The Hay Diet
Dr William Howard Hay told his patients that there are four main causes of acid buildups in the body, or the final products of food digestion:
- Excessive consumption of different kinds of meat
- Excessive consumption of carbs
- Disregard of chemical reactions that occur during digestion
Healthy diet rules
- Do not consume starch and sugar with proteins and acidic foods, or fruits in a same meal
- Veggies, salads and fruits should be the base of every diet
- Eat proteins, starch and fat in small quantities
- Eat wholegrain cereals (ground wholegrains that have retained their bran) and unprocessed starch
- Avoid refined and processed foods, especially white flour and white sugar, and their products, and also processed fat like margarine
- Make a 4-hour break between your meals
In the text below you can read why you should not combine proteins and starch in a same meal.
Digestion of starch and proteins
Protein digestion occurs in acidic environment and it begins in the stomach. Once animal proteins enter your stomach, they trigger the production of acid and activate pepsin, an enzyme that helps degrading and digesting proteins into peptides. Starch or sugar disrupt or neutralize acidity and food proteins cannot be completely digested.
Digestion of starch and sugar requires an alkaline environment, and begins in the oral cavity. Therefore, starchy foods require proper chewing, otherwise the intestines cannot proceed with food digestion properly. Meat and other foods that increase the production of acid, including acidic fruits, stop the function of the saliva and starch ceases to degrade.
This is why you should not combine proteins and carbs in the course of one meal.
Here are some tips on how to get a proper ratio between alkaline and acidic foods (4:1) during the day:
- One protein meal
- One starchy meal
- One entirely alkaline meal
Once in a while, eat 2-3 alkaline meals a day. If such cases you have to determine a “fruit” or a “vegetable” day, during which you should eat fruits and veggies only. This will help you cleanse your body from toxins. Nutritionists prefer to call this day “the health day.”
The amount of food is not as important as the amount of food which your body digests and absorbs properly.
Properly balanced diet consists of 20% food that stimulates the secretion of acids, and 80% of food that produces alkali.
Products that can be combined in a diet
You should never combine products in column one and three. Combine foods in column one and column two. Foods in the second column make a good combination with foods in column three.
Here is a more detailed table:
3. Starchy foods
All types of meat(beef, lamb/mutton, pork)Poultry (chicken, duck, goose, turkey)Game meat (pheasant, partridge, heath cock/ black grouse, rabbit)All types of fish, as well as shellfish and shrimpsEggsCream cheeseYogurt and Milk (consumed with fruits, not meat)Apple, apricot (either dry or fresh), sour cherries, gooseberries, ripe grapefruit, grapes, kiwi, nectarines, lemons, mangoes, watermelons and cantaloupes (fruit meals), oranges, pineapple, pears, papaya, dried prunes, raspberries, strawberries, tangerinesSalad dressing (French- oil, lemon juice or apple cider vinegar)Creams or mayonnaise dressing (home-made)ParsleySugar replacement:Frozen and sweetened orange juiceVegetarians should not to consume the following:
Legume plants, lentil, soy, small beans, large beans, pinto beans
NutsFatsButterCreamYolkOlive OilSeedsSunflower oilSesame oil (cold-pressed)Green and root vegetables (except potatoes andartichoke), asparagus, eggplant, beans (all types of young beans), broccoli, Brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, carrot, celery (both stalk and root), zucchini, kohlrabi, squash, leek, spinach, peas, onion, parsnip, green salad, chicory (endive), cucumber, anise, avocado, mushrooms, garlic, horehound, mustard, watercress salad, pepper, radish, young onion, legume sprouts, seed sprouts, tomato, spices, mint, saffron, incense, lemon peel, orange peel, sunflower seeds, squash seeds, wheat or oats bran, wheat sproutsReplacement for sugar: dried grapes, juice of dried grapes, honey, maple syrup
Whole grains (wheat, barley, corn, oats, millet, rice)Whole-meal breadOat flourBananas (ripe)DatesFigsGrapesRipe papayas (very sweet)Ripe pearsDried grapesPotatoesArtichoke
Milk and yogurt (in moderate quantities)
Salad dressing from either sweet or sour cream
Olive oil (oil from various cold-pressed grains)
Fresh tomato juice
Salt and pepper
Barbados sugar or muscovado brown sugar
Honey (moderate consumption)