All about Diet

Mankind fills no container worse than he fills his stomach.

In the past most illness was mostly the result of a lack, such as warmth, food etc. Now it is mostly due to excess and in particular excess of the wrong food or food in general.

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Hay Diet

William Howard Hay evaluated health theories and weight-loss methods while developing his plan. When he concluded that proper food combination was the solution to improved health, he saw some benefits in Fletcherism. The slow-chewing method could aid in the digestion of incompatible foods in some cases, Hay wrote in Health via Food. Bread could be chewed into a liquid, but the process wasn’t effective with foods like cheese.

Exercise did not provide the answer, Hay said. He pointed out that farmers who were physically active were diagnosed with some of the same conditions that less sedentary people were. Hay concluded that the solution was a lifetime of his diet and a daily enema. Hay regarded the enema as vital to providing relief to the colon and eliminating the toxins produced by a poor diet. He pointed out that some patients were constipated for two weeks because of their poor eating habits.

The Hay diet menus for the summer included the following meal recommendations:.

  • A Friday plan began with a breakfast of orange juice and milk. Lunch was tomato bullion, a baked onion, a tomato-and-cucumber salad with mayonnaise dressing, and apricots for dessert. Dinner was broiled fish or steak, steamed chicory, steamed carrots, and a salad of shredded cabbage, onions, and radishes. Mayonnaise dressing was allowed, and dessert consisted of lemon ice.
  • A Saturday plan started with a breakfast of wholewheat muffins, honey, butter, and black coffee. Lunch was cream of carrot soup, steamed celery, and a salad of pineapples, pears, and grapes. Salad was served with mayonnaise dressing. Dessert was lemon fluff. Dinner was broiled lamb chops, steamed cauliflower, steamed kale, and a salad of grapefruit and sauerkraut with mayonnaise dressing. The dessert was fresh peaches with unsweetened cream.

The contemporary Hay diet

Contemporary versions of the Hay diet no longer recommend a daily enema. The eating plan still follows Hay’s classification of foods into three categories, along with the rules about how the foods are combined at mealtime. The diet consists primarily of fruits and vegetables, and dieters are advised to wait at least four hours before consuming a meal from an incompatible category.

Some versions of the Hay diet recommend eating small portions of proteins, starches, and fats. There is also an emphasis on eating whole-grain products and unprocessed starches. Some plans allow alcoholic beverages; others prohibit processed foods with ingredients such as refined sugar, margarine, and white flour.

The Hay diet meal plan is based on the categories of Proteins, Starches, and Neutral Foods. Proteins and Neutral Foods may be combined, and Neutral Foods may be combined with Starches. The combination of Proteins and Starches should be avoided.

The Protein category consists of:.

  • Meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products including milk, cheese, and yogurt. Milk should be avoided with meat, but combines well with fruit.
  • Beans including lentils, pinto beans, kidney beans, soy beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), haricot beans, and lima beans.
  • The majority of fruits. In this category are apples, apricots, berries, cherries, currants, gooseberries, grapefruit, grapes, guavas, kiwis, lemons, limes, lychees, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, passionfruit, pears pineapples, prunes, raspberries, strawberries, and tangerines. Melons are in this category but should be consumed separately.
  • Beverages allowed are red wine, white wine, and cider In the Neutral Foods category are:
  • All vegetables except those in the Starches category.
  • All nuts except peanuts.
  • Fats including butter, cream, egg yolks, and olive oil.
  • Beverages in this category are whisky and gin

    In the “Starches category” are:

  • Cereal, bread, rice, and products made from flour and whole-grains such as wheat, oats, corn, and barley.
  • Starchy vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and Jerusalem artichokes.
  • Sweet fruits such as raisins, dates, figs, sweet grapes, and ripe bananas. Extremely ripe fruit is not allowed because the sugar content is higher.
  • Beverages in this category are beer and ale.


Hay created his meal plan to treat medical problems associated with obesity. He claimed that a change in eating habits rather than medication was beneficial in the treatment of conditions such as cardiac disease, kidney disease, and kidney disorders.

In contemporary times, the Hay diet is used as a weight-loss plan by the general public and people interested in alternative treatments. Advocates of natural health maintain that the plan reverses conditions such as arthritis, indigestion, constipation, and flatulence. The Hay diet is also regarded as a natural method for providing relief to people diagnosed with asthma and allergies.


Hay wrote in Health via Food that he saw “the comeback of thousands of patients” who followed his regimen. The Hay diet features some nutritional principles endorsed by organizations including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the American Dietetic Association, and the medical community. Their recommendations call for eating lean meat and poultry that is that is prepared by grilling and baking. Nutritional guidelines also advocate the consumption of a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Those recommendations are also found in the Hay diet. People who follow those recommendations and fill up on fruits and vegetables will lose weight. Those are low-calorie foods that are rich in fiber. Whole-grain products also contain fiber. Eating high-fiber food produces the sense of fullness more quickly than the consumption of foods with fat does.


Although there are some nutritional aspects of the Hay diet, there are some flaws. The diet does not include serving sizes and portion control is an important aspect of maintaining a healthy weight. In addition, people may miss out on vitamins and nutrients by restricting food groups to one meal per day.


Although the consumption of fruits and vegetables will help to relieve constipation, people should not rely solely on the Hay diet to treat condition such as heart disease, arthritis, allergies, and asthma. People diagnosed with those conditions may need medication and should consult their physician before undertaking the Hay diet or any weight-loss plan.

Research and general acceptance

The Hay diet as designed by the late doctor featured variety within all food groups. Eating an assortment of foods was also recommended in Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005. The guidelines prepared by the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services recommended the consumption of a variety of foods within each of the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, calcium-rich foods like milk and cheese, grains, and proteins.

Contemporary research also showed that eating high-fiber foods helps people to feel full, and eating less means that people will lose weight. While research proved that Hay was correct about those nutritional principles, his food-combining plan has been criticized over the years.

Critics countered that the human digestive system was able to process the proteins and starches from one meal. They also pointed out that some foods contained both carbohydrates and proteins.

General acceptance

The Hay diet brought people to sanatorium hotels during the first three decades of the 20th century. It was modified into other food-combining diets towards the end of the century. However, Hay’s diet remained popular with natural-health advocates. Information about the plan was posted on several websites in the United Kingdom in the spring of 2007.


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