Until I learned the shocking truth about fruits, oils & fats, my "organic health food diet" failed to deliver the results I had hoped for. Fruits (especially bananas) became my nemesis because they were so prone to causing the same fungal overgrowth typical of any crystal or liquid sweeteners. I avoided all fruits & sweeteners for many years (to the best of my ability) just to avoid the digestive side effects of bloat, fuzzy brain, low energy, sluggish digestion, and so forth. These new understandings came to me slow over several years because I simply did not believe what "fruit authorities" in the natural health world had to say. My personal experiences were so different, I could not look past them to dig into the science of their work to discover the fruit & oil combining rules.
Due to these insightful revelations, I must add a pivotal caveat: the fruits in the following Earth & Sea Greens Smoothie recipe will only work on mornings after days in which no liquid oils or animal fats were consumed. The reason for this rule is due to the time it takes for oils and fats to be fully digested in the body, which is 1-2 days for most people.
Insulin Resistance from Oil - Starch/Sugar Combinations
This rule is also in place due to the way undigested oils and fats interfere with blood sugar metabolism. Undigested oils & fats in the bloodstream can impede the normal conversion of sugars (insulin resistance) from fruits, sweets, starches and grains into usable energy for the cells. The typical side effect of undigested oils in the bloodstream include higher blood sugar levels, higher blood pressure levels, and escalating fungal overgrowth for 1-3 days and beyond, along with numerous other side effects like hormonal dysregulation, prostate pains, loss of libido, fuzzy brain, low energy, and so on.
It was for this very reason that fruits were always a problem for me. I was a meat eater then, I ate eggs, nuts & cheese regularly, and I commonly overwhelmed my salads with olive oil. I cooked my eggs in butter. Yet, I could not escape the fact that my health food diet was not working out so well for me.
I learned the hard way that raw butter on starches, like rice, potatoes, squash, Ezekiel bread or Manna Bread; or olive oil on a salad with a rice & veggie meal, the bread and oils in an organic pizza, or Udo's Oil or flax seed oil on oatmeal or in a fruit smoothie (or even in a green drink containing carrot juice, given its sweetness), would simply blow fungal overgrowth into high gear. The spaciness (from a high-sugar instigated spleen blowout due to this food combining practice) and resultant fungal overgrowth (from the oil & fruit or starch combo) was too often blamed on the fruits (which I eventually avoided like the plague). Yet still my digestion did not survive the combination of organic oils and organic sweets or starches either.
Little did I know then that my sensitivity to fruits & starches was actually caused by the liquid oils and animal fats in my diet.
Liver bile is used by the body to emulsify (digest) oils and fats before entering the bloodstream. Stomach acids, digestive enzymes (manufactured by your pancreas), and intestinal probiotics/digestive enzymes perform most of the remaining digestive requirements for other foods.
If you are taking the Digestive Bitters formula with meals, especially the meals containing liquid oils, butter, ghee, animal fats or hard to digest fatty foods like:
the 1-2 day time frame for the digestion of liquid oils and animal fats may be able to be reduced to 12-20 hours depending on your current digestive powers (stomach, pancreas & intestines), body alkalinity, and the fluidity of your liver bile production (which requires an alkaline state to be the most fluid). Frankly, some meats, nuts & pasteurized dairy could take longer for many people with compromised digestive tracts (typically from former antibiotic use). The other reason has to do with the acidifying nature of these hard to digest foods which interfere with the normal bile production needed to digest them.
If more than 1 tablespoon of liquid oils, or any amount of animal fats, or any food on the above hard to digest foods list, were consumed the day before, it may be wiser to consume the following Earth & Sea Greens recipe with vegetables instead of fruits, then repeat with fruits, if desired, the following day, providing oils and fats were not also consumed during the vegetable day. Squeezing lemon or lime in water, tea or on a salad will help speed the digestion of oils & fats in the diet, though the additional recommended hours before consuming fruits or starches is still suggested for most people due to our typically compromised digestive systems.
Exceptions to the oil restriction include vegetables or seeds that naturally contain oils or omega fatty acids (avocado, chia seed, raw sesame seed & raw pumpkin seeds (in moderation), olives, and most fruits and vegetables (which always contain some naturally-occurring oils).
Coconut oil in moderation (1 tablespoon or less, unless short term therapeutic amounts are being consumed) also seems to be an exception to the oil rule, given that unaltered coconut oil is naturally more bioavailable than other oils. Thus, coconut oil makes for an excellent stir-fry choice over other oils.
For those who prefer no liquid oils at all (a smart choice in most instances), a simple water stir-fry approach, with arrowroot as a gravy thickener and various spices of choice, makes an excellent taste enhancement with any stir-fry dish.
Here are the two recipes which have significantly improved my overall health and restored my faith in fruits:
The Earth & Sea Greens Alkalizing Fruit Smoothie/Veggie Drink
Into a quart container (like a Mason Jar or blender), add:
1.5 cups of purified water
2 Tablespoons of Earth & Sea Greens
1 Tablespoon of Deep Earthen Cleanse
1 Tablespoon of Fiber Blend
Blend until fully liquid. Then add:
1 ripe banana (only those with brown freckles and which the stem breaks easily with a little pressure, indicating fully ripe. Cut away all brown spots inside the banana)
1/4 cup of blueberries, or other berry as desired
Replace fruits with veggies of choice if oils, fats, or hard to digest foods were consumed the day prior
(Note: Do not add citrus or melons to sweet fruits, as citrus, melons & sweet fruits are three fruit groups that need to be separated by at least 2 hours for optimal digestion)
(Also do not add watermelon to Earth & Sea Greens as watermelon needs to be consumed alone. Other fruits, seem to work OK with ESG, as far as I can tell)
Additional options as desired as long as oils or fats are not among them
An Oil-Free Avocado Salad Dressing (for starch & sugar free meals). Oils can be added for non-starch/sugar meals.
Remember avocados, olives and seeds contain safe oils with veggies as long as they are not processed into liquid oils or seed/nut butters.
In a blender add the following and blend to the desired consistency or pourability:
1-2 pitted avocados
5-10 pitted olives (which were previously marinated in water and salt, not white vinegar)
1 cucumber (more or less based on size and desired flavor)
Spices as desired to suit your palate
An amount of filtered water to achieve a desired consistency
Many blessings of health & success.
Enjoy simple the gifts from Nature!
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