The Vitiligo Diet: How to Stay on Track

Any kind of dieting can be hard, whether you’re doing it for fun, preparation (such as for a marathon), or medical reasons. Although it only affects around 1% of people, and primarily those with darker skin tones, the skin condition can be treated in a number of ways. However, the most common and easiest approach is with a vitiligo diet – by introducing and taking away certain foods, both patient and doctor hope to alleviate the often embarrassing skin pigmentations that can cover the hands, face, and other body parts.

Because dieting plays such a prominent role it is seen as a necessary and beneficial vitiligo treatment – but that still doesn’t make it any easier. In order to stay on track certain risk factors need to be acknowledged, and a plan developed to deal with them as they arise. With careful analysis and implementation of strategies to bolster your will-power, the vitiligo diet can be something to look forward to, rather than something to afraid of.


Obstacles You May Face While on The Vitiligo Diet:

Food Cravings: this is a huge factor when it comes to staying on a diet, as particularly powerful food cravings can overwhelm even the most steadfast individuals and derail weeks or even months of hard work. The biggest food cravings usually coincide with one of two prominent tastes: sweet and salty. These are particularly powerful cravings that have their own localized areas on the tongue, and we are susceptible to them more than any other.


1. Finding a way to supplement your ‘sweet tooth’ is very important, and this can be achieved by eating fresh fruit, which is high in natural fructose – at all costs we want to avoid high oxidative foods with refined sugar content. Exotic fruits like mango, pineapple, and bananas are a good place to start. Likewise, all kinds of berries have positive effects on the body, and blueberries in particular are noted for their anti-oxidant properties.

2. Meat, especially beef and high-fat derivatives, can be hard to pass up on – but in the same, they need to be avoided at all costs. Going with leaner wild game meats is a good start, including venison and wild birds, and lamb is also shown to be high in protein. Vegetarian substitutes can also be introduced, and include ‘veggie-burger’ mixes often made of soy, or yams and grated vegetables. Falafel burgers are also becoming quite popular as a vegan substitute.

3. Cheeses and dairy products can also cause problems with food cravings. Going with alternatives to dairy milk, such as coconut milk, rice milk, soy milk or almond milk, can alleviate these urges. *Make sure to get the Original Unsweetened flavour.


Cost: when it comes to the vitiligo diet, a lot of foods suggested by doctors and dieticians include fresh and/or raw ingredients, and when possible organic is emphasized. At the same time, organic foods are necessarily more expensive, so it can feel like a huge trade-off. How do you make the decision between health and keeping a roof over your head? What’s important to remember is that raw, organic, high-nutrient foods will be better in the long term for treating your vitiligo and increasing your autoimmune response to other allergenic foods.


1. Smaller portions may not always mean not feeling full – we end up eating a lot of empty calories in our day to day routine. White bread is a prime example. By switching to healthier foods – in this case, wild rice – you will notice that you feel fuller after eating less. This is because all the nutrient content packed into a loaf of empty refined white flour bread may be less than a simple serving of home-made wild rice, which is rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins. Raw fresh fruits and vegetables also fill us up more than salty snacks because they’re full of water and fiber.

2. When it comes to finding cheap food, it’s okay to buy ripe or overripe food to supplement the fresh salad greens you bought. Especially for fruit, stores will often put expiry dates that don’t necessarily coincide with when the food becomes un-eatable. Food can be palatable for long periods of time, and in the case of some products, can even be healthier – the breaking down of certain ingredients can actually increase their nutritive quality.


Willpower: let’s face it, it can be exhausting, both physically and mentally to keep up with a diet regimen. Many people who veer off the course of the vitiligo diet do so simply because they are tired. Tired of not knowing what to eat, tired because they’re not eating enough of the right food combinations and tired because their body is detoxing. Being sure to get lots of rest and ample daily exercise can go a long way to maintaining your overall attitude and make sure you successfully finish what you start. Many people find that creating a schedule, and offering rewards (not necessarily in the form of dietary rewards) can also be very helpful. For many patients, though, simply having a support group can ensure that you see the vitiligo diet to the end. This can be family members, partners, friends, and even co-workers, some sort of community that can encourage and promote you throughout the process.


One Of My Biggest Breakthroughs Yet…

After spending almost 3 months researching & amassed 60+ hours in the library and with various doctors, nutritionist & GPs. There’s one treatment method by David Paltrow, I kept coming across again and again called the “The Vitiligo Miracle.” I have to admit after so much research, I was a bit skeptical at the sounds of the title, but I read through it all anyway and I’m so glad I did.

It’s the perfect addition to anyone who’s thinking about going on the Vitiligo Diet and literally gave me the remaining pieces that I needed to move forward with a protocol to help Jane after all these months (and her depression was getting progressive worse prior to this). David and his team of professional nutritionists actually talked via email/phone with Jane and I through a protocol that would work best for her. I will talk more about the protocol and everything we did, but that is for another post.

If you’re interested in the book, The Vitiligo Miracle by David Paltrow…

Read my review of The Vitiligo Miracle Here