Have you tried Hypoallergenic Diet?

Vegan Mango Blueberry Smoothie

A couple of weeks back I consulted with a naturopathic doctor for some health reasons and she suggested that I go on a hypoallergenic diet or elimination diet for a month to get rid of the toxins I maybe be possibly hoarding and also to figure out if I was allergic/sensitive to certain food group/s before starting the actual treatment. The main things that I had to cut back was gluten, dairy and refined sugar. There is a big list of foods to be avoided like corn, tomatoes, mushroom, nightshade vegetables (eggplant, bell pepper, potatoes) to name a few.

There is also quite a few variation of this diet by which I mean each doctor has his/her own list of foods to be included/excluded. In my case my doctor didn’t mention anything about not including strawberries, apples and melons but I see that few hypoallergenic diet food charts have excluded these three as well. At first it seemed very overwhelming. Then I started concentrating on the things that I can consume rather than focusing on the things that I cannot eat. Tell me about looking at the cup half full! I tried to go gluten-free last year after reading Raj’s blog but didn’t follow it through. But this time I’m determined to give it my 100% because I want to feel better.

I thought I would chronicle my experience here along with the hypoallergenic diet menu I follow, to keep me on track. Hope this will also help others who are on a similar elimination diet. So keep checking here for hypoallergenic diet recipe ideas.


Diet Menu

At start of the day

Started the day with lemon juice, a pinch of ground cinnamon and ginger mixed with 1 and 1/2 cups of warm water.


Mid-morning Snacks

  • 10 Raw Almonds


  • Indo-Greek Salad (with avocadoes minus the paneer and tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup of brown rice
  • Indian stew (loads of vegetables cooked with toor dal, something like this beet leaves sambar)
  • 1 dates

Evening Snacks

  • 1 cup of fresh cherries
  • 1 cup green tea


  • 2 Ragi Dosas (recipe to follow)
  • 1/4 cup brown rice
  • Leftover stew from lunch
  • 2 dates

All day

I drank about 4 liters of water throughout the day.

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  1. Veronica

    Watch out for spices (cinnamon, ginger, etc.) and the nuts and all fruit in general. Every person has responses to different foods. My allergist put me on an elimination diet and after almost 2 years of eliminating a TON of foods, I am feeling a lot better (not 100% but the closest I’ve been in years.) I also found that my new antihistamine (xyzal) has worked miraculously for me. Feel better soon and just be reminded that you will soon feel better. Thank you for all of your recipes. They have given me many options in my elimination diet journey. :)Just remember to slowly add foods back once you start feeling better.

    • Madhuram

      Thanks for the suggestions Veronica. I sincerely appreciate your time and tips.