Have you ever heard of food combining? Only recently has this new method of eating come out in which offers structure on when to eat specific things and how to pair them with other foods through out the day. This is in order to not cause any digestive distress, provide more energy, balance hormones, and offer a better night's sleep.
Am I an expert? Not even close, but I do know the basics, in terms of the "categories of foods", and "how to combine" the foods.
The four categories are basic: Fruits, Vegetables, Starches, Proteins (including vegan proteins like tofu, beans, nuts, seeds etc.) and Fats. The theory behind Food Combining is that some foods digest quicker, as others digest slower, thus we would try and avoid combining, or rather eating close together, quick digestible foods with slower ones in order to avoid them interacting, in which can cause gas, bloating, and GI issues.
First tip is knowing that vegetables go with anything and everything. They supposedly do not interact with any of the food categories, hence veggies are highly promoted through out the day.
Second is that fruit is the fastest to digest. It takes approximately 20 minutes for fruit to be digested, which is why, through this lifestyle, it is advised to eat fruit ONLY in the morning for breakfast.
Next is the second to fastest category is starches which contain: pastas, whole grains, starchy vegetables like potatoes or squash, some seeds like quinoa, amaranth, etc. These take up to two hours to digest. Lunches usually consist of starches and veggies to keep one full through out the day as well as provide enough complex carbs for sustainable energy.
Fourth is knowing to never, ever combine a protein with a starch. The reason for this is because proteins take up to 4 hours to digest, and that the two food groups require two polar opposite environments in our guts in order to be digested properly. When carbs are ingested, our bodies produce a digestive enzymes called amylase, which creates a more alkaline environment, where as our proteins produce proteases, asking for it to be more acidic. (Continued in comments) - 1 hour ago