Summer Digestion

August 1, 2017
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

Your go-to nutritional blueprint.

Anyone who owns any of my books also owns an array of delightful recipes. The dishes in my programs all boast detoxifying healing benefits, and they don’t sacrifice an ounce of flavor. But, sometimes, you find yourself without your cookbook—or the right ingredients on hand—whipping something up on the fly.

These are the times that call for a nutritional blueprint of what you should and shouldn’t combine for optimum digestion and nutrient absorption. Keep this handy list with you and you’ll be prepped a meal your body will love, with or without your recipe repertoire.

The Rules of the Nutrition Road

✓ One protein at a meal. This means no double-protein combos. Have each individual protein food, such as beef, fish, poultry, seafood, or tofu, by itself. No mixtures such as shrimp and scallops or steak and lobster together at one meal. Digestion is impaired, and toxicity results.

✓ Eggs are the exception to the protein rule. They are considered neutral and can be added to the above-mentioned proteins. They go particularly well with dairy products (as in a quiche) and add to the protein value of bean dishes.

✓ Beans are considered a starch and protein and combine well with dairy products and veggies but not with meat, fish, or chicken.

✓ Proteins such as fish, fowl, and beef do not combine well with gluten-rich grain starches (e.g., wheat, rye, oats, and barley). An example of this is a burger on a bun. Proteins do combine well with other friendly carbs, such as a baked potato, a sweet potato, corn, or peas—provided a green leafy salad is included in the meal.

✓ In general, vegetables and fruits should not be eaten together (unless they are broken down through the blending process in juices or in a smoothie).

✓ Milk and meat (e.g., a glass of milk and a steak) shouldn’t be consumed together. Dairy fats, however, such as butter, cream, and sour cream are regarded as fats and do combine with other protein foods (e.g., beef stroganoff).

✓ Flaxseed oil, because of its unique metabolic makeup, combines well with dairy (e.g., cottage cheese or ricotta cheese and yogurt), friendly carbs, and vegetables.

✓ Water should not be taken with meals before food is swallowed. While water is necessary for many metabolic processes, including digestion, saliva activity is weakened when large amounts of water are used to wash down food. Extremely hot or cold water depresses gastric juices and acts as a shock to the system.

Get the Full Benefits

For the full 411 on looking and feeling your best, pick up your copy of The NEW Fat Flush Plan. This program stands apart from Paleo, Primal, Ketogenic and Vegan diets by making the case that diet without detox is doomed to failure thanks to the unprecedented amount of current toxins and hormone disruptors we face every day.

Inside the fully updated NEW Fat Flush Plan you’ll find:

• NEW Three-Day Ultra Fat Flush Tune-Up
• NEW health revelations linking the gallbladder and liver to thyroid health
• NEW hidden weight gain factors
• NEW meals, menus, and shopping lists
• NEW tips for managing insulin, hormone, and stress levels
• NEW slimming, smart fats and sweeteners
• NEW gluten-free tips

Plus, it includes over 75 easy-to-follow family-friendly recipes, and an updated brand name shopping list. Armed with your nutritional blueprint and the diet and detox secrets of Fat Flush, there’s nothing that can block your way to optimum health, healing and wellness.

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. Diana Fraser

    I just want to say that I have followed Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman and the Fat Flush Plan (before I knew that’s what it was called) for 34 years when I visited an iridologist who recommended a cleansing plan that really got into the cells to detox (back before detox was a buzz word)! I am so pleased with the volume of posts for these newsletters. So much great info. I’d like to say that I rarely get sick, I feel strong most of the time and I accomplish many athletic feats in part due to the philosophies of Dr. ALG. They are so much a part of my habits and nature that I don’t even think about it! So thank you for all these newsletters…keep ’em coming!

  2. Keith

    Ann your best ! Second post from me , was 212 now 179 in 75 days now 90 days in . Entered phase three but mix phase two and three actually . Fully exercising now and feels great and after 32 years back to college weight . Start every day with hot water and lemon , love the recommended teas and no coffee and figured out with travel and all the cranwater mix . Thank you Ann !

  3. Dee

    I’m confused…..above it says beans are not to be combined with meat but when I googled AnnS recipe, the fat flush soup recipe calls foe beans and meat???

  4. Team ALG

    Dear Diana and Keith: Thank you for your posts. We so appreciate your kind words.

    Dear Dee: The Fat Flush Soup was created for popular women’s magazines as an all-in-one meal and does not strictly follow the Fat Flush Plan principles outlined in Ann Louise’s book. That being said, the Soup can be enjoyed minus the beans. Thank you.

  5. Kathleen

    Great post!! You are a treasure, Ann Louise–we were not taught this in our generation!


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