4 Takeaways from My Dr. Sebi Journey

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BY ASHLEE HAMILTON

Arguably, this is long overdue. My Dr. Sebi journey began on January 3, 2021 and ended on April 1, 2021. But the benefit of waiting a bit has allowed me to reflect more on how my health has changed months after transitioning off the Dr. Sebi regimen. 

Sebi Who?

First things first—who the heck is Dr. Sebi?  Dr. Sebi, also known as Alfredo Bowman, was an herbalist from the Spanish Honduras. Sebi studied herbs in Africa, the Caribbean, North America, and Central and South America. He believed in the power of a plant-based alkaline diet to cleanse the body of mucus and toxins while simultaneously restoring the body to its natural alkaline state.

But Like, Why?

So why did I embark upon this journey? Among other reasons, I embarked upon a three month Dr. Sebi journey to see what all the hype was about. I’ve heard people make wild claims about how Sebi changed their lives—from cancer and polycystic ovary syndrome to herpes and HIV, people swear by the Sebi method. I’ve also heard that it’s all nothing but hype. People have claimed that Sebi’s products burned their scalp, or that it’s all a sham. Naturally, I just had to find out the truth. 

But also, I wanted to see if the magic of Sebi could cure my own ailments. I suffer from eczema, cystic acne, and a few other mild conditions. I figured this: If Sebi can cure HIV, he can for sure eradicate lil ole eczema. Right? Not quite. While Sebi did not cure my eczema, I did notice drastic improvements in that condition and my overall health. Let me explain…

This is the dinner we had on the first night. It’s salad with avocado, chickpeas, kamut, sauteed kale, walnuts, and olives.

We’re All Full of Shit

The most important lesson I learned on my Sebi journey was that we are all LITERALLY full of shit. There were five of us on this journey together. And while some of us used Sebi’s products and others did not, all of us spent the first three weeks or so shitting all day. Okay maybe not all day. But before Sebi, I only pooped about 2-3 times per day. And I’m talking consistent, solid, peanut buttery poops. So I thought I was good. But in those first three weeks…things came out of me with sizes, colors, consistencies, and smells that I’d rather not describe. 

This was confusing because I considered myself a (mostly) healthy person. I mean, I pooped consistently and generally had no issues with elimination. As it turns out though, my small intestine was crying out for spring cleaning. The crazy part is that I used to do an annual colon cleanse (which I DO NOT) recommend, so I thought I was good. Nah. I’m pretty sure the McDonald’s I last ate when I was ten years old finally came out during those first few weeks of Sebi. Gross. I know.

Our Food is Fucking Up Our Skin

Remember those skin issues I told you about? Well after about a month of Sebi, my skin was moisturized and glowing! Eczema who? There was not a spec or trace of eczema anywhere on my body. On top of that, my acne went into hiding! Full disclaimer: I did begin seeing a Black dermatologist a few months before I started Sebi. So the topical meds she put me on may have also played a role in the disappearance of my acne and hyperpigmentation. But I’d like to believe that the magic of Sebi played a role as well. 

It’s pretty well documented that the things we eat affect the health of our skin, which is one of the largest organs in our body. In the past, I’ve always found that my skin issues only respond to both medication and diet changes implemented at the same time. And trust me—I’ve been to many dermatologists and tried pretty much all the acne medications since I was in high school. So I’ve done some experimenting. But the Sebi combination along with Dr. Pearl Grimes’ prescribed skin regimen yielded the best skin results I have ever experienced in my life. 

This is another of our Sunday meals. It’s a spelt waffle and fried “chicken” (oyster mushrooms). This is as bomb as it looks. I made it with some homemade habanero hot sauce.

Food is Damn Good Medicine

Did you know that about 70% of your immune system is in your gut? Neither did I until I started studying to become a nutrition coach. As it turns out, the saying that “food is nourishment” means a lot more than we initially thought. When our digestive systems are on point, we literally tend to be healthier. Go figure.

This really began to make sense for me during my Sebi journey. I already had a pretty restricted eating regimen, as I’m lactose intolerant and I don’t eat eggs, meat, or poultry. But Dr. Sebi’s nutritional guide is on a whole other level. Sebi’s vegan nutritional guide forbids eating hybrid foods and fruit without seeds. This means I could not eat some of my favorite produce, such as garlic, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and lemons. We were even restricted on what seasonings we could have. It was a whole struggle. 

But best believe my colon was looking and feeling hella sexy. Not one of us got sick during the whole three months. My period cramps (and menstrual-related emotional instability) disappeared. Energy was poppin (even without coffee…crazy right?). Stomachaches, indigestion, the -itis, the constant running of my nose, and many other random symptoms of a poor diet were a thing of the past. 

This is a quinoa bowl I made on the Sebi journey. It has quinoa and chickpeas at the bottom. On the top I added cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, fresh dill, and a homemade hummus.

Yellow Pee = Dehydrated AF

One part of the Sebi diet people don’t really talk about is the water requirement. This is also a way to tell who is actually telling the truth when they say they’ve tried his methods. I had so many people telling me about how they “tried to do the whole Dr. Sebi thing but the alkaline water was getting too expensive.” Bruh. First of all, Sebi doesn’t prescribe alkaline water. He prescribes natural spring water. Second, you ain’t gotta lie to kick it. The requirement was one gallon of natural spring water per day AND we had to do all of our cooking with natural spring water.

I’m not gonna lie. The spring water situation was a struggle. On weekdays, I usually finished my gallon of water. But the weekends were soooo hard! Not to mention cooking with natural spring water. That actually was pretty expensive (especially since I was also taking his herbal formulas, which ran me over $400 per month). Truth is though, it was worth it. 

One of the biggest benefits of the Sebi formula is the water intake. I think this added to the drastic changes in my skin and digestion. And while I did find myself peeing almost every hour, I could barely see the pee in the toilet bowl. It’s like I was just peeing out the water I just drank. 

In the end, I don’t regret doing the Dr. Sebi program. And I would totally do it again. In fact, I’ve been having conversations about doing it during the first quarter of each year. It was tremendously beneficial. Of course, there’s only so much space here to go into detail, but despite the burden, expense, and rigidity, I would definitely do it again. And now that it’s been months after stopping, I notice some of my old health issues starting to act up again. This tells me that there was something about the Sebi regimen that my body loved. Given the investigator I am, I’m on a mission to find out exactly what that is. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Although born and raised in the best city in America (Los Angeles), Ashlee Hamilton loves to travel and explore new places. When she’s neither eating nor hustling (which is rare), she’s likely exercising or reading a book. She’s known since she was a kid that tacos are everything. In fact, she knows that the only good thing about Tuesdays is tacos. As her friends say, Ashlee is always “getting into something.” Whether it is starting a new project or making a new goal, she’s easily inspired and always has something going on. Ashlee typically writes about personal accountability, health, and fitness. You can learn more about Ashlee by visiting her health coaching website at https://www.all3forhealth.com/. If you’d like to learn more about her Sebi journey, check out her Instagram highlight reel.

11 Responses

  1. Clearly you could write blogs on blogs about your experience on the Dr Sebi diet! I was waiting for the self discipline battles and the strong accountability with all of the other people that joined you on this journey. Nevertheless, this was great to read. Food is so powerful but also very addicting. We have old generational habits so breaking them is beyond challenging but doable to live a long healthy life.

    1. LOL The self discipline battles! I didn’t really have self discipline battles, but I know some people did. Accountability was hard because everyone had different reasons for doing it and different tolerance levels for self discipline. There were times I tried to hold people accountable, but it was hard when their “why” wasn’t as strong. And there were a few times I talked people off of a ledge (such as walking them through how to drive away from the Chipotle parking lot lol). And you’re right. Food is super powerful and has crazy healing properties!

  2. Ashlee, Only you can make a T.M.I. blog informative and humorous! I love it! Great takeaways and thank you for sharing your experience!

  3. Let me find out all the folks who “tried” his diet and quit because of the alkaline never tried it lol! Great piece. Love the frankness and information.

    1. Thank you, Courtney! I do still eat some of them! For instance, I’ve completely given up traditional cereal (e.g., Honey Bunches of Oats) and now I only eat kamut puff cereal with walnuts, blueberries, and walnut milk. I also still make spelt pasta with a homemade sauce made out of hemp seed milk (also homemade).

  4. After reading this, im actually inclined to try it though I think I would die of starvation LOL! I loved how you captured photos of the food, it showed me it wasn’t as complicated as you’d think. As always thanks for sharing Ashlee!

    1. LMAO you would not die of starvation! During the first few weeks, you’d feel hungry after eating the meals. But as your body adjusts, your appetite stabilizes and you no longer need to eat as much or as often.

  5. Wow Ashlee, reading this blog made me feel like food is evil. Well processed food 5at serves no other purpose but to taste good. I’m so proud of you for sticking with this journey, as I know it requires some self discipline. This was inspiring and informative and has sparked some curiosity in myself about make some healthier choices about what I put in my body.

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