About three years ago, I decided to pay visit to a well-known raw food restaurant in London’s Mayfair, called 42 Raw.

Browsing through the menu, I felt like a kid in a candy store. This place had it all: raw burgers, tapas, Thai noodles, different types of sandwiches, raw pizzas, pancakes, and whatnot.

I chose a lasagne that looked great, but I soon discovered that it was overloaded with oil and sugar.

After eating my meal, I felt bloated and heavy. The food felt like a rock in my stomach.

I am sure I’m not the only one to have had this experience – especially at restaurants that serve high fat raw foods.

The truth of the matter is that eating the wrong combination of foods, such as mixing fats and sugar in small amounts is okay, but when you combine larger amounts of sugar with larger amounts of fat in a single meal, it will not be good for your digestive system.

Sugars are digested fairly rapidly, while fats take much longer – and when mixed with sugars, the fat slows down the digestion of the sugars, which makes the sugar ferment in your stomach. This can cause gas, bloating, or any other digestive discomforts.

The most basic tip to avoid feeling bloated or other digestive issues on a raw food diet is simply to avoid eating foods with high amounts of sugar and high amounts of fat at the same meal.

I tend to eat foods that are higher in sugar and faster to digest, like fresh, whole fruits, earlier in the day; and save higher fat foods, like nuts and seeds, in the evening. This is an easy way to avoid that dreaded stomach bloat.

You don’t need to be obsessive about food combining rules, whether you eat 100% raw or some cooked food; but paying attention to some basic food rules will go a long way to help you ensure optimal digestion.

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Ariel Belloso

Ariel Belloso is an author and blogger who transformed his health using the power of raw food. The former DJ and music producer’s life changed in 2001 when his mother was diagnosed with leukaemia. Already a keen student of nutrition, Ariel calculated that eating the correct raw diet could help his mother overcome her cancer. This became his motivation to learn more about natural health and the raw food lifestyle. Following her son's advice, not only did Ariel’s mother beat her cancer, she recently celebrated her 81st birthday! Using the knowledge gained from his years of ongoing study into natural health, Ariel has also managed to overcome some serious issues himself, as well as helping many others to regain their health and improve their quality of life. Ariel has written 4 books on the subject of natural health, nutrition and fitness.

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