This grocery list is for those on the initial 3-6 months of The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.). This cleansing stage is a natural approach to addressing yeast, bacterial, or viral overgrowth (i.e. Candida, GBS+). These are your foods people. If you ready to transition to stage 2, then here is a stage 2 grocery list.
B.E.D. was created by Donna Gates to give the gut a chance to rest ‘n repair. Stage 1 in particular is known to jump-start the body’s ability to be the self-healing mechanism it’s designed to be. The foods below are nutrient-dense, easy-to-digest, probiotic-rich, and gluten/sugar/yeast free. Give your gut a break by practicing food combining 😉
Here’s a quiz to see if yeast overgrowth is an issue for you.
Most food on this list can be found at a local health food store or made at home. Source organic food to avoid pesticides, herbicides, synthetic hormones, and antibiotic residues as none of these will contribute to healing.
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* Limit or avoid any food marked with (*) if you have diarrhea, abdominal pain, or bloating. After 6 weeks or so, you might be able to gradually weave these foods back in as long as you are progressing and feeling better. Don’t rush the process; be patient. Stronger the health issue, the longer your body can take to heal.
B.E.D. Grocery List (stage 1)
Choose free-range, grass-fed, antibiotic and hormone-free.
- Beef and Veal
- Cold-Water Fish (salmon, sardines, smelt, shad, anchovies) ~ fish to eat, fish to avoid
- Egg Yolks (omega 3-rich)
- Fish Eggs (Roe)
- Organs (kidneys, heart, liver)
- Pheasant, Pigeon and Quail
- Tuna (opt for sustainably caught “light” tuna from the Atlantic or tested by a 3rd party, avoid Albacore/white tuna)
- Wild Game (bison, elk, venison)
Choose products made with raw, grass-fed, and organic cow or goat or camel or sheep milk.
- Butter (cultured, raw)
- Ghee (clarified butter)
- Kefir (non-pasteurized, unsweetened)*
- X-Factor Butter Oil (Green Pasture’s brand)
Choose organic, unrefined, cold pressed extra-virgin oils in a raw state as oils are very sensitive to heat damage. Source from a trusted company, because many oils are blended with cheap oils (i.e. corn, canola). ‘Extra virgin’ usually means the oil has been processed at low temperatures, without chemicals. Unfiltered is best. A note about olive oil: keep in dark, cool spot (not refrigerated) and use within 6 months of opening.
- Barlean’s Essential Man/Woman
- Coconut Milk (fresh, cultured)
- Coconut Oil
- Fermented Cod Liver Oil
- Flax Seed Oil
- Hazel Nut Oil
- Hemp Seed Oil
- Macadamia Nut Oil
- Olive Oil (i.e. Jovial or SkyOrganics)
- Olives, rinsed*
- Pumpkin Seed Oil (raw or roasted)
- Red Palm Oil
- Siberian Pine Nut Oil
- Sunflower Oil
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’.
- Puffed Millet Cereal
- Sorghum Kernels* (mini pops)
- 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, Baby
- 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 organic and 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 vegetables in a raw state in the summer (only if tolerate) and culture or cook 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)
- Mustard Greens
- Radishes (red & daikon)
- Red Bell Peppers
- Spaghetti Squash
- Sprouts (except mung bean)
- Swiss Chard
- Yellow Squash
- Artichokes, French (fresh/canned without citric acid)
- English Peas
- Jerusalem Artichokes
- Red-Skinned Potatoes (if not sensitive to nightshades)
- Sweet Corn (mild starch when cooked and non-starch when raw)
- Water Chestnuts
- Winter Squash (butternut, delicate, acorn, kabocha)
Supplements ~ commonly recommended on B.E.D.
- Ancient Earth Liquid Minerals
- Assist Dairy & Protein Enzymes
- Assist Full Spectrum Enzymes
- Assist Small Intestine Enzymes
- EcoClear Parasite Formula
- LivAmend Liver Cleanse
- Ocean Plant Extract
- Super Spirulina
- Just Thrive Probiotic
- Vitality Super Greens
Thank you for your help this morning! I feel buoyed reading this shopping list 🙂
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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.
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May all bellies be happy!