How to Have a Vegetarian Diet When You Have Allergies? Use Common Sense and Experiment


A friend of mine is desperately wanting to become a vegetarian, however is facing some issues. She is allergic to many vegetarian food sources and is prone to anaemia. She has anaphylactic reactions to nuts, seaweed, mushrooms and chickpeas; and is sensitive to pomegranate, potatoes, eggs, soya, dairy and fermented products. Do you have any advice considering her dietary restrictions and guilt surrounding her meat-eating?

—Nirmal, UK


Dear Nirmal,

This is not an easy question to answer, since your friend is anemic and has many allergic reactions to vegetarian foods.

Paramhansa Yogananda recommended to eliminate beef and pork as they are high in saturated fats and toxins. Fish, chicken and sheep are not as evolved animals as cows and pigs, so she can eat those.

Besides eating fish, chicken and lamb, she can focus on what she can eat in the plant kingdom, and see if it works. Experiment, use common sense, and consider seeing an ayurvedic practitioner that can work with her diet and tailor it more specifically to her needs.