Superior Food Combining

Natural Hygiene is philosophy that promotes entirely natural means to heal the body by using properly combined whole plant foods, exercise, Sunshine, and rest. The principles of food combining espoused by Natural Hygiene in books such as the Diamond's Fit For Life and Herbert Shelton's Food Combining Made Easy work extremely well for the average cooked-food eater. They worked for me when I first applied them. These principles essentially demonstrate that cooked proteins (steak) and cooked carbohydrates (potatoes) should not be eaten together, and that all cooked foods should be eaten with a salad. They also demonstrate the vital point that only one type of concentrated (cooked) food should be eaten at a meal. Also, they suggest fruits should be eaten alone.

The challenge with the old food combining principles is that they are outdated as much as been learned since they were formulated decades ago. My new guidelines are not strict (but helpful!) - eating should be fun. Below I have listed my suggestions for superior food combining:

  1. If cooked or dehydrated foods are eaten, try to eat only one type per meal
  2. Fruit always digests best on an empty stomach. It is always best to eat sweet fruits in a mono-diet (one type of fruit per meal) unless they are hybridized (seedless or have weak seeds) in which case they should be combined with greens or even fats. Sweet fruits may be eaten with green-leafed vegetables.
  3. The following fruits combine well with fat-dominant foods: dried fruits, bananas, apples, and alkaline fruits (citrus, figs, papaya, berries). Fat-dominant foods include: avocados, olives or their oil, nuts, seeds or their oil, coconuts, seeds, and raw dairy (not recommended). Combining sweet fruits and fats will allow the sugar from the sweet fruit to be time-released, providing more long-term energy.
  4. If sweet fruits are eaten with cooked or steamed non-starchy vegetables (asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli), the fruit should be eaten first. Combining sweet fruits and non-starchy cooked vegetables will allow the sugar from the sweet fruit to be time-released, again providing more long-term energy. Sweet fruits should otherwise not be mixed with cooked or dehydrated foods due to the potential for fermentation and gas.
  5. Initially, stay with one type of sweet fruit at a time. One may eat multiple types of sweet fruit together as the digestive strength increases over weeks, months, and years of eating raw plant foods.
  6. Green-leafed vegetables of different varieties may be mixed and eaten together.
  7. Green-leafed vegetables should always be eaten with any cooked starches (bread, pasta, rice, cakes), except for crispy or crunchy starches (corn chips, potato chips, toast, popcorn), which should be eaten with fats (avocados, olives or their oil, young coconut, seed oils, etc.). Crispy or crunchy starch is very coarse and harsh on the soft tissues of the body. Fats soften the abrasive quality of these foods.
  8. Foods dehydrated below 104 degrees Fahrenheit are great for transition and for an occasional treat because the enzymes are intact and they provide a bridge away from cooked food. Typical dehydrated foods should be eaten with green-leafy vegetables. Crispy dehydrated foods should be eaten with plant fats. When transitioning onto raw foods, I found benefit in squeezing lemon or lime juice on cooked foods and dehydrated foods. This adds flavor, enzymes, and alkalinity without contributing to fermentation of the food in digestion.
  9. Cooked foods and dehydrated foods should not be mixed together as it may cause a clash, fermentation, and overall poor digestion. Again, only one concentrated food should be eaten per meal.
  10. All plant or animal protein-dominant foods, such as sprouted grain, sprouted legumes, and animal muscle (not recommended) should be eaten with green-leafed vegetables to cut the acid forming potential or those foods, and to add fiber. Meat and dairy products have no fiber.
  11. Initially, stay with one type of fat per meal. Eventually, one may eat multiple types of raw fats together (e.g. avocados with nuts in a salad) as the digestive strength increases over weeks, months, and years of eating raw plant foods.
  12. Spicy foods, such as hot peppers, garlic, onions, ginger, etc., are not toxic if they are amenable to you. Eat them with fats. I can eat ripe red jalapeno peppers one after the other while feeling only a slight heat. (And that is an important point, peppers must be ripe or they are toxic.)
  13. Lower-sugar fruits and raw non-starchy vegetables may be eaten together (e.g. okra and cauliflower). Different types of low-sugar fruits may be mixed together (e.g. cucumbers and tomatoes). Different types of non-starchy vegetables (e.g. asparagus and purple cabbage) may be mixed together.
  14. Low-sugar fruits and raw non-starchy vegetables may be eaten alone (mono-diet), or with greens or fats. If sweet fruits are eaten with log-sugar fruits and/or non-starchy vegetables (asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli), the sweet fruits should be eaten first.
  15. For purposes of food combining, seaweed (dulse, nori) or algaes (blue-green, chlorella, spirulina) may be treated as green-leafed vegetables; however, they are not a replacement for green-leafed vegetables.
  16. Raw fermented foods (e.g. seed cheeses or sauerkraut), which often appear in accelerated healing diets due to their high enzyme activity, may be eaten with green-leafed vegetables to calm their digestion. Seed cheeses can combine well with cooked and/or dehydrated crackers.
  17. After some time of eating all raw plant foods you may find your digestion will have strengthened to the point where you can combine almost any foods within The Sunfood Triangle together without any adverse reactions. I have even combined watermelon, macadamia nuts, avocados, cucumbers, kale, and tomatoes at the same time without an adverse reaction!
  18. The overall balance of your food intake should keep you within The Sunfood Triangle no matter what you are eating. For example, if you eat protein, eat it with greens, then eat fats and/or sweet fruits when the meal is totally digested to help pull you back within the triangle. If you eat cooked starch (sugar), you need more greens and fats to find a balance.
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  • Samira
    Which food items if eaten together clash?
    7 years ago

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