Food combining 101

I eat according to food combining principles and have been, generally, for over the past decade. I’m not strict about it and will break rules but notice changes in my body when I do.

If those around you aren’t following food combining rules here are some solutions:


I say try food combining for a week and feel the change.

What is it?

To simplify a complex process, different food groups are digested by different enzymes in different parts of the digestive track for different periods of time. So when incompatible foods are eaten together, or within a few hours of each other, the wrong enzymes end up trying to digest to the wrong foods for the wrong amount of time.

Why do it?

The first result is of bad food combining is incomplete digestion followed by fermentation and putrification of undigested remains. This then generates toxic poisons, which are then absorbed into the bloodstream, tissues and bones.

The end results over a long period of time directly cause or contribute to a multitude of diverse elements including all gastric elements, skin, allergies, bad breath, obesity, malnutrition, fatigue, high blood pressure, arthritis & general ill health. I don’t want to sound scary but it’s an ailment like any other, so some say cancer is included on the list.

Should you try it?

Here is a four step quick test to determine if bad food combining is affecting you:

  1. Do you, despite chewing your food well, get cramps, heartburn, acidity or indigestion after eating?
  2. Do you, despite eating nutritious foods, suffer from unexplainable elements like allergies or fatigue?
  3. Do you, despite a low calorie diet, gain or retain weight and fail to thrive on high-quality food?
  4. Do you suffer from bad breath, body odor or flatulence?

What are the rules?

Here is a simple food combining chart that you can use as a resource. If you have questions, ask away!

The fruits in that chart on the bottom take two hours to digest completely. The protein takes 12 hours.

What’s an example of food combining?

For example, fish with rice is not an ideal meal. The fish, a protein, requires about 12 hours in an acid stomach medium and the enzyme pepsin is used in digestion. The rice, a starch, requires about five hours in an alkaline medium in your mouth and intestines, using the enzyme amylase and others. So the rice will effectively stop the complete digestion of the fish while the rice is being digested in the stomach. The fish will essentially “rot” in the stomach for hours while the rice is being digested. This increases toxicity in the body, fatigue, indigestion and stinky flatulence!


Fish and rice may seem like a delicious idea but is it good for your body?
Basic rules are:

  1. Don’t combine protein, or acid fruits with starch.
  2. Don’t eat sweet desserts after protein.
  3. Do combine starches, green vegetables, fats, sugars. All these require an alkaline medium to digest.
  4. Do combine proteins, fats, acid fruits and green vegetables. All of these require an acid medium.

What do you think about food combining? Let me know, leave a question or comment. 

Eat well lovely readers! 



5 thoughts on “Food combining 101”

  1. Wow at first I was thinking it was a difficult thing, but actually that chart you have is surprisingly a simple flow to explain it. I didn’t even know that most of what I eat is food combining until just now. 😊


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