Celebrating Easter on The Body Ecology Diet 🦋
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. in 2010 when my boys were 2 and 7, the key years for celebrating all the holidays!! I’ll say Easter is by far easiest.
Food is central on Easter Sunday, especially sugar and man-made color. Going without either of these two things can be easy (or not) depending on how old the kids are and what everyone has been used to in the past. Both my boys attended Waldorf school for the bulk of their growing up years and were literally cocooned from a fair amount of “mainstream culture” both when at school and at home. This made life easier for me as a mom as I was not stretching myself in any one way (other than cook according to The Body Ecology Diet principles, hard enough!!).
Once my oldest hit public school he was harder to please and wanted to fit in with his peers, yet really was not too big a deal. In his older years, putting folded-up money in his plastic eggs went a long way to happiness and took the sting out of what he was not getting. I see Easter as a time of regeneration and am glad, whether following a diet or not, to encourage gifts/treats that promote good health for my family.
Celebrating Easter with B.E.D. doesn’t equal boring; far from! Just takes some creative thinking before the big day approaches. I hope my list below makes your holiday more fun and please comment below about how you celebrate the day with your kids. We all can learn from each other.
None of these ideas contain gluten, refined sugar, or pasteurized dairy and most of the food treats listed are Stage 1– approved. I normally put an (*) next to those that are best reserved as an occasional treat. If you have an autistic child, here is one dad’s Easter 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 the 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 new coloring book and box of sharp crayons is always fun no matter how old we are.
- Wrap some of these stage 1/2 treats and put in basket or use as a filler for plastic eggs.
- Oriental Trading Company has tiny trinkets and pig erasers 🐖
- Make a dozen adorable deviled chicks for brunch; with homemade mayo and pastured eggs of course.
- Turn buckwheat pancakes into flowers, lambs, butterflies with these cookie cutters and smother with cultured butter and lakanto.
- Shape stevia chocolate in silicone molds to make bunnies and lollipops.
- 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 fun 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 and cut into lambs, flowers, and bunny shapes.
- Think orange carrots in green lima bean hummus in tiny terracotta flower pots.
- Make a tray of almond hearts or other shapes.
- Sunflower seed cocoa truffles are magically transformed into something far more yummier than they are when packaged in small beautiful boxes from a party store.
Have fun and hop to making this your best Easter yet ….
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May all bellies be happy!