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I've read that proteins should not be combined with grains because this causes slower digestion and a bloated feeling, and that fruit should only be eaten by itself.

Does this really help with digestion or is it a myth? I've been trying this recently and find it difficult to make "interesting" dishes. I love fruit in my salads but I suffer from bloating a lot so maybe I shouldnt do this?


This might be the ol' ED trying to restrict by controlling food combinations but I also have digestive problems soooo I dunno!

Any ideas?
 

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Suzanne Sommers has a couple of diet books where she says you shouldn't combine certain foods. I tried it quite a few years ago and it definitely works for losing weight but it was terribly inconvenient. The only part that I still stick to is that I only eat fruit on an empty stomach. Everyone's system is different. I don't have digestion problems anyway, since eating a strict vegetarian diet.
 

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I was also wondering about the drinking while your eating thing? Its supposed to be bad for digestion right? Is it drinking anything or jsut water?
 

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Food combining is a myth and has no proven scientific benefit.

However, if you find something works better for you then do it but it has not been proven to have any health benefits.
 

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I tried food combining and found it incredibly restrictive and difficult to follow (although managed to do so for several months).

I would definately not recommend it.
 

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Some of it is myth and some isn't. For example, it's well known that we should it foods high in vitamin C when consuming iron containing foods. So, it seems like fruit would be a good canidate. I don't know the theory about eating fruit with other foods and fermentation? or something?
 

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I don't think I would enjoy a meal without water, or something else to drink- unless maybe the food was very moist/soggy.

Years ago I used to follow that "Diet For A Small Planet" scheme of combining different foods in the same meal to help your body use protein efficiently. I was never neurotic about it- sometimes I just ate one protein-rich food by itself. But I find my food more interesting if I have a combination of items together. Just bread, just beans, or just rice by itself is bor-ring.
 

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Years ago, Marilyn & Harvey Diamond wrote the "Fit for Life" books where they had a food-combining type of plan. You only eat fruit until noon and nothing else. It was supposed to cleanse your system. I don't remember any other combining issues they talked about (it was a semi-vegetarian plan, if I recall) but to this day, I still eat fruit by itself first thing in the morning. It has worked for me to get me "regular" and I feel better starting off my day with just fruit. I do eat "normally" after that with no other combining restrictions.
 

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Originally Posted by NickelDime View Post

Years ago, Marilyn & Harvey Diamond wrote the "Fit for Life" books where they had a food-combining type of plan. You only eat fruit until noon and nothing else. It was supposed to cleanse your system. I don't remember any other combining issues they talked about (it was a semi-vegetarian plan, if I recall) but to this day, I still eat fruit by itself first thing in the morning. It has worked for me to get me "regular" and I feel better starting off my day with just fruit. I do eat "normally" after that with no other combining restrictions.
This works for me too.
 

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what sort of fruits do you eat? So you dont combine them with anything in the morning? No yogurt, cereal, coffee, etc?
 

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what sort of fruits do you eat? So you dont combine them with anything in the morning? No yogurt, cereal, coffee, etc?
I eat whatever fruits are fresh and in season. Summer is my favorite because I eat a ton of melons and berries. I do not combine them with anything -- no yogurt, no cereal, no coffee -- although on occasion, I'll eat my fruit with herbal decaf tea. About an hour after I'm done eating fruit, I'll have my "real" breakfast.
 
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