The Hay diet is a food combining diet created by Dr William Hay in the early 1900’s. It is based on the idea that the body can not cope with proteins and carbohydrates at the same time because of the way they are digested. This came from the belief that the human body is used to eating only one type of food at time and that the combining of food is a modern habit that are ancestors never did.
The hay diet states that the things wrong with modern eating habits are
This can be remidied by the hay diet because it
It also has some other more outrageous claims from the reduction of stress to the reports of previously stubborn medical conditions that have unexpectedly responded to correct food combining.
You should eat 60% fresh fruits and vegetables, as much as possible in their raw state. The remaining foods should be protiens or starches that shouldn’t be eaten together and should be left at least 3-4 hours apart.
Hay Diet: Reasons for
Hay Diet: Reasons against
Hay Diet: Verdict
The Hay diet is the earliest version in a long list of food combining diets if there was any basis to these diets or they did halve of what they claimed then everyone would have heard about it. The Hay diet is not the panacea of all ills as is claimed but the overall diet is reasonably healthy (if however hard to follow) and should help you lose weight.
What can you eat on the Hay diet?
Below is a quick list of what can and can’t be mixed while following the Hay diet.
Anything in the protein list can be mixed with the contents of the neutral list. The neutral list can also be eaten with anything in the starch list. However it is very important that when following the Hay diet you do not mix the foods which fight (proteins with starches).
|Shellfish||All salads||All grains|
|Rabbit||Fats And Oils(inc cream and margerine)||Crackers|
|Soya beans (and all soya products)||Pulses||Pastry|
|Milk (use only in beverages)|
Below is a Quick reference Chart to show how well a small selection of foods mix
|Fresh Fruit||Melon||Dried fruit||Cooked Veg||Raw Veg & Salad||Grains||Nuts||Potatoes||Fats||Pulses||Meat,Fish, Cheese, Eggs Soya|
|Fresh Fruit||Very good||Not Good||Good||Good||Good||Not Good||In Mod||Not Rec||Not Rec||Not Good||Not Good|
|Melon||Not Good||Good||Not Good||Not Good||Not Good||Not Good||Not Good||Not Good||Not Good||Not Good||Not Good|
|Dried fruit||Good||Not Good||Good||In Mod||In Mod||Not Good||In Mod||Not Good||In Mod||Not Good||Not Good|
|Cooked Veg||Good||Not Good||In Mod||Very good||Good||Good||In Mod||Good||Good||Good in Mod||Good|
|Raw Veg & Salad||Good||Not Good||In Mod||Good||Very good||Good||In Mod||Good||Good||Good in Mod||Good|
|Grains||Not Good||Not Good||Not Good||Good||Good||Good||In Mod||Good||Good||Not Good||Never|
|Nuts||In Mod||Not Good||In Mod||In Mod||In Mod||In Mod||Good||In Mod||Not Good||Not Good||In Mod|
|Potatoes||Not Rec||Not Good||Not Good||Good||Good||Good||In Mod||Good||Good||Not Good||Never|
|Fats||Not Rec||Not Good||In Mod||Good||Good||Good||Not Good||Good||Good||Not Good||In Mod|
|Pulses||Not Good||Not Good||Not Good||Good in Mod||Good in Mod||Not Good||Not Good||Not Good||Not Good||Good||Not Good|
|Meat,Fish, Cheese, Eggs Soya||Not Good||Not Good||Not Good||Good||Good||Never||Not Good||Never||In Mod||Not Good||Good|
The Hay Diet Made Easy
The Hay Diet Made Easy – A Practical Guide to Food Combining
Souvenir Press Ltd
Paperback – March 1997
Explains the principles of food combining, suggests meals and menus, explains how to migrate to the Hay diet, and offers advice on food-related ailments.