It's important to love what you eat well beyond things like discipline and diet. If you need to think about a discipline.. then remember that you should like to eat the foods which your body desires, and you should dislike eating the foods that will poison and destroy your body.
Above all, rely on your intuition and your body's feedback. Your body will crave and will inform based on all sorts of subtleties. It could be approached from a scientific perspective, but you're better off supplying foods you know are healthy and avoiding the things you know aren't healthy, and then working with your body to understand its likes and dislikes for foods, preparations, flavours, combinations, proportions, times of day and such.
- Food preferences based on blood type.
- Based on weight and health.
- Based on goals.
- Based on likes and dislikes.
Based on allergies.
Food combining ∞
Food combining doesn't appear to be particularly well-publicized. Knowledge of our needs as well as the healthful content of foods is known well enough, but the combination of the two sets of understanding doesn't seem to be mainstream.
Poor combinations: ∞
- Carbohydrates and citrus fruit -- The enzyme that digests carbohydrates (ptyalin) can only function in an alkaline environment.
Avoid protein-rich foods like beans with starchy foods like potatoes (carbohydrates). You should wait at least 4 hours in between meals so as to not mix them.
Don't combine fast-digesting foods with slow-digesting foods.
- Sugars with starches (fruits and potatoes)
Melons and grains
Good combinations: ∞
A bean/green salad combination - and eat starchy foods like potatoes separately, at a later time.
Food timing ∞
Some people talk about eating certain foods apart from onea nother, similar to food combining, however this section is only about what foods to eat at what part of the day.
Don't eat or drink just before going to bed, that's a recipe for disaster (and potentially dangerous). Eat a light meal well before bedtime, and go to bed on an empty stomach.
Don't ever get up out of bed and go eat. Ever. Don't drink more than a couple of sips of water to wet your mouth.
By eating a protein-poor and carbohydrate-rich snack (well) before bed to promote easier sleep.
- protein-poor, because protein-rich foods contain large amounts of amino acids that compete with L-tryptophan for entry into the brain. Also, protein-rich foods contain L-phenylalanine and L-tyrosine which stimulate the production of norepinephrine -- which promotes arousal and mental activity.
- carbohydrate-rich - promotes the entry of amino acids from the blood into cells, but L-tryptophan is less influenced and so more of it will get into the brain.
- Try a baked potato with the skin.
- Milk is the classic example. Dried sunflower seeds and shredded wheat are also high in L-tryptophan.