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Dina K.

Thank you so much for condensing and sharing this information, helping people like me who get overwhelmed by the research.
I have two questions:
1.where can I purchase frozen acai packets?
2.Should I omit garlic from my simple hummus recipe? The chart above suggests that garlic should be used medicinally. What are your thoughts on this?

juliane porter

You're welcome, Dina! It's my pleasure.

Frozen Acai packets can be found at Whole Foods and in the freezer section next to the berries in natural foods stores. Pronounced ah-sah-yee, acai berries come from acai palm trees found in Central and South America. They're touted as a superfood for anti-aging, weight loss & overall health. If you can't find them, no worries, I often substitute a 1/4 cup of dried Goji Berries which I also absolutely love for a little extra protein.

Entire books are written on Garlic. It's a very powerful herb generally lauded as beneficial. However, partly because it's so powerful, there are risks associated with it. Basically what helps one person may harm another. Garlics's cleansing properties, present when it's raw & crushed/finely diced, include inhibition of bacterial growth, fungus & yeast, lowering blood pressure & increasing the flow of digestive enzymes. I personally enjoy it in moderation since I eat a significantly raw diet, & therefore, don't have a lot of mucus in my body (in which case it can overly irritate the digestive tract & lining of our mucus membranes). So we each want to adjust our use according to our bodies needs and response.

Thank you so much for your excellent questions, Dina!

Have an awesome weekend :-)



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Thank you what you share here. I will ask my friend to make as you share... Hope she will help me to do this...


You're welcome, Sabun. I'm so happy you are enjoying the articles and posts on StyleNectar. Let me know if you or your friend have any questions on my recipes or food combining. Have a lovely day:-)

Jon Symons

Good article. I was writing a book about food combining and referenced this article in my book because you were totally on the money with your point that food combining is the missing piece to great health. Thank you.

juliane porter

Thanks Jon, I appreciate your comment. When is your book coming out and what is the title? I look forward to checking it out. Thanks for stopping by... look forward to seeing you again here soon!

All my best,



Recently I have become very confused regarding my food choices. About 2 years ago, I stopped eating gluten, which was basically my entire diet. Bagel for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, maybe a couple veggies and meat with pasta or bread for dinner. At this point, I am gluten free, dairy free, almost meat free. That leaves me with fruits, veggies, nuts & seeds.
I seem to be having more digestive issues with a healthier diet than I had as a SAD diet eater. I have been following food combining principles lately, but I don't understand why my body could process all kinds of processed crappy foods, but can't seem to process healthy foods.

juliane porter

Hi Andrea,

Thank you for your excellent question!

First, congratulations on taking such powerful steps to reclaim excellent health and wellbeing as your own! You are on an amazing journey.

As you can see, it is a process, a life-long one, of being tuned in to our body's ever-changing needs, of evolving, and of learning to provide the best possible care and love for ourselves. Here are my initial thoughts:

First, work with your doctor, preferably one with expertise in both Eastern & Western practices, to rule out any sort of diagnosis that would be important to take into consideration.

Next, I will say it takes the body time to adjust to any changes which we, ideally, want to make gradually so as not to shock our systems or overwhelm our immune systems with too intense a detox reaction. Implementing a series of gravity based colon hydrotherapy sessions moves huge amounts of (digestive disorder causing) toxicity out of the intestines, speeding our cleansing process in a safer manner. For more info, check out http://www.releasenyc.com recommended to me by none other than beautiful, Raw Vegan Celebrity chef, Sarma Melngailis.

80% of our immunity resides in the gut, and it takes time to repair & clean out all the toxic residue from years of acid-forming dairy, grains, sugar, processed foods, antibiotics and everything else. Most of the population is dealing with candida (yeast overgrowth) as a result of all the aforementioned sugars etc. Candida has a detrimental affect on our gut/digestion/health overall. In candida cases, it is advisable to eliminate all sugars, including fruit, for a month or longer, to starve the yeast (which feeds on sugars) and let it die off. Additional positive by-products of eliminating candida include appetite reduction and elimination of cravings for carbs/sugar/sweets.

Living fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds have all their healthy, antioxidant rich, cleansing fiber in tact. The digestion of all this new fiber will be an adjustment for the body in itself, if it has been used to the fiber-devoid SAD diet. Some ways to make digestion of fruits and vegetables easier include making green juices and green smoothies- highly nutritious, healing and easily digested. Also, nuts and seeds are difficult to digest due to their phytic acid & enzyme inhibitors, and should, therefore, be soaked to remove these digestive impediments and activate their beneficial enzymes at the same time. I will be doing a post soon on how to soak/sprout nuts and seeds (it's basically very easy- just soak them in purified water overnight or, for almonds: 24 hours changing water every 8 hrs in the am & pm).

Taking digestive enzymes prior to each meal will help digestion and replenish critical enzyme reserves in the body.

Making meals very simple- as in 5 ingredients or less- or even doing mono-meals meaning only 1 ingredient (think a huge bunch of grapes, ½ a watermelon or 5+ bananas) is much easier to digest and highly energizing.

Probiotics are crucial in rebuilding gut health, by increasing beneficial bacteria thus outnumbering/eliminating the harmful bacteria.

Raw, unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) will also help digestion (1 or 2 tsp in 8 oz of water or in salad dressings – see my upcoming video for details). ACV will help kill off candida as well as parasites and provide healing enzymes as well.

Lastly, it is wise not to drink water (or any other beverage) with meals- instead, don't drink water ½ hour before a meal and wait another ½ hour after, as all the water disrupts ideal digestion of food from happening because it dilutes the digestive enzymes necessary to break down the food.

So this is a lot! Let me know if you have further questions about anything, Andrea. And, thank you again for sharing your question. I am so proud of you for all the great strides you’ve taken already. You are amazing and you can do it!

Much love,

juliane porter

Andrea- PS. I forgot to mention Aloe Vera Juice which has been found to alleviate major digestive problems, be healing to the gut, assist with allergies/asthma & much more. It's full of minerals & alkalizing as well. Nutritional profile: Vitamins: B1, B2, B3 and B12, choline, folic acid, vitamin C and beta-carotene (a precursor to Vitamin A), all vital to optimal health &formation of certain key enzymes. Minerals: calcium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, iron, zinc, manganese, copper, chromium, sulfur, boron, silicon, phosphorus, and sodium. These minerals are vital in the growth process and essential for the function of all body systems. People even report it cures ulcers after years of prescription meds. As always, it's important to start taking any supplement (or new addition to our lifestyle) in very gradual amounts, to consult with our doctor for any contraindications with prescriptions being taken, & to pay attention to our body's reaction to anything new we implement. I prefer aloe WITHOUT anthraquinone (which has a laxative affect), such as Herbal Answers, Pure Aloe Force brand.
Again, any questions, let me know.


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Juliane, i love your blogs. so well written and very informative. you seem to do a lot of research and that is great. i recently changed from SAD diet to almost completely vegan. but i think i did it way to fast. My stomach and intestines didn't like the rapid change. it seems to be slowly adjusting though. i have never had a colonic. Is this safe and benficial? Also i have read that there is a minium amount of calories that the body must have for vital functions. Plus i do workout, so how do i get those calories with the correct food combining. thanks again for any input..


Hi Cedric,

Thank you for your kind compliments and excellent questions. There is SO much I would like to share, more than I can possibly write here, so please feel free to contact me personally if you would like to work with me on an individual coaching basis (See Holistic Health & Wellness Coaching under categories in R sidebar). Meantime, congratulations on the outstanding steps you are taking to realize your optimum health and vitality. You are totally worth it and I'm so proud of you!!

First, work with your doctor, preferably one with expertise in both Eastern & Western practices, to rule out any sort of diagnosis that would be important to take into consideration. Also there are a few common deficiencies to be aware of (for vegans and SAD diets alike) via tests w/ your doctor: B12, Iron, D3/Mk7/Calcium/Magnesium (bone/teeth/ligament health), Omega 3's & EPA/DHA (for brain health & more) and Iodine (even the RDA amount is only enough to prevent goiter- do research here- or I can explain if you work w/ me). Be sure to rotate your fruits/vegetables for nutrient variety so you're not always eating the same ones over and over again- read Victoria Boutenko's Green for Life for more info on this. It's excellent that you're listening to your body. This is a life-long process of discovery during which we'll be constantly adjusting as our needs and circumstances change. What works for one person may not be right for another and what works for us today, may not be what we need 10 years from now! Always remember the point is not perfection it's about the process of bringing the most acceptance and loving kindness possible to ourselves in each and every moment.

Your intuition is right, it's important to make changes gradually so as not to shock our bodies to allow them sufficient time to respond to new conditions. There are all sorts of reasons for this such as; the risk of drumming up too much cellular toxicity at once which can overwhelm the immune system (tho yes, colonics can assist w/ this- more on this in a minute), the toxicity released during the "die-off affect", withdrawal symptoms from removing sugar/meat/gluten/caffein etc, and more.

I often recommend swapping out just one or two meals a day in the beginning, gradually making the transition toward your ultimate goal. Smoothies are a great way to sub in high quality vegan meals that are predigested by the blender and therefore easier on your gut. Many people love colonics (gravity based colonics are excellent- however make sure you do really great research to find an excellent practitioner) as a means to assist in cleaning out the colon and speed removal of toxicity to prevent detoxing too fast. Another great option is using a far infrared sauna which penetrates 3" into the skin and stimulates: cellular cleansing, immunity, endorphin release, elimination of toxins via sweating at lower temperatures than a standard sauna and the induction of a false fever which also assists in killing off bacteria etc. The fact that you're working out is great! This too, will help your body detoxify as you sweat and as you circulate clean fresh blood throughout your body.

It certainly is important to get enough nutrition - some ideas:

AM: start out w/ a fresh green juice (200-250 cal) or smoothie (350-400 cal), then 1 or 2 hours later, depending on which one you had, have a couple of slices of hearty bread slathered w/ a fresh avocado + olive oil, himalayan salt & pepper (400-500) starting your day w/ a ton of high quality, great calories.

Snack ideas: dried superfood mix like goji berries/mulberries/raisins/almonds/sunflower seeds/pepitas/walnuts/flaked coconut/mulberries/pecans/etc. Dried fruit combines differently/more easily than fresh so this is an ok combo for most.

Lunch ideas: 32 ounce smoothie packed with hemp seed or chia seed (both high in clean easily assimilable protein), a fresh green salad toped with veggies, tree nut cheese, legumes or pepitas/sunflower seeds/pistachios/etc or canned sardines/salmon/fish (of course those aren't vegan but perhaps good during transition) dressed with olive oil (you can be generous if calories are an issue for you) and lemon juice or Raw ACV. On the smoothies, since they're blended, experiment to see if you can add in extra hemp seed/almonds/nut butters/coconut butter w/ bananas/avocado and other high cal/protein ingredients to keep your calorie intake where you want it (a Vitamix is a godsend in this lifestyle.)

For dinner generous quantities of steamed veggies like sweet potatoes/greens/whatever is in season w/ lots of delicious coconut oil (excellent for you!!) plus generous portions of high quality-high protein grains such as quinoa/millet/oat groats/brown rice (yes it's great in savory dishes too!) or lentils/legumes or a high quality fish (this meal can be up to 800-1000 cal depending on your serving size.

For dessert feel free to check out any of my sweet smoothies or other raw vegan treats (see recipe index). This is a lot of info - and I do offer menu planning as part of our coaching so please feel free to contact me as I don't know your specific health needs/history/concerns so these are very generalized ideas. When it comes to proper food combining, no need to be perfectionistic about it- use it as a guide to start experimenting & becoming aware of what does and doesn't work for you specifically.

Again, Cedric, I am so happy for you that you're on such an outstanding journey. Wishing you much success, love, happiness and laughter in 2015! Please do let me know if you have any questions on anything. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

PS. My husband loves Vegan Orgains and my Dad loves Raw Meal by Garden of Life for high quality calorie support that you don't have to prepare yourself. I actually love them too- and no I don't get paid to say that :)

Much love,

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Hei, I have two questions: Maybe You have already clarified it, How will you cook the meat, if meat and oil is a bad combination? Can I drink water after 30 minutes of eating my meal? Anyone that can help me, I would appreciate it. Thanks


Hi Lili,

Thank you for your questions.

On meat, I am now a vegan, however I understand that many people still incorporate it into their lifestyles. I'm going to attach a couple of links to excellent articles on the effects of meat on the body as well as the effects of various cooking techniques. Additionally, I will offer, boiling, steaming and baking in parchment atop a bed of veggies are all options which don't include oil. The very cooking of oil actually turns the oils rancid, so even if it were a good combo, one would be eating rancid oil which in itself is an issue. Here a couple of links to articles by Dr. Gregor: http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/meat/ , http://nutritionfacts.org/2013/07/04/avoiding-cooked-meat-carcinogens/ & http://nutritionfacts.org/video/estrogenic-cooked-meat-carcinogens/

Yes, drinking water 30 minutes after a meal is fine. It's even ok to sip on hot tea during your meal. Experiment with what you find works best for your body... and make your own rules.

Sending you much love and wishes for a beautiful day!



What are the recommended time periods between eating different foods?
Such as, how long after eating fruit can I have some yogurt? Or something from a different category? Etc...

Also, can I have cereal with lactose-free milk?

Thank you :)


Hi Catherine,

Thank you for your excellent question. Please see https://www.stylenectar.com/stylenectar/2013/03/how-to-properly-food-combine-within-your-lifestyle-with-a-sample-menu.html for a sample menu which indicates the transit /time periods between foods.

I'd recommend dairy free milk as dairy, whether lactose free or not, is highly acidifying to the body and highly mucus forming. Try coconut milk, oat milk, almond, cashew etc. They are full of deliciousness and alkaline to the body. As for yogurt, for optimal energy and and vitality stick with a dairy free option such as coconut yogurt.

In grace, light and presence

Jayashrii (Juliane)


Thank you SO much for your speedy reply! VERY good/informative info!
I've been trying a food combination way of living on and off for some time now.
(I don't like to call it a "diet.") (Lol)
When I can stick to it, I think it REALLY works for me!
Thanks again!



You are so welcome beautiful Catherine.
Feel free to reach out if I can help or be of service in any way.
Have a lovely day:)

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