I learned once you should try not to drink any liquids when eating. In an ideal world, one should wait about 15-20 minutes AFTER having eaten to drink any type of liquid, especially water. The thing is that when we drink while eating we dilute the stomach’s gastric juices and make it harder for our stomach to do its job. Drinking while eating might very well be the reason why some of us feel full and bloated after eating, even after eating something light and healthy.
But there is hope for those of us how sometimes find it hard to eat without a drink besides our plate… we could drink fruit juices that contain enzymes and will actually help us digest the food more easily rather than slow our stomach in its tracks… these juices are:
- Apple Juice
- Pinneaple Juice
- Papaya Juice
And the way to ensure we are indeed taking in these enzymes is by making the juices from scratch. And it’s easier than you might think…
½ of a medium-sized papaya – peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces About 3 cups of water ¼ cup brown sugar – more or less depending how sweet your papaya is
- Place the papaya pieces, sugar and water in a blender. Blend until all is well combined and smooth. The juice should be light in texture. If you feel it’s like a fruit puree, feel free to add more water little by little.
- Pass the juice through a sieve to make sure you get rid of any grittiness in the brown sugar.
- Refrigerate well. Drink the juice chilled, within 1-2 days.
If the juice remains longer than 1-2 days in the fridge, it will still be good, but it could gel on you… just blend again with a bit extra water to thin out again.