"I used to be a' foodie' and now I am a "foodist'"
Welcome to my health and wellbeing blog.
I’m not a raw foodist by choice. I was recently diagnosed as having a complicated autoimmune condition including severe Histamine Intolerance and a form of reactive arthritis. I have become hypersensitive to high histamine foods, pollen, dust and some everyday chemicals. My condition affects every area of my life.
I have Mast Cell Activation Disease (MCAD).
I was prescribed a low histamine diet and then a raw food diet to ease my symptoms and over the past 2 years I have overcome my reluctance to a new way of eating and living. I have been experimenting to combine the two diets and I have been learning how to eat a diet comprising mainly of low histamine raw fruit and vegetables and how to change the habits of a life time.
I am starting to feel healthier than I have ever been before. I have also lost 35 lbs in weight.
I will be sharing with you how I got here and I'll be exploring low histamine raw recipes, natural beauty products, how to cope with being "allergic to everything" and generally how to regain health and fitness and live life to the full despite my unusual condition!
Please feel free to message me with any suggestions, questions, or comments. I'd love to hear from you!
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I have been asked how I changed my diet. I changed slowly one thing at a time, substituting healthier foods for the more unhealthy foods.
The very first thing I did was give up products containing sugar. i had not realised how addicted I was to it until I tried to stop. Had you asked me I would have said that I did not eat many sugary products, but I must have done. Biscuits, cakes, sweets etc all added up.
I substituted medjool dates for chocolate, and ate apples and grapes when I wanted to binge on something. I carried carrot and celery sticks with me to munch every where i went. I had huge headaches on and off for about 2 weeks. I could not believe how bad I felt. I also lost 7 lbs in those 2 weeks, just like that. I must have been retaining fluid as a reaction to the sugar I suppose.
Then one day I didn’t want to eat sugar anymore. I found that chocolates tasted different and had an after taste. Sweet biscuits tasted salty and had a chemical taste. I felt free of sugar. That Christmas I made a mistake and tried my old favourites - a few cherry liqueur chocolates. I also ate a sliver of Christmas cake. OMG the headache that ensued. I realised then that my sweet eating days over and I could not go back.
Sometimes I eat raw chocolate that contains agave ( a controversial product - as in raw or not - in the raw foods world) but I do not become addicted in the way I was to sugar. I can take it or leave it. If I crave chocolate i might add some raw cocoa powder to some fresh melon in my blender. I eat fruit and I drink coconut water. They all taste incredibly sweet now. Medjool dates, which were a life saver when I was giving up chocolate bars, taste incredibly sweet to me now.