Can I do Clean Gut as a vegan or vegetarian?

While the Clean Gut program diet is more limited for vegetarians, with diligent attention and planning, you can do the program. The main concern for vegetarians i s getting enough calories each day, especially calories from heathy fat and protein. Many vegetarian diets are rich in beans, grains, legumes, wheat, and soy. We eliminate all of these foods from the Gut program since they tend to cause digestive upset. 
Beans, legumes, and grains are rich in toxins, such as lectins and alpha-amalayze inhibitors, acid reflux, gas, and bloating. In many studies, these have been shown to contribute to or cause leaky gut as well. 

We recommend vegetarians on Clean Gut include more good saturated fats, such as coconut oil, avocado, and olives. That's the best fuel for our bodies overall, even more than protein, and definitely more than sugar or refined carbohydrates. Starchy vegetables like carrots, acorn squash, butternut squash, pumpkin, and peas are great complex carbohydrate options. Protein can come from eggs, quinoa, lentils (test for your own particular gut issues since everyone is different), spirulina, bee pollen and nuts/seeds and/or protein powders from hemp or pea are recommended.

It's important to note that very active vegetarians definitely want to focus on healthy fats for wonderful fuel that also helps heal the gut. You may want to include a second shake or large snack/ small meal in the afternoon for extra calories and more protein. Some vegetariansconsume fish and that would be wonderful to add in, since fish is a wonderful source of both healthy fats, protein and easily digested. 


Above all, always listen to your body and be open to trying new things and making adjustments. Often people are drawn to the Gut Program because something is not  working in their bodies (or gut) and being open to trying new foods or eating schedules may be part of the solution and lead to optimal healing.

Healthy Fats: Coconut oil, Avocado, Olives

Starches: Carrots, Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, all squashes, Pumpkin, peas. Even some rice, especially white rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes are also fine to include in small amounts 

Protein: Quinoa, lentils, eggs, nuts, seeds, protein powder (rice, hemp, pea)

**Prepare quinoa & lentils  by soaking them and cooking them thoroughly.

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