I eat too much meat and often think about reducing it, but I seriously don't know how to replace the meat and avoid being hungry all the time.

I read that veganism can help with allergies, but my problem is that I am allergic to a lot of vegetables and fruits, like apples, bananas, plums, celery, bell pepper, tomatoes, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, avocados, wheat, rye, and to spices like paprika and curry. Also, I am getting more allergies out of nowhere, so I must consume vegetables and fruits very carefully or my ears start to itch and larynx will swell, or I'm getting breathing problems.

I don't show allergic reactions to any kind of meat or dairy products.

How to become a vegetarian or vegan with all these allergies?

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    Are your allergies true, "IgE-mediated" allergies confirmed by your doctor? It sounds unusual to me to have true allergies to so many foods.
    – Jan
    Jan 8, 2019 at 18:21
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    For the sake if the question, it's probably more helpful to assume that the OP has a legit condition, and focus on providing advice that you would for true allergies.
    – Erica
    Jan 9, 2019 at 0:25
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    For the OP, it is crucial to know if he has true allergies or not and if he has some underlying disorder causing them. Some alternative healers often perform tests that show multiple IgG-mediated allergies, which are not true allergies. Many people actually have some IgG response to certain foods. On the other hand, there is a group of disorders called eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGID), which come with multiple allergies. Without knowing the medical facts we are on the way to give a potentially misleading personal medical advice.
    – Jan
    Jan 9, 2019 at 10:19
  • Personal medical advice would be, "don't eat [foods]" or "eat small amounts of [for] to build up a tolerance." Such answers should be avoided, I agree. However, for this Q&A, assume that the OP cannot eat the listed foods, and suggest veg*n options that are not excluded. (Asking OP to confirm any recommendations with a professional is always encouraged, particularly when the restrictions seem more strictly limited than usual.) If you feel that I'm not approaching this well, or the question should be closed etc., please post on Veganism & Vegetarianism Meta. I am not infallible and I welcome discussion :)
    – Erica
    Jan 9, 2019 at 15:55
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    @Markus Wehmeyer, you've said your allergies are true ones and you get new ones out of nowhere. My suggestion is that you discuss with an allergologist, who can make certain tests, which can show if there is any pattern in your allergies that could help predict allergies you are not aware of yet. Also, knowing the pattern might lead a doctor to discover a certain potentially treatable condition with allergies to multiple foods, such as eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders. Next to ask: are your allergies permanent and is there any trigger causing this you could remove.
    – Jan
    Jan 11, 2019 at 12:04

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With such a long list of allergies, you should seek professional advice rather than hope to find it on the internet.

Certainly, this long list of allergies will mean that becoming vegetarian or vegan will be a significant challenge.

Vegetarian may be a sensible starting point or compromise. You have not mentioned eggs and milk in your list of allergies. Try different sorts of eggs and milk if necessary. If you are not allergic to these then you may be able to avoid meat and be as healthy as you are now.

For vegan products, have you tried any soya products e.g. bean curd? How about TVP?


There are tests for allergies in a lot of countries, you should check with your personal doctor or if there is any clinic close to you that provide them, That should be your first step, even if you are not going to convert to vegan you should get check up to be able to adapt your diet to your allergies without been afraid to what or not you could eat. After that you could obtain tons of on-line resources or even books to help you out going around your allergies to a healthy diet. There are books from how to transition into a vegan diet and lifestyle to complete vegans cookbooks.

A couple of them are:

  1. Vegan For Life, By Jack Norris, RD and Virginia Messina, MPH, RD
  2. Frugal Vegan, By Katie Koteen and Kate Kasbee
  3. Vegan in 7, Rita Serano
  4. The Vegan Cheat Sheet, by Amy Cramer and Lisa McComesey

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