Food Combining Recipes

These food combining recipes simplify the whole idea of not mixing foods that fight.

Title: Food Combining Diet
Subtitle: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight
Author: Kathryn Marsden
Type/Format: Paperback
Publisher: Thorsons
Published: 15 Mar 2004
Edition: 1st Paperback Edition

Who the book is for

The recipes are based on the work of Dr William Hay who believed that all disease was a result of the accumulation of toxic and acid waste products in the body. He believed that disease was due to:

  • Eating too many acid-forming foods such as proteins, starches and refined foods
  • Poor elimination of wastes and toxins
  • Eating very few alkaline-forming vegetables and fruit
  • Mixing foods that fight (starches and proteins)

Coming up with a variety of food combining recipes that follow the rules can be quite complicated. This book is based on the simplified Hay diet and it is for those who are intimidated by the thought of a complete diet change but want to eat in a way that is supportive of the body.

About the Book

The book is about the food combining diet and it:

  • Discusses the theory behind food combining
  • Discusses the importance of detoxing and exercise
  • Describes the difference between alkaline-forming and acid-forming foods
  • Goes into the effects of eating too many acid-forming foods
  • Discusses the weight reducing effects of alkaline-forming foods and their effects on cravings and addictions. Alkaline foods are calming, cleansing and nourishing and contain vitamins, minerals and fibre
  • Stresses that most fruit and vegetables are alkaline-forming
  • Advises that you aim to have one alkaline-forming meal, one starch-based meal and one protein-based meal a day
  • Explains the different food groups and the foods they are based on
  • Suggests substitutes for yeast breads
  • Has a whole chapter on foods that you can eat with anything
  • Strongly suggests that fruit be eaten alone
  • Has many recipes for starch, protein and alkaline meals divided into what you can have for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For example, if you have a starch breakfast you could have a protein lunch and an alkaline dinner
  • Has suggestions for mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks
  • Also has food combining recipes suitable for vegetarians

What I liked about the book

I liked the variety of recipes and not having to wonder what to eat at my next meal. The diet is not a deprivation diet. You can still eat what you are used to but in a way that does not overwhelm your body. I also liked the author's wealth of knowledge and the fact that she obviously writes from experience. The food lists are extensive and the list of foods to avoid is extremely useful. The chapter on further information gives the names and addresses of suppliers of various foods and services. The book is also carefully referenced.

About the Author

Kathryn Marsden is a nutritionist and health writer featuring in the national press and magazines.

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