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  • Tara

    How would I get more resin on my plants? I buy all my weed from the local dispensary and I do notice it is quite dry. I am growing my own plants now but will take another couple of months. Thank you for the tip to use a fan outdoors. The smell is SO strong.

  • Anonymous

    I watched your video and it looks like you hadn’t gotten enough of the risin of the plant! Plus you’re doing the one thing Rick says never do. And that’s never cook or debox without a fan…. even outdoors! The danger of the fumes catching fire, and or causing your asthma to worsen from the burn off of the fumes is very real! Watch the video on YouTube where he makes a small batch of the mix!

  • Tara

    Tempeh and natto would be good though my understanding is that methionine and lysine are harder to get from plant food. Soy is the most complete protein but is low in methionie. Just make sure the soy is organic and fermented. I’ll link an article here that you might find helpful and perhaps others will chime in on this one. https://www.nomeatathlete.com/protein-for-athletes/?fbclid=IwAR3xyBVZDOxLey5j_zJkwa1ECiyM8zaStZWu4MUTCn41aVa_p5MuXOeVGZE

  • Barb Clark

    I recently went Vegan. what is the best source for Amino acids that normally are found in meat. I thought that Bragg Liquid Aminos would be it, but now wonder. Thanks.

  • Tara

    Nope, they are a nightshade, acidic-forming, on the inflammatory side of the scale, and are considered a fruit which means they don’t food combine well with much. This list is very thorough, if it is not here it is likely not on stage 1 ;(

  • KT

    Hi. Are canned tomatoes ok on the diet? Thanks

  • Tara

    Good point.

  • Anonymous

    Are black babies also more “pink” after delayed cord cutting?

  • Tara

    Braggs is not fermented so in that sense it is better option than tamari. Does it contain tyramine? I can’t tell from the research I have done. You will want to call Bragg’s and ask them that question. Please let us know if you do find out. That said, I am not a fan of using Braggs so would suggest you stick to sea salt for salty taste. I myself quit all tamari/soy sauce like condiments back when I was healing chronic yeast overgrowth and find salt and other seasonings to hit the spot just fine. I like to use dried shiitake mushrooms in cooking to give an umami flavor. I will add a recipe below for that is non-fermented and gives a soy sauce like liquid which is quite tasty.

    https://www.thespruceeats.com/raw-food-substitute-for-nama-shoyu-3377468

  • Julie Schroeder

    I need to avoid soy sauce due to Tyramine and my taking an MAOI medication. A friend suggested this product (Braggs Liquid Aminos) could be a substitute for me. Is Tyramine an amino acid? Does that mean that this product is unsafe for me as well as soy sauce? I would appreciate a reply very much, and if possible a safe substitute if one exists. Thank you very much!

  • Tara

    Yes! The first weeks are so encouraging (if not also exhausting) as you see instant proof to the dietary and lifestyle changes that you are establishing. Wonderful, keep going. Make sure to check out my Food Combining Chart and Beginner’s Recipe for Making Unsalted Cultured Vegetables …. I created both when I was on stage 1 and wanted to make things as easy to understand and fool-proof as possible 🙂 I also started a couple groups on FaceBook. One for parents of kids on the diet and another for recipes and such.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/282877315511056/
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/243867382802769/

  • Tabitha

    Thanks soooo much for the information on your site. My husband ordered the BE diet book online the other day and I can hardly wait to have it in my hands. I must admit I’m a bit anxious about the process of fermented veggies and sprouted nuts, etc. Your site has been a much needed resource for me as I anticipate “our” (as my husband and I will be following the diet as well) future food choices/combinations. It’s a daunting task, but we’re really optimistic that our son’s health will greatly improve with every day that passes. I’ll keep you updated.

  • Anonymous

    You are amazing and I love you.

  • Delia

    Hi Tara thank you for replying I got the kit to work I think. I setup the temperature to 70-75 but it sometimes goes over up to 80 then I don’t know what to do when that happens

    I am currently using the coconut kefir starter with the EcoBloom. Is it ok if the temperature goes up that high? Or it has to be super consistent?

    Thank you for your time hope to hear from you.

  • Tara

    Glad you got the oven kit all set up and running! Excellent. A bit of cloudiness is normal. Is it fizzy and carbonated when you open it? One more question …. did you use kefir starter or the contents of a probiotic powder capsule to start your coconut kefir?

  • Tara

    Hmmmm, I wonder what you clicked on to get to here. If you know, please tell and I will go and fix that. Here is the link to the roll-out cookie recipe http://www.happybellies.net/the-body-ecology-diet/coconut-roll-out-cookies-recipe-body-ecology-diet/

  • Delia

    Hi Tara how do I know if I have a spoiled coconut kefir? Mine looks cloudy at the bottom almost as it didn’t dissolve I kept my temperature 70-75 degrees for 36 hours. Hope to here from you thank you.

  • DrK

    Hello. Thx for sharing your ideas & recipes. Where’s the rollout cookie recipe? The link to it led to this page.

  • Tara

    I have sent your email to my husband, Tomas, who puts these oven kits together. He will be the best person to walk you through this 🙂

  • Delia verdugo

    Hi Tara my name is Delia I just bout Donetsk incubater kit and I am having a hard time calaberating the device I was wondering if there is a customer service line where I can get walk me threw the instructions l thank you.

  • Tara

    Depends on how they were made. I use a traditional chinese medicine method which naturally preserves them for many years; well into menopause and other hormonal fluctuations. I also recommend that parents keep their capsules in the freezer and I insert a dry satchel inside each jar to help prevent them from getting moisture in there.

  • Ruth

    I have some placenta pills left from having my son? How can I store these for my menopause? I am only 24 but is is possible for me to store these? My son is now 11months. Thank you Ruth

  • Tara

    Hi Kristine, I am just seeing this now! Here is how I culture the coconut flour … add enough young green coconut kefir or other probiotic liquid to cover wide coconut flakes. Let sit for 8-12 hours in a warm spot. Then strain, dehydrate, and grind into flour. I make large amounts of this all at once to have on hand 🙂

  • Tara

    Enough to make a paste. Thank you for catching that. I have updated the recipe to be easier to follow 🙂

  • Ortizl

    how much water should you use to dissolve the gelatin?

  • Tara

    I am still not clear on this one. I believe wild rice is a grass, so it may be okay depending on your health issues. It’s high in protein and lower in carbohydrates compared to other rices, which is ideal for those healing yeast overgrowth (or gut dysbiosis), but still contains enough starch that most avoid for first few weeks on stage 1 of Body Ecology Diet. If you decide to try it, look for certified organic Canadian wild rice (which is grown in natural bodies of water) from traditional varieties.

  • xu

    hi there
    may i ask your thoughts on wild rice please?
    is that ok for stage?
    thank you 🙂

  • Tara

    Thank you for catching that! I was in there doing some editing recently and somehow left that sitting there. Have now placed potatoes under starchy vegetables 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Awesome.

    Thank you as it is listed under non starchy vegetables in the list above.

    I was elated thinking fries all day every day…wait a tic. 🤣

    Take care. 🙂

  • Tara

    Red-skinned potatoes, and all potatoes, are considered a high starch food and best combine with vegetables of all kinds, fats/oils, and fermented foods.

  • Tara

    It does make a lot! I have hungry boys and men to feed and so they disappear like hot-cakes. If you have a smaller family or eat on the lighter side, know that the batter stores well for a quick ‘n easy breakfast/snack in days to come. The waffles themselves also freeze well; especially great for times of travel. I make a bunch and store in a Ziploc freezer bag with parchment in between. Then on day of eating, I steam them on stovetop. YummY!

  • Xu

    Hi Tara, 😊

    Great list and blog.

    I was wondering if i could please have clarification in regards to Red Skin Potatoes.

    Do they count as a non starchy or starchy vegetable? 🤔

    Thank you for your time. 🙂

  • Kristine

    This makes a lot! For more like a family of 8. Also be weary if you are not fortunate to have a large high speed blender than only half of this mixture will fit in a regular blender. Tastes wonderful though!

  • Tara

    Technically, no it would not be as coconut manna is pureed mature coconut and unless fermented would not be allowed on stage 1 of B.E.D. Straight up coconut oil is fine though. That said, a serving size of manna contains just 1 gram of sugar so unless your kids have a hard time digesting fat I would give it a go and limit intake; watching for symptoms of skin rashes, etc. When my kids were on the initial stage of the diet, I created almond hearts which are yummy sort of fat bomb made with coconut oil 🙂 Recipe at http://www.happybellies.net/the-digestive-system/almond-hearts-body-ecology-diet/

  • Tara

    Good question, this is not something I have calculated but if you do please let us know!

  • Tara

    My placenta encapsulation service is based in Vermont and New Hampshire. I would search for an Encapsulator in your area. Good luck!

  • Lorenzo Carranza Chua

    Do you have office here in the philippines

  • Kristine

    Do you know how many teaspoons in a half a pack of BED kefir starter?

  • Lori Zajac

    I would like to order the laminate food chart. I can’t complete the order due to no shipping is being added. Do you still have this or do I need to order I online?

    Thank you. This looks like a wonderful tool I need to use 😊

    Lori

  • Kristine

    Is coconut manna/butter allowed on stage 1? £ was go to make fat bombs for my kids.

  • Kristine

    How would you culture coconut flour?

  • Tara

    Hi Kristine, raw egg whites tend to be more allergenic than cooked egg whites. The question about avoiding grains in the initial days on stage 1 of BED…everyone is different. I personally started off with the seed-like grains in my diet and did fine. Others need to start the diet leaning heavily on the animal protein, vegetables, and fat. See what works for your daughter. If she is struggling in her ability to digest and has skin issues, etc. then you may want to avoid the grains recommended on the diet for a couple weeks or so and bring them in one by one and observe her for a reaction of any sort. Hope that helps 🙂

  • Kristine

    Are the seed grains something I shouldn’t eat for the first 3 days? Isn’t that what the book says (I haven’t finished the book)? I’m going to this diet mostly for my speech, fine and gross motor, and ssensory seeking 4 year old. Although for myself, I’ve been grain free for 6 months because of IBS and chronic fatigue syndrome; it’s made a huge difference. I tried quinoa and buckwheat but they both bring back the stomach pain, fatigue, and swelling. Any suggestions? I’m also violently allergic to unbaked eggs, not sure why

  • Tara

    I believe that they all are Heather. Is there one in particular you are not sure about?

  • Heather

    Hi!! Are the body ecology fermented protein powders ok for stage 1?? thank you

  • Mia

    I want to know how everyone says MSG is bad and you mention that children under 12 can’t process it too well, yet it has been used in Asia for hundreds of years and the kids in Asia seem to grow up fine.

  • Tara

    Last I heard they were not okay for stage 1 of The Body Ecology Diet. Sea salt is where the seasoning is at 🙂

  • Jeannette Smith

    Tara,
    Do you know if coconut aminos liquid aminos of any kind are allowed on phase 1? Thanks!

  • Tara

    I am so glad to learn this bit about you Caren and that you have found a great tool to get you through recovery. I notice that my back pain goes away when I sit, which seems counterintuitive but true. Cheers to more calm 🙂

  • Caren Lederer

    So happy for you! I totally rely on my TM time even though it has come and gone over the last 40 years! I began again 2x day in Ocobert to take me through surgery and rehab and it has been a reminder as to it’s power of release and calmness. Enjoy. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Tara

    Not a sweet muffin, but my ‘breakfast egg muffins” are savory and yummy 🙂 Recipe at http://www.happybellies.net/allergen-friendly/breakfast-egg-muffins-recipe-body-ecology-diet-b-e-d/

    Not muffin material, but I also have a pumpkin pie recipe that you may like at http://www.happybellies.net/allergen-friendly/pumpkin-pie-for-b-e-d-stage-1/

  • Andrea

    Theses sound great, except I can’t have coconut… Do you have any muffin recipes without coconut?

  • Tara

    I don’t, but I loooooove that fat 🙂

  • Kate

    Awesome! Sounds great!
    Do you let the meat drippings cool so you can remove the fat first?

  • Tara

    See how you feel…or use Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar in some water 🙂

  • LuAnn Goetsch

    This past week I started drinking a 6-8 oz glass of water with Bragg’s Aminos in it. Good idea or bad?

  • Tara

    Hi Laurie, the list I have put together here is more extensive because I did a lot of digging into many different resources of Donna’s. I started this diet in 2011 and started making this list at that time; adding to it over the years. I recently added in the supplements because many people asked about the most common ones recommended for stage 1. Otherwise you should see a fair amount of consistency between this list and the one in Donna’s book. The few additional items listed here and not in the book list were most likely mentioned in articles, podcasts, workshops, and in her book ‘Baby Boomer Diet’. Hope that helps 🙂

  • Francis V.

    So my girlfriend made a soup for the second time the other night. The first time I had this soup, I loved it! The second time she made it, I broke out in hives, REALLY REALLY BAD hives, all over my body. I do get hives when I eat something I’m allergic to, and have hives since I was a kid (mainly from artificial cherry (capri suns).

    The second time she made the soup, the only difference was we used Liquid Aminos we bought the other day from Mom’s Organic market (grocery store).

    I ate it again the second night (this was before I knew it was the soup), and I broke out in hives again.

    I googled Liquid Aminos and found this site and others, and also found an article that states people who get chronic hives, can experience hives when they are exposed to MSG.

    “In 2014, Clinical Nutrition Research presented a link between MSG and allergy reactions in a small subset of people who experience chronic hives. The majority of these reports involve mild symptoms though, such as: tingling skin. headache. “(https://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/msg)

    I’m a 31 year old Vietnamese American who grew up eating a lot of food which probably had some MSG in there, but NEVER broke out in hives like this before.

    Now I’m wondering if there is something else in the Liquid Aminos that could be causing me to break out in hives.

  • Laurie

    Why is the above list more extensive than what’s in my copy of Donna’s book? I have the 10th edition of, “The Body Ecology Diet”. Has this list changed over the years? Should I stick with what’s in the book? Please let me know. Thank you in advance for your reply.

  • Tara

    30-45 minutes is the correct amount of time to allow things to simmer. Thank you for bringing that error to my attention, I was editing that recipe a couple days ago and forgot to delete that above line 🙂

  • Laurie

    Exactly how long should it simmer? Number 5 says it should simmer 30 minutes. Then number 6 says to simmer 30 to 45 minutes. Does that mean it should simmer 1 hr to 1 hr and 15 minutes? thanks

  • Tara

    That’s great to hear Stephanie, your chart is already in the mail…it’s a good one and really breaks things down into sensible easy to understand (and digest) pieces. Have fun and keep up the good work 🙂

  • Stephanie Long

    Thanks Tara for all of your great information and support! I have been on the diet a little over a month and I feel like a new person. I have had pain for 10 years through out my body. Since starting the diet the pain is goneI! I can’t wait to see your food combining chart. That is where I have been having a hard time. Have a wonderful day!

  • a filipino nutritionist makes liquid amino out of coconut

  • Tara

    You just want to add in a bit of cold water to your churned ball of fat and knead it with your hands – this massages out remaining buttermilk and helps to make your butter last longer and have a more rich flavor.

  • How do you wash butter?

  • i’ve never used a blender as Bauman always taught me to make by hand. Do love the idea of making the whole process easier though!

  • Tara

    Hi Ashlee, this recipe uses a liquid glycerin only. I am sure you can use lakanto though you might need to fix the dry to wet ratios if you do. Let us know if you play with things 🙂

  • ASHLEE DAVIS

    Hello! Thanks so much for the recipe! Did you leave out 1/4 cup Lakanto in this recipe, as is included in your Almond Roll-Out recipe? Thanks in advance for the feedback!

  • PM

    @erit83 I’m glad the Braggs liquid aminos don’t affect you negatively at all. I’ll have to find out what blood type I am; thanks for bringing that aspect (often overlooked) into the conversation.

  • Tara

    Yes, live kefir grains are a different method than the one used here. I don’t have experience with them myself. I am most comfortable with the starter packets and I find that one packet gets me several quarts of transfers and so I am happy with this 🙂 I will say that what you use really depends on what you have going on as far as health conditions. I was introduced to this way of preparing kefir when I was diagnosed with systemic yeast overgrowth and started on The Body Ecology Diet to correct this issue. The idea is that the starter packets are sterile and contain specific strains of probiotics that are known to target the harmful yeast (and bacteria) pathogens living in the digestive tract and move them out of the body through elimination. These microflora have been specially chosen to be in the starter packets because they heal the intestinal lining, which is especially important to those with a permeable gut or a permeable blood brain barrier like with autism, Chrones, ADHD, irritable bowel syndrome, Celiac, etc.

    http://bodyecologyaffiliates.com/idevaffiliate.php?id=177&url=1087

  • Bobbi Standish

    Can you use live milk kefir grains to make this kefir? I have done this with milk for a long time. When I continue the batches I only have to transfer the live grains to the next container of milk.

  • Tara

    Thank you Abi. We mamas do all we can do when our kids are not feeling well and sometimes that includes moving mountains, or at least that’s what it feels like!

  • I’m in awe! your dedication to your sons health is outstanding and an inspiration. thanks for blogging about it. I’m inspired to write about introducing fermented foods to my son. its going to be hard work! @healingkitchencoach

  • Anonymous

    Your courage is an inspiration, Tara. What dignitiy you offered to that little girl in holding her through the entire arc of her precious life… sending love!

  • Rose

    Thank you so much for this recipe, it is an absolute mainstay in our family. Blessings <3

  • Tara

    You just made my day 🙂

  • Rose

    amazing. my partner, my mother, and I are at the beginning of our journey with the body ecology diet, and snacks have been one of the toughest things to figure out! you are such an inspiration… we have already made a bunch of your recipes, thank you so much!!

  • Ronald Conley

    I would caution anyone displaying symptoms of allergic reaction to soy products to exercise common sense toward the ingestion of any condiment or food additive containing soy–including Braggs. Otherwise, there are so many positive qualities associated with the amino acid profile used in Braggs “Liquid Aminos” to disregard using it, altogether. If it causes bad side-effects, then don’t use it. Sometimes people dive into untested waters only to discover the temperature shock all-too-late. Try easing into any new product slowly, and cautiously. Even, otherwise, healthy probiotics can cause adverse side-effects when not approached cautiously using good common sense and gradual introduction–allowing the body time to adapt to it and create a harmonious balance. It is the “cold water ‘shock’ effect”; toxins built-up over long periods of time will manifest itself in the form of hives (rashes), or even mild flu-like symptoms when they are being “swept” from the body. Please don’t discredit a time-tested product based on hypothetical conjecture, or negative reactions due to personal sensitivity reactions.

  • Tara

    Hi Sandra, yes you are much to far! Though I grew up in Silver Spring, MD and would love to come back to visit and encapsulate for you! Go ahead and look up another PBi-Placenta Encapsulation Specialist in your area by going to Placentabenefits.com This is who I trained with and I have some lovely colleagues all over the country. If you still have a hard time finding someone, try connecting with local midwives and doulas and inquire if they know anyone in the area.

  • sandra

    I live in baltimore dundalk would this be to far and I have question bc I smoked during my pregnancy

  • Mary Swarens

    I recently tried Bragg’s Liquid Aminos as I haved developed an intolerance to gluten products. I have tried the grocery non gluten soy sauces and was terribly dissappointed. I found I prefer the liquid aminos in my asian food I love so much! I have had adverse affects of MSG before, but had none with this product. I am so happy to have found a substitute for soy sauce that I love!!!

  • Tara

    Wow, I don’t think ‘No to Morning Tea’ was out when I was pregnant. I am happy to have this to add to the collection here! I wonder what makes it work? As it doesn’t seem so strong in herbs – mainly lemon. Though I’ll say that smelling lemons and sipping lemonade and lemon sorbet all helped me feel more clean and clear inside. Here’s a link for anyone who is interested https://www.secretsoftea.com/shop/no-to-morning-sickness-tea/

  • Bethel Madison

    I was prescribed with Zofran but didn’t work for me then tried an organic tea as told by a friend called No to morning sickness tea that worked wonder and my nausea vanished as it didn’t appear.

  • Belen Valencia

    Morning sickness was so bad in my both pregnancies that it was killing me. I was puking and all the time was nauseating. No to morning sickness tea was the only remedy which worked with my second pregnancy and eased my sickness immediately.

  • Susan Frank

    I was in a hell with my both pregnancies due to all the time nausea and projectile vomiting that was killing me insane. I was prescribed with Zofran but wasn’t ready to take this med with lots of side effect. Thank God, No to morning sickness tea was the life saver for me that eased my symptoms all in a sudden.

  • I am wondering what the actual AMINO ACID content is! I’m trying to track that in my diet, but can no where find that Braggs “contains” any particular amount/percentage. So my question is, is it even worth it?

  • snlmarykatherine

    Too Allergic, try coconut aminos. Low salt, no soy, no fermentation. I avoid soy, and I love it.

  • Tara

    I just googled for a list of top MSG foods and looked at some charts. But none are large enough to read very well or post an image of here. But have a look and see, none that I saw listed Bragg’s because there is no added MSG in this product, rather it’s a by-product. Let us know if you find anything 🙂

  • Cindy

    I too have tried Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. I have a significant intolerance to MSG and develope horribly painful headaches from it. I have the same reaction to Bragg’s. Is there a sight that lists the amount of MSG in different products for comparison?

  • Brigitte

    Thanks for clearing that up, for me, Tara.

  • Tara

    Hi Brigitte, I went ahead and edited this recipe to make it less confusing. You’ll start with 4 cups buckwheat groats and soak those. They’ll increase in size a little bit so do add enough soaking water to cover by about 3-4 inches. Have fun, this is one of my favorite recipes 🙂

  • Brigitte

    This recipe calls for 4 cups of soaked groats. How many dry groats, do I need to soak, to make 4 cups of soaked groats? I know they will expand a lot, but not sure how much.

  • Heather

    Hi. I am having trouble finding help with placenta encapsulation in Southern VT. If you have any suggestions I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

  • Tara

    Hi Olivia, I did try this and it didn’t catch. Something about the hemp milk sweetened with the brown rice syrup has the right thickness to it to get a really great kefir going!

  • Olivia

    Hi Tara, I have some unsweetened hemp milk could I add sugar to it and start the fermentation?

  • erlt83

    I have been using Bragg’s Aminos since 1986. I am enormously reactive to MSG. I can say, unequivocally, that I have no negative reaction to Bragg’s Aminos. This product had been available for 5 decades. I can find many reasons why some say they do. People with Blood Type B, and the Non Secretor sector of Blood Type O should avoid Soy, in any form. Then there are the manufacturing trolls and the ,’ right,’ thinkers who want to preach their truth as the only truth. I read people who identify themselves as ,’ nutritionists,’ ‘ health care providers,’ and I winch as their dialogue quickly identifies them as graduates of their own min d, or the,’ School of Crackerjack.’ As a real practitioner I fine it easy to out the trolls. The isolate resulting from reaction of hydrochloric a similar to stomach acid to soybeans is not MSG. Sodium and salt are not synonymous. Police are usually present at holdups, but they are not the robbers. For Blood Types A and AB soy is a nutritional medicine. Anyone truly having severe reaction to a serving of BRAGG’S AMINOS, is confusing reacting to something else in the meal or their gut flora with this healthy product. Paul and Patricia Bragg are among the greatest health icons. Decent people like them don’t produce public scourges. That’s big commerce’s platform. And it stoop to the lowest to condemn the real health products.

  • Tara

    I haven’t tried slow cooking it, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I’d just watch it closely the first time you do it, as some slow cookers heat up quite hot and it’s best if this stock simmers at a very slow bubble. You could always lift the lid a bit to keep it so if need be.

  • dian prima (depe) zahrial

    Thanks for sharing! I wonder if i can slowcook this one, have you tried?

  • Nice post!! Placenta encapsulation in oahu becoming more and more popular nowadays. Checkout the basic package .

  • Tara

    No. Though I used when I was 1st beginning to learn how to make cv’s…I was so worried that the jars would explode! Now I know how to pack them properly and so don’t worry anymore. If you do burp them then I’d suggest sticking the jar you did that to in the fridge and consider it done fermenting.

  • Kenny

    Do you burp your jars at all during the 3-10 day fermentation process?

  • Tara

    After working with placentas for a few years now, there’s a definite vitality to some. This one was above in beyond…meaning it had great iron, deep red color, dense tissue, intact membranes, no calcifications, etc.

  • Such a great recipe and will add a fantastic depth of flavour to any dish used in. I personally can’t stand the smell and need to get over that, I have a tub of langoustine heads in my freezer all ready for stock making….

  • Tara

    Yes, I use a variety of stocks as the base for many things that cook in liquid. I bet that risotto would take on a lovely flavor when cooked in the fish stock!

  • Anonymous

    I belive this. I just started using Braggs and I do not feel well. Thank-you so much for this research

  • Johnathan

    A dietition is backed by law and degrees, a nutritionist isn’t. This blog = opinion, period. She even says it in the beginning. Do your own research folks!

  • This is such a great idea! I’ve never thought about making stock from salmon heads. How cool. I bet this might taste really good in a risotto with fish? Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • Tara

    Hi Annie, I don’t see why not. I personally have never tried it for I freeze mine in quart-sized Ziploc bags. I fill them, lay them flat on a cookie tray, freeze, and then stack them in back of freezer. Here’s a post on how to can stock by one of my favorite bloggers http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2012/12/how-to-can-homemade-stock-or-broth.html

  • Annie

    Can I pressure can this ?

  • Tara

    We spread pesto on gluten-free sourdough bread. Put a dollop onto fresh millet porridge or black bean noodles. Dip cucumbers and carrot sticks into. By the spoonful on the dinner plate as a condiment. It goes great with white fish! I don’t eat butter so pesto is my go to for so many things 🙂

  • Shirley

    Tara, what do you eat the pesto on?

  • Tara

    Placenta has been proven to slow down the skin’s aging process. And keep the skin smooth, firm, and healthy. This is not my area of expertise though. I encapsulate new mom’s placentas into capsules for them to take during the postpartum period. That said, the rumor is that placentas are collected from maternity wards here in U.S.A. and sent to have the cells are extracted from the placental tissue and given the label “Hyaluronic acid” (or other slight variations along those lines). In Europe, animal cell extracts are often used. Many of us have this ingredient perhaps unknowingly in our creams and masks. The more expensive the cream, the more likely that placenta is in there. Celebrities swear by the stuff 🙂

  • Eleyna Felix

    Can you give me specifics on placenta skin care. I hear its very good for the skin.
    Thank You!!

  • Tara

    I recommend them often to my new moms who run out of their own placenta capsules that I make from them after they have a baby. I also have 50-60 yr. old clients who I suggest them for because of their hormonal regulation effect. I personally have taken them for 4 yrs. or so now. I started them because my periods were irregular (I am 42) and they straightened them out. Also greatly helped with my irritability. I carry them in my purse and take them during the afternoon slump and swear they energize me!

  • Shirley

    You are amazing, Tara! You have a true knack for this way of cooking. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • Hi Tara!

    Can you tell me if you have experienced from other women that sheep placentapills have relieved menopause symptoms? I am from Holland and I cannot find any reviews from this topic.

    Best regards,

    Gerda

  • Shirley

    What I learned from a 95 year old midwife back in 1970 was that sucking promotes milk production, so don’t give up! unless there’s something else going on that’s creating a low supply.

  • Shirley

    Tara, this is beautiful! You’ve figured it all out. Thank you for sharing!

  • Tanya

    I have been using Bragg’s liquid aminos for years, never had any adverse reactions to it, don’t feel bad after eating it and am really healthy. I eat very very well most of the time occasionally treating myself to a cheat meal. Once I went to a Chinese for one of those cheat meals and woke up the morning after with hives all over that were very itchy. I did some research and found that often happens after eating Chinese, there is even term Chinese food syndrome and the cause of it is MSG that is abundant in Chinese food. Few days later the hives were finally gone and I was back to normal. Needless to say I never went back to that Chinese and never had hives like that since. Bottom line is because that never happens with Braggs amines, I don’t believe they are as bad as this article is making them to be. I mean the author is just speculating and has no prove. Personally I will keep using them…

  • Cookie

    AMAZING!!!

  • Gavin

    The explanation of this so-called soy sauce substitute in the article probably is right. Trichloropropanol (MCPD) will be made during the this modern bio-reactor method. This chemical is generally considered as a contaminant in food by WHO. Hopefully, the truth will be revealed to public soon. There are some naturally brewed No-MSG, less-sodium and gluten free soy sauce available on the market. Those will be better options.

  • Mongo

    You All Realize The Msg Debacle Has Been Disproven Right? And most symptoms from msg sickness are just conformation bias. Msg is just sodium and glutamine, both these things you get in a regular diet, sodium being just table salt, and glutamine being an amino acid in pretty much every form of protein you eat. Don’t be afraid of msg. And for the record msg does not spike creatine levels that’s just ridiculous.

  • fantastic! I love ASEA it keeps us healthy and if I were to have another baby I woudl most definitely drink the supplement whilst pregnant and beyond. I love it.

  • Tara

    We are spoiled as we live right next door to some traditional miso makers and that’s where we get a variety of kinds. They are a family-owned and operated company here in Vermont called Rhapsody. You can find them now in many small health food stores on the east coast and I believe even in Whole Foods here. Not sure though where you are. I also recommend South River Miso which can be found more easily. We like their azuki bean miso which is a 1 year old miso but they have richer ones aged longer if you prefer. Either of these brands are great and both are unpasteurized.

  • Sherie Watkins

    Which miso do you recommend

  • Tara

    Hi Sally, I don’t see why there would be any poor side effects to your taking the sheep placenta capsules. Whether or not you had your ovaries removed may decrease your production of testosterone which the capsules may help as they are reported to boost this hormone. Let us know how you go if you decide to take them 🙂

  • Sally

    Mistake noted. Should read …are there any side effects taking this product after complete hysterotomy
    Thanks

  • Sally

    I had a complete hysterotomy and just want to know I’d there is any side effects raking this product.
    Thanks

  • Shirley

    Tear jerking along with the bits of humor, Tara. I remember your first pregnancy when you would ask me to please stop cooking and the way you walked like a zombie to the bathroom. In bed all day. I’d never seen anyone so sick. You’re right. Anyone with HG needs someone to help them. It is no fun. I also remember all the happiness surrounding the birth of a healthy baby boy.

  • I emailed Bragg’s about the MSG and this was their reply: Bragg does not add any MSG to its liquid amino products. However, MSG is found naturally occurring in many foods, such as mushrooms, tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and soybeans. Since Bragg Liquid Aminos is made from soybeans, there can be some very small amounts of naturally occurring MSG. Patricia Bragg is personally very opposed to adding MSG as a food ingredient to foods, and she is very sensitive to MSG. Many of our customers who are very sensitive to MSG have never had any adverse reactions to Bragg Liquid Aminos.

    Bragg Liquid Aminos is made by a proprietary method. As a result, we cannot answer specific questions as to how it is made. We have several companies who are trying to copy our product and make Bragg Liquid Aminos “knock-offs”. Some companies have contacted us to get an idea of how we make it. In order to protect the “recipe” or formula for Bragg Liquid Aminos, we do not answer any specific questions in regards to the war it is made.

    Blessings of health!
    Bragg Customer Service
    Tel: 1-(800)-446-1990
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  • Tyler Haske

    That old adage, “If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.”

  • Tara

    We steep the ‘tea’ with a Traditional Mother’s Milk tea, so it’s pepperminty, lemony, and fennely. We add honey and put in a to-go coffee cup. Goes down smooth is what most moms say. It’s very concentrated (maybe more so than the capsules) and infuses your system with hormones and iron. Some moms get zenned out by it, others fall deeply asleep or get energized. Depends on what your system needs at the time – it’s an adaptogen. You get a cup right after birth and the rest can be frozen for up to 3 months. If you prefer not to have the tea, no problem 🙂

  • Niko V

    I’d love to know more about the tea=)

  • Tara

    Fermented cod liver oil is the traditional way to go. Basically, anytime a food is fermented, its nutrients increase 10-fold. To get geeky on you, the lacto-fermentation (method used to make FCLO) breaks down the vitamins (like A & D) into much smaller molecules that are easily absorbed in your digestive lining (mouth on through to intestines). So you get more for your buck and possibly need less of it cuz of its potency. It’s also a raw food so without the fermentation it wouldn’t be stable.

    Another way of looking at this is to take milk and ferment it into kefir. The casein (milk protein) and lactose (milk sugar) will be broken down/pre-digested in the fermentation process. So, someone who is sensitive to dairy may tolerate fermented dairy.

  • Tara

    To me, every placenta is a beauty. As an endocrine organ it has much circulation moving throughout it. That means that some placentas that I work with have different amounts of movement. So some are more charged up than others simply put. Some have more calcification than others. Some are more dense throughout than others. Some are larger than others. All said, I have never encapsulated for a mom who did not benefit from her own placenta capsules – each placenta is so uniquely designed and created for and by the mom 🙂

  • Tara

    Not sure, I’ve never tried it. My main aim with this recipe was to keep it flour free. Try it though and see how you go.

  • Heather

    I bought Braggs too and felt AWFUL after using it, even more so than when I use regular soy sauce! I never knew why until I read this blog. Thank you for looking in to this. I would get a headache, achy, fatigue and a bounding pulse (throbbing in my feet and hands).

  • Smile. Be Happy.

    Hello! How do you determine if a placenta is vital or not?

  • Christine Watts

    Why is fermented better than plain cod liver oil? If you could find a cod liver oil that wasn’t processed with solvents, etc. would it be as good as the fermented variety or is there something that fermenting it gives you that plain doesn’t?

  • Janice

    Okay, I didn’t read your recipe thoroughly, and I just went to our local health food store and bought organic BuckWheat Flour instead of groats… is this okay?

  • Tara

    I use Kaolin clay (also known as China Clay or White Clay). It’s one of the more gentle clay available.

  • Anonymous

    What kind of white clay is used?

  • Tara

    The main difference between flax oil and FCLO is that flax seeds don’t contain fat soluble vitamins. That’s your A, D, and K. No plant food does. Some plants have some vit. K in it but not vit. A and D. Which all work synergistic-ally in your body. Here’s a link that talks more about all this http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/why-flax-oil-is-not-a-good-substitute-for-cod-liver-oil/

    It’s by one of my fave bloggers. She’s evidence-based. Which comes in handy with stuff like this.

  • Christine

    I am vegetarian and so take flax seed oil, is this as healthy?

  • Tara

    Yes I know. Any bigger and it becomes to easy for others to copy. Let me see if I can make it a tad bigger though. You are not the first to mention this!

  • Josefin

    Hi! Unfortunatly it is not posssible to se the food combining chart as a bigger picture than the small one on this page.

  • Tara

    I don’t think so. Though I’ve only used my round cake pan to make it. If you go with a glass pan grease it well and sprinkle with some cocoa powder. This can help the cake to not stick. And let us know!

  • Anonymous

    Tara, do you have to have a special pan for this?

  • Kimberly Cannon

    I recently came across Bragg’s liquid aminos while trying to find a healthy chicken fried rice recipe. After reading your post, i will definitely be looking further into this product before i add it into my food. Thank you for sharing this information!

  • Tricia

    Ok thank you!

  • Tara

    What about chicken liver or pork liver? Different nutrient profile but still wonderful! Just make sure they are pastured and hormone free. I am right now about to make dessicated liver capsules. Will post a recipe for that soon, Tara

  • Tricia

    Hi! I am trying to heal nutrients defencieies and want to start raw liver. I tested blood positive to being allergic to beef. Do you think I should avoid beef liver? If so is there an alternative “liver pill” I dam consume? Thanks!

  • Karen

    A neighbor recently recommended this product in place of regular soy sauce. So I decided to see what I could find online. And here we are. So glad I found this site before spending my money on this product.

  • Tara

    Yes, soaking liver in lemon juice, milk, buttermilk, sour milk, or vinegar sort of draws any impurities. It will also improve the taste of liver by tenderizing it and neutralizing its strong flavor/bitterness.

    I source pasture-raised liver for making my raw liver capsules and desiccated liver capsules so I don’t find the need to soak due to impurities. I also don’t mind the flavor of liver when I take them as pills because I don’t taste anything when I swallow them…the beauty of taking liver in capsule form!! If I make a dish out of liver I do soak in one of the acids above.

  • Hello! I found your site while researching ways to prevent HG. I am blogging my journey and have linked to your articles, which I think are going to be invaluable to me. I have a question about preparing the liver. In Nourishing Traditions it is recommended to soak the livers in lemon juice before making pâté (my only liver experience), I’m wondering if, especially since these “pills” are raw, it would be a good idea to do that as well? Thank you!

  • Tara

    When I was healing systemic Candida I did not eat tamari either. I found salt and Herbamore to be my daily seasonings. Now I am able to eat tamari but still prefer plain salt! I did get fun salts like Celtic and gray/pink salts to keep things fun and variety.

  • TooAllergic

    What does someone who can not have fermented anything or gluten do? Die. There is no soy sauce alternative for someone like me because ALL non-Bragg’s is fermented because we humans are addicted to alcohol and need it in everything! I’m over it. I will just keep using my Bragg’s as I have no alternative and want flavour.

  • Tara

    Hello Naama,

    Would you send me the linked page as to where you found this? I can’t seem to find it on my website!

    Thanks, Tara

  • Naama Daniel

    is this something I can use in my website?

  • Geraldine Vatan

    Hello Tara!

    You probably know that I am expecting my second child since Thomas has a new French teacher now 🙂 I hope Ben is doing well in his new school. I have been thinking about encapsulating my placenta, and so I am emailing to ask about your fee, and how the process goes. I am due on January 26!

    Blessings,
    Geraldine

  • Michelle Broaddus

    Hi Jada

    Please email me directly and we can discuss your needs. I charge 70$ for a 60 minute session and 100$ for a 90 minute session.

    Blessings,

    Michelle Broaddus
    CMT, ATMAT Practitioner, Doula and Herbalist
    Purelight13@gmail.com

  • Karla

    I just started a diet that uses Bragg’s as a seasoning and I didn’t know what it was. I am so grateful for finding this site. I cannot tolerate MSG and I will definitely use an alternative or not at all. I think it’s horrible that the public is put in danger by companies that provide false advertising. Thank you to all who responded to the articles on this site.

  • Jada Berg

    Hi

    I am intersted in learning more about Mayan Abdominal Massage. I can’t find your prices and other specifics about this service on your website. Can you please email with info about sessions.

    Thank you!
    Jada

  • Tara

    Hi Jeannie. Thank you for your kindness. It felt good to write this post – through tears nonetheless. Yes, you are welcome to use the photo’s (and the posting itself) from this page. I simply ask that you include a photo credit for Happy Bellies website. If you need them emailed to you please let me know, tara@happybellies.net.

  • First, let me express my sympathy for your loss. I am the founder of a non-profit organization and teach hospital and church staff about the importance of helping a family in grief when a miscarriage occurs. I am writing to request permission to share pictures of your precious little one in my teaching. Thank you for considering my request.

  • body digestive system

    Hi there! This article couldn’t be written much better!
    Looking at this post reminds me of my previous roommate!

    He continually kept preaching about this. I’ll forward this article to him.
    Pretty sure he’s going to have a very good read. I appreciate
    you for sharing!

  • Shirley

    It’s good to see you writing again, Tara. You always have interesting things to say in an interesting way. I agree with you. S.O.U.L. I’m so appreciative for my own local Farmers Market where we not only get high quality food, but get to know the people who grew it and support them in their efforts.

  • gia

    This product is being tauted as a soy substitute, but it is made from soybeans. For those of us in this world that have a severe soy allergy this can be deadly since the product is not labeled correctly. JUST BE HONEST IN YOUR LABELING. The FDA should require the absolute truth on product labeling.

  • Tara

    Thank you Rosie,
    Once you carry a child in your womb you are a mother. Even if your child is unable to continue to grow and stay with you physically. I will always feel connected to my baby girl and to other women who have lost a child in this way.

    Warmly,
    Tara

  • Rosie

    Im terribly sorry for your loss. And admire you for the strength you hold even tho you went through such a loss. Your baby girl was beautiful and very lucky to have a mother who will never try to forget her forever she will be with you. And love you very much for the memory you hold of her.Thanks your story is very touching!

  • john

    Why do they all, including Tamari, have to have vast amounts of sodium!?

  • Connie

    I recently read an article including Bragg Liquid Aminos on the list of foods containing MSG or other names for it. They just say it’s ingredients as “vegetable protein from soybeans & purified water.”

    You are correct that the bottle used to say “No MSG” – but no more. I was appalled to find this out, as I have reactions to MSG & have to be careful what I eat. I believed them & thought this was safe!

    Last year I ended up in the emergency room & had many tests. They couldn’t figure out what was wrong. When my nutritionist read my labs, she identified the source of the problem right away from my elevated creatine levels – MSG.

    I need to contact my nutritionist to inform her that the Braggs Liquid Aminos that they recommended to use in their nutrition handouts contains MSG!

    We should be able to do more with deceptive & misleading labeling!

  • Reading this article was such a bilessng to me today. Thank you for sharing your insights in such an interesting manner. The information has been useful to me and I will continue to use it.

  • Tara

    Thank you for your comment. I have since learned that I must go back and edit this post about ASDs. I was under the impression when first writing this that what I wrote was correct – it was my understanding at the time. Life has been full and I have been unable to get to this! Thank you for bringing it once again to my attention.

    Warmly,
    Tara

  • Anonymous

    While this website and work is interesting and I’m sure is very helpful to many, I want to point out some things that are incorrect. It is important that people are not mislead about autism so we can support those who have it effectively.

    First off, the statement “ASDs is a group of complex developmental disorders, including ADD, ADHD, schizophrenia, autism, depression and dyslexia” is incorrect. You have a number of different diagnosis listed here. “ASD’s” do not include those other diagnosis. I recommend consulting the DSM-V for accurate information on diagnosis mentioned.

    ASD”s are complex. THere is currently no known cause and it is likely a combination of factors. There is no quick and easy “cure” for autism such as adjusting one’s diet. Most of the research today cites many evidence based interventions that assist in the treatment. While many of the interventions stated here in this website may be helpful and healthy practices, they will not cure autism instantly. I think it is important to not mislead people in how they understand this complex disorder and it’s treatment.

    What I write here is all based on the most current research about autism.

  • Tara

    Thank you for the link to your website. What a well-laid out site you have with so much information. Eczema is not my topic of expertise so I am glad to have people know where to go for more. Good luck on your own healing journey 🙂

  • i totally understand what you go through. i have suffered with eczema my whole life and three years ago up until 3-4 months ago it was so severe i wouldnt leave my house for weeks at a time. i am now in control of my problem and have created a website with all kinds of information on preventing a flare-up and treatments that are good/bad. you may find it useful at http://www.eczemastruggle.co.uk we can beat this one day at a time

  • Thanks so much for sharing our post! Great website here!

  • Shirley

    These waffles/pancakes leave your belly comfortably full. Not a drop of pain. I jazz mine up with carrot butter, as suggested, + saute lots of onion with parsley, summer squash and whatever fresh vegetables I have on hand. A big squirt of healthy oil tops it off. It’s so nice feeling comfortable AND full.

  • Tara

    Dorothy,
    I am sorry that you are having trouble purchasing these products. I have had others order recently with no problem and tried it now myself and all went through just fine. Can you tell me where you are trying to ship to and what exactly you are having trouble with? We’ll figure this out!

    Warmly,
    Tara

  • Dorothy Rogers

    Trying to place an order for veg. starterculture and eco-bloom Want to make some cultured vegs and can’t seem to order those products on your site. Please help.

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  • Shirley

    Tara, this is such GREAT NEWS!!! Congratulations to you for figuring out the causes of your initial poor health > adhering to the discipline of the B.E.D. > the benefits of a healthy body and mind. It is a gift that you realized you have crossed the bridge into health and can let go of the unhealthy mentality. Who would have thought that even possible?! Your whole being radiates health, well-being and joy. I am so very very happy for you! Turn to the next chapter of your book and let’s see what we will find. lol, Shirley

  • Shirley

    Works beautifully! Thank you so much, Tomas, for your spectacular work. No more staying up all night keeping temps stable with heating pads and coolers.

  • Jenneta

    Tara, hi!

    Thank you immensely for your reply. I have a question about colon cleansing. I am wondering if you did enemas on your son to help him heal or did you just rely on the diet to cleanse his colon? I am doing colonics now for myself and I am feeling so much better, the difference is huge. I am thinking if I should do it for my son, too.
    And also, do you know what should be the ratio of good yeast to bad yeast in our gut?
    Thank you so much! I am so glad to have found your website.
    Jenneta
    P.S. As an expert, do you think it is absolutely necessary to do GAPS intro diet to heal the digestive track and eliminate food sensitivities or can it be done with stage 1 BED?

  • Tara

    That is homemade pumpkin seed butter 🙂

  • Shirley

    What is that on the crackers in your photo? An herb butter? It sure looks tasty.

  • Shirley

    Very helpful. You even answered my question regarding timing of use within the B.E.D. Thank you!

  • Tara

    Jenneta,
    Your son may be craving fats while taking Young Green Coconut Kefir because his body is shedding toxins and repairing tissue, which is made up of cells. Healthy fats feed every cell in our body, so we need plenty of fats! Especially when a lot of old tissue is being replaced with new tissue as happens on a healing diet such as Happy Bellies Diet.

    I am a big fan of healthy fats and the role that they play to heal a damaged digestive tract. It is proven that natural unadulterated animal fats, dairy fats, egg yolks, fresh fish and other natural sources of fat are essential to health.

    Natural fats help to restore a strong immune system. The brain is made mostly of fat and needs fats to function well! Animal fat contain the amino acid, glutamine, which is primary source of fuel for every single one of our cells!

    That said, if the gut lining is permeable and irritated eating meat stock or soups instead of bone broth or the actual fat on the meat, may be easier on a healing digestive system – especially when digestive enzymes are low.

    Meat stocks differ from bone broth as they are carefully strained of cooked saturated fat. This is done cooking some meat on a bone with water for a short period of time and placing it in the refrigerator where the fat will harden and rise to the top to be skimmed off.

    Your son may be healing fast as children usually do and be ready for cooked saturated fats and bone broths. My children would choose roasted marrow any day over most other foods! I do not hold back as they are receptive and salivate for good fats. I eat them too and my cholesterol levels have been better than ever the past 3 years in eating the way I do. Coconut oil, egg yolks, raw cultured butter, bone marrow, bone stocks and meat stews, liver, etc. are all wonderful forms of fat. I also now use the fat that rises to top of my meat stock or bone broth and use it to cook the rest of our food with.

    Here is a great video by the Healthy Home Economist about the benefits of healthy fats: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9A-30Twp1k

    As for your question about parasites..Our doctor diagnosed my oldest with parasites (intestinal) as he was itching like mad down there and had a lot of irritation in the area.

  • Tara

    Jenneta,
    I had the Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis test redone (http://www.gdx.net/product/10140).

    I knew before this test that I had gained control over my systemic Candida because many of my symptoms had disappeared. While there are many symptoms identified with systemic candida, those listed below are most common:

    Headaches
    Feeling Spacey or disconnected with ones surroundings
    Fatigue
    Excessive sleeping
    Insomnia
    Digestive complaints
    Diarrhea and/or constipation
    Tingling of hands/feet
    Vaginal discharge
    Repeated vaginal infections
    Adult onset allergies
    Sensitivity to smells

    Systemic Candida is usually diagnosed by appearance and symptoms and lab tests are performed if infection does not clear with treatment. There is no real accurate medical test for systemic candida, as once the organism has left the intestinal tract and entered the blood stream it is difficult to trace.

    One of the best ways to determine if a systemic yeast problem is present is by observing your symptoms. If you are uncertain whether you may have a systemic yeast problem, a great first step is to take Donna Gates’ Candida Evaluation Test(found in The Body Ecology Diet book). This test can also be accessed online at http://bodyecology.com/quiz.php.

  • Jenneta

    Tara,
    It says that it took you two years to clear yeast out of your system. What tests did you use to find it out?
    Thank you,
    Jenneta

  • Jenneta

    Tara,
    thank you very much for such a thorough reply. Do you mind me asking why you are concentrating on healthy fats to heal your son’s sensitivities? My son craves fats when he drinks a lot of YCK and I would like to know the connection between them. I have read somewhere that high fat diet can also feed candida. Did you find it true in your experience?
    Also, how did you find out that your oldest had parasites? I am wondering the same thing with my oldest, as well.
    Thank you,
    Jenneta

  • Shirley

    Watch out for Bragg’s Ginger & Sesame Salad Dressing. Their Liquid Aminos are the 3rd ingredient listed. Too bad because this is a great tasting dressing.

  • Shirley

    Thank you for this! I found an almost empty bottle of the liquid aminos in my cupboard. It’s now in recycling. Will share your blog with the owners of my store.

  • Shirley

    Tara, it looks like you use the core and all of the cabbage. Is that right? Also, I couldn’t hear the variations after the cabbage/beet one. Would you, please, write out those variations? Fun seeing the kids. Great job, Tomas and Tara!

  • Tara

    Both of my kids have been enjoying B.E.D. now for over 3 years. They love all the foods, including the sea veggies. Mind you I was fully macrobiotic before finding BED so they were already used to eating foods other kids may be less familiar with. Children’s bodies heal so much faster as they have so much more life energy than the average adult! My oldest nearly died from leaky gut and undiagnosed food sensitivities when he was 2 years old. He is now 10 years old and can eat ANYTHING. Though he does not and makes very good choices! My youngest still eats only what he is served. Both of my boys showed a lot of improvement in their health within 2 months of starting the body ecology diet. Many of those health issues have not returned.

    My youngest is still quite sensitive in some areas and we focus in on him with more fermented cod liver oil and good fats and egg yolks and organ meats, etc. He loves bone marrow and hiziki sea veggie with gusto!! Neither of my kids have been “diagnosed” with yeast overgrowth. Yet, because I had been diagnosed with systemic Candida when they were young and the fact that it is the mom who passes her gut flora on to the kids I very much felt that yeast overgrowth played a key role in both their issues. I had taken IV antibiotics during the birth of my youngest and his health suffered quite some with breath holding spells, mini seizures, thrush, cradle cap and diarrhea/bloating/gas as a toddler. My oldest had chronic parasites, bowel issues and lots of food sensitivities throughout life. Neither have these issues anymore, though my youngest still has a spell of diarrhea on the odd day, mostly due to poor food combining at school (fruit with grain).

    I did have a consultation with Donna Gates when I was first diagnosed with Candida and she said to work on my own health first before attempting kids. I am so glad she said this. As I would have been overwhelmed to deal with so much at the time of learning all there was to learn!

    I did not use supplements other than fermented cod liver oil and Body Ecology’s Vitality Green Powder and Potent Proteins. We eat real food that is whole, properly combined and gluten-sugar-yeast free 🙂

    May all bellies be happy!

  • Tara

    Jenneta,
    I am not sure if quinoa would work as well in nori as millet does as it is a bit more mushy and. Perhaps try cooking your quinoa with a bit of amaranth or teff and use a bit less water than usual and that may work.
    I do not cook a bunch of different dishes for each of my kids. We all eat together at meals and there is usually enough variety for us all to choose from to be happy! My kids have very open palettes and eat almost anything. They beg for fermented cod liver oil each day and will ask for cultured veggie juice like it was candy 🙂
    My youngest who is 5 years old has never had a drop of sugar in his life or gluten.
    He has been eating the Body Ecology way for about 3 years now and his health has improved in many ways.
    You mention wanting more recipes for kids…have you checked out BEDROK (body ecology diet recovery for kids)??
    Here is link to them http://www.bedrokcommunity.org/.
    They have lots of recipes there and ideas as well as an active discussion board to ask away on your questions.
    You may want to check that out!
    Warmly,
    Tara

  • Tara

    We do not have that one written down nor have I ever made it but I believe he put in there soaked flax seeds with Herbamore, diced scallions and hmmm I think that is it. I have also seen him use an egg yolk and some raw grated goat cheese in there too 🙂

  • Tara

    You guys are so sweet! Yes, a cookbook for kids (Happy Bellies for Kids!!) is in the works as are many other projects at the moment 🙂 My son and I love to cook together and now that he is reading and writing can write his recipes down on his own. We will keep everyone in the loop!!

  • Michelle

    Wow! Tara sounds like your doing a great job raising your son. He sounds smart, confident, thoughtful and even health conscious.

    Ben, I agree with Shirley. Would love to make your breakfast dishes or buy a B.E.D. inspired kids recipe book. Your a great example to kids and adults alike trying to live a healthier lifestyle.

  • Jonathan

    That is awesome! I agree with Shirley: could we see the flax pancakes recipe? Looks like a delicious breakfast.

  • Tara

    Jenneta,
    That is a great question.
    I typically recommend people start taking bone stocks and more saturated animal fat once they’ve made progress in balancing gut flora and are able to digest fats properly.

    Yet, meat stocks (which are milder than bone stock) can be used while healing gut dysbiosis, especially if one has a leaky gut (where the intestinal lining is permeable).

    Meat is highly recommended in the early stages of healing gut flora imbalances, yet this food can be tough to digest for those with dysbiosis. That said meat stocks can be made and carefully strained of the cooked saturated fat that rises to the top.

    Bone stock provides amazing properties and fuel for the intestinal cells, helping to close up gaps in a leaky gut. Glutamine, also found in bone broth, is important metabolic fuel for cells in the small intestine. All said bone stocks and animal fats are wonderful to move towards as soon as you are able.

    During stage 1 of healing gut flora imbalances you can experiment with small amounts of easier to digest fats such as cultured, raw butter; ghee; coconut oil; fermented cod liver oil; egg yolks; young green coconut “pudding”; goat/cow milk kefir (if tolerated); wild salmon; sardines; olive oil; olives; avocado; X-Factor Butter Oil (Green Pasture); and other healthy fats such as soaked nuts and seeds.

    Lamb makes a nice meat stock that is gentle, soothing and full of healthy fats and using lamb stew meat can usually be tolerated by those healing the gut in the initial stages.

  • Shirley

    Oh, please, Ben. Would you write up your recipes? I’d LOVE to make your breakfast! I think I can figure out how to do everything except the flax seed pancakes. Would you write up that one?

  • Jenneta

    Tara, thank you for your tips. It is funny that you put green smoothie in quotations. I have been making this kind of smoothie, as well, but I add avocado to it which makes it super creamy. Is this ok? Vita-mix is one of my kitchen “babies”, I love it. I eat flax dill crackers with coconut oil or guacamole, I cant tolerate dairy yet. Hopefully, one day I will be able to add raw cultured butter and ghee. I love the idea of cooked egg yolks wrapped in nori. Can I replace millet with quinoa? Millet is one of my food sensitivities. I have over 30 foods that I am sensitive to.
    How about your kids? Do they eat the same breakfast as you or do you serve them something different? I would love to get more ideas about kid-friendly BED breakfast.
    Again thank you immensely for all your tips,
    Jenneta

  • Tara

    Jenneta,
    I get my 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide online at Live Superfoods. You may be able to find yours more locally at a pharmacy, etc. but I have not had luck in my area.
    Tara

  • Tara

    Jenneta,
    Right now I am on a kick with a “green smoothie” with lettuce, lemon, water, green stevia powder, sour green apple, celery and sea salt. It is yummy! Sometimes I change things up by adding in Potent Proteins, chia seeds, ginger, cranberries or sprouted sunflower seeds. I have a Vita-Mix that works like a charm in making smooth smoothies!! After this smoothie settles (and if I feel like I need more in my belly) I might have flax crackers with ghee/cultured raw butter/guacomole, lightly sauteed egg yolks with fresh dill wrapped in nori and millet, mashed squash or leftover soup. I tend to keep things light and moist in the morning until about 11am when I am ready for something more substantial and “meaty”. Of course, this is what works for me at this point in my life…

  • Tara

    Jenneta,
    If you can find raw, dried and shredded coconut then you can just add some coconut kefir to that with some water and let it sit in a warm spot for a few hours. Then drain and rinse and you can either use it as it is OR dehydrate it again. If this process is too lengthy than just hold off on using dried coconut until the gut flora is balanced and you can handle this sweet food again.

  • Jenneta

    Tara,
    thanks for the recipe. I am confused about rendered fat benefits to heal the gut. Donna says that cooked saturated fats may feed pathogenic flora in an unhealthy digestive system, thats why I have been tossing the fat lately. What is your thought on this? Personally, I love dishes made with animal fats because I grew up eating meals made with them.
    Thank you,
    Jenneta

  • Jenneta

    Tara,
    Thank you for your reply. I did soak and dehydrate organic sesame seeds. I use them to make myself coco oil sesame seed candy that I like to have with my herbal tea. I grew up drinking tea throughout the day with sth sweet aside and I cant kick that habit no matter what I do. So I end up making candy sweetened with stevia and enjoying my afternoon detox tea or red raspberry calcium tea with it in the evening.
    I have a question about dried coconut. How do you culture it? I make coconut milk out of coconut flakes and culture it with YCK. But I never tried culturing the flakes on their own.
    Thank you again for all your help,
    Jenneta

  • Jenneta

    What do you usually serve for breakfast? I feel like I have other meals down except breakfast as long as 80/20 goes.
    Thank you,
    Jenneta

  • Jenneta

    Tara,
    where do you get your food grade hydrogen peroxide?
    thanks,
    Jenneta

  • Jenneta

    Tara,
    My son and I have many food allergies and sensitivities due to our leaky gut and candida overgrowth. I have been doing BED with him and for me for a while now and I have seen improvement in him and a bit in me. I slipped a few times, but kept strict with him. Did you cure your son’s food sensitivities just doing the BED or did you have to use supplements, as well? How long did it take you and your son to overcome yeast overgrowth? How diligent did you have to be with your diet to achieve the results you wanted? I am sorry for asking so many questions, but I really want to heal my gut and my baby’s gut, too. I am still learning and implementing BED principles even though I have been at it for a year.
    Thank you very much,
    Jenneta

  • Tara

    Jenneta,
    I do follow 80/20 with just about all my meals.
    I like to serve these waffles with Creamy Carrot Butter (http://www.happybellies.net/basic-recipes/creamy-carrot-butter/) and arame seaweed sauteed with onion.
    My boys especially love 1 or 2 raw egg yolks in a nest of the Creamy Carrot Butter while it is still hot so the egg yolk cooks a bit on the very bottom.
    We always have a small serving of steamed kale or other leafy green too.
    We sprinkle the whole thing with hemp seeds or soaked sunflower/pumpkin seeds and we all feel very satisfied!!
    Don’t forget the cultured veggies 🙂
    The ideas are endless!!!
    Tara

  • Jenneta

    Tara,
    Do you follow 80/20 with breakfast, as well? Or do you just serve waffles on their own for breakfast?
    Thank you,
    Jenneta
    P.S. I tried this recipe, they are yummy.

  • Tara

    Thank you Shirley for your appreciation! It took me quite some time to make those charts and I am happy to know that others are benefiting from them 🙂

  • Tara

    Jenneta,
    I buy my raw almonds from a raw food supplier here in Vermont. You can also buy them online. Otherwise most “raw” almonds found in the bulk section in health food stores have been flash pasteurized and are no longer considered a live food. They will not sprout properly in this state.

    Sesame seeds and tahini are not on Stage 1 of The Body Ecology Diet as they go rancid easily, especially in tahini form. Whole sesame seeds are also more susceptible to contamination by the mold aspergillus. If you are going to eat sesame seeds than it is best to soak them for 12 hours in warm water and a warm spot or until slightly sprouted. This way they can be made easier to digest and more nourishing for those with gut sensitivities.

    May all bellies be happy!!
    Tara

  • Tara

    I do not add any water to my Food Grade hydrogen peroxide….Just straight I find to be just fine!!

  • Jenneta

    Hi Tara!
    Where do you get your raw almonds? Also, I am sensitive to all BED seeds and almonds, too, except chia seeds and flax. How bad is it to use sesame seeds and/or tahini once or twice a week while healing the gut?
    Thank you,
    Jenneta

  • Jenneta

    Hi Tara!
    Thank you for sharing your recipe and the video. What is the ratio of peroxide to water in your spritzer bottle?
    Thank you,
    Jenneta

  • Shirley

    Would love recipes other than the way Thomas eats it.

  • Shirley

    These Stage 1 & 2 lists are extremely helpful. I keep a copy of each in my B.E.D. binder and a copy in the car for trips to the grocery store. Thank you for making these up and for sharing them with us.

  • Shirley

    So much good information from you, Tara, and you too, Mari. I never knew the bit about the body’s reaction to travel. Will have to pay more attention to the body over mind. What is your source for the baked blue corn chips? I haven’t been able to find any in my store that don’t have canola or another of the “forbidden” oils. And (1) deli meats are really okay? (2) why not eat the egg whites? Thank you for leading the way, both of you.

  • Tara

    Thank you! You can replace coconut oil with high-quality ghee or palm fruit oil if you tolerate it.

  • Shirley

    Tara, these kisses look super good! Wish I weren’t “allergic” to coconut oil. I bet they are awfully tasty. Excellent for Valentine’s Day when cut in these heart shapes. Good going! Shirley

  • Tara

    Hilda,
    Are you following the Body Ecology Diet?
    I wrote a post on a simple Athlete’s Foot remedy at http://www.happybellies.net/home-remedies/athletes-foot-home-remedy/
    If you test for Candida, the Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis with Parasitology test is highly recommended.
    I know many Naturopathic doctors carry this test and I believe you can also self-order it, but not entirely sure.
    A Happy New Year to you!
    Tara

  • So excited to see an approach to preventing GBS as well as options for healing. Thank you, Tara!

  • Hilda Cobb

    Thanks so much, Tara, for sharing your story and reaching out to others. I feel pretty certain that I have an overgrowth of candida. I’ve had digestive issues for as long as I can remember. Probably my most annoying symptom is Athlete’s Foot, which I’ve had for more than 4 years now. I’m having a very difficult time getting rid of it, and I now have a couple of toenails that are infected. I have been using the Body Ecology cultures to make fermented food dishes for a couple of months now. I started to see a little improvement, but with the Christmas holidays, I gave in to temptation and had a little bit of chocolate and some fruit, and I can tell that it has affected me in a negative way. I am getting back on track now and guess this is going to take a while to overcome and will mean permanent lifestyle changes to keep under control. I know I have a problem with candida, but I may want to be tested for official confirmation. Thanks again for sharing your story!

  • Tara

    Hilda,
    I was tested using the Comprehensive Stool Test Analysis and Quests Diagnostics Blood Test. The stool test consisted of 5 tubes that held 5 days worth of samples of my bowels. This test was mailed by my Naturopathic doctor to a special laboratory. At the time I had all the symptoms of compromised digestion (bloating, heartburn, constant pain in my stomach/intestines, constipation, diarrhea, etc). Both tests showed high levels of Candida in the bowel and blood.

    Unlike a localized yeast infection (i.e. vaginal or colon yeast infection) I had an internal overgrowth of this yeast. My issue most likely began when I was a young child due to a leaky gut that allowed Candida organisms to pass through the intestinal lining into the bloodstream (along with undigested food molecules) and move deep into the softer tissues of my body, especially my brain (I was diagnosed with ADD at the age of 15).

    You can read more about my own personal experience with Candida on my website at http://www.happybellies.net/.

    Warmly,
    Tara

  • Hilda Cobb

    How were you diagnosed with systemic candid? I asked my medical doctor about testing me for candida, but he wasn’t interested in checking me. Actually, I’m not sure he really knew how to test me. Anyway Thanks! I’m enjoying your website!!!

  • Tara

    Renee,
    I am glad to hear of your excitement about making cultured veggies! They have truly become a mainstay in my own families diet and we rarely go a day without them 🙂 It sounds like you have found a perfect environment to “incubate” them in and that is such a relief. Just make sure temp. does not go below 70 and is consistently not more than about 72 degrees and you are good to go. I check on mine daily while they are culturing as they do become like babies once ou invest in making them!! If you find that you would like to try the starter let me know as doing so ensures you a very potent finished product. Also, if you have any digestive issues whatsoever the extra counts of good flora in the cultured starter can give you the therapeutic levels needed to replenish and maintain good probiotic levels in the digestive tract, especially the colon.
    I have a “step-by-step” video on YouTube video making the cv recipe you learned in case you want to check that out… https://www.youtube.com/my_videos_edit?ns=1&feature=vm&video_id=gjAeRNGfwBw
    Do keep in touch about your success or questions!
    Warmly,
    Tara

  • Renee Lagala

    Hi, Tara. I am looking forward to trying to make some cultured vegetables. I was very glad I went to your workshop at the co-op. I was giving up my knitting group, and I am glad I did!
    I am going to try to make some without the packaged culture. With your generous gift, I am noticing a difference in my “morning constitution.” I knew I needed some help in the digestive area of my life, and I am fortunate that I saw the workshop and attended.
    I will keep in touch to let you know how it’s going. I am investigating spots in my basement because I have a pellet stove down there that will keep the atmosphere warmer than on the main floor. So far, it has hovered around 69 – 72 degrees. I am also thinking about just keeping it in a cooler in my kitchen and checking on it frequently (I will put a slightly microwaved item in there to keeping the temperature up). Anyway, it’s all very impressive and I am a believer that food can be medicine.
    Thanks again!

  • Tara

    Mine were slightly sour but delicious. Did you use a mandolin? This is an essential tool and your product will come out quite different without one as it is hard to get a thin crunchy (non-soggy) chip otherwise. I am not a big tool kind-of-cook but a mandolin is very handy to have around for such a recipe!

  • Tara

    Mari,
    Our camping trip was a success albeit the mosquitoes and horse flies! I will be posting soon on our adventure…now about your own long car-trip this summer and desire for animal protein along the way.

    *Ghee is a good fat to have on hand.

    *I would suggest dehydrating (do you have a dehydrator?) some meat jerky.

    *Raw egg yolks are wonderful. I have 2-3 a day mixed with coconut spoon meat but you could mix it with cow kefir/yogurt if your body tolerates dairy. Otherwise they can be mixed with a variety of foods (dropped into hot soup or atop a bed of steaming hot vegetables).

    *Will you be bringing a portable stove? If so, you can find fresh fish and meats along the way and cook them up this way. I can recommend a couple different single burner gas stoves if you would like.

    *You could also make raw butter beforehand and add in a substantial amount of sea salt to preserve it.

    *It is not usually tough these days to find deli turkey, or other hormone-free meats, in grocery stores. They are great as sandwich roll-ups.

    *If you are staying with friends call them ahead of your arrival and let them know you would love some fresh meat and vegetables for a homemade meal 🙂

    How does all that sound??
    Good luck and keep us posted on your own success!
    Best,
    Tara

  • Mari

    They fermented for two days, temperaure was between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius.
    I rinsed and peeled them, and cut them into thin slices.

    Are they not supposed to taste sour at all?

    All the best,
    Mari

  • Mari

    Once again, thank you for your fabulous blog and for your engagement.
    Did you go on your camping trip yet? Can’t wait to hear about what you brought and what you experienced.

    I myself am preparing a long on-the-road tour with my band, and I am packing cultured veggies into jars, excited for how they will react to long days in a hot tour bus with only a portable cooler to keep them fresh. Any ideas on how to get animal fat and protein without a fridge (I am counting on occasional access to kitchens on the way)?

    Love and peace be with you, Tara!

  • Tara

    Mari,

    I am really enjoying your questions as they have me thinking and wondering more myself!
    I poised some of your questions to a friend of mine who has been following B.E.D. much longer than I and she and I agree on the following:

    1) Black currant juice is mentioned by Donna as fine in Stage 1 and is great for the adrenals. Just eat them fresh/juiced rather than dried.
    2) Donna also wrote a recent newsletter on watermelon slush in the summer as being very good for you at this particular time of year and is fine for stage one as is one made with kiwis.
    3) Still do eat the fruits alone when fermented or with protein fats, such as soaked seeds and almonds, cultured dairy and so on

    Warmly,
    Tara

  • Tara

    Mari,
    How long did you ferment them for?
    What was your temperature?
    Did you rinse them first?
    I see that I did not mention to take that step but it is an important one, especially for minimizing sour-flavor.
    Sometimes if the equipment used was not fully clean then more bacteria than is helpful can be introduced during the fermentation process leading to the product becoming overly sour.
    I will revise my writing to make note of both of these things.
    Let me know how your next batch comes out.
    Warmly,
    Tara

  • Mari

    Hi Tara!

    I tried fermenting the sweet potatoes at home and they just turned out incredibly sour. It didn’t taste so well cooked so now I just eat them raw instead. Did you ever experience this? Did I ferment them too long?

    /M

  • Mari

    Many thanks for your thorough answer. I will let you know how it goes next time there’s a flight coming up 🙂

  • Mari

    Dear Tara!

    Summertime = lovely, tempting fruits and berries wherever I go. Since I’m recovering from Candida and keeping to Stage 1 of the BED, I’m avoiding all other fruits than cranberies, currants, limes and lemons. However, there are many berries here in Scandinavia (red currant, green currant) that aren’t mentioned in The Body Ecology Diet book. As long as they are sour, it should be fine to eat them, right?

    Also, I’ve tried to ferment watermelon slush (m-m-m!) and kiwis (even better!) which takes the sugar out of them and make them nice and sour. Then I add Stevia to make them sweet again, and this works great. I haven’t found any info on fermented fruits anywhere on the web or in the BED book though, and I’m unsure if these foods are allowed once the sugar has been fermented away. Do you know anything about it?

    Since fruits are best eaten alone, I have the fermented fruits on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning, either as a drink or in a smoothie wih herbs and some greens, and wait an hour before eating proteins/ grains etc.
    I’m also wondering if you think it is possible to combine them with other things when they’re fermented?

    Love and light,
    Mari

  • Shirley Carpenter

    Wow! I’d LOVE for you to be my personal food organizer on my long distance travels! So much thought and such beautiful meals in a limited amount of space. I’d like to hear the sequel of how everything went.

  • Shirley Carpenter

    Thomas has given me a whole new perspective on fish heads!

  • Tara

    Dear Emily,
    Thank you for your great feedback on my blog! It is all coming together as it all does. I am glad you have been in touch with the Welters. They are a wonderful group of people doing good things in our bit of the world. Who else? Well, there is a woman who works at the Co-op who has a great blog (http://nourishingcuisine.blogspot.com/2011/05/nourish-and-protect-with-macrobiotic.html) and she cooks macrobiotically and I do believe she is responsible for all those delicious sea veggie dishes you might see at the Co-op deli! Also, Blake Gould is a macrobiotic counselor over in Stowe. He is very knowledgeable and has had a practice for a long time now. He can surely connect you with other macrobiotic folks in and around Central Vermont if you are interested. At one point I had interest in forming a once a month potluck for people to share food and come together. I just never seemed to be able to bring that one together for various reasons! This is a wonderful community we live in and I myself feel blessed to be a part of its richness. Much luck to you and do stay in touch…Tara

  • Tara

    Dear Mari,
    Thank you for your excitement. I am glad you found your way to my site! I truly love sharing all I am learning and have learned. I think it is so valuable for us all to do so.
    As for your questions:
    1) Traveling by plane with cultured vegetables. I have posed this same question to two of my teachers. What I understand is that they should be okay on the airplane. Most fermented foods will be fine at room temperature for several hours to a couple days, as long as they are not way over-cultured. Pack them securely alongside ice in a ziploc. I would open the lid a bit to release some of the built-up pressure right before flying. Also try making them only a day or 2 before your trip so they are less “explosive”. Mari, I honestly do not know how they will fair. Perhaps someone with more experience will come along and share what they know on the subject! If it is particularly warm where luggage is stored you can try: (1)squeeze out all “soda” and pack the drained cultured veggies in ziplocs and double bag,(2) blend the cultured veggies with flax seeds/ground almonds/carrots/green apple/seasonings and dehydrate into crackers so they still have their enzymes intact. They are yummy, safe for travel, do not stink (!), and kids love ‘em…well, at least my kids do

    2) Freezing coconut water. Hmmm. I have heard different thoughts on this, many say that though it changes the molecular structure of the water it still works. I think nowadays you can most easily find a health food store that carries the canned coconut water. Though I do not recommend it, it comes in real handy when you are in a pinch as well as it cuts down on your worry. You are better off using the coconut water fresh on your days home and then freezing the spoon meat itself for travelling. The meat can stand up better to the freezer due to its solidity and retains water differently than does the liquid coconut water. Don’t you think? I do this quite often myself. I will freeze 1/2 a case of the spoon meat itself after it has been blended but not fermented. I then thaw it accordingly and culture as usual. A frozen bag of coconut meat puree will be fine on an airplane and will help keep your other foods nice and cold!! I always take a bag or 2 when I travel and then some of the kefir to culture it. Even if you are only taking carry-on luggage, you are allowed to bring up to 4 oz. of liquid. The perfect amount of coco. kefir to culture 4-5 coconuts worth of spoon meat!! BTW, I also bring along a quart-size mason jars to ferment it in.

    Below are 2 articles on the subject that you may find helpful:
    http://bodyecology.com/articles/effective-tips-healthy-travel-vacation.php

    Please keep in touch as to how it all works for you as I am interested, as I am sure others are too.

    Warmly,
    Tara

  • Tara

    Dorsey,
    Thank you for your support and I a glad you are enjoying what you are seeing thus far!!
    Warmly,
    Tara

  • Tara

    Desiree,
    When such a rash is found on the face, there stands a good chance that it is related to the food that he is consuming (or you if giving him your breast milk). Of course one must also rule out the fabric of clothing that his face and head are rubbing up against during the day/night. There are times when certain fabrics (clothing/sheets) /detergents /lotions /soap can trigger a rash, especially if you are nursing. I, myself, tend to look a bit deeper at what is off balance internally for the body to react so wildly to something outside of itself. It is my opinion that most rashes are triggered from the types of food being placed into our bodies. Also, if he was only 2 months old when the rash began it makes good sense to look first and foremost at his diet, along with yours if you are nursing. The skin is one of the main organs of elimination and one can see quite quickly (in most cases) what foods are affecting the person. The skin is a valuable tool to be able to observe. As you begin to make changes in you and/or your child’s diet you can feel comforted to know that you can use this very visible part of his body to gauge how he is doing overall. His bowel movements are also good to observe and can tell you a lot about his inner state. The face is a very tender place with skin that is much more soft in places than other parts of the body so when we are affected by an irritant the face tends to be one of the first places the rash will present itself, along with the back of the knees, the elbow, the inner part of the thigh…especially in babies and so on. Not knowing the types of foods being used in your diet, it is hard for me to know what foods may be affecting him. Desiree, an elimination diet may be very helpful to you to narrow down things. Hope my words have helped some…you are doing great. Sometimes, we must only bring our full attention to something for it to change.
    Warmly,
    Tara

  • Mari

    Dear Tara

    I found your blog a couple of days ago and I am amazed and thrilled to read and learn from your experience. As a Body Ecology newbie this is most valuable! Thank you for taking the time to share your exciting discoveries.

    I read this post with particular interest as I am a musician and travel a lot. I have taken a couple of short trips lately (max. 5 days) and brought loads of cultured veggies in glass jars, stored in a travel sized cooler and borrowing the fridge at my destination. I don’t have a car and travel by bus and train, so it has to be easy to carry all this stuff around.

    I am currently trying to find an answer to how I’m going to do this traveling by plane. You say that “Travelling by plane with cultured vegetables is somewhat do-able”. How would you pack it?
    “Anyhow what I love the most about cultured vegetables is the juice emitted from them, so fizzy and alive, and definitely not able to travel by plane without major explosions!!” How does this work? I’m wondering if a packed glass of veggies + juice would explode? Aren’t the temperatures in the luggage cabin very low?
    And for the coconut kefir – how do you think it would work if you froze the fresh, un-fermented coconut milk and fermented them at your destination? Or does freezing it alter its structure and damage the fermenting process?

    Love and light,
    Mari (in the middle of a thunder storm!)

    but not coconut kefir unless it is frozen, by which some of its potency will be lost. Anyhow what I love the most about cultured vegetables is the juice emitted from them, so fizzy and alive, and definitely not able to travel by plane without major explosions!!

  • Emily

    Tara, I just found your website. I’m also in Central Vermont and am 5 months into integrating macrobiotics into my life. I’ve connected with the folks who own Rhapsody in Montpelier but am looking for more people who follow a macrobiotic lifestyle. Any ideas or leads? I look forward to reading your blog! Looks great! Emily (Barre, VT).

  • Desiree

    My son is # months old and since he was 2 months,he has had red scaly rough patches on is scalp,cheeks and forehead cou;d it be Eczema?

  • Tara

    Hi Emily,

    Thank you for your post…I am sorry to not have responded sooner but I am just now learning my way around the site.
    Todd has been helping me quite a bit to get started and I sit with a web designer/programmer this month to get things really flowing and more professional. At that point I will go public with the site.

    Yes, I hear from so many, especially parents of young children, who have eczema.
    I will soon be posting about the difference between eczema and psoriasis for I have been asked many times about these 2 different, yet strikingly similar, conditions.
    Dietary changes and home remedies that help one will often help the other.
    For now, I get the basic structure of my site figured out before I can attend to the joys of “blogging”.
    Lots of love and talk soon,
    Tara

  • Emily Gatewood

    Hi Tara, I really enjoyed your article. As eczema has been my most chronic health concern, I am always up on wanting to learn more, and hoping someday to cure myself, stress and possibly hormones seem to be the biggest trigger for me. We will be down in MA this coming weekend, maybe we’ll see you? Hope all is well with you guys, Emily

  • My sister suggested this blog and its excellent. keep up the good work!

  • Shirley Carpenter

    These look soooo yummy!! Can’t wait for you to publish recipes.

  • Shirley Carpenter

    Tara, thank you so very much for sharing your knowledge in nugget size bites. Memorable and appreciated in this way. Shirley

  • Shirley Carpenter

    Tara, it is fun to see your fantastic childhood imagination evolve into the world of being equally creative in the world of food allergies. I am so proud of you growing so beautifully in this area. You are helping others learn skills and build confidence as they chew away (ha!) at their own food issues.

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