Food combining and why I believe it’s one of the healthiest ways to eat

I’ve talked at length in a previous article about food combining and why I’m such a huge fan and I still believe that if you don’t want to deprive yourself of anything it’s simply the best way to eat.

There’s nothing you can’t eat, there’s nothing you mustn’t have, you can eat anything and everything as long as you don’t mix certain foods.

One of the HUGE plusses for you all “tipplers” out there, alcohol is not banned or frowned on either as you’re allowed wine with your protein meal and beer with your starch meal but of course too much of anything, especially alcohol will lead to excessive weight gain so exercise restraint and don’t get carried away just because I said you could!

In a nutshell, I believe that food combining can be condensed into five simple steps, shown below.

Vegans only have one rule to follow, which is to eat certain fruits separately. Simple, isn’t it?


Eat 80% alkaline forming foods, 20% acid forming foods. This means significant vast quantities of vegetables and fruit, and less concentrated protein foods like beans, lentils and whole grains, instead of meat, fish, cheese and eggs.

Eat fast fermenting and acid fruits on their own as snacks. Most soft fruits ferment quickly. These include peaches, plums, mangoes, papayas, strawberries and melons. High fruits (although alkaline forming) may also inhibit digestion of carbohydrate. This includes oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and pineapple. All these fruits require little digestion, releasing their natural fructose content quickly. Eat them on their own as a snack when you need an energy boost.

Eat animal protein on its own or with vegetables. Concentrated protein like meat, fish, hard cheese and eggs require large amounts of stomach acid and a long stay in the stomach (around 3 hours) to be digested. So don’t combine fast-releasing or refined carbohydrates or food that ferments with animal protein.

Avoid all refined carbohydrates. Eat unrefined, fast-releasing carbohydrates with unrefined slow-releasing carbohydrates. Fruits that don’t readily ferment, such as bananas, apples and coconut, can be combined with slow-releasing carbohydrate cereals like oats and millet.

Don’t eat until your body is wide awake. Don’t digest when your body is asleep. Leave at least an hour between waking and eating. If you exercise in the morning eat after this. Never start your day with a stimulant (tea, coffee, cigarette). The ‘stress’ state inhibits digestion. Eat only carbohydrate based breakfasts such as cereal and fruit, just fruit, or wholegrain rye toast.

I really enjoy eating this way and it also gives me “bags of energy”!

If you should decide to have a go I’d love to hear your feedback.

Best wishes, Garth

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