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Food Combining Grade: D. Taste Grade: A+.

I’m sure you’ve heard of food combining before…

If not, it’s a practice where you carefully and meticulously eat specific foods at different times to ensure that you will live to be 150 years old. (It will also insure that your family will think you’re really gone off the deep end. LOL!)

Actually wait, that’s not that accurate.

It’s a practice where you carefully and meticulously eat specific foods at different times to solve some of the digestive issues you may be having and give your digestion a break.

That sounds better, right? It’s at least more accurate in my estimation – and why I practice some of the rules that I’ve been taught over the years.

The reason I’m writing about food combining is because Jennifer, a Renegade Health reader had a question about the topic recently and today seemed like a good day to give you my own food combining rules that have been refined through interviewing practitioners, my own experience and feedback I’ve received on the road, as a trainer and on the blog for the last 7-8 years.

Here’s Jennifer’s question…

What’s your take on food combining? Is it or isn’t it the healthiest way to eat? (I’m a high raw omnivore :-)) Thanks! – Jennifer

Thanks for your question, Jennifer!

On the blog, I’ve covered food combining before, but I think it’s important to always touch on it from time to time.

Herbert Shelton – a popular natural hygienist – made the idea of food combining popular with his books and lectures on the subject. Harvey and Marilyn Diamond hit food combining out of the park with the book “Fit For Life” which sold millions and millions of copies.

It’s a popular topic to discuss, but what really works and what ideas take food combining a little too far.

In this article, I’m going to outline the 5 food combining rules that I tend to stick with (I’m not perfect) because they really seem to work – no other reason. Whether they work for you, or if you have more rules or less, is up to you to find out the best food combining protocol for you – but these 5 points tend to be somewhat universal for all.

Check ‘em out now…

1. It’s best to eat melons alone (or at least before anything else.)

Regardless of the science behind melons digesting fast or the traditional food combining rules, this one just makes sense.

Melons are best eaten alone.

Why?

Because their simple composition of water, sugar and fiber digest fast. If you eat melons with other foods that digest slow like protein and fat, they will sit in your stomach longer and run the risk of starting to turn.

(Anyone who’s eaten cantaloupe at breakfast with protein foods then burped 15 minutes later, understands how quickly melons can be digested and how quickly they can go a little rancid.)

We don’t eat melons often, but when we do, I make sure we eat them alone or 20-30 minutes before we eat anything else.

The one exception I make is when I add mint to my cantaloupe only smoothie. (Try it, it’s amazing and doesn’t really break the rules that much.)

2. Carbohydrates and fat give your system the breaks – literally.

Fat digests the slowest in your system.

Carbohydrates the fastest.

Just knowing this gives you a hint as to why eating the two of them together – excessively – can cause some digestive unrest.

Eating foods that elevate your blood sugar (carbohydrates) and foods that are high in fat can also slow the effectiveness of the insulin that is released into the blood stream – causing more insulin to be excreted.

This is a bad mix, because the more insulin you release, the more fat you store and the more likely your body (and cells) will become insulin resistant – which is code for pre-Diabetes Type 2.

3. Simpler is better.

You may already know this, but the less ingredients you add to your meals, the better your digestion will be.

The rule we like to follow is to eat things with generally 5-6 ingredients.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that if you eat a salad with three types of lettuces that you have 3 ingredients accounted for – what I’m talking about here is a much more liberal science.

Eating a crazy, raw food nut pate with seeds, nuts, vegetables, soy sauce, then eating a salad with 10 different raw vegetables, and finishing it off with a raw food cheesecake with berries on top with what I’m asking you to stay away from here.

That meal probably has 20-30 different ingredients that will make your stomach twist like it was a rag wringing itself out.

4. Your issues may not be due to poor food combining, they may be due to poor digestion.

The more your digestion is compromised, the more likely you are going to experience gas, bloating, stomach pain, inflammation in the gut, allergies, acid reflux and just about everything else that comes with poor digestion.

Your digestion could be compromised due to poor – and long term – food combining, yes, but it also can be due to limited release of HCL, enzymes, bile, poor gut flora, gut inflammation and other issues that some “experts” regularly misdiagnose.

So what you may think is improper food combining, may be something that will never be solved by eating more simple raw foods at certain times. In fact, in this case, this practice may cause you to be even more selective in the foods you eat (since you’re so sensitive) when you really need to be more selective in the supplements you give your body to help you digest the foods you are eating correctly.

This is a big point and I hope you take it seriously.

You’re only as healthy as the food you digest… not the food you eat.

If you’re not assimilating what you’re taking in, food combining is not the first thing you need to worry about – getting your digestive tract back on track is.

I’ve heard many health “experts” say that they can’t eat certain foods (that are healthy) anymore because they’re bodies reject them. When this happens they turn to more mono-type eating – eating one food at a time, mainly fruit.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with this practice, but if it’s done because they believe their diet needs to be cleaner, but in reality their digestion is getting poorer and poorer – and their nutrient pool is getting shallower and shallower because they only eat mangoes and apples (all alone and at different times during the day) – then they’re getting themselves into much deeper trouble.

This can cause serious nutrient deficiency and – yes – protein deficiency… an unpopular notion, but it can happen to you.

5. Figure out what works for you.

Yeah, you know me by now if you knew this one was coming.

I’ve tried all different types of food combining – that’s how I was able to come up with this list.

Excessive fat and anything gets my stomach upset. Nuts and fruit makes me gassy – and these also give me a stomach ache.

The best way to find out what works for you is to experiment with different foods in combinations at different times. This will give you the best knowledge possible about how your body is working. Write down what you’ve eaten to get an even more accurate picture.

Learning for yourself and practicing what you’ve observed is the best way to cut through what other people think to actually know what works for you at the particular time in your life.

This is true knowledge in it’s purest form.

The additional item I’d add to the above, is to also test your blood – or use other diagnostic tests – to determine what is working along with keeping a gauge on how you’re feeling. Combining these two will give you the best chances of coming out on top with some amazing health.

One last thing I want to mention…

I’ve given you a list of food combining rules that I follow, but I want you to remember one thing.

Unlike the first T.V. my mom had in her house when she was young, our bodies are not black and white. (Sorry Mom, that was a softball!)

The “don’t do this, and only do that” type mentality in health only creates rigid belief systems that eventually break down causing confusion, shame, and reclusiveness. (Believe me, I’ve been there before.)

If you eat 2-3 nuts with fruit, you’re less likely to have a problem with your digestion than if you eat an entire piece or raw pie with fruit filling. If you have 2 cubes of melon in your salad, it’s not a big deal. These are the gray areas that don’t really do us harm in practice – but if they are practiced with such rigidity can cause an eventual breakdown – or worse a binge on that thing you know you shouldn’t be eating… like melon on top of a raw apple pie with nut crust that is made with 30 ingredients.

I want to know your thoughts: What are your rules for food combining? Are they similar to mine? Do you want to add anything?

Live Awesome!
Kev

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Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. aubergine says:

    Heya Kevin, thanks for the article. I started reading the book by the founder of macrobiotics and blew it all off when in the intro he bragged how he and his wife never drank water, only getting their fluid from fresh fruits and veg, his proof of this being better was how his wife never perspired while working in a hot laundry, while the american women were just drenched. In that it seems the man didn’t recognize the signs of dehydration, I questioned his science immediately. I have heard lots of Theory on food combining, but I have never seen any Scientific evidence.

  2. Pati says:

    I used to have terrible digestion as well as a peptic ulcer that I successfully treated many years ago. I started following food combining principles to aid my digestion over 40 years ago. My digestion is really good now. I still loosely follow this, and only follow the chart on my fridge if I am having an upset. I don’t combine fruits and vegetables. They digest differently. I start my day with only fruit, then something whole grain, then whatever I have for the rest of the day. I often end the day with fruit again because it’s easy to digest and soothes my system.
    My digestion is pretty good now, but still, my system will not tolerate much that is unhealthy, and will not tolerate much fat. Good healthy oils yes, but fried foods not so much. Even with good digestion I can potentially upset my system for several days if I eat too many chips. So I don’t.
    I always eat melons alone. And sometimes I will feast on watermelon and eat half of one until I have a big sticky smile on my face! Then I wait and have only water for a little while. I have been known to make a silly joke if someone comes around me when I am eating melon if I tell them that I can’t visit with them now because I have to eat my melon alone.
    I have a great little food combining chart on my fridge that I have been using for 40 years and that is part of why I have good digestion. I was my most unhealthy in my 20s despite having a good diet. It took a long time to get myself well but now at 60 I am the healthiest I have ever been. I’m not strictly vegan but I am vegetarian (small amounts of yogurt, aged cheese, and backyard eggs) and that is a big part of it. Yes to eating simply, eating fresh, organic, local and in season.

  3. Cindy says:

    I tried food combining for a while & was always so confused because every book I read had a different opinion on what foods belonged in what category. I think the stress about it caused more problems than it was worth bothering with. I now eat a whole foods diet in any & all combinations. I rarely have a digestion problem, & when I do, apple cider vinegar in a cup of water takes care of the problem. :-)

  4. Nadia Harper says:

    Food combining can be complicated with all its rules but it really doesn’t have to be difficult. It basically means eating in a way to best support your digestive system. And the best way to understand these rules is to let your body guide you. If you have some digestive distress after a meal, think about what that meal was and how you could have made it easier for your body to deal with it.

    If we are honest most of us will be able to know how what we ate wasn’t the best.

    Keep your meals simple, eat in a way to nourish your body and assist your digestive system rather than causing it problems.

    The above rules that Kevin talks about are really helpful.

    http://www.making-healthy-choices.com/proper-food-combining.html

  5. Sophia says:

    I love to eat melon in the morning!!! I believe it helps detoxify the body when it is the first thing eaten. :)

  6. Betsy says:

    Thanks for this well put article – It was helpful and I will pass it along to several friends who have been suffering with digestive issues lately.

    Personally I have found that mostly eating just a mostly vegetable diet with a little good organic meat, cheese and eggs with them, works best for me. Fruit has never seemed to have been an issue – but I will pay more attention to see. Not eating much grain at all seems to be most important for me – especially eliminating wheat. That was hard being brought up in an Italian household! From time to time I eat some grains anyway – and always notice it in my intestines – so I do it less and less frequently, like when I don’t want to be a pain to my hosts, for example. I won’t die from it and taking extra digestive enzymes seems to help a lot. They, in fact, have helped tremendously!

    When I miss pasta – I make mostly veggie and a little meat bolognese sauce and serve it on shredded zucchini or in a lasagna layered with eggplant and zucchini in place of noodles – no ricotta – just a little parmesean.It digests beautifully for me

  7. Thomas says:

    I agree that you have to go with what works for you. I usually don’t mix vegetables and fruit. Fruit in the morning and at lunch, and a large veggie salad with dinner.

    I never could figure out why raw foodies have to eat ‘fake’ cheesecake made of nuts and avocados for dessert. Why substitute fat for fat?

    Posture makes a big difference for having good digestion. If you feel gassy, take a walk . . don’t sit down and fold your intestine up.
    That will cause swelling . . . and you want things to move along . . . :-)

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  8. Tara Burner says:

    I just eat as simply as possible and as clean as I can and not really mix a lot any how but yet I don’t really pay that much attention to it if that makes any sense?

  9. Jennifer says:

    I’m the Jennifer who asked the question – thank you for your in-depth answer!

  10. Sarah says:

    To Aubergine: I lived in Japan and studied Japanese Macrobiotics for 7 years. They actually do not advocate drinking lots of fluids in a temperate climate because they believe it will make the body cold and then we will catch a cold in order to discharge all the fluid. I watched my teacher religiously follow this principle for years and in all the time I knew her she never caught a cold nor was she dehydrated. Sounds crazy, I know, but after awhile on a macrobiotic diet of this nature, the body does not need to eliminate toxicity with the intensity that it does if one is not on this type of diet. However, there are also many soups and watery vegetables on a macrobiotic diet so they get their fluids this way. A true macrobiotic person would also know that if they traveled to a country with a hot climate, they would need to increase their fluid intake. My teacher would never dispute that. In fact, I often tried to trick her and thinking erroneously that macrobiotics always needed to be vegan, I once asked her what the native Eskimos shoud eat if she said one should always leat locally produced foods and in season. She looked at me and said “whale blubber”.

  11. Nomi says:

    My biggest food combo no- no is carbs and protein together. If it’s a tiny meal, like 100-200 calories it doesn’t seem to matter but if it’s a full meal I get sleepy from it.

    I have extensive lists in the appendix of my book The Raw Gourmet so people can figure out what category most foods are in if they want to experiment with food combining.

    I always have fruit and greens in my smoothies, no problem but Victoria Boutenko has a theory that greens are their own category separate from other veggies and that is making sense to me.

    Anyone who’s felt horrible at a 4th of July picnic, by eating watermelon after bar g qued whatever…has proved to them selves unwittingly that eating melon after all that slower-digesting food causes the melon to be held up in the digestive process thereby fermenting and causing all kinds of discomfort and gastric distress. The conclusion is often “I can’t eat watermelon” When it is really I need to eat watermelon alone. Loved the joke about needing to be alone when eating melon…never thought of that double meaning before…so I LOL.

    I think (too much I am sure!) that even tho there are lots of folks who say they never food combine never feel bad…that poor food combining still results in incomplete digestion even if you are that kind of person who doesn’t feel discomfort. And maybe many people have symptoms or health issues and don’t realize it’s from constant poor food combining…things like leaky gut and misdiagnosed IBS, etc

    It is well worth it to pay attention, real attention to how you feel right after you eat, 45 minutes after and 1.5 hours after. If you have to go lie down for a nap after dinner guess what? Poor food combining most probably carb and protein eg meat and potatoes, pasta a meatballs, rice and fish.
    Nuts and yams.etc….

  12. zyxomma says:

    I have no digestive issues unless I’m under stress. I used to practice food combining faithfully, and still maintain some of its principles. I eat melon alone, I use lemon only in water (never in recipes; substitute lime), and don’t mix concentrated protein with concentrated starch. Since I’m vegan and mostly raw, all of that’s pretty easy. I eat slowly, and enjoy my alkalarian regimen.

    That said, externals are important, too. At the end of last month, I was treated to a fabulous “eat your state” local menu at Pure Food and Wine to celebrate my birthday. The meal was beautiful; the boyfriend was great company, and we were in their garden so the setting was lovely, too. As always, the presentation was gorgeous, they do a great job plating the beautiful food. I did two things at that meal that are rare for me. I drank an alcoholic beverage (made with local huckleberries, unpasteurized sake, and a little cava) and I ate dessert (usually, I wait several hours). I did not suffer at all. The meal was so agreeable (and so beautiful that I took photos of each course with my iPhone) because it was a celebration. I would never try something like that while under duress.

    Health and peace.

  13. Jessica says:

    I have found that food combining is the only way to keep my stomach happy along with probiotics. I always eat my fruit alone. I do eat meat (I’m a blood type O therefore I have to have the meat to prevent anemia) but only with vegetables, never with grains. And when I eat my starches I eat them with only vegetables, never meat.

  14. MchlBrnd says:

    Talk about eating different foods together, has anyone every heard of the the american cheese burger and why it is the most un-healthiest food combination that you can put into your digestive system. Let me explain, the enzymes needed to digest the meat are arch enemies of the ones needed to digest the cheese, so while you just finished a very tasty cheeseburger, and feel full and satisfied, a war is about to begin in your digestive tract. The two armies of enzymes will busy attacking each other, and the most of one of the foods that you have consumed, will not get digested properly, and so it will turn, begin to produce toxic waste and your kidneys, lungs, skin, liver, hair, and all the other parts of your body that are considered filters, will go into overtime, trying to clean up the mess that you made by eating the two together, cheese and meat, or dairy and meat. Could this by the reason why the Jews do not even keep the dairy and the meat in the same place, together. HELLO!

  15. I’m not the Jennifer who asked the question. I’m a different Jennifer. :)

    I’ve always tried to stay away from set rules about what foods to eat when and how (since there seem to be so many differing and changing opinions). I try to listen to my body and eat what feels right and what makes me feel good afterwards.

    I feel best when I eat small light meals and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, but I often crave salty/crunchy foods and sometimes satisfy that “craving” by eating a small dish of nuts. It seems like I almost always feel sluggish after eating them. I wish I had a different alternative that seemed to satisfy me without making me feel crappy. I’m still experimenting. I’ll let you know if I come up with anything.

    Thanks for another great article!

    ~*~Peace~*~

  16. Wallace Gordon Dickson says:

    Well, I don’t focus so much on food combining, but I do keep pretty much to eating only fruit before noon, while my body is detoxing, and then from lunchtime on, I eat vegetables, a few grains, nuts, and legumes – the heavier stuff. This seems to suit my digestive tract just fine and I’ve been living with this rule for a number of years. Whenever I stray from this rule – fruit in the morning, vegetables after noon – I become uncomfortably bloated and gaseous. So I don’t vary from it often.

  17. Sherry says:

    I eat extremely simple foods , usually mono meals of fruit throughout the day , then a large salad made from green leafy’s and some celery or cukes or cabbage , zucchini or colored peppers with fresh fruit such as mango, strawberries , pineapple, or rasberries etc…
    Keeping it very simple is the key!

    Have a funfilled warm sunkissed day

  18. Eric says:

    Having blood type O does not mean that we are required to consume animal flesh to avoid anemia.

  19. Marisa says:

    I agree with all five of your food combining rules, and like you it took me while to figure out but when I did, I enjoyed my food a lot more. And it was nice to realize that it wasn’t that I couldn’t eat watermelon, it was just that I couldn’t eat it after a meal. I agree that everyone has to figure out what works for them, because my husband can eat a large breakfast and then drink a green smoothie without any digestive upset at all. Not that that’s the best thing for him to do, but it just illustrated that everyone’s digestion is different.

  20. Berries says:

    Question regarding fruit: Often when I just eat fruit, say some type of melon for a day or so, with nothing else, I do get terrible indigestion and often it will come back up hours later. Why? Does anyone else have this problem. Is it too much fruit? I have asked many people and no one seems to have heard of this or had the problem. Also it is not like I eat tons of the fruit more like a cup of berries, 2 cups of melon. Sometimes just one cup will cause the problem, not several throughout the day. Just searching for an answer since it happens every summer fruit season.

  21. Nikki says:

    The worst combination I have ever experienced was mixing oranges with yogurt. Sooo yummy, but sooo painful. Neither causes any problems for me apart from each other.

  22. Sharon says:

    I used to eat fruit alone in the morning, but then I found out I was pre diabetic and I read books on natural cures. All said either to avoid fruit, avoid fruit for periods of time (2 months or so). Some said to always eat fat with fruit to slow down the sugar absorption and not get the “spike”. So why would eating fat with fruit cause insulin resistance. Are they giving out misinformation?

  23. NS says:

    I am not the Jennifer who asked the question; nor any other Jennifer.

    Sometimes I like to put some watermelon in my smoothie because then I do not need to add (much) water. Is that okay? I put lots of fruits and greens in the smoothie. In fact I try to add variety of fruits and greens so as to get different kinds of nutrition. I hope that’s okay.

  24. hyesun says:

    what about just taking broad spectrum digestive enzymes if you eat a meal that has a lot of ingredients? like one that has enzymes for fats, carbs, and proteins?

  25. Rocio says:

    I was just telling my husband the other day that the key to a happy life is good food combining and regular elimination (they go hand in hand)! I agree that there can be some flexibility in that area but for me, food that is too complex or too high in fat causes a very unhappy belly.
    Low fat, high fruit/leafy greens work the best for me, even though I probably still eat a bit more fat that is ideal…

  26. Carol says:

    I am confused. I think everything I put in my salad is a carb – spinach, carrot, broccoli, lettuces, etc with bit of vinegar and olive oil. Isn’t this combining carb and fat which breaks one of the rules. I am new to this site so maybe it is a given that we are not referring to simple carbs. What about yams and coconut oil. I may be missing the point altogether. Thanks for clarification.

  27. Nick says:

    I eat what my mind and body tells me to eat which changes often from season to season and meal to meal. We need to listen more to our own bodies and less from those looking to make a profit. I try to eat as much food
    In isolation as possible which makes it easy for our mind and body to tell us
    What and how much we should continue to eat.

  28. Many people have digestive disorders, do not
    sleep well and get bloated and uncomfortable
    after eating. Food combining rules are
    simple, protein and starch need to be eaten
    at separate meals, starch needs an alkaline
    balance, and protein an acid balance, so
    melons are to be eaten alone, acid fruits
    are fine with nuts and seeds, and sweet fruits
    are ok with sub-acid fruits , but acid fruits and sweet fruits need to be eaten separately….
    following these simple rules are found in my
    book, Physical Mental and Spiritual Health, and
    The Fast Way to Heal for Life. Getting the
    most assimilation from your foods means most
    people need to food combine ….the best organic
    foods eaten, are of no value unless they are
    assimilated well. Find out more from my web.

    I followed these simple rules for my
    children who slept from 7pm to 7 am, and
    were the happiest sanguine children, easy
    to handle with no tantrums,…adults are
    happier and easier to get along with when
    digestion is the best it can be.

  29. Jean says:

    I am a Type O & tried being Vegan for 1-1/2 years. I gave a lot of importance to many, varied forms of vegetable proteins. After listening to Kevin’s Great Health Debate in Feb, I decided to go Vegetarian, so I now include eggs every other day and tuna once a week. I certainly regained my energy that had been waning! As for food combining, I must watch combining proteins and starches, other than fresh veggies. A good enzyme supplement for all 3 food groups has been very helpful.
    -Blessings!

  30. Michelle says:

    I’m with Sherry – I’ve been eating the same way for a little while now and I feel much better than when I ate more complicated raw food (or cooked vegan) dishes. Simplicity works for me!

  31. Lynn says:

    I was a little confused by Kevin’s suggestion to not eat fat with carbs, since I understood that, by slowing digestion, fats help moderate any blood sugar spike from carbs. And what about if the carbs in question are slower-digesting ones anyway, like whole grains?

    Also, a few subsequent posters said not to eat carbs with proteins.

    If both these suggestions are accurate, it sounds like you can’t eat carbs with anything (except other carbs)?!!

  32. oreganol says:

    I never eat out at raw restaurants these days because they make me feel so awful. Simple foods work better for me. I find foods at raw food restaurants very difficult to digest. I also once did a 1-day raw food course and it put me off raw foods completely. Everything seemed to have nuts in it and when I got home at about 6pm I had to go straight to bed because I felt so awful.

    So for me, following a simple diet works best.

  33. Sacred Steve says:

    Dr. George Yu advised me to always eat a little fat with carbs in order to avoid an insulin spike. Sounds contradictory to what you are saying? Or, perhaps I didn’t understand Dr. Yu correctly…
    Hearts!
    Sacred Steve

  34. Marti says:

    “Diet for a Small Planet” taught me to combine beans with grains for protein. Beans are high in certain amino acids, while grains are high in others, so together each compensates for the deficits in the other, providing high protein usability in the proper proportions. Now brown rice and any beans taste satisfying.

  35. Mo-ching says:

    It would help readers to know simple basic digestive anatomy. Animal protein is digested in the stomach. Stomach is supposed to be ACIDIC (not alkaline), so stop trying to “alkalize” your stomach, causing self induced acid reflux syndrome. If you switch from vegetarian back to meat protein, you will have to acidify your stomach again with apple cider vinegar. If you dont’ eat meat at all, then no problemo, leave the stomach alone.
    Carbos are digested mainly in the small intestine, that’s why you can carbo load your plate 3x more than meat…resulting in that constipated bloat or food coma, not to mention the glucose overload the liver and pancreas has to deal with.
    Mo-ching

  36. connie says:

    I am a little confused, I just got your 7 day raw food challenge book. I was reading the recipes to see what groceries I need and there are a couple of smoothies with watermelon combined with other things along with a soup recipe which uses watermelon with other veggies??? Why is it ok to combine watermelon in smoothies and soup when you should eat it alone??

  37. HO says:

    Let’s see the people in the book Bluezones. I wonder if they were concerned about food combining? They only lived healthy long lives into their 90 even 100. But then they for the most part ate little to no processed foods. Perhaps that is the key. I am 73 pay no attention to food combining, but I do eat what is now called a high raw diet. I juice, make green smoothies, very very rarely eat any animal products. This is when I may get into trouble. Eat a natural diet and don’t worry about food combining. That is what my ancestors did. They ate what was available and did quite well. I am here. I am on my way to 120. Want to go with me.

  38. Kathleen says:

    I have been vegetarian for over 22 years, primarily because I find animal flesh repulsive. I have type O blood and have never had anemia.

  39. John Michael says:

    I have been reading and practicing eating consciously for about 40 years now evolving slowly over time and have made changes as I have seen ideas about eating change over the years from our renowned experts (LOL).

    1) I Bless my food intently with gratitude.
    2) I ensure that I am hydrated before eating. Minimum, one glass of water and preferable two 20-30 min. before eating.
    3) When I eat, I avoid drinking at the same time so as not to wash away important enzyme activity being produced in my mouth.
    4) Being 67.5 years very young, I take food enzymes with most meals and especially if I have fats or purposely eat outside of my normal plan like pizza or grass fed beef, etc. foods which can be difficult to digest. Enzymes are like forgiveness for trespasses.
    5) I use my intuition a lot and start my day with a power packed smoothie with all of the hip ingredients, coconut water, bee pollen, goji, maca, flax, pure water, himalayan salt, powdered greens, etc. and even though I love salmon, I do not add it to my smoothie anymore than I would eat a smoothie within minutes after eating salmon. My stomach is not a blender and even though my Mom told me “it all goes down to the same stomach”, I realize it is slightly more complex than that. (LOL).
    6) I combine as few foods as possible to be more fully conscious of each food which I ingest.
    7) As much as possible I eat quietly and slowly and masticate thoroughly.
    8) Knowing these are my guidelines, I let them go and be in my presence and let my intuition take over.

  40. mark k. says:

    Is eating avocado and vegetables bad for digestion, since avocado is a high fat food and veggies are carbs?

  41. Susan says:

    Hi Kevin…Could you or have you ever given a sample of your weekly diet/menu. I’m having difficulty putting together a healthy vegan/raw meal plan. Help!

  42. rachel says:

    Food combining makes it easier on your digestive system, its’ that simple. Yes I eat that way 95% of the time. We have to have some leeway on occasion Kevin, not 100% perfect!.
    Some foods digest faster, some slower. Do an experiment and consume several foods wrongly combined. Your body’s energy will tell you by how you feel.
    I respect Dr. Cousens but he
    strangely made a comment that if you eat 100% raw no need for food combining. I totally disagree as fruit digests differently than protien or starches.
    namaste’, rachel

  43. steve says:

    Type O blood = not eating meat??? LMAO…Quit listening to the goof~balls who say this. Especially if they come from the medical (pharmaceutical, band aid patching, $$$ hungry) industry!

  44. wendy green says:

    great simple explanations kevin. i always knew about carbs and fats…just didn’t know why!! (too bad cause tahini and bananas are tasty). anyhoo…keeping it simple. fruit before 12 noon, veggies for lunch and dinner. nuts and melons alone. sprouts with everything! <3

  45. [...] At the end of last week, I published 5 rules for food combining that we try to follow as much as possible. (Here) [...]

  46. Kathleen says:

    Great article but can you clarify what you mean by carbohydrates? All carbohydrates like those found in fruit or just the starchy carbs in grains and potatoes?

    Thanks,

    Kathleen

  47. Heidi says:

    I have few books that suggest the same food combining as tell. i think it must have some sense, because when low carb way and I eat protein with veggies and greens only (with some fat) my stomach finds peace. The worst is eg. bread with boiled eggs or fruits or even worse dried fruits after a meal.

  48. Sandy says:

    Food combining is a band aid for digestive issues, and may work in the short term to relieve digestive upsets. However it doesn’t address the root cause, whatever that may be.

    A healthy digestive system does not have any problems digesting different foods eaten together. Our bodies make digestive enzymes and stomach acid for this purpose.

    In the long run, eating macronutrients away from each other can be problematic.

    Getting to the bottom of WHY someone is experiencing digestive issues is key to resolving it long term.

  49. Jeffery A. Arnson, Certified Nutritional Microscopist says:

    Wow! Lots of confusion here. Wouldn’t it be better to label foods differently, like when we refer to fats. Are we talking about bad-fats from dead animals or good-fats from plants? Protein from animals or protein from plants? Salt – table salt that’ll kill you or sea salt that’ll save you? Carbohydrates, simple carbs from sugar or comlex carbs from plants?

    So someone can eat a high fat, high carbohydrate and high salt diet and be really sick and someone else can eat the same (high fat, high carbohydrate and high salt) and be rally healthy, why? It depends upon the types of fats, carbohydrates and salt.

    To simplify the confusion, put foods into two groups: those foods that leave an acidic ash once metabolized in your body and those that leave an alkaline ash.

    The foods that leave an acidic ash make your body have to work harder to eliminate it from your body. Those foods that leave an alkaline ash in your body (alkaline buffering reserves), help your amazing human organism to return to balance. Acidic ash is stored in fat for one simple purpose, to protect your vital organs and tissues from being overcome with acid, and shutting you down, causing diabetes (if the pancreas), Alzheimer’s (if the brain), heart disease (if the heart), etc… Whereas, eating foods that leave an alkaline ash once metabolized in our bodies, assists our body to return to balance by supplying your body with what it needs. And, don’t be fooled, balance means alkaline, your blood pH should be 7.365 (alkaline by design), and your urine and saliva pH are normal at a pH of 7.2. Stress is acid and health is alkaline.

    Instead of all the confusion with this rule and that for food combining, eat foods that support normal bodily function and allow your amazing human organism take care of itself!

  50. may says:

    Thanks for this article. May I ask that is it advisable to mix flaxseed oil with oatmilk drink for breakfast ? This is recommended by nutritionist and quite popular here.

  51. suffian koroh says:

    food combination seems to be confusing! i combine raw organic foods such as meat,fat and vegetable. i then eat any combination. if i do not have any constipation,then that combination is right for me.personal expriment is the answer for everybody.

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