Book Review: The Body Ecology Diet

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Book Review: The Body Ecology Diet

by Donna Gates

Genre:

Health

About the Book:

Donna Gates is a nutritional consultant, author, and lecturer, has helped thousands of people overcome candidiasis and other immune-system disorders.

Drawing on the best of modern medical science, ancient Chinese medicine, and naturopathy—combined with years of firsthand experience counseling clients—she created Body Ecology, her own system of health and healing.

Favorite Quote:

Nature gives us two forces to contend with: the process of change and the constant attempt to return to stability. – Donna Gates

Why I liked this book:

Back to the basics.  I think everyone is confused about what is true for optimal health with the barrage of information we get, especially in the USA.  Every year there is a new diet plan that is “the best” and a variety of conflicting studies on whether different foods are good or bad for you.

This book attempts to take it back to basics with 7 principles for optimal health with a specific focus on gut health.  The focus on gut health was of interest for me as I feel the effect on my stomach of American food every time I come back from long-stays in Europe. It is no secret that there are more chemicals in our American food than overseas.  

There were some very interesting sections regarding Eastern medicine including the Chinese concept of yin/yang and foods that are expanding and contracting and another section on food combining.

Maybe the most important two take-aways that were reinforced from other health books I have been reading are the principles of uniqueness and principle that our health the incremental effects of our lifestyle choices. 

As I focus more on my health and test different protocols, I can see that some things really have an effect on my energy levels and overall feeling of health like 8 hours of sleep, water throughout the day and a high vegetable consumption in the morning.  

I also walk at least 10,000 steps if not 15-20K steps when I am traveling and I feel this when I am not as active and behind a computer.  Other healthy choices I am making like taking probiotics, decrease in breads/processed foods, meditation and yoga I know have incremental effects, but they don’t pack a punch on my day like a bottle of green juice. 

Some of the guidelines for food is just too extreme for my travel lifestyle and the book is geared toward those in need of a major detox. However I did learn a lot and would probably re-read this book as overall, there is a lot to digest (no pun intended).

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