fish with grilled mushrooms would be ideal. Unfortunately, common food choices like sandwiches go against the idea of the separation diet!
Essentially the problems that most people encounter by eating the common meat, veggies and bread meals that have become mainstay are stymied digestion and the inability to maintain proper pH balance or expel toxins properly from the colon. Long term, this causes just about every discomfort you might experience including things like headaches, joint pain, bloatedness, inability to lose or gain weight, fatigue, acne, and millions more. The bottom line is that the human body requires balance and that digestion is designed to break down foods so that you are able to gain the nutrients, minerals and positive factors while eliminating any of the things you don’t need for survival and health.
As you can see, most of us have it all wrong. There are few places you can go for lunch where you won’t be offered a protein and a carbohydrate at the same time. However, this is an extremely easy plan to follow. When you place all the foods in your fridge in three lists, marking them as either protein, carbohydrate or neutral – you can have a simplistic diagram of foods you can eat together and foods you can’t. There really is nothing simpler than this.
What most people find is that following this diet causes numerous positive affects on the entire body and mind. You will find yourself satiated more quickly, less hungry, more regular and feeling like you should in a matter of days. You will also be able to understand the affects that food has on your body and your digestion, gaining the most nutritional value from every meal without negative side effects. So what are you waiting for? You can still have your grilled T-bone and baked potato, just not together and there is certainly nothing wrong with a steak and salad for a nice meal!
One thing that the separation diet will do is to slowly balance your weight. If you are overweight, you will find that you lose weight more easily. Likewise, if you are under weight, you will find that you are able to build up your body to a healthy weight. This eating program truly provides the best balance for your body as a whole and will break the teeter-totter affect of yo-yo dieting!
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