What kind of foods and how much we’re eating is constantly being discussed. Something that isn’t as well known but is equally important is what order we are eating these foods. If you’re looking for how to have optimal digestion, you need to know this.
As the self-proclaimed queen of troubled digestion, I nose-dived into researching how eating in a certain order can help us digest food more efficiently.
I then tested out this theory and was genuinely surprised by what a difference this made in my digestion! I didn’t have any pain after eating (major win) and…drumroll please…I HAD NO BLOATING!
No more bloating after eating a meal was huge for me and made me a believer in eating food in the proper order. Not only can it help with digestion, but it can actually speed up your metabolism and create more energy. More energy and weight loss? Yes, please!!
Why is There an Order to Eat?
Different foods take different amounts of time to be broken down and digested by the body. If you eat a food that takes longer to digest followed by a food that digests fast, your body becomes what I like to call “backed up.” This backed up feeling is what causes you to bloat and sometimes get stomach aches after a meal.
What Order Should You Eat Your Food?
The theory of Sequential Eating is to eat from whatever food is lightest to heaviest on the plate for optimal digestion. Following this order has helped me feel so much better after eating. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes for you!
It’s recommended by many health professionals to eat fruit only at the beginning of the day or separate from other meals. Fruit is the fastest thing our bodies digest. It has the highest water content out of all the other foods, so our body breaks it down extremely fast.
Non-starchy veggies are the first thing you should eat at a meal. Not only is this best for digestion, but eating vegetables first is a great way to fill up on proper nutrition before eating carbs and less nutritious foods.
Imagine ordering a burger and side salad. You eat the whole side salad but only have enough room for half the burger. Now you can pack up the burger, and it’s a WAY better midnight snack than a side salad! Perks, guys.
Next to be consumed are light proteins. These are more complex than vegetables but are broken down easier than other food groups. They both take about 3-4 hours to digest.
If you are someone that is focusing on weight loss, I recommend that this is as far as you go in the food list. The food groups above light proteins take the longest to digest, and are not as nutrient-dense.
Starches/ Heavy Proteins
Lastly, we have our starches and heavy proteins. These are the heaviest foods on our plates and take the longest time to digest. Due to how long these foods take to break down, try to save them for the last meal of the day.
If you love indulging in burgers and fries after a night out, this is great news for you. Last meal of the day FTW!
Happy Food Digesting!
That’s all there is to it! It’s not super hard to remember, and it’s an easy method to incorporate into your daily life. Now go eat some food!