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Make a Choice: Grain or Meat

I’ve been researching the concept of “food combining” – essentially an approach to eating whereby certain food combinations are said to digest better due to the acid/alkaline balance. In a nutshell, proteins + grains = not a good combination, whereas proteins + vegetables or grains + vegetables are great combinations. While some die hard fans of food combining claim this method of eating can lead to weight loss, less gas, and promote natural body ‘healing’, there isn’t any scientifically sound evidence one way or another.

This said, I got to thinking that really – our biggest food meal culprits in this country do seem to come in the form of grain + meat (Pizza, Hamburgers, lasagna, etc..). And at the end of the day, those are the two food categories that hold a large amount of calories. So why not take a leaf from the page of food combining and try this approach for a reduced calorie diet – something we know promotes healthy weight.

Here are some good ideas for trying to go with the “Grain – OR – Meat” approach. Note that, while Eggs are considered “meat”, dairy is not. So if you are choosing grain, but look to get your protein in with every meal, try greek or icelandic yoghurt, nuts, beans, tofu, and other plant based proteins.. Second note – you still have to follow the standard healthy eating rules like lower sugar, limit artificial ingredients, limit trans/saturated fats, etc..


  • Grapefruit & Blueberries with Toast
  • Whole grain cereal or Oatmeal with fruit
  • Eggs and grilled Tomatoes
  • Egg white veggie scramble
  • Chicken sausage with wilted spinach


  • Salad with Grilled chicken, tuna, shrimp, etc..
  • Grilled veggie wrap (eggplant, zucchini, tomato) in a WW wrap
  • Veggie “LTA” (Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado)
  • Peanut butter, banana, and sliced apple sandwich on WW
  • Grilled chicken, or fish with steamed veggies and sliced apple
  • Baked sweet potato with steamed grilled kale


  • Grilled bison, lean beef or chicken with steamed veggies
  • Bean burritos with low fat cheddar cheese in WW wrap
  • Veggie chilli with Cornbread muffin
  • Veggie curry or stir fry with Quinoa or brown rice
  • Grilled fish with kale and pineapple slaw
  • Eggplant lasagna or pasta

Brainstorm off of these and think of your own great combinations. When adding the calorie count in your food journal, you’ll see the instant reduction of calories by choosing between Grain and Meat.


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This entry was posted on January 23, 2012 by in Food and Diet.
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