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Celebrating Easter on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.)

These fun, alternative Easter ideas are for The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D) or another gut healing protocol that you may be practicing. My own kids started B.E.D. when they were 2 and 7 yrs old, so I have had many years to perfect the holidays; Easter is by far the easiest imo.

Food is often central on Easter Sunday, especially sugar and bright man-made colors. Doing without this stuff can be easy or not depending on how old your kids are and what everyone is used to. My 9 yr. old attends a Waldorf school and is more cocooned from the bigger conventional world than is big brother, who is 15 and in high school. My youngest is far easier to please than my biggest boy. Yet both have been eating a different sort of way for so many years now that they are pretty open to whatever I come up with.

Celebrating Easter with B.E.D. doesn’t equal boring. Far from it, it just takes creativity and thinking ahead. I put together the list below to help make your holiday fun, rather than a source of stress. Having a non-traditional Easter means changing the way things might have been done before you started on B.E.D. or how you traditionally celebrated it as a kid. It means making your own traditions and passing them along to your own children.

None of the ideas below contain gluten, refined sugar, or pasteurized dairy. Most of the food is good for Stage 1, while others are best as an occasional treat – like Easter 🙂 If you have a child with autism, you may also want to check out one dad’s Happy, Healthy Easter Guide.

Non-Food Treats

  • Fill plastic eggs with trinkets, stickers, balloons, treats, coins, and folded dollar bills.
  • Buy a small Lego set, divide the pieces into plastic eggs, and mark the plastic egg with a name or number so that the hunters know which pieces will complete the set.
  • Make these beautiful embroidery floss Easter eggs 
  • Wrap balls of play dough in wax paper and tie with an Easter cookie cutter in the bow.
  • Silly Putty eggs will add some excitement to the hunt.
  • Plan a backyard scavenger hunt and strategically hide eggs with clues and actions they must complete to reach the end. Instead of hiding treats in plastic eggs, hide a clue to lead your hunters to the next egg. At end of hunt, hide a larger gift (kite, outdoor toy, board game, even a puppy – just kidding!).
  • Put a bottle of bubbles in their basket.
  • A new coloring book and box of crayons is fun for little kids.
  • Wrap up some of the above food treats and put in basket or as a filler for plastic eggs.
  • Oriental Trading Company has lots of tiny toys and trinkets (I love the piggie erasers!).

Food Treats 

Have fun and hop to it to make this Easter a B.E.D-friendly one 🐰

Roll-Out Coconut Cookies (think lambs, hearts, flowers)

Little Bunnies Love Carrot Cupcakes

Raw Chocolates for Easter Basket

Easter Colors…What Would Mary Do?

References

Allergy Free Easter

https://www.ohmynosh.net/blog/easter

I’m Simply a Dad’s Guide To a Happy, Healthy Easter (great ideas for kid’s with autism)

May all bellies be happy!

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