Dr Oz: Marilu Henner Food Combining & Don’t Drink Water With Your Meal

By on February 13, 2013

Dr Oz: Are Peanuts a Nut Or a Legume?

Dr. Oz talked to Marilu Henner about losing her dad when he was just 52-years-old and how it motivated her to change her life and focus on getting healthy. She explained how she lost over 50 pounds and never experienced any of the common symptoms associated with Menopause!

Marilu Henner: Seven Day Energy Makeover

Marilu Henner said she has perfected a plan to help you make over your energy in just seven days and she is ready to share it with Dr. Oz and his viewers and we are sharing it with you! Marilu said there is nothing tricky or fancy about her plan because it is simply about eating every day. She loves to eat, but she said it is all about food combining, which is something she learned about back in 1979 when she read a book on the subject that was written in the 1930’s! Dr. Oz said food combining is a very old idea that many people are not even aware of, but it could be the solution to boosting your energy and helping you on your way to a healthier life!

Dr Oz: Food Combination Chart

Marilu Henner said that the traditional American diet is focused on combining proteins and starches, but she said to look at foods in three different categories: starches, proteins and fruits. Those foods should not be eaten together, or combined, unless you have a connector. For example, if you want to eat a dish that includes protein and starch together, you need to make sure you include a legume because that will help with the digestion of the other foods. Otherwise you will feel miserable and bloated, wishing you could take a nap. Marilu said the hardest thing we do is digest our food. It requires a lot of energy, but proper food combining will ease this process and leave us with more energy for the other things in life! Marilu shared a visual chart that will help you better understand food combining.

Dr Oz: Marilu Henner Food Combining & Don't Drink Water With Your Meal

Marilu Henner explained the benefits of proper food combining to improve your digestion and increase your energy.

Dr Oz: Food Combining At Breakfast

Marilu said that many people eat eggs and toast at breakfast, but she said if you simply add beans and a little salsa you will energize your body rather than slow it down.

Dr Oz: Food Combining At Lunch

Marilu Henner loves to eat a big salad for lunch, but since a lot of people like a starch with their meal, she said a good food combination would be to eat an arugula salad with mashed potatoes.

Dr Oz: Food Combining At Dinner

What is your favorite dish to eat for dinner? Do you like a yummy stir fry that includes brown rice and shrimp? Marilu said you will avoid feeling “blah” and tired after that meal if you simply add peanuts to the dish. Peanuts are actually a legume, not a nut, and they will pull the entire meal together while being much kinder to your digestive system.

Dr Oz: Food Combining Snack

Marilu Henner said that she usually eats fruit separate from all of her meals, so she has them as a snack or as a pre-workout energy booster. She added that fruits and vegetables can be eaten anytime because is there is no decent diet that will ever restrict the amount of fruits and vegetables that you eat.

Dr Oz: Marilu Henner Eat Your Beverages

Marilu Henner firmly believes we need to eat our beverages rather than drink them. First, she thinks we need to drink plenty of water, but not with our meal. Ideally you should drink a glass of water before you eat, but include a “wet” food with your meal because it will help with digestion without diluting the important nutrients like water does. Foods like celery, lettuce, zucchini and tomatoes are good examples of wet foods.

Dr Oz: Food Combining Recap

  • Proteins & starches should not be combined without a legume or veggie
  • Eat fruits alone
  • NO water with meals

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Comments to Dr Oz: Marilu Henner Food Combining & Don’t Drink Water With Your Meal

  1. Julie Willenkin says:

    Hello,
    My question is in regards to your statement that drinking water with a meal will dilute important nutrients, and therefore, should be avoided for better health.
    Drinking water actually helps with absorption of nutrients and the digestion process, so I am very confused with why you believe it to hinder nutrient absorption. Sure, a few gallons of water (or any liquid) in excessive amounts at one time may alter the pH and osmolality of the blood (and thus result in some electrolyte changes which would be quickly corrected by the kidneys), but just drinking a glass of water (which you advise NOT to do) will not have any effect on the concentration of nutrients that are absorbed.
    I am wondering how you came up with this information and what evidence you have to support that a normal amount of water with a meal will dilute nutrients. The benefit of drinking water to aide in digestion and the transport of all major nutrients (water being reabsorbed following reabsorption of osmolites in the PCT of the kidneys, for example) far surpasses the possible risk of transient electrolyte abnormality that may ensue with over hydration (far less likely). The nutrients that are ingested will be used (or not used) by the body depending on the needs of that person as a whole, not because water is or isn’t accompanying it. The amazing regulation system that we have for sodium, chloride, potassium, etc (RAAS, principle cells, H-KATPase ion pumps, tight junctions, parietal cells, etc) is in place in a normal healthy individual and will not malfunction simply due to a glass of water with each meal.
    If you are suggesting eating “wet” foods in place of water, the ingredient making it “wet” is water anyway, so how do you justify telling people to not drink water but instead have “wet” foods? Your concern seems to lie in having too much water, but as I said before, wouldn’t you agree that having enough water is far more important than possibly having too little (which already is the case in most Americans)?
    Also, having this glass of water before you have the meal is no different than if it was consumed during the meal. The majority of absorption occurs in the small intestines, not in the stomach, so the nutrients are no more concentrated just because the water was already in the stomach when the foods were added. It all goes together, and realistically, all does its own thing based on what the body needs at the moment. The entire gastrointestinal tract is filled with mechanisms to regulate everything, including water and electrolytes, and the renal system is filled with even more mechanisms to regulate what gets absorbed, secreted, or reabsorbed, so I am just dumbfounded at how you might think our bodies would succumb to malfunction or decreased efficiency of nutrients just from one glass of water.
    Please get back to me on how you have arrived at your information and where you found enough evidence to support your claim before presenting it to the entire US population as fact. I think it would be more beneficial to present the public with basic facts on how our bodies actually work with the intention that they will make better decisions for their health, instead of suggesting a “quick fix” that is perceived as true but that really will not yield the anticipated result of a healthier body.
    Thank you,
    - Julie Willenkin, DVM Candidate, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

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