Do you eat only a little, but often? How does this work for you? If you have stomach problems, grazing might the culprit behind this!
We are not designed to be grazers. Our peristaltic action of our stomach muscles requires that these muscles be at complete rest before each wave of peristalsis or they become extremely inefficient at moving the food along.
This can create food combing issues even if you think you separate your food by an hour or so. If the food moves slowly enough it will start mixing or mingling in the intestines. Not all the food moves forward, some of it even moves back! To be precise there are only a few valves on the entire 30 feet (9 m) long intestinal canal.*
And when non-compatible foods mix, it is then that we encounter all of the problems with indigestion, putrefaction and fermentation causing bloating, gas, cramps etc.
Leave the grazing for the cows and try to space your meals better. And beware of mixing protein and fats with carbs. Have carbs with vegetables or greens and eat your raw food proteins and fats, (nuts, avocados), also with greens. It is of great importance in particular to avoid eating fresh fruits for dessert, especially after a heavy meal, since they ferment quite easily.
Try to choose simple meals with only a few compatible ingredients and you will be better off. Your stomach too! Ideally don’t drink much if anything with meals as this dilutes the digestive juices. These are the basic rules and if you stick to them as much as possible you should be fine or do better at least!
* The intestinal canal or intestine is a muscular tube which extends from the lower end of your stomach to your anus. It is also called the bowel or bowels. Food and the products of digestion pass through the intestine, which is divided into two sections called the small intestine and the large intestine.
The pyloric valve lets food pass from the stomach to the small intestine (duodenum). The ileocecal valve prevents the backflow of fecal contents from the large intestine (colon) to the small intestine. The Houston’s valves (or transverse folds of rectum) prevent decaying fecal matter from backing up into the transverse colon.
By Åsa Paul-Johansson
On the Lime – Raw Foods
Fort Lauderdale area, Florida