Celebrating Easter on The Body Ecology Diet 🦋
Tara Carpenter, NC.
Stay light and easy (and colorful!!) as you heal with B.E.D.
These alternative Easter ideas are for The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.), a gut healing protocol specifically designed to balance yeast, viral, and bacterial overgrowth. I started B.E.D. when my boys were 2 and 7, the key years for celebrating holidays … I’ll say Easter is by far the easiest.
Food is central on Easter Sunday, especially sugar and man-made color. Going without either is easy or not depending how old the kids are and what everyone is used to. My boys attended a Waldorf school for most of their growing up years and experienced less “mainstream culture/way of eating”. This made life easier as a mom as I did not have to stretch far out of my comfort zone, other than cooking according to B.E.D. principles.
When my oldest started public school he was harder to please. He wanted to fit in with peers. The older he got the more he preferred folded dollar bills in plastic eggs, which this took the sting out of what he was not getting, like jelly-beans!
Easter is a time of regeneration, and I am glad, whether following this diet or not, to encourage gifts and treats that promote health for my family. Celebrating Easter with B.E.D. doesn’t have to be boring; only takes creative thinking before the day approaches.
I hope the list below makes your holiday fun and please comment on how you celebrate the day. We learn from each other. The ideas below are ‘gluten, refined sugar, pasteurized dairy, yeast-free’ and most are stage 1– approved. I put (*) next to those best reserved as an occasional treat or for stage 2. If you have an autistic child, here is a dad’s guide.
- Fill plastic eggs with stickers, balloons, treats, coins, and trinkets.
- Buy a small Lego set, divide pieces into plastic eggs, and mark each egg with a name or # so kids can complete the set.
- Make these beautiful embroidery floss Easter eggs.
- Wrap play dough in wax paper and tie up with a small Easter cookie cutter tucked into the bow.
- Silly Putty eggs will add some excitement!
- Plan a backyard scavenger hunt and strategically hide eggs with clues and actions they must complete to reach the end. Instead of hiding treats in eggs, hide a clue to lead the hunters to the next egg. At end of hunt, you can hide a larger gift (i.e., kite, board game, even a puppy, just kidding ノ(・ᴥ・)ノ
- Put a bottle of bubbles in the basket.
- A coloring book and box of sharp crayons is fun no matter our age.
- Wrap stage 1/2 treats for basket or as a filler for plastic eggs.
- Oriental Trading Company has tiny trinkets and pig erasers 🐖
- Deviled chicks for brunch using homemade mayo and pasture eggs.
- Turn buckwheat pancakes into flowers, lambs, butterflies with cookie cutters and smother with cultured butter and lakanto.
- Shape stevia chocolate in silicone molds to make bunnies and pops.
- Dye eggs naturally without man-made colors (my favorite!).
- Toasty coconut truffles are the perfect size to fill a plastic egg.
- Cinnamon kisses … little loves of butter.
- Carrot cupcakes made in Easter baking cups, make small muffins for small hands!
- Breakfast on eggs in pepper rounds recipe (omit cheese on stage 1).
- Roll-out coconut cookies or almond cookies cut into lambs, flowers, and bunny shapes.
- Orange carrots in green lima bean hummus in tiny terracotta pots.
- Tray of almond hearts or other shapes.
- Sunflower seed cocoa truffles are transformed packaged in tiny, beautiful boxes from party store.
Have fun making this your best Easter yet 🙂
May all bellies be happy!
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