The Body Ecology Diet is primarily a vegetarian diet, which only allows meat with proper food combining, and at that vegetables still should make up 80% of the meals, meat only 20%. Four BED grains (buckwheat, millet, quinoa, and amaranth) are allowed, as well as young red potatoes, and it appears that corn/popcorn is allowed as well. Grains are not allowed at meat meals, and again, in grain meals vegetables should make up 80% of the meal, grains should be well soaked and only make up 20% of the meal.
The Body Ecology Diet: “The first rule of thumb is to include fermented foods with every meal. The second is to follow the Principle of 80/20, which means that 80% of your meal is composed of non-starchy vegetables. About 20% of the meal would be a starchy vegetable, grain or animal protein.
One of the book’s big messages is about probiotic and cultured foods (as well as —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.