The Body Ecology Diet
Why The Body Ecology Diet is the best anti-candida diet. The lowdown on what candidiasis is, and how you can get rid of it for good!
What is The Body Ecology Diet?
The Body Ecology Diet or B.E.D diet is an anti-candida diet that restores gut health and the inner ecosystems of the body by replenishing friendly bacteria in the digestive tract, building alkaline blood, and strengthening the immune system.
While The Body Ecology Diet is principally geared towards eradicating candidiasis, the program is highly effective for those suffering from other immune conditions such as Chronic Fatigue or Epstein Barr syndrome. It can also help people with environmental or food allergies or sensitivities, digestive and skin problems, headaches, muscle and joint pain, lethargy, or anxiety and depression.
I highly recommend this diet for anyone looking for more energy and vitality.
Table of Contents
- What is The Body Ecology Diet?
- My body ecology story
- What is Candidiasis?
- How The Body Ecology Diet works
- The Seven Key Principles of The Body Ecology Diet
- Principle #1
- Principle #2
- Principle #3
- Principle #4
- Principle #5
- Principle #6
- Principle #7
- The Body Ecology Foods List
- Land Vegetables
- Non Starchy Vegetables
- Sea Vegetables
- Fermented Foods
- Fats and Oils
- Flavorings and Seasonings
- Recommended Reading
Principle #3: Bio-Individuality or “Uniqueness”
This is my favorite principle in The Body Ecology Diet: Embracing the reality that one diet will not work for every human being on the planet, and that we are all different.
The concept of flexibility resonates with me. Adopting an intuitive approach to diet and healing that adapts to your body’s changing needs is a prudent approach to health. Acknowledge the impact that seasonal changes, environmental pollutants, emotional realities and aging has on our bodies.
Listening and learning from your body is critical.
In the cooler months, you may want to eat more cooked, heating and strengthening foods. In the warmer weather, more raw foods would be balancing. Similarly, if you are feeling tight, eat more expansive strengthening foods.
Donna incorporates the best parts of James and Peter D’Adamo’s Eat Right 4 Your Type book in The Body Ecology Diet.
Principle #4: Welcome and Support the Natural Cleansing Activity of Your Body
Cleansing and removing toxins is important in order to regenerate and heal.
This process is fantastic when you are at the other end of it. But cleansing can be an unpleasant process.
Natural cleansing reactions include:
- muscle aches and pains
- cold and flu flu
- skin rashes
- erratic mood swings
These symptoms look and feel like the symptoms that brought you to The Body Ecology Diet in the first place! Understand that symptom often get worse before they get better. But, they will.
Do not try to mask these cleansing reactions with antibiotics or other medicines. Allow the body to naturally purge these toxins or they will be driven deeper into the tissues and organs and embed themselves causing further problems down the track.
Disease occurs when our bodies become overwhelmed with deep-seated toxins and pathogens and are no longer able to cleanse effectively.
Most people have cleansing reactions for about 3 to 7 days. Persevere with the diet, and your body will reap the rewards.
Support the cleansing process by engaging in colon hydrotherapy which helps expel the toxins more quickly. I can personally testify to the health benefits of colon cleansing. I have been doing it for 20 years. However, this is a personal decision.
If you do decide to cleanse your colon, always seek out a qualified colon hydrotherapist. It is also extremely important that you replenish the friendly bacteria in the colon after the cleansing. Your colon hydrotherapist should do this for you before you finish your treatment.
Principle #5: Food Combining
The inclusion of proper food combining is one of the most important principles that elevates The Body Ecology Diet above other anti-candida diets.
You can read about food combining principles in more detail here.
But in relation to an overgrowth of candida, when we combine incompatible foods (when we combine starches and proteins, or fruits with other things), they remain in the digestive canal longer than they need to, and ferment, rot, and putrefy. This putrefied material attaches to the lining of the digestive tract and provides a perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, yeast, funguses and cancer cells to proliferate.
The other major difference that sets The Body Ecology Diet apart from other anti-candida diets is the exclusion of fruit.
While fruit can be alkaline forming, much fruit is very high in natural sugar, and that sugar feeds yeast.
Only low-sugar sour fruits such as lemons, limes, cranberries and blackcurrants are allowed on stage one of the B.E.D diet. All other fruits should be avoided until healthy body ecology is restored.
Transitioning too quickly back to eating fruits is the number one mistake most people make transitioning off of Stage 1 of The Body Ecology Diet. I made this mistake the first time I followed the diet.
Here is the cranberry almond smoothie that helped me get through Stage 1 of the diet.
Principle #6: The 80 / 20 Rule
It is important to support complete assimilation and elimination of foods by not overloading the digestive system with too much work.
Donna advocates the “80/20 rule” that is recommended by many doctors and health-care professionals.
Refrain from overeating. This puts a strain on the body. Only eat only until you are 80% full, and leave the remaining 20% of your energy to be available for proper digestion.
In addition to this, the concept extends to reversing the conventional portion sizing of meals.
Instead of eating a huge piece of animal protein and a small serving of vegetables, pile up your plate with 80% land and/or sea vegetables with 20% protein, grains, and starchy vegetables.
The other component is to include 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic foods.
Principle #7: Be Patient and Embrace a “Step-By-Step” Approach to Healing
Listen to your body and be patient as it heals in it’s own time.
Every human body is different and it can take varying times to eliminate the toxins and restore your natural body ecology. The toxins built up over time, and so it is only natural that the elimination will take time. We cannot expect instant healing.
Be patient and you will reap the rewards. Also be persistent with the healing process. If you stick to the diet it will work.
Star foods that aid the healing process are:
- raw coconut water kefir
- raw cultured vegetables (sauerkraut no made with vinegar)
- sea vegetables
- lemons and limes
- apple cider vinegar
- raw sprouted almonds
It is also important to cleanse your colon to aid the detoxification process.
Move towards optimum health step by step.
Be gentle and patient with yourself. Reduce stress as much as possible.
Rest, and eliminate any medicines that retard the cleansing process.
Most of all, have faith that this diet can help you just as it has helped me.
I have recommended this diet to thousands of readers of this site, and the testimonials are incredible.
The Body Ecology Foods List
Here is a basic list of foods you can enjoy on The Body Ecology Diet.
All land vegetables except for
- Potatoes (red-skinned potatoes are allowed)
- sweet potatoes
- green peppers
- mung bean sprouts
- Mushrooms (cooked shiitakes are allowed)
Non Starchy Vegetables
- bamboo shoots
- beet greens
- bok choy
- brussels sprouts
- burdock root
- celery root
- collard greens
- dandelion greens
- green beans
- lamb’s quarter
- mustard greens
- red bell peppers
- sprouts (except mung bean)
- swiss chard
- yellow squash
- blackcurrant juice, cranberry juice, pomegranate juice, noni juice
- quinoa and quinoa flakes
- wild-caught fish
- organic meats and poultry
- organic eggs
- cultured vegetables
- coconut kefir
- kefir cheese
- cultured coconut pudding
- raw miso
- raw natto with no MSG
Fats and Oils
- extra-virgin olive oil
- virgin coconut oil
- pumpkin seed oil
- flax seed oil
Flavorings and Seasonings
- Celtic sea salt
- Himalayan salt
- Real Salt
- herbs, fresh and dried
- Herbamare and Trocomare
- Sea Seasonings – dulse with garlic, nori with ginger