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Vitiligo Diet: Gluten and the Effect of Foods on Healing

Is There A Vitiligo Diet?

One of the biggest sources of confusion when trying to heal from vitiligo is “what should I eat?” “What can I or can’t I, should or shouldn’t – eat?” “Is there a vitiligo diet?”

Some sources, even the most credible ones from establish medical institutions, Doctors, etc.… claim that it doesn’t matter. I couldn’t disagree more. Then again these are the same sources that believe vitiligo can’t be cured. As soon as I read the words “can’t be healed” or “incurable” I immediately stop reading and move on the next source.

To me it’s common sense: if anybody out there in this big world of ours has ever healed from vitiligo – then it’s possible. If anybody else was able to heal then I’m going to give it my best, full-hearted attempt to healing as well.


Vitiligo Diet – Is There Such a Thing?

Not only do I disagree when I read that there is no such thing as vitiligo diet or that what you eat does not matter, but I consider it one of the most important facets of healing.

In my opinion if you don’t change your diet, okay its not necessarily a “vitiligo diet” it would be better to just call it a healthy diet, it would be virtually impossible to heal. That opinion started off as common sense to me, grew with my own anecdotal experience, but was confirmed as the common denominator by those that heal and those that don’t.

I’ve had people tell me that until I’ve “conducted” and experiment with thousands of people it’s wrong for me to claim that people can heal themselves. Hmm? So my personal experience, plus the positive experiences of hundreds of people that have bought my book aren’t good enough? Ironically enough it’s not a big secret that I’m revealing: there is no magic potion or mystery vitiligo diet. It’s simple: clean up your diet, clean up your mind, clean up your life – there’s your vitiligo diet.


“Vitiligo Diet” In Detail

I actually hate that phrase – “vitiligo diet.” It’s not as if we, those that happen to have this auto-immune disorder, need to eat that much differently then everybody else that’s trying to get healthier. Those that know me know that I hate vitiligo. Okay maybe hate is too strong of a word, but I really, really, really do not like it. I will write a post soon about how I sometimes “thank” vitiligo – I know it’s crazy, but the journey has been worth it.

Okay, the diet that we need to follow is simple and could generally be classified as a healthy, whole foods diet. Yes, there are certain nuances or certain groups of foods that have been known to aggravate, cause or slow down the healing of vitiligo. It’s not necessary to use the term vitiligo diet because those foods really have no place in the type of diet that I am recommending.

For a resource much more detailed than mine, from authors much smarter than I am. I truly recommend reading the Perfect Health Diet.

The program outlined by Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet, both Ph.D’s, is the closest program to how I now live my daily life. Much more than just a diet, but a lifestyle. If you buy the book through my link I make a few cents. 🙂

Here is a Perfect Health Graphic on the diet that gives you a quick snapshot.

In addition they have an AIP (Auto Immune Protocol) version, but in my opinion the standard program is enough to start you on the path to healing.

The program that they promote will undoubtedly lead you on the best path, to not only heal yourself from vitiligo but, to transform you into the best version of yourself. The readers that I keep in touch with know that I now follow a less strict version than what I advised in my eBook: “How I Healed Myself From Vitiligo“. Keep in mind that I wrote the book at a time that I was paranoid about everything. I did not know what was causing this and I was willing to stop breathing (at least for a few seconds) if that’s what it took to heal. The diet I followed and recommended is strict. Why don’t I update the eBook? Because I believe, even though I went overboard, the strict phase acted as an elimination diet. I didn’t know that’s what it was at the time, now a term you can Google, but it was a great learning experiment for me. I now understand the effects that different foods have on my body in general, and more specifically, my healing of vitiligo and so many other benefits that I received.

Okay, Okay, What Is This Vitiligo Diet!?

Here is an excerpt from the home page (so I don’t have to type it again 🙂 ).

“The vitiligo cure is simple. Simple but sometimes difficult to accomplish. It is simple because it only consists of changing your diet and lifestyle. This is what worked for me and many others and there is no reason why it can not work for you.

By changing your diet I mean to bring this back to nature as much as possible. It is difficult in these days and times. The main reason it’s difficult is because it will require you to spend some time in the kitchen. It’s frustrating to me because I read so many misleading articles. Any source of information, no matter where it comes from, that says you have to cut out a natural food group is just plain wrong. You do not need to become a vegetarian. If you are a vegetarian that is fine and your choice.

I only believe in a few restrictions that are the common denominators between those that heal and those that don’t. One in the food category and one in the lifestyle category.

In the food category it would have to be overly processed foods. I say “overly” for lack of a better word. Foods that may have otherwise been healthy in their natural state but, after all the manufacturing they go through to get it on the shelves, are no longer good for you.

My list of foods in the “No” category are: Gluten, Processed Vegetable Oils (Canola, Sunflower, Vegetable, Safflower – all of them), Sugar, Dairy. I advise us all to stay away from anything that comes in a package. Well let me say anything that comes in a package with many other ingredients that you can’t pronounce and aren’t familiar with. Rice comes in a package and it’s fine; so is oatmeal, so are nuts, fruits, vegetables, …. and a lot of other things.”

Gluten – Yes or No?

Short answer – No. If you asked me what would be the one thing you should eliminate from you life that would be it – on the food side and on the mental side – Stress. That’s for another post for now we’re talking about the vitiligo diet and gluten’s role.

The amount of studies that they have done on gluten can fill a library. Most studies now prove that everyone, celiac disease or not, is to some extent allergic to gluten. Even if its a slight irritation to your small intestines causing you to not retain all of your nutrients. Then again there are studies out there that support both sides of any claim.

The evidence that is most valuable to me is anecdotal. I know most people don’t agree, but what better evidence then the real life experiences of those in the same situation as you?

Gluten has been the recurring, common denominator between those that healed and those that don’t. Gluten is also the one thing, from my observations, that some people have cut out without making any other changes and have seen pigmentation. On the other side of the equation I have seen people that have done everything right, following a “vitiligo diet”, exercise, reduced stress,…. but just could not give up their bread, pasta or whatever and although they did see some progress, they never really crossed over and fully healed.

Do I need to disclaim that results will vary? Is that not obvious? Is there anything in life where everyone will receive the same results? Of course not. The main thing is that you will only become better by the trying of it. If nothing else you’ll loose some extra unwanted weight. If you’re already in great shape you’ll get other benefits: improved digestion, clearer skin, nagging little issues that you can’t describe – gone. If that doesn’t apply to you, then you’ll save a lil money. The money we spend on snacking unnecessarily with junk and fast foods adds up. If you’re in great shape, have all the money you need and after 90 days (my personal recommendation), you see no positive benefit – you can always go back to eating how you always have been.

There is one instance where I don’t mind calling it the vitiligo diet and that’s when you are using it as a reminder to have that priority front and center. People start diets and programs for various reasons, but your reason is now strictly to heal you are more likely to be committed.

As I always say just give it 90 days and please keep in touch, check back in and let us know what you got out of your vitiligo diet.


5 thoughts on “Vitiligo Diet: Gluten and the Effect of Foods on Healing

  1. Hi gary..
    Loved reading your blog. Gives me hope of reversing vitiligo. I wish to know did u eliminate all grains or just wheat? . I dont consume wheat but include millets in my diet. Also what supplements do u suggest. I am taking vit b12 and multivitamin presently.thanks for giving hope to us and stay blessed.

    • Hello Revati,

      I’m glad you are enjoying my blog. I have been doing a poor job at keeping it updated.
      You not only have the hope of reversing vitiligo but also the knowing that people are healing and you will too.
      During my first 90 days I eliminated everything that I thought was causing or preventing the healing of Vitilgo. I would of stopped breathing if you told me to. 🙂
      Definitely all grains and all of the other things on my NO list.
      My diet now is much more relaxed. I eat rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, oats, eggs.
      I kept the strict diet in the book because I learned so much from that experience. It’s essentially an elimination diet. I now know how each individual food affects me.
      Once you are healing you can slowly re-introduce the foods one at a time, every three days or so.
      Wheat is the most difficult to let go because everything we love is made out of it. Unfortunately it is the one that never gets back on the list. It is my opinion that we should all be totally Gluten-Free. I’ve had readers that have begun to heal simply by eliminating Gluten.

      Vitamin B12 is good. I also take D3 and Omega3. Honestly I do not pay as much attention to supplements as I used to. It is my belief now that we can get the majority of the nutrients we need through a nourishing whole foods diet. Of course some of us may be deficient in somethings and will require supplementation. During your healing phase I would recommend the B vitamins like you are taking, D3, Omega3, Glutamine if you can get it, Probiotics, sunlight, lots of veggies, happiness, love, meditation, yoga, happiness and love again. 🙂

      Take care and all the best.

  2. Gary.. glad to hear back frm you.. 🙂 Thanks for the reply and motivating me. What was ur elimination diet for the first three months. also doesnt oats contain gluten .?

    • Hey Revati,

      The elimination diet is outlined in my book. It’s pretty restrictive but looking back I’m glad I did it. Let me know if you can’t afford the book and I’ll send it to you.
      I get GF Oats when I can, when I can’t I don’t worry about it. I am quite serious when it comes to ingesting gluten, but for certain products that say they “may contain gluten, peanuts, milk,etc…” I don’t worry about. They are normally for protection purposes (legally as well as for those that suffer from serious allergic reactions). The majority of us are not truly celiacs. It is just a fact, at least in my opinion, that our bodies operate better without Gluten.

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