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Has Anyone Tried a Whole Food Diet?

I'm planning on trying a whole food plant based diet (essentially veganism) to counter my chronic eczema, allergies, and asthma. After doing a bit of reading and talking to a couple of nutritionist friends I am convinced that going this route has helped others with similar problems. The only problem is I don't know anyone else with the trifecta and I certainly don't know anyone who has tried changing their diet to help with these issues. So if any of you know someone who has tried it or have tried it personally I would really love to hear your experiences and results with it. <3

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  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Hello Meg, Welcome to the AAFA Forums!  I love your question and look forward to reading people's responses.

    To ensure that you get the maximum number of eyes on your question, I've cross linked your post onto all three relevant forums (asthma, allergy, and skin conditions). This will allow you to see responses in one place, versus having to check multiple forums.

    Thanks!

    Brenda

  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, Meg, and welcome! Eating nutritious foods can only help overall health, so I'm glad you're thinking over your diet. I'm currently trying to get more veggies in my diet, and we are eating less meat just on general principles (money, the environment, overall health). 

    Could you talk to your allergist about this and get your doc's input? And what about a food diary to keep a log of how foods are affecting you?

    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)'s  says this about avoiding foods for eczema:

    Guideline 22 recommends that if you have eczema, asthma, or EoE and you have not been diagnosed with food allergy, you should not avoid foods that may be allergenic as a way to manage your eczema, asthma, or EoE.

    What else you should know: There is no evidence that avoiding allergenic foods reduces the severity of eczema, asthma, or EoE if you do not have food allergy.

    If you do transition to a more vegan diet, what about asking your doctor for a referral to a registered dietitian? An RD can help you with whatever food restrictions you may already have and help you figure out a good balance so that your body is getting the nutrients it needs. 

    AAFA's Kids With Food Allergies has a great resource on registered dietitians – KFA's  is keyed to food allergies, but it is still very helpful general info.

  • Melissa G

    Hi Meg! Welcome to AAFA! 

    I am not sure if this would help, but here is a previous thread on: . 

  • Melissa G

    @MegCanOvercome Have you noticed a different with changing your eating habits? How are you doing?