Rule 1: Proteins, Starches and Fruits Should Not Be Combined
Marilu believes there are three foods that should never be combined: Proteins, starches and fruits. The reason to avoid eating them together is because they contain components that are mainly digested in different parts of the body. Fruits contain simple sugars, which are first processed by enzymes in your saliva; by the time they reach your stomach, they’re already partially digested. Starches like potatoes, grains, pasta, bread and rice are mostly digested in the intestines. Meanwhile proteins like poultry, fish and eggs are broken down mostly by enzymes in the stomach. Marilu believes that if these foods are eaten together, your body struggles to simultaneously produce the separate enzymes necessary to properly digest the food. The result, Marilu claims, is an extended, energy-depleting digestion process.
To maximize your energy levels, Marilu suggests you eat proteins or starches with an energy-boosting helper. Try legumes like beans, tofu or peanuts. You can also combine proteins or starches with vegetables like cabbage, lettuce, mushrooms and other leafy greens. These foods will speed up digestion and increase your energy.
Put Marilu’s plan into action using her meal plan below:
Breakfast: Burrito Omelet
Start your morning with an omelet with beans and veggies. This meal combines the protein of eggs with legumes and vegetables.
Lunch: Mashed Potatoes and Arugula Salad
Combine arugula with potatoes. The starch and veggies are the perfect combination for a satisfying energy-boosting lunch.
Dinner: Shrimp and Peanut Lettuce Wraps
If you always feel like you are going to bed bloated, this meal will prevent that discomfort. It’s a perfect food combination because your protein (shrimp) is paired with legumes (peanuts) and veggies (lettuce). This meal ensures smooth digestion before bedtime.
Rule 2: Eat Fruit Alone
Marilu is a big believer of snacks. Eating frequently, whether it’s 6 small meals a day or meals with snacks in between, is like shoveling coal in the furnace to replenish your energy flame. For maximum energy benefits, snack on fruits, and eat them on their own.
Rule 3: Eat Your Water – Don’t Drink It
Marilu does not advocate drinking water with your meals, as she believes doing so will dilute your digestive juices. Instead, she recommends eating “wet” foods – like tomatoes, zucchini or red kidney beans that have a high-water content. These selections will help you digest and stay hydrated, a key to long-lasting energy.
Marilu suggests following these rules for 7 days to see if you note an improvement in your digestion and energy levels.