Principles Of Separate Nutrition

In the last century, the American naturopathic physician Shelton developed the basic principles of separate nutrition.
He divided all foods into groups: protein foods (lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, low-fat dairy products, nuts, mushrooms, legumes, and other foods), carbohydrate foods (potatoes, twists, sugar, etc.), fats (butter, cheese, fatty sour cream, etc.), starchy vegetables, non-starchy and green vegetables, sour vegetables, fruits and berries, and sweet fruits and berries.
In addition to these groups, there is a separate group of foods that do not go well with anything else. For example, pumpkin, melon, and milk – should be eaten exclusively in mono-mode.

The basic rule of separate meals is to eat when you want, not when you need.

Shelton’s rules for separate meals

You cannot mix protein and starchy foods in one meal. That is, such familiar dishes as chicken and fried potatoes, meat cutlets and mashed potatoes, a cheese sandwich, or ice cream with nuts are considered unacceptable.

The stomach reacts differently to starchy foods and protein foods. The first stages of digestion of these types of food occur as if in different environments.

If the stomach can cope with the separation and digestion of protein and starch with a small portion of food, then with large volumes, normal digestion can be difficult.

It is advisable to consume protein products from the same group at one meal. In other words, you should not eat eggs with ham, cheese, chicken, or meat with cheese.

Meat, fish and poultry, and other protein products should be chosen only for lean and low-fat dietary products. From the point of view of separate nutrition, proteins, and fats do not go well together.

You need to eat protein foods and acids at different times. It is not at all recommended to consume lemon, grapefruit, orange or tomato juice, vinegar, and various acids at the same time as protein foods. It used to be believed that these foods help digestion, but in fact, on the contrary, they disrupt its rhythm. You should not eat meat, fish, or eggs with salads that contain lemon juice, vinegar, or mayonnaise as a dressing.

Similarly, combining protein products with alcohol is unacceptable.

Alcohol neutralizes the enzyme pepsin, which is necessary for the digestion of animal proteins. If you are a fan of steak with wine, then according to Shelton’s advice, you should give it up.

Sugar and confectionery should be completely eliminated from your diet. The combination of sugar with any food causes strong fermentation. The only exception is natural honey. This is a kind of sugar that has already been processed by bees and is absorbed much more slowly in our bodies.

It is worth mentioning why some foods do not go well with other dishes or spices. Pumpkin and melon because they contain a lot of sugar, which instantly causes fermentation of any food that is in the stomach. Milk usually turns when exposed to acidic juice. If there are other foods in the stomach, milk isolates these foods from digestion for a long time.

This way, food is not digested, but rots.

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Written by Bella Adams

I'm a professionally-trained, executive chef with over ten years in Restaurant Culinary and hospitality management. Experienced in specialized diets, including Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw foods, whole food, plant-based, allergy-friendly, farm-to-table, and more. Outside of the kitchen, I write about lifestyle factors that impact well-being.

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