Food Combining
words by Helaina Lungu
About The Diet
  • Starches and sugars should never be eaten with proteins and acid fruits as the same meal
  • Vegetables, salads, and fruits should form a major part of the diet
  • Proteins, starches, and fats should be eaten in small quantities
  • Only whole grain and unprocessed starches should be used, no refined carbohydrates, especially no white flour or sugar, or highly processed fats such as margarine
  • An interval of at least four hours should elapse between meals of different character

Food combining is particularly recommended for all digestive disorders, especially constipation, indigestion, ulcers, etc, arthritis, allergies, skin diseases, obesity, headaches, frequent infections, heart disease.


Food Combining Guidelines


The foods listed below mix well with all foods.

  • Vegetables – Avocado, Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Chicory, Cucumber, Fennel, Garlic, Green Peppers, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsley, Radishes, Red Peppers, Sprouted Pulses, Sprouted Seeds, Tomatoes, Watercress
  • Seeds – Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower
  • Herbs – Chives, Mint, Parsley, Sage, Thyme
  • Fats – Butter, Egg yolks, Olive Oil, Other Seeds Oils, Sunflower Oil


For a protein meal select foods listed below and combine them with any foods listed under ‘mixing foods.’

  • Proteins – Cheese, Chicken, Eggs, Fish, Meat, Milk, Shellfish, Nuts
  • Fruits – Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Grapefruit, Grapes, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Nectarines, Pears, Raspberries,
    Strawberries, Tangerines


For a starch-based meal select foods from the list below and combine them with any foods listed under ‘mixing foods.’

  • Starches – Bread, Maize, Millet, Oats, Rice, Quinoa, Wholegrains
  • Sweet Fruits – Bananas, Dates, Figs, Raisins, Sweet Grapes
  • Sugar – Honey, Maple Syrup, Molasses
  • Vegetables – Potatoes

Do not mix foods listed under ‘protein meals and ‘starch meals.’

Words by Helaina Lungu

Words by Helaina Lungu

Helaina is a passionate and experienced practitioner who has qualifications in naturopathy, weight loss consulting, and personal training. Her experience includes educating the community and practitioners alike about the benefits of and the latest trends in the natural medicine industry. In the past Helaina has represented some of the biggest natural health brands in Australia, like Bioceuticals and Metagenics, before founding The Botaniq in 2020. Her particular fields of interest include weight management, digestive, and mental health. In her spare time, she loves to listen to music, go for long drives, head to the beach, and go for a walk with her beautiful pug.