Food Combining – Mixing The Right Foods

I first found out about Food Combining from a book bought from the Nutricentre Bookshop near Regents Park.  In their library, you could pick up a book and read through the pages to see if you could learn health tips.  I did.  Food Combining For Health turned out to be one of the best of my nutrition library.

What is Food Combining?

This term was made up by Dr William Hay who broke down in health after 16 years of practice as  a doctor. He developed a dilated heart and high blood pressure.  Since the medicine he used was not helping  much, he turned to nature and decided to eat foods in their natural form and in smaller quantities.

This became a system called ‘The Hay System’.  It was very simple – only eat protein and vegetables in the same meal, or carbohydrates and vegetables together, but not carbohydrates and protein together.

For example;

Most people eat rice with meat curry or chicken and chips.  There’s nothing wrong with this except we get a little bloated sometimes…! The food combining method would be rice and a vegetable curry, or chicken and avocado salad.

Dr Hay’s symptoms cleared up using this simple method.

What Has Food Combining Got to Do With Eczema?

This is the interesting part. You see, eczema is an inflammatory skin condition and when food is combined as is mentioned above, the inflammation dies down.  In fact, this method is useful in treating many inflammatory conditions like arthritis, sore gums, bloating and even brain fog.

In the book, written by Doris Grant and Jean Joice,  there is a section on eczema and an excerpt of how a 10 year old boy who had eczema all his life

A Library Staple – Food Combining for Health

was cleared of it in ten days with only shadows of scars remaining.  Ten days after 10 years of having it!  Yes – I could not believe it either so to see if it was true, I turned to the sections on foods to buy,  menus and meal planning. And found out through experience with this method that Dr Hay was right and the system works.

Throughout my 30s I remained a size 10 – 125lbs.  I am older than that now, and realise that if I wanted to get to the right size all I have to do is the food combining.  Plus toning exercises.

Since the book can explain it much better than I can, I suggest you buy it on Amazon as the Nutricentre bookshop has closed down after more than 20 years in business.

There are, as mentioned previously, many meal planning ideas in Food Combining for Health and how it can work for you, than I have put down here.  It makes for a very good read and you will not be disappointed.

I would like to add that the recipes can be adapted to your taste using the vegetables, carbohydrates and protein of your choice.

If you have any questions or comments about  Food Combining, please feel free to ask here…


8 thoughts to “Food Combining – Mixing The Right Foods”

  1. “Was cleared of it in ten days”sound too good to be truth. Is there any medical confirmation that Eczema was cleared due to food combining ? Not willing to be difficult but when I read about some miraculous recovery I get suspicious so some official proof woukd help convince people to be sure this is real thing.

    1. Yes, I totally agree with you it does seem to be ‘magical’ – basically, everything with sugar in it was stopped.  The boy’s mother was practically killing him slowly with a very sweet diet. My aunty, who is a nurse from the States also told me when my skin was very bad, that people with a skin problem should cut sugar from their diet.  I listened and my skin is good now.

      Sugar causes inflammation of cells, even most sweet fruit.  It is the main culprit in wet eczema. I helped one of my friend’s daughters overcome her head to foot eczema this way.  Her skin had turned black.  She could not sleep and needed to concentrate to study for her exams.  She had been making cookies at her friend’s house. Almost every day.

      I told her to stop eating the cookies as it was the main culprit. Followed by having a daily 5-6 vegetable salad.

      Her mother made the salad as her daughter was only 14 years old.  To cut a long story short, the girl was able to sleep at night without scratching and was able to concentrate for her exams. As a result, the eczema cleared off. 

      That was 5 years ago and the girl is still clear.

  2. Interesting post!

    I think we all know what constitutes a healthy, balanced meal but I never really thought that eating carbs and protein together is not advisable. Asians like myself usually combine carbs, proteins and vegetables together in one meal because we believe that the body needs all three.

    I recently developed some kind of skin allergy which I attribute to food that’s why I am a bit cautious when it comes to what I put into my mouth.

    This book on food combining really caught my interest so I will definitely check it out. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Alice, I’m glad you found the information interesting, There are many people suffering in silence and I just want to be of help to yourself and them.

      The book makes for an interesting yet informative read and you will find some answers in it.

      Once again, I’m glad to be of help to you.

      If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask away.

  3. This is an interesting approach to achieving optimal health. I have never heard of the hay system. Most of my meals are packed with complex carbohydrates and protein, and at times mixed with vegetables.
    Just curious though, after reading this book and combining the right foods, how much pounds did you lose to get to your past weight? and how long did it take?

    1. Hi Sheree,

      I’m actually pleased with the weight I am at now as I did not realise how stick-thin I was at size 10. I know that if I was to lose weight I would combine protein and plenty of salad at least twice a day.  I normally lose weight gradually dropping a dress size each month.  I normally do not drop any lower than a size 10 though.

      Vegetables class as lower calorie carbohydrates and can speed up your metabolism naturally.  Mind you, I was also drinking avocado smoothies for breakfast and that also helped with the weight-loss.  Depending on how much we eat and when we eat, these both factor in how much weight each of us might lose.

      Hope this helps!. 

    1. Hi Andrew,
      I am very pleased you find my blog of good value.
      I will look out for your site to perhaps help more people through it. Thanks for getting in touch.

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