These are, of course, rules that can be bent, as is proven everyday by
the people who eat the standard American diet without issue. This
makes the rules no less correct; it makes the SAD a testament to the
body's ability to adapt to abuse.
You may find some of these rules don't apply to you concretely in all
circumstances. For instance, melons should generally be eaten by
themselves. I know from experience that combining cantaloupe with
anything else makes my stomach feel upset. On the other hand, I've been
able to combine watermelons with other high-water foods like tomato
without a problem.
These hint at the many subtities and nuances of food combining as well
as the range of individual preferences and digestie abiliites.
Those with compromised digestive health may find these combinations too
liberal, while those with strong digestion may be able to deviate with
Where do these rules come
This chart is my attempt to put into visual form the
ideas natural hygenists have been teaching for decades. I worked from
the teachings of Dr. Herbert Shelton, such as those found
in "Food Combining Made Easy."
I've also worked in my own experience
and insights from modern raw food proponents such as Dr. Douglas Graham.