Today, I thought I’d share a simple weight loss tip … food combining!

I initially learned about food combining from my Mom. She had read a book called, Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. In reading this book, she became inspired and began implementing the food combining principles discussed in the book.

In doing so, she was able to lose weight (and maintain it) without really trying. All she had to do was follow a few simple rules. And, once you learn these rules you’ll be able to do the same! She also enjoyed not feeling bloated after meals, had more energy, and just felt healthier overall.

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The principles of food combining are based on our body’s digestive chemistry. In a nutshell, there are combinations of foods that are compatible when eaten together, and there are combinations of foods that are not.

Compatible food combinations support proper food digestion, and better utilization of the nutrients from the foods we eat. Foods that aren’t compatible actually end up rotting in our stomach (aka indigestion). Not only does this cause distress, but a variety of digestive disturbances like gas, flatulence, upset stomach, regurgitation, heartburn, constipation, and diarrhea.

There are several books on this topic including:

Food Combining Made Easy by Dr. Herbert M. Shelton

Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond

“Food Combining for Health and Longevity by Dr. Wayne Pickering

Below, I’ve listed 7 food combining rules, from the book, Food Combining for Health and Longevity by Dr. Wayne Pickering. These will help give you a general idea of how to properly combine your food for effortless weight loss (and maintenance). As long as you follow these simple rules, you will lose weight!

7 Rules of Food Combining

  1. Proteins and starches should not be eaten together.
  1. Fruits should not be eaten with starches.
  1. Fruits should not be eaten with proteins.
  1. Fruits and vegetables should not be eaten together.
  1. Melons should be eaten alone or left alone.
  1. Acid and sweet fruits should not be eaten together.
  1. Do not mix more than 4 to 6 fruits or vegetables at a meal.

At first, you might be thinking, “What in the world can I eat?” Don’t worry! As you start to experiment and play around with the food combining rules, you’ll figure out creative and delicious substitutions and ways to eat your favorite foods!

I would also recommend watching this free interview. To illustrate the “why” behind food combining, Dr. Pickering explains how our digestive system and processes work. He also goes over each of the above food combining rules, so you’ll have a more clear understanding of what to eat, and what not to eat.

You may also be interested in some of Dr. Pickering’s other food combining educational materials:

“The Perfect Diet Mini Program” 

“The Food Combining Guide” – a 20″ x 24″ laminated chart that you can put on your refrigerator!

  • Did You Know?
  • Dr. Herbert Shelton developed the original food combining system. It was designed as a means to help seriously ill people get healthy.

Food Combining is More than Just a Way to Lose Weight

I’d also like to mention, although, this post highlights food combining as an effective way to lose wright and/or maintain it, there are  many other health benefits associated with proper food combining.

For starters, you may have had the realization, in reading this post, that food combining could be a logical remedy for dealing with digestive issues.

And there’s more!

Other Health Benefits associated with Food Combining

Improved Health

Better Sleep

Improved Mental Clarity

Increased Energy

Better Sex Life

Vitality – feel and look younger!

Longevity – add years to your life!

Eliminate indigestion – heartburn, upset stomach, gas, constipation, etc.

Weight Control

What do you think? Give it a try!

Best of Health!


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