As you’re aware, we believe pole dance fitness is part of an overall healthy lifestyle. This means eating healthy, dancing several times a week in addition to other cross-training activities, and enjoying all life has to offer. As you’re aware, we believe pole dance fitness is part of an overall healthy lifestyle. This means eating healthy, dancing several times a week in addition to other cross-training activities, and enjoying all life has to offer.
Food pairing is one of the tricks to optimal eating and energy absorption that we recommend. Food pairing frees excessive energy from being used in the digestive process. As a result, you experience better digestion, nutrient absorption, and in influx of energy.
Basic Rules to Food Pairing
We could spend all day discussing proper food pairs, but to be honest, it’s quite simple: Consume one concentrated, non-water containing food at a time – either starches or proteins – with a water-containing food (non-starch veggies and ripe fruits) that are not concentrated. Protein and starch should not exist in the same meal ever. (Okay, we’ll break – it’s okay on special occasions, like holidays.)
Other basic rules:
• Don’t mix two types of protein in your meals• It’s okay to mix two or more starches.• Vegetables are considered a neutral pairing (best raw or lightly steamed)• Keep your meals as simple as possible• Use fats sparingly with your protein
Why Food Pairing Works
American society is inundated with poor eating habits. Our busy culture has saturated our diet with processed foods, excessive fats and sugars, and improper meal choices. When we don’t pair our food properly, this causes our digestive system to slow to a halt, process food ineffectively, and poor absorption. Improper food pairing also sucks us of energy, which is why we’re often tired after eating what we feel is a “hearty meal” of comfort foods.
Let’s imagine Thanksgiving dinner. You’ve enjoyed the day with your family, and your meal consisted of a generous portion of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, greens, biscuits, macaroni and cheese, and honey ham. Dessert? Oh, that delicious slice of pumpkin pie and vanilla ice cream was just the touch you needed to cozy up for a nap while it digests.
Here’s where it gets funky. Proteins and starches require different enzymes to break down and digest in the body. Starches require an alkaline environment, and ptyalin to digest. Protein requires an acidic environment, as well as hydrochloric acid and pepsin, for proper digestion. When your body attempts to digest both, the alkaline and acidic juices in the stomach collide and neutralize each other. You know what happens after that?
Okay, so we’re being a little dramatic, but it’s almost true. Acids and alkalines neutralize each other’s powers, and that just causes your stomach to secrete more juices that only end up getting neutralized. The final effect? Poorly digested food that putrefies and rots, and turns into toxic residue in your body. Your delicious soul food meal ends up becoming an ineffective digestive experience that leaves you tired, gassy, and bloated. (Not to mention the horrendous bouts of heartburn.)
Improper food pairing impairs your health, your beauty, and your energy. With as much work as you put into your pole fitness routine, why ruin it with poor food combinations? You’ll be left hungry, malnourished, and grabbing Red Bulls for energy throughout the day. Instead, focus on improved food combinations that energize and beautify you, so you can feel alive and revitalized in and out the studio.
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