Many many many years ago (ok, that may be too many “manys”) when I was in grammar school I got my hands on a copy of the book Fit For Life. Harvey and Marilyn Diamond changed their digestion, health and energy levels mainly by employing food combining principles. The gist: don’t eat complex carbs with protiens, don’t eat fruit with other foods, don’t eat melon with anything but melon… and eat more high-water-content food (veggies & fruits). These are the basics. The book is fascinating. Food combining is a helpful way to improve your digestion. Its a good starting point for a healthier diet. Its not too hard to follow. Its quite sane and rational. And…I found it works tremendously well!
Above is a cheat sheet to more complex food combining. Per the nutrition gurus, what is missing from this chart is a separate category for leafy greens (kale, lettuce, edible weeds, arugula, etc), and they are their own “category” because you can eat them with fruit. That’s the basis behind the green smoothie phenomenon. Eating lots of paletable greens as a drink spun with water and fruit in a high powered blender is totally ok if you food combine!
I’m printing this little chart– its a great reminder when I’m shopping at the grocery store & farmers market that its time to diversify my eating & mix it up properly! xoxo Dana