"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 thought I would try to give a full response so bear with me!
First of all, there was a theory of protein combining (also protein complementing) that vegetarians particularly vegans, must eat certain complementary foods like beans and rice together in the same meal, so that plant foods with incomplete essential amino acid content combine to form a complete protein, meeting all amino acid requirements for human growth and maintenance. This theory was promoted by Frances Moore Lappé in her 1971 bestseller Diet for a Small Planet.Unfortunately this theory took hold and although Ms Lappé later changed her mind, and the theory was largely discredited, the controversy remains (see Wikipedia - protein combining entry and other stuff on the net about the incomplete protein myth).
I used to eat a high protein diet. I tried the Atkins Diet to lose weight. I had skin eruptions, rashes, bad stomach aches and I smelt bad. I also got very bad joint pain and I put on weight! I gave up the diet deciding that it just wasn’t for me.
My main protein sources are all fruit and vegetables. Everything contains protein I now understand. Broccoli contains more protein than steak pound for pound, so I have read, BUT of course you would have to eat loads of broccoli to get the same amount of protein as in a piece of steak. I eat so much raw fruit and veg that I think I get enough. I eat about a head of celery a day and probably a whole lettuce or equivalent. I eat almonds and a few other nuts and seeds a day (I was told not to eat nuts other than almonds but this rule was relaxed when i started to eat vegan).
Occasionally i eat an egg (organic, unfertilised) and very occasionally I eat a little organic feta cheese. That is about it. I read several books on the subject and I found that low protein is good for arthritis and other autoimmune conditions. I also read Colin Campbell’s The China Study in which he examines a lot of western world health issues and advocates a largely vegan diet. Everything I read pointed to this diet and, the Immune Biologist I see on a regular basis recommended it for my condition.
Thank you so much for the question. Any queries do let me know.