Food Combining: Part Four

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.

(Information for these guidelines are in all the Natural Hygiene literature, but I am using mt chart from The Canadian Natural Hygiene Society.)

11. Combine Fruit only with lettuce & celery: The uncooked vegetables (lettuce & celery), when combined with a fruit meal, may enhance digestion of the fruit. (My experience with green smoothies [pureed fruits w/ greens] is my own endorsement of this combination. es)

I recently posted this recipe on under Kitchen Nutrition with recipes.

12. Salads combine very well with starches & proteins. Further defined, the salad ingredients need to be of the non-starchy type, such as lettuces. These and other green, non-starchy veggies leave the stomach with little change, unless delayed by foods that require more gastric digestion. (The chart includes oily dressings.)

13. Melons are recommended to be eaten alone. Because melons are more than 90% liquid and leave the stomach quickly when eaten alone, the recommendation is to eat them alone. (Ex. I combine honeydew, watermelon & cataloupe as a fruit salad with no other fruits. es)

14. Sprouts. The best way to eat sprouted grains is as sprouts. This includes legumes and seeds.  (As a big proponent of sprouting, I agree with this strongly and now there are some sprouted grains ready to cook in health food stores. es)

15. Other non-recommended foods. Cranberries, rhubarb, overripe fruit and bitter vegetables. (Will have to investigate these further. es)

Other recommendations: Natural hygiene suggests that we need to avoid certain spices and condiments, such as salt, pepper, vinegar, oils, garlic, radishes, mustard, cranberry sauce and all other condiments, as they are irritants. (Most people would find this difficult, but if digestive problems are severe, this might be a good plan to follow. es)

Water– Natural Hygiene does not have a rule of how many glasses of water you need. The recommendation is that you drink water only when thirsty. Here are the specific guidelines from Dr. Herbert Shelton, probably the leading doctor in modern Natural Hygiene: Drink water at least:

15 minutes before meals
30 minutes after a fruit meal
2 hours after a starch meal
4 hours after a protein meal
The reason for this is that drinking water with meals or too soon before or after meals dilutes the natural enzymes in your body that are important for digestion.

Next week I will provide a sample of my food combining meals and some recommendations for you to experiment with when creating meals or eating out.

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