First things first. Ayurveda is one of the world’s original medicine forms, dating back many thousands of years. Food combining is a relatively ‘new’ term (coined circa 1920s) by Dr Hay, then later on it was termed nutripathy by Dr Martin in the 1970s – today it is known more for the pH aspect via modern day luminaries such as Dr Robert Young and both Cayce and Jarvis.
So no, it is not a fad. And you only have to try it for a short while for your body to be able to tell you that yes, it is the way our bodies prefer we eat.
Basically it is founded upon the most optimal eating process for our digestion, assimilation and health – removing inflammation and in turn, disease.
So how to make it simple? I find the easiest way is to have a simple chart printed up on your fridge, which you can use for your shopping list also. While preparation methods, habits and recipes will have to be adjusted, once you ‘get it’ this way of eating is really easy.
The following chart is a relatively easy to follow cheat sheet for ‘how to’ –
And for the definitive list, I find the easier the better. If your preferred foods are not there, please ask if they are foods at all (ie processed) or if they are just compare them to the different plant foods and what is closest (ie different nuts or for example, various brassicas or similar plants).