Re: "Food combining"
Fri, 9 May 1997 13:58:40 -0400 (EDT)

In a message dated 5/9/97 9:33:23 AM, (Perry E. Metzger)

(Re Fit for Life)

>On the other hand, one could do far worse than following part of their
>advice and becoming vegetarian, even if they don't advise doing so for
>anything like the correct reasons. Just as you can be cured by
>antibiotics even if you believe they are magic that drives out evil
>spirits, you can gain advantage from a proper diet even if you do it
>for the wrong reasons. The food combining nonsense they spout is
>silly, but ultimately harmless even if followed -- at worst, it would
>force you to inconveniently juggle what you eat and when.

I think the food combining, even though nonsense, could have beneficial
results. If you follow it strictly, you automatically can't do a number of
bad things that people trying to eat less and eat healthy sometimes do - no
fried food in the morning, for example. The need to follow the complicated
regimen of food combining also protects from over- or mis-eating in social sit
uations, which I find sometimes a real problem. Fit for Life won't have
results any different than any other vegetarian diet (you eat what you want
of a large and varied set of choices), and the semi-religious food combining
nonsense might help people follow it better. Certainly it's better than a
McDonald's diet.