Did you know that digesting food requires more energy than any other function in the human body? Food combining is one of my favorite tricks to streamline the digestive process. Though food combining principles can get very complicated, depending on which expert you ask, I prefer to keep them simple.
Studies have shown that humans have a tendency to overeat when we are offered a wide variety of foods during a meal. (source) So, by simplifying our meals, we will naturally eat less, without counting calories or worrying about portion sizes.
For a properly combined meal, simply choose ONE category and only eat foods out of that category for that particular meal. A sandwich on whole-grain bread, filled with avocado, mustard, lettuce, tomato and sprouts. A leafy green salad topped with cherry tomatoes and goat cheese, followed by a piece of baked fish served with a side of roasted broccoli and cauliflower. A leafy green salad topped with dried cranberries and raw walnuts, followed by a platter of raw hummus served with raw crudites. Note: There is a lot of debate over the science behind food combining, without much evidence to back it up.
Since that protein powder has been processed to isolate the protein and remove the carbs, i would say it is more like nut or a seed (but not animal protein).
Hi I’m not 100% but I think because you mixed a protein with the fruit, just the salad alone with the fruits minus the chicken should be fine. To go into further detail from what micheline stated, chicken requires an acidic state in your stomach, yet the fruit requires an alkaline state. Btw: Choosing a real light grey font colour in this reply box as well as a tiny font size is really hard on the eyes. Keep in mind almonds, and almost all seeds and nuts that have not been soaked and slowly dried in temperatures around 130-150f max will not be fully utilized in digestion and you will only be getting about 15-20% of the nutrients. Afterwards, the almonds don’t necessarily have to be dried (unless you prefer them that way for storage or convenience). One thing I’m confused about, you said to pick One main item, whether it be Starch, Animal Protein etc and then combine that with a Leafy Veg. I’ve promoted your website to my friends on Facebook and hope you gain a deeper fanbase as a result. Principles of Combining Foods Properly was made popular by Dr Herbert M Shelton in Dr Shelton’s Hygienic Review decades before Fit for Life.
I read the Fit for Life books and they talked a lot about Herbert Shelton and his facility in San Antonio. I now want to loose 50lbs, and being despondent on the Metro North, started telling a co-passenger about it..
She immead told me to GooG Food Combine and Natural Hygiene (and I ended up here (smile)).. I’m just curious, but why would bananas be the only fresh fruit allowed with nuts, seeds and dried fruits?
I believe it’s because bananas have a much lower water content when compared to other fresh fruits, so they have a slower digestion time that is similar to dried fruits. Just like everybody else, vegetarians and vegans need complete protein to get all the essential amino acids, so their bodies don't fall into a negative protein balance - otherwise known as starvation. The USDA recommends 56 grams of protein a day for a man age 40 weighing 160 lb, and 46 grams of protein for women - based on a 40 yr old woman who weighs 140 lb. But protein needs vary depending on age, size, growth, health, physical activity, body type, pregnancy and lactation. Leucine (Leu) - growth hormone production, tissue production and repair, prevents muscle wasting, used in treating conditions such as Parkinson's disease. Lysine (Lys) - calcium absorption, bone development, nitrogen maintenance, tissue repair, hormone production, antibody production. Methionine (Met) - fat emulsification, digestion, antioxidant (cancer prevention), arterial plaque prevention (heart health), and heavy metal removal.
Phenylalanine (Phe) - tyrosine synthesis and the neurochemicals dopamine and norepinephrine. Tryptophan (Trp) - niacin production, serotonin production, pain management, sleep and mood regulation.
ALL plant based foods have varying amounts of protein (plus carbohydrates, fats and other good things), and the body will combine proteins from all sources, to make 'complete protein'.


The term 'complete protein' means that all eight essential amino acids are present in the correct proportion.
Foods from animal sources have complete proteins Some foods from the plant kingdom, such as soy and quinoa, have complete protein. The term 'incomplete protein' refers to foods which have all the essential amino acids, but are low in one or more of them.
Most plant foods have one or more limiting amino acids which limit the availability of all the other amino acids in the food. For example, the limiting amino acid in grains is usually lysine (Lys); in legumes it can be methionine (Met) and tryptophan (Trp). Scientists used to think that vegetarians, and especially vegans, would develop protein deficiency if they didn't get eight or nine essential amino acids all together in proper amounts at every meal.
Frances Moore Lappé, author of 'Diet For A Small Planet', is well known for the theory of combining complementary proteins at each meal. Whenever we eat, our body deposits amino acids into a storage bank, and then withdraws them whenever we need them.
We still need a healthy variety of good protein building foods, so the body can make enough complete proteins to be happy, even though you don't need to worry about how and when you combine them.
Each plant food has its own unique amino acid profile, from green leafy veggies to tubers, from barley to quinoa, from lentils to tofu, from macadamias to brazil nuts. Your body puts together amino acids from plant foods to give you complete protein throughout the day. Eating for complete protein isn't a scientific system of food combining, where you have to keep track and analyze everything you eat. Complete Protein Sample Menus gives suggestions for two days vegan meals and snacks, which will give your body the raw materials to make plenty of "complete protein" . Savvy Vegetarian's favorite recipes - easy, family tested, and delicious - along with nutritional values. She holds degrees in organic chemistry, psychology and a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Although protein is certainly an essential nutrient which plays many key roles in the way our bodies function, we do not need huge quantities of it. You could follow this meal with some dark chocolate or goat’s milk ice cream for dessert!
Dessert could be a slice of raw cheesecake, a few raw macaroons, or a couple raw almond butter cups!
Sprouting doesn’t change it from being a starch, but the enzyme processing that removes the starch probably does. When both combined the stomach cannot fully digest these items to the fullest extent so they end up sitting for a while in a confused state and end up getting pushed into your digestive tract where it starts to ferment and create harmful gases which is why you were bloated and got cramps. That is to say, soaking them does not release enzyme inhibitors due to a sprouting process. Also, removing the skins via blanching also removes the anti-nutrients, as they are conveniently located in the protective seed coat, similar to most seeds.
When you gave us an example of the sandwich option you said we could take a potato and put Butter on top of it, along with the Bread which is the starch .
The simpler, the better, if you ask me, so that people can actually eat without questioning what they eat all the time. I ended up buying his books (he had many of them) that focused on fasting and food combining, which I actually liked reading his conservative material, but he passed away and the facility was eventually closed..
Food combining is the easiest and most successful way I have found to lose and maintain weight. My Oatmeal with Nuts and some dried fruits (cranzins); with Two Boild Eggs – This is now NOT okay??? There are more restrictive charts on the Internet and you may want to read Dr Herbert Shelton’s original work. That leaves 8 essential amino acids (9 for children), which must come from the foods we eat.
So, the low level of Lys in grains is complemented by a higher level in legumes, and vice versa, to make 'complete protein'. It is NOT NECESSARY for vegetarians and vegans to combine specific protein foods at one sitting to make complete protein.


In the 20th Anniversary Edition of her book, she has altered her views in light of new knowledge about amino acid storage. So, it's no longer considered necessary to eat complementary proteins together at one sitting, to make complete protein. By eating a variety of plant foods with 'incomplete proteins' throughout the day, we can easily get enough 'complete protein.' For lacto and ovo-lacto vegetarians, any food can be complemented by the high quality proteins in dairy products or eggs, but it isn't at all necessary to include animal foods to get enough protein in your diet. For instance, the amino acids in beans & lentils are balanced by those in grains, nuts and seeds, and vice versa. A one cup serving of avocado, for example, has 3 grams of protein, and a medium potato with skin has 4 grams. It's a natural traditional way of eating, which most human beings have thrived on, for thousands of years. This chart is very limited, in reality the possibilities could fill several pages, and you don't need to rely on precise combinations of food for complete protein. Linda Posch MS SLP ND, is a natural health care consultant, who helps her patients to achieve a healthy body balance through proper nutrition. The myth that vegetable source proteins need to be complemented is similar to the myths that persist about sugar making one's blood glucose go up faster than starch does. It stands to reason, then, that the best way to free up some extra energy is to make our digestion as quick and efficient as possible. You can eat fruit as an afternoon snack or post-workout, as long as it’s been 3-4 hours since your last properly-combined meal.
When you’re choosing just ONE food category at a time, then filling the rest of your plate with raw and cooked vegetables, you’re bound to be making healthier choices! As I’ve just recently gotten into this subject I use to combine tons of seeds nuts fruits and fats into smoothies and thought I was being super healthy but wondered why I was so bloated and felt tired afterwards.
For future reference if you were to get the same salad, ask for the fruit on the side and enjoy them first, give yourself 20-30 minutes and then enjoy the rest of the meal. One question I haven’t seen asked and it may be because its so obvious but I was wondering about meat broth or stocks.
Your body does that automatically, from all the foods that you eat over the course of a day or so.
Athletes used to eat thick steaks before competition because they thought it would improve their performance.
So, food combining may just work because it encourages the consumption of more whole foods and simpler meals.
Learn the guidelines, but always know each of our bodies are different and experiment on yourself to see what works best for you. This looks VERY, VERY similar to the Somersizing program which started in the 90s and was based on the French way of living. I followed the combining food plan for many years back when it was called ‘Natural Hygiene.
If I eat fruit by itself or oats by themselves, wouldn’t that create a big blood sugar spike and then fall?
I feel that I’m prone to that, which is why I usually eat oats with eggs and fruit with nuts.
Previously I have combined the protein powder with Almond Milk, ground Flax Seed, and usually a cup of Blueberries.
I think the Fit for Life got a lot of bad rap later down the road because of how some of the principles were followed, such as eating all the fruit you want. Too much fructose doesn’t work for some people, and also being only vegetarian aspect. Then when Marilyn Diamond came out with another book and perspective, saying how that eating style almost killed her, and now she is all about meat, etc, also put a shadow on it.
I’m glad to find this website, and a different perspective on it, which is breaking down the sweet and acidic fruits, and adding more protein. There is so much information out there about which foods are better for you that it can be confusing; so many are giving information to sell their products, and also the way food in our country is handled also affects how our bodies benefit.



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