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Dear Beauties,

Normally, we’ve been doing the challenge/assignments every Wednesday, but we’ve decided to try something new starting this week. We’ll still do a fun recipe challenge at least once a month, but we want to explore new ways to share and help our community that involve everyone.

One area where I know we still can help is questions. We still get so many questions and so every Wednesday we’re going to take some of the best questions we receive and answer them right here on the blog.

Going forward, if you have questions, please submit them to Katelyn (katelyn @ — and though we can’t guarantee we’ll answer yours, we’ll certainly do our best! We’ll also try to answer those questions that seem to be coming up a lot.

Now let’s get into our questions — the focus this week will be on Beauty Food Pairing, which involves food combining.

The essence of this principle is to keep meals simple, as simpler meals are less digestive work for your body. 

While there are a lot of other details that you can integrate more and more, but if you simply simplify your meals, you are already exercising this principle to an extent, and on the right Beauty Detox path! 

Question #1 – Are Nuts a Fat or Protein?


I have a question that’s confused me for a while now. Can you find out what are nut butters considered, protein or fat. From KS’s book I would think it’s protein but many people here have said it’s considered a fat plus the food combining chart that is on the files lists them as fats. Can you please clear this?

I want to make a nut pate this week. I found a recipe that includes seeds and sun-dried tomatoes. As the tomatoes are sun dried would it still be bad food combining?

Does Kim consider flaxseeds a seed/starch or a fat when it comes to food combining?


I understand how this can be a little confusing. While nuts are primarily fat in terms of their macronutrient composition, they still have enough protein to be considered a protein when considering food combining. This is why I don’t recommend combining nuts with starches.

Your case is a little unique, however. Because you’re talking about tomatoes, which are technically a fruit but actually get classified as a vegetable when it comes to food combining. This is why you see so many salad recipes that contain tomatoes, they digest more like your typical vegetable than any fruit. So in the case of combining sun-dried tomatoes with nuts or seeds in a dressing or a pate, you should be okay.

And to answer your question about flax, I consider it to be in the same category as nuts, meaning its protein content causes it to combine easily with vegetables but not very well with fruit or starches.

Hope that helps!

Question #2 – Levels of Food Combining


Are there different “levels” of food combining? I know meat and starch is not good to combine…and fruit and starch or fruit and meat is not good either… I guess, if one were to improperly combine, what would be acceptable food choices/examples of this?

I have trouble following all of the food combining rules (or chart) so I was wondering if people could share their MOST important rule—the rule that made the biggest positive impact. Thank you.


Again, I would state that the biggest rule to follow is to simplify your meals to less components. Period. That alone will make a big impact on optimizing your digestive functioning with less energy.

As far as getting more specific beyond that… it is a little tough to answer, since all the food combining rules will have an impact on your digestion. But I guess if I had to isolate the worst ones to violate, it would be “meat and starch” — as those two foods require very different sets of enzymes and can lead to a lot of digestive difficulty and wasted energy. Animal protein takes a great deal of energy to break down, and should be consumed with veggies and not other dense foods. Examples of combinations that take a lot more work to digest are steak and potatoes and chicken and rice. It would be better to simplify those meals and have rice and veggies or chicken and veggies (if you eat some animal protein).

Another one I would really do my best to avoid is combining fruit with high protein, high fat foods like meat. They just digest so differently, and at such different speeds, this can create digestive difficulty and issues like bloating. A big no-no (that one of my clients loves and was recently lamenting about giving up) is the melon and prosciutto combo. Definitely not worth it!

In terms of levels, I would say that anything in the plant world produces less issues than combinations that involve animal foods. So, for instance, in the last question I mentioned that I consider nuts a protein food and don’t combine them with starch. However, nuts and starch is far less troublesome than meat and starch.

Also, levels apply to the types of foods in a category. For example, melons don’t combine well with any other types of foods. Certain fruits, such as bananas, are more starchy and contain less water (you can’t juice a banana), so digest more slowly than other fruits and are great for using in different types of smoothies.

Acai is a more dense fruit also, and contains omega fatty acids, and is also great for smoothies. Some further classify fruit into sub-acid and other categories, but I don’t think those rules are as important as the big, overarching ones.

In general, as I’ll stress over and over again — please just remember to keep your meals simple! That is by far the most important thing to remember.

Question #3 – Quinoa and Sweet Potato?


Hi, I just wanted to check and see what you all thought about combining sweet potato and quinoa together and if it was the right food combining? I thought it wasn’t but there’s so many veggie burger recipes out there with them both together! Thanks!


Great question! Quinoa is often praised for its amino acid/protein content, so I can see how you would be unsure of this — as we are not supposed to combine proteins and starches. However, quinoa is technically still a carbohydrate/starch food and therefore combines well with sweet potatoes and other starchy vegetables.

I find that quinoa is excellent with squash and other vegetables that contain starch, but quinoa does not combine well with more protein rich foods such as nuts or tempeh or foods like that.

So keep that in mind and by all means, enjoy your veggie burger recipes with quinoa and sweet potatoes.

More Questions? Ask Away!

We plan on doing these rapid-fire Q&A sessions often — ideally each week — as I think they are very helpful and informative. To submit a question, just email Katelyn at katelyn @ and explain your question. Or leave a comment.

We will likely receive a lot of questions this way, so please don’t be disheartened if we don’t get to yours immediately. It won’t be possible to answer every single one, but we’ll certainly do our best…and others’ questions will probably still be very helpful to you!

Also, I will try to generally “theme” the questions according to one topic — as we did today with food combining — because I feel that’s a little more helpful and coherent. So sometimes we might save your question for later when we address a specific topic or category that your question falls into.

Thanks so much and hope you are having a beautiful and blessed week.

With love and gratitude,