This grocery list is for Stage 2 of The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.); for those of you who continuing onward (and upward) in bringing a chronic health issue, like yeast overgrowth or group B strep back in balance. If you have been practicing B.E.D. for less than 3-6 months, then you may want to stick with stage 1 grocery list.
I coined stage two “the way out” because this is when you start to see light at end of the tunnel. A big deal! You made it through the steep learning curve of colon cleansing, unsalted cultured food, food combining, and preparing grain properly. I’ve been where you are, I know how good this feels 💃
Ready for More
Your body is on its way to re-establishing itself and likely ready for a wider variety of food. Signs you’re getting better …. stronger digestion, fewer cravings, more energy, clearer skin, better sleep, etc. These signs show your body is organizing itself into ‘better’. Once these improvements are felt, you may be ready to introduce some or all of the foods listed below.
If you’re one of the few that came to B.E.D. without digestive symptoms (i.e. diarrhea, bloating), then let the symptoms that brought you to the diet be your guide. Perhaps you came because of migraines and now you notice that you haven’t had one in awhile; that’s a cue.
Once ready to reintroduce a new food, go slow. Observe each new food. See how you feel for 2 days. Do you have uncomfortable symptoms? If yes, consider staying off this food for longer. If the food lands well (moves through without complication) then try that food again in 4 days then wait 2 more days. If a green light continues, then consider including small amounts of that food into your diet again. Meanwhile, keep food combining and continue this step-by-step process with each new food as you slowly widen out your diet.
* Foods marked with an (*) are harder to digest and ones to particularly keep your eye out for bothersome symptoms.
B.E.D. Grocery List: Stage 2 (for a complete list, combine this list with stage 1)
Choose products made with raw, grass-fed, and organic cow or goat or camel or sheep milk.
- Cheese, Raw
- Cottage Cheese (un-creamed, dry curd)
- Cream Cheese, Cultured
- Crème Fraiche
- Yogurt (raw, cultured)*
Choose organic and unrefined.
- Rendered Lard* (from pastured animals)
- Adzuki Bean Miso
- Takuan (rice bran pickle)
Choose organic, local, and ripe. Fruit is easy to reintroduce, summer is best time to do so.
- Cherries, Sour (ripe, acerola/bing)
- Grapes, sour
- Orange (be careful as so sweet)
- Peach, sour
- Plum, sour
- Tomato (raw)*
Choose to soak, sprout, and cook ‘The Body Ecology Way’. It’s best to introduce 1 grain at a time and wait about a month in between. Whole grains have less sugar than their flour forms, so mainly consume them in most natural form.
Beans are complicated to digest because they contain both protein and starch. Start slowly with beans for your blood type and don’t mix different types in one meal. White navy beans tend to be the most well-tolerated. Soak all beans properly. When you cook them, add a strip of kombu and sea salt to make them easy-to-digest and alkaline. Beans combine well with non-starchy veggies and cultured food.
Choose a variety of nuts and enjoy in moderation, especially those suited to your blood type. Always soak properly before consuming.
- Baked Blue Corn Chips (without refined canola oil/high oleic sunflower oil)*
- Organic Blue Corn Tortillas*
- Cassava Chips (made with palm oil)
- Konjacu/Shirataki Noodles (combines well with protein/starches)
- Popcorn (air-popped blue kernels best, with coconut oil or cultured butter)*
Choose to have the sweeteners listed below on their own or with a neutral food. This is because they can cause gas and bloating when they are combined with other food. For example, add honey to your tea first thing in morning and let digest 1/2 hr. before eating breakfast.
- Honey (raw, unpasteurized // filtered or unfiltered)*
- Blackstrap Molasses (crude, unsulphured)*
Choose to introduce these vegetables once yeast issue is under control. Combine with non-starchy vegetables or sea vegetables.
- Portobello Mushroom – cooked only
- Sweet Potatoes
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