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Stage 1 Grocery List for The Body Ecology Diet

Stage 1 Grocery List for The Body Ecology Diet

This grocery list is for Stage 1 of Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.). This stage lasts about 3-6 months and when most people feel dramatic changes in how they feel. This is good! The body is cleansing, realigning, and most of all …. healing. How long you remain on Stage 1 depends on your individual health concerns and reasons for stepping into this diet. 

The body is a self-healing organism, and this list is a tool to start feeling better! Ready to transition to stage 2? Here is the Stage 2 Grocery List.

The Body Ecology Diet was created by Donna Gates as a holistic and natural approach to address yeast, bacterial, or viral overgrowth (i.e., CandidaGBS+). By practicing this diet, your digestive system gets the opportunity to rest and repair and renew. 

I practiced stage one for 3 years. A long time, yet that is what I needed for my own healing. I hit the bullseye every day and transformed my health (i.e., no more stomach pain, slow digestion, or bloating).

Jump-start your body to be the self-healing organism you are.

The foods below are the basics to get you started. These foods help your body “rest and repair” and get yeast or bacterial overgrowth under control and heal accompanying damage to the digestive/immune system.

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Getting Men Into B.E.D (Body Ecology Diet)

I interviewed my husband, Tomas, to help other couples like ourselves better understand each other when one, or both, is healing with The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.). When I met Tomas in 2011, I was a year into stage 1 to clear a stubborn case of systemic yeast overgrowth.

I was nervous to be re-exposed to the yeast/bacteria I had spent the past year effectively ridding from my body. I wanted only to go forward in my health and had worked so incredibly hard to bring myself into balance.

I was a single mom working as a therapeutic chef going to graduate school to become a Holistic Nutritionist. I was busy. Working in a man’s health and diet needs was a strain I would do again in a heartbeat. Eating the body ecology way brought us into a balance that I wish the same for you and your own intimate relationship.

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Sweet Treats for The Body Ecology Diet ?

Assorted Truffles

These sweet treats are specially created for those on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D). This unique way of eating is known to help the body heal by reestablishing the inner ecosystem, eliminate dysbiosis, correct nutrient deficiencies, strengthen adrenals, and conquer systemic infections.

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Bolus Recipe for Vaginal Yeast Infections

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Boluses (a.k.a. ovules, vaginal suppositories) are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and provide relief from vaginal yeast infections. These tube-like shapes are solid at room temperature but melt once inserted to release the oils and herbs inside which will absorb into the vaginal tissue.

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Unsalted, Cultured Vegetables: Beginner’s Recipe

If you are new to cultured vegetables, a.k.a. cv’s, this is a good recipe to begin with. Everything is laid out step-by-step with just three ingredients …. cabbage, carrots, culture starter. A simple, colorful mixture to light up your taste buds.

Don’t let their simplicity fool you though as this food is potent and can kick-start your gut engine and have you digesting like a rock star ✨

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Recipe soaking nuts and seeds

Soaking Nuts & Seeds (Traditional Method)

A Variety of Nuts & Seeds SoakingNuts and seeds are nutrient-dense and easy to munch; they also contain enzyme inhibitors and plant toxins, like phytic acid. This is why it’s best to soak them in warm, salty water.

When this soaking step is skipped, then inhibitors inside the nuts and seeds can prevent your gut from absorbing nutrients in this otherwise nutrient-rich food. These inhibitors can weaken digestion, steal nutrients from you, and cause food sensitivities. If you already struggle with poor digestion or a health condition like osteoporosis then you’ll want to do all you can to keep your gut strong.

The most efficient way to minimize these harmful enzyme inhibitors and toxins is to make your own nuts and seeds with the recipe below.

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Sunny Cocoa Truffles for The Body Ecology Diet

These heavenly bonbons are free of most common allergens and acceptable for stage 2 of The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D). If you have food sensitivities, you know how hard it can be to find a treat that tastes good with ingredients that are “allowed”. This is especially true if you’re traveling or away from the comforts of your kitchen.

I always keep a few different kinds of treats ready-made in the freezer that I can pull out and eat when a sweet craving hits. I also like to pack them in my purse or the kids’ lunchbox. During the holidays, I’ll package a few up with other kinds of bonbons (party store sells paper boxes for just this) or wrap a trio in parchment paper as stocking stuffers.

This recipe is gluten, dairy, and refined sugar free.

Sunny Cocoa Truffles

Ingredients

2 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (soaked and dehydrated)

1 1/2 cup shredded coconut (culture for stage 1)

1/3 – 1/2 cup glycerin (or raw honey if allowed) 

1/4 cup flax seeds, fresh ground

1/4 cup raw cocoa powder 

2 Tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil, melted (or ghee if tolerated)

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (alcohol/sugar free)

1/2 tsp sea salt

Toppings: cocoa powder, lightly roasted shredded coconut, ground flax seeds, or ground sunflower seeds

Method

  • Grind sunflower seeds, glycerin, coconut oil, and vanilla in a  Vita-Mix or blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Place in a bowl with all other ingredients – mixing well.
  • Moisten hands and roll out tablespoon portions.
  • Roll each truffle in topping of your choice and place on a tray.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until hard.
  • Store in airtight container in fridge or freezer.
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