Feel Bloated After Eating?
Proteins and starches are being digested differently by our bodies. Therefore, you must not consume both at the same time if you want to have a good digestion. Avoid combining starches and proteins to avoid feeling bloated after eating.
According to nutritionists, combining starches and proteins in a single meal is not good for the digestive system as one may feel bloated after eating.
So this means that the typical American meal of potatoes and meat is bad for our digestive system. Do you know why? It is because starches and proteins are both tough to digest. So combining these two in a single meal only means that digestive system will have to work harder and longer to be able to digest both protein and starch.
This may result in feeling bloated after eating, gas, heartburn, indigestion and many more. When we eat the right combination of foods, our digestive system can fully digest the foods we eat. This is very beneficial for us because our body can fully absorb the vitamins and nutrients from these foods, have our energy levels boosted and we can have smooth digestion.
And as a result, there will be lesser gas, heartburn, bloating, indigestion and other abdominal discomforts. There are already a lot of people who feel good after meals, without any gas after eating, bloating and flatulence, just by following the proper food combinations.
Inappropriate Environment for Digestion
Both starches and proteins require specific digestive environments to be properly digested. Starches can be digested well if the environment is alkaline. While proteins are digested well in an acidic environment. When you eat both starches and proteins at the same time, your digestive system cannot have an acidic nor a basic environment to digest well either of the food groups.
So when this happens, the body cannot absorb neither protein nor the starch well, which means that you cannot get the most out of these foods. Mal-absorption of nutrients can result to various health and digestive disorders such as bloating, indigestion, gas, fatigue, weight gain, high cholesterol and many more.
Starches vs. Carbohydrates
Most of the time, people think that carbohydrates and starches are the same, however the two are different from each other.
- Starches are carbohydrates with no or low water content. Examples: potatoes, breads.
- Fruits are carbohydrates due to their sugar content, but are not starches, because they contain high amounts of water.
- The more water a food has, the easier it is to be digested.
- Starch is a kind of carbohydrate, so every starch is a carbohydrate, but not every carbohydrate is a starch.
Before you attempt to avoid starch and protein food combinations, it is first important that you know the proper classification of foods. To guide you, we have here two additional columns in the daily fiber chart. See if there is a check mark that indicates where the food belongs, either protein or starch. If you see no check mark, then the food is a vegetable, and is safe to be eaten together with a protein or starch in one meal.
Today’s Food Combinations
Not eating starches and proteins in one meal may sound easy to do, but actually it is hard. After all, we have been used to meals with a combination of starch, protein and fruits/vegetables. So many ask what should their meals consist of? Our problem is we think that having three big meals a day is healthy. So this belief makes it hard for us not to have starch-protein food combinations.
Wrong food combinations and overeating make it difficult for our digestive system to digest well our foods. Indigestion is one of the causes of abdominal discomforts such as feeling bloated after eating. Instead of having three big meals a day, we should eat 5 to 6 times in a day. Through this, you can eat both starches and proteins at separate meals.
When you eat frequently and in smaller portions, you will not feel hungry and at the same time you’ll be able to stop bloating. Lastly, eating small frequent meals will improve your digestion and lessen any digestive problems you have. Here is an example of a meal plan that you can follow:
Omelet with Meat or
Granola bar or Cereal
Tuna or Chicken
Chicken or Fish
I have included protein during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Proteins are appropriate and convenient to eat during these times; you can add vegetables with these proteins. While eating, always be mindful of your portion sizes. Your food portions should not be bigger than your closed fist. With this style of eating, you can avoid eating not-so-good food combinations, avoid feeling hungry and avoid overeating.
Protein and starch combinations are not alone when it comes to bad food combinations. There are still several food combinations and other bloating foods that should be avoided, but these may need more effort to be totally eliminated from your diet. I suggest that you start first with avoiding protein-starch food combinations as part of your home remedies for gas. If you want to stop being bloated after eating then check out the food combining chart and food combing article I've written.