The Dr. Sebi Bodybuilding Diet

Dr. Sebi is a man that needs no introduction.

One of the world’s most celebrated natural healers, the man has millions of adoring fans across the globe. One thing his diet does get a bit of stick for though, is that it can be restrictive.

Personally, I think this is down to a lack of imagination. I believe that this diet can not only be enjoyable, but it can help you to build muscle too, which is why I have written this article.

I pretty much agree with everything else Dr. Sebi’s diet promotes. He advocates whole, plant-based foods, no processed garbage and to live as natural as possible.

But I have only one issue.

My issue with the Dr. Sebi diet

Sebi claimed he cured his impotence (he ended up with 17 kids to be fair), asthma, diabetes and just about every other ailment he had when he came to America – but one thing he didn’t like was…


Simply put, he had an aversion to muscle growth and protein, believing muscle was simply inflammation manifesting itself in the body.

He weighed 120lbs.

I’m a massive believer in the plant-based way and being as healthy as possible, but at the same time, I also love the gym, working out and bodybuilding.

With that in mind, I decided to use Sebi’s nutritional template and pimp it up a bit with more protein to get what I believe to be the healthiest bodybuilding diet the world has ever seen.

You’re really getting the best of all worlds – a plethora of fruits, veg, herbs and minerals but also lots of healthy sources of protein with complete amino profiles.

The Dr. Sebi approved food list

For those of you wondering what the Dr. Sebi approved food list looks like, here it is.

Dr. Sebi approved food list

The Supplements

Ignore his supps.

He was a wise man, but he also loved his moolah, which may be part of the reason he ended up in a Honduran prison on money laundering charges (although some believe it was a cover up – I do too).

His supplement range can cost up to £1,500, with the ingredients being a ‘proprietary blend’, meaning we don’t even know what’s in them.

Basically, I’d give this section a miss and stick to a quality multivitamin if needed.

The Dr. Sebi Bodybuilding Diet

Personally, I’d like to think of this diet more as the Dr. Sebi X The Man Blueprint Bodybuilding diet, but whatever.

Meal #1

  • 3 dates
  • 1 apple
  • 2 slices of honeydew melon
  • Seeded Grapes

Meal #2

  • 30g protein powder

Meal #3

  • 100g mixed berries
  • 1 mid size banana
  • 15g shelled hemp seeds
  • 30g protein powder
  • 45g kale
  • 7g maca powder

Meal #4

  • 2 Brazil nuts

Meal #5

  • 45g spelt flakes
  • 30g protein powder
  • 15g chia seeds
  • 15g flaxseed
  • 140g frozen berries

Meal #6

  • 75g red lentil fusili
  • 240g chickpeas
  • 100g aubergine
  • 100g courgettes
  • 100g mushrooms (not shiitake)
  • 100g passata (blended tomatoes)
  • 1tsp onion powder
  • 1tsp habanero powder

Meal #7

  • 1 slice fonio bread
  • 15g hazelnut butter


  • Calories: 2,249 kcals
  • Protein: 140g
  • Carbs: 296g
  • Fat: 47g

Non-approved foods I have added in (and why)

  • Vegan protein powder
  • Chia seed
  • Flaxseed

You’re going to want a hefty portion of protein with good amino acid profiles (full-spectrum vegan protein powder provides this) along with healthy fats and omega 3’s, both of which chia seed and flaxseed provide in abundance.

Simple really.

And there we have it.

The Dr. Sebi bodybuilding diet, courtesy of yours truly. Some people might kick up a stink about a few ‘non-approved’ items on the list and the fact I’ve poo-pooed his supplement range but at the end of the day, I don’t care lol.

Le Sebster was lightyears ahead of his time, his diet has cured the ailments of thousands of people and he will forever be an icon of the health and wellbeing space.

And now, even those who want to build muscle can get in on the action! It’s the best of both worlds.