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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press (June 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892813482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892813483
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Compatible food combinations are nature's way of maintaining the body's correct chemical balance. The authors offer practical suggestions and recipes for putting the principles of food combining into practice." (Whole Foods)

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Author of Your Daily Food, Doris Grant followed the Hay System for over 50 years following success in using it to treat her rheumatoid arthritis. Jean Joice has also been a proponent of the Hay System for many years.

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
The original "Bible" for Food Combiners, this book gives one of the most comprehensive and convincing explanations of Dr William Howard Hay's food combining plan. With a resounding endorsement from Sir John Mills (a follower of the Hay Plan since 1942, and great advertisement for it!) in the foreword.
The book explains clearly how food combining is based on the premise "don't mix foods that fight". According to Dr Hay, the foods that fight are mainly concentrated proteins and starches. Our digestive system, says Dr Hay, is set up to deal quite separately with proteins and starches. When eaten together, neither is fully digested. Simply by keeping proteins and starches for separate meals, this book claims, you will feel the benefits of more complete digestion. After a few weeks, it also claims, this in turn leads to higher energy levels, and a "satisfied" body which rarely craves any particular food, because it is fully nourished.
Those who have a real interest in nutrition are likely to find that this book makes fascinating reading. However, with a large chunk of the book devoted to explaining the theory of the Hay Plan, and how it can help people with a variety of ailments, particularly any related to the digestive system, those who are not too interested in theory may find it a little dry. This said, it is easy enough to skip to "Part Two - the Hay System in Practice", where you are given plenty of advice about how to get started, an easy reference diagram to remind you which foods are compatible, and a whole section of recipes which comply with the Hay System's "rules".
Most people who try the Hay Plan, or Food Combining, are converted within a few weeks.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1998
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I was in amazon.com looking under Suzanne Somers book and it referred me to you. Anyhow, I think that this is the best book that I have ever had. It taught me exactly what I needed to know to eat and it wasn't like those horrible diets!! This had to be the best diet I have ever been on!!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 2000
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I got this book to figure out the whole beans and grains/starch or protein thing. I am still lost on this issue. This book is no help to vegetarians. The words "vegetarian," "tofu," and "soy" do not even exist in the index. Very disappointing. I may keep it for the dessert recipes, but that's it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rystarr on June 7, 2012
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I was given this book because I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I had cut out surgar, dairy and gluten and still was flaring and needing steroids and NSAIDS to function. I carefully read and reread this book, started the diet and within a week I feel like a new person. Swelling is gone, I danced in my kitchen yesterday at 10 AM(RA patients would understand). By learning how to get my body less acid(lowered grains increased fruit and veggies), stay away from bad combinations and no snacking I feel like a new person and hopeful for the 1st time in a year. I know in time I will be able to eat all food types again. Thank you to the people who made this book possible and those who told me to look this way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Rice on January 20, 2010
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I highly recommend this book. There are excellent meal suggestions and recipe ideas. I've read Dr. Hay's book on his diet which I found too complicated for most people to understand. This book makes the information much easier to use.

Also, the diet works which is also a good thing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Betta on September 9, 2008
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Outstanding You: Discover, Design and Achieve Ultimate Fitness

The body is complicated enough and subject to many variables. While this book does a good job explaining the benefits of proper food combining, I found it somewhat complicated at times. As a Fitness Coach and Personal Trainer, I know my clients need simple solutions - quick solutions. I would have gotten more out of this book if I had the time to implement what I found to be a somewhat complicated menu plan. However, I feel the book made sense and offered good information.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Natasa Jovanovic-Vuskovic on August 9, 2006
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At first, I was amazed by the ideas of the book, but as I read it more thoroughly and tried to implement it I saw how out of date on new research this book is! I am a cytotechnologist and a mother and a wife of a cancer survivor, so I definitely follow up on new research related to chemical balance and metabolic processes of the body. This book needs a huge review by a nutritionist and an MD of a relevant field, perhaps even someone condacting research on metabolic processes of the body.

So this is a good book to start from, but the whole book is only an introduction to the matter. One must read other authors that wrote about acheaving balance in your metabolism, and then come back to the food combining principle and adjust it according to one's current health state and life stile.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Albanese-levin on November 2, 2008
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if you REALLY want to know the absolute whole history about combining read this. but it is a bit confusing. i prefer kathryn marsden's book personally.
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