This is an example of a properly combined meal.

This is simply my approach to food combining. Certain food combining charts go very in depth with the combination of every food, which I find to be overwhelming. I have found that these three points have made the biggest difference with my digestion and clearing up my acne.

Proper food combining is a method of eating that allows you to digest your food in an efficient way, that is not wasteful of energy and allows you to absorb the most nutrients from your foods. Because all foods do not digest at the same rate and use different enzymes, it is important to understand which combinations are optimal for digestive health. Improper food combining leads to unpleasant side effects, like: bloating, gas and even weight gain.


  • It is recommended for fruit to be eaten alone or blended in a juice/ smoothie with leafy greens (spinach, kale, romaine, celery or cucumber). You should always eat fruit on an empty stomach.
  • Avoid eating fruit after a heavy meal because it does not digest efficiently and can cause bloat, weight gain and discomfort. (Refer to: Kimberly Snyder’s book, The Beauty Detox Solution to learn more about food combining and its benefits).


  • Combining proteins and starches is not optimal for digestion.
  • Protein digests in approximately four to five hours.
  • Starches digest in approximately three to four hours.


  • Protein and starches both mix well with most vegetables (not starchy vegetables).
  • Protein: dairy, all animal products, nuts and seeds.
  • Starches: beans (ex: green, lima, pinto, black, chickpeas), corns, grains, legumes (grows in a pod form, ex: peas), rice, quinoa, squash and potatoes.

I always say “Don’t believe everything you hear–simply experience it for yourself and see what really works for you.” I was told that eating a balanced meal of proteins and starches would make me feel better, but it only made me feel worse.

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Comments (6)

  1. MWH Member

    This is exactly how I eat and encourage my clients to eat as well! Proper food combining has truly changed my life 🙂

  2. MWH Member

    I am coming off of a high protein low carb diet and feel way better not eating animal protein or having an apple mid day anymore

  3. MWH Member

    I always had so mich bloating no matter what i ate…. and now i know why

  4. MWH Member

    This is interesting and something that most people probably don’t know .. (growing up with a steak and mashed potatoes as an ideal dinner :/). With all of this being said would you be able to provide a few different examples, say three different days, of what your ideal meals would be throughout the day? I love the idea of trying to work towards this but seems a bit intimidating at first!

  5. MWH Member

    This is so interesting and I can’t wait to implement into my diet and see how it works. Quick question – is it okay to combine a number of different starches? Say, a salad with both black beans as well as quinoa? Or do you tend to choose just one and combine it with other (non-starchy) vegetables?

  6. MWH Member

    Very nice article. I аbsolutely love this website. Continue the
    good work!

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