Do you chew your food? If so I doubt it takes 5 hours for meat to get out of your stomach. Are you including the large and small intestines here?
It should be pointed out that no matter how long it takes for food to digest, it doesn?t mean all the food will still be there until the end. Your stomach will be emptying out continuously, so after 3 hours, if anything is left in your stomach, there will still be plenty of room for more food.
Now eating every 3 hours is a generality that doesn’t have to be followed to the letter, and sometimes is not correct. Here is an article that will define things a little better:
Now if your problem is eating enough protein in a day, add in some liquid sources.
As far as fruits, yes they are digested very fast which is why they should be eaten with protein. It is better to slow down the digestion. Don’t worry about the fermentation crap that comes from the food combining crowd.
If this was true, wouldn’t a lot of us be getting drunk after eating grapes? (No fruit for alcoholics.)
Next Berardi never said to have fruit with every meal, and in fact recently pointed this out. I believe he has said fruit and/or vegetables which might have caused people to misunderstand what that means, which means have a salad, or broccoli, or sweet potatos, or something like that, not just fruit all the time.