First For Women Magazine - 4/25/2011

Heavy since the 6th grade, Heather could no longer deny that her system was screaming for help. She began walking and turned to the book The Body Ecology Diet to learn how to make wiser food choices, like eating cultured veggies and homemade coconut kefir. (For how-to, go to BodyEcology.com.)

Fermenting vegetables produces a rich supply of microbes, including slimming bifidus and L. plantarum, a strain shown to reduce gut permeability that's linked to wain gain. For an inexpensive option, try this recipe from Donna Gates, coauthor of The Body Ecology Diet.

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