For Improved Digestion and Nutrient Absorption Basic Principles of Food Combining 1. Fruits should be eaten by themselves, allow 30 min. before anything else. 2. Proteins and starches should not be eaten together as one meal. 3. Combine protein with vegetables or combine starch with vegetables. 4. Do not eat more than one protein food per meal. 5. Melons are best eaten as a separate meal from other fruit. Many people consider food combining an extreme that is too difficult to follow, but before you “no way” try it out and see how good you feel. Enhanced digestion increases energy levels, and promotes health and vitality. Food combining refers to the combination of foods which are compatible with each other in terms of digestive chemistry. It is a basic component to optimal nutrition because it allows the body to digest and utilize the nutrients in foods to their full extent. Our modern culture has become conditioned to think more in terms of a balanced meal rather than a balanced diet. Most people eat foods from all the different food groups at each sitting; this is very taxing on the body and may be why there are so many Digestive diseases today – from stomach to colon. For the best possible digestion and utilization of food, we need to observe certain rules in the way we combine foods within a meal. Protein foods require a highly acidic environment for digestion while carbohydrates (starches, sugars, and fruit) and fats require a more alkaline medium. Anytime two or more foods are eaten at the same time, that require opposite conditions for digestion, the digestive process is compromised. When proteins and starches are combined their stimulation to the digestive juices generates a conflictual response and produces a medium that does not digest either food very well. This situation often leads to indigestion, gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, and poor absorption of nutrients. If carbohydrates are not digested they can ferment producing poisons such as carbon dioxide, acetic acid, lactic acid, and alcohol, and undigested proteins have been linked to auto-immune diseases and allergies. Eating different food type combinations together is for the digestive system like trying to do two things at once. The human digestive system works best when meals are simple and combinations are minimal. By applying food combining principals you avoid the poisonous by-products of poor digestion. By selecting compatible food combinations the digestive task is lessened with allows more energy for other activities. The discomforts of indigestion are so common in today’s world that it’s almost considered normal. The fact that millions of dollars are spent annually on antacids is proof of this. The incidence of various diseases of the digestive tract are increasing at an alarming rate. Rather than suffering or using drugs to suppress symptoms, wouldn’t it be wiser to remove the causes of the indigestion? NO MORE MEAT AND POTATOES! NO MORE CHEESE SANDWICHES!