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Worst Offenders to Safest Foods – And Why Vegans Get Better

By Mikhaila

This is a list of foods that I found irritated me the most to the least. If I’ve missed any foods, please comment. I know it comes off as a random/quack list of foods, but I’ve put some thought into it, and this is how my body has reacted.

Why Vegans Feel Better:

If you eliminate the first 3 on this list you should see quite an improvement.

This is part of the reason going vegan makes people feel so much better (depending on the person of course). The first three foods are really hard on people. Eliminating dairy can really help. Going vegetarian is probably the worst thing you can do, you end up eating grains and dairy and eliminating meat. Increase your consumption of soy to replace meat and you’re in even worse shape. Not a good idea. At least going vegan eliminates dairy. They just lump meat in there and end up getting rid of the safest food. So I understand people who have changed the way they ate, gone plant-based, and felt better. Hell, the people who go gluten-free vegan and limit their sugar intake have already eliminated the top three harmful foods. No wonder they feel better. Gluten and dairy and sugar are not good. But meat can’t be lumped in there just because it’s an animal product. People need it in order to really thrive.

If you eliminate the first 7, even better. I would say the first 12 items really bothered me, but not as bad as the first 7. Go all the way to greens and meat, even better, or even just meat.

Worst  to Best

  1. Gluten-containing grains: wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut
  2. Dairy
  3. Cane Sugar
  4. Soy
  5. Citrus fruits
  6. Legumes (including peanuts) and bananas and melons
  7. Other grains – rice, quinoa
  8. Figs
  9. Canola oil
  10. Potatoes
  11. Almonds
  12. Green Cabbage
  13. Squash
  14. Grapes
  15. Pork
  16. Coffee

Less immune reactive (starting from most immune reactive to least)

  1. Plums
  2. Berries
  3. Peaches and nectarines
  4. Pears and apples
  5. Macadamia nuts (people seem to tolerate these better than other nuts)
  6. Avocado
  7. Red Cabbage
  8. Coconut flesh
  9. Black pepper
  10. Olives
  11. Greens – lettuce, arugula, spinach, collard greens, swiss chard
  12. Tea – peppermint and black
  13. Coconut oil and olive oil
  14. Fish
  15. Chicken
  16. Salt
  17. Beef
  18. Water


  • I can tolerate the minerals they add to sparkling water (potassium citrate, etc.)
  • I can take activated charcoal. I use this before I go to bed if I drink plus this.
  • I can drink vodka and bourbon and not suffer for too long afterward. I’ll be a bit stiff, and have a hangover, but that’s about it. Other alcohols have additives I react to.

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  1. What do you guys think/now about goat milk?

    I’ll try meat and egg diet, but including goat yogurt, whey and hard cheese also for my autoimmune disorders for at least 30 days and see what happens.

    1. Speaking for myself, I do pretty well on goat cheese, never really tried goat yogurt.Definitely have to read labels closely on the ingredients of goat cheese. Whey and casein are a BIG no for my diet, for if I eat one of those I could be hungover for 2-4 days. I’ve read that whey and casein are two of the harder products for the body to digest and it corresponds with my body.
      Good luck on your diet, hope you find some things out!!

  2. Hi Mikhaila,

    Thanks so much for this helpful info. Where are eggs for you in terms of sensitivity? I consider dairy to be products made with milk (or are eggs considered part of dairy?). Are other nuts such as pecans, pistachios, Brazil nuts, walnuts and cashews about the same level as almonds for you in terms of sensitivity?

    Thank you!

  3. Did you ever get around to testing tomatoes, peppers, or cruciferous vegetables (kale, broccoli, cauliflower)? And were sweet potatoes and white potatoes equally reactive to you?

    Also I do believe you left eggs and onions off the list.

  4. Hi Mikhaila and others! Inspired by you, and later on other people like Amber O’Hearn too, I’ve started an elimination diet last friday. My depression went away on saturday, which is only day 2! I was very surprised and I’m not ready to draw any conclusions yet, as I want to be careful with that (I’m thinking of placebo effect, having some better days coincidentally etc.). However, I’m hopeful. All I’ve been eating since friday is meat, eggs and coffee. I love eggs and coffee and I don’t feel like they harm me, but just to be sure I’m planning to eliminate these as well – my way of “easing in to it”.

    After reading what you wrote about pork I started thinking: should I eliminate that for a month as well? Is that a specific kind of meat that is so different that it has a bigger chance of aggrevating things? I wonder because last night I had about 280 grams (10 ounces) of pork (the very fat stuff, 28/100g fat) and I didn’t feel so good afterwards. I gotta say I was already tired that whole day though, which might be my body adjusting to this diet as I feel tired today as well. Still no depression though, which trumps everything so far.

    Did you (or other people reading) have some low energy days while transitioning to this diet too? I don’t seem to have any cravings though, that really surprised me.

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