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Somersizing: A Stepping Stone To The Paleo Diet
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Somersizing: A Stepping Stone to The Paleo Diet

Several times in my life I have eaten according to Suzanne Somers’ recommendations- she calls it Somersizing. A lot of it is about food combining. The idea is that you have different digestive enzymes and you need different ones to digest various foods. Food combining allows easy digestion, and avoids gas problems as well as weight gain. Somersizing taught me a lot about the digestive system, as well as how to adjust my diet in a way that “worked with my body.” This principle is also central to the Paleo Diet, which is how I now eat. Learning to Somersize before I moved to the Paleo Diet made the transition much easier than I imagine it is for most people, considering how limited the Paleo Diet can appear at first.

Somersizing uses food combining to help your stomach digest foods more quickly and efficiently. Protein requires an acidic environment to be broken down and used by the body. Carbohydrates require a basic environment to be broken down. This is clearly opposite than that required by protein. By eating protein and carbs at the same time, the combination of acidic and alkaline digestive enzymes can halt the digestive process and cause problems like gas and bloating as well as weight gain. The food has not been effectively broken down into fuel! Vegetables are neutral, and therefore can be easily digested with either aforementioned group without affecting the pH of your stomach.

Additionally, Somersizing eliminates “funky foods,” which include all sugars, all white flour, starches, pasta, white rice, corn, popcorn, winter squashes, soy, caffeine, and alcohol. Ideally, you would avoid all foods in a package. Somersizing has you make your own bread and buy the purest version of everything possible. This diet was good preparation for me for eating the Paleo Diet because I had already eliminated sugars, unhealthy starches like white flour, white rice, corn, and what she calls bad combo foods. I also had gotten rid of caffeine and alcohol.

When I was introduced to the Paleo diet, I implemented it immediately. Because I had already experienced the value of eliminating “funky foods” and eating in a way that allows for easy digestion, the Paleo diet made perfect sense to me and I knew I would experience positive results. I didn’t have to be convinced that the Paleo lifestyle made sense because I knew how much better I had felt in the past when I had followed a very similar diet . On another note, I get bored easily and like to have options with my diet. If I get bored with Paleo, I Somersize for a couple of weeks, don’t gain any weight, and get some flexibility with food. I then happily return to eating Paleo. Somersizing is not far off from Paleo to begin with, and the foods that are not allowed on Paleo are extremely limited with Somersizing. Therefore, this “switch” is really no more than a more relaxed approach to Paleo.

The Paleo Diet is an extremely easy diet to follow because the guidelines are so simple and the food is so easy to prepare. I am extremely happy with my weight, energy level, sleep schedule, and mood while on the Paleo diet. Besides that, the science behind the Paleo diet is eye-opening, and after learning why the “no-no foods” aren’t allowed, I don’t even have a desire to eat them anymore. For most people, moving from the typical American diet to the Paleo diet can be quite a challenge. This is why I am so happy I had experienced another similar diet beforehand. This way, by the time I decided to eat Paleo, I was well prepared because it was but a small step away from my current diet, and no big deal!


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Connie, Thank you for this succinct article. It is now. very easy to understand both diets. I will be looking into both of these eating/life styles. Chris :)

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