View Full Version : Food Combining/"Somersizing"?
05-08-2011, 08:33 PM
Have any of you experimented with food combining? If so would you be willing to share a little with me about your results?
I am researching this because my body is telling me that it wants to completely change the way I am eating---finally figured out a few things,..etc... I am reading a Suzanne Somers book and a Marilu Henner book---Henner is too far out for me (she's got really strong negative opinions about dairy, and while I could give up milk I just love good, real cheese). So I wonder if others on here have had the glowing results they describe?
05-08-2011, 09:31 PM
I did Somersizing a few years ago and I lost weight very quickly. Check out the threads on God Made Man Made, I believe this would be the way to go. You could do Suzanne way of eating for a couple days and Man made the 3rd day. Also check out the threads on Dr. Schwarbein way of eating. I did not keep doing Suzanne Way of eating but if you have the will power to do it more power to you. Good Luck
05-08-2011, 09:33 PM
I did Somersizing some years back and both my husband and I had great results with it and actually had a lot of fun with it. I gradually started leaning more towards the South Beach Diet and have done well with that for some years. That said, after two years of extreme stress along with being in my late 40's the little fat I had started to creep up & take residence around my mid section and thighs. Already into fitness & not really looking to lose weight but curious after reading and enjoying the 4-Hour Work Week, I decided to give the slow carb diet from the 4-Hour Body a shot. Wow, it's not so much the fat loss that I am impressed with but my sleep and mental state. I didn't think I could sustain it but I have and feel very motivated to do so. I eat a lot of legumes as a replacement for grains, potatoes and pasta. Didn't think I could do it but I have. It's similar to Teresa's GM/MM except only 1 cheat day/wk and fruit is only 1 day/wk (the fruit part I still don't feel comfortable with & will add back when I feel satisfied w/ my appearance). For me, the diet is a lifestyle change because I have had years and years of insomnia no matter the shape/health I have been it until now. I started T-tapp because although I have actually lost a lot of fat from the SCD am I am excited about that too, however, I still have cellulite and back fat that I want to see gone if possible at my age. That said, I think whatever seems healthy enough that you can stick with worth giving a go. I loved Suzanne Somer's beautiful, colorful recipe/diet books. The Dukan diet was recently reviewed on Dr. Oz and is somewhat of a food combo diet. Basically, I eat a good source of protein withing 30 min. of waking, lots of veggies, legumes (I always make sure I get around 25 complex carbs in the am, most of the time in the afternoon but may sometimes skip for the evenings just eat more veggies), healthy fats (including nuts & nut butters), & lean meat/seafood. My dairy is limited to EVOO, flax seed oil, small amounts of grass fed butter, avocado, & a tiny amt. of parm. cheese. Some cream is allowed but I tend to use small amounts of unsweetened coconut milk instead. I drink lots of water too which is good since that is required for T-Tapp too! By the way, I did go through a carb/sugar/grain withdrawal at first but that went away. Good luck with whatever you do, I would love to know what you decide and hear about your results.
05-09-2011, 08:48 PM
I have used the Somersize program over the years ~ I had great results at first (10 years ago). Many of her recipes I use to this day. She's a great cook! It seems there is a lot of wisdom to eating fruit on an empty stomach (food combining).
Her doc is Diana Swarzenbein -- and her program would be a healthier way to eat. In Suzanne's last recipe book, she mentions Diana telling her to add a potato to her meals. She was gaining weight due to her restrictive low-carb diet. Even though she allows healthy carbs (such as oatmeal) in her diet, she recommends eating them only in the mornings and without fat.
All that to say, the GM/MM programs seems the most balanced -- and incorporating Diana's principles in too.
05-09-2011, 10:04 PM
Thank you everyone for your replies!! I am working into it---feeling pretty good about it so far. I think I finally have it memorized what goes with what. I looked for a free printable chart online but didn't find one that included cheeses, etc...
I think I'll do this for a while and then maybe if things slow down shake it up with GM/MM. I have a lot to lose, and I know it's going to take time to get there.
Thank you again!
05-13-2011, 11:53 AM
If I remember correctly, it took a good 3 weeks for things to kick in w/Somersizing and then the fat just started to melt off for both my husband & I. Good luck!
05-18-2011, 01:48 PM
I used her book 12 years ago, and it was fairly easy and I did lose weight. It was before the low carb craze, and that is basically how I ate. I don't remember much about the food combining, except eating meat with veggies.
05-21-2011, 07:54 AM
Hi all---just a quick update---I am not really "Somersizing", but have realized that my body really does LIKE food combining. When I eat meats and simple carbs together now, I feel bloated, gassy, and "low". I have no energy and just kinda want to go to bed. Yuck! Also when I really limit my daily intake of meat I just generally feel better all over.
Thanks again for all of your input!
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