These are your foods people!!
B.E.D. was created by Donna Gates and is a way of eating designed to give the gut a chance to rest ‘n repair. The foods listed below are for stage 1. They’re nutrient-dense, probiotic-rich, easy-to-digest, and ‘gluten/sugar/yeast’ free.
If you practice food combining when you eat these foods, you’ll give your gut even more of a break and can more quickly relieve any health symptoms that you may have and jump-start your body’s ability to be a self-healing mechanism.
Most of these foods can be found at your local health food store or made at home. Try to source organic food so that you can avoid pesticides, herbicides, synthetic hormones, and antibiotic residues. None of which are healing.
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* During the first part of B.E.D. stage 1, you’ll want to limit/avoid any food marked with an (*) if you have diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, etc. You can weave these foods back in after about 6 weeks or so as long as you’re making progress and feeling better. Don’t rush the process! Be patient and remember that the stronger your health issue, the longer it can take to heal.
B.E.D. Grocery List for Stage 1
Choose free-range, grass-fed, antibiotic and hormone-free.
- Beef and Veal
- Cold-Water Fish (salmon, sardines, smelt, shad, anchovies)
- Egg Yolks (omega 3-rich)
- Fish Eggs (Roe)
- Organs (kidneys, heart, liver)
- Pheasant, Pigeon and Quail
- Tuna (water-packed)
- Wild Game (bison, elk, venison)
- Glycerine-Based, Non-Alcohol Flavorings (vanilla extract, etc.)
- Pure Vanilla Powder
- Stevia Extract/Powder
- Bone Stock*
- Meat Stock
- Pure Water (filtered, noncarbonated, high-mineral or catalyst-altered)
- Tea without citric acid (esp. pau d’arco, green, ginger, echinacea, kukicha, raspberry leaf)
- Vegetable Broth
- Vegetable Green Juice (raw)
Choose products made with raw, grass-fed, and organic cow or goat or camel or sheep milk.
Choose organic and unrefined.
- Barlean’s Essential Man/Woman
- Coconut Milk (fresh, cultured)
- Coconut Oil (virgin, cold-pressed)
- Fermented Cod Liver Oil
- Flax Seed Oil
- Hazel Nut Oil
- Hemp Seed Oil
- Macadamia Nut Oil
- Olive Oil (extra virgin)
- Olives (water-packed)
- Pumpkin Seed Oil (roasted)
- Siberian Pine Nut Oil
- X-Factor High Vitamin Butter Oil (Green Pasture’s)
Choose organic, local, ripe fruit, and food combine!
- Apple, Sour Green
- Black Currants
- Cranberries (fresh or frozen)
- Noni Juice
Choose to soak, sprout, and cook ‘The Body Ecology Way’!
- Millet Puffs*
- Quinoa Flakes*
- Agar Flakes
- Sea Palm
Choose raw and unpasteurized and soak seeds and nuts. If you want to store them for long periods then dehydrate them!
- Chia Seeds
- Hemp Seeds
- Lima Beans
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Sunflower Seeds
Salt, Seasonings & Spices
- Herbs and Spices (especially anti-fungals: cinnamon, coriander, garlic, ginger, turmeric)
- Celtic Sea Salt, Original Himalayan Pink Salt, or REAL Salt
- Eden Raw Wine
- Garden Herbs
- Mustard and Horseradish (made with apple cider vinegar)
- “Sea Seasonings” (dulse/nori/kelp with garlic or ginger)
- Shiso Condiment
- Umeboshi Plum
- Umeboshi Vinegar
Choose certified organic, naturally grown vegetables from small farms with good soil management techniques. Enjoy raw, frozen or cooked vegetables free of genetically modified organisms. Consume bulk of raw vegetables in summer (only if tolerated) and cultured or cooked vegetables in the winter.
- Bamboo Shoots
- Beet Greens
- Bok Choy
- Brussels Sprouts
- Burdock Root*
- Celery & Celery Root
- Collard Greens
- Dandelion Greens
- Green Beans
- Lamb’s Quarters
- Mushrooms (shiitake,maitake-dried only & Portobello – cooked only)
- Mustard Greens
- Radishes (red & daikon)
- Red Bell Peppers
- Red-Skinned Potatoes (if not sensitive to nightshades)
- Sprouts (except mung bean)
- Swiss Chard
- Yellow Squash
- Artichokes, French, not Jerusalem (fresh/canned without citric acid)
- English Peas
- Jerusalem Artichokes
- Sweet Corn (mild starch when cooked and non-starch when raw)*
- Water Chestnuts
- Winter Squash (butternut, delicate, spaghetti squash, kabocha)
B.E.D. Support with Tara (via phone/Skype)
Brown, S. & Trivieri, L. (2006). The Acid Alkaline Food Guide. Garden City Park, NY: Square One Publishers.
Gates, D. (2011). The Baby Boomer Diet. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc.
Gates, D. (2006). The Body Ecology Diet. Decatur, Georgia: B.E.D. Publications
McBride, N. M.D. (2010). Gut & Psychology Syndrome. United Kingdom: Medinform Publishing.
May all bellies be happy!