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Eating cultured vegetables at every meal, made with the Veggie Culture Starter, is one great way to get more plants in your diet — aiming for the 150 grams of fiber a day our ancestors ate.
In a recent interview with the Boston Globe, private chef Allen Campbell rattles off a list of what does and doesn’t work when cooking for Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen. At first glance, it appears that the supermodel and quarterback eat from a plant-based menu that resembles the Body Ecology Diet — 80 percent vegetables and 20 percent lean meats such as wild salmon, grass-fed organic steak, chicken, and duck. The only things we would add are fermented foods, like cultured vegetables and coconut water kefir.
The growing popularity of the Body Ecology Diet and similar plant-based diets comes at a time when chronic disease and developmental disorders are at record highs. The Principle of 80/20 has never been more important than it is today. According to Jeff Leach, founder of the Human Food Project, the average American eats very little fiber — whereas the average vegan eats only slightly more.
This is in contrast to the amount of fiber that hunter-gathers living in Tanzania eat:
Should we all be aiming for 150 grams of fiber a day? If you want to keep your gut and your 23,000 genes happy — you must eat more plants.
The Body Ecology Principles of Food Combining and 80/20 tell us:
Non-starchy vegetables include hearty greens and cruciferous vegetables, both of which are packed with nutrients that keep you and your gut healthy. The fiber in plant foods acts as fodder for your gut bacteria, feeding them and directly impacting your immune system, your bowel movements, and your brain.
When your child isn’t thriving or when your own health is failing, an “absurdly healthy” diet can be the one thing that works. And it works because we are genetically primed to use specific foods for a very specific purpose. For better or worse, the food that we eat speaks to our genes. And it’s been doing so for millennia.
Even without a private chef, you can eat like Gisele. Download a free map to the core principles of the Body Ecology Diet, and we’ll help you get started.
If super-celebs like Tom Brady and Gisele have committed to a mostly plant-based diet, should you do it too? When you compare Tom and Gisele’s diet to the Body Ecology Diet, the similarities are fascinating. Tom and Gisele appear to eat according to Body Ecology principles, with 80 percent vegetables and 20 percent lean meats. We would recommend adding in healthy portions of fermented foods too, like probiotic-rich cultured vegetables and coconut water kefir to support the gut.
When you think of what our ancestors ate — hunter-gatherers consumed up to 150 grams of fiber a day — Tom and Gisele’s menu suddenly doesn’t seem so crazy. Eating a large amount of fiber in a plant-based diet can feed your good gut bacteria to support and maintain immune, digestive, and brain health. Body Ecology’s free map of the core principles can get you started.
Kefir has many benefits, including better digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It has been known for thousands of years for its anti-aging and immune-enhancing properties.
Kefir is an ancient cultured food, rich in amino acids, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins. Kefir means "feel good" in Turkish, and that's just how you'll feel after drinking a glass in the morning! Easy and fun to make at home, it is superior to commercial yogurt. An absolute must after antibiotic use!
Unlike yogurt, kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract and is simple and fun to make at home. To make kefir: Mix one packet with 1 quart of warm milk, cover and set at room temperature for 18-24 hours. Refrigerate and enjoy!
Each packet yields 1 quart of kefir, and can be reused up to 7 times. This means you can create 10 ½ gallons of kefir from one box!
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