Basic Food Combining Guidelines

  • Do not combine protein like beef, lamb or pork with starchy foods like bread. Lighter protein foods like poultry, eggs or fish might be combined with less starchy foods like brown rice. Experiment.
  • Do not combine protein with dairy. No ice cream dessert after the steak dinner.
  • Do not combine raw fruit with starchy vegetables. You may have to wait 30 minutes between them. Fruit salads may be healthy, but the timing is off when eaten with a meal. Perhaps save for a midday snack.
  • Do not have sweets of any kind with protein or right after a protein meal. Wait 30 minutes after dinner for dessert.


  • Combine any protein foods with leafy or low-starch vegetables.
  • Combine starchy foods with leafy or low-starch vegetables.
  • Have milk or melons alone or experiment with milk to see if it works with grain foods like cereals. Alternative, non-dairy milks include: almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, hemp milk, soy milk, rice milk, grain milk.
  • Experiment to see if cheese works well with either fruit or vegetables, or try it with grain products or egg dishes.
  • Papaya and pineapple, which contain abundant digestive enzymes, may combine well with any food groups, especially proteins.
  • Experiment to see how nuts or seeds and unrefined oils combine with any of the food groups.
  • Depending on your digestive system, fruits may or may not be combined with seeds and nuts, grains, or milk products.