FACTS: Food Combinations & Fruit/Endurance!

What is proper food combining and do you recommend it? Fred Bisci

 I do recommend proper food combining because it certainly can’t hurt you and it can really help you!  If you have poor digestion or you’re just transitioning into a raw food lifestyle, or if you’re elderly, proper food combining would definitely be beneficial.  Years ago, when I started to get into endurance and marathon training, I always had a pretty good digestion and I could mix my food up. It didn’t bother me, but then I realized what was happening when I started doing long training runs where I had to train consistently.  What I found out is that when I combined my food correctly, even though I was getting fewer calories, at the end of my long runs, I was able to go further.  That made an impression upon me.

Proper food combining is very simple. You can mix the protein and vegetables or you can have starchy vegetables with the leafy green vegetables and some light starch vegetables. Acid fruit and sub-acid fruit can be combined, and sub-acid fruit with the sweet fruits are okay.  Melons do not combine well with any other fruit. Get a good look at a food combining chart in my book, Your Healthy Journey and you’ll see how it works.

 There are people who say it’s totally unnecessary but not me. So, if you’re not into endurance sports you may not notice as much of a difference, but it is still very valuable for a healthy lifestyle of longevity.

Long term, does a plant-based/raw food lifestyle correlate with a longer life than a SAD eater? Fred Bisci


 It cannot be denied that worldwide a high-calorie intake of fruit is becoming very popular and with many cases of high fruit eaters excelling in marathons, bike races and other elite competitions.  Is this fool’s gold? Well, I ran 18 marathons and two 50-mile races. I also pushed a person through the New York City marathon from the 4th mile on in a wheelchair and in order to do that, I had to eat more fruit.  You need extra calories to sustain daily training.

If you’re training 60, 70 miles a week and you’re doing cross training with your bike and you’re doing some resistance exercise, you need more food (good energy sources are starches or fruit) and fruit is certainly not contraindicated if you’re doing this correctly.  If you’re a sedentary person, then you don’t need that amount of fruit.

As I said previously, a lot of fruit for somebody that’s really toxic, is going to have a negative effect on their upper GI tract; they’re going to have bloat, gas, and discomfort. After you’re clean and exercising a lot you can eat a lot of fruit and not have any of those symptoms because your GI tract most likely is clean.

Enjoy Your Healthy Journey!




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Fred Bisci, author, “Your Healthy Journey”, Head of the Spartan Race Nutritional/Lifestyle Advisory Board, has successfully worked with amateur, elite, professional and extreme athletes. He has been a tenacious athlete completing eighteen marathons, two ultra-marathons. He also has a history as a Navy boxing champ, has successfully competed in Olympic-style weight lifting, and still leads an athletic life. Fred, born 1929, has lived on 100% raw plant foods for over 50 years and is a lifestyle/longevity coach, food scientist; detox/fasting expert and clinical nutritionist. He offers a natural, simple, common sense approach by showing people a well-grounded experience to the healing power, peak athletic performance and remedial capabilities of the human body.

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