|Body Ecology Diet
||[Oct. 28th, 2007|07:22 pm]
Discusses alternatives for immune disorders
I'd like to thank the member who let me know about the Body Ecology Diet.
A couple of posts ago, I linked to some pages about enzyme support. The Body Ecology Diet operates under the same principles, except that it encourages fermented food support along with probiotic supplements.
The basic theory is about acid/alkaline balance in the body. This theory is touched upon in the Paleo diet, the Body Ecology Diet, and macrobiotics. The idea is that a more acid diet profile will lead to disease, and a more alkaline diet will lead to wellness. The standard American diet leans heavily toward acid (shocking, right?), and thus can lead to all sorts of problems.
If you are interested in this approach, I suggest you check it out. :)
You're quite welcome. Let me know if you have any questions about it. The book is a great resource. (But I have an easier way to drain coconuts for making kefir. I just made some this weekend.) If you end up trying it, I'll look forward to hearing how it goes. Making the fermented foods and applying the food-combining rules to each meal can seem a little overwhelming at first, but most people ease into the diet and build on it. I started out by eliminating foods prohibited on the diet. Then I concentrated on the 80/20 rule of 80 percent vegetable and 20 percent protein or grain for each meal. (I'd had to eat more protein than that when I first started.) Then I incorporated sea vegetables, and finally I added the fermented foods. It took a few months to put everything together, and it seems easy when you build up to it like that. Now it's second nature.
I have been on the Paleo diet for some time, but I suspected I have been having problems with yeast as I found it nearly impossible to go without some type of sugar and ended up waffling between candy and fruit. Now I am seriously looking at a diet that's geared toward candida problems.
Also, because of my autoimmune disease, I have been having a lot of trouble with the protein and fats on the Paleo eating plan.
I need to get the book and I will probably have to tweak it. I am reacting to almost every food I eat, which is why I need to do some serious fixing. I thought I had been eliminating corn, for example, and didn't realize it was in every gluten free casein free condiment I was using except for mustard. I don't even know if I'll be able to tolerate all the BED foods right now. However, I do have a starting protocol for enzyme support that I found on that other web site.
The hard thing is that I don't want to overwhelm my body, as I am considered immune system compromised, so I am a little nervous about probiotics right now. But I think this has a real chance of improving my condition. Everyone looks at me as if I have two heads when I bring up some of this stuff, so I'm glad this community is turning into a safe place.
I gotta get the book. :)
That conflict about fatty meats is what differs between Ray Audette and Dr. Cordain's approaches, actually. The Paleo community is aware of it, even though most people find it pretty distasteful to think about actually eating brains and other fatty organs. :) Personally, I couldn't dream of eating up to 50 percent fat, because my body can't handle it.
I agree that there are many cultures that do not have problems digesting things like dairy, but you can't really say that dairy from any animal other than human is a natural food source regardless.
There's good discussion over at http://www.cavemanforum.com
, where most of the participants aren't exactly chained to a dogma. I know I wasn't.
You should also understand that even though it isn't a hundred percent traditional food, people still can absorb and take advantage of nutrients from it, which is why I tend to have problems with people claiming it isn't natural.
There's nothing wrong with saying it's not a natural foodstuff. I mean, let's face it, if that argument held up, then you could call Twinkies natural, since there are some people who can still absorb nutrients from Twinkies! :)
Oh, sugar. It seems so hard to get away from it. Trust me, I relate. But now I don't even miss it. It's like night and day. I used to feel like I needed it. I couldn't resist it. The first couple of weeks on the diet, you have to be diligent and get over the hump, but then it's great. For me I think getting away from grains that convert to sugar and fruits in addition to not eating baked goods, candy, etc., is what did it. Getting the sugar out of my system made the cravings disappear completely. The probiotic foods are a big help with this. They really do help with sugar cravings. Oh, and I don't know if you have issues with balancing your hormones, but I'm convinced the coconut kefir probiotic drink has brought back my periods and balanced my hormones. This amazes me.
Well, you'll see when you get the book, but the nice thing about the diet is that you can take it at your own pace. If you start having symptoms from the die-off of the candida, you can back off the probiotics, and Donna explains how to do that in the book. She gives a lot of advice for ways to integrate things and anticipates the things you may deal with as the body adjust and detoxifies. You listen to your body and tailor it to fit you.
I feel like I've written you a novel on the subject. Anyway, I'll be around, reading, if you have any questions or just want to brainstorm about autoimmune issues. Take care.