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Now that we’ve covered the general guidelines for healthy eating during a cleanse, here is a helpful list of recommended foods to eat throughout the day, including suggested substitutions for some of the more common foods shown to cause ‘sensitivity’ or discomfort.


  • Sprouted Grain Breads: Millet, amaranth, rice, spelt or rye. (Typically, sprouted wheat breads may be reintroduced after a period of weeks on yeast-free grains.)
  • Nut Butters: Nut butters such as almond butter may be eaten with breads listed above, or with carrot and celery sticks.
  • Butter, Clarified Butter: Butter (preferably organic) and clarified butter (also known as ghee) may be consumed in moderation.
  • Steel-cut Oats/Oatmeal: Steel-cut oats are unprocessed (unlike instant oatmeal) as well as more flavorful.
  • Fruits: Granny Smith apples, kiwi, yellow grapefruit (not ruby red), unsweetened cranberries, lemons, and fresh pineapple, in moderation. (Consumed in small amounts, pineapple may help support healthy levels of intestinal bacteria.)
  • Yeast-free, Unsweetened Cereals: Opt for natural cereals with no fruit juice or other added sweeteners.
  • Whole-cooked Millet: This makes a great breakfast cereal.
  • Turkey Breakfast Patties/Strips
  • Eggs: Natural/organic are best.


  • Lean Protein: Chicken, turkey, beef, fish (deep-sea white fish and salmon are particularly good).
  • Vegetables: All fresh vegetables (raw or slightly steamed) – EAT PLENTY!
  • Sea Vegetables: Agar, arame, dulse, hijiki, kelp, kombu, nori, sea palm, wakame. (Mix with land vegetables.)
  • Red-skinned Potatoes: May be consumed in small amounts.
  • Beans & Legumes: Including black beans, navy beans, pinto beans, and any dried beans.
  • Oils: Cold-pressed olive oil, flaxseed oil or coconut oil.
  • Shiitake Mushrooms


  • Plain, Organic Yogurt
  • Unsweetened Kefir: May be flavored with unsweetened carob.
  • Pumpkin or Sunflower Seeds: Preferably raw.
  • Raw Veggie Sticks: Carrot, celery, broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, any green vegetables.
  • Almonds or Almond Butter: Excellent with veggie sticks.
  • Freshly Popped Popcorn: Consume sparingly, may be flavored with fresh butter and sea salt.


  • Vegetable Juices: Only green juices. Lemon or Granny Smith apples may be added to taste.
  • Herbal Teas: Including chamomile, peppermint, pau d’arco.
  • Purified Water: At least half your body weight in ounces daily.
  • Green Tea

Condiments & Sweeteners:

  • Liquid Amino Acids: Use in place of soy sauce.
  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
  • All Spices (as tolerated)
  • Stevia: A naturally sweet herb.

Dairy/Wheat Flour Substitutions:

  • Rice Milk
  • Almond Milk
  • Rice/almond Cheeses
  • Goat Milk, Cheeses & Kefir
  • Soy (if tolerated)
  • Rice Flour, Spelt Flour, Rye Flour, Buckwheat Flour, Millet

Next in our 3-part Cleansing Diets Blog Series: The Yeast Cleansing Diet.

Written by Renew Life

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  • kathleen

    You mentioned in the “Cleansing Diet Part 2” sea vegetables and shiitake mushrooms but in Part 3 you did not mention these and said no mushrooms, which is better to follow especially if you are trying to control yeast?

  • renewlifesupport

    Correct – we recommend avoiding all mushrooms if you are on the yeast cleansing diet, since harmful yeast such as candida feed on mold and fungi (e.g. mushrooms).

  • janice

    Why are ruby red grapefruit and buttermilk not recommended while on a yeast cleanse?

  • wendy Wallace

    What cookbooks do you recommend for lacto/gluten free diets?

  • Marilyn

    You recommend Almond milk, Soy milk and a few other,
    what about Coconut milk.

  • Buster

    how about Kombucha tea? It’s full of probiotics

  • Tess

    Kombucha, while full of probiotics also has sugar and caffeine, two things to avoid while cleansing.