"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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Eating is the way to lose weight… lots of greens, lots of fruit, lots of vegetables. Eat otherwise the body does not function properly.
On a Weight Watchers diet vegetables and fruits are not even counted as eating units in the current system.
My experience is that it is the commercially processed food, the junk food, the chemically sweetened food that makes one fat. Together with high fat, high processed foods. Bodies to not recognise that stuff as food! Commercially it makes a lot of money so manufacturers will keep churning it out.
Eat stuff your grandmother would recognise as food. Eat green vegetables to fill you up, eat some raw , have a green smoothie but EAT.
Please, dear people, you are worth it.
I am no specialist, nor am I medically qualified but this is my view on how it works based on my readings, observations and personal experiences.
Your body is a superb piece of equipment. It has built in mechanisms to protect you and to get you through external problems that arise. Wild animal forraging will naturally go through times when there is no food or water and we are designed on the same lines.
When one starves then the body’s survival mechanisms go into overdrive. The body’s override is to keep it alive at all costs. It will fight itself to keep going and to retain fat (calorie stores) for as long as possible. It will slow down the rate at which it uses up calories (metabolic rate). It will shut down non vital bits of itself to keep going. `The body does not want to die.
When in deliberate starvation mode a person is fighting herself/himself because the body wants to survive and it will override everything even willpower. Even the brain will eventually be subject to the survival instinct. A starving body will therefore binge if food comes into view, literally, to save itself. That is why continuous dieting is exhausting and why those with eating disorders may well think about and crave food even while not wishing to eat it. Anorexia is a serious illness.
When we eat very low calories we are playing with these mechanisms. Playing literally with a fire we do not understand.
…. create new blood, renew your bone marrow, fuel your brain, ease your mind, make your lungs work, support your immune system, heal your skin (including that tattoo you had done yesterday), keep your digestive system working smoothly, lubricate your joints, repair and build your muscles, ………
What will you eat to do all that?