Food Combining: Part Three

Natural Hygiene’s “take” on food is that digestion is more efficient and easier when protein, carbs, and fruits & veggies are not all eaten together. Since most protein foods require an acid digestion environment and most carbs digest properly in an alkaline environment, the idea is to combine foods at a meal that have similar and/or compatible digestive juices.

Here are the next 5 guidelines taken from my food chart published by the Canadian Natural Hygiene Society:

6. Do not eat acid fruits with proteins. (Acid fruits include oranges, grapefruits, pomegranates, kiwi, pineapple and strawberries.) These fruits do not combine well with nuts, eggs, cheese or meat.

 

7. Do not combine sweet fruits with proteins, starches, or acid fruits.When sweet fruits are eaten alone, they leave the stomach in about 20 minutes, but when mixed with proteins or starches or even acid fruits, digestion is delayed and can cause digestive problems. (Thus, banana bread would not be a good food combining food. Sorry!)

8. Eat only one concentrated starch at a meal. This rule is included because by following it, you will be less likely to overeat starches. (The combining part is less important.)  So, slightly starchy veggies (ex. beets) may be combined with more starchy veggies such as carrots or potatoes, but not with grains and legumes, which are considered combination foods, that is are starch & protein combinations.

9. Acid fruits maybe used with (less sweet) sub-acid fruits, such as citrus with papaya. This is an easy one, because the dish is all fruit. The catch is to avoid sweet fruits with acid fruits. Thus, a fruit salad properly combined would not have oranges with bananas. (Note: While tomatoes are actually a fruit, they should not be combined with any kind of fruit. Better to use tomatoes in a salad as part of a meal in which no starchy foods are served, such as baked potatoes.)

10. Sub-acid fruits may be used with sweet fruits. The chart recommends using sweeter varieties of sub-acid fruits when using this combination in a fruit salad. If you can digest bananas easily, then they combine fairly well with grapes and other sweet fruit and with green leafy veggies such as lettuce & celery. The recommendation is that these fruits be eaten as part of a fruit (salad) meal with lettuce and celery.

NOTE: Many of these guidelines may seem strange or even ridiculous. When I finish all 15 guidelines, I will present some sample menu ideas so you will see how to incorporate food combining in your meals, if you wish to experiment with this concept..

Food Combining: Part Two

Natural Hygiene’s “take” on food is that digestion is more efficient and easier when protein, carbs, and fruits & veggies are not all eaten together. Since most protein foods require an acid digestion environment and most carbs digest properly in an alkaline environment, the idea is to combine foods at a meal that have similar and/or compatible digestive juices.

Vegetables, such as this asparagus, combines well with most foods.

Below are the first five guidelines that are on the back side of my cleverly designed food combining placement from The Canadian Natural Food Society,which draws on books that I have read by Dr. Herbert Shelton and Dr. Wm. Esser. They may seem intimidating at first, but if you are in need of digestive relief, the concepts are worth a try, even if you experiment on a gradual basis.

People who criticize this concept believe that our bodies are geared to digest all different kinds of foods. While that may be true for many people, anyone with digestive problems might benefit from food combining, especially since this does not require eliminating anything from the diet (unless you know the food already gives you problems), but rather recommends eating foods in simple combinations.

For example, the photo above is a fruit salad made with sub-acid and acid fruits, which combine well. However, acid fruits, such as oranges, do not go well with sweet & sub-acid, not do melons, so the salad is easier to digest, especially when not eaten at the end of a protein or starch meal. (See guidelines below.)

1. Avoid eating carbohydrates (such as cereals and sweet fruits, e.g. raisins) with acid fruits. Therefore, as in the photo caption above, I would not combine oranges and pineapple with raisins or dates. Also, I would not eat cereal with bananas.

2. Avoid eating concentrated proteins (ex. steak) with concentrated carbohydrates (ex. corn on the cob or baked potato) at the same meal. Instead, eat a salad and green beans with your meat and save the potatoes for another meal.

3. Do not consume two concentrated proteins at the same meal, for ex. nuts with cheese. Since concentrated proteins are more difficult to digest than other types of food, avoid eating them together. Almonds, which are a good source of concentrated protein, as well as other nutrients, are not recommended to be eaten with cheese, another source of concentrated protein, such as eggs.

4. Do not consume fats with proteins. Fat inhibits the digestion of proteins and decreases the amount and activity of your body’s own pepsin and hydrochloric acid needed to digest protein. Thus, you would not use butter or oil to fry your eggs. (Try poaching them or using anon-stick pan that is not scratched or pitted.)

5. Use fats sparingly, since it inhibits gastric juice secretion. Except in the case of avocados, fats combined with starch delay the passage of the starchy foods on its journey from the stomach to the intestines. However, if you combine fats (ex. avocados or nuts) with raw green salad, the salad counteracts the inhibiting effect on gastric secretion and digestion can proceed normally.


Eating salad with fats helps to counteract fats’ digestive-inhibiting factor.

Next week I will post five more guidelines. All of them at once can be overwhelming.
Here are some menu ideas for using the first five guidelines:

1. Fruit salad consisting of blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, and mango. Eat as a snack instead of during or at the end of a meal. If you want to eat it as your fruit in the a.m., wait 20 minutes before eating any carbs or proteins, to give the fruit a chance to digest.

2. Tossed green salad with avocado (no cheese or nuts). Baked sweet potatoes and a green vegetable.

3. Salad, chicken and fish with a green veggie such as broccoli. Use only a small amount of oil on the salad and/or broccoli.

4. Snack: Cheese with celery or other raw veggie OR nuts  with celery or other raw veggie, but not cheese and nuts with veggies.

5. Veggie stir-fry with a small amount of oil over brown rice. (Rice is a more starchy than protein, so if you want meat in your stir-fry, avoid the rice, or eat all of the stir-fry with the protein first and then eat the rice. (I find I can “cheat” if I have tempeh or tofu stir fries and eat them first before eating any rice. Ditto with potatoes, as in the photo below. I ate the roasted ‘taters after I completed eating the chick peas with green beans. Salad also helps with digestion.)

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