Raw Vegan Food Combining—Why You Shouldn’t Drink During Your Meals

I talked about food combining last week. It’s really an essential cornerstone of the raw vegan lifestyle. You can be eating all the right foods but if you are combining them incorrectly, you can still feel bloated, have an irritable stomach, get backed up. Some of these might be the very problems you were trying to eliminate by becoming a raw vegan in the first place. 

I’m here to tell you to hang in there and learn more about all the things that can help you determine where exactly it’s going wrong. There are so many aspects to a healthy diet, and I’m here to help you navigate through them.

Today, I thought I’d address another aspect of food combining that you really should know about, and that’s mixing food with fluids.

One essential thing I always say you need to do on a raw vegan diet is to drink lots of water. I mean really take it to the next level. I tend to drink 1 gallon on a daily basis 🌊➡️😋. Some of that water will come from the food I’m putting in my body, and the rest will come from the fresh water I drink directly.

But what a lot of people don’t know is that you could be better off keeping away from drinking water during meal times. This is for several reasons. 

The first is that they do not digest in the same way, nor at the same rate. This confuses your digestive system as it doesn’t know which one to deal with first - the solid or the liquid.

The other reason is that drinking with your meal can dilute your digestive fluids, which means they are less able to break down your food. This can really interfere with your digestion and cause you to feel stomach discomfort or reflux.

I always say you should chew slowly, take your time to appreciate the flavors on your tongue, and really break down your food before it goes into your stomach. But did you know? Chewing sends signals to your salivary glands to produce saliva, which contains enzymes that will break down your food. So this is another reason to take it slow. If you do that, no need to “water it down” with a glass of fluids.

So when can you drink water? I’d recommend not drinking any water for about 20 minutes before your meal, and then waiting around 1 hour for more water. 

By the way, the same goes for melons 🍈. Keep those nice and separate from mealtimes. 

More on this topic soon!