Can you eat a bunch of mangoes before going to bed and still be OK?
I was watching some friends on Youtube the other day and they were speaking their truth, saying what was true for them and their raw vegan diet.
They were talking about fiber and raw plant intake, and how these heal the gut and are great for the digestive system. I had to pause the video for a second because it felt like a blanket, general prescription that wouldn’t work for everyone.
I came into this raw vegan way of life with severe digestive issues. It took a lot of trial and error, and I admit I felt terrible at times. That’s when I realized I had to be more strategic with how I consumed my plant fats, greens, and fruits if I wanted to heal my leaky gut. Why?
Well, picture this fiber-rich food combination:
A salad + an avocado + some watermelon.
I don’t know about you, but I would feel like my insides would want to explode.
Most Americans aren’t used to consuming that amount of fiber in one meal. So to say that healing the gut begins and ends with raw plants is somewhat misleading.
The key is to take a look at your own constitution. If you’re not yet used to eating raw plants and lots of fiber, consider:
- Fennel or peppermint tea after your raw vegan meals
- A tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar - now, take this back like you would a shot for taste purposes (you can thank me later)
- Food combining
Food combining is probably my favorite of the three.
If you’re having leafy greens, add some fennel in there to balance out the fiber.
Even better, think of what you could put into a dressing to balance out the fiber intake. For example, fennel, hemp seeds, a lemon squeeze, some basil and a little date combined to make a dressing would be optimal for digestion over leafy greens and lots of raw vegetables.
Once I got my digestion under control I felt like I stood up about 3 inches taller. I could walk and not be in pain from all the fiber; I felt like I could drive and turn around without having acid reflux.
It was amazing. And I want you to feel the same way.
Cultivating a love for raw food is a journey. It’s not always straightforward and streamlined; there’s likely many bumps along the road. But once you come to peace with this and really fall in love with the process, you’ll find yourself glowing and loving life again.
It’s important to find what works for you. Our internal chemistry is different from person to person. So, investigate things for yourself. Assess your fiber intake before you start (if it’s relatively low, you know what to do). Map out your success and love the process.
I hope this brings you clarity. Food combining is no myth!
Love + Light,