Sequential Eating And Food Combining
From "Ideal Health Through Sequential Eating"
By: Dr. Stanley Bass
In my opinion and experience as a nutritional consultant in Natural Hygiene (I began studying nutrition in 1936), sequential eating represents the most advanced approach to understanding proper food combining.
After testing and retesting the concept on myself thousands of times, as well as on others, including the experience of Dr. Cursio, his family, his patients, as well as other Hygienic doctors - Dr. John Mega, Dr. Marvin Telmar, Dr. Anthony Penepent, etc.
Any quick digesting foods must wait till the slowest digesting foods leave the stomach before they can leave - a process which can take up to 6 or 8 hours. While waiting, the fruit, cooked and raw vegetables, and some of the starches undergo some decomposition and fermentation, producing gas, acid and even alcohol along with indigestion.
A RADICAL NEW CONCEPT OF DIGESTION
If there are 5 different types of food in the stomach at one meal, each eaten separately and in sequence, there will be 5 different kinds of digestion going on at the same time, each layer having different enzymes digesting each food, according to the needs of the food contained in that layer.
But when say 5 different foods are eaten at a meal, where each mouthful or bite is taken of a different food, then the entire stomach is filled with the same mixture.
ADVANTAGES OF REARRANGING THE SEQUENCE
One of my patients in my early days of practice absolutely refused to give up any of his accustomed, conventional, low-quality foods. In this case, feeling my hands completely tied, in desperation, I gave him all that he desired. The only change I made was to rearrange the sequence of his foods. Amazingly, all of his digestive problems vanished in just 3 days.
SEQUENTIAL EATING REFERENCES
Grutzner fed rats morsels of food of 3 different colors. First the black, then the white second, and third the red color. Shortly after, the animals were sacrificed, the stomach frozen and then cut in sections. The different colored food was found to be in layers
There was a famous case, written about by Beaumont, during the American Civil War, where a soldier received a gunshot wound which caused a large visible opening to appear in his stomach. His digestion was studied for a period of time by several doctors present, and they observed that his food digested in different layers.
SIMPLE TEST FOR ANYONE
One simple test that I used on myself was to eat different foods, one variety at a time, in sequence [all at one meal], for several different meals. Then when nature called, I examined the feces and was able to see different colors in the same feces. Watermelon which was reddish in color, was first, then tossed salad which was very dark brown was next, and cheese was very light tan was last. All were joined together, exiting the body in the same order as they were eaten.
Anyone can try this test, but to be accurate, the different foods must be eaten one at a time, and follow each other in sequence.
STRATA DIGESTION - A FORGOTTEN CONCEPT
How such an important concept as the strata digestion of food was bypassed and almost completely unnoticed for over 50 years since Howell's book was published, is a great mystery to me.
BASIC RULE - WATERY FOODS FIRST
To simplify this concept of sequential or layered eating, the basic rule or principle can be stated as follows:
Eat the most watery food first
BAD COMBINATIONS TO AVOID
The following represents some examples of bad combinations to avoid
- Mixing dried sweet fruit, honey, maple syrup or bananas with nuts or seeds
- Mixing starch foods with fresh or acid foods or fruits
- Mixing dried sweet fruits with acid fruits.
- Never eat dried sweet fruits with or after concentrated proteins
- Eating raw, fresh or dried fruits after any cooked food
- Avoid drinking beverages or even water during or after meals
CHEW ALL FOOD CLOSE TO LIQUID
For best digestion - chew all food close to a liquid before swallowing.
Also in the 14th edition of Howell's Textbook of Physiology on p.777 is some very interesting research:
Abbe Spallanzani (1729 - 1799), one of the older observers on gastric digestion, found that cherries and grapes, when swallowed whole, even if entirely ripe, were usually passed unbroken in the stools.
We can assimilate only those foods which are most liquified. An excellent practice is to eat with 100% attention on the taste of the food.
DIGESTION TIME OF VARIOUS FOODS
- Water - when the stomach is empty, leaves immediately and goes into intestines,
- Juices - Fruit, Vegetables, Vegetable Broth - 15 to 20 minutes.
- Fruits - Watermelon - 20 min.digestion time.
- Other Melons - Canteloupe, Cranshaw, Honeydew etc. - 30 min.
- Other Fruits - Oranges, Grapefruit, Grapes - 30 min.
- Other Fruits - Apples, Pears, Peaches, Cherries etc. - digest in 40 min.
- Raw Tossed Salad Vegetables - Tomato, Lettuces, Cucumber, Celery, Red Or Green Pepper, Other Succulent Vegetables - 30 to 40 min. digestion.
- Steamed Or Cooked Vegetables - Leafy Vegetables - Escarole, Spinach, Kale, Collards etc. - 40 min.
- Steamed Or Cooked Vegetables - Zucchini, Broccoli, Cauliflower, String Beans, Yellow Squash, Corn On Cob - 45 min. digestion
- Root Vegetables - Carrots, Beets, Parsnips, Turnips etc. - 50 min.
- Semi-Concentrated Carbohydrates - Starches - Jerusalem Artichokes & Leafy, Acorn & Butternut Squashes, Corn, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Yam, Chestnuts - 60 min. digestion.
- Concentrated Carbohydrates Grains - Brown Rice, Millet, Buckwheat, Cornmeal, Oats - 90 min.
- Legumes & Beans (Concentrated Carbohydrate & Protein) Lentils, Limas, Chick Peas, Peas, Pigeon Peas, Kidney Beans, etc. - 90 min. digestion
- Soy Beans -120 min. digestion
- Seeds - Sunflower, Pumpkin, Pepita, Sesame - Digestive time approx. 2 hours.
- Nuts - Almonds, Filberts, Peanuts (Raw), Cashews, Brazil, Walnuts, Pecans etc. - 2 1/2 to 3 hours to digest.
- Dairy - Skim Milk, Cottage Or Low Fat Pot Cheese Or Ricotta - approx. 90 min. digestion time
- Whole Milk Cottage Cheese - 120 min. digestion
- Whole Milk Hard Cheese - 4 to 5 hours digestion time
- Egg Yolk - 30 min. digestion time
- Whole Egg - 45 min.
- Fish - Cod, Scrod, Flounder, Sole Seafood - 30 min. digestion time
- Fatty Fish - Salmon, Salmon Trout, Herring - 45 min. to 60 digestion time
- Chicken - 1 to 2 hours digestion time (without skin)
- Turkey - 2 to 3 hours digestion time (without skin)
- Beef & Lamb - 3 to 4 hours digestion time
- Pork - 4 to 5 hours digestion time
Note 1:Raw Animal Proteins have much faster digestion times than the above times for cooked/heated animal proteins.
Note 2: The Digestion Times given are under an ideal situation of eating only one food, chewing well, and having efficient digestion, as is the case e.g. after a fast. They are digestion times for optimally healthy persons, with good eating habits.
The digestion times are to a large part derived from Dr. Gian-Cursio's and Dr. Bass' practices.
Digestion times are much longer on a conventional diet, and for persons with non-optimized digestive systems, or persons lacking in energy, and for meals with many ingredients put together haphazardly = not in the optimum sequential order.
EAT SMALLER AMOUNTS - FEWER VARIETIES
The smaller the amount of a particular food eaten, the less is the digestive time for that food. The greater the amount of a food eaten, the more is the digestive time prolonged. Remember the less you mix and the fewer the varieties you use, the easier it is to digest and the less you will be tempted to overeat. The greater the variety, the greater the tendency to overeat.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BLENDED SALADS
Due to the liquification of vegetables by blending:
1 - Absorption and assimilation of its vitamins, minerals proteins etc. is increased to approximately 5 times as compare to eating and chewing the salad.
2 - A blended salad will digest and leave the stomach in 15 to 20 min. compared to 30 to 60 minutes for a tossed salad eaten whole Etc.
Conservation of energy in the digestive process is the key to all healing. (Success in healing is measured in terms of energy available. This was known by the early masters of Natural Hygiene).
BASIC PURPOSE IS SAVING ENERGY
Energy is the most important factor needed for recovery of health and it must be conserved at all costs and not wasted in unnecessary digestion. Sequential eating will maximize the conservation of energy without fail.
Try it and feel the difference and you'll never go back to your old ways - I promise you that!
|Apples||Protects Your Heart||Prevents Constipation||Blocks Diarrhea||Improves Lung Capacity||Cushions Joints|
|Apricots||Combats Cancer||Controls Blood Pressure||Saves Your Eyesight||Shields Against Alzheimer's||Slows Aging Process|
|Artichokes||Aids Digestion||Lowers Cholesterol||Protects Your Heart||Stabilizes Blood Sugar||Guards Against Liver Disease|
|Avocados||Battles Diabetes||Lowers Cholesterol||Helps Stop Strokes||Controls Blood Pressure||Smoothes Skin|
|Bananas||Protects Your Heart||Quiets A Cough||Strengthens Bones||Controls Blood Pressure||Blocks Diarrhea|
|Beans||Prevents Constipation||Helps Hemorrhoids||Lowers Cholesterol||Combats Cancer||Stabilizes Blood Sugar|
|Beets||Controls Blood Pressure||Combats Cancer||Strengthens Bones||Protects Your Heart||Aids Weight Loss|
|Blueberries||Combats Cancer||Protects Your Heart||Stabilizes Blood Sugar||Boosts Memory||Prevents Constipation|
|Broccoli||Strengthens Bones||Saves Eyesight||Combats Cancer||Protects Your Heart||Controls Blood Pressure|
|Cabbage||Combats Cancer||Prevents Constipation||Promotes Weight Loss||Protects Your Heart||Helps Hemorrhoids|
|Cantaloupe||Saves Eyesight||Controls Blood Pressure||Lowers Cholesterol||Combats Cancer||Supports Immune System|
|Carrots||Saves Eyesight||Protects Your Heart||Prevents Constipation||Combats Cancer||Promotes Weight Loss|
|Cauliflower||Protects Against Prostate Cancer||Combats Breast Cancer||Strengthens Bones||Banishes Bruises||Guards Against Heart Disease|
|Cherries||Protects Your Heart||Combats Cancer||Ends Insomnia||Slows Aging Process||Shields Against Alzheimer's|
|Chestnuts||Promotes Weight Loss||Protects Your Heart||Lowers Cholesterol||Combats Cancer||Controls Blood Pressure|
|Chili Peppers||Aids Digestion||Soothes Sore Throat||Clears Sinuses||Combats Cancer||Boosts Immune System|
|Figs||Promotes Weight Loss||Helps Stop Strokes||Lowers Cholesterol||Combats Cancer||Controls Blood Pressure|
|Fish||Protects Your Heart||Boosts Memory||Combats Cancer||Supports Immune System|
|Flax||Aids Digestion||Battles Diabetes||Protects Your Heart||Improves Mental Health||Boosts Immune System|
|Garlic||Lowers Cholesterol||Controls Blood Pressure||Combats cancer||Kills Bacteria||Fights Fungus|
|Grapefruit||Protects Against Heart Attacks||Promotes Weight Loss||Helps Stop Strokes||Combats Prostate Cancer||Lowers Cholesterol|
|Grapes||Saves Eyesight||Conquers Kidney Stones||Combats Cancer||Enhances Blood Flow||Protects Your Heart|
|Green Tea||Combats Cancer||Protects Your Heart||Helps Stop Strokes||Promotes Weight Loss||Kills Bacteria|
|Honey||Heals Wounds||Aids Digestion||Guards Against Ulcers||Increases Energy||Fights Allergies|
|Lemons||Combats Cancer||Protects Your Heart||Controls Blood Pressure||Smoothes Skin||Stops Scurvy|
|Limes||Combats Cancer||Protects Your Heart||Controls Blood Pressure||Smoothes Skin||Stops Scurvy|
|Mangoes||Combats Cancer||Boosts Memory||Regulates Thyroid||Aids Digestion||Shields Against Alzheimer's|
|Mushrooms||Controls Blood Pressure||Lowers Cholesterol||Kills Bacteria||Combats Cancer||Strengthens Bones|
|Oats||Lowers Cholesterol||Combats Cancer||Battles Diabetes||Prevents Constipation||Smoothes Skin|
|Olive Oil||Protects Your Heart||Promotes Weight Loss||Combats Cancer||Battles Diabetes||Smoothes Skin|
|Onions||Reduce Risk Of Heart Attack||Combats Cancer||Kills Bacteria||Lowers Cholesterol||Fights Fungus|
|Oranges||Supports Immune System||Combats Cancer||Protects Your Heart||Straightens Respiration|
|Peaches||Prevents Constipation||Combats Cancer||Helps Stop Strokes||Aids Digestion||Helps Hemorrhoids|
|Peanuts||Protects Against Heart Disease||Promotes Weight Loss||Combats Prostate Cancer||Lowers Cholesterol||Diverticulitis|
|Pineapple||Strengthens Bones||Relieves Colds||Aids Digestion||Dissolves Warts||Blocks Diarrhea|
|Prunes||Slows Aaging Process||Prevents Constipation||Boosts Memory||Lowers Cholesterol||Protects Against Heart Disease|
|Rice||Protects Your Heart||Battles Diabetes||Conquers Kidney Stones||Combats Cancer||Helps Stop Strokes|
|Strawberries||Combats Cancer||Protects Your Heart||Boosts Memory||Calms Stress|
|Sweet Potatoes||Saves Your Eyesight||Lifts Mood||Combats Cancer||Strengthens Bones|
|Tomatoes||Protects Prostate||Combats Cancer||Lowers Cholesterol||Protects Your Heart|
|Walnuts||Lowers Cholesterol||Combats Cancer||Boosts Memory||Lifts Mood||Protects Against Heart Disease|
|Water||Promotes Weight Loss||Combats Cancer||Conquers Kidney Stones||Smoothes Skin|
|Watermelon||Protects Prostate||Promotes Weight Loss||Lowers Cholesterol||Helps Stop Strokes||Controls Blood Pressure|
|Wheat Germ||Combats Colon Cancer||Prevents Constipation||Lowers Cholesterol||Helps Stop Strokes||Improves Digestion|
|Wheat Bran||Combats Colon Cancer||Prevents Constipation||Lowers Cholesterol||Helps Stop Strokes||Improves Digestion|
|Yogurt||Guards Against Ulcers||Strengthens Bones||Lowers Cholesterol||Supports Immune Systems||Aids Digestion|
After A Meal
don't Smoke - Experiment from experts proves that smoking a cigarette after meal is comparable to smoking 10 cigarettes (chances of cancer is higher).
don't Eat Fruits Immediately - Immediately eating fruits after meals will cause stomach to be bloated with air. Therefore take fruit 1-2 hr after meal or 1 hr before meal.
don't Drink Tea - Because tea leaves contain a high content of acid. This substance will cause the protein content in the food we consume to be hardened thus difficult to digest.
don't Loosen Your Belt - Loosening the belt after a meal will easily cause the intestine to be twisted and blocked.
don't Bathe - Bathing will cause the increase of blood flow to the hands, legs & body thus the amount of blood around the stomach will therefore decrease. This will weaken the digestive system in our stomach.
don't Walk About - People always say that after a meal walk a hundred steps and you will live till 99. In actuality this is not true. Walking will cause the digestive system to be unable to absorb the nutrition from the food we intake.
don't Sleep Immediately - The food we intake will not be able to digest properly. Thus will lead to gastric & infection in our intestine.