Have you heard the expression that the simplest things are best? While it’s true in many cases, this statement is an invaluable lesson for rediscovering food. Given the amount and variety of fast food and convenient, packaged food options available, we can go for days without eating any fresh produce. Eating a fruit breakfast is a big step in the way of correcting this. The go-to breakfast in our home is a bowl of fresh, seasonal fruit with some almond milk, seeds, and a good dash of fine cinnamon.
This breakfast is easy on your digestive system and allows your body to detoxify naturally. I found that the more we aim to understand the body and how miraculously it functions, the easier it is to make adjustments to our lifestyle. When you understand the different processes that take place in your body, you begin to see what your body requires in order for it to function optimally.
An argument for the fruit-only breakfast
Jacques Caluwé, in his book, Working Consciously with Your Body, provides a great guideline for how our day should be structured in terms of the three bodily cycles, namely 1) elimination and distribution, 2) expansion and assimilation, and 3) recuperation. The elimination phase begins at 4:00 in the morning and ends at noon. This means that we should carefully consider our food choices, so that we do not interrupt our natural cleaning process. In line with Food Combining principles, Caluwé advocates a fruit-only breakfast, and recommends that heavier, more complex foods be eaten only after noon.
Fruit and satiety
Remember that fresh, raw fruit and vegetables are high-water foods. Processed foods, by contrast, have often been dehydrated and stripped from it’s natural nutrients. While in Western societies we’ve become accustomed to associating the heaviness in our stomachs with satiety, we should be aware that that heaviness does not benefit us. When consuming fruit, we are left with a light feeling in our bodies, which may be an unfamiliar experience, but it does not equate to hunger. This doesn’t, however, mean that we should starve ourselves.
A word on food combining
Those who have done intensive research on proper Food Combining, suggest that one could eat as much as desired, whilst taking care not to overeat. Food combining refers to the concept that different kinds of foods require different digestive processes. While the legitmacy of this idea is largely disputed in available literature, and while it has not been extensively researched in the scientific realm, I will say this:
It makes sense to me, and I have personally experienced the effects of proper food combining. We do not exclusively practice this manner of eating in our daily lives, but it is something we consider every time we eat. Both my husband and I have experienced the digestive issues that come with poorly combined foods, and we’ve even experienced weight loss while combining foods appropriately.
For the purpose of kick-starting your fruit breakfast routine, please consult the food combining list below. This list is not exhaustive, and focuses exclusively on fruit, due to the topic at hand:
Pineapple, Plum, Pomegranate
Papaya, Peach, Pear
Dates, Dried Fruit
Acidic fruit combines well with sub-acidic fruit, and fairly with sweet fruit.
Sub-acidic fruit combines fairly with sweet fruit.
Acidic fruit combine fairly with nuts and seeds.
Melons should always be eaten by themselves. Do not combine with other fruit.
Put into practice
When creating your own breakfast, try not to fret too much about the ‘rules.’ You’ll develop confidence as you learn more, and as you feel your body responding to the positive change made. Initially, you may want to stick to a few familiar fruits that are in season, and experiment a little. Add a splash of almond milk, a dash of cinnamon, and a sprinkle of seeds. The combinations are endless.
Caluwé, J. (2001). Consciously working with your body. Cape Town: Spearhead.
Kenton, L. (2000). The biogenic food combining diet. United Kingdom: Vermilion.