It’s picnic season and several people have told me they can’t eat watermelon – that it gives them gas, a bellyache, or doesn’t agree with them. A sweet, juicy slice of ripe watermelon is one of the most delicious things I can think of on a hot summer day, so it makes me sad to hear people say they had to give it up. Are you one of those avoiding this delicious fruit?
Well, you may not have to – not if you follow the rules of food combining.
I won’t go into all the rules of food combining (that will be a subject for a future post), but the gist is that fruit, especially melon, digests very quickly. That means if you eat it at the end of a heavy meal, it will sit on top of a stomach full of hot dogs, corn on the cob, potato salad, chips, dip, etc. and begin to ferment because those slower-digesting foods are blocking the exit! This fermentation or rotting watermelon causes gas and bloating.
So how to get around this? The food combiner’s mantra is “eat melon alone or leave it alone.” Try eating your watermelon for breakfast, on an empty stomach. Wait 45 minutes to an hour before eating anything else. See if you can tolerate it better that way.
But what if you’re at a picnic and really want to have some watermelon? Eat lightly and early, then go play. Wait 3 hours or more after your meal, and then try a slice of watermelon. That should give your stomach time to empty. (Disclaimer: every body is different so actual results may vary.)
Go ahead and give watermelon a second chance. It’s loaded with good stuff and is a great thirst quencher on a hot day because of its high water content. Just be careful not to drip the juice on your shirt. ;o)