Alternatively, many parents work on getting the child used to the sweetness of stevia by making homemade lemonade from fresh squeezed lemons and good water. Gradually adding the lemonade to the current drink of choice and slowly increasing the amount of lemonade while decreasing the juice has been very successful at removing sugar laden juice from the diet. After the child enjoys the sweetness of the stevia, adding the YCK to the lemonade is the next step and usually goes very smoothly.
Alternatively, packaged coconut waters are available for purchase online and in many retail stores, and though the packaged water isn’t as healing or tasty, it is an acceptable alternative. Try adding one fresh coconut to each batch to improve flavor and enzyme content.
You can require that they take a bite before they get their regular meals. The point is to get CVs in their bodies so they can begin healing; the method you use to get it in can vary according to the child and/or parent.
- Using wild fermentation. You want to know what strains of bacteria you are using to ferment your veggies, especially when trying to heal an acutely ill body. Catching bacteria from the air or relying on the bacteria on the vegetables is not the best way to go about that. The culture starters from BE are formulated specifically for healing the gut and not using them can cause the balance of bacteria in the CVs to be off.
- Not making sure they are covered with brine. Air should be pushed out during the packing process, but brine still needs to cover all of the vegetables in the jar. If this is not done, they can mold.
- Contamination is also possible when the jars or utensils used are not clean. Please run your jars and utensils under very hot water before using them for any fermentation process.
As the child’s body becomes alkaline and begins to heal, it’s best to let the child determine how much they need. From experience, we have seen a trend that the therapeutic, healing dose is 1 ½ qt. a day. It may take your child a few months to work up to that dosage.
Your goal with breakfast should be to nourish the body and brain. This is not the way typical Americans start their day, so your breakfast will look different than what most others are eating, but this is not a bad thing. Some of us rare birds even enjoy soup for breakfast!
If your child is eating fruit, it must be eaten on an empty stomach, which makes breakfast the perfect time. A piece of sour fruit along with some YCK is a nice ‘first’ breakfast, which later can be followed by a more substantial meal. Make sure there is enough time for the fruit to digest before the ‘second’ breakfast is eaten; 2 hours is a good rule of thumb with a child.
Quinoa flakes are a protein-rich, delicious way to start your day as well. Even better, you can steam some soaked BE grain-like seeds for a hearty meal. Any of the BE grain like seeds make a nice porridge for a child. You can add Lakanto, xylitol, or stevia and cinnamon if your child does best with a sweet morning start.
One important thing to mention is a child’s IEP. Having the IEP read that the child can only eat what comes from home is an easy way to get teachers and school staff on board with your child’s dietary needs.
We do not recommend you spend your day trying to replicate the Standard American Diet foods so your children feel less weird. It usually doesn’t work as the kids won’t eat it, especially with friends watching. We have found many BED party foods, but we advocate get-togethers that revolve around human relationships, not necessarily around food. After the healing stage of the diet, a not-so-perfect food choice can be made without much ill effect if it is eaten with something cultured like cultured vegetables or YCK. Also, there are a few Stage 1 recipes in the recipe section of the forum that will help
Crock-pots are an easy way to make broths. Adding Celtic Sea Salt, celery, carrots, garlic, and onion will add to the mineral content and heartiness of the broth. Simply strain the broth through a stainless steel mesh colander and store in mason jars in the refrigerator or freezer.
After being on the Body Ecology Diet for a while, you will have learned how to listen to your instincts, and you will know when the time is right to seek further intervention. Diet is the base of the pyramid of interventions. Make sure the base is firmly in place before adding more to it.
All other reactions, such as rashes, lethargy, gastrointestinal upset, low grade fever, aches, and pains, all are very common and most likely die-off. They will subside over time. Remember to increase healing foods slowly to make your life and your child’s life manageable.