Celebrating Thanksgiving on The Body Ecology Diet
Tara Carpenter, NC.
Holistic nutrition for digestion; specialized in yeast overgrowth.
Originally published on November 14, 2018.
Celebrating Thanksgiving on a restrictive diet is a challenge and The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) is no different. In some ways, this way of eating is even more challenging because B.E.D. also incorporates the principles of 80/20 and food combining. This healing protocol is known to help people return to a greater balance when a yeast, bacterial, or viral overgrowth is present and most stay on this diet for 3-6 months. As wonderful as finding one’s health can feel, the constant act of being attentive to what one eats can feel especially difficult when a holiday feast is before you.
Here I sit knee deep in November remembering my 1st year on B.E.D. celebrating Thanksgiving. The year was 2010 and I’d been on B.E.D. for 2 months and set to head to my family in Cape Cod to be with my brothers, sisters, and mother …. none of whom had diet restrictions! I worried that my kids, ages 3 and 8 would feel left out and teased by the food they could not eat. I, on the other hand felt tough as nails in my discipline and had yet to miss a day of hitting the “B.E.D. bullseye”.
Giving thanks for abundance is sweeter than abundance itself. ~ Rumi
Rather then spiral into the what ifs, I decided to be grateful for how good the boys and I felt by doing B.E.D. When we entered the diet we had awful digestive issues that while had mostly settled, we still had to be careful not to stir a flare-up. My youngest had skin issues that lessened with B.E.D., yet his rash returned at the slightest deviation in eating. I wanted to keep us on the up and up and enjoy our family holiday.
One trick is to think ahead and plan out the food part so not a big deal and you can relax. Maybe even play a game of football and board games like we do in my family 🙂 I planned our menu a couple weeks ahead ….. to anyone who says they don’t have time for such detail. I am a single working mother. If I can do this, you can too! I know you can. I believe in you 🙂
Our Thanksgiving Menu for 2010 ….
- Pan Roasted Turkey
- Grain-Free Stuffing
- Green Salad
- Cultured Cranberry Relish
- Unsalted Cultured Vegetables
On the big day, adhere to B.E.D. principles; maybe this year you are mindful as to how high you fill your plate or how you food combine. No fun to have a tummy ache! If you get bloated, try a spoon of cultured vegetable “juice” or Assist digestive enzyme or as seen in photo here is a glass of cranberry seltzer sweetened with stevia to three cheers!!!
The menu ideas below assume you eat turkey as your main dish; if you are vegetarian than you will want to improvise. Most of what is here is fine for stage 1 of The Body Ecology Diet, unless marked with an (*).
Thanksgiving Menu Ideas on B.E.D. (stage 1)
- Pellegrino with unsweetened cranberry concentrate, stevia, slice of lime, and splash of young coconut kefir
- Pure water
- Tea without citric acid (esp. pau d’arco, ujido matcha, ginger, echinacea, kukicha, raspberry leaf)
- Artichoke dip with baby carrots and snow peas
- Guacamole with cucumber spears and jicama chunks
- Meatballs served with toothpicks and pesto
- Olives (rinse to remove citric acid)
- Deviled eggs
- Turkey, free-range and hormone-free (brine for great flavor)
- Carrot-ginger soup
- Sauteed green beans with shiitakes ‘n garlic
- Tossed salad with herb vinaigrette
- Grain-free stuffing
- Mashed cauliflower
- Fermented cranberry sauce
- Cultured butter
- Starch-free gravy (or onion gravy*)
- Unsalted cultured vegetables
- Coconut “pudding”
- Lemon pudding or pie
- Spiced chocolate flourless torte*
- Whipped cream* (dairy or non-dairy)
- Coconut roll-out cookies*
- Cinnamon kisses
*Foods marked with (*) best used sparingly during stage 1 of B.E.D.
Special note for those traveling for the holiday:
If you travel for the holiday, call your host and see what’s on the menu to see where you can complement dishes. We drive a few hours to be with my sisters and I don’t find that too hard. One year I brought a pasture-raised turkey and green bean stir fry; on the day of, I tossed a salad with dressing and scoop of cultured vegetables and had a great meal. Another year, I made starch-free gravy, shiitake stuffing, and mashed cauliflower. I always bring appetizers so my kids won’t be enticed by the usual chips, salsa, crackers, and cheese. Above all, have fun!
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May all bellies be happy!