Food Combining 101

One of the key factors to health is energy conservation; therefore, conserving energy during digestion is of the utmost importance. We also find that a lot of our digestion problems stem from not what we eat but how we combine our foods and in what order we eat our food.

You might be eating the healthiest diet in the world and still having digestion problems causing you to feel bloated, irritated, tired, etc, not to mention all that wasted energy on trying to digest the food you just ate. Here is why: “any quick digesting foods must wait until the slowest digesting foods leave the stomach before they can leave, a process which can take up to 6-8 hours. While waiting, the fruit, cooked and raw veggies, and some of the starches undergo some decomposition and fermentation, producing gas, acid and even alcohol along with indigestion.”

Above is a picture diagram to help you figure out what foods combine well together for optimal digestion and what foods should be eaten alone. The basic rule to follow is to eat the most watery food first.

“Energy is the most important factor needed for recovery of health and it must be conserved at all costs and not wasted in unnecessary digestion.” Food combining and eating food in a sequential order will maximize the body’s ability to conserve energy by improving digestion. Remember, health begins in the gut!

If you’re in the DC area, join me next month at 532 Yoga Studio in Alexandria, VA for my fall detox. You’ll learn everything you need to know about digestion, toxins, food combining, and even what your stools should look like! If you’re not in the area, no worries, email me at for information on how to obtain my new fall detox program.

Food Combining