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Foods that Fight

Long ago in ancient China, it was widespread knowledge that there were foods that should not be eaten at the same time with other foods. This was a way of life then. By doing so, you cause your digestive system to not digest any of your food properly. There wasn't a food pyramid put together by the meat, milk and grain industries. Before you discount this let me share a few key points with you.

Do you have:

bulletDigestive issues now you are aware of?
bulletGas and feel bloated after eating?
bulletTo use a lot of anti-acids? You know the Purple Pill illness.
bulletConstipation? Do you have a bowel movement daily or a couple times a week?
bulletDiarrhea frequently?
bulletNausea often?
bulletPain in your abdominal area?

You might benefit tremendously but leaning about foods that fight or as it is often called "food combining."

Here are some basics to the concept of food combining:

The Nine Basic Rules of Proper Food Combining:

1. Eat acids and starches at separate meals. Acids neutralize the alkaline medium required for starch digestion and the result is fermentation and indigestion. 

2. Eat protein foods and carbohydrate foods at separate meals. Protein foods require an acid medium for digestion.

3. Eat but one kind of protein food at a meal. (Do not mix meats or proteins.)

4. Eat proteins and acid foods at separate meals. The acids of acid foods inhibit the secretion of the digestive acids required for protein digestion. Undigested protein putrefies in bacterial decomposition and produces some potent poisons. (Certain fruit are acid fruits, vinegar is an acid.)

5. Eat fats and proteins at separate meals. Some foods, especially nuts, are over 50% fat and require hours for digestion.

6. Eat sugars (fruits and otherwise) and proteins at separate meals.

7. Eat sugars (fruits) and starchy foods at separate meals. Fruits undergo no digestion in the stomach and are held up if eaten with foods that require digestion in the stomach. 

8. Eat melons alone. They combine with almost no other food. (Melons are the perfect food and do not require digestion in the stomach.)

9. Desert the desserts. Eaten on top of meals they lie heavy on the stomach, requiring no digestion there, and ferment. Bacteria turn them into alcohols and vinegars and acetic acids. (1)

Some Key Points and Further Clarification:

bulletMeat and protein require acid to digest and break down. Starch items such as bread, potatoes and pasta requires an alkaline. Even a mild acid will cause an alkaline to be neutralized. Remember from you high school chemistry. Mix an acid and a base (alkaline) and you get a milky water. That is what happens when you eat meat and potatoes together. Or eat an acid fruit such as a citrus fruit with a starch and the same thing happens. The two digestive juices neutralize each other and inhibit digestion of your food. Make sense?
bulletIf your digestive processes are not working properly, then food that is rotting inside you. The average American male has 3-5 pounds of rotting meat inside his digestive system. The bacteria acting on the meat is getting the nutrients, you are getting the toxins. Tape a piece of meat to your arm and see what happens as it rots. That is what is happening inside if you do not digest your food properly.
bulletFruit is best eaten by itself in the morning when your stomach is empty. Fruits are the best foods for human beings. In fact a melon is the perfect food. It does not require any digestion in the stomach at all. Ever had a breakfast and drank orange juice during the meal then find that you had acid indigestion later? Drink the orange juice 30 minutes before eating anything and this won't happen. Fruit that isn't digested will ferment inside your digestive system.
bulletSome Foods are best if eaten entirely by themselves or not at all. Milk or milk products are on this list. Milk is a product for young mammals. Ever see an adult cow drinking milk? It is difficult to digest. Raw milk at least has bacteria to help the digestion. Pasteurized milk has no bacteria in it so it is even worse. Milk coats other food in your stomach inhibiting the digestion of those foods. Avoid Milk products including cheese. The exception is yogurt due to the introduction of additional bacteria which will help you digest it.
bulletDo not eat sugar based foods with anything else. Sugar inhibits the production of ptyalin in your mouth. This is the alkaline that is needed to digest starches. Sugar is bad news with starches and protein. When sugar hits your stomach is also
bulletGas and indigestion are symptoms of poor digestion. Neither are normal. Gas is a by-product of fermentation or rotting food. Indigestion is nature's way of telling you something is wrong. The anti-acid business is huge in this country. Ever wonder why? Taking an anti-acid after a meal will inhibit your digestion because their purpose is to neutralize digestive juices in your stomach juices. You need those to digest your food.
bulletIf your body is functioning properly you will have a bowel movement after each meal. There is nothing normal about a bowel movement every two or three days. Your body needs to get rid of waste and toxins. Leaving them in your body will allow them toxins to be adsorbed. Whoever told you it is not an issue if you don't have a bowel movement at least daily is wrong. Make sure you are eating adequate fiber. Few Americans get enough fiber in their diets. Processed foods are lousy sources of fiber. Eat fresh fruit and vegetables.


I know this all sounds a bit out of the box crazy. You've been eating this way all your life or your grandmother never ate this way and lived to be 110. Let me tell you my story.

About 20 years ago, I discovered that I had spastic colitis caused by an intolerance to gluten. In my quest for knowledge about what the heck gluten was I ran across information on food combining. Made sense to me. My digestive process was already screwed up from the gluten. I needed to heal and help my body do so. Up to this time I had a lot of "normal symptoms" of poor digestion. Problem with gas and gas pains, acid indigestion frequently, constipation and diarrhea depending on whether I was eating gluten foods. In pretty bad shape.

I dropped the gluten best I could as I learned what foods contained it. At the same time I quit eating red meat/mammals. I didn't go total vegetarian keeping fish and fowl in my diet. I dropped weight for sure as I learned to count calories. And I learned what foods to eat together. Slowly my digestive system healed. Soon I noticed my other symptoms went away. No more gas and bloating. Indigestion went away. Regular bowel movements. That was 20 years ago. Over those years I watched what I ate and carefully followed the food combining approach to eating.

Did it work? Yes it did. I am a true believer. In that 20 years I have become quit sensitive to noticing what happens to my body when I eat certain foods. Sure I occasionally get  gas or indigestion but I can tell you what food I ate with what other food that caused it. I also watch my intake of sugar. I am especiallyy careful to eat it alone when it won't interfere with other foods I have eaten. And those times I have drifted from the diet, I have paid a price with poor digestion.

What have been my long term effects? At age 56 I have never had an issue with too much weight. I am holding at about 160 lbs. At my height of 5'11" that is good for me. I am as healthy now or more so than any other time in my life. I almost never get indigestion anymore. I use to get it as soon as I finished a meal, or get huge gas pains. Those are all memories. I have to admit that a large amount of the food I eat is Asian. Perfect food combining choice.


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Ok I have gotten your attention so what can you eat and when?

bulletEat all proteins at the evening meal so while you rest your body can focus its energy to dealing with the digestion of the proteins. It takes a lot of energy to breakdown meat to amino acids you can use.
bulletEat starch at lunch. Remember your body derives its energy primarily from starch/carbohydrates. 60-70% of your calories should come from low glycemic carbohydrates.
bulletDo not mix meat or proteins with starch at the same meal. That means no meat and potatoes at the same time. Neither will digest properly.
bulletTofu is the exception to protein with starches. I can eat tofu with rice or potatoes with no problems. Some people have issues with tofu. Apparently it takes time for some people's bodies to adjust to tofu.
bulletDo not mix proteins at the same meal. It takes different hydrochloric acids to digest different meats. You can eat the same kind of proteins together such as sea foods, or you can mix fowl but do not mix red meat and chicken or fish and red meat or fish and chicken. The combination will not digest properly.
bulletAlways eat vegetables with either meat or starch. Vegetables have enzymes in them that will help the digestion of both. Not all vegetables are considered vegetables though.
bulletEat fruit by itself the first thing in the morning. Eating fruit while you have anything in your stomach will inhibit the digestion of the fruit and it will ferment and rot in your digestion system. You don't want rotting food inside you.
bulletDo not drink liquids with your meal. Drink water at least 30 minutes prior to a meal. Drinking a liquid will dilute the digestive juices and inhibit your digestion.
bulletDo not drink hot or cold liquids. Room temperature liquids are best. Don't drink foods with meals or immediately after, same difference, its still in your stomach.
bulletAVOID SWEETS especially with a meal. If you are going to eat any kind of sugar food eat it by itself long after you have eaten any prior meal. Sugar has gives you no nutritional value or worse.
bulletIt takes a starch meal about 4 hours to digest and get our of your stomach. It takes a meat meal about 8 hours to leave your stomach. Anything that you put into your stomach after such a meal will affect the digestion of that prior meal. Be aware of what you eat and when you eat it.

Herbert Shelton is considered the father of Food Combining in the US.

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bullet Internet Health Library
bullet Nine Rules for Proper Food Combining  By Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
Reprinted from Dr. Shelton's Hygienic Review


bullet(1) Dr. Herbert M. Shelton  from Dr. Shelton's Hygienic Review
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Further Reading and books

The Complete Book of Food Combining by Jan Dries & Inge Dries
Food Combining and Digestion by Steve Meyerowitz
Food Combining For Health by Doris Grant & Jean Joice
Food Combining For Vegetarians by Jackie Le Tissier
Food Combining Made Easy by Herbert Shelton, N.D.
Food Combining Simplified by Dennis Nelson
Get Well With The Hay Diet by Jackie Habgood


Tumors are a way your body deals with toxins. Everyday you treat your body poorly by eating foods that do not digest properly. And your diet also includes God knows how many chemicals. Where do you think your body puts all those toxins? It stores them in tumors. You do not want toxins in your body. Tumors are not a good thing. They may not poison you immediately but over 20-30 years when you start wondering how did I get cancer, remember these words.


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