Wednesday Mar 11 2008
Anyways, on the bright side I'm experimenting with something new and had a positive results yesterday... I will share the results and what I did... hopefully I continue to have the same results.... stay tuned for the mystery...
So I've been trying to attack this horrid gas problem that I've had with this diet. It's hard to pinpoint something like this since so many things can be the problem.... too much powdered protein, eating too fast, eating too late in the day, eating too much fiber, etc...
Well I came across some old post regarding food combining and thought I'd give it another whirl. I tried it early on in the diet and at the time, it was too difficult and seemed too time consuming. Reason was that I was trying to spread out 6 meals into 12... each meal I was dividing into 2 meals and seperating the meals by about an hour. I ended up trying to eat all the time... which became way too time consuming and overwhelming and I didn't feel like it helped with the gas. I think the reason for that was that I was giving anything time to digest as food was always coming in.
Well this second time around I think I've been successful. Prior to this past Wednesday my eating plan looked like this:
Meal 1: Green/Berry/Ezekiel/Flax/Gemma Smoothie or Post-Workout Smoothie
Meal 2: Quinoa or Rice with Udo's Oil and maybe a tomato
Meal 3: Green/Berry/Ezekiel/Chia/Gemma Smoothie
Meal 4: Quinoa or Rice with Udo's Oil and maybe a tomato
Meal 5: Green/Berry/Ezekiel/Walnut/Gemma Smoothie
Meal 6: Quinoa or Rice
So taking some food combining advice I've decided to simply blend the fruit separately from everything else that I include in the smoothies. I will blend all the berries that I plan to consume in a day and then vacuum seal them in jars, then blend all the greens/ezekiel/fat source/gemma and do the same with those. Come meal time I consume 1 blended berry drink, wait 10-15 minutes for it to digest on its own... then consume the green smoothie following that. This is much easier to accomplish then the previous food combining efforts and this seems to have phenomenal results in the gas department. Its been cut down drastically. I tried to think mechanically as well when consuming the smoothies, I assume they travel through my system a bit easier then say chewed food, so a theory I came up with was that the rice and quinoa meals were backing up the smoothies from being digested and letting the fruit ferment? So I leave the quinoa and rice meals until the end of the day, that way when I wake up in the morning my system should have a relatively clean highway for the smoothies to pass through. So it now looks like this:
Pre-Workout: 1 Blended Whole Red Grapefruit
Meal 1: Blended Berries or (fruit from Post-Workout smoothie).... wait 15 minutes... then Green/Ezekiel/Chia/Gemma Smoothie (Protein from Post-Workout Smoothie)
Meal 2: Blended Berries.... wait 15 minutes... then Green/Ezekiel/Flax/Gemma Smoothie
Meal 3: Blended Berries.... wait 15 minutes... then Green/Ezekiel/Walnut/Gemma Smoothie
Meal 4: Blended Berries.... wait 15 minutes... then Green/Ezekiel/Combo/Gemma Smoothie
Meal 5: Quinoa or Rice with Udo's Oil and maybe a tomato
Meal 6: Quinoa or Rice
Opinions to my whacky thinking?