The Art and Science of Regenerative Eating: Building Better Health One Meal at a Time

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Eating compatibly doesn't mean reducing your meal size. It's much better to substitute compatible items for the incompatible ones in your usual setup, so your meal size should stay the same or could even increase.


Just decide if you want dairy, carb, or protein, and then make compatible choices of sides to go with it. Use fats in more quantity with starches, less quantity with proteins or dairy. Let fruits or veggies be the larger portion of every meal, and eat them in a wide variety of colors for the best nutrition.


When our meals are properly combined and proportioned, we can easily handle a bit more food—especially more fruits and veggies—and still excess weight falls away and health continues to improve on a daily basis.


Regenerative Eating is by far the easiest and most delicious way to
lose weight, look great, and feel like a kid again!


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Q: The eating examples you give would send me down hill!

I've tried zero carb or low carb before and it has taken a lot of rest and food to get my system working again (I ended up in hospital for a month and needed a wheelchair for even longer)!


Mom says "The aging process is inevitable, no-one has found the key to eternal youth, and where would we be if no-one died – the world would be totally overpopulated! For heaven’s sake don’t become paranoid about eating and allow worries about to dictate your life!"


A: I'm sorry to hear that another program messed you up so bad. Anyone would "go downhill" if they change their diet too quickly—that's why I discuss at length how to do it slowly. Making small changes one or two at a time for a week or more each will over time help your body repair itself.

That's what the Hay Diet does, it helps the body heal itself, but it is limited in this ability by the eating habits of the individual as well as their body's current state of deterioration. Consistency is the key to success, you have to consistently eat properly combined meals and snacks every single day.


Every miscombined meal and snack takes you two steps backward. Eating that way also feeds the mental aspects of fear, paranoia, and worry, so putting an end to those eating habits heals the mind as well.


If I had known when I started that food combining would do all this, I would have taken some "before" pictures close-up of my face so I would have photographic proof of how much younger I look now than I did a year ago. Dr. Hay writes that taking 10 or more years off of your looks is a common "side effect" of correcting food habits. I'll take it!

But this isn't about eternal youth or living forever. It's more about making life a lot less physically uncomfortable to go thru. Yes, Regenerative Eating should extend our lifespan as well—how long depends on when we start and how consistently and strictly the eating guidelines are followed—but it won't be outrageously longer than usual (i.e. years longer, not decades longer). The main thing is it will be without the typical age-related debilitation and chronic disease we see so many unfortunate souls suffering, my own family history included here.

Q: I wish I was as strong as <<this person who is trying to sell me something>>...

I try so hard in this world and others just don't get hit by "Dr. Hay's hypothesis":

I read Hay's book many years ago. The food combining part of Hay's hypothesis is contrary to nature as proteins and carbohydrates are commonly found together in foods of plant origin. That said, as our natural diet should be a carnivorous one, where carbs are rarely found at all, such a combination would never occur. You are right to highlight refined carbs. These have been shown time and time again to be the real culprits in many diseases such as those you mention. But the answer, I think, is not to look at eating carbs and proteins separately, but to get rid of the unnatural carbs altogether.


A: The "carbs and proteins occur together naturally" rebuttal is a common one; however, foods that have both in abundance digest as only one or the other. Dr. Hay's books clearly explain this.


Also, a close study of our Taxonomy makes it clear that humans are designed to eat mostly plant-based foods. Our digestive system from claws to anus much more closely resembles that of herbivores, not carnivores or even omnivores as many like to believe we are.


Some carbs are included in Nature's diet for humans, while animal proteins are not. We evolved to be able to digest them in times of need, but we don't do it very efficiently and they tend to putrefy due to our longer-than-protein-friendly digestive tract (in comparison to that of carnivores).


Processed or refined carbs are the devil, that's for sure! But even whole grain or sugar carbs are not necessary for our health, and these along with starchy veggies must be treated with special care by always chewing them to liquid form before swallowing, or letting them dissolve in the mouth (sweets).


I have personal experience ending 5 years of suffering daily horrible IBS-D in just ONE DAY of doing nothing differently than simply eating carbs and proteins at separate meals, so I love it when people who've never tried it claim that there's no health advantage. Don't you believe it!


I also no longer suffer effects of high blood pressure, arthritis, chronic fatigue, and recurrent yeast and bladder infections. Carpal tunnel no longer causes numbing in my hands, even though I am typing much more these days (you're reading my typing right now, and I do this in addition to my "real job" which requires much typing daily). I am losing wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots, and even my vision has improved. I also haven't gotten a cold, the flu, or been ill in any way since August 2009.


And all this is just so far... I still haven't adopted all the changes and I still don't eat at the best ratio, so there's still more to come!

Q: I sent your responses back to <<this person who is trying to sell me something>>

and this was their response:

First point: MDs are not taught nutrition. Hay's diet worked because he cut down on processed carbs. He didn't know the reason then (early 20th century); we do now.

Second point: Vinegar contains acetic acid. Acetic acid is one of the three short chain fatty acids. Our bodies can use short chain fatty acids immediately for energy in a way that bypasses the Krebs cycle.

Third point: On a low-carb diet, IBS is usually the first condition to improve. It has nothing to do with 'food combining'; it is all about not eating carbs.


A: Dr. Hay knew the reasons for his successes very well—his books thoroughly explain every bit of the science behind his theories, which were formulated after studying nutrition and feeding experiments from all over the world. And yes, he did this study after he became a doctor and had been a standard pill-and-surgery practitioner for 16 years. He had to study independently because they didn't then and still don't teach doctors about nutrition.

Dr. Hay then put his detox and nutritional theories into practice on thousands of clinical patients for 30 years, anecdotal record of which can also be found in many of his books. Please read any one of them for yourself.

I was eating healthy carbs for 4 of the 5 years I suffered IBS, and I have never given them up—I eat them almost every day—so I don't know why anyone would think that IBS can be cleared up just by reducing carb intake. If that were true, then the Atkins diet should have been hailed as an IBS cure.

The bottom line is, <<this person who is trying to sell you something>> can do things their way, I will do things Dr. Hay's way. You are welcome to choose whichever method you think works best for you.

Q: Do you know about raw vs. cooked and carbs?

Can you explain this fermenting thing to me? What about this: "DINNER—Meat loaf, steamed spinach, steamed carrots; Salad—sauerkraut and grapefruit with mayonnaise; Dessert—lemon gelatin, whipped cream (unsweetened)"... Sauerkraut? Thoughts?

If I understand you right...we don't need meat, whipped cream and cooked veggies? Following your words this <<other website author>> didn't "take me for a ride" by saying that raw veggies, a little fruit, raw fats (I got some of his raw almond butter, which I have not used yet) are all we need? Cooking causes fermentation and fauling bacteria? Raw foods are needed for lactic acid bacteria...but fermented foods have this lactic acid.

I must sound like a nut but I have had more than enough pain in my life and am want to for once say "it's right for me and I don't care any more what they all say - and sell"!


A: There are many people who believe all food should be eaten raw. Dr. Hay was not one of them, but he did advocate eating a mostly raw diet. The greater percentage of raw food we can eat (fruits, veggies, nuts, etc.), the longer we will live. It's that simple.


Think about this: What other animals in Nature eat cooked food?



But we can't go from eating mostly cooked food to eating mostly raw overnight because it results in nasty detox, and since the body isn't used to so much raw food it won't be able to digest it very well—but only at first! Diet changes should be made SLOWLY. As we slowly increase intake of raw foods, our bodies readapt to being able to digest them better.


Now if we want that longer life to be free of age-related debilitation, chronic illness and pain, we should also practice proper food combining, which reverses current health problems and prevents new ones from developing.


Think about this: What other animals on this planet commonly eat
several different types of food at once?



It is only humans who design large meals consisting of many different types of foods, and when we don't understand how they will or won't digest properly together, we slowly poison ourselves over time by combining foods daily that should never be eaten at the same time. Just because they taste good together doesn't mean they should be eaten together!


Why do I compare us to other animals? Because we are just animals ourselves, subject to the very same laws of physics, chemistry, biology, and physiology as all other animals on Earth. This is why we test on animals in labs, because we can glean important information about ourselves in the process. If we observe them in Nature, we can learn even more...


Most other animals have a lifespan which is comparably many times longer than ours, as well as being relatively free of disease, chronic illness, etc. Have you ever owned a truly healthy pet? They don't slow down much with age, and when their time comes, it tends to happen pretty quickly and with only minor discomfort for them.


Contrast that against our typically long, drawn-out process of slowly dying from many illnesses and chronic health problems over the last quarter to half of our lives!


Most other animals also have an adult phase which is 5-10 times longer than their developmental stage, while humans' adult lifespan is only 2-3 times longer than our developmental stage (to age 24).


This isn't how it should be!


Our adult phase is so much shorter than that of other animals mainly because we do not use our food correctly and we put things into our bodies that we shouldn't, and these daily behaviors cumulatively cause all manner of human health problems. ALL of them.


The carbs that are not necessary for us are grains and sugar. Fruits and veggies of nearly all types contain carbs in varying amounts and are very necessary for any human who wishes to be truly healthy.


Did you know we can be completely healthy on a diet of only fruit and nuts? Humans are, by design, frugivores. This means our digestive system is designed to handle a diet of mostly fruit, which by definition is plant parts containing seeds, so literally this includes all the flowering vegetables as well (eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, green beans, etc.).


We do our bodies even better when we add in a lot of leafy veggies, some root veggies, and a little bit of the starchy veggies (tubers), too. We can also include a small amount of proteins, carbs, and dairy—but never these in the same meal together—and still achieve and maintain perfect health.


Dr. Hay wasn't too big on eating fermented food including hard cheeses. Like anything else in life, fermented food is okay in small quantities, but when we eat right and use our foods correctly, we do not require the benefit of externally pre-fermented foods or added microbes, and we prevent fermentation from happening internally as well.


You should notice that in Dr. Hay's entire 4-week sample of three meals and two desserts a day, there are only four times where sauerkraut is part of a meal. So that's just 4 servings in a whole month... How much fermented food have you been eating??


Just because something isn't necessary for health doesn't mean it can't help health. Sauerkraut and yogurt are like that, as is most dairy. Cream is not a necessary food, but it is a fat which aids digestion of carbs by slowing absorption and controlling blood glucose levels. So cream is a good food that helps health, while still not being necessary to health. Does that make sense?


As I said previously, we can be totally healthy on a diet of only fruit and nuts, where fruit includes the fruiting veggies (or things we call veggies that have seeds inside)... So no, <<other website author>> didn't take you for a ride since "raw veggies, a little fruit, raw fats" is easily included in "fruit and nuts" as described above. However, you really don't need to purchase anything special to follow these guidelines (e.g. you could look up a recipe for almond butter on the web and make it yourself).


Speaking of nuts, you don't sound like one at all. I totally understand how confusing it all can be. Especially when they keep changing the rules on us... This week eggs, milk, coffee, and butter are good and beneficial, next week they will all be on the bad list again! Who can possibly keep up??


This is why I keep urging you to read one of Dr. Hay's books for yourself instead of relying on me or anyone else to explain everything. I am not Dr. Hay so I don't have perfect knowledge of it all, and you may catch and remember certain things that pertain to your situation better than I can explain them since I am only answering your questions and don't know your situation.


I do know that I myself suffered a lot as well, maybe not as much as you since I've never required even temporary use of a wheelchair, but following Dr. Hay's guidelines made all my health problems vanish, and very quickly. Reading his books made it clear that all the awesome healing I thought was so miraculous was really just typical results for almost anyone who adopts Regenerative Eating habits, the exceptions being those who were too close to death already, and those with nerve damage or structural damage to vital organs—but even they still at least showed improvement!


Regenerative Eating turned out to be what's "right for me and I don't care any more what they all say - and sell" :)

Q: What are your thoughts on <<Dr. Naturopath>>'s research on acid saturation, cleansing, nutrient deficiency, and ionized water?

A: I try to follow only Dr. Hay's guidance: The best way to get all necessary nutrients is by eating a wide variety of colorful fruits and veggies every day, with 2-3 ounces of protein for replacement material, and just enough starch to support activity level.


We can study the minutiae and pick apart all the little bits that make up the whole of a food, but in the end all we've done is learned something new. We still have to eat the whole food to best receive the benefit from the sum of its parts.

All of our self-created illnesses are merely differing expressions of various stages of multiple vitamin, mineral, and other nutrient deficiencies. When you study the symptoms of deficiency, the range seems to include just about everything we commonly suffer. And when you look at the typical diet, it's easy to see why there may be deficiency.


You know how they are all in a panic these days because younger and younger people are getting fatter and having more and more health problems that used to be thought of as aging diseases? What's really happening is that with each generation we are being born more and more deficient.


(That kids today are also couch potatoes glued to video games and the internet all day instead of playing outside only causes their deficiencies to intensify earlier and earlier, simply because they aren't exercising which helps cleanse the body and release toxins, and they aren't getting sunlight to produce vitamin D, and they aren't getting enough fresh air or sleeping right—all of which combine to cause a ripple effect of compounding health problems.)


We are each born with all the system weaknesses and current deficiencies of both parents, so you can see how quickly the deficiency can escalate with each successive generation. Then we continue to wreak havoc on our own bodies by eating deficiently and not properly maintaining our bodies after our own births. Then we go and create another generation with all the deficiencies we were born with PLUS what we created in our own lifetime of eating incorrectly! The deficiency of our vitality, or life force, also increases exponentially with each successive generation.


You know how diseases tend to run in families? That's because we inherit both parents' system weaknesses so we are prone to suffer the same problems they have, and then we ensure our suffering by eating the same way they do.


Luckily we can reverse this trend for ourselves by eating more correctly, and if we do it for at least 5 years prior to conception, we allow the body time to regenerate to the absolute healthiest version of ourselves. If both would-be parents do this, then we can start to reverse the trend for the next generation as well.


If those children are then fed correctly and taught to eat correctly, then their offspring will be born even less deficient until finally we reverse the overall trend of progressive degeneration to one of consistent regeneration, with ever-increasing levels of health, immunity, longevity, and with no inherent weakness.

Drinking water is best, of course, and all we really need to do is filter what comes out of the tap. You can spend $600 to $3000 on an ionizer if you want, but it simply isn't necessary when pitcher and faucet filters do the job just fine.

Q: <<Dr. Naturopath>> says, "Eating protein actually makes you weak...

and eventually sick and tired from the debilitating acids of sulphuric, nitric, phosphoric and uric acid. The body builds muscle from blood and not from plant or animal protein... If you want to build muscle you have to build blood. And to build blood you have to eat green foods and lots of them...

"Sugar, in any form, causes enervation [reduced vitality]... Once again, sugar, including stevia, agave, glycerine, glucose, fructose, maltose, dextrose, sucrose, etc. steal electrical potential and thus energy from the body causing the first stage of acidosis, called enervation. Sugar is a biological waste product of energy consumed and transformed. It is NOT a source of energy for the body. Those who ingest it, even in moderation will be destroyed by it and have become a slave to its addictive flavor."


I try to toss those thoughts in my head - it put a different light on the matter: electrons - light - energy.

You still are my key - I am not trying to impress you, it's just thru you did I make steps, steps of hope and trust.


A: Well thank you, I am always happy to help people!


I agree that eating protein certainly does not build muscle. Protein is needed to replace the nitrogen our bodies lose, nothing more. The source of the protein matters, of course—plant proteins are easier for us to assimilate than animal proteins—but the quantity of protein taken daily matters even more.


It's eating more protein than necessary that "actually makes you weak and eventually sick and tired from the debilitating acids..." The body expends nitrogen at a rate of 1 gram per 30 pounds of body weight, regardless of fitness or activity level. Eating more protein than necessary to replace that leaves excess acid waste for the body to remove, and if we also aren't eating enough fruits and veggies to cleanse that excess acid or exercising our various eliminative channels enough to remove it, that's when it starts building up and causing health problems which cumulatively get worse over time.


I also agree that table sugar is evil and addictive, and if you look at Dr. Hay's 4-week sample menu, sugar appears in only one dessert in the whole month (and by the way it's brown sugar in the recipe, not white); however, pure honey, pure maple or raisin syrup, and pure agave nectar are all naturally occurring sweeteners which are perfectly fine to use in small quantities and as long as they are not in concentrated form.


It's the concentration of table sugar that makes it so deadly. Did you know that eating a tablespoon of white table sugar is equivalent to eating something like 6 FEET (just under 2 METERS) of the pure cane? That's what I mean by concentration, and that's why concentrated foods are so harmful.


Fructose is the sugar in fruit, and when taken by eating fruit it is a near-perfect sugar for our bodies. Hi-fructose corn syrup, on the other hand, is concentrated and should be avoided.


So again, it's the source AND the quantity that matter when it comes to sugars, just like with proteins (and starches, too, for that matter).


And you are correct, I am no longer impressed by anyone else's findings. No disrespect to <<Dr. Naturopath>>, et al—they are all doing fine work—but Dr. Hay said picking apart all the little pieces is great for learning as long as we don't put too much importance on any one part.


Yet we seem to have cultivated this habit of thinking the little pieces can benefit us all by themselves, or that we can manufacture them artificially, but we keep proving ourselves wrong as evidenced by the continuing escalation of health problems and disease.


Consuming whole food with all its parts intact is the only way to get the full benefits of that food or any of the little parts that make it up, because they all work best only in conjunction with each other. And while we may never understand why that is or how it all works, all we really need to understand is how to eat correctly for our bodies.


It's this simple: Eating incorrectly causes our health problems. This has to be true or else simply correcting eating habits wouldn't reverse health problems consistently for every person. But it does, so the logical conclusion is that the health problems came from incorrect use of food in the first place.


Eating incorrectly means eating at less than a 4:1 average ratio of alkaline to acid foods too often and/or for too long, whether you are vegan or vegetarian or a meat-lover. Dr. Hay's sample menu shows eating at over 4:1 only every other day, with the low-ratio days never being than one day in a row and almost never lower than 2:1.


Observing the ratio is the science of Regenerative Eating, how to eat at that ratio is the art part. Each person must learn to understand their own body and craft their own diet accordingly, making sure only to practice proper food combining, eat colorfully, and average 4:1 or better.


Trying to get at least half of daily intake in raw form is also encouraged, but raw food intake should be increased slowly over time to allow the body to re-adjust to digesting it.


So if we like meat, we can eat it! We just need to be sure we don't eat too much of it on a daily basis, and eat at least 2 cups (4 servings) of fruits and veggies for each ounce (1 serving) of meat. And that doesn't even have to be in the same meal, just preferably on the same day.


Using Dr. Hay's sample menu again, you can see there usually was either starch or protein only at one meal in a day (sometimes both on the same day but at separate meals), with all other intake for the day being comprised mostly of fruits and veggies.


You may also notice that Dr. Hay's sample menu includes some kind of fat with almost every meal, snack, or dessert. And yet America's latest food recommendations are to cut fat almost entirely (and to eat dairy, proteins and carbs together at every meal!).


I just shake my head and sigh...

Q: Your site makes it sound simple and yet even "correct" eating appears to be "not possible" with out supplements even if these are ionized water etc. Thoughts?

A: Humans cannot (and probably will never be able to) manufacture nutrients in a form that is as useable by the body as those found in Nature, but we certainly CAN get all the micronutrients we need from diet.


Supplements are not the best way to get what we need—nothing works as well as eating a lot more fruits and veggies in a wide variety of colors. That's what they're missing. They're basing claims of "not able to get what we need" on the typical diet which is way out of balance from what is really correct eating.


If they looked at people who ate like me or better, they would see the difference even in our blood, I have no doubt.


The only supplement I have taken since I started eating like this over 2 years ago is dried kelp, and that is only because I couldn't get my hands on actual dried kelp right away. No need for supplements when you can eat the real thing!


That's kinda how it is with all of it—when you eat more fruits and veggies than all other foods each day, and you don't eat incompatible foods together, you are guaranteed to drastically increase your vitamin and mineral intake as well as improve your overall nutrition.


Far better results than any supplement, I can promise you that.

Q: You make it sound so simple and yet there is so much confusion...

with raw 100%, supplements, cleansing, Vegan, Vitamin B12, ionized water (we run on electrons) - I thought by posting your page on <<Dr. Naturopath>>'s Facebook page that this would allow for thought and conclusions...


What about <<cancer blog lady>> - why are there so many symptoms which don't just go away?


Have you ever done "the optimal" and what would "the optimal" be? 100% raw vegan... What about those other tools and colonics, squatting to ponder about?


A: One of the first things you might want to do is try to ignore and forget about all the hype you've heard about all these different treatments, and understand that these are all just ways to try and shortcut the system. That's why they don't work alone—there are no shortcuts to achieving and maintaining good health, and it requires a multi-pronged approach.


To help with your confusion:

  • Going 100% raw is too difficult for most people, and it also isn't necessary;
  • Supplements usually cause more damage instead of providing the purported benefit;
  • Cleansing must be done correctly which usually requires a complete re-start of eating habits (very difficult and requires great discipline);
  • Vegans can still miscombine foods, overeat starches and sugars, eat too many chemicals, and a vegan diet is not appealing to most;
  • Vitamin B12 is best gotten from natural foods rather than from man-made pills;
  • Ionized water is an unnecessary expense since all you need to do is filter the water from your kitchen faucet.


I wouldn't recommend the latest "bio-identical hormone" treatment either. I refer to this and other things like it as a "Franken-fix" (yes, as in Frankenstein), and it's just another wannabe shortcut. When we eat correctly our hormones will come into balance auto-magick-ally anyway. Just eating correctly makes our bodies work better inside and out, from head to toe, so focus on the food if you want to be truly healthy—nothing else will get you there like good ol' food.


About <<cancer blog lady>>, if she has symptoms that aren't going away, it's likely because she's still eating carbs and proteins together. If she's vegan, then she's probably still miscombining soy products or acid fruits with carbs, not chewing carbs to near liquid before swallowing, and/or eating too many unnatural things or chemicals in the packaged vegan foods. She could also not be getting enough exercise, fresh air, sunshine, or sleep, which are each also important for good health (multi-pronged approach, remember?).


The "optimal" diet has to be determined by each individual for themselves—just keep your food choices in accordance with Regenerative Eating guidelines:

  • Eat incompatible foods at separate meals;
  • Avoid chemicals, carbonated drinks, and vinegar;
  • Reduce intake of acid-producing foods (carbs and proteins);
  • Increase intake of alkali-forming foods (fruits and veggies);
  • Eat raw fresh fruits and veggies in a wide variety of colors daily;
  • Have a small amount of fat with each meal or snack, especially carbs;
  • Chew carbs to near liquid before swallowing;
  • Eat only when hungry.


If you stay within the guidelines above then you pretty much can't go wrong...


Colonics is a fine tool for cleansing, but it must be done correctly. Dr. Hay recommended that the water never be warmer than 80F, and to use baking soda in the water to neutralize acidity of the colon. His treatment was to do this nightly before bed for at least 2 weeks or until the colon started producing stool on its own at enema time.


Squatting is something I definitely advocate. I finally got myself a small, foldable stepping stool for my bathroom, and propping my feet on it definitely helps provide a cleaner and more complete elimination. I've also found that swallowing several times can help kick-start the peristaltic contractions needed to get everything out with as little extra effort as possible (excess pushing should be avoided and is a sign that more fruits and veggies are needed).


Thanks as usual for your thoughtful comments and questions, which I hope I've answered to your satisfaction.

Q: I have a cognitive disorder and whole lode of names...

and this is why I look for extra explaining because getting things misunderstood has sent me all over the place - all along I have been driven by fear which has been aloud to manifest it self in many way's (anorexia brought to me by misunderstanding etc.).


You can't compare me with others in many way's and I followed what you write about "Food by Design" which is vegan! This is where the vitamin B12 issue comes, then the 100% raw which is also are design, then the aspect that this natural food should come with - electrons (not always the case now a day's) and water used to be electron rich (what the ionizer does)...


My family feel all well and they don't even do one of my steps - they would even think you are making jokes only I don't and am gratefull for your efforts you have made during this year with me.


A: Believe me, everyone is confused about food and health and what's really right, because we hear too much nonsense from folks selling supplements and gimmicks and shortcuts that only work for some people (or don't work at all!), and then we have to separate all that from real or truthful advertising featuring many different viewpoints...


It's no wonder we're all so confused!


That's why I encourage you to pick ONE path and stick with it. I know you've already tried that a couple of times and been burned, but the path I chose—Regenerative Eating—just happens to be one that, according to Dr. Hay's 30 years of clinical experience, works for nearly every single person who simply follows the food rules.


Good news: Regenerative Eating can help with your fear and cognitive disorder, too!


Yes, by our design we should be vegan; however, it has become very difficult to maintain good nutrition while observing a strictly vegan diet, mostly because generations of farming have depleted the soil of vital nutrients that we must now get from more economical sources.


Scarcity of the right plant foods long ago is why we evolved to be ABLE to digest meat—even though our digestive tract is clearly designed for plant material—but this ability to (barely) digest something doesn't mean we should inundate our diets with it! Yet that is exactly what we have done, thru ignorance and misunderstanding and malicious marketing as well.


Now the recommended protein intake is 3 times the amount it should be, while recommended fruit and veggie intake is 1/3 what it should be... And they wonder why we keep developing more and more disorders and diseases!?!


Please understand, I am not saying it is impossible to get what we need with a vegan diet, but most people find it very difficult having to constantly ensure that they include the right foods to get all 16 essential amino acids on a regular basis so as not to develop a protein deficiency. That's too much work for most people, especially in today's busy societies, and frankly most people just plain don't want to quit eating meat.


And the fact remains, meat is a concentrated source of many nutrients we have lost from the soil, so it is economical as well as convenient. We just don't need to be eating anywhere near as much of it as they say we do! And, like vegans do, we CAN go without it—we just have to be even more careful with our diet if we choose that path.


I still eat meat, but I can tell you it's a LOT less than I used to in both quantity and frequency. My eating and sense of taste continues to evolve as I incorporate more Regenerative Eating habits. In fact I just realized recently that I now prefer my veggies raw, which basically means my diet is mostly raw since I eat mostly fruits and veggies.


Going 100% raw is kinda like going 100% vegan: It's do-able, but not for most people due to the difficulty level. And with going raw you have to ease into it slowly—can't go totally raw overnight without some pretty nasty detox symptoms—the body isn't able to digest all-raw foods very well after years of eating mostly cooked foods. It takes time to re-adapt the stomach.


Also some foods just need to be cooked. I mean, you certainly wouldn't want to eat raw potatoes or grains, not just because they would taste yucky but because the body can't break down raw starch nearly as easily as after we've applied a little heat to it (and you wouldn't want to leave those things out of your diet either since we need such a wide range of nutrients for good body function).


That's the trick, really—just don't overcook foods. The preferred Regenerative Eating method of cooking is steaming for the least loss of nutrients or other chemical changes. Lightly baking is also good. Boiling is okay only if you will consume the boiled water with the food as with soup or stew; otherwise too many good nutrients are lost with the discarded water. But with most fruits and veggies, the more of them you eat raw, the better.


I can totally relate to the alienation of having health problems that no one else in your family has—it's like that for me, too. I'm guessing you are also the youngest child, like me? Unless moms and dads eat better to improve their health between children, each successive child is born a little more deficient than the last, and with susceptibility to even more health problems than the previous children.


The only way any child can avoid falling victim to susceptible health problems is to eat in a way that doesn't allow the problems to develop. Enter Regenerative Eating. Not only does it prevent development of health problems to which you are susceptible, but if you are currently expressing any issues (as I was and you are), then it will reverse them to the extent they are able to be reversed.


Just about the only things that can't be reversed are nerve damage and structural damage to tissues or organs. Even some late-stage cancers can be recovered to a non-cancerous state, depending on the remaining vitality of the person involved.


I have developed a sample Regenerative Eating plan that teaches people how to eat regeneratively and how to consider what was last eaten (and when) for choosing an appropriate next meal or snack. It features American-style food and meals, but if that's not available or desirable to you then if you will let me know what kinds of foods and meals you like to eat, I can create the same kind of sample plan for you.


Regenerative Eating guidelines can be incorporated into any cultural cuisine, and the same rules apply whether you want to be vegan, vegetarian, or a meat-lover.

Q: I sent you the food combining info I found on <<other website>>...

and because I went to my parents at Christmas and the subject of my fathers milk sugar intolerance (he claims to have developed at the age of 76 years) got discussed whilst they ate a real mix of foods (nothing like food combining) and he explained it all with enzymes I received this answer from him (I sent him the same chart). He said:

Much of this is simply not born out in practice. Example: "Meat and potatoes is a perfect combination for indigestion." If you eat these and do not get indigestion the everything is alright. Over hundreds of thousands of years our bodies have learnt to process all these things in various combinations. Example: Koalas live off eucalyptus leaves which are completely indigestible. They developed an enzyme which enables them to digest the leaves. Young koalas are not born with it though and are only able to produce it after they have eaten the mother's droppings. If these fanatics were right there wouldn't be any living creatures on the earth.




A: People who do not feel the effects of bad eating as indigestion DO still pay a price for eating incompatible items together—they just don't realize it right away due to the cumulative nature of their particular health problem(s).


Like your dad's sudden lactose intolerance.


And the fact that we are still surviving—totally ignoring the abundant evidence that we seem to be going down the collective health toilet quite rapidly as a species—is really a testament to the miraculous nature of the body's healing abilities.

Q: What's your perspective on "Juicing vs. Blending"; there are so many pro's and con's (oxidation, fiber etc.)?

A: My perspective is to first look to Dr. Hay for his, which was that fresh-squeezed unsweetened fruit and vegetable juices are good, but it is nearly always more beneficial to eat the whole fruit or vegetable.


To give you an example, his recipe for applesauce says to steam cut apple pieces—skin and seeds included—then press thru a sieve and sweeten to taste with Tupelo honey (you could also use agave nectar or stevia instead since those sweeteners are also compatible with acid fruits).


It would seem that blending would typically be the better choice, nutritionally speaking, but as I understand it with blending you have to be concerned with the amount of heat being put off by the blender. Vitamix juicers, for example, are widely acclaimed for doing a wonderful job of blending the whole food, but raw food enthusiasts worry that they put off enough heat to actually destroy nutrients in the blended food, much like cooking does.


So the reality of the situation is that with juicing, you lose the benefit of having consumed the fiber and seeds, but with blending you could be damaging some nutrients. I think probably the best answer then would be to do a little of both, or stick with juicing but make sure you also eat plenty of fresh raw or lightly steamed whole fruits and veggies daily for the nutritional benefit from seeds and the very necessary digestive and colonic benefit from fiber. (And seeds aren't always hard like apple—think pomegranate, tomato, cucumber, eggplant, etc.—we eat plenty of seeds with these and similar whole fruits and veggies.)


Remember that, contrary to what the grain industry would have us think, it is plant fiber—i.e. cellulose, not husks—that provides the necessary bulk to keep our bowels moving smoothly. Husks as we get from whole grains irritate our bowels to movement, that's true, but if we also didn't eat enough cellulose then the result is diarrhea—never healthy or desired. So getting some fruits and veggies in their whole form daily is necessary if you want to have a healthy colon, which is essential to having truly good health.


Also with juicing you want to try and juice only for your immediate needs, because storing fresh juice for any amount of time will result in some loss of nutrient content. That's not to say it won't keep just fine in a tightly sealed containter in the refrigerator for a day or three and still taste good, but it's just never as strong in nutrient content as when very first expressed.


Similar to how nutrients in fresh fruits and veggies start to degrade immediately upon picking, it's just a fact we have to deal with by trying to get the freshest possible. This is why frozen fruits and veggies are often higher in nutrient content than the "fresh" produce at the store—usually they are frozen at the farm very soon after picking, while the produce truck may have traveled many days after picking to get to the store display.


But really when you get a wide variety of fruits and veggies in all available colors, you tend to make up for deficiencies in any one of them. That's one reason why it's important to eat colorfully, regardless of whether you decide to juice it or blend it.


Hope you are having a happy and healthy New Year!

Q: Help me understand acidity, acid foods, acid digestion, acid ash, etc.?

<<Dr. Naturopath>> says:

All fresh green juice and blended green food is slightly acidic at a pH of 6.2 to 6.4 and are equally beneficial for different reasons. Juiced green food delivers extra ORP or electrical potential and blended green food contains fiber to uptake dietary and metabolic acids in the gut. They both contain blood builders with their high concentration of chlorophyll. All fresh high sugar fruit juices and bended fruits are even more acidic than green juice and green blended food with a pH below 5.5. Because fruit juices and blended fruit are highly acidic I do NOT recommend them for restoring or building health and fitness. Fruit juices use up more alkaline buffers and do not provide chlorophyll for building healthy stem cells and red blood cells. Fruit juices are also high in hydrogen ions and therefore steal energy and alkaline buffers from the body... I recommend alkaline green juiced or blended foods for all ages and everyday. My personal diet is over 90 percent liquid or blended green alkaline foods.


(you mention that we are by nature fruit eaters) and I find myself comparing what I focus on and what it means. Some how I would like you to develop your project because I am looking for balance which is conflicting knowing that a lot of money is involved with life as many engage in investing in <<Dr. Naturopath>>'s work and you are at the other end and working on a totally different level.


You should share this kind of private communication to update your page - what about Facebook? I would be glad if you would consider what he writes and may I also follow up with the subject "Gluten" (many people don't even notice) and "Dairy" which does not have to do with food combining - I understand that we should not be eating that produce...


Thank you for all you do to make this world a better place!


A: I AM trying to get more information on my site—I have so many ideas for articles and such—but I have a "real" job too so that takes up a lot of the time I would rather spend educating others! (Note to my boss: I'm not complaining.) I'm also a mom of a teenager and we have several pets, so I'm sure you can see I simply don't have enough time to do it all, and unfortunately updating my website has to come last... Good thing answering questions doesn't though, right?


But I am working on it—hopefully a facebook page soon, too—and I hope to have much more frequent updates this year. At least one update or new article or something per week is my goal, so thanks again for providing more great ideas on what to focus on first.


By the way, I do put your questions and those from others on my website, along with my responses, but I am currently behind on updating that part as well. You should recognize the first half of that page since they're your questions. I also need to redesign that area because it's getting unwieldy, but these things take time—that most precious commodity of which I have so very little!


Now to help you... Most fruits, while sometimes very acidic in nature, still leave an alkaline ash after digestion. THAT is where the pH counts for our bodies and our health—in the ash left after digestion—because it's the acid ash that needs buffering, and it's the alkaline ash that provides and restores the alkaline reserve needed for that buffering. So most fruits (basically all except bananas, dates, and figs) do in fact restore the alkaline reserve as opposed to using it up.


Study Dr. Hay's month of meals example again and notice how acid fruit is eaten several times a day!


This must be understood separately from the acidic nature of most fruits, which is indeed acidic enough to stop carb digestion, and that is why you don't want to mix most fruits with any carbs. Bananas, dates, figs, plain raisins, raw tomato, and tea berries are the only fruits that can be eaten compatibly with carbs.


So some foods that are acidic in nature leave an alkaline ash that helps build our alkaline reserve, while foods that require alkaline digestion—carbs—leave an acid ash that depletes the alkaline reserve. And then there are animal proteins, which are typically alkaline in nature but require acid digestion and leave an acid ash.


It can all be very confusing, but you really just need to understand the difference between:

  • The nature of a food... Whether it's acidic or not, specifically for combining with carbs (applies mostly to fruit and vinegar);

  • The food's digestive requirements... Alkaline digestion (carbs) or requiring acid/pepsin secretion (animal proteins), for keeping those types of foods and digestion separate; and

  • The composition of the ash residue left after digestion of the food... Alkaline ash (most fruits and veggies) or acid ash (most everything else), for knowing the intake ratio (aim for 4:1 average—again we can look at Dr. Hay's menu samples to see that every other day is below 4:1 while the rest are well above that ratio).


As I said before, <<Dr. Naturopath>> and others are doing fantastic work identifying and dissecting all the little pieces and figuring out what parts they play, but I can assure you that YOU don't need to get so in-depth. And really isn't all that extra detail confusing you anyway? I mean it's nice to know, but the trouble is that we tend to hyperfocus on those little pieces and details instead of understanding that all parts have to work together as a whole to work effectively.


I also can't imagine very many people being able to sustain a 90% liquid or blended greens diet for very long. It's just not a very realistic endeavor for most people because we really enjoy eating. I can tell you that I have gotten more pleasure from eating in just these last 2 years than in my previous 39 years of life, and I never had to give up eating at restaurants or even fast food places. Everything I eat tastes better than ever before, and knowing how to eat correctly for health is empowering in ways I never imagined.


Honestly I don't think about ANY of the little details anymore. It has been truly liberating, to say the least! And that's why I decided to start my website—not to make a pile of money selling supplements or gadgets, but to help others discover how easy it really is to be truly healthy from the inside out... Because I used to think it was a lot harder myself.


P.S. Gluten is a big problem for a lot of people here in America, to the point where we have had an explosion of "gluten-free" products and advertisements flooding the market in recent years. Dairy also gives people a lot of trouble, and both of these do in fact have a lot to do with food combining. Gluten is found in wheat products, all of which are carbs, and dairy's digestion depends on its form:

  • Viscous dairy (milk, buttermilk, yogurt) combines with acid fruit, most nuts, and all veggies except starchy, but it does not combine well with carbs or other animal proteins;

  • Cheeses combine with fruit, nuts, and veggies as above, and also with other proteins in small quantities, but they should be avoided with carbs;

  • Butter and cream (including cream cheese and sour cream) digest as fats and therefore combine well with all foods.


Take a closer look at the new materials I sent you, especially the food charts... They help explain it all.

Q: Detox - Raw Food - Colon Hydrotherapy

You don't seem to consider the cleansing and studying the following pages I feel you may also want to study these <<web articles regarding flatulence and colon hydrotherapy detox for raw food dieters>>, and if you judge those two articles through your own view (they also mention food combining but those two articles are mind boggling to say the least) then we are full of rubbish and should be cleansing our colon as well.


I also saw that you mentioned sweet fruit being alkalizing and <<Dr. Naturopath>> claims that all sweet fruit is acid forming and going by his comment I sent you (juicing vs. blending) then greens etc. are acidic too.


By golly - life is an art and not an easy one but I hope to "get through" and I look up to you or anybody who believes in themselves (self confidence).


A: But <<dear web friend>>, I DO consider cleansing! Dr. Hay was big on using colonics to keep the colon cleansed and get it functioning correctly, and his standard treatment usually also included purges or fasting to speed up detox of the blood and tissues.

And yes, I did mistakenly classify sweet fruits as alkali-forming early on, but after studying
The Official Cook Book of the Hay System I realized that they are in fact acid-forming, as are starchy veggies (again, even though these foods are alkaline in nature and require alkaline digestion, the ash residue left over is acidic).

Take a closer look at the new materials I sent you, all the food charts have been updated to reflect these and other changes I made after studying the cook book.

Q: Now I'm really confused because <<Dr. Naturopath>> says:

Acidic fruit does NOT leave an alkaline residue. High sugary acidic fruit, like apples, oranges, pears, banana, and pineapple cause the alkaline buffering system and the alkaline glands to secret alkaline buffers on their acidic sugars, chemicals and minerals... All the scientific tests done on food pH are incorrect and based upon the ash of the food after being burned at 10,000 degrees F.


You deserve at least to profit from my illness (I have received all kinds of medical definitions over the years) and please don't be vexed if I ended up challenging <<Dr. Naturopath>>'s crew with some aspects you explained...


A: Again I will point you to Dr. Hay's sample menus and advise you to take a look at how many times apples, oranges, pears, pineapple, and other acid fruits are featured DAILY. Do you really think his sanitorium could have been successful for 30+ years if he was feeding all those people incorrectly? And do you think I could have the results I've had if the several servings of acid fruit I eat every day were not health-building??


I can also assure you that the nutrition and feeding experiments Dr. Hay studied to formulate his original theories were conducted using actual humans with human stomachs, not on foods being burned at 10,000F.


And if <<Dr. Naturopath>>'s methods are so right for you, why do you keep asking questions of me and other website authors and searching for more answers?


(Remember when you told me you just want to find what's right for you so you can quit caring about what anyone else says or sells? Well that's more true than you know, that you WILL stop caring about others' opinions when you find what's truly right for you. That's where I have been for over 2 years now!)


I have no desire to profit from your illness, regardless of how many names it has been given. As you can see on my website—and it should be obvious from all of our email communications—I give away for free more than enough information for anyone to learn how to eat for better health.


The only things I sell are the tools I created myself and my personal guidance services for helping interested people understand and adopt Regenerative Eating habits to improve their health and quality of life.


I do also make a commission from the sale of Great Taste No Pain and Miracle Noodle when purchased after clicking thru the links from my website, but I don't tell anyone that they must use GTNP or eat Miracle Noodles to be healthy.


I hope you can discern the point I am making here, and I do truly hope you find what works for you.

Q: I was wondering if you have studied any thing about <<raw food lady>>...

and what you think about <<this really great article on a website that promotes bad health shortcuts>>: Greens and chimpanzees vs. humans...

Is this adding more confusion - you know me.


A: I have not studied <<raw food lady>>, but I read the article you sent me and it certainly makes sense... The part about observing a Chimpanzee diet and applying it to our own, NOT anything about <<bad health shortcuts>>.


One of the most poignant direct observations of Nature I read was on a website about Vitamin C. It said something like, "Human 'safe' intake limit is set at 400mg per day, gorillas eat 4000mg daily. One of us is wrong, and I don't think it's the gorillas."




Our economy is similar to that of Chimps, but not exactly the same. Yes, we should all be eating way more greens than most of us do, and blending them into smoothies with yummy fruit is a very tasty way to get them in mass quantity—just don't use any bananas, dates, or figs in smoothies because those should be chewed thoroughly to let the saliva start breaking down the carbs. (For thickening green+fruit smoothies, use avocado, agar, unsweetened coconut milk, flaxseed oil, etc.)


If you think about the 4:1 ratio needed to maintain healthful alkalinity, remember that's 4 servings of fruits and veggies for every single serving of other foods. Well, fruits and veggies are a half-cup per serving, while carbs, nuts, proteins, etc. are typically only 1-2 ounces per serving. So if you break down a 4:1 diet to an ounce-by-ounce comparison, then for every ounce of meat or nuts, or for every 2 ounces of bread, we should take in 16 ounces of fruits and veggies.


I bet if we made a pie chart of that breakdown, it would look very similar to the one that shows how Chimps eat. Your questions give me the best ideas...


By my *best guess* the breakdown of Dr. Hay's sample diet from the "Menus for One Month" chapter of Health via Food translates to approximately:

  • 620 ounces of acid fruits,

  • 704 ounces of non-starchy and low-starch veggies (about 35% is leafy greens and cabbage),

  • 6 ounces of nuts and mushrooms (twice the mushroom over nuts),

  • 88 ounces of starches (almost half is starchy veggies),

  • 20 ounces of sweets (mostly maple syrup, a little sweet fruit, almost no sugar at all),

  • 36 ounces of proteins (mostly beef, fish, lamb, chicken, and a little cottage cheese),

  • 142 ounces fat (mostly oil, egg yolk, and cream), and

  • 118 ounces milk and gelatin (mostly milk).


Guess what that pie chart looks like?


Then if we don't incude the last two groups since they don't affect our alkalinity, our intake chart looks even more Chimp-like:


Compare that to Chimp diet chart from the article:




It looks like one of the few real differences between Dr. Hay's eating advice and a Chimp's natural diet is when to eat. Dr. Hay suggested that we skip breakfast or have only fruit and milk, then have fruits and veggies for lunch (add starch if very active), with dinner of either starch or protein and compatible veggies, then typically cream with fruit for dessert.


Dr. Hay himself typically ate only one meal per day at dinner, after the day's tasks were done (so to me that means it was probably late in the evening usually, too—and again, notice how this is the opposite of standard eating advice these days). I'm almost there myself! I typically have only apple cider or orange juice in the morning and don't even get hungry until mid- to late-afternoon. I try to make that meal mostly fruits and veggies, and it comes so late in the day I usually just have a little snack or two later.


I hope this is adding clarity rather than confusion. It certainly has opened my eyes a bit more.


Many thanks!

Q: Some spinoffs from <<Dr. Naturopath>>...

You know all my talk about <<Dr. Naturopath>> but because I came to understand, that some members are doing a totally different "protocol" of <<Dr. Sport Naturopath>> I was rather shocked. Do you know about <<another Dr. Naturopath>>?

FRUIT is and has the HIGHEST electrical charge and we are ELECTRIC beings. Fruit is deeply cleansing and veggies are rebuilding.

Do you know <<another Dr. Naturopath>> version - he and <<Dr. Sport Naturopath>> promote what is to be the food we are designed to eat.

"You need very little extra fat because every single cell of every fruit and vegetable is snuggling within a membrane of polyunsatured fats. Same for all the little organelles within each cell, they're all protected within a fatty membrane."

This reduces our diet down to fruit and vegetables...


A: I had not heard of <<another Dr. Naturopath>> before, but I can certainly get behind A LOT of what he says, at least from what I've read on his website and in his PDF downloads.

Fruits and veggies should be the largest part of our diets, that's for sure—at least 80% is best—but we can also include a cup or two of milk, some fats (up to 2 ounces easily), some high-quality carbs to support our activity level, and even some flesh protein (about 1 ounce per 75 pounds of body weight) every day and still maintain the most perfect health possible.

It's all about understanding and consuming the proper quantities and proportions of acid to alkaline foods and with regard for activity level and body weight.

Good to hear from you again!

Q: Cavemen had heart disease, and turns out Dad has cancer...

<<Article about caveman showing signs of heart disease>> just shows that poor diet (not alkaline) goes far back - food combining is one factor but alkaline food choices are part and parcel.


By the way, my father 76 years always told me all along to eat normally. Over the years he let me know (I like to ask "silly" questions) that weird symptoms came and went and he found his own answers only to find, that they worked for a short time before other symptoms came.


Well three weeks ago he got diagnosed with bowel cancer. I was so upset and gave him all sorts of alternative strategies (<<Dr. Naturopath>>'s science, yours etc.) but he will not change a thing and is choosing conventional treatment!


Instead of him changing things I did; trying to improve myself I bought an expensive juicer and used it only 4 times before I realized how senseless a juicer is:

     1. you have to buy a lot

     2. the fiber goes out

     3. it takes time to clean

     4. any sweet juice other than greens is a sugar shock

     5. there is always signs of oxidation...


I sent the juicer back and feel I have learnt many lessons! My blender serves better and since my father's diagnosis I have just been using the blender; it has given me so much ease and that is what I consider important. Many troublesome thoughts boil down to ease and a feeling of simplicity takes over.


A: So sorry to hear about your father. I do hope he changes his mind and at least tries to eat better...

And yes, alkalinity is what it's all about. Food combining does a lot to provide that alkalinity, as long as we adhere to the guidelines faithfully. Most food combining websites merely suggest that you try to eat 80% alkaline foods, but that is actually the key to perfect health. That's what the 4:1 ratio is all about—getting 4 servings of alkaline foods (fruits and veggies) for every 1 serving of acid-producing foods (carbs and proteins) daily, on average, because the body binds all acid waste with 4x the alkaline material... Discovering and studying this natural function of the human body is where Dr. Hay got the 4:1 ratio for food intake (4:1 = 80% alkaline:20% acid).

And remember that every other day can actually be lower than 4:1, as long as the higher-ratio days make up the difference. Also, it doesn't even necessarily take a 4:1 average to reverse nasty problems like bowel cancer (if it's been caught early enough)—the majority of my daily suffering cleared up by eating at just 1:1, and I still only average around 2:1 and have had nearly perfect health for over 2 years now.

It's when symptoms keep coming back—or keep changing into something worse—that we know we're doing it wrong, and all that's usually necessary to correct this situation is to correct whatever food mistakes are still being made regularly.

Your dad will find much relief and very quickly if he will simply quit eating carbs and proteins in the same meal, and keep them separate by at least 4 hours. But it has to be a real commitment, because every time he eats them together he will take his progress 2 steps backward.

Best of luck to you and your dad. I hope his treatment is successful.


P.S. Yes, even though cavemen ate the most natural and nutrient-dense foods we've ever had available on the planet, they could still eat too much acid-producing foods and not enough alkalizing ones. Did you notice that the article said Ötzi had apparently "gorged on ibex" just before he was shot in the back with an arrow? Overeating acid-producing meat and not balancing it out with enough alkalizing fruits and veggies (maybe they weren't in abundance in Ötzi's immediate environment, or maybe he just liked meat better) caused the same kind of problems for cavemen as it does for us today, and continuing to eat incorrectly generation after generation is why we now have children born with disease already present... Makes ya wonder how all those "caveman diet" followers will fare over the long run, doesn't it?

Q: Have you heard of "Holy Tea"?

I took the opportunity to post your page on facebook, where I also found <<cleansing lady>> who is very keen on alkalizing and cleansing and drew my attention to a so-called "Cleansing Tea"...


I made out that it must be Dr. Miller's "Holy Tea" - he also has one with additional papaya, ginger, chamomile and myrrh BUT as I can see, it is all on the basis of marketing - not a product which one can get easy in a shop or health food store like other products. Have you ever used this product or do you know of it and what are your personal thoughts on the use of this "miracle tea"?


Hope you are well; now that the spring is on it's way gives us all a lift!


A: Good to hear from you again!

Thanks for the fb post—one of these days I will make a page and be able to view your comments. I got sidetracked for the last month or so working on a Personal Menu Planning service for a nice older gentleman who is trying to keep his weight up.

Wow you really found something with that cleansing tea, I think—if it works as it claims, anyway. I was so impressed I ordered some for myself! We'll see what happens...

     Feedback, and more sweet talk

Have you observed anything with the tea? I asked <<Dr. Naturopath's staff>> if they used the tea and they answered that they had used it in the past but came to the conclusion that the cleansing affect was "not a big deal" and they no longer use it.


In the long run, I do observe the ionized water as a staple, so beneficial in many unique ways...

Sugar in all of its forms from honey, maple syrup, molasses, stevia, fructose, maltdose, dextrose, sucrose, coconut sugar, etc is toxic and acidic to the alkaline design of the body. You need NO blood sugar to run the body! The body runs on electrons NOT sugar. The brain runs on electrons NOT sugar! The cells run on electrons NOT sugar! All life forms are electrical NOT chemical. Sugar is a metabolic waste product or acid. It is poison in all of its forms. Plants, animals and humans run on electrons NOT sugar. When plants, animals and humans are sick, tired and dieing sugar goes up NOT down and energy goes down NOT up. Feed your body live electron rich foods that are absent or low in sugar and live longer and healthier. - <<Dr. Naturopath>>

My father is eating as usual - even with the radiation and chemo therapy he has not lost his appetite and prefers to have diarrhea. I told him to at least have some green asparagus but he generally will not question his own actions may/could/have caused the bowel cancer.


I found another facebook person who is a great microscopist and he has so much great advice - it's like he is made for the job he does with all of his heart (money is not the center point in his doings)


Hope you are keeping up with life.


A: I can personally attest to an improvement in the quality and an increase in the quantity and frequency of my bowel movements since starting drinking the tea, and it certainly seems to be clearing my lungs as well.

In all fairness, I must admit that I also added kelp to my diet around the same time, but I believe that these benefits are coming from the tea (that's what <<cleansing lady>> promises, after all, whereas I don't believe kelp is reported to have these same benefits).

Ionized water... Drink it if it feels good for you, but I've gotten tremendous results just by eating more raw fresh fruits and veggies and drinking filtered water from the kitchen faucet. We use Pur faucet filters at my house, and I use this filtered water for drinking, cooking, washing my face and brushing my teeth.

And I will continue to argue all day long that not all sweeteners are bad. WHITE SUGAR is BAD. Brown sugar is less bad, raw sugar is better. Pure honey, pure maple, and pure molasses are not nearly as bad for us as these sugars, but like sugars they are indeed acid-forming and therefore should be used infrequently if at all. Tupelo honey, pure agave nectar, and pure stevia are not acid-forming but of course they should still be used sparingly, but they can in fact be used DAILY with no harm. Fructose is the natural sugar found in fruit and therefore can only be bad if consumed in a great overabundance (and even then it's not terrible, unlike sugar in any amount).

Sugars and derivatives of sugar always only cause harm: They rot the teeth and ferment too easily inside us to cause even greater damage over time. Fruit is one of the best and most healthful ways to cure any sweet tooth. Remember Dr. Hay's sample menus? There's only one recipe (whole wheat date cake) in that whole month that contains any sugar at all—and it's brown sugar—but honey and maple syrup are used about once per week each on waffles or pancakes, while Tupelo honey is in most of the named daily desserts (ice cream, sherbets, gelatins, ices, custards), and fruit is eaten daily and often (averages out to about 3 times per day for 5-6 servings daily).

Having read most of Dr. Hay's books, I just can't imagine he would publish it if it weren't good and true information, so I trust his examples and simply try to observe and explain them to the best of my ability.

About your dad... Again I'm sorry that he's going thru that, but the sad truth is that most people don't want to believe that their health problems are their own fault. You are blessed to be one of the very fortunate few people who know, understand, and can accept the truth that our daily diets either heal us or kill us, and you may just have to accept that fact. I have. Even as all of my family, friends, and coworkers witnessed my own amazing transformation and results, and even as I explained how easy it was each and every time one of them asked me how I did it, none of them have changed their own diets—not even my own husband. And although it saddens me greatly to see them all continue to suffer needlessly, the satisfaction I get from helping others like you makes up for it.

Remember I told you that I was working on a Personal Menu Planning service for someone? He said he had been so bored with eating and trying to eat right, he felt like it was a chore. After eating my suggested meals based on his favorite foods, he feels like he's visiting "Food Disneyland" every day. Eating is now one of the great pleasures of his life, and he has a great sense of well-being thoughout the day. Those are his words, and I have literally been floating on a cloud since I read them. And you bet I will be updating my site very soon with this testimonial! :)

I will look into <<bloodwork guy>> after I get my fb page done. I think you may be able to see what I've done on it so far, which isn't much yet... ("FoodMagick" of course—check it out and let me hear from you there!)

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Thanks for your answers, and it's great to learn that you are encouraging AND being encouraged!


I thought that you would not notice a difference drinking the tea because I tend to lean on "all is perfect" in general - so even your body is throwing up and out? This is the answer I received from <<Dr. Naturopath>>:

I do feel that the Holy Tea has value but is over-rated. It does NOT build blood and it does NOT alkalize the blood or tissues. It does have minimal detoxing benefits for the alimentary canal.

I believe that being on Facebook will only encourage you even more.


A: Remember that I still only eat at about 2:1, not 4:1 which is what we need for the best health. (I'm not perfect! Haha) But if I ate at 4:1 like I should, then the tea would likely have no noticeable benefit... Or if it did, then I would think I wasn't counting my ratio properly.

Q: How could cleansing tea have any effect on you? (And other clarifications...)

I often wonder why does it appear, when you are doing Hay's protocol and the Miracle Tea affects you, that there is no "perfect diet"? <<Dr. Naturopath>> seems to make a lot of sense yet metabolizing greens must produce gases - fermentation can not be avoided?

The body fluids are salted with sodium - Why? Because salt is the element necessary for the transport of electrical energy to power every single cell in the human body. The body is electrical with chemical acidic waste products. Body cells that make up our organs, tissues and glands run on electrons NOT calories - Not sugar - NOT proteins -NOT carborhydrates - and NOT Fats! Salt is life and is as important to life as oxygen and water. Your blood, your sweat, your tears are all salty. Sugar is an acidic waste product from metabolism just like carbon dioxide is a waste product of metabolism. Just because sugar is present in the blood and tissues does NOT mean it is a source of energy. NO! It is a waste product of the blood and tissues and is a major contributor to all sickness and disease if NOT eliminated through the four channels of elimination - the bowels, the lungs, the kidneys and the skin. Eliminate ALL forms of sugar (acid) and include at least 12 grams of unprocessed sea salt daily for health, fitness and most important ENERGY!

He also claims that animals - dogs - should eat a green diet; this other facebook guy feeds his dog in such a style...


Another guy who works with <<Dr. Naturopath>> explained to me his view:

From my perspective it seems like you may be over thinking and making this more difficult than it has to be. I have to disagree about Dr. Young's principles working for some "types" and not others. In my experience over 14 years and working with thousands of people, the principles don't fail anyone. It many fail the principle (either consciously or unconsciously).
Everyone's body, without exception, operates with the same physics determined by environment and lifestyle. You are only ever moving in one direction or another, toward organization, health, and life or toward disorganization, disease, and death...and the only people who are not are already dead. Life is movement, but that doesn't mean you will always every moment of every day be moving in one of these directions. In fact, you change directions moment to moment and all that matters is that you move in the direction of health more often...this is a matter of choices based on foundational principles.
Th fact is, ALL sickness and disease is the result of over acidification, oxidative stress, and inflammation which leads to disorganization, malfunction, and discomfort. Certain drinks, foods, substances, environments, etc, are acid forming and oxidizing for EVERYONE and some are not. How acidifying and oxidizing something is for you depends on the condition of your inner terrain and ability to assimilate resources and eliminate waste. These abilities are effected by stress which spikes stress hormones like cortisol and lowers neurotransmitters like serotonin, which shuts down optimal function in the gut, filter organs, nervous system, etc. Additionally, your body produces its own metabolic wastes through normal activity - carbon dioxide from respiration, lactic acid from movement, hydrochloric and other acids from digestion. The build up of this toxicity from the body's inability to eliminate it is what must be reversed for healing and health to be possible.
The "symptoms" you describe, that some people attribute to a certain body or metabolic "type" are symptoms of the stress caused hormone imbalances and there impact described above and I have seen them reversed in many people including myself.
All animal based foods, high sugar foods, high starch foods, chemical based foods, and dead foods are acidic and oxidizing and this includes fruit. Does this mean one can never or should never eat these things? This where Dr. Young and I differ...
I believe that knowing the impact of something gives you the freedom to use it responsibly. That might mean, in some cases, eliminating something and replacing it with something that meets the same needs or it might mean reducing something and balancing it out with other things that reduce the negative impact and increase the positive impact. This is where it becomes "individual" and an "everyone is a bit different" conversation, but no sooner.
In my own life, I practice 3 master steps and 12 high leverage strategies in an intelligently flexible way 60-80% of the time (it varies based on where I am and who I am with and what my goals are at the time) which are based on foundational principles like alkalizing, etc, and the rest of the time I enjoy myself and don't worry about the "rules and regulations". In addition to that, 4 times per year for a period of 1-2 weeks, I cleanse and detoxify with a 90% approach to replenish and rejuvenate. This gives me access to a level of health, energy, vitality, and freedom I am comfortable with because it is me applying what I know is the truth to my own unique life and lifestyle. I teach my clients to do the same.
People get too hung up in making things "black or white" and they limit their possibilities. There is a LOT of gray area that is overlooked because people don't know how to live in the gray area responsibly and with integrity. They don't understand that life is holographic and there are many causes that lead to many effects, rather than one cause and one effect. There is no "I ate a peace of chocolate and got diabetes" or "I was exposed to a chemical and got cancer" and neither diabetes nor cancer are separate or unique effects. There is only the net effect (the combination of many effects) resulting from many causes that lead to either health or disease conditions, until you start making new choices that combine to take you in a different direction.
That is why you must zoom out so that health can be an overall "way of being" rather than zooming in on a set of "rules and regulations".
I'm sure you wrote to me looking for "the answer" or "the truth"...or at the very least, some agreement. I hope what I have been able to provide is a wider perspective that will lead you to ease up on your quest and on yourself. If I have left you more frustrated and/or confused, I apologize.
It comes down to this, if you make more deposits than withdraws (through the principles of alkaline nutritional science) through your thinking, breathing, drinking, eating, supplementing, environment, exercise, and rest while also make sure you are assimilating and eliminating properly, then your body will eventually return to or reach health, energy, and vitality...and things usually get worse before they get better which is what causes people to think it isn't working and over think and over react. Most often, the symptoms you are experiencing are the body correcting itself.

It's sometimes hard for me to understand - <<another doctor>> developed Cancer and became a doctor with a second opinion on diet - he has got over bowel cancer eating acids like animal protein and very little plant matter... Asking <<Dr. Naturopath>> he should be dead by now and costipated etc. yet he feels confident with his doings.


My father will not have any changes either - he is back to his old life style; a mixed diet which my mother cooks up (home made but the old story). After all the conventional treatment he has also had part of his bowel removed and claims that it's not the food his body digests (<<Dr. Naturopath>> says the body does not digest - the only digestion is through chewing - the rest is or should be alkalizing) "normally" it's just the last part of the colon which gives him diarrhea x times a day.


I hope that I don't end up with cancer - not eating meat like <<another doctor>> but blending greens which must produce some air - you can't eat or juice, blend broccoli, garlic etc. and not have chemical reactions...or do you know any better?


I do feel we need to move it's part of activating our 4 channels of elimination.


Do you know about Cocoons? They are an infrared sauna and I will be getting one in the next few day's from England...


Someone who worked for over 1 year at <<Dr. Naturopath>>'s ranch got me into considering live blood therapy...


You know that I have Dyslexia and the history with anorexia or whatever I have been accused with and messed up my body and mind with...well this week I actually found a more realistic picture to my "highly sensitive" personality (


I find so much more light now and can see many connections of the past and current me. Only for <<Dr. Naturopath>>'s constant reminders and influences am I processing the different diet and lifestyle choices and am grateful for my ionized water (I don't drink much - I use it to wash my greens which I blend) which is totally a different world than tap water, the blender (it takes so much pressure off plus you really get to love mixing your own preferences), the omega oils, the Halite salt.


Life is very complex - so many people mix food and live to an old age not complaining about issues - perhaps they are not sensitive plus have so many positive thoughts? Look at many stars (film, music etc.) they have a passion for what they are doing and somehow they seem to appear in a way which leads me to question myself and believe my father... Yet he has or did develop cancer like many others.


Hope you don't mind me sending you some thoughts to chew over, your friend (from Switzerland in case you forgot)


A: As if I could forget you, my Swissta!


First let me remind you that I am not actually doing Dr. Hay's protocol 100% correctly myself, still, and that is the ONLY reason the cleansing tea did anything for me at all.

In the long run, the tea didn't work all the congestion out of my lungs anyway, not even after drinking 7 batches of it!


I finally ended up creating a mini-detox diet plan for myself, which greatly reduced my sugar intake, which is what it took to finally work all that nasty congestion out. Now I am once again breathing freely with no congestion or even the slightest bit of wheezing. :)


If you want to demonize any one food, then yes please let it be sugar, but please also understand that the sugars found naturally in fruit and pure honey/agave/stevia are not included in the term. When I speak of sugar being evil and all the damage it causes our bodies, I am referring mostly to:
* disaccharides (refined sugar or sucrose, maltose, lactose),
* sugar alcohols (erythritol, xylitol, maltitol, sorbitol, and other "itol" words),
* artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, etc), and
* any sugars listed as separate ingredients (maltodextrin, dextrin, dextrose, any syrup, etc).


Contrary to what some may say, the human body does NOT treat all sweeteners equally. Glucose and fructose in their naturally occurring forms found in fruit and honey are safe to eat on a daily basis and are in fact necessary to human health, but if you see them listed as separate ingredients then they are usually in concentrated form, which is harmful to consume.


I realize it can be confusing, but I believe oversimplification of the truth is likely one thing that has led others astray in their declarations that all fruit should be avoided. Most fruits are healthful and in fact necessary vehicles for many nutrients our bodies need, so not eating them results in nutrient deficiency, which results in health problems. This is why I encourage you to eat as wide a variety as you can of all different colors of fruits and veggies, because it's the easiest and most effortless way to ensure your body gets what it needs nutrition-wise.


The only fruits anyone should limit consumption of are bananas, dates, figs, and raisins, and these really only because overeating them can make you fat. All other fruits can be eaten in any quantity to satisfy, but definitely DO eat them! Remember Dr. Hay's "Month of Menus" chapter of Health via Food? Pineapple, strawberry, apple, grape, cherry, peach, orange, pear, apricot, and tomato are featured prominently in different combinations every day, whereas dates and figs are only included once per week or so.


I recently updated my blog, you should check it out. We have been feeding our dogs cooked chicken stew plus raw veggies, and now after just a few months my 9 year old Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix female's bad hip has healed. So yeah, eating a more correct diet with a wide variety of nutrients works wonders for all earthly bodies.


As for the doctor who ate mostly animal proteins and very little plant matter to beat cancer, sure that's possible, but like <<Dr. Naturopath>> I would also wonder what else he may have suffered as a result (chronic fatigue or arthritis, kidney problems or stones, acid reflux/GERD, stomach or duodenal ulcer, appendicitis, constipation or worse bowel trouble like IBS, diverticulitis, Crohn's, etc are the least I would expect).


You already know your dad's bowel problems come from his diet, so you know how to prevent the same from happening to you: Don't eat like him! As long as you keep incompatible foods separate and get plenty of fresh fruits and veggies daily, you shouldn't have to worry about progressing along those same lines.


Being active is important, too, of course! But I hope you're not thinking that the cocoon thing can replace exercise. Sweating is definitely important for detox, and especially if you're sweating freely due to moving around outside while deeply breathing fresh air and absorbing some direct sunlight, then it is exponentially more beneficial to your health than forcing sweat externally by simply turning up the heat inside a futuristic sleeping bag.


Also when you eat a detoxifying diet such as eating at 4:1 or better, then your body should be able to naturally eliminate whatever toxins are built up, since they only were ever allowed to build up in the first place due to the intoxicated state of the body at the time of ingestion. The cocoon may be able to help speed along that process, or it may not, but at what cost? It makes me wary when they don't list their prices on the website, and I worry how exposure to an unnatural level of infrared could potentially affect your health in the long run...


In fact I looked up some info for you to keep in mind, from (emphasis mine):

"Although casual use of infrared saunas is safe for most people, there are some risks that you need to keep in mind. Many doctors do not accept claims of detoxification through sauna use, and do not advise sweating as an effective way to detoxify the body's organs. According to Dr. Rachel Vreeman of Indiana University School of Medicine, trace amounts of material leave the body along with sweat, but those materials are non-toxic. The major loss is instead the body's essential water. Too extensive usage of saunas can lead to negative effects, including burns, dehydration, heat stroke, nausea, respiratory distress and kidney failure. You can avoid these negative effects by limiting your time in an infrared sauna and by consulting with a doctor about potential health problems."

So if you're definitely going to buy the cocoon, I would suggest using it no more than once or twice per week, and be sure to drink lots of fluids, preferably fresh-squeezed unsweetened citrus juices to replenish electrolytes.


I'm not sure what kind of chemical reactions you're referring to when blending veggies, but broccoli and garlic can certainly both cause gas even in a healthy digestive system. If this is what you're experiencing, try using different foods from the same families to see if different combinations are less bothersome. For example, Brussels sprouts and shallot may be able to give you the same good things as broccoli and garlic, possibly without the same gastronomic after-effects.


Also I can assure you that you don't need to see your blood under a microscope to know if what you're doing is working or not. When you are truly building better health inside and out, you will feel it in every fiber of your being. You will have energy like never before, fatigue becomes a thing of the past, and you will crave activity out in the fresh air and sunshine. You will know that you are truly well because there will be a complete absence of whatever symptoms had been causing you discomfort.


I love it when you send me emails, because they nearly always force me to learn a little more about alternative therapies, and usually they end up reinforcing my confidence and understanding of Regenerative Eating and all of its wonderful benefits. So thank you!


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Q: I have a question about cornbread...

I use White Wing self-rising cornmeal and add buttermilk and bacon grease or canola oil. Normally, I only eat about a 4" sq with veggies, such as cabbage. I do not add sugar. How could I incorporate my cornbread, if at all?


I grew up in Mississippi and love my veggies and cornbread. I don't fry anything anymore. I'll give it up if I have to, but it will be difficult. I don't make it but about once a month. As soon as I get paid next week, off to HEB I go! They have the best fruits and veggies.


A: No need to give up cornbread at all! It's a starch, so eating it with veggies is just fine. You might want to try using coconut milk instead of buttermilk to keep the recipe compatible.


If you want to know how to work your cornbread into the Challenge, you could use it to replace Day 2 Lunch, Day 4 Lunch, or Day 5 Breakfast. For breakfast you could have it with poached or scrambled egg yolks and cream, cream cheese, honey, raisins, or crispy bacon (or a combo of any of these) if cabbage sounds a little odd for a morning meal.


Basically you just want to replace another starch meal with a similar type of starch, which is why I'm suggesting you replace only meals that have bread or pasta in them as opposed to meals with potato.


I totally agree about H-E-B and their fantastic produce. I love Love LOVE shopping there—it's too bad they don't have stores everywhere! You can use frozen, jarred, and canned foods as needed for convenience (and to avoid jolting the pocketbook too much!). Even the refrigerated plant milks often have a far out expiration date.


H-E-B also sells the Just Tomatoes Etc line of dried fruits and veggies—they are great to use in many different ways, especially for snacking and desserts. When you're ready to start and want some fresh stuff too, pre-cut fruits and veggies are great for saving time, but their premium price might not be worth more than buying whole pieces and doing the prep work yourself.


Let me know if I can answer any other questions or offer more suggestions for you. I want to help you be successful!

Q: WOOHOO! I can still have cornbread! I'm not a fan of plant milks...

just can't handle the taste, but I drink skim milk. This is definitely going to be a challenge for me, but I'm going to DO it! It all makes perfect sense. I plan to go to Hempstead to the DeLorio's farmers market today. I can buy 2 full bags of fruits and veggies (straight from the field daily) for $20-$30. I do have a question about okra....where does okra come in? I could very easily become a vegetarian. Most of my life we had a garden and ate fresh veggies every night...usually without meat. My biggest problem will be getting accustomed to eating fruits. My fruit intake usually consists of grapefruit, white grapes, raisins, and fresh pineapple. It sounds like I'll be reverting to my childhood diet for the most complaints!

Another question about exercise. When is the best time to exercise in relation to eating a meal? Any "rules" about before or after a meal and time prior to or afterwards?

I'm so glad I met you! Otherwise, I would continue trying everything from counting calories to weight watchers (again).


A: I never used to like plant milks much, either, but honestly you should try some of the ones that are in the refrigerated section near the dairy milk—many of them are quite delicious (much better than the boxed versions in the canned milk aisle).


Also, you don't have to use low-fat versions of anything when you eat compatibly, just FYI—in fact, I typically advise against it because that usually means there's been more processing of the food and possibly having other things added in that we don't want to ingest. And, contrary to what "they" tell us, our bodies need fats.


You may notice that a lot of the advice I give is almost exactly the opposite of current popular wisdom, but I can promise you that is only because what "they" tell us these days is mostly WRONG if not completely the opposite of what really makes us healthy. It's sickening!


Okra is a non-starchy veggie, so feel free to eat it anytime with anything and in any quantity you like.


Your fruit intake is probably better than most people's since you actually eat some! Grapefruit, white grapes, raisins, and fresh pineapple are all excellent choices, and you are welcome to focus on these if you like. Anywhere the Challenge suggests acid fruits of any kind, pick any of those you like instead. I just tried to include a wide variety in my menu suggestions because that's how to ensure the best possible nutrition.


The "rules" for exercise are:

  • Fix the food intake first, and soon you will find yourself looking for ways to be active.

  • Play is usually the best exercise—so just keep exerise fun, never boring.

  • Don't exercise if you don't feel well enough or like you really want to.

  • Don't exercise beyond the point of fatigue—if it burns, stop and rest.

  • Try to work the most muscle groups possible.

  • Any good exercise should make you sweat at least a little.

  • Exercise outside as often as possible to breathe deeply of the fresh air.


As for when to exercise in relation to eating, since digestion is such a huge energy hog for the body it would be best to eat after exercising rather than before. If you're exercising after eating, I suggest waiting at least an hour after an alkaline meal (no starches or proteins), 2 hours after a starch meal, or 3 hours after a protein meal. This is simply to give the food time to be mostly digested and moved out of the stomach before starting the exercise.


I'm glad I met you, too! My main goal is to help people, mostly because it's so ridiculously easy for all of us to quit suffering and be healthier just by eating compatibly. It does make sense, and when you put it into practice I can promise you will amazed at how quickly you start feeling better.


It was a little hard at first to quit worrying about serving size, calories, fat content, sodium levels, etc., but truthfully I haven't even considered food in those terms for over two years now, and I look and feel better than I can ever remember.


Here's another anti-popular-wisdom nugget for you: The most important part of any food label is the list of ingredients; nothing else on that label matters, not even a little bit!

Q: Hello, I am new to food combining, and have some questions about what can go with what...

Coconut water; ok to drink in the am with my fruit juice and other fruits?
Coconut butter; ok to use as an oil? or only with starches?
Coconut oil; neutral?
Rice protein; have found this in "Pure" brand raw bars. It is combined with nuts dates and chocolate, ok to eat? Would this be a protein or a starch or neither?
Can any liquids be combined together?
Is it ok to use any/many fruits in my vegetable juices? Melons?
Tahini made into a sauce with oil, garlic lemon; ok to eat with starches? Is tahini a fat protein?


Thank you for your help. Saw a post from you on a Food Combining Debunking myths blog post. Appreciate you taking the time to address what she said.


A: Good for you for deciding to try food combining. Your body will thank you!

Now, to answer your questions...

Coconut water should be okay with any fruit since coconut is a fat; however, you want to check the list of ingredients to make sure there aren't any sugars, corn syrups, sugar alcohols (words ending in "itol"), or artificial sweeteners such as aspartme or sucralose. None of those sweeteners should be used with acid fruits, which are basically all fruits except banana, date, fig, and melons.

Coconut butter/oil should be okay to use with any food, but since it's a fat you don't want to overdo it. I would suggest using olive oil as well, maybe half of the time.

When trying to keep proteins and carbs separated, it's mostly the animal proteins to be concerned about because they cause hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach. Rice protein shouldn't do that, so it would seem that should be just fine with nuts, dates, and chocolate.

I'm going to have to find some of those bars—they sound delicious!

Liquids should generally be avoided while eating, but other than that I'm not sure what you mean about combining them. If that's in reference to your next question, yes fruit and veggie juices can be mixed.

With melons, it is recommended that they be eaten alone and with nothing afterward for 3 hours, but this is a rule that is based on individual sensitivity. Try them in your veggie juices, and if you notice a headache or any other kind of less-than-wonderful feeling afterward, then keep melons separate as indicated.

Tahini sauce would not be okay to have with starches because of the lemon juice in it. Starches should be kept separated not only from animal proteins that bring on stomach acid, but also from fruits of acid character because even that amount of acidity will halt starch digestion. Tahini sauce is mostly sesame seed paste, so it's classified as a plant protein. Having lemon juice as an ingredient makes it okay to eat with proteins but not with carbs.

Glad to help and answer questions anytime, and good luck—I hope you enjoy as much success with this as I have!

Q: I understand that raisins are a neutral food and I was wondering about that...

How is it possible? And does this mean currants are also neutral? I really love raisins, so that would be great! Sherry Brescia suggests all fruit be eaten alone, yet Dr. Hay does not seem to recommend that. Do you have any thoughts about that? Do you combine fruit with your meals?


A: There are lots of food combining websites out there, and nearly all of them seem to have slightly conflicting information. That was the main reason I decided to just use Sherry's Great Taste No Pain program and disregard all other info... At first.


I really only followed the suggested meal program for about a week because just separating carbs and proteins improved my digestion so quickly that I lost all desire for between-meal snacking almost immediately. I still use her recipes though—they are absolutely delicious!


It was about 3 months into just keeping carbs and proteins separate that I noticed wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots disappearing from my face. When that happened I thought maybe I should dig a little deeper into this food combining thing.


Since so many sites gave Dr. Hay credit as the creator of food combining, I did a search on his name and discovered his many booksall of which are written to give the average person complete, detailed instructions for exactly how to eat and maintain the body for perfect health.


I was pleasantly surprised to find from reading Dr. Hay's books that the common rules on most websites seem to be a much more strict hodgepodge of his and others' teachings (like eating fruit alone only), which is what prompted me to come up with materials that use just Dr. Hay's guidelines.


Raisins work with both carbs and protein because their acidity isn't concentrated enough to interfere with carb digestion, and their sugar content isn't enough to interfere with protein digestion. I do not know if this applies to currants as well.


Basically all fruits except melons, bananas, dates, and figs should be okay to eat with or before protein meals, while only the sweet fruits and raisins are okay to eat with carbs. Melons are best eaten alone—maybe that's where the oversimplified "eat all fruit alone" rule came from...? The Official Cook Book contains some recipes of acid fruit with starch (e.g. blueberry rolls), but those use sugar too which lessens the acidity of fruit when cooked together.


Individual sensitivity comes into play as well—if eating fruit with other things upsets your stomach, don't do it. I eat fruit for breakfast, I like it as an appetizer before a meal, and I also use it in snacks on light-eating days (a favorite snack from childhood and still today is apple and cheese slices). For me, however, eating fruit after the meal doesn't sit well, so I prefer to wait for dessert according to proper intake timing (at least 2 hours after starchy veggie, 3 hours after other carbs, or 4 hours after protein).

Q: I find myself stuck with about 15 extra pounds...

that doesn’t seem to want to go away, and a tendency to have heartburn or reflux again (I am also just beginning to go through menopause). It is rare that I combine gluten containing grains with proteins, but I was combining rice or potato or quinoa with proteins. I have decided to stop that, too, now, to see if I can get better relief.


I hope it can help my fingernails, too. They are peeled and cracked and break all the time! I make sure to get plenty of good minerals but I am beginning to suspect that if food is not properly combined, you can’t get your nutrients from it as well as if it were properly combined.


A: It's funny you mentioned your nails because I was just remarking to my hubby the other day about how much stronger and straighter my nails grow now. Together, we should discover that proper food combining helps ease your transition thru menopause as well!


So yes, do try also keeping potatoes and rice separate from proteins—that's likely the biggest reason you're still having problems.


It is better to avoid mixing proteins, but if choosing to do so then it is beneficial to reduce the meat quantity when eating multiple proteins together, to avoid overeating protein. Eating too much protein is one of the worst acid-producing behaviors, and we need so little of it that it's very easy to eat way too much (unless of course we eat them with several servings of fruits and/or veggies to fill up!).


You are correct that when we eat miscombined meals, we do not digest anything that was eaten in the meal very well or very thoroughly. If that miscombined meal is not the last one of the day, then the next meal's digestion also suffers because a lot of the previous miscombined mishmash is still sitting in the stomach.


Ever eat a first bite of a meal and suddenly burp up the taste of your previous meal? That's why—it's still sitting in your stomach so many hours later!


It's when we eat that next meal that we force the rotten mass of our previous miscombined meal into the intestines, because the body won't move it on its own while the chemistry isn't right. You can see what a nasty, vicious cycle we put ourselves into when we allow any miscombined meals, and as long as we continue eating miscombined meals we can hardly begin to heal.


It usually only takes a few days of consistently eating properly combined meals for noticeable changes to begin. Your reflux should disappear almost immediately (but it can return just as quickly if you eat a bad combination) and the extra weight should start dropping at an almost alarming rate... But don't be alarmed! The hernia and nails will take longer, how long depends on your body's abilities and how quickly you raise your alkaline to acid ratio.

Q: I had a potato with butter and 2 non-starchy vegetables for dinner and I was awake at 2:55 a.m. starving (again)...

I could not go back to sleep, I had terrible heartburn from excessive hunger and finally ended up in my kitchen at 4 a.m. eating nuts and crackers.


A: Try having protein at night instead of starch. Starch is usually best at breakfast or lunch due to its high energy output, and eating protein at night keeps you satiated longer because it takes longer to digest and it is not a fuel food.


If dinner is eaten too early before bedtime, have a little snack 1 hour before bed. If protein dinner wasn't 4 hours ago, make it veggies (or veggie chips) and sour cream or cream cheese dip. If it has been long enough after dinner, have some nice cream or other feel-good healthful dessert.

Alternatively, try having more fats than just butter with the dinner potato, like bacon, sour cream and/or cream cheese, or a little of all of them. Any dessert can be had just 2 hours after a starchy veggie meal.

Q: I have to be very careful with dairy products...

such as cream cheese and sour cream as I can get too congested from them and end up with a bit of a sinus headache. But I am wondering now if perhaps that would go away if I practice good food combining?


A: Don't use anything in too great quantity or at all if it gives you trouble. I suggested cream cheese or sour cream with potato because they go well together, but if you can't eat those then choose other fats.


You could make a white sauce with coconut milk instead of dairy, stuff the buttered potato with other steamed veggies and cover with the white sauce (there's a restaurant here that serves something similar to this, and it is exquisite).

Q: I ate a scrambled egg with cottage cheese and toast with butter...

which went pretty well. And that could be because I did not add any fruit since I think fruit was causing me a problem.


A: Eating bread (starch) with eggs (animal proteins) causes worse health problems in the long run.


Try making a fritatta with the egg using tomato, broccoli, mushrooms, etc. That along with the cottage cheese should keep you going all morning without the damage of eating starch and animal proteins together.


Any acid fruit should be okay to eat before this if you think the fritatta won't be enough (e.g. munch on an orange or drink fruit juice while preparing the fritatta). Or add bacon with or in the fritatta if worried about trying fruit beforehand. You could also try using two eggs instead of just oneespecially if they're smalland add more veggies as needed.

Q: I am in a rut and I don’t know what to eat...

Something feels like it is missing - I am so very hungry, and trying not to eat too much fat either. I need to lose just a little bit of weight but I am not sure I can do it if I am so hungry all the time.


A: Don't be afraid to eat a little more of the good quality fats—there's plenty of research that shows eating more healthy fats helps us get rid of our unhealthy fat, and Dr. Hay had us eating fats at almost every meal. Fats slow digestion and help keep us satiated probably as well as protein but without the acid load to our systems.


Use olive oil, real butter, mayo (preferably homemade or very natural with no vinegar ingredients), sour cream, etc. in a little greater quantity than usual, especially when eating with starches. Around 2 ounces per day can be easily handled by most. Some can handle more, and in very cold climates more is needed. Don't overdo it—just increase a little for a few days at a time to see how your system handles it.


Also try carrying veggie tray-type snacks with you as practical, preferably with a cream cheese or sour cream-based dip. These can usually be eaten anytime regardless of intake timing because they are compatible with all foods. Baked or vacuum-fried whole veggie chips work well here, too.


The fatty and protein nuts (all except peanuts and chestnuts) are also compatible with everything and so are also great for snacking, but keep it limited to only one or two loosely-closed handfuls of these—even less if also eating other proteins and/or starches during that same day.

Q: This morning my breakfast was a bowl of oatmeal with 1 tbsp of raisins and a tbsp of sunflower seeds...

Lunch was 1 3-oz can of salmon with a tsp only of mayonnaise and a cup of vegetable soup. By 3:30 I was a mess from hunger… and felt like I would faint if I did not eat.


A: Don't be afraid to eat a little more food. If I ate just a bowl of oatmeal with a sprinkle of raisins and sunflower seeds for breakfast, and then only a cup of soup and 3 ounces of salmon w/1 tsp mayo for lunch, I would be eating my DESK by 3:30!


Try changing it to a small open handful of raisins and a closed handful of walnuts or pecans (fatty nuts) with the oatmeal, maybe add some butter, cinnamon, and/or honey in there as well... Have a tablespoon of mayo and add a leafy green salad with that salmon and soup lunch... Or add to the salmon and tablespoon of mayo some diced veggies like cukes and tomatoes with some dill or rosemary, then set that on a bed of greens and celery to make a nice seafood salad.

Q: I had a lot of veggies, some brown rice pasta and just one ounce of chicken...

And I ended with a muffin made of ground almonds, no flour. I had no problems, no reflux and slept well. Today I had breakfast of rice flour pancakes made with a little cottage cheese and egg. No problems, no reflux!


A: These miscombinations might not have given you digestive trouble, but they still cause an acid overload for the body to deal with which may cause damage in other ways and/or cumulatively. Continuing to eat those things together is one of the main reasons that last 15 pounds won't go away.


It would have been better to have broiled or sautéed mushrooms (plant protein) instead of even one ounce of chicken (animal protein) with the brown rice pasta (starch), and this morning it would have been better to use the ground almonds (plant protein) instead of rice flour (starch) in the pancakes made with cottage cheese and egg (animal proteins).

Q: For lunch I had whole grain toast with avocado and a salad...

of homemade coleslaw with mayonnaise and then I had a small cup of hot cocoa made with unsweetened almond milk and no sugar, just a little Truvia/Stevia. And I am having a lot of reflux and acid burning in my mouth now… and that tells me I probably can’t do bread and or cocoa, even if it is properly combined and does not contain sugar. DARN! I love avocado on toast!


A: The things you had for lunch today all seem like they should have been fine together... But what else was in the cole slaw? Or what kind of mayo was used? Check the ingredients—it could be vinegar that's giving you trouble. Keep acids and sweets separate always.


Or, if it's not that you're sensitive to gluten, it could just be that you simply didn't chew the toast thoroughly enough. Remember all carbs must have very thorough insalivation (chew to near liquid) before swallowing or else they can't digest any further and will ferment in the stomach.

     Update: I feel better, no doubt, when I properly combine foods...

I started keeping a journal so that I would know what worked for me and what did not. It has been very useful.


I still have some problems with hiatal hernia but have learned that it doesn't seem to matter if I properly combine when it comes to certain foods, namely legumes and many gluten containing grains that are not sprouted! If I eat whole grain wheat or spelt crackers with almond butter or butter, I would get acid reflux, or if I was eating sprouted whole grain bread with butter and salad with just olive oil and seasonings or with some sliced avocado and lettuce, and I would get extremely bloated and in pain from gas it was causing. I realized I could not handle the beans, sprouted or not, that the bread contained, and I can't handle whole wheat and spelt. I get bloated and retain water; it makes me look puffy! So I stopped and voila, much better!


Oddly, I can enjoy sprouted grains such as quinoa, brown rice, buckwheat and barley (with no legumes) easily, and often eat sprouted quinoa or other sprouted grains with a protein dish and have no problems at all! I feel fabulous! But I must stay away from legumes except perhaps a little hummus. I searched and searched about eating sprouted quinoa and other sprouted seeds such as buckwheat with protein meals and it seemed to be the general consensus that once sprouted, they combine with both proteins and starches. I was happy about this because I hate to give up my sprouted quinoa!! Have you tried the True Roots brand of Organic Sprouted Quinoa? I love it! It cooks in just 15 minutes!


I think I still need more time to see how my fingernails and weight will respond. I have been using myself as a guinea pig, and I believe I have proven that food combining, just as you say, makes a HUGE difference – the food does not stay in my stomach as long and all in all, my digestion is smoother and easier.


Would it be OK to continue to stay in touch with you about this?


Thanks, Sandy! I love your site and the work you are doing!!


A: Of course, please do stay in touch! I've been reading more of Dr. Hay's books (I have almost all of them now) and hopefully can answer a lot more questions with confidence. In fact, answering questions helps me make time to flesh out my website, so please fire away anytime!

Lots of people have trouble with legumes, in fact Dr. Hay recommended avoiding beans and peanuts in general. You bought a copy of the Official Cook Book, right? Have you noticed the "bean" dishes use only soy or string beans?

Surely you've also noticed the recent explosion of advertisements for gluten-free products... Many people have problems with that, too, because the truth is we aren't made to digest most grains. Have you tried millet bread? You might find that tolerable.

Proper food combining does make a huge difference! When we consistently eat compatibly, we stop poisoning ourselves and also greatly reduce the burden of digestion. This frees up energy which is then used by the body to clean house, which in turn greatly improves overall function. If we then also reduce the amount of concentrated proteins and starches we eat and fill up with more fruits and veggies instead, especially raw, then the body has all the tools it needs to repair, rebuild, and restore itself to more perfect health.

You say you practice it 95% of the time but your hernia, weight, and nails haven't responded noticeably... Try getting even closer to 100% and maintain a strict no-cheat period of at least two weeks or longer if you can. Then if you still want to eat incompatibly from time to time, keep it to no more than once—that's just one miscombined meal—per week.

(WARNING: If you are strict about the rules for just those two solid weeks, your body will likely react badly to the first miscombined meal you eat after that... Two weeks is usually enough to thoroughly "unadapt" any human body to the poisoning that happens when we eat miscombined meals, and the reaction you get will show just how bad for you eating miscombined meals really is. I can't predict what exactly will happen, but you can expect it to be pretty unpleasant. Just remember that it is only because you've lost your tolerance for the poisoning, so really it's a good thing... And it makes for an excellent deterrent!)

If you're still eating starch or protein at most or every meal, that's probably also too much of one or both of them daily. Try cutting your usual portions of those items in half and filling up with more fruits or veggies in each meal, and choose starchy veggies more often than grains. You might also try increasing your raw food intake, but do this slowly over time... A little more salad here, raw veggies and dip a little more often there, etc.

Hey I've also developed a new, more detailed food combining chart with a second page full of Regenerative Eating tips and suggestions for helping people stick with it and get results. The chart is in a cross format because, you know, food is my religion! The instructions for reading the cross are in the middle, and the whole thing can be printed on the front and back of one sheet of paper for easy portability.

Would you mind giving me some feedback on it if you have some time? (Is it easy to understand, is it useful, are the food lists complete enough? Is there any food you can't find or can't figure out where to classify? Any comments or suggestions, etc.)

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing back from you!

     Feedback: This is fantastic!!

This is absolutely the MOST HELPFUL food chart I have found! And I am often confused by many of the other charts... they feel way more limiting than yours, and I can't show them to my clients either... it becomes too confusing to figure out acid/sub acid/ concentrated this and that, and once seeing that different "experts" say different things and classify foods differently, it becomes even more confusing, if not questionable. So, I generally recommend separating starches and proteins and eating fruit alone, when possible. Now that I have your wonderful chart, it will make it much easier!


Thank you for your great advice! I will make a commitment to 2 solid weeks of following your chart/protocol. I don't always do well with dairy other than butter, but I can find a source of good cottage cheese made by a local farmer and I will try that – it is full fat, not skim or low fat. Is that OK?


My one other question is about sprouted whole grains: Do you agree with the other "experts" that sprouted grains can be combined with proteins? So, for example, combing a meal of chicken with sprouted or germinated brown rice, along with veggies? I also use sprouted barley, believe it or not!! I have a great company I buy from. Sprouted grains are becoming really popular. So are sprouted legumes. More and more companies are sprouting and selling their products. Even sprouted tofu is catching on fast. Adding that category to your chart would be really helpful. Other than that, I can't think of anything else – it is so complete and so easy to understand. Perhaps as I go along, more thoughts will come to me.


Thanks so much for letting me stay in touch and giving me your guidance!


(Later she writes...) I noticed a couple of other things:

  1. I see you say to avoid low fat and fat free dairy. So that answered my question about the cottage cheese.

  2. I wonder if it is possible in the INSTRUCTIONS part of the chart to somehow let people know that they can combine some of the "corner foods" such as concentrated starch or protein with non starchy veggies and fats inside the chart? Also, for example, is it OK to combine all across the bottom and all across the top, including what is inside the cross, and what about adding fats to the foods in the corners?


A: The fact that there are so many other food combining charts out there and they're all a little different from each other was the main reason I created my own. I also based it only on Dr. Hay's rules (with a little educated guesstimation for some foods not found in my readings yet), so all those extra rules that are actually from Dr. Shelton and others are gone.


All foods listed inside the cross combine well with any and all other foods, whether also inside the cross or in the corners. Many of these are the things you want to eat as much as possible (unless otherwise indicated), and yes you will certainly want to eat them with corner items or else that would make for some pretty boring meals!


Fats should be eaten with nearly every meal or snack, but in very small quantities since the daily limit should stay around 2 ounces total fat intake. Fats are inside the cross, so they can be eaten with any corner food. In fact, fats should especially be eaten with carbs to help slow absorption of glucose and control blood sugar.


Corner food items can typically be combined with their horizontally opposed corner food items (as well as with all food items inside the cross per the first instruction). For example, animal proteins can definitely be eaten with most nuts, seeds, raisins, fats, natural sweeteners, low-starch veggies, and non-starchy veggies (all foods inside the cross); whether they can be eaten with acid fruits without discomfort is up to each individual to find out for themselves. It may bother some, and then those people should avoid mixing those horizontal corners.


The "according to individual sensitivity" part is written in italics to also act as a guide to show some foods which may not be suitable for combining as shown, but again you will only know that if you try them for yourself and notice a problem. These foods are also shown in italics on the chart, so we're basically talking about pork sausage and melons... As in, pork sausage as a fat typically combines nicely with carbs in small amount; however, it may not for you. Similarly, melons may or may not be suitable to for you to eat with acid fruits, nuts, etc.


About sprouted grains and legumes... Sprouting makes them more nutritious and easier for us to digest, but I'm not entirely sure that it actually changes their alkaline digestive requirements. Some sources say the starches are transformed to simpler sugars by sprouting, but others say that only applies to sprouts which are allowed to progress to the green leaf stage, such as alfalfa sprouts. To be safest I would suggest treating sprouted versions the same as their original form and avoiding eating them with animal proteins, even if it doesn't cause stomach upset.


Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it. Keep me posted on your progress!

Q: I told you I gave up on grains except just a little on occasion, right?

I really felt much better… no reflux! So I decided to be perfect in food combining, right down to the nitty gritty! And I got worse again!


Not sure if you know what may be going on. This is a typical day:

Breakfast: Peach with yogurt, walnuts and raisins, maybe a couple strips of crispy nitrate-free bacon, or 1 slice sprouted spelt toast topped with egg yolks only, walnuts and raisins.

Lunch: Potato with skin, butter , fresh vegetable salad with dressing made of olive oil, a tiny bit of local raw honey and a small spoonful of chopped up olives, non-starchy vegetable soup made with vegetable stock or baked sweet potato, 2 or 3 steamed non starchy veggies with butter or olive oil and some raw veggies.

Dinner: Grilled or baked chicken with fresh herbs, steamed kale with onions and olive oil, small sweet peas with butter, or grass-fed hamburger with sautéed onions and peas, carrots and zucchini.


To this I have sometimes added fruits that blend, for example some apple with a protein meal. But that is not always the case. I am wondering if my body is trying to clean itself and that is why I am having more indigestion and gas. And occasionally I will have a square of dark, no diary chocolate.


I do believe this is a better way of eating and I can feel a difference in subtle ways, but I can't tell if I have lost any weight because of all the gas, bloating and indigestion! So I started reading Dr. Hay's book that is free online.


I really, really want this to work!! And I am committed to doing what it takes, but sometimes I am still getting confused. For example, I found these delicious noodles at an organic store here – they are made from black beans only, and they are low in fiber so I thought that they would not bother my tummy, but they have plenty of protein and plenty of carbs… although more protein. Still, books based on Dr. Hay's teachings all day very different things…one says they are carbs, the other says they are proteins. Your book says they are proteins as is whole grain quinoa and should be combined with protein meals only. Have you had any experience with this sort of food? Was it OK for you? I normally do not eat any beans but these are amazing "noodles" that I love with chicken or whatever.


I am seeing less and less clients individually now and am focusing more on corporate programs and projects for companies. I love your website! And I look forward to telling people about it when I do my talks.


Thank you for everything you have done to help us all learn this way of eating! It really means a lot!


A: Good to hear from you again! Hope all else is well in your world.


Now let's analyze how you've been eating. The items you listed for a typical day seem fine, mostly. However... It could be the nitrate-free bacon or the spelt bread at breakfast. Or if there's any tomato in the soup with baked potato at lunch. Or if you're eating too much onion at dinner (I have a fine line myself with pungents). Or if you're having that non-dairy chocolate too soon before or after fruit or protein.


There are so many little ways to stumble!


Stick with good old-fashioned regular bacon (pig, not turkey). Always go with the most undoctored version of all foods, even with so-called "unhealthy" stuff like bacon. Every time we humans do something to our food, we always seem to make it bad somehow, so the less processing of any kind the better in general. I like Wright brand for big thick indulgent strips, and Hormel has great bacon crumbles and thin pre-cooked strips that just need a little warming up.


Also remember to always chew starches to near liquid before swallowing, spelt bread included. It is so easy to swallow carbs before we should, and when we don't mix them with our saliva long enough before swallowing, we ensure fermentation which results in bloating, gas, and discomfort—which are symptoms of wrong eating, not of detox. Bread especially needs attention in this regard, and according to Dr. Hay it also should be eaten crispy (presumably due to requiring less care in chewing to break it down enough...?).


I actually conducted a little experiment on myself just the other day, in fact... I had eaten some millet toast and started feeling that yucky burning sensation in my tummy shortly afterward. I thought if it was just from not chewing enough, maybe I could send some saliva down to help finish the job enough for the stomach to take over. I worked up some extra saliva in my mouth and swallowed it—a few times—and whaddaya know the tummyache stopped! Maybe it was the saliva, maybe it was the motion of all the swallowing or something... I don't care as long as it worked. Try that next time you get vurpy after eating starch and let me know if it works for you, too.


If it does then I swear I'm going to work "body-whisperer" into my materials somewhere.


You could also still be eating too heavy, as in too many acid-forming foods daily. Do you like any melons or fruit? They make great breakfasts that give you fantastic energy and help cleanse your body. You might feel better if you replace heavier breakfasts with fruit and milk, or if you think that won't be enough then have acid fruit with a fritatta or omelet made with 1 egg yolk + 1 Tblsp thin cream to replace each whole egg plus veggies like tomato, mushroom, sweet peppers, and toss in a little crispy crumbled bacon. All of this is compatible with the milk, which along with any mushroom gives you some good (non-acid-forming!) protein for this meal. Eventually try just fruit and milk when you can eat again anytime if needed like on a weekend or day off, you might be surprised at how well it keeps you going and satisfied.


Really unless you work outside all day or are a professional athlete in training, only one acid-forming food is suggested per day. More than that requires lots of activity, sweating, heavy breathing of fresh air, etc. to eliminate the excess acid waste created, and eating more acid-forming foods takes up space better filled with alkaline foods. Double whammy!


I think some of your confusion may come from working with too many sources. That drove me crazy, too, with all of the little differences here and there, and then it was hard to remember where I read this or that.


For example, with beans, it is only soy beans and solid soy products such as tofu, edamame, and soy nuts/flour/pasta that are proteins; all others except green beans and baby limas are starchy. That baby limas can go with meat and aren't acid-forming is the only new news there, from me, as I just recently came to understand this through intensive study of The Official Cook Book. I've made a few changes to my Cross chart to reflect my new clarity on a few things—sweeteners, acid-forming fruits and veggies, cottage cheese, all grains as starch (yes quinoa too, dangit!)—as a result. I will be sending out the new version very soon.


But most beans have always been starchy on my lists, that I can recall, so your black bean noodles should actually be avoided with meat.


If you want to eat noodles with meat then use soy pasta or Miracle Noodle. Bean sprouts are another interesting option; some raw foodists like to use salted julienned zucchini. Soy flour can also be used to make biscuits or other breads to serve with protein meals, but since solid soy products are acid-forming then quantities of both should be reduced.


I have not used any soy noodles, soy flour, or bean noodles—yet—but I have tried the Miracle Noodle and it goes wonderfully with meat and sauces. It took a little getting used to, though, and it takes a little effort to make it come out right, but that's a small sacrifice especially since it also seems to work a little extra magic in the elimination department, for me. Bonus! And I've found that they grow on you over time.


I've also added sea vegetables to the food charts since the latest of Dr. Hay's books I'm reading mentions that it may be beneficial to supplement our diets with dried kelp to get many of the nutrients that have been washed out of our soils over generations of farming. I've ordered a few types but not used any for cooking yet, and I am absolutely falling in love with these kelp chips.


I, too, recently decided to change my business model. I think I'm going to package the book and Cross and other materials I'm developing into a single product to help others succeed as easily as I have. I think I'll call it Tools for Success...

Q: Thank you for this letter! I have been absolutely stumped as I was doing so well...

I had stopped eating all grains (and I never ate that many to begin with) except a little rice or rice crackers. The reflux was gone, and I mean it was so gone, I could actually sleep on my right side for the first time in years!!! And then I decided it was going so well that I would do the out and out food combining to the nitty gritty! But I must have either done something really wrong, or my body was cleansing (although I am not very toxic) but I ended up with reflux for the last few days that has been unbearable to the point where it seems bile has been coming up into my mouth and throat is burned!! But why??? So, I think it could have been from any of the following:

  1. Eating crackers with a starch meal that are made from organic lentil flour – probably caused gas in my system and it is gas that pushes my stomach and my intestines up and makes me sick

  2. Eating some (not very much) fruit, properly combined, with meals… like a little apple or orange with or just before a protein meal

  3. Eating an orange, a grapefruit and some yogurt (not altogether though) – but they have too much acid for my stomach

  4. Combining black bean noodles with protein (but I only did this once!)

  5. Eating bacon which I love but hardly ever eat, not because I think it is not healthy, but because I thought maybe it was not good for me, but I ate 2 strips every day for a few days in a row. And I only buy the best food, the least processed and no chemicals, additives or preservatives!

  6. Not getting enough protein!! This could truly be the problem! Before, I would eat a little protein with each meal or with at least 2 meals daily – the protein gives all the excess acid in my stomach something to do – LOL! But with the food combining I was eating just fruit or fruit with a little yogurt or a slice of well-toasted spelt bread with egg yolks and bacon (I love this!). Lunch was potato with butter, vegetable soup, vegetables with olive oil and maybe a small salad with oil and chopped olives, then dinner was protein with non starchy veggies. I thought I was doing great but the reflux kept getting worse and worse! I had to take a drug for it today!! So here's another problem I realize I was doing wrong. I was eating a little chocolate (just a small square) after protein meals, or a little treat like carob with a little raw honey and nut butter on a spoon after a protein meal and maybe that should have been with the carb meal!


At any rate, I had a colonic today and it really, really helped! I read where Dr. Hay said to do an enema, but I opted for the colonic instead. So far, I am better and I hope I figure this out and stay that way!!


You have helped me so much! Thank you! I keep going back to your materials and to Dr. Hay for help. I can feel the compatibility in my belly and that's why I have been so stumped about the reflux!


By the way, good to know about the baby lima beans! Guess I can eat them with both starch and proteins! You are a fabulous detective, Sandy!!


And by the way, again, did you know that Whole Foods sells Maine Coast Kelp (and Dulse) sprinkles? I buy them all the time. You will like them a lot. I like the miracle noodles and the wild yam noodles (no carbs or protein) and eat them from time to time.


A: Heh heh... Did you get to the "Constipation" chapter in Health via Food yet? What Dr. Hay called an enema sounds more like colonics to me, as he had you load up with 2-3 quarts of tepid water (80F max) and then massage the distended colon to work out old stuff from all the little cracks and crevices while you held it in!


I'm trying to work up the fortitude to go full Hay Health System treatment: 3 days of purging and fruit juice with daily enemas (colonics!) for at least 2 weeks while completely restarting daily food intake to rebuild alkaline reserve (which takes about a month). That's going to be the hardest part for me because I still struggle with maintaining the willpower to resist things I shouldn't eat, and with this dietary restart it is imperative to strictly follow the regimen of reintroducing foods one type at a time.


I'll let you know if I ever get there...


I thought about ordering the kelp sprinkles, too, but then I thought maybe I could just grind up some of the other stuff I ordered (not knowing how pliable it would be even though it was dried!). I didn't know Whole Foods had them, so I will have to try to get by there (nearest one is 30 miles away... Houston is huge!).


I'm really glad to know I'm helping you, thanks! That makes at least three people that I know I have helped now, in addition to myself of course. One is my son's old Scoutmaster, who asked me about it every time he saw me shrinking for the last two years but still never tried it... That is until he was diagnosed with h. pylori and everything he ate or drank hurt, even the meds they gave him to treat the infection. His wife suggested that trying my Challenge certainly couldn't hurt, so he finally did. He reported that he stopped having pain with the very first meal he ate. He followed the Challenge for a couple of days and felt so good he thought he could eat his old way again, but his body quickly advised him that was a bad idea. Now he's a true believer!


I'm still waiting on his written testimonial... May take another 2 years! LOL


Why don't you check out my 4-Day Challenge? It's designed to incorporate several Regenerative Eating guidelines without your having to think too much about them. Maybe it will help you get the hang of it a little easier.

Q: Amazing how much the colonic helped me...

I think most people would not BELIEVE how truly full of SHIT (if I may say so…) most people are!


And that is coming from a very healthy, mostly vegetable eater (ME)!!!!!


A: I bet your skin looks really super clear and glowing, too. Even though, in reality, you're still full of shit!


Dr. Hay said it took about 2 weeks of his daily enema/colonic regimen to get all the really old crap out of every little nook and cranny! "Two weeks of three quart enema is usually sufficient to ensure that the colon has been completely emptied, and to one who has not before had the experience there is a surprise in store, for the amount of ancient material unloaded is truly astonishing."


In other words, you ain't seen nothin' yet!

Q: I recently had the good fortune to find your reply to <<"nutrition" article>>...

... when I was doing a search for "food combining". I went forthwith to your website which has been a real godsend!


I guess I need to tell you where I'm coming from—only 3 months from my 66th birthday, I enjoy pretty good health except for being overweight and having a "bad" knee. In my ongoing effort to lose weight I began <<another diet>> the first of this month (Oct) weighing 230 lbs with a BMI of 51. If you're not familiar with their new book, it's a rapid fat-loss plan calling for LOTS of water and fruit, no sugar or grains, and food combining—meals of all fruit and/or all veggies or all protein. Or you can have a 10-90% meal with the 10% being either carb or protein. Also, being active and on your feet 1-3 hrs a day, with 3 or 4 one-minute exercises is part of the plan. I've been taking what they call the Superhighway approach, or "enlightened fasting" which means restricting calories to 300-800 daily with a break every 4 or 5 days. I was really gung-ho at the start, but 21 days into it, my BMI was still at 50, my water per centage at 36, and my overall weight keeps fluctuating between 228 and 225. So much for rapid fat loss...(In the few days I've been following your advice, my BMI is down to 46...hmmm)


About 15 yrs ago, I lost 60 lbs on <<diet shakes>> and then <<another diet>>. I wanted to lose another 30 lbs but couldn't make it happen, despite trying everything else that came down the pike. Even though I've been pretty good about avoiding junk and processed food—except for special occasions, all but 9 pounds have gradually come back. And now these last few years I've been in a situation where I have dinner 2 nights a week with my son and his family. My daughter-in-law LOVES cooking and baking. In fact she's a professional baker, specializing in cakes. What a challenge it's become on this <<other diet>> plan!


But I am still very hopeful and encouraged about going the food combining route as you've described. I would love to follow in your footsteps!! I've been researching the subject, including some of what Dr. Hay has written. (Btw, he was not mentioned in the <<other diet>>'s list of resources) Anyway, I have a few questions for which I've been unable to find the answer. I hope you won't mind enlightening me?


On the <<other diet>> plan, you're supposed to use fats very sparingly with carbs—like a tsp. of olive oil on a salad. "...fat/sugar or fat/carbohydrate are the absolute WORST culprits for adding body fat." And on <<another>> website he says meats must be eaten with fats, but his No.1 rule is not to combine pure fats with high starches?? Something about primitive man never finding a lump of fat attached to any carb... I would dearly love to have buttered, whole-wheat toast (sans the HFCS) for breakfast again! And cream on berries, cream cheese with peppers, butter and/or sour cream on a baked potato—which brings up another matter. You mention that animal products are acid if pasteurized. It's illegal to sell raw milk in my state, so even our local organic dairy with it's grass fed cows has to pasteurize everything. Does that mean that I can't use butter or cream on potatoes, brown rice, toast or oatmeal? And I could live on cottage cheese with fruit...But I haven't found any dairy product that doesn't say "from pasteurized milk".


And what about chocolate? How is it classified? I am a true chocoholic and could be content eating the dark, bitter stuff.


Thanks so much for making your story and all the valuable information available! I do appreciate all your effort and generosity. I would like to take your 7 day challenge whenever my food budget allows. I have to deal with the challenge of a fixed income first!


A: Thanks for all your wonderful compliments! I am so glad to know when I am helping someone—that has always been my main goal in putting the info and my story out there.


Food combining is actually just one part of the overall practice of Regenerative Eating (i.e. there's more to it than just eating compatibly), but counting calories isn't even included. And neither is denying yourself cake when you want it! But it does require a little advance planning and a lot more thought about the foods we eat every day.


I'm sorry to hear that you wasted money, time, effort, and especially joy of living on a severely restrictive diet and crazy exercise regimen that hasn't actually done much for you... That's a terrible feeling, isn't it? But how awesome that just a few days of doing it Dr. Hay's way you can see a measurable difference! That's how it was for me too, and according to all of his books everyone shares similar changes. That's where this is different than the standard practice: Instead of treating symptoms, which are different for everyone and the treatment of which causes everyone to react in different ways (a.k.a those ever-increasing lists of "side effects" to any drug), eating correctly addresses the cause of the problem, so all bodies react the same way. When the cause is removed, the symptoms disappear.


And when we continue to eat correctly, our bodies continue gravitating toward perfect health. That's the way the human body works, thank goodness! And it really is as simple as getting the food right, because once that's done, all the other things that supplement our health—proper hydration and elimination, getting enough exercise, fresh air, sunshine, and sleep—all tend to come naturally.


It's the "eating correctly" part that's so difficult to pin down, especially when there are so many sources with so many differing opinions on what constitutes correct eating. And here's the thing, like everything else, it's a little different for everyone. Our genetics, heredity, environmental and dietary differences make us each unique, and so we each have to discover what really works best for our own bodies.


I was pleasantly surprised to find when reading Dr. Hay's works for myself that many of the common food combining "rules" aren't really necessary. They seem to have been tacked on by others and handed down with changes, somehow, but the original plan from the horse's mouth is much less restrictive and infinitely more enjoyable.


That's another reason I put my story and Dr. Hay's info out there, because it needed to be put out there in its correct form. I can only hope that I have interpreted things correctly! And the more of his books I read, the more my understanding of the whole thing evolves. For example, I have recently been studying The Official Cook Book of the Hay System, and as a result I have made a few changes to the digestive classifications and food combining info. I have also created a new, more detailed food combining chart with Regenerative Eating guidelines, and this has a second page full of tips and suggestions to help you stay on track. It can be printed out on one page, front and back, so you can fold it up and have it in your pocket, purse, wallet, etc for quick reference anytime.


You will love to know that yes, not only can you eat fats with carbs, but it's encouraged! Fats should be eaten with carbs, and they can be eaten with protein, too.


I don't know where some of these other doctors get their ideas (and that guy even says his stuff is derived from Dr. Hay's works!?!), but their observations of nature are misguided. If they were really observant, they would notice that our bodies aren't even really designed to digest grains, or meat for that matter, and they would understand that eating too much of things we aren't designed to digest is like putting diesel fuel in an unleaded car. They would also understand basic principles of chemistry, which I believe most of us were required to learn in high school, such as acids and bases affect each other's function adversely.


But thank goodness Dr. Hay didn't fail to notice these basic truths, right? He really should be a hero to us all.


To clarify on the pasteurized dairy, I refer to them as Acids in relation to their digestive classification and for where to record them if using my Food Diary. Butter and cream are classified as Fats, so yes you can have them with potatoes and grains. It is dairy milk, buttermilk, yogurt, and cheese that should be avoided with carbs, but these things can certainly be had with fruits—acid fruits only, not sweet fruits like banana, dates, or figs. (Butter, cream, and other fats can be eaten with either acid or sweet fruits.)


This is another way we go wrong, by eating cereal with dairy milk, yogurt with granola, bread with cheese, etc. So many things they think are healthy, aren't, at least not when eaten together! Doing that kind of thing at every meal every day is one of the main causes of that age-related weight creep we are being programmed to just accept as fate.


And make no mistake, if there are any signs of aging you can observe on the outside, then your body is degenerating inside, too. The human body functions as a whole, and its main purpose is to keep operating at peak health. Eating correctly allows your body to go back into regenerative mode because you stop the daily poisoning that happens by eating incompatibly, eating too many refined products, too much meat, grains, dairy, and sweets and not enough fruits and veggies, etc.


It's a multi-pronged approach that happens with observance of just one rule: Keep carbs and sweet fruits separate from concentrated proteins and acid fruits. Applying this one rule to your daily diet auto-magick-ally causes you to increase fruit and veggie intake because, well, what else are you going to eat with meat if you can't have potatoes, corn, rice, pasta, beans, or bread?


I like to get bags of frozen veggies, alone or in different mixes, and these can be quickly heated up and then add a little oil or butter, some herbs, a little lemon juice or cheese if it's with a protein meal (no lemon juice and use cream cheese if it's a carb meal), sea salt or veggie salt like Mrs. Dash, paprika, etc. Frozen berry blends are great for making smoothies and frozen whipped cream treats.


Buying and using frozen fruits and veggies is a very economical way to get the good nutrients you need. Usually these products are frozen shortly after picking and then shipped and kept frozen, so they retain many nutrients that are lost during travel time of other so-called fresh produce.


I would hope taking my Challenge wouldn't be too burdensome on the old pocketbook either, but if it is then you can at least still apply the principles from the food chart to your daily meals. If you have to order meals with miscombined parts, choose the one with the most compatible parts and discard or save the other for later. Add a small salad when you can. Better yet, or also, have a large salad as a meal. Add either carbs such as beans or croutons, or proteins such as cheese or meat, and choose a compatible dressing (or none).


I'm sending you my Challenge, too, though it still isn't quite finished. I hope you will still find plenty to work with, and I hope it helps you see how easy and delicious it can be to eat your way to better health.


Please let me know what you think, and please also keep me posted on your progress!


P.S. I almost forgot... Chocolate is a Sweet (carb), as are cakes and other desserts, so just plan for trips to your son's house accordingly: Eat lightly during the day, with maybe some eggs or cottage cheese at breakfast and then soup with mushrooms and salad for lunch (no carbs or concentrated proteins). Then at dinner, partake of whatever starchy things and salad or other veggies being served—going light on the starchy item(s) and heavy on the veggies—and then you can easily enjoy a little of your daughter-in-law's wonderful dessert! Now, if you haven't been very active on this day, then even eating this well could still end up making the scale go the wrong direction just a little bit, but don't fret—it will come right back off due to all the other days you're not ending with a sugary dessert.


(You could have acid fruits with that egg or cottage cheese breakfast too, sorry I didn't add that in!)

Q: Wow! Can't thank you enough for all the help...

Bless yore lil' pea-pickin' heart! (as Tennessee Ernie Ford used to say, and probably way before your time). I'm studying up on all the info you've given me. Actually, it is quite liberating once I get my head around the whole concept. I've been trying to adhere to so many different rules and guidelines for sooooo long, I'll have to watch that I don't make it harder than it is!


I love the food combining cross and tip sheet. That really clarifies and simplifies everything, thank you very much. And I'm so glad to have the recipes, too.


To give you a little more of my background--I'm single, living alone and I do not like to cook! Until this past year and a half, I lived with my parents for almost 15 years, waiting on my mom who's disabled and having to fix the traditional sit-down meals 7 days a week. Now they are in assisted living. But I've also been babysitting my twin grandchildren (boy and girl) 2 or more days a week since they were about 3 months old; they are now almost 5 and THAT'S where I get my exercise! That is also why I have dinner at their house twice a week--two days a week both my son and his wife have to leave for work very early in the morning. Since they live in another town, I go there the evening before and stay overnight. The days I babysit I basically don't eat since there's little I can have if I want to avoid processed food. I should say my daughter-in-law does stock up on healthy fruits and veggies but they go in a hurry, and the rest of the month it's slim pickin's in the produce dept. A few cups of coffee with cream does help me get by, but is it better to drink decaf? At first, I was dismayed at the idea of only 2 oz. of fat a day, until I saw that that's half a stick of butter! Okay! I do like butter on everything. I cook in coconut oil and take it as a supplement, too. I'm not too happy eating olive oil on my salads, but know the ranch dressing that I prefer is taboo. I will definitely go the sour cream route. Maybe I have been overdoing it on the fats.....I can do without a lot of meat, so that's a good thing, right?


At home, it's easy for me to get involved with something and forget to eat and I LOVE not having to stop whatever I'm doing to fix a meal now. That's why it's so frustrating being unable to lose weight! The only problem I have with your 7 day challenge menus is that it's too much food, and more prepping than I am motivated to do! I really do not like to cook! I am so glad you recommend using frozen fruits and veggies. Is microwaving okay? I am also bad about scarfing down my food ( My ex, who's still involved in my life, keeps assuring me that my food won't escape) so per your advice, I'm trying to chew more.


Btw, I have a daughter and two sons--all overweight, and the baker daughter-in-law is getting there. My daughter has lost a bunch on that diet that uses the expensive pregnancy hormone and calorie restriction (It has Dr Oz's approval, for what that's worth.) but how long can she keep that up? Thankfully, my 6 other grandchildren, teenagers, are all tall and slender. Anyway, my hope is that quietly, without fanfare, I can lose weight, improve my looks and health, and then reveal the secret of my success--You and Dr. Hay. I would love to set an example that the rest of my family could easily follow. Even the grandkids, so they could get a headstart on long, healthy lives.


Well, it's way past lunch time and here I am. See what I mean? But wanted you to know asap how appreciative I am of your time and effort on my behalf.... I hope to someday do you proud!


A: Sounds like you're a busy grandparent and loving every minute of it! You know, you could always do your own little grocery trip to get some fresh fruits and veggies to take with you on babysitting days when daughter-in-law's stash has been depleted. Or offer to go grocery shopping for her if you can, I know as a working mother myself when I run out of the good foods it's because I haven't been able to make time to get to the store again, and having someone to help with that would be worth more than gold! Or bring leftovers of some healthy veggie dishes, or salad fixin's. And yes you can have ranch dressing, too!


Also, yes it is better to drink decaf simply because caffeine speeds you up, and anything that speeds up function in one way will slow it down in some other way, which is always detrimental to our health. Coffee isn't as bad as energy drinks in this regard, though, so if decaf isn't your thing then don't sweat it. Just try to keep consumption down to a cup or two per day.


You can have more than 2 oz fat per day if your body handles it well. This seems best observed by the quality of your bowel movements, so if you're happy in that department then your fat intake is probably just fine.


Reducing meat consumption also helps in many ways, so yes it is a good thing! But when you do eat it, this is the food you CAN scarf, as long as the timing is right for protein anyway. Meats and cheeses require little chewing, while fruits and veggies need just a bit more to break the cellular fiber down into smaller bits. It's only carbs that require such extended chew time or dissolution, so when you're feeling really hungry and want to scarf, choose veggies with cream cheese or sour cream dip, or deli meat and cheese rolls if it's protein time, or other things along those lines that are quick and easy to prepare and can go down quickly as well.


On my Challenge, I only included so many options to accommodate many different eating styles (e.g. some people do the six small meals a day thing), so you can skip any snacks or meals if you're not hungry for them. Or you can make fewer, slightly larger meals by having the AM Snack with Breakfast and the PM Snack with Lunch. I do realize it's a lot for someone who isn't used to spending much time in the kitchen, too—I wasn't either at first!—but the new version will have more info on eating out to get meals similar to my suggested menus.


I applaud your wanting to set an example by doing this for yourself first. I tried to get my family to do it with me from the beginning and was met with opposition for a long time. Now my 15 year old son has finally started eating compatibly and having salads at lunch, and every few days he shows me some new cut that's appeared, giving his muscles more definition even though he hasn't added any kind of exercise.


I hope your grandkids latch onto this and absorb it because if they do, they will have lives free of pain, disease, weight issues, or any health problems. I theorize that we only need a few generations to turn our current degenerative trends back around to regenerative ones, where each generation is born healthier instead of sicker than the last. That's how it should be, after all!


Maybe someday we can get there...

Q: I found your website while doing some web searches about food combining...

I've been experimenting with it for the past 2 years, begrudgingly, and quite seriously for the last 10 months. Although I still have days when I wonder if its all in my head or something...for the most part it has changed my life for the better. Since January this year I've dropped 65 pounds and as a 37 year old male I'm now back to the same weight I was in college (186 as of this morning). Honestly, I didn't follow all of the principles at first - I simply made changes to my diet by lowering carbs and eventually eliminating almost all starches from my diet. It is a constant cycle of learning, experimentation and doing some kooky things like weighing myself 2-4 times a day and keeps lots of journals. I first learned about it after studying the diets of natural bodybuilders and found some articles written by <<a man>> who seems to have followed Dr. Hay's plan very seriously. I first started with the rule of waiting to drink water after eating which was very hard at first, but now it is second nature. I then slowly made changes to my diet and my success has been amazing to say the least. I plan to lose another 10-15 pounds so I can fit into a pair of size 32 jeans (wearing 34s now that will need a belt soon - not bad for starting with size 42 jeans that barely fit coming out of the dryer). I've also put on a fair amount of muscle during this past year so I'd estimate my actual fat loss to be somewhere near 70 pounds. Low carb, portion control and food combining have all played their parts. And lots of willpower.


I just finished reading your PDF (many thanks for writing and sharing it) and found myself nodding and smiling. The one thing that I found confusing with <<the other guy's>> teachings is that he stated that proteins should not be combined with fats, except when using non fat powders. His argument was that all animal proteins and nuts have enough fat in them but I found myself disagreeing with this. As an experiment I did a day where I had no extra fat with my meat (grilled pork, fairly low fat and lean) and my digestion suffered for it. Thinking back to what I learned from <<another diet>> and others I've studied - you definitely need enough fat with protein otherwise your body seems to have a fit (at least mine does, at any rate). So I was happy to read that you reached the same conclusion as having a nice chicken salad with some avocado and a drizzle of olive oil just makes so much sense to me. And, my weight is now dropping again after adding the fat back (it stalled completely when I stopped it), so the proof is in the pudding I guess (or in not eating the pudding). :)


One thing I wanted to ask you - do you have any thoughts about oatmeal and its combination with other foods? My one final not so good habit is that I love to eat oatmeal in the morning. Usually with a few eggs (my body functions best with more protein I've found over the years). However, my digestion is always excellent when doing this and my stomach and insides always feel great as well. Since I eat lots of salads and veggies for lunch and dinner...the idea of having even more veggies in the morning is just too much for me. Another favorite of mine is to use freshly ground sesame seeds and a few walnuts with oatmeal and almond milk - that combination gives me more energy than any breakfast I've tried, even bacon and eggs (usually not hungry for 4 hours instead of the usual 2.5-3). Again, the seeds with oats and the eggs with oats is clearly a big no no according to Dr. Hays I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on this. The oats are the only grain I eat - I had a sweet potato a few weeks ago just for kicks (with veggies and no protein - felt great) and my bags of brown basmati rice have been sitting in my cupboard for months - I just don't crave or seem to need them any more. I'm working on changing my oatmeal and eggs habit to something better...but again, my energy levels are great - my weight loss has been fantastic and I honestly feel like jumping off the walls most of the time. The thought of becoming a middle aged man soon just doesn't compute for me, sorry - I feel better than I did in my 20s so I'm obviously doing something right. But those oats...are they friend or foe...I just don't know!


A: Glad you're trying to stick with food combining, because continuing with it will only keep improving your health in more amazing ways. And congrats on all you've accomplished so far!


I keep hearing of others who claim to follow Dr. Hay's teachings but then say things like don't eat fat with meat. What? And what on earth is a "fat powder"?? Doesn't sound very natural to me...


We need fats, and in Dr. Hay's examples he has us eating a little fat with almost every single meal and snack all day long, especially with carbs but also with proteins and acid fruits. But, you know, it's not ever in large amounts—in fact his recommendation is to keep it around 2 oz total per day for most people. A little butter with this, some mayo with that, oil dressing on salads, cream with fruit, etc.


Speaking of fats with carbs, oatmeal is a carb, and as such it should not be eaten with whole eggs... Even if you're not feeling the damage right away. But all you need to do there is use the yolk only instead. One egg yolk + 2 Tblsp thin cream replaces each whole egg for scrambling, or just cook the eggs in a way that the yolk can be easily eaten separate from the white (hard boiled, sunny side up, poached, etc.). Eat the yolk only and discard the white.


Also seeds combine with all foods, so you're fine tossing some on the oatmeal anytime.


The thing about carbs is you just don't want to overeat them, and we need so little of them it's very easy to do. So... Oatmeal is friend, but can be foe if eaten in too great quantities with other carbs daily.


Good luck with your continuing weight loss quest, and I hope you will keep me posted on whatever other amazing benefits come your way as a result.

Q: Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me back...

I had a feeling there wasn't any special cheat trick with oats (darn it!)...but being that this is my only vice at the moment it won't be too hard to cure. That is interesting about the seeds being okay with carbs...that was my usual breakfast for a long time - about 1/4 cup of freshly ground sesame seeds (unhulled for the iron and calcium), some oats and almond milk. I recently started reading about phytic acid and got worried about the seeds...but I've tried soaking and toasting them which does change the flavor (tastes great!)...but I still remember how that combination gives me a ton of long lasting energy - perhaps due to the superior digestion. I used to also put in banana and raisins but I stopped that (too many carbs and I'm sure the banana wasn't a good thing) - so with just the seeds and oats - its really is a winner. I was reading your PDF again and you said that nuts are okay with putting in some almonds with the sesame and oats would probably be okay? And I'm thrilled to learn that almond milk is neutral (I always hoped so!). :)

I don't do well with dairy - so I think for my eggs I'm going to have to try a veggie scramble some days or perhaps add something else. I really like to avoid combining fruits with anything...but I suppose a small bowl of blueberries with a little coconut milk on top could replace my small bowl of oatmeal. Definitely worth a try. So far I've been eating fruit separate 95% of the time (and waiting the extra time before eating anything else) and it is amazing how much difference this makes. I think eating fruit alone is one of the best aspects of this dietary method - it cures any sweet cravings and gives not only good energy but your body seems to get far more nutrition out of the fruit. Grapefruit never tasted so good!

For some reason I have the concept stuck in my head that fats + carbs = bad due to past diet books I've read - but you know that would also be an option for breakfast. After doing my no fat with protein test (combined with a zero carb day - ugh) I was left feeling very light headed and craved some carbs. I decided to have a bowl of plain oatmeal with coconut milk the next day and that combination of fats and carbs snapped me right out of it and I felt great soon after. Also a small banana and coconut milk might work for me (as you may have guessed - I love coconut milk! it is my replacement for the dairy that my body just doesn't handle well). I'm looking forward to seeing how this final change affects my health. :)

Speaking of which, I also had severe carpal tunnel (along with its friend, RSI) in both hands a few years ago and it was so bad I almost applied for disability. With the help of an amazing book I cured it - but it still left some things weak and after a lot of hard work (and
I'm sure my food combining helped too) almost all of that pain is gone from my joints and limbs. I wonder at times if that was the cause of most of it (being an IT tech and avid net surfer probably didn't help things either spending 8-10 hours a day typing).

And thank you for your kind words - it feels so amazing to finally be thin again. Believe it or not, I weighed 300 lbs in high school (and stood 5 foot 7 - not a good thing)...then got down to 180-190 around age 20 and kept the weight off for years until I fell off the wagon
after a family crisis. This is the first time I've got back to my old fighting weight in almost a decade...kind of hard to believe sometimes. As I told a friend the other day - if I manage to get down to 170-175 I think I might sprout wings and fly. :)

I also wanted to say that I am beyond impressed with everything you've done. The first few pictures of you hardly look like the same person. Those early pictures reminded me of many women that I see who sadly look very unhealthy...but those last few - talk about a night and day change - so youthful and alive!

I wish more people I knew would pay attention to what they eat (I'm dreading Thanksgiving with my family this year)...myself I feel like I was asleep or a zombie for so many years...but I can't look backwards and only forward now. :)


A: Guess what? You can use your beloved coconut milk in place of thin cream with the egg yolk to extend it (all we're really doing with the cream is stretching the yolk to replace a whole egg). Or you could use 1-2 tsp water instead, or you could just leave the cream out and use an extra yolk. Or just stick with using whole eggs for veggie scrambles without oatmeal, another excellent breakfast and a great way to use up veggie side dish leftovers!


And are you sure even cream doesn't do you very well? People are often surprised to find that it's just milk and/or cheeses that disagree with them, while creams don't since their digestion is different than other dairy. (And sometimes the other dairy only bothered them because they were having it with carbs or proteins or both!)


I've been studying The Official Cook Book of the Hay System pretty intensely for a few weeks now, and as a result I'm working on developing some new materials for my site. I've made a few little changes to the way some foods are classified, even in my e-Book, but I haven't published the changes yet. (The Cross chart you bought has all the latest updates, but I will be changing it to include lots of tips for eating out at restaurants—since it's portable—and I will send you the new version when it's finished.) One of my new materials is a kitchen wall chart that shows an even more complete breakdown of foods of each type and how they combine. It will have a lot of tips & reminders on the back side as well.


I hope my food charts help you see what's what a little more clearly. For example, banana and raisin were both fine additions to your oatmeal like the seeds, and almonds would be, too. But yes, having oatmeal and banana together is a very high-carb breakfast indeed, so you'll want to have this on days where you'll be sweating good or else eat only fruits and veggies the whole rest of the day. Or you can just gain a pound or two for that day if you don't do anything to compensate—no sweat (punny!) because you know how easily that weight can come right back off :)


Fruit is yummy alone—I love having it for breakfast—but finding out that I could have it with and for dessert after protein meals was really nice, too! That opened up a whole lot of new meal options, and it made me start to wonder where all those extra rules came from. For example, the only fruit Dr. Hay recommends eating alone is melons, and even then that's just a rule based on individual sensitivity. In The Official Cook Book there are recipes for melon meals that include nuts, fats, acid fruits, and even gelatin.


Heck, even chocolate is okay with or after proteins as long as it's made with alkaline sweeteners! And say it with me, over and over: Fats + Carbs = GOOD! (And yummy, too!)


As you have correctly guessed, the food was the problem all along even with your carpal tunnel syndrome. My hands used to go numb during activities as simple as cutting my fingernails or eating with a fork, and I used to get the shooting pains up my arms as well. Now, I type even more since I do this on top of my regular job as a database programmer, and my hands never go numb anymore.


All of my daily chronic aches and pains melted away very quickly, and I think that's what made it so easy to just keep sticking with it. I have literally never looked back since the very first day I started food combining, and I continue to experience more changes and higher levels of health. I haven't had a cold or the flu since 2009, and I don't even bother with flu shots anymore.


Thanks so much for the compliments—I never get tired of hearing them! As you already know, there are hardly words to describe how great it feels to get your body back, but how awesome is it to also no longer be invisible?? And for the first time ever, what I see in photos matches exactly what I see in the mirror every day.


I carried all that extra weight around for 14 years, along with a list of other health problems that seemed to be growing longer more quickly with each passing year. Discovering that eating a little differently is all it takes to reverse all of those problems, and so quickly, is what drives me to work so hard to help others see the truth.

Q: Thank you again for the tips and information. There is so much to learn and experiment with!

Well funny thing about breakfasts - when I made the decision to slim down last January (weighing 250+ pounds - not sure of the exact weight as I threw my scale in a cupboard for a month or two, last I'd checked I was 248-250 and my then my clothes started feeling even tighter - I could have been as high as 255). My habits then would be to eat several eggs fried in olive oil with a few slabs of cheese...and then followed up with a whole potato fried in even more oil (yikes!)...and on other days I would do oatmeal with sesame and protein powder. And I ate lots of cookies, ice cream etc in the evenings (thinking if I made it sneaky after eating organic food all day - it wouldn't matter as much - big mistake!). I was already working with the no liquids with meals rule...but as a first step to slim down I decided to cut out the potato...poach the eggs and then have some oatmeal with them. And believe me - did I eat a ton of oatmeal! I would have usually one or two huge bowls - covered with banana slices and raisins and also using sweetened Almond Milk (the 18 carbs per cup kind)...thinking back I must have been eating close to 150 grams of carbs for breakfast alone, and upwards of 200-300 each day. However...I also stopped all sweets and candy...started eating dinner earlier and cut back on carbs as best I could...and even with those small changes, the weight came off. By the end of January I was down to 240...and its been a steady decline of losing 5-7 pounds a month since then (weighed in at 185.4 this morning - woo hoo!!).


I slowly cut back on carbs each month...first leaving them out of dinner, then these days I'd estimate that I eat perhaps 40-80 grams a day. As I've experimented with - going super low makes me very light headed...and my rule now is that I only have them in the morning...after that its just salads, veggies and maybe a little fruit. I also should mention that up until a few weeks ago I was scarfing 2-3 bananas a day and still dropping weight...I did cut out raisins which helped me lose more though. So what I've learned is that I do need some carbs to keep me going, especially in the morning. I've tried no carb or just fruit in the morning (obeying all of the combining rules) and it just doesn't give me enough energy, nor does just having say, eggs and bacon as the Atkins folks like to do. And after eating so little carbs at night, upon rising I like to have a little fruit before my martial arts workout - and then an hour later I'm ready for breakfast. This morning I tried my old standby with good portion control - ground sesame, some almonds, a little coconut milk, a little almond milk and around 1/2 cup of cooked oats. I had very stable energy and didn't eat again for nearly 4 1/2 hours. But...the jury is still out based on what the scale tells me tomorrow morning - and as I don't eat any other grains - no pasta, no rice - no bread and the idea of having a sandwich is kind of foreign to me now. I really think I would do best without any grains at all - I seem to do really well with bananas daily and perhaps a sweet potato or yam once a month. I'm going to experiment with few good breakfast ideas that 1) give me the energy I need and 2) digest optimally and 3) keep my weight going down. Tomorrow I'm going to try substituting the oatmeal for a banana...and perhaps eggs with some get rid of the oats and get the carbs I need from fruit - seems to resonate a lot better with me. :)


That was very interesting what you shared about the Dr. Hay cookbook. My studies that led me to his dietary principles as I mentioned were from natural body builders who seemed to take things to a very extreme and almost fanatical level (but that is their MO afterall!). And some of these ideas I did learn many years ago from my first Tai Chi teacher who advised that we should eat alkaline 24/7/365 and avoid fats and proteins like the plague. This came from his teacher who was from China...and while it didn't work so well for my genetics - his teacher did live to be 90 and was still quite powerful as a fighter even in his later years. Others I've talked with say the exact opposite - acid meals only...sometimes it drives me a little batty but I think the most important thing is to listen to your own body and study, research, experiment and make those small changes over time that lead to greater health and well being down the road.


I really liked the cross chart...lots of great info there and very easy to follow. I was surprised to learn about fatty pork sausage and once I reach my ideal weight of 170-175 I may start indulging in a sandwich every now and then (bacon and avocado sounds almost too good to be true!). I liked the new chart as well but I did have a few questions. You had mentioned trying cream which I'm willing to give a second chance (dairy was banned from my house last month) - but you also mentioned that all pasteurized animal products fall into the acid ie best to avoid category (perhaps I misunderstood you there?). I mainly ask because although I can purchase raw milk cream in my is extremely expensive (about 5 times the cost of the regular stuff) and that would be far beyond my budget. Same goes for the range fed meats and farm eggs...great ideas, love what those farmers and doing...but until I win the lottery or marry into a rich family...there is no way I can pay $21 a pound for pork loin! clarify - should all pasteurized dairy be avoided - or is cream, sour cream and cheese okay to be combined with the other foods you've listed? Because the idea of having some cream as a fat source, or dipping veggies in sour cream is very appealing to me. I tend to avoid dairy because when I eat it - I always get a lot of mucous and then I catch a cold, sometimes right or away or after a few weeks.


I should also mention that I has born with a very weak immune system (reaction to be immunized as an infant - my mother said I had a fever of 106 and nearly died) the fact that I only get sick a few times a year now instead of year round is a great improvement in my case. I probably was not combining dairy well in the past...but even when I do, it seems like more than a little now and then isn't too good for me. But if pasteurized cream is ok then I'd like to give it a try. I do remember my skin seeming to be softer when I was eating some a few months back.


Another question - at one part on the new chart you mentioned having rolled up meat and cheese slices as a snack...did you mean together or only one at a time? I had thought that mixing dairy with meat was a no-no with what we do (and maybe my Jewish ancestors were onto something?) I was a bit confused about that so I'm very curious to know more. Oddly enough, I seem to tolerate cheese fairly I might be able to use dairy again if I pay more attention to combining it properly...and while I love my coconut milk (had some with blueberries this morning - delish!) having berries with cream sounds rather decadent. :)


And darn it, one more thing...would something like whey protein powder fall into the protein/acid category? I imagine it wouldn't be considered alkaline so I hope this isn't a stupid question.


A: Be sure not to eat banana with eggs either, if that's what you meant (wasn't sure but it sounded like it). If you're eating the banana before your workout and the egg after, just make sure there's at least an hour between them (more is even better).


Also as I mentioned previously I've reclassified some foods, and I've renamed the Acids group to Milks to make it less confusing. Too many people just plain can't get raw dairy, and it's kinda controversial so I took those refs out too, but to answer your question yes raw dairy is nutritionally better than pasteurized.


I've attached the latest version of my e-Book for your use, and the new page 6 incorporates these changes and matches the new Cross and Kitchen charts.


And if you're going to experiment with food like the cream, you probably already know it's best to try that kind of thing on weekends, just in case ;) Remember that cream and sour cream are fats, as is cream cheese, but all other cheeses are proteins and should be combined as such. Just don't go crazy with it—try a little one day, or for a few days in a row if no problems, then work in a little more, and try to keep total fat intake to around 2 ounces per day. That doesn't sound like very much, but having just a little with most meals and snacks generally makes bodies work better. You saw the evidence in your skin before, and if you can see things happening on the outside then similar things are happening inside, too (good or bad!).


Mixing proteins (like meat and cheese slices) is another rule based on individual sensitivity more than anything else. It's just the Milks group that shouldn't be combined with other proteins as a rule. I probably need to make that clear on my Cross and wall charts, too.


Whey is neither acid- nor alkali-forming, just like milk, but unlike milk it can be combined with all foods. I would imagine the protein powder would be the same, but you really need to read the list of ingredients to be sure.


Good luck playing with your food :)

Q: Thank you again for this information...

I got a chance today to talk with the nutritionist/bodybuilder guy who first got me interested in food combining (his chart was the one that seemed overly strict). He advised nearly the same as you - the main rule is no protein with carbs/starches - the others (fruit with protein, etc) are based on individual sensitivity and must be done with a lot of experimentation. And he was very clear about adding extra fat to leaner meats. I'm not sure if I mentioned the pineapple and papaya mixing with meat for extra digestion enzymes...he said those were two fruits that most
people can tolerate (they've worked great for me). I was mainly curious to see how strict he really was about things, but it turns out that like me, he has a very sensitive digestive system so some of us just have to be very careful. I've tried a whole piece of fruit (pear,
apple) with my morning eggs and it wasn't good, but a handful of blueberries in some coconut milk seemed fine.

I tried a little sour cream this week and so far I'm feeling great! Sinuses haven't changed and I'm enjoying the taste and texture. And thank you so much for clarifying the milk/dairy...makes so much more sense now. Next week I'm going to give cheese another go (fingers crossed).

Have you had much experience with pickled foods (pickles, sauerkraut, kimchee, etc)? I imagine that they would be acid...but I've tried eating pickles with both acid and alkaline meals and my stomach has acted grumpy both times. Along with nuts, I think I'm just going to avoid them (even soaking and roasting nuts to reduce phytic acid doesn't help - my body just doesn't seem to digest them as well as I'd thought). Pickled foods seem innocuous, but boy oh boy they sure can create a ruckus (at least with me).


A: When you tried the fruit with eggs in the morning, was it when you were also eating oatmeal? That could have been the problem before, or like you say we all have our little sensitivities. Mine comes when eating fruit after a meal—makes my stomach hurt—but I love it before meals and with meats and cheeses, yummy and painless!


With pickled foods, Dr. Hay was against using vinegar as it increases acid load and toxicity. (I included it on the charts in anticipation of questions as to where it should go, but I do not advocate its use for any reason.) He did like sauerkraut since it isn't fermented with vinegar, though for example it only shows up in 4 meals in his entire Menus for One Month sampling (as opposed to eating it frequently or daily).


To achieve something close to pickles, try soaking cucumber spears in 3 parts olive oil to 2 parts lemon juice, or equal parts olive oil and grated lemon rind if you want to be able to eat them with carbs. Let them soak at least overnight in the refrigerator and then try one and see what you think. Also try adding herbs if you like, but save any salting for when they're being eaten.


Sauerkraut and kimchi made commercially might be miscombined in some way, so just be sure to read the ingredient list carefully. Vinegar is not compatible with carbs, but sauerkraut is if made correctly. Kimchi won't be if it is made with fish sauce.


But of course if anything makes your tummy talk back, definitely stay away from it. At least for a while, because as you continue to eat regeneratively your body may lose these sensitivities. Or it could be just volume-related, as in eating a little less at a time might not bother you as much or at all (fatty pork sausage is like that for me).


Our bodies are wondrous machines. Now if only they came with owner's manuals!

Q: I wrote to you quite a while ago about your website as I had stumbled upon Dr. Hay's work by studying the diets of old time pre-steroid body builders...

I have continued to have a lot of success with food combining so much that it is almost like breathing now. From a high of around 260 my weight got all the way down to about 173 and now its going up a little but since my waist is still shrinking and my time in the gym is adding some much needed muscle.


I recall you sent an email out some months back but things were so crazy for me (started a new job, moved to another state) that it got lost in my inbox. Today I bought bananas for the first time in many months which required me to re-read your PDFs and website (sweet fruit... what are those again?)... basically I have kept my carbs very low to keep with my fitness goals but today I got a little brain foggy and realized that I needed to eat some carbs to fix what my body was telling me. Eating an apple and some berries with a little half n half did the trick...but I think its time to start adding a few back. I bought some oatmeal almost a month ago and it has been sitting in a kitchen cabinet ever since...I stopped all grains completely and only recently started eating nuts and dairy again. My cravings for grains are simply my body is saying to stay away...but perhaps a yam or potato every now and then....;)


I think doing 4 days a week of weight training plus walking anywhere from 1-4 miles a day is probably why I'm needed a few more carbs (I normally eat 20-40 grams a day, or less)...but like you shared on your website...I've never felt better after combining foods properly! So many of my peers, even guys a few years younger than my age of 37 are already calling themselves 'old men'...and acting like it. I give them some advice when I can...but I see their diets and their sagging skin and in some cases enormous bellies and I feel so very sad for them. I don't like to preach or invade people's boundaries but it is so hard to watch people wrecking their health. I hope someday to write a book that will reach the right people...because I am never going back to my old body again!


So I continue to move towards my goal of having a very trim physique...perhaps even one like those old time bodybuilders. Some people think I'm nuts...but after 15 years I'm finally wearing size 32 jeans again...very soon with a belt!


Thank you again for your website, PDFs and straight forward honesty...I think that's all it comes down to - a desire to change, a proper diet and an honest, no BS approach to keeping our bad habits in check. I know when I make a mistake my body sure tells I just have to remember to listen. :)


A: How wonderful to hear your good news! I think that's another 10-15 pounds down for you since we last traded emails.

Yes you should eat some carbs regularly, and like your body's also telling you, grains aren't the best kind. Go for the starchy veggies like potatoes and sweet fruits (banana, dates, figs) instead. Just don't overdo them, and balance them out with lots of veggies and a little fat.

And yes, carb intake is based on activity level, so when you're doing more, you need more carbs and your body uses them up instead of turning them to fat.

I know what you mean about watching your friends and family lose their health. You would think the people closest to me would be very much into this, but no, not one. Even as they are amazed every time they see me, they continue to look older, get fatter, and feel worse... And then they wonder why, of course! LOL

It's crazy.

But I'm glad to see that the same desire that spurred me to write a book and make my website is burning in someone else. I think it would in a lot more people, too, if they would only try Regenerative Eating for a while—that's why I created the Challenge... Now if only people would try it!

I wish you continued success in reaching your health goals.


P.S. I've attached the latest versions of my Cross and Kitchen food charts for your use. (I think I only sent you the updated Cross chart before, but you should have gotten both.) Enjoy playing with your food!

Q: My whole way of eating has changed since last year...

as I after being diagnosed with breast cancer the November before and going through chemo and radiation decided that i needed to make some massive changes. Since then i have taken wheat and dairy out of my diet due to intolerances to to both of these of which i was plagued with excema since i was a child, and follow my blood type diet also of which i'm an O non secretor. So i have already chnaged over to using Quinoa, millet and rice as my main grain consumption and I only use butter, cream and eggs for dairy. i do eat organic beef, free range chicken, some fish and a little turkey, lentil and mung sprouts and a range of fruit, sald and veggies. The problem lies in what i combine with what as i already suffer from bloating and recently had a candida outbreak, leaky gut and dysbiosis of the large intestine. So my body is quite sensitive to incorrect food combining of which i seem to be good at rather than correctly combining. my questions are like,

  • can I eat jam on bread for eg: a sweet fruit like fig jam on Essene sprouted bread?

  • I like to have a cooked millet porridge with banana, is that ok?

  • a mixed selection of subacid fruits with almond meal, flax seed meal, chia seeds, bee pollen, lethicen granules and cream, is that ok?

  • almond meal pancakes, made with egg and topped with sub acid fruit ( berry mix) is that ok?

  • for lunch i will have some meat and a salad with an oil dressing or a green smoothie - are they a correct food combining lunch?

  • and if i'm going to have a grain meal am i able to also use a high starch vegetable like, sweet potato or pumpkin? and is oil allowed with a grain meal/

  • and as for sprouts im very confused as to how to use them with protein or starch vor seperately and can i have say a lentil pattie with a bowl of rice?


So as you can see im very perplexed with the principles of correct food combining and would love any input to clear up that confusion??


A: It sounds to me like you have the food combining part down pat! All of your food combinations seem just fine:

  • Jam on bread, yes.

  • Millet porridge with banana, yes.

  • Fruit with almond/flax/chia etc, yes.

  • Almond meal pancakes with egg and fruit, yes as long as the meal is pure almond and not with any grain blended in.

  • Meat and salad with oil dressing is fine for lunch, although some people feel and function even better when they eat meat at the last meal of the day instead.

  • Green smoothies, yes but if there are any acid or sub-acid fruits in it then don't use banana (thicken with avocado or gelatin instead). Also don't have anything with acid fruit in it too soon after carbs

  • Grain with high-starch veggie, yes but then you'll want to eat less of both. And yes to oil with grains, but not if the oil is mixed with vinegar or any citrus juice.

  • Sprouts such as alfalfa, bean, and Brussels are classified as non-starchy veggies and can be eaten with anything.

  • Sprouted grains I would treat the same as any other grains (so, as carb) just to be safe.

  • Lentil pattie with rice, yes.


In fact the only problem I can see is that it seems like a pretty heavily acid-producing diet. You may just need to get more into the Regenerative Eating part, which means taking in less acid-producing carbs and proteins and more alkali-producing foods (mostly fruits and veggies). Try having at least one alkaline meal a day, such as a breakfast of just acid fruit with cream, and/or change lunch to just salad, a BIG one with lots of leafy greens and a wide variety of low- and non-starchy veggies in many colors, add some avocado, a loosely closed handful of seeds (flax, chia, sunflower, etc, or combo), and any dressing except with vinegar. Save the heavy meal for dinner or when you won't be very physically or mentally active for a few hours afterward, at least.


It's all about working with and around our digestion, which is the most taxing task our bodies face daily. Also we need so little of carbs and proteins per day that almost everyone largely overeats both of these. In fact, in the Menus for One Month chapter of Dr. Hay's Health via Food, most days it is either a carb or a protein at only one meal per day, with the other two meals mostly consisting of fruits, veggies, and fats. Nuts were used in only two meals the entire month, and only one time was there a dessert with any sugar in it!


That's eating at the optimum ratio for perfect health, which is 4:1 average—that's 4 servings of alkali-producing foods for every single serving of acid-producing foods. And with the serving size difference (1/2 Cup for fruits and veggies vs. 1-2 ounces for proteins and carbs) this means at least 2 Cups of fruits and veggies for every 1 ounce of meat or sweets, or 2 ounces of grains, or 4 oz beans or potatoes, generally. Also I say average because even Dr. Hay's examples alternate between higher and lower than 4:1 every other day.


Luckily you don't necessarily have to eat at this high a ratio to experience some pretty miraculous changes. I'm still averaging just over 2:1, and now even moles are disappearing!?! I haven't had a cold or the flu in over 2 years, and I literally feel like I'm in my 20s instead of nearly 41. I have so much energy I almost don't know what to do with it. (So I do this LOL) But I am still working toward that 4:1 ideal, slowly but surely, and I can hardly wait to experience whatever comes next!


You just want to make small changes and maintain them for a while, then make a few more. Rinse and repeat. It's easiest on the body to change our diets slowly. Also slowly increasing intake of fruits and veggies while reducing carbs and proteins produces the wonderful "side effect" of making you actually enjoy fruits and veggies a LOT more... Bonus!


Your bloating, leaky gut, and dysbiosis could be symptomatic of simply not chewing starches enough—an easy fix but you really have to be mindful. (I'm still working on this one myself.) And do you eat your bread toasted? It's easier to not underchew it that way, and it aids digestibility of the grain. Well-toasted means dry and crispy like croutons or Melba toast, not burnt or even browned, and not chewy in the middle. Usually it takes two light toastings to get this; otherwise, if the bread is chewy or soft at all then it will take a lot more time and effort to chew until it nearly dissolves in your mouth as all carbs should be chewed... And which is very hard to do if you're hungry at the moment! Reducing the quantity of starches and increasing fruit and veggie intake as described above should also help with resolving these issues for you.

Q: I was reading an article about the "myth of food combining"...

(i think it was from 2009). I believed the article and it changed my14 year belief in food combining (that i had learned from Diamond's "Fit For Life"). THEN, i read you response to the article and was delighted to have my beliefs reinstated! Your response was awesome. I was excited by what you had to say. Then i found your website and am trying to read the whole thing at once! I don't know if you're still working on the 7 day challenge, don't know if your website is up to date. But if you are and if it is, i would love to see and partake in the challenge.


Love your "before and after" pictures. Yes, you truly do look at least 10 years younger. In fact, the last pics look like the daughter of the woman in the first pics! How exciting!


My main problem has always been my facial skin. Acne still at 43. Scars, marks, yuck. Had a laser peel 2 years ago- MUH! Looked better for a few months i guess, but now, horrific once again. I would love to be able to regenerate this part of my body somehow.


I recently started to get back on track with diet and exercise. The only good principle i have followed to a T for 14 years is "Fruit FIrst and Alone!" It's a part of me now.


So let me know what's new with Food Magick. And thank you for your helpful information and inspirational transformation.


A: Thanks for your interest and for all the lovely compliments! My site is just a couple of months out of date, but this is because I am still working on the Challenge as well as developing more materials and helpful tools. I'm in the process of getting all that ready and redesigning the site, but of course I do this in addition to my day job and mom duties, so the process is much slower than I would like.


Your enthusiasm is awesome, but try not to ever let one little article sway you—no matter how convincingly written. You already know food combining works despite whatever the skeptics say, so just try to ignore them. I have found that, more often than not, the people who try to tell us all the reasons why food combining shouldn't work A) have never read Dr. Hay's books, and B) have never actually tried it for themselves.


There's a word I like to call those people: Wrong. Their insistence is based on an incorrect understanding of human digestion, and they will persist in their incorrect beliefs even as they are arguing with you from a hospital bed. Ignoring them—and most current "popular wisdom" and eating advice as well—is almost a requirement for sticking with this. And, like most things, sticking with it is the key to real success like what I continue to experience.


Fruit first and alone is really someone else's rule, not Dr. Hay's. Most fruits actually combine well with proteins, while bananas, dates, and figs are about the only carb-friendly ones. The more important principle to always follow is to keep carbs and sweet fruits separate from proteins and acid fruits. Adhering to just that one rule greatly improves most people's health, and then if we also avoid processed foods and eat more servings of fruits and veggies than carbs and proteins each day, it just gets better and better.


I don't know how much of an effect Regenerative Eating will have acne scarring, but since that doesn't seem to involve much actual scar tissue then maybe it can even be erased! RE has made wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots vanish for me, and even some moles are disappearing now as well (one very large flat one literally created a dividing line right down the middle to divide itself in half, then one side of it faded away, and now what's left is shrinking too).


This newest skin change has just occurred in the last few months, and I've been practicing for over 2 years now, but my skin started looking noticeably younger within the first 3 months. I also still don't average 4:1, so if Regenerative Eating is going to improve or even erase your facial scars, how long it takes will depend on how high you keep your average ratio, and also on what other priorities your body has for its newly reclaimed energy.


I can assure you, however, that if you stick with the Dr. Hay's rules for just a few short weeks, you will feel so great you will start to see yourself differently anyway!


My Challenge is mostly done, so I am attaching it for your use. I'm also attaching the newer version of my e-book for you. I've changed the food classifications a little based on study of The Official Cook Book of the Hay System, so the food chart is just a little bit different than before.


My Tools for Success package referenced on the last page of the e-book isn't quite ready yet, but if you're interested in it please let me know.


Please also let me know if you have any questions or comments about the Challenge. Part of my new package is going to be a second week of menus, so I would love any suggestions for that as well (already planning to include pizza, a burger, something Chinese, and a Lebanese stew...).


Thanks again for your interest, and thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Q: I have always had trouble keeping my weight UP (61 years old)...

I have been following a food combining diet for the past month and I just keep losing more weight. I am 6' 1" and weigh 172 lbs today. I weighed 180 lbs when I started following food combining charts a month ago. For the previous 15 years I had followed <<another diet>> and had been able to keep my weight stable between 175lbs - 180lbs and had felt fine although I did have to eat 4 to 5 meals a day.


When I started to follow food combining, I stopped having protein and starch at the same meal. My typical breakfast, before food combining, consisted of: 3 soft cooked eggs on top of a piece whole wheat toast with an ounce of cheese and smothered with cooked onions and half an avocado and a 2 oz salmon patty. Followed by a bowl of oatmeal with half a cup of blueberries and some yogurt. After starting food combining my breakfast changed to: 3 soft cooked eggs and a large helping of boc choy. I know my problem is I have tried to adhere too rigidly to the rules of food combining and it seems to reduce the choices I have.


A: You may be correct—it sounds like you're limiting yourself way more than necessary. Many food combining charts available on the web are extremely limiting, and it wasn't until I researched Dr. Hay's work for myself that I realized many of the commonly accepted (and more restrictive) rules weren't his.


Proper food combining rules as developed by Dr. Hay allow for a much wider variety of food combinations, so making small changes to conform your usual diet to Regenerative Eating practices doesn't have to be so difficult or anywhere near as limiting.


Instead of reducing meals to almost nothing, just decide which part you want to keep (protein or carb) and then make compatible substitutions for the items omitted so that your normal meal size stays the same or could even increase.


Regenerative Eating, of which food combining is a large part, also dictates a reduction in the amount of protein eaten per day (did you know that the 2 oz salmon patty + 1 oz cheese was more than enough protein for the entire day for anyone of your body weight?) and an increase in quantity and variety of fruits and veggies, so of course fruits and veggies are what you want to use more of when making your substitutions.


Taking your breakfast example, you could try making a frittata with the eggs, use olive oil or butter for cooking it, with chopped veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, onion, garlic, mushroom, spinach (or the bok choy), etc. Add tomato too, and your favorite herbs to taste. Fats like avocado go well with all foods, so include that as well if you like—you can even have some crispy bacon, too! You can also have any kind of acid fruit like the blueberries with this protein breakfast. ("Fruit first and alone" is another non-Hay add-on rule, although he did suggest we either skip breakfast or have just fruit or juice and milk.)


Doesn't the breakfast bonanza described above sound a lot more tasty and substantial than just eggs and cabbage? :)


Have you checked out my 4-Day Challenge? I think you may find it delightfully liberating to see Regenerative Eating in action. I hope you will also give it a try and let me know if it helps you feel better.


Have fun playing with your food!

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