We’re sharing Marilu’s simple food combining rules here. Give this a try and see if you don’t have improved digestion, increased energy and an easier time losing those holiday pounds. Commit to a full month of following these rules and then tell us what you think!
1. Do not eat proteins and starches together. Your body requires an alkaline base to digest starches. Proteins and starches combine well with green, leafy vegetables and nonstarchy vegetables, but they do not combine well with each other.
2. Do not mix fruit with proteins, starches, or any kind of vegetable. Fruits digest so quickly that by the time they reach your stomach, they are already partially digested. If they are combined with other foods, they will rot and ferment. Only eat fruit with other fruit.
3. Melons digest faster than any other food. Therefore, you should never eat melons with any other food, including other fruits. Always eat melons on their own.
4. Do not mix acid and/or sub acid fruits with sweet fruits at the same meal. Acid fruits, such as grapefruits, pineapple, and strawberries, can be mixed with sub acid fruits, such as apples, grapes, and peaches, but neither of these categories can be mixed with sweet fruits, such as bananas, dates, or raisins.
5. Eat only four to six different fruits or vegetables at one meal.
6. Fats and oils combine with everything (except fruits) but should be used in limited amounts because while they won’t inhibit digestion, they will slow it down.
7. Wait the following lengths of time between meals that don’t combine:
a. Two hours after eating fruit. b. Three hours after eating starches. c. Four hours after eating proteins. If this seems daunting start with the simplest part of the concept. Eat fruit by itself and keep your protein and starch contained in different meals. In a week or so you can refine it by working on the acid/sub acid fruits and taking a look at how much fat you’re including in your meals.