Body Ecology Diet Summary

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This is a summary of the book by Donna Gates called the Body Ecology Diet.  I HIGHLY recommended buying and reading the book.  I have created this as a quick reference guide and want to help people follow this program to achieve complete healing and amazing, vibrant health.  –  Vaughn, Spirit of Health

Page           Table of Contents

2 –  Introduction to Body Ecology Program

3 –  General Overview of Foods on Program

4 –  Healing Crisis Explained

5 –  Food Combining Basics

8 –  80/20 Rules to Follow

 8 –  Healing Requires Time

 9 –  Specific Food Guidelines and Instructions

 13 – Cultured Foods – Introduction and Recipes

 15 – Kefir – Introduction and Recipes

 17 – Cravings, Ideas to Overcome

 17 – Ideas for Snacks, Parties and Restaurants while on Program

 20 – Colon Cleansing

 20 – Your Immune System

 21 – Healing Your Liver

 23 – How to Re-introduce Foods

 24 – How to Change the World

 25 – Blood Types and Suggestions

 28 – Steps to Begin the Program

 29 – How to Have FUN with the Program!

 30 – How to Get What You Need

Body Ecology

This program is about restoring health, COMPLETELY!  We need to restore the ecology of our planet and our bodies, and the world we live in today makes that challenging.  We have healthy and beneficial bacteria living in our bodies and it is time we understand that and rebuild this inner ecosystem.

Antibiotics are all purpose killers and they destroy the good and bad bacteria in the system.  If nothing is done to re-establish the good intestinal flora, your immune system and health suffer.  It will continue to get worse over time, especially with continued and unchecked usage of antibiotics.  Your body needs probiotics.  Probiotics means PRO life.  Antibiotics means ANTI life.

We often start a disadvantage.  Your health is often determined at an early age based on the health of your mother, how long you were breast fed, if you were transitioned to cow’s milk which is often pasteurized, homogenized and impossible to digest.

With this program you will:

–          strengthen your organs, digestive tract and immune system

–          starve any fungus, yeast, parasites or other foreign invaders living in your system

–          cleanse your body of waste

–          balance your internal ecosystem

–          restore health and balance to your body

Ancient people have always been aware of their surroundings and the natural perfection of the universe, as created by God.  They regarded God and the earth as healer and provider, using natural remedies for ailments.  In modern times, we are removed from our intuition and we view nature as a force to be altered or subdued for our benefit.  We trust man made drugs over God and the natural ability of the body to heal itself.  It’s time to get back to the gifts nature has provided, back in touch with ourselves and begin to learn once again how to live in harmony with our body and the earth.

What is great about this program is that it details the way healthy cultures have been living around the world for thousands of years.  Never before in history have we had all the junk food we have today.  Never before have humans eaten so poorly.  It is predicted that teenagers today will not have a longer life span than their parents, for the first time.  When you understand that this is how we are SUPPOSED to be eating, it makes it easier.  If you put yourself back in time, and you lived on a farm or small village without today’s grocery stores, how would you eat?  This is what you will be learning!

Why have we become addicted to foods that taste good but make us feel full, lazy, weaken us, harm our immune system and shorten our life spans?  We’ve forgotten who we really are.  We have forgotten why we are really here.  We were created for a purpose.  We have made mistakes along the way, but we are learning from them.  Yet if we continue to eat for pleasure alone, our minds and bodies will continue to weaken.  Once you find your inner strength, beauty, and glory,  it makes it easier to turn away from negativity and dissatisfaction, and back towards love, happiness and the light within us. 

On the Body Ecology Program

Animal Foods – Beef, poultry, eggs, fish and shellfish

Organic, unrefined oils

Stevia

Land vegetables – See below for complete list

Ocean vegetables and algaes

Millet, Quinoa, Buckwheat and Amaranth

Sea Salt

Herbs and Herbal teas

Seeds (except sesame)

Mineral Water

Lemons, limes, unsweetened cranberries, black currants

Cultured Foods like raw organic apple cider vinegar, raw cultured vegetables like kimchi and kefir

Soaked and sprouted almonds

Pumpkin, Flax and Sunflower seeds

Butter and Ghee

Not On Body Ecology Program

Sugar, Candy, Soft Drinks

Wheatgrass

Braggs Amino acids

Flour Products

Beans, Soybean products and Tofu

Most Nuts and nut butters

Wine, beer and alcohol

All artificial sweeteners

Commercial refined vinegar

Fruits (except those listed above)

Cleansing is a natural force that drives impurities from the body.  Disease, on the other hand, occurs when the body loses its ability to cleanse itself and gives up the struggle to remain pure. – Donna Gates

Healing Crisis

In an attempt to maintain integrity, the body organizes a cleansing response, forcing toxins out in some form such as fever, cold, flu, rash, acne or other “illness.”  If this attempt is stopped by a drug (antibiotics, cold medicines) the toxins are driven deeper into the body.  With each attempt at cleansing by the body that a drug suppresses, the major organs slowly give up the fight, resulting in eventual disease.  This is very apparent with victims of cancer, chronic fatigue, candidiasis, most auto-immune conditions and fibromyalgia.

During the first few days, or even weeks, there is a period of great healing.  By offering your body high quality, well combined healthy food that is easy to digest, your body will respond by showing signs of healing – only to you it may look and feel as if you’re getting worse.   This is evidence that your body is throwing off accumulated waste and toxins.  You may feel very tired.  You must remain strict at this time and give your body the maximum opportunity to heal.  It’s easy to get discouraged, but once this phase has passed, the result is a stronger, better and more energetic body.

Compare your cleansing to cleansing your living room.  At first, furniture is moved around, dust and dirt are flying, rags are laying everywhere, you throw some things away, etc.  But when you’re done, the place looks much better than before.  You may have sore throats, headaches, flu symptoms, aches, pains, depression, lethargy, fatigue, skin rashes, acne, vaginal or rectal itching, discharge, etc.  This is known as the Herxheimer reaction.  A colonic or home enema can do wonders for this phase.  When the cleansing ends, your body is free and stronger than it has been in years.  How long?  It is different for every person.  Two weeks, two months, two years.  You will know when you have inner peace and the great joy of a strong, healthy, vibrant body and mind with enough energy to do anything you want.

Emotional cleansing is also normal, and expected.  You may feel weepy, edgy, frustrated or angry.  You may lash out against someone you normally wouldn’t.  This is part of the elimination of stored up emotional poisons in the body.  It is beneficial to release them.  Nature is constantly cleansing the earth with hurricanes, storms and floods.  How fresh and pure is the air after a spring storm?  Take a few moments to yourself, breathe deeply, and appreciate the good things in your life and in this world.

Food Combining Basics

Eating foods that are not compatible cause gas, bloating, poor digestion and weight gain.  The benefits you can expect from proper food combining:

You’ll feel better and be less bloated and gassy

You will have a plan to follow and be able to stick to that plan

You won’t be overweight, and should lose weight.  Food are assimilated and metabolized better so your body doesn’t have to resort to storing fat.

3 Basic Rules of Food Combining

Rule #1 Eat fruits alone on empty stomach

Fruits encourage the growth of yeast in the body, so only allow lemons, limes, unsweetened cranberries, and black currants in the beginning three months.  All other fruits are too sweet in the beginning.  Fruits pass through the digestive system very quickly and leave the stomach within 30 minutes.  However, if eaten with other foods such as protein or starch, the fruit gets trapped and begins to ferment.  Yeast will feed of the sugars produced from this fermentation process.

You can eat acidic fruits with protein fats such as kefir, yogurt, nuts or seeds.  So you could combine strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, pineapple, or grapefruit with yogurt, kefir or a handful of soaked and sprouted sunflower seeds.

The only time your stomach is truly empty is when you wake up.  This is the best time to eat fruit.  Remember not to introduce other fruits too soon – This is the biggest mistake most people make.  Fruit is a perfect breakfast because they contain lots of water, which is important to hydrate you after a long sleep.  Drinking a glass of water with lemon or black currant juice is a great way to start the day.  It gives you lots of energy and stimulates the peristaltic action of the colon.

Rule #2  Always eat protein with a non-starchy and/or ocean vegetable

When you eat eggs, meat, poultry and fish you produce hydrochloric acid.  When you eat starch such as potatoes or rice, you produce an enzyme called ptyalin.  If you eat them together, they neutralize each other which stop digestion.  Enzymes cannot do their job, resulting in poor digestion and fermentation.  Eat protein foods with the following: 

Arugula

Asparagus

Bamboo Shoots

Beet Greens

Bok Choy

Broccoli

Brussel Sprouts

Burdock Root

Cabbage

Carrots

Cauliflower

Celery

Celery Root

Chives

Collard Greens

Cucumber

Daikon

Dandelion Greens

Endive

Escarole

Fennel

Garlic

Green Beans

Jicima

Kale

Kohlrabi

Lamb’s Quarters

Leeks

Lettuces

Mustard Greens

Okra

Onion

Parsley

Radishes

Red Bell Pepper

Scallions

Shallots

Spinach

Sprouts (except mung beans)

Swiss Chard

Turnips and Turnip Greens

Watercress

Yellow Squash

Zucchini 

These non-starchy vegetables go with anything.  Eat them with oils, butter, ghee, animal flesh, eggs, grain, starchy vegetables (like acorn squash and potatoes), lemons, limes, sunflower, caraway, flax or pumpkin seeds

Menu Tips:

Fish with stir-fry or steamed veggies

Chicken with leafy green veggies and an all-veggie soup

Large veggie salad with protein (salmon or boiled egg) and dressing (organic, unrefined oils)

Onion, red pepper and zucchini omelet or ocean veggies omelet with steamed asparagus and garlic

Rule #3 Eat grains and starchy vegetables with non-starchy and/or ocean vegetables

Grains allowed in the beginning are amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat and millet.  Starchy vegetables include acorn and butternut squash, lima beans, English peas, fresh corn, water chestnuts, artichokes and Jerusalem artichokes, and red skin potatoes (only red skin).  Combine these with non-starchy vegetables or ocean vegetables.

Menu Tips:

Millet Casserole, steamed leafy green vegetable and yellow squash and leeks sautéed in butter

Buckwheat/quinoa/millet croquettes, steamed greens, and carrot cauliflower soup

Dill potato salad, watercress soup, and leafy green salad

Acorn squash stuffed with curried quinoa, broccoli with butter, and sea vegetable hijiki with onions and carrots

Fats:

In the beginning, stick with fresh pressed organic and unrefined oils like sunflower, flax, evening primrose, borage, pumpkin and safflower.  Olive oil is also great.  Fats are unrefined, organic coconut oil, butter and ghee.  (raw butter best if available)

Never combine large amounts of fat with your protein.  Example, mayonnaise with tuna is too much.

Use small amounts of oil to keep food from sticking like coconut, olive oil, butter or ghee.  Never eat hydrogenated fats such as margarine, they are poisonous.

Protein Fats:

Avocado, olives, cheese, seeds and nuts (except chestnuts and peanuts which are starch).  They combine best with non-starchy and green veggies, ocean veggies and acid fruits.

Dairy:

Most milk products contain lactose (milk sugar) that feeds yeast.  Cultured dairy foods are ok, such as kefir.  These combine well with acidic fruits, seeds, nuts and non-starchy vegetables.  Kefir dressing with lemon juice and herbs is great for a salad.  Black currant juice and cranberry juice are excellent in kefir.

Beans, Peas and Soybeans:

These are not recommended.  They are protein and starch, making them difficult to digest, causing gas and bloating.  They can be introduced at a later time when digestion becomes stronger.  They combine best with non-starchy green veggies and ocean veggies.  If eating soybeans, only eat fermented such as miso, natto, tempeh and wheat free tamari.

Sugars, honey, molasses:

Sugar feeds yeast.  These will be introduced intelligently at a later date.  Stevia can satisfy the natural sweet cravings.  When you are healthy and balance is restored, we can re-introduce raw honey, rice or maple syrup, or molasses.  Blackstrap molasses is particularly high in minerals.  Sugars should always be eaten alone as they do not combine with anything.

Weight:

Following this plan will result in weight loss.  You will be less bloated and full feeling.  You may discover you seem hungry more often.  This is because you have no bloated feeling after meals that people are so commonly used to.  Eat smaller meals more often, not a problem.  If your food is combined properly, eat as much as you want!  Just remember a protein meal can take up to 4 hours to properly digest.

Water:

Drink 8 glasses per day minimum, but not during meals.  It is very important to drink water early in morning to re-hydrate the body.  Try to drink hot tea or room temperature water, never cold.  It is a complete shock to the system and will sit in your stomach until the body warms it enough to make it useable.   Try to get the majority of your daily intake of water in the morning.

Tips

Eat Alkaline Meals

Eat Warming Foods (especially in fall and winter)

Never over-eat, only eat to 80% of capacity

Practice colon cleansing

If you crave sweets, use stevia

Get lots of rest

Find someone to talk to for encouragement that may have experienced your journey

Be patient

80/20 Rules

Eat until stomach is 80% full, leaving 20% for digestion

If you eat to capacity or beyond, you further yeast overgrowth and heavily burden your digestive system.  Never over eat grains or starchy vegetables especially!  Stick with one serving of grains such as quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat or millet and make the rest vegetables.

80% of your food is vegetables, 20% can be:

Animal protein

Grain such as amaranth, millet or quinoa

Starchy vegetables such as potato, corn or squash

Examples:

80% vegetable soup and 20% quinoa

80% vegetables and 20% cream of buckwheat

80% greens and onions, 20% eggs (such as an omelet)

A green drink in the morning is also ideal, which is 100% alkalizing

Healing Requires Time:

Lifestyle change is the only way to truly heal and regain balance for long-term health.  We often want the quick fix or take short-cuts which interfere with our healing capacity.  For example, instead of taking time to get over a cold or flu and let the body do its job, we take medicine and antibiotics.  This halts the natural process of the body because we want a “quick cure.”

Our inability to take time for things led to processed foods and fast foods.  We no longer plan or take time to learn and understand what foods are best for our bodies.  We satisfy our needs for taste, hunger and satisfaction, while ignoring our nutritional needs.

Healing takes time.  If you want to speed your healing process while following this program, here are some great tips:

–          Eliminate stress as much as possible – breathe deeply, pray or meditate

–          Eat according to the plan and don’t cheat

–          Focus on cleansing foods like lemon, limes, apple cider vinegar (raw, with the mother), cultured vegetables and raw coconut kefir

–          Eliminate medicines that break down the body and suppress illness

–          Focus on cleansing the colon

–          Rest as much as possible

–          Probiotics will increase colonies of good bacteria and speed healing

If you stay with it, you absolutely 100% will heal, guaranteed.  When you’re climbing a mountain, that first step seems tough.  It is hard to imagine what it looks like from the top.  But if you climb at a sturdy and focused pace with the proper attitude, you will be amazed at the view when you get there!

More specific regarding foods on the program:

Animal protein foods:

These do not feed fungus, but never eat more than 20% of your meal with animal protein.  Combining these with raw, cultured vegetables is very important.  This will protect you from the toxic by-products created by animal proteins in the body and protect you from parasites.  Buy animal protein free of antibiotics and growth hormones.  Buy beef that is 100% grass fed.  Cows do not eat corn or grains, they only should eat grass.  A program too high in animal protein is never a good idea, but works in the beginning of this program to keep strength levels high.  You can later increase grain and vegetable intake, decreasing animal proteins.  Fish is the preferred meat, 3x weekly would be great.  Salmon and sardines are also very healthy.

Eggs:

Eggs are extremely healthy, the entire egg.  Forget about eating only egg whites.  That is actually the hardest part to digest and the nutrients are actually in the yolk.  Eggs are best in the afternoon.   Eggs over easy in coconut oil is a great way to eat them.  Eggs are very misunderstood.  They are high in lecithin which helps you digest fat and they will raise good cholesterol levels.  Combine them with alkaline vegetables for balance, and raw uncultured vegetables are best.

Menu Tip:

Try vegetable or ocean vegetable omelets.  Eggs are great with steamed greens, or scrambled with onions, scallions or red bell peppers.  Nothing works better to aid digestion then cultured vegetables –  eat with every meal when possible.  Digestive enzymes are helpful, or hydrochloric acid capsules.  Drinking a couple of teaspoons of raw, apple cider vinegar with the mother throughout a meal is greatly beneficial.  Cayenne pepper also stimulates hydrochloric acid production, as do digestive bitters before a meal.

Nuts and Seeds:

In the beginning three months, stick to soaked almonds.  Cover almonds with purified water in glass or stainless steel container overnight or for 12 hours.  Drain and refrigerate.  To sprout, soak almonds in sprouting jar 8-12 hours then drain.  Turn upside down for 8 hours, then refrigerate in an airtight container or use a dehydrator.

Flax, sunflower, pumpkin and caraway seeds work well.  They digest more easily if soaked and/or sprouted like almonds.  They are great in green salads, but eat in small quantities.

Grains:

There are four, gluten-free grains allowed.  They are quinoa (keen-wah), amaranth, buckwheat and millet.  They are available at most health food stores.  Combine these with vegetables using the 80/20 rule.  Never over eat these grains, which slow down digestion.  You can use flours, but the whole grain is always best.  Soak grains in water 8-24 hours.  Soaking increase digestion.

Vegetables:

The most abundant and most perfect foods available on the planet.  Leafy greens are rich in chlorophyll and clean the blood.  Root vegetables provide strength and warmth in the winter.

Ocean Vegetables:

These are loaded with minerals, build the immune system and support proper thyroid function.  Choose the following:

Agar

Arame

Dulse

Hijiki

Kelp

Kombu

Nori

Sea Palm

Wakame

Cook sea veggies with sweet vegetables like onions and carrots for a nice balance.

Vegetables to Avoid:

Beets (unless fermented), parsnips, sweet potatoes, and yams – high in sugar

Mushrooms – Too expansive

Tomatoes – Ok in season with green salads.  When cooked, very acid forming.

Eggplant and Green Bell Peppers – Nightshade family, irritate nervous system

Russet Potatoes – Too high in sugar and feed yeast (ironically the only potatoes used by fast food companies like McDonald’s)

Indoor, tray-grown wheatgrass

Mung Bean Sprouts – Contain mold

Raw vs. Cooked:

People with poor digestion have problems with raw foods.  Start with mostly steamed vegetables.  Cultured vegetables are the exception and easily digestible by anyone.  Try a daily salad and ½ cup cultured (fermented) veggies with your meals each day.

Cooking Tip:

When steaming veggies, many nutrients fall into the water.  Be sure to drink and/or reuse this water in soups.

Fruit:

In the beginning, only lemons, limes, black currants and cranberries are allowed because they do not feed yeast.  You can later introduce other fruits, starting with grapefruit and kiwis.  Eating fruit too soon can bring back candida symptoms.  It may take a year or longer depending on the severity of your situation.  Eat fruits alone on an empty stomach.  However, with lemons and limes you may freely use them with drinks, teas, fish or other animal proteins and salads.

Herbs:

Most herbs are welcome.  Use liberally for seasoning on foods.  Ginger, garlic, cayenne and turmeric are all highly recommended.

Fermented Foods:

Avoid salted, pasteurized sauerkraut, amasake, miso, soy sauce, tamari, tempeh and rejuvelac.  Ok to eat are raw apple cider vinegar with the mother, fermented young coconut, raw, cultured vegetables made with cabbage, carrots, daikon, garlic, celery, kelp and herbs.  These cultured vegetables are amazing for controlling sugar cravings!  You can make your own or buy them at a health food store.  ½ cup per day minimum, especially with grain and protein meals.  They are worth the effort.

Water:

Water is critical.  Add lemon and a drop of stevia if you don’t like the taste of water.  Chlorine and fluoride destroy friendly bacteria, so tap water is best avoided.  Adya clarity or a quality mineral supplement is ideal for cleaning and preparing the water, while adding minerals.  If you crave sweets, try drinking water first, it may kill the craving.

Teas:

Healing anti-fungal teas are very beneficial during this time.  Pau D’arco, Cat’s Claw, Burdock Root, Dandelion and so many others are all excellent choices.  Ginger tea will enhance digestion.

Unrefined, Organic Seed Oils:

Safflower, sunflower, pumpkin seed, hemp, evening primrose, borage, and flax seed are best in salad dressings.  Coconut oil, butter and ghee are all great for sautéing.  Always buy organic, cold pressed, unrefined oils in dark glass, amber colored bottles.

This provides critical Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that must be obtained from food.  These oils add health benefits and flavor to the program.  All refined oils and margarine must be completely removed from your life.  The above listed oils will increase oxygen levels, assist with weight loss, increase energy levels, normalize blood pressure and cholesterol levels, build the immune system, reduce inflammation in the body, and give your skin a healthy glow.  These oils also fight depression, emotional problems, ADHD and even schizophrenia.  Do not cook these seed oils, but use them in salad dressings or sprinkle on fish, chicken or steamed vegetables after cooking.  Eat a minimum of 1-2 Tablespoons daily.  They are also good added to grains, leafy greens and soups.  Pumpkin oil has specific benefits for fighting parasites and healing the prostate gland in men, while nourishing the ovaries for women.

Coconut Oil, Butter and Ghee:

Coconut oil is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, contrary to mainstream belief.  There is an incredible misunderstanding about coconut oil, perpetrated largely by the hydrogenated soy industry that coconut is bad for you.  THIS COULD NOT BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.

Coconut oil is excellent for heart health, healing for the thyroid, assists with weight loss and is loaded with beneficial saturated fats that are contained in every cell of the human body.  For example, human breast milk contains mostly saturated fat needed by infants for development.  Coconut oil is also a powerful anti-fungal agent.  Coconut oil is great for cooking.

Ghee is clarified butter, the oil of butter with the solids removed.  Ghee is less mucus forming and contains no lactose (milk sugar).  Ghee keeps fine at room temperature and has a longer shelf life than butter.  To make your own ghee, melt 2-4 ¼ pound sticks of butter in a sauce pan over low heat.  It will start bubbling and you will see white milk solids gathering at the surface.  Allow the solids to clear away from the surface without burning for a few minutes, then remove from heat.  The solids will sink to the bottom and you can strain the clear yellow liquid into a jar.  It is fine at room temp or in the refrigerator.

Raw, organic butter is best, but not easy to find.  Avoid margarine at all costs.

Fat Intolerance:

It is possible that until balance is restored, you may have an issue digesting fats.  This is especially true with a congested gallbladder and/or liver.  Symptoms include pain in the neck and shoulders, spasms in the large and small intestines, feeling tired immediately after eating, bloating, indigestion, belching, gas, nausea, pain in the right upper abdominal and hard stools.  Eliminating fats for a week and noting improved digestion is the easiest indicator.  A small amount of extra virgin, organic coconut oil should not be a problem.

Heart healthy:

Especially good foods for normalizing cholesterol levels include daikon, raw vegetables (carrots, red peppers, broccoli and cauliflower), lemons (and later, grapefruit), garlic, ginger, fish oils, unrefined oils like coconut, flax and olive and friendly bacteria (probiotics and fermented foods).

Foods to Avoid:

Alcohol – feeds yeast

Breads and flour products, grains and pastas (except for ones listed) – High gluten and yeast feeding

Citric Acids found in many foods and teas

Legumes, Peas, Peanuts – Hard to digest, high in fungus and ferments producing sugars

Mushrooms – Allergic reactions

Nuts, nut butters, and nut milks – Too acid forming and hard to digest

Oils (besides above) – Canola, soy, peanut, toasted sesame, etc.

Sugars – Honey, molasses, corn syrup, dextrose, brown rice syrup, barley malt, etc. feeds yeast

Yeast – Baking and brewer’s yeast – Causes allergies

Juicing:

You need to wait three months to your body is balanced before beginning to juice.  Juicing is very alkaline and great for overcoming acidic conditions in the body.  They are easy to digest and incredibly healing for a variety of illnesses.

Juices have high amounts of natural sugars and can feed your condition.  They do not combine with other foods.  Therefore, do not juice until your yeast is under control.  This will take at least three months, along with colon cleansing and re-establishing beneficial bacteria into the colon.  When you do begin juicing, take note of any potential reaction that tells your body you are not ready, and always drink juice on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.

Cultured Foods:

Raw cultured vegetables have been around for centuries, and they are one important food missing from American culture.  We need these foods, badly.  They are rich in beneficial bacteria and enzymes, very alkaline forming to the body and high in vitamins and minerals.

The Dutch carried them to prevent scurvy.  The Chinese culture cabbage each fall to get them through the winter.  Cultured vegetables have been eaten by the long lived Hunzas for centuries.

It may be a new taste to you, but your body will grow to want it as it begins to change.  They can combine with a protein or starch meal since they are only vegetables.  Sauerkraut is sour greens or plants, but don’t buy the pasteurized variety in the store.  You can make them yourself.

Benefits:

–           Re-establish balance in your intestinal tract with friendly bacteria

–          Improved digestion, and very quickly

–          Increase longevity

–          Control cravings, especially for sweets and sugar, bread, dairy and fruit

–          Ideal for pregnant and/or nursing women.  They alleviate morning sickness.

–          Alkaline and very cleansing

How to Make:

You take shredded cabbage and/or other vegetables and pack into an airtight container, like a mason jar.  They are left to ferment at room temperature for several days.  They become soft and “pickled.”  Glass or stainless steel is ideal for your container.  Use a 1 to 1 ½ quart container that seals with a rubber or plastic ring and a clamp down lid.  Room temperature is 70 degrees F, for a minimum of three days.  Seven days is better.  In the winter, with colder temperatures, wrap container in a towel and place it in an insulated or thermal chest.  In the summer they will culture fast, maybe only 3-4 days.

After fermenting, put in refrigerator to slow down the process.  They will literally last for months in the refrigerator.  They actually become better over time, like fine wine.  They have at least an eight month shelf life if prepared properly.  It is not necessary to add a starter culture to your vegetables, but is highly recommended for maximum quality and benefit.

Be Creative:

Try different combinations.  Use dark, green leafy veggies like kale or collards.  Soak, drain and chop up dulse, wakame, hijiki, and arame.  Add your favorite herbs, seeds like sill or caraway and juniper berries.  Lemon juice may also be added.  A good quick recipe is kohlrabi, celery, garlic, ginger and a green apple.  The bacteria will use the green apple sugar for food, so don’t worry about it.

Tips:

Eat at least ½ cup in any meal with protein or starch foods.  You can use the juice in salad dressings.  You can toss the veggies into a salad.  Never heat them!  If you open the jar, and they start to overflow, this is good!  It means you made it properly and the food is teeming with beneficial bacteria.

Beginner’s Guide:

Buy organic, well cleaned vegetables.  Wash them, then spin them dry.

Recipe 1

3 heads green cabbage, shredded in food processor

1 bunch kale, chopped by hand

(optional) 2 cups Wakame ocean vegetables (measured after soaking), drain, spine removed and chopped

1 Tablespoon Dill Seed

Recipe 2

3 heads green cabbage, shredded in food processor

6 large carrots, shredded in food processor

3 inch piece of ginger, peel and chopped

6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

Step 1:  Combine ingredients in large bowl

Step 2:  Remove several cups and add to blender

Step 3:  Add water to make “brine” consistency of thick juice.  Blend and add “brine” back into mixture, stir well

Step 4:  Pack down into glass or stainless steel air-tight container.  Use fist, wooden dowel, potato masher, etc.

Step 5:  Fill container almost full, leave 2 inches at top for expansion

Step 6:  Roll several cabbage leaves into tight log and place them on top filling 2” space.  Clamp jar

Step 7:  Let sit at 70 degrees for minimum 3 days, week is better.  Then refrigerate.

For starter kit:

Dissolve one package of starter kit in ¼ cup warm (90 degrees) water.  Add small amount of sugar to feed the starter (Sucanat, honey, agave).  Let sit for 20 minutes or longer while the bacteria start going to work.  Then add to “brine” at step 3.

Young Coconut Kefir:

This is also a great choice!

Get the Young coconuts (green or white).  Remove the 1 ½ cups water from inside of coconut to make kefir.  Use water from about 3 coconuts to one package of starter.  Warm coconut water to about 90 degrees.  Pour into glass jar and add starter culture.  Body Ecology’s Kefir Starter is what to use.  Let is sit at room temperature (70 degrees) for 36 hours.  The color will change to milky white and you will see a bit of bubbling or foam on top.  This means the sugar has been fermented.  It should taste tart and tangy, not sweet.

You can use about ¼ cup from this first batch and “transfer” to your next batch instead of using another starter kit.  You can do this up to seven times.  The next batch will only take 24 hours to culture since the bacteria are awake and working already.  It’s always best to warm the coconut water t 90 degrees first.

For the coconut meat, you can ferment this as well into a “cheese.”  Remove meat and all shell pieces and put in a blender with small amount of water to make a smooth pudding.  Add several tablespoons of fermented coconut kefir water, or use a culture starter kit and let sit for 8 hours at 70 degrees (room temperature).

A half cup of this kefir, the water or the meat, is great with any meal.  You can add ginger, stevia, lemon or lime if desired.

 Kefir:

Kefir is one of the healthiest and most beneficial foods you can possible consume.  It is critical for creating healthy environment in the intestinal tract and is crucial for you to be able to digest and assimilate foods properly.  They are especially important for you to tolerate foods that are not the healthiest, such as people who are lactose intolerant.  This is because their body is missing the lactase enzyme to properly digest these foods.

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid found in milk kefir.  Many call kefir “nature’s tranquilizer” or “nature’s Prozac.”  Its calming effect is perfect for anyone who is high-strung, nervous, anxious or for over-active children.  The body converts the tryptophan into serotonin that can help with constipation and depression, induce sleep and prohibit waking up at night.

With kefir, your body will also begin to produce the b-vitamins and vitamin k needed by the body.

Other benefits of kefir:

–           Stops food cravings because you are nourished and balanced

–          Provides the sour taste missing from the American diet

–          Beneficial and healing for the skin, can also use externally

–          Cooing to the body, therefore beneficial during fevers or viral conditions

–          Good for establishing bacteria after taking antibiotics.

–          The bacteria automatically populate the vagina, or you can implant directly using a douche

–          They have a cleansing affect on the colon and help heal the liver

–          You notice better breath, healthier bowel movements, normal stools and less gas.

Introducing kefir:

Dairy based kefir may be difficult for those with leaky gut and candidiasis.  The lining must be healed first, following the program for three months should accomplish this.  However, coconut kefir contains no casein and can be used at the beginning.  This will help populate your intestinal tract and get it ready for the dairy based kefir when you are able to introduce it.

Raw goat milk or cow’s milk can be used.  Goat’s milk is higher in minerals and more easily digested by humans.

Great Kefir Drink:

4-8 ounces of kefir

One tablespoon of unrefined oil like flax or pumpkin

Pinch of sea salt

Fiber (flax) and probiotics like acidophilus and bifidus

Herbs like stevia, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla

Making Kefir:

Get the best quality, raw or organic milk possible.  It’s super easy to make at home.  Warm the milk to 90 degrees, add the starter culture, shake or stir, cover and let sit for 24 hours.  It is ready when thick and you can stand a toothpick in it.  Shake it and refrigerate to stop fermentation process.

At store, if they have Helios Nutrition kefir, that one is ok.

Make a new batch every day or two.  It is an ideal breakfast food, best on empty stomach.

In Russia, children begin drinking kefir at 4 months and are offered the drink in school.

If you are lactose intolerant, try kefir.  The fermentation process digests the milk sugar lactose.

Cravings – How to satisfy your sweet tooth:

Try Stevia in a cup of tea.  It tastes sweet, but does not feed yeast or contain sugar.  It balances the blood sugar in your body actually.  Artificial sweeteners are not allowed as they suppress the immune system.

Try apple cider vinegar on your vegetables and drinking it in water.  This balances our system and helps fight sugar cravings.

Eat sweet tasting vegetables as often as desired.  Carrots, onion, butternut and acorn squash.

Drink water with fresh lemon or lime juice.  Often we are just dehydrated.

Eat green algaes to reduce cravings and provide nutrition

When you eat salty food, such as meat or eggs, your body may start to crave sweets.  Make sure to balance the meat protein with vegetables to avoid the cravings.

Kefir and/or fermented veggies in morning helps with cravings.  Colon cleansing helps also.

Sugar binge:

DON’T CHEAT.  If you do, don’t wallow in guilt.  Get back on track.  Take a glass of water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and ½ cup of cultured vegetables to minimize symptoms.

Alcoholics:

Alcoholics have candida that has often spread to their liver.  This program is amazing and healing for alcoholics.  Drinking two cups of young coconut kefir each day works wonders for preventing cravings of sugar and alcohol.

Hormones and Sugar:

Women have a tough time just before their monthly cleansing.  They unknowingly eat too many salt and animal proteins or have too much stress.  This is very constricting on the body.  When the cycle starts and the body needs to “open” to shed the lining of the uterus, they crave sugar, an expansive food.  Progesterone increases, causing an increase in blood sugars which feeds yeast and increases cravings for more.  It is important to break this sugar habit and stevia can help with that, along with the above tips.

Restaurants:

Make special requests, they’re used to it with so many people with special diets these days.  Get fresh fish or chicken with steamed veggies or a nice salad.  It is possible to eat out and eat healthy!  Order a plain salad with lemon wedges.  Get extra virgin olive oil.  Most restaurants have vegetable side dished like steamed broccoli and green beans.  You can bring home made salad dressing with you.

Parties:

This can be tough, but eat a meal before going to the party to help resist temptation.  Bring one of your great dishes to share with everyone at the party.  Yes, these healthy foods and recipes do taste great.

Snacks:

As you optimize digestion and you are no longer full, bloated or gassy, you may feel hungry.  Here are snack ideas

–          Keep celery sticks and carrots handy

–          Use salad dressing from recipe section as a dip

–          Eat baked blue corn chips with cultured veggies

–          Try raw pumpkin seeds with celery sticks

–          Drink young coconut water kefir (great at bedtime)

–          Keep pot of soup in refrigerator to heat as needed

–          Chew on Nori or other sea veggies

–          Eat young coconut meat or fermented kefir cheese

Colon Cleansing:

It’s critical to keeping your body healthy, and more importantly to someone trying to restore health and balance to a toxic body.  Everyone has 7-10 lbs minimum of undigested waste accumulated in their colons.  Look at your digestive tract like the roots of a tree.  The roots take in nutrients to feed the entire tree, along branches and out to the leaves.  If our digestive system (our root system) isn’t functioning properly or there is a blockage, the rest of the body will suffer.  Gray hair comes from a blocked, stagnant colon which affects mineral absorption.  You do not have to get gray hair just because you’re getting older!  This accumulated waste becomes a breeding ground for infectious organisms like parasites, candida, fungus and viruses.

When you cleanse your colon, you can expect amazing results:  More energy, inner calm, mental clarity, decreased cravings for sugar, better sleep and it slows the aging process.  Faithful attention to cleansing will prevent disease and slow the aging process.  Diseases represent a lifetime accumulation of toxins and impurities the body has not cleaned out.

Putrefaction occurs when foods decay in the colon and generate toxins, resulting in a foul odor.  The colon should be clean enough for foods to pass through with a minimal timeframe.  It depends on the foods you eat and the beneficial bacteria lining your gut.  Transit time should be 12-24 hours, but most Americans are in the 65 to 100 hour range.  This is a recipe for disaster.  A healthy stool should be fully formed, not runny or mushy, and crumbles into pieces when flushed.  You should never strain, but go within seconds after sitting on the toilet.

What damages the colon?  White processed foods are like paste in the body.  Sugar, dairy from the grocery store and high meat consumption all cause damage to the colon.  Overeating causes a backup as well, along with stress and anger issues.   Fatigue can affect your energy to eliminate properly.

How to Cleanse the Colon:

Enemas have been used throughout history by cultures around the world.  This was standard medical procedure until less than 50 years ago even in the United States.  Doctors would actually make house calls and help people perform enemas for healing.  Coffee enemas are great retention enemas, where you hold the liquid for 15 minutes, then release.  Cleaning enemas are not held, but used to simply flush out the colon.

Colonics are much better, easier and convenient way to cleanse the colon.  It bathes the entire length of the colon.  You want to work with a trained colon hydro therapist who can walk you through the process and will often massage your colon to help break off impacted fecal matter.  Colon cleansing does not wash away friendly bacteria in the mucosal lining.  An unhealthy colon has no beneficial bacteria anyway, and there will be no way to re-establish healthy bacteria until the waste is removed.

Colon assistance:

Fiber is critical.  This can be flax, psyllium (drink LOTS of water) and high fiber foods.  Fermented foods keep the colon clean and help friendly bacteria to grow.  Drinking enough water is critical as well.  Exercise stimulates peristalsis.  Your dog eats, goes for a walk, then poops.  As should we!

Women and healing from Candida:

The birth canal is an avenue for cleansing.  When a woman has a systemic infection (throughout her entire body) the body will eliminate those yeast organisms through the vagina.  This can create confusion for a woman.  Once you are following a program such as Body Ecology to starve and kill the yeast, they will leave through the birth canal.  So even though they are winning the battle against yeast, vaginal discharge could last for quite some time.  The environment of the vagina should be slightly acidic.  (male sperm is alkaline)

Douche with Apple Cider Vinegar and Water.  This will achieve the acidic condition.  Do these 2, 3 or more times per week, especially after making love.  Make sure its raw, organic apple cider vinegar with the mother.

Recipe:  ¼ cup raw, organic apple cider vinegar in 1 quart distilled or purified water

After the douche, implant beneficial bacteria.  Dissolve probiotics powder into 2-4 oz of distilled water, then insert using the equivalent of a turkey baster to squirt it into the vagina.  This works better than suppositories so the liquid can penetrate into the folds and crevices of the vaginal cavity.  This is best done before bed.  You can also add some chlorophyll.

Once you starting eating fermented foods, these will colonize in the vagina.  Starting baby girls on fermented foods is one of the best things you can do for their long-term health.

The Program and Your Immune System

We must welcome the Cleansing:  The first few days through the first few weeks will be the most challenging.  Toxins will begin leaving your body and you will begin cleansing.  This can mock the same symptoms as candida – you may feel flu-like, weak, fuzzy headed, ringing in the ears, pain and discomfort around stomach and/or chest.  Cleaning your colon here is critical to help the escape of the dying candida organisms.  STAY WITH THE PROGRAM!  You will emerge strong and healthy.

Continue to eat properly:  It’s easy once you start feeling amazing to fall back to those old foods, comfort foods, holiday foods, etc.  Don’t do it!  Introduce one food at a time, and be careful about it.  Don’t go back to junk.

Exercise!  Type O Blood types must exercise to feel great.  This is how they release stress, tension and stimulate their minds.  An hour of physical exercise before writing a paper will be beneficial.  Exercise will clear the mind when upset or angry.

Type A and A/B need calm exercises.  Yoga, walking, tai chi and pilates are all great choices.  This sharpens the mind, but keeps you from being exhausted.  This also relieves tension.

Type B’s are in between.  Balance of brisk exercise along with calming or mild exercise at end of day works well.

Bouncing is amazing, mini-trampoline or rebounder.  It stimulates blood flow, the lymphatic system and the entire immune system.  It requires little energy with tremendous benefits.  Five minutes twice a day is great, and it is ok to do this along with another workout.  This adds oxygen, an important strategic partner in your battle against candida and an improved immune system.  If you can find a buddy to exercise with you, that always helps.  As Nike says, JUST DO IT!  The body was created to MOVE!

Manage Stress and always be grateful for everything in your life.  Be spiritually strong!

Deeper Healing

I can’t stress this enough.  When you follow this program you will be feeling AMAZING somewhere between the one month and three month mark.  Now your colon is functioning, your organs are no longer overwhelmed and your inner ecology is being restored.  Now you want to take it to the next level.  Don’t fall back to old habits, continue to achieve vibrant health!

The Liver:

Even though the liver is often impaired, you won’t feel pain because this hard working organ doesn’t ache.  Chinese medicine says the liver “cries” when in trouble.  An outward sign is one or several deep lines or a swollen puffiness between the eyes.  A person with a weak, congested liver barely tolerates the cold in winter and may suffer from chills.  If you have an overactive liver, you often feel feverish and find summer months uncomfortable.

If you have been cleansing your colon, but still don’t have well formed and complete evacuation of your stools, it’s time to focus on the liver.  A weak liver pulls energy away from the gallbladder, pancreas and stomach – key organs for digestion.  The intestines are completely dependent upon the liver and the bile it produces.  Other signs of a weak, congested liver may include:

–          Anemia

–          Hemorrhoids

–          Dark, insufficient urine

–          Small red flecks the size of a pinhead that come and go in different places in the body

–          Skin problems like eczema, acne, hives, itching, rashes and “dirty skin” with dark pigmentation, spots on face, hands forehead or around nose

–          Jaundice (yellow skin or whites of eyes)

–          Eye problems

–          Mineral deficiencies

–          Hormone imbalances in men and women

–          Loss of weight, malnourishment

–          Obesity and malnourishment

–          Problems with sinuses, adenoids, and tonsils

–          Alternating constipation and diarrhea

–          Headaches, dizziness, shivering

–          Loss of appetite

–          Eating disorders

–          Diabetes

–          Hepatitis

–          Cirrhosis

How the Liver Gets Damaged

It stores the remains of drugs, vaccines, medicines, chemicals, hormones, preservatives from foods and everything we have taken throughout our entire life!  Hormones in birth control pills will leave a dark patch on the liver that will show up in x-rays.  Fats from dairy foods like milk, cheese and ice cream all must be processed by the liver.  Flour and poor quality vitamin and mineral substances all weaken the liver.  So does improper food combining.  Lack of sleep and fatigue weakens the liver.  This makes it more and more difficult to sleep.

You know you have a congested liver if you are tired and sleepy after eating, but seem to have plenty of energy somewhere between 1am-3am.  You may also tend to worry and have negative thoughts.  Digestive problems may bother you at night, or you may urinate often during the night.

How to Heal the Liver:  (This is good to follow after your three months on Body Ecology and you are feeling wonderful)

STOP OVERWORKING IT BY CHANGING THE WAY YOU EAT!  Continue colon cleansing, which takes  a burden off the liver.  Cleanse with herbs and probiotics.  Stimulate the liver, as with acupuncture.  EXERCISE is a must!!  Don’t overeat and lie down on a full stomach, big mistake.  Do something until the food is burned off.  Anger is also stored in the liver.  Do not hold in your anger.  Find a way to release it.

Eating right for a Healthy Liver:

Rest your digestive tract by eating lightly.  Eat small, vegetarian, alkalizing meals which will keep the burden off of heavy digestion.  If you lose your appetite, drink plenty of lemon water and sip vegetable broths made with Kombu or Wakame base.  This is an excellent time to juice sodium rich green vegetables like celery.

Cut back on fats from animal foods during this time, or eliminate completely.  Stay away from oils, ghee and butter which slow down liver function.  Eat lightly steamed and pureed foods.  Eat chlorophyll rich foods like leafy greens and as much raw food as you can tolerate.  Your last meal should be light, so you have an empty stomach when going to sleep.  Soup, vegetable broths or tea also work well.

Grated daikon radishes are beneficial because they take oil and fats from the body.  Leeks aid the bile in keeping the intestines clean.  Asparagus and celery are excellent liver cleansers.  Carrots build the blood and encourage bile secretion.  Lemon juice in water and/or apple cider vinegar is excellent as well.  Rosemary and thyme are great herbs for liver congestion, and you can make them into teas.  Liquid chlorophyll will aid liver cleansing.

Make sure the colon is working and healthy before taking too many liver stimulating herbs.  This would include herbs like milk thistle, dandelion, artichoke and barberry.  AVOID CONSTIPATION!  This is critical.  If necessary, have colonics or home enemas.  The liver will literally dump its toxins into the colon.  Cultured foods and probiotics are critical for a healthy liver.  Young coconut kefir has been found to be especially beneficial.

How to Reintroduce Healthy Foods

If you have followed this program for 3-4 months, chances are you feel absolutely amazing!  Your symptoms are gone and you have a new outlook on life, so you might want to add in some other foods.  We are NOT talking about donuts, cookies, alcohol and soda!  There are plenty of healthy desserts and recipes using Stevia and other healthy alternatives.

Even though you are symptom free, the yeast burrows deep into your tissues and organs and can resurface!

Introduce one new food at a time!  Try a small amount and if you notice any symptoms (headache, upset stomach, rash, et.) stop eating that food and try something else.  If you have no reaction (after at least two days), then start rotating that food into your daily life.  Continue to follow the basic guidelines of food combining and eating high quality foods.

Fruit

Grapefruit first, then kiwi.  These are sour fruits.  Eat them alone, preferably in the morning on empty stomach.  Summer is the best time for fruits.  Their cooling, hydrating effect is a great contrast to a hot summer.  Other low sugar fruits include blueberries, granny smith apples, gooseberry, sour grapes, kumquat, loganberry, oranges, sour peaches, pineapple, sour plum, pomegranate, strawberry, tangelo, tangerine and tomato.  Quantity is important, eat small amounts of fruit and have cultured foods with it.  Fruit is only a true health food if you have a strong inner ecosystem.

Eat Fruits alone or with nuts, seeds, young coconut meat or milk kefir

 Grains

Keep the four primary grains in your daily nutrition plan.  They are the best!  Soak all grains for at least 8 hours for proper digestion and learning how to sprout helps you to enjoy the power of raw, living foods.  Whole grains are better than in flour form.  Eating them with cultured foods assists digestion.  Replace wheat noodles with noodles from quinoa, rice, spelt and buckwheat.  When you start rice, use basmati first, and then move to long grain brown rice and wild rice.  It is recommended not going back to wheat.

Beans

Soak beans overnight to remove enzyme inhibitors.  Cook them with kombu (ocean vegetable) with sea salt for minerals.  Have beans with non-starchy vegetables.  Eat small portions and don’t mix types of beans.  They are best when soaked and sprouted for about four days.

Other Foods

Try beets, parsnips, sweet potatoes and yams.  Avocados, milk kefir, yogurt, nuts and seeds can all be eaten together as long as your digestion is working well.  If eating mushrooms, stick with medicinal mushrooms like reishi, Chaga, maitake, shiitake, etc.

Overview and steps to follow

I know it seems overwhelming.  Here are the keys:

–          Starve the yeast and fungus by eating foods that feed you not them

–          Cleanse and heal the colon

–          Replenish inner ecosystem with cultured foods and probiotics

When you feel hungry, it’s because THEY are hungry.  Eat as much food as you want, as often as you want, but follow the principles outlined above.

How to change the World?  Start with YOUR World!

 –          Support local farmers and growers at the farmer’s market

–          Grow your own garden and encourage community gardens

–          Demand foods that are free from chemicals, demand organic and demand clean meat from antibiotics and growth hormones

–          You vote with when and where you spend your money

–          Support your local health food store

–          Ask for healthy foods at the movie theatre, they won’t change unless you ask!

–          Encourage schools to change lunch programs to healthier foods

–          Buy foods that help the environment, rather than destroy it.

–          Avoid medicines that suppress health and healing, and weaken the immune system.  Focus on nutrition, exercise, and a great positive mental attitude.  Focus on prevention and wellness, not disease maintenance.

–          Develop a community network of like minded individuals all striving for the same goals

 Blood Types

There has been good and relevant research done to what types of foods are best for specific blood types.  Here are the general discoveries that have been made in this area so you can relate to your own specific blood type.

Type O

Type O’s have strong immune systems, good physiques and their nature makes them physically active.  They have a better chance of conquering candida problems than others.  They tend to be loners and/or leaders that are focused, intuitive, self-reliant and daring.  Their blood flow is sluggish, so exercise is crucial for improving health and feeling good.  They will feel good after an hour or more of strenuous exercise and can feel depressed when they don’t get it.

Animal protein daily.  Remember that no animal protein is ok if not properly digested.  Still keep animal proteins limited, such as a fist size, high quality protein once per day.  It should never be more than 20% of your meal.  It has been found those of African descent do better with wild game and less fatty cuts as opposed to beef and chicken.  African-Americans do not digest saturated animal fats well, but are fine with coconut and palm oil.

The best time to eat protein is between 11am and 2pm for easiest digestion.  Eat non-starchy vegetables with your protein (no potatoes) and eat cultured foods with your meal as well.

It’s best for Type O’s to avoid wheat, corn and oats.  We have already discussed wheat in detail.  Blue corn is the best tolerated.  If it doesn’t work for you though, give it up.  Fresh, yellow corn grown in summer will not pose a problem however.  All the Body Ecology grains such as quinoa, millet, amaranth and buckwheat are excellent for Type O.

Type O’s have a higher need for quality fats.  They thrive on raw butter, coconut, cod liver oil, flaxseed, pumpkin seed, and extra virgin olive oils.  Use these for salad dressings and combine with apple cider vinegar, lemon and various herbs.

Add Miso in when you are ready to add in other foods (after at least three months).  For fruits, adding figs and plums would be excellent choices.

Thyroid and Type O

Type O’s tend to have a sluggish thyroid.  This is often true for most people because everyone seems to be so malnourished these days.  The thyroid needs minerals like iodine and medium chain fats like coconut oil.  If you are following the program, just watch carefully and you may discover you no longer need the thyroid medication.  Cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and mustard greens all suppress thyroid function, but not if they are cultured.

Vegetarian Type O’s

Try soaking nuts and seeds and pureeing into a pate with other vegetables to make them more digestible.  Enjoy egg yolks, cooked softly or over easy in coconut oil and eat with dark, leafy greens.  You still need your protein!  The flesh or meat from young coconuts is excellent as well.  Even better if fermented.  Avoid kidney beans and lentils at first.  When you add them to your diet, combine with non-starchy vegetables so they are easier to digest.  They are more nutritious when sprouted.

Kefir for Type O’s

Start with fermented kefir only after the mucosal lining of your intestines has healed so the milk protein (casein) doesn’t leak into your bloodstream.  It is a good idea to first use young coconut kefir before trying cow or goat’s milk.

Blood Type A

Type A’s are clever, sensitive, passionate and very smart, but tend to bottle up their anxiety to get along with others.  They hold in emotions until they explode.  Many are tense, impatient and unable to sleep well.  Type A’s thrive on calming exercises like yoga, tai chi, golf, walking and gentle rebounding on a mini trampoline.

Type A’s often have inadequate stomach acid and do not digest animal protein and fats very well.  A’s should stick to a mainly vegetarian diet.  Alkaline fruits and veggies are important to prevent acidity conditions.  Cultured vegetables are important.  Many A’s feel fine eating egg yolks and fresh fish.

Algaes, other greens and nuts and seeds are great for Type A’s.  Almonds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts are all great choices.  Remember to always soak 8 hours before eating.  Because nuts are concentrated foods, eat them in small quantities and balance well with vegetables.  Puree them with raw vegetables like garlic, carrots, celery, zucchini, kale, okra and red bell pepper.  Then season with a touch of salt.  Type A’s need little fat, but it is critical to get some high quality fats.

Dairy and Type A

Type A’s are especially sensitive to dairy.  They produce antibodies to the primary sugar in milk.  They also do poorly on saturated fat from dairy and animal foods.  They should use low-fat or non-fat kefir and drink small amounts at a time.  Goat’s milk may not even work, since fat is inherent in the milk and you can’t make low fat goat milk.  Try just ½ cup each morning of fermented dairy.

Type B

Type B’s are balanced.  They are creative and sensitive, yet often aggressive.  They are empathetic, understanding the viewpoints of others, yet not quick to challenge or confront.  They are flexible and good to have as friends.

They have strong immune systems, yet prone to slow growing viral conditions such as lupus, MS, and chronic fatigue.  They also tend towards hypoglycemia and blood sugar issues.  Type B children can have strong reactions to vaccinations.

Type B Food Choices

Avoid pork and chicken.  If you love poultry, better to choose pheasant or turkey.  Lamb, wild game, mutton, venison and rabbit are all good choices.  Beef can be added on occasion and fresh fish are excellent as well.  Stay away from shellfish like lobster and shrimp.

For Type B’s on the first stage of Body Ecology, it is recommended to only eat millet and quinoa.  The other grains on the program, buckwheat and amaranth, do not work well.  However, any grain that is sprouted will work just fine.  The preparation of the food is everything.  When digestion is strong, you can try adding in rice, oats and spelt slowly.

Type B’s do better than anyone when it comes to dairy.  However, they should be eaten in moderation.  Eat organic, fermented dairy foods to reduce milk sugars.  It’s ok to add beans later as well such as kidney, lima and navy.  Avoid soy, lentils, garbanzo, pintos, aduke and black-eyed peas.  This is from lots of feedback from Type B’s over the years.

Type AB

AB people are awesome!  They are charming and popular.  They don’t sweat the small stuff.  They are spiritual and embrace all aspects of life without being particularly aware of the consequences.

They react poorly to stress, so they need calming, gentle exercise like Type A’s.  They need to regulate stress levels to keep immune system strong.

Foods for AB

They often lack stomach acid to digest proteins well, but by mixing with cultured foods, this can make things easier.  They may benefit from digestive enzymes.  Like A’s they don’t digest beef or pork well, but do better with turkey and pheasant, lamb, mutton and rabbit.  Many types of seafood are fine such as salmon, tuna, cod, red snapper and trout but have a tough time with sole, flounder, halibut, anchovy, sea bass, crab, lobster, shrimp and octopus.  Eggs are excellent for AB.

Millet is excellent for AB and amaranth works fine as well.  Avoid buckwheat, blue corn, kasha and soba noodles.  In stage two, try adding rice, oats, spelt and rye.  Walnut and almonds work well, but avoid sunflower and pumpkin seeds unless they are soaked or sprouted.

AB’s do very well with quality, unrefined oils.  Coconut oil is ideal for cooking.  Dairy fats and saturated fats from animal foods can be a concern since AB’s are prone to gallbladder problems.  Use small amounts of high quality oils.  Also only use small amounts of quality, cultured dairy products.

Step by Step Directions to Starting the Program

Step One:  Take a look at what you already have

Stand in your kitchen with a pen and paper and evaluate what you have.  Staples include the four grains, onions, garlic, red skin potatoes, cooking oils, spices, apple cider vinegar, teas and other items from the shopping list.  Get rid of foods not on the program.

Step Two:  Reorganize your kitchen so that it works for you

Arrange the kitchen so what you use most frequently is closest to your working space.  Keep onion, garlic and knife near the cutting board.  If members of your family are not on the program, keep their foods separate.  This will reduce temptation and cut down on confusion.  You may want to section your refrigerator into shelves for fresh foods, leftovers, or by meals such as breakfast, lunch, etc.

Step Three:  Make a list

Review the foods on the program from earlier chapters.  Many foods you already enjoy will work perfectly.  Many families eat grilled salmon, steamed broccoli with garlic and lemon, and a leafy green salad.  Make a healthy salad dressing and you’re good to go!

Step Four:  Plan some meals of your own or choose from the recipes provided

Plan at least three days of menus.  If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  Try shopping for fresh foods at least twice per week.  Remember to support your local farmer’s market where you can find more affordable and better quality foods.

Meal planning is the main thing that makes this program work.  If you’re starving and you haven’t planned ahead, that is often where the desire to “cheat” works its way in.  If you make a plan, you just need to follow it!  Restaurants do not offer the healing foods that you can make at home.

Remember if digestion is a problem, cooked or steamed foods are easier to digest.  Pay attention to your body and how you are feeling.  Take not of the season.  Eat soups and warming foods in the winter.

If constipated, avoid contracting foods such as meats, eggs and salt.  Eat more expanding foods like salads, cultured vegetables and lemon juice with water.

Have FUN

Be creative and take time to make meals with your family.  Food preparation has been an art throughout the world since the beginning, but we get trapped in our busy, hectic lives.  Make meal preparation a fun, family event.  Remember to plan ahead!

Cook with the intention to heal the body.  Put love and positive energy into your meals and they will reward you with health.  Creating a meal for others can be an expression of love.

Breakfast ideas – When you wake up your body is in an acidic condition.  You need water and alkalizing foods, like a good greens drink or lemon with water.  Vegetable soup is an excellent breakfast.  If already made, just heat it up from the night before.  Many people want a grain in the morning so here is a quick recipe idea.

In a pressure cooker, add 1 cup pre-soaked millet to 7 cups of water.  Add sea salt, sea veggies from the night before, or a strip of kombu, carrots and onions.  Cook for 30 minutes.  This makes a great gruel or porridge and is excellent for constipation.

For a sweeter start to the morning, try pre-soaked quinoa with vanilla flavoring, cinnamon and stevia.  Add flax oil or coconut oil after it cools.

Eggs are fine for breakfast as well.  Remember to balance with vegetables, ocean veggies or raw cultured veggies.  If you eat fish or meat for breakfast, just be sure to balance with veggies.

Kefir makes a perfect breakfast food.

Recipes are available at http://bodyecology.com/recipes/recipes.php

How To Get What You Need

You will need a few good sources for the foods you need to follow this program.  Farmer’s markets, garden and organic food stores will be critical for quality fruits and veggies.

At Spirit of Health you can get most everything else

9341 W. 75th Street

Overland Park, KS  66204

913-901-0277

www.spiritofhealthkc.com

info@spiritofhealthkc.com

 

At Spirit of Health you can get the following:

 

Sea Veggies like Nori, Dulse and Kelp

Sea Salts like Celtic Sea Salt, Redmond and Himalayan Pink Salt

Superfoods

Quality fibers

Algaes like Chlorella, Spirulina and your Greens Blends

Kefir starter kits to make your own

Veggie starter kits to make your own fermented veggies

Pre-made probiotics drinks like coconut kefir

Stevia

Digestive Enzymes

Enzymes to help rid the body much more quickly of yeast and fungus (Syntol)

Cleansing products

Herbs for teas, cleansing and assisting the healing process

Spices and seasonings for cooking

 

For Colon Cleansing visit (necessary especially in the beginning stages)

Natural High Wellness Center

Same address as Spirit of Health above

913-901-8699 to schedule an appointment

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