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Thanksgiving on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.)

Celebrating Thanksgiving on any kind of restrictive diet comes with challenges and being on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) is no different. This nutritional protocol is used by thousands of people to heal their bodies from yeast, bacterial, or viral overgrowth and as wonderful as this way of eating is, it does create a need to be attentive to what you will feast on when the holidays come around.

One trick to having a great day where you’re not slaving over the stove, or salivating over the sweet potato casserole topped with puffy golden marshmallows, is to plan ahead. By thinking ahead, the food part won’t be as big of a deal and you can relax, maybe play some football like we do in my family, and just kick back.

Start planning your menu a couple of weeks ahead of time. For anyone who says they don’t have time for such detail…I want to say that when I celebrated my first ‘B.E.D. Thanksgiving’, I’d been on stage 1 for just two months, and was a single working mom with 3 and 8 yr. old boys. If I could make our day a special one, so can you! I know you can ☀

On the big day, do your best to adhere to the B.E.D. principles. Maybe this year you can be more mindful of how high your plate is filled or how well you are food combining. It’s no fun to have tummy pains on a holiday. If you do get bloated, try a spoon of cultured veggie “juice” or an Assist digestive enzyme and keep moving.

The menu ideas listed below assume that you eat turkey as your main dish; if you’re vegetarian than you’ll want to improvise. Most of what’s here is fine for stage 1, unless marked with an (*). 

Thanksgiving Menu Ideas



  • Artichoke dip with baby carrots and snow peas
  • Guacamole with cucumber spears and jicama chunks
  • Meatballs served with toothpicks and pesto  
  • Olives (rinse to remove citric acid) 
  • Deviled eggs 

Main Meal



*These foods are best used sparingly, or not at all, for stage 1 of The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.). 

Special note for those traveling for the holiday…

If you’re traveling, call your host and see what is already on the menu so that you can complement dishes. We tend to drive south to be with my sisters on the day and I don’t find it too hard. One year I brought the turkey and made a green bean stir fry. Once there, we tossed a salad with dressing and a scoop of cultured vegetables and had a great meal. Another year, I volunteered to make starch-free gravy, shiitake stuffing, and mashed cauliflower. I always bring appetizers because chips ‘n salsa or crackers ‘n cheese don’t work for us. Have fun! 

Cheers with cranberry spritzer on Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Pie B.E.D. Friendly Recipe

Stuff Your Turkey, Not Your Tummy

Body Ecology Support with Tara (via phone or Skype)

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Donna Gates has a delicious Thanksgiving Menu at

May all bellies be happy!

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