6.Why food combining is NOT expensive : Food Combining Hay Diet

The full text of the book published by Bloomsbury. Author Peter Thomson

The Food Combining Lifestyle encourages us to dispense with expensive junk and convenience foods.

Until recently, almost all meals were cooked from fresh ingredients. We ate fresh vegetables in their seasons. Some were tinned, but many housewives scorned the use of tinned vegetables and used only those grown in their own gardens or bought from the local greengrocer. These in turn came from local producers and were used before they had time to lose many of their vitamins. Tinned fish and meat, although available, were similarly used less often than fresh by those who valued a healthy lifestyle.

Nowadays, many people eat convenience foods such as dehydrated, chilled or frozen ready-meals. Frozen, pre-cooked chips are used instead of making fresh ones and you can even buy ready-prepared baked potatoes. Many of us have been persuaded that it is easier to heat up a plastic pack of chilli con carne than to make our own, and we will cheerfully serve our families with tubs of coloured goo as desserts rather than give them a fresh apple or banana.

Many such convenience foods are treated with preservatives, colourings and artificial flavourings, none of them nutritionally valuable and many suspect. Conditions such as hyperactivity in children may result from some of these. Many more convenience foods are contaminated with the addition of high levels of sugar and/or other sweeteners, again empty of nutrition and likely to be positively harmful. And many people are uncomfortably aware of this trap and yet uncertain as to how to escape from it.

The Food Combining Lifestyle will help anyone who wants to feed their family with nourishing food, yet needs to watch the cost. All you need do is use

only fresh or pure frozen ingredients - nothing pre-packed or processed and refined. In this way, you will know exactly what your family is eating and you will know that they are taking in no harmful additives.

And you will find that the shopping basket which is filled with fresh vegetables and fruit is less expensive than that crammed with packets of ready-cooked convenience meals. Compare the price of a bag of potatoes in the supermarket with a single baked potato from a take-away. Or compare the price of a packet of spaggetti with the much smaller amount in a small tin of the same.

You are no longer paying for flavourings, colourings or packaging, nor for someone else's wages in the factories in which such meals are prepared. You are simply paying for your fresh, wholesome food.

Compare the prices of natural foods with ready-made. Why buy your family cakes, for instance, when a bowl of fruit will cost no more and do them far more good? Why buy meat pies and frozen chips - not a food-combining recommendation anyway - when fresh meat and vegetables will be cheaper and healthier? Why buy fish fingers, smothered in breadcrumbs and colouring, when fish like coley can be bought for less than a pound per pound?

Not only will your family be fitter following this lifestyle, but they will not suffer the between-meal hunger pangs and cravings that they experience on a 'normal' diet. This is because the digestive system is working at its correct pace, with none of the highs and lows of blood-sugar level which are part of the pattern of 'convenience food' eating, and the food is taking longer to pass through. Our bodies are more satisfied on the Food Combining Lifestyle and such snacks as cakes, biscuit, crisps and chocolate bars are no longer wanted. If you have not eaten enough at one meal to satisfy you until the next, you can sustain your body with a snack of a few nuts or some fresh or dried fruit.

Snacks like cakes, biscuits, crisps and chocolate bars are amongst the most expensive items, and the most unhealthy items, in many western diets, yet there are few people, even those on the lowest of incomes, who do without them. Leave them out of your shopping basket and you will have more money to buy the more nutritious vegetables and fruit which are recommended as a large part of the Food Combining Lifestyle.