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With a little experimentation and planning, following the Body Ecology principles can be easy.
We have all been there. Unsure about what to eat, standing in front of shelves at the grocery store or in front of the refrigerator at home, mentally running through a list of dos and don’ts. Food choices present themselves several times a day, every day. With this in mind, we have pulled together a few Body Ecology guidelines and some food ideas that will inspire your next trip to the market or help get you started if you are new to the Body Ecology Diet.
Healthy fats are satisfying and help to build energy. They are also essential to maintain the integrity and fluidity of cell walls, enhance cell-to-cell communication, reduce inflammation, build hormones, and even stabilize high levels of LDL, or “bad cholesterol.”
Enjoy delicious avocado in season as a top source of monounsaturated fatty acids to improve your cardiovascular health!
Sometimes, even the Body Ecology grains quinoa, amaranth, millet, and buckwheat are difficult to digest for a compromised gut. If you are unsure about your sensitivity to grains, eliminate all grains from your diet. Then slowly, one by one, add each of the Body Ecology grains to your diet, noticing any signs of inflammation. The inflammatory response is not limited to your digestive tract. Sometimes food-related inflammation can show up in the joints and the skin, as brain fog, or as any other weakened system in your body.
When eating Body Ecology grains, it is essential to properly prepare them.This means soaking grains anywhere from 8-24 hours before preparation. Adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice per 1 cup of grains furthers the process. This important step requires little time, but it does take some planning.
Eat raw egg yolks or lightly cooked eggs. Egg whites contain a protein called avidin, which binds to the nutrient biotin that is present in raw egg yolk. Cooking actually deactivates avidin. So eggs that are cooked to the point where the yolk is still runny preserves some of the biotin while eliminating the biotin-binding effects of avidin in raw egg whites.
Eggs are sometimes a source of inflammation to those who are sensitive to them. If you think that you may be sensitive to eggs, eliminate them from your diet for several weeks. Then add them back into your diet and watch for any inflammatory response that may or may not be in the gut.
Vegetables are an important component of the 80/20 food combining principle of the Body Ecology Diet. The rule is this: 80% of each meal contains non-starchy land and ocean vegetables while the remaining 20% are animal proteins, starchy vegetables, or Body Ecology grains.
Veggies to Avoid: Nightshades, like tomato, peppers, and eggplant (all are actually fruits), contain lectins and can exacerbate inflammatory conditions.
Most fruits are too sugary when healing the inner lining of the intestinal tract. What fruits are available for you to enjoy? Lemon, lime, black currants, and cranberries. You will find that a squeeze of lemon enlivens almost any dish and is a refreshing accompaniment to water first thing in the morning.
Watch out for dried forms of black currents and cranberries! Manufacturers often add sugar and unhealthy oils, like canola or vegetable oils that will easily go rancid. These oils keep the berries from sticking together.
When the inner ecology of your gut is beginning to harmonize, experiment by slowly adding low glycemic fruits like grapefruit and kiwi to your diet.
Following the principles of the Body Ecology diet doesn't have to be confusing! By using these simple healthy eating guidelines, you can greatly improve your quality of life:
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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