Meatless Monday Inspiration: Have You Read the Body Ecology Diet?
Me and this book go back. It’s more than ten years ago now that my mother gave me this candida-fighting bible, all dog-eared pages and post-it notes. So I was a little starstruck last month when I met author Donna Gates in the flesh at an event with Tata Harper. Donna was very excited about the natural beauty movement—and after our conversation, I was excited to go home and revisit some of the lessons of Body Ecology. It didn’t hurt that Donna, who looks about half her age, has skin that glows and not a gray hair on her head (she swears she has the secret to reversing grays… I plan to ask her about it!)
While the book is largely geared towards candida sufferers, it has some interesting health advice for all. In fact, I know a couple of people who swear that the diet reversed certain conditions—including some seriously pesky skin problems.
One of the book’s big messages is about probiotic and cultured foods (as well as sea vegetables)—which I’ve been rediscovering and quite enjoying. You know, kimchi, sauerkraut and all those delicious bubbly vegetable concoctions that are thought to seriously aid with digestion? I’d kind of forgotten about this category and I’m excited to have it back on the menu; good digestion has never been my strong suit. For the record, the Body Ecology Diet does not preach entirely vegan eating, but it is chockful of great vegan recipes and was probably one of the first popular health books that encouraged people to source meat responsibly—and to eat much less of it.
Have you read it or tried any of the recipes? I think I’m going to try to make my own sauerkraut this week!