The body ecology diet has been around for several years. It originated in response to the ways candidiasis or excess yeast impacts the body and lowers immunity. The diet is also known as BED and there is one specific book with guidance and recipes.
The body ecology diet focuses on ridding the body of excess yeast and reversing candidiasis or candida. The idea is that when excess yeast colonizes in the gut, the body becomes out of balance causing problems in the immune system and other major systems of the body. The diet claims to help restore immunity, kill the unfriendly bacteria, and help restore the balance of friendly bacteria in the gut. Another version of the diet helps improve colon health in those who do not have candidiasis. For those folks, the diet will improve health and vitality. Weight loss is certainly a health goal that BED supports, but it is not the main focus of the diet.
The body ecology diet can be quite simple to follow. First, you learn which foods are approved on the diet. In terms of grains, the diet only allows quinoa, buckwheat, and amaranth. Organic and unrefined brown rice can also work in small amounts. Lean meats are not encouraged but allowed. The most encouraged ingredients are land and sea vegetables, raw and sprouted nuts and seeds, unrefined, raw oils, and ghee. Pure Stevia is allowed as a sweetener. Night shade vegetables and funghi are not recommended. This would include green and yellow peppers, mushrooms, and eggplant. Red potatoes and kim chi are also good on the body ecology diet.
The only other thing you need to do is to divide your plate into thirds. The plate can be any size. Only one third of your meal can be a meat and/or BED approved grain. The other two thirds must be a land or sea vegetable. This must be true for every meal and every snack. At later stages of the diet, you can add whole fruits. With candidiasis, fruit is not recommended, although 2 servings a day of low-glycemic fruits, such as strawberries or kiwi, is allowed. Unsweetened acai berry can also be used in the early phases.
Benefits and Drawbacks
The body ecology diet does not require measuring or calorie counting. It also greatly improves health, especially colon health and positive bacterial balance. It’s also great for those who may be challenged with autism or other disorders that have shown improvement on a gluten and casein free diet. The foods it encourages have been shown to help prevent cancer and other major health problems.
The body ecology diet can be really hard to stick to. It involves more cooking and food preparation time. The cleansing can also be physically and psychologically difficult. You may even feel worse before you feel better. It takes a major commitment and a lot of support. Without measuring and calorie counting, you may not lose weight if you are used to eating large amounts of food or if you over do it on the oils and ghee. These are also high fat foods which can lead to weight gain and other health problems.
The body ecology diet can greatly facilitate weight loss if adhered to closely. Using the high fat foods in moderation and really sticking to the two thirds vegetable rule can make you feel like you’re not dieting but you’ll naturally lose weight.