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Man Food on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.)

This is for all the ladies on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) who want to help their man be on the diet. Perhaps he has a health issue that you are hoping he will address or maybe he is self-motivated to jump into stage 1 and you are the cook of the house and want to make him food that qualifies. Either way, I have listed below some ‘man food’ ideas along with my own personal account of cooking for my man 😉 

When I started B.E.D., I was a single mom focused on getting my health back after being diagnosed with systemic yeast overgrowth. A year into the diet I met Tomas, who is now my husband. He walked into my life with reason to believe that getting on the diet wasn’t a bad idea and so I went from making small portions of food for myself and my boys to cooking feast after feast for a man who was hungry day and night. I learned as I went and Tomas encouraged me with his desire to get healthy – mainly to stop smoking and clean up his oral health. We had both trained in macrobiotic cooking and were a good team in the kitchen. We danced in there; if I cooked, he washed dishes and vice versa. 

9 out of 10 though I was in charge of food prep and keeping the wheels moving. Soaking grain, making cultured veggies, cracking coconuts for yck, preparing waffle batter was on my shoulders. This period of my life helped me become grounded in the diet and more present with my kids who were also on the diet. If nothing else my ability to menu plan kicked up a notch! I have been married to Tomas for 6 years now and still cook for him and love doing so. 

Here are a few things that I have noticed…

  • Men eat more food
  • Men often do more physical labor
  • Men like food salty
  • Men like BIG food – think dripping and cheeseburgers, sandwiches, pizza slices
  • Men like sweet stuff
  • Men like fried stuff 
  • Men like flavor
  • Men like more meat and grain on the plate
  • Men don’t seem as interested in healing themselves

Sound like any man you know? I don’t want to get too detailed as much of the above is generalized, yet I think most agree that men are inherently more masculine than women and need more minerals, more salt, more flavor. Energetically, they tend to extend themselves outwards to the world; pushing out a lot of energy and force. They tend to have a higher metabolism, not always of course, but often. If your man is more sedentary than you are looking at a different picture.

I will speak for myself…my man is 6 feet tall and is an engineer and building contractor. He’s on his feet most of the day measuring this or lifting that. He is busy. When he comes home he sits at his computer to design, order materials, and veg out. This is his rhythm.

Your man’s rhythm plays a part in what kind of food his body needs. Does he have a health issue to factor in? My husband’s kidneys needed attention and he struggled with his oral health and gaining weight. Seen in this light, you can customize how you cook depending on your man’s age, size, taste buds, health issues, etc. Overall, I find that my husband wants food that is on the salty ‘n sweet side and lots of it.

If you are the one in the kitchen, listen to your man and observe him. Listen to yourself as you move forward on the diet. That’s step one. Then act accordingly while you live life and be in love. A gut healing protocol, like B.E.D., isn’t meant to rule your life or define who you are; rather I see it as a holistic way of eating that can enhance life. Take your time to weave in the 7 traditional principles that Donna Gates, author of The Body Ecology Diet, has carefully laid out. Let them be your signs when you are unsure as to where to go, otherwise live your life to the fullest.

Here are a few tasty ‘man food’ ideas to get your man salivating for more 💋

Note: Serve the above with plenty of vegetables, including a scoop of unsalted cultured veggies

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A word of thanks to my husband, who loves me enough to let me write about him for others to glean from xox This blog post contains affiliate links, you can read here to learn more.

May all bellies be happy!

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