Do you think it's possible to go vegan if you also have food allergies or intolerances? I have reflux disease and a lot of other digestive weirdness and can't eat tomatoes or citrus or anything spicy at all really. Like even black pepper makes me sick. Would vegetarian food be super boring if you need to keep it pretty bland?
I think you could definitely go vegan, but you need to look into balancing what you eat.
My mother has Reflux Disease (also called a Hiatal Hernia) and she has problems with some food as well, but not the same ones you have. She can’t have sun dried tomatoes or even eating too quickly triggers her condition. She eats dried pineapple (as it can settle the stomach) to help combat the symptoms.
But back to Vegetarian/veganism - Can you do it? Yes! but you’re going to have to be careful. The biggest issues with Veggie diets (I'm talking vegan, vegetarian or plant-based) is vitamins and protein. This is more important for you as you can’t eat some foods. But every food has some combination of vitamins, minerals and protein you can eat a varied diet or supplement.
Lets start with Protein. Protein for Humans is Derived from Amino Acids.
Protein a hot topic when anyone discusses Vegetarianism or Veganism, but its actually not as big of an issue as people think. So long as you can get all 20 Amino Acids, in enough quantities, you won’t have any issues. Everything has protein. From the tiny pea to the mighty bread. Eating a varied enough diet will help you keep up on your protein. Depending on what your stomach has issues with you can augment your diet to adjust.
Nuts, Quinoa, whole grains and beans/legumes are great sources of multiple Amino Acids(But everything from kale to an apple has amino acids).
Vitamins - There are some issues with vitamin deficiencies while following a Vegetarian or Vegan diet. The main ones people worry about are B vitamins (specifically B12) and Iron. But given your issue with citrus, you may want to eat more vitamin C heavy foods (such as Kiwi’s, broccoli or strawberries)
Iron is one that mostly female vegetarians/vegan worry about most given the monthly week-long purge of iron from the body. However, it can be a worry for Male vegetarians/vegans too. I myself Have adored spinach throughout my life and frankly eat so much of it I probably never need to worry about Iron.
How can you get Iron?
Spinach, Lentils, Beans, Kale, nuts, quinoa, fortified cereals, collard greens, tofu and so on. There's many options and (I hope) many you can eat. Look up: Vegetarian foods high in ____ and you’ll likely find something you like and can eat.
B12 is a vitamin that is commonly held to being only found in meat, but it is technically not the meat itself. B12 is a vitamin created by a type of bacteria (Source: X, X, X) that is found not only in the intestinal tract of people and animals but also on organics in nature. B12 can be found in natural water sources that are unfiltered (PSA I am not saying go drink lake/river water! Drink water that is properly cleaned please!!) and on plants we eat (before we rinse them off, but in very low quantities). Humans cannot create b12 that is absorbed back into our body, but we can absorb it from other sources. As Vegetarians and Vegans are not eating animals, I highly recommend you take a b12 supplement of at least 1000mcg a week to twice a week. B12 is necessary to your brain’s normal function.
For your worry of blandness, you can easily make food flavorful without eating what affects your stomach. Soy sauce, honey/maple syrup, mustard, garlic, ginger and so on. (hopefully some fo those are ok by you) Replacement cooking is something I think everyone should learn. Let’s take an example, You didn’t mention garlic so I’ll assume that’s ok for you to eat. You can use chilled oil and garlic and blend it together with a bit of salt to make a creamy sauce for pasta or potatoes. It’s super flavorful (although a bit higher in fat that of a tomato sauce equivalent but you can balance meals around it)
Overall, you should look at eating a varied diet, balancing what you eat for macro and micro nutrients while still avoiding the foods that affect your reflux disease. Make sure to make allowances for vitamins that you may have less of due to your reflux disease. I highly recommend MyFitnessPal (available on Ios or Android) to keep track of your nutrient intake as well as track your macros (Fat, Carbs and Protein).
Best of luck and I hope I answered your question! Feel free to reach out!