Food for Thought: A Basic Guide to Food Combining
Do not eat proteins and starches together. Your body requires an acid base to digest proteins and an alkaline base to digest starches. Proteins and starches combine well with green, leafy vegetables and non starchy vegetables, but they do not combine well with each other. If you must combine proteins and starches, include legumes.
Generally fruits should be eaten alone or with other fruits. if fruits seem too sweet, then eat a handful of nuts (4 fruit : 1 nut). Fruits digest so quickly that by the time they reach your stomach, they are already partially digested. If they are combined with other foods, they will rot and ferment.
Melons digest faster than any other food, so you should never eat melons with any other food including other fruits. Always eat melons on their own, at least twenty minutes before, or two hours after any other food.
Do not mix acid and/or sub-acid fruits with sweet fruits at the same meal. Acid fruits such as grapefruits, pineapples and strawberries, can be mixed with sub-acid fruits such as apple, grapes, and peaches, but neither of these categories can be mixed with sweet fruits, such as bananas , dates, or raisins.
Eat a maximum of four to six different fruits or vegetables at one meal
Fats and oils combine with everything (except fruits) but should be used in limited amounts. While they won’t inhibit digestion, they will slow it down.
- Two Hours after eating fruits
- Three Hours after eating starches
- Four hours after eating protiens