"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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These are some ads for where I buy my coconut water and stuff like that :
So this week I had 3 old filings removed (I used to eat sweets!) and replaced. The dentist and I talked about whether I endured the pain (histamine response) or tried the local anaesthetic (probable bad reaction and histamine response). In the end he talked me into having the injection. I think he was worried I might move suddenly with the pain and swallow the drill or something! LOL
Any way i now have a swollen mouth and mouth pain big time.. OWOWOWOW!!!
I cannot take pain killers without knocking myself out for days and I have to look after my husband tomorrow as his support worker is away.
So I am sucking cloves! Yes they work! I am really surprised as i thought this was a fallacy.
I am also freezing my mouth with frozen water melon… delish!! and it is cooling the inflammation!!!! LOL
Some stuff from Wikipedia about Inflammation in the body which is actually part of our healing process but in autoimmune diseases the healing process seem to go wrong and the body attacks itself. Histamine plays a big part in the inflammation process apparently:
This is where my joint pain and swollen joints come from and this is why I work on my body to bring the inflammation down by eating low histamine food and raw food.
Disclaimer: I am not a medic what I write is just my understanding of all this stuff.
Inflammation (Latin, inflammare, to set on fire) is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants. Inflammation is a protective attempt by the organism to remove the injurious stimuli and to initiate the healing process. Inflammation is not a synonym for infection, even in cases where inflammation is caused by infection. Although infection is caused by a microorganism, inflammation is one of the responses of the organism to the pathogen.
Without inflammation, wounds and infections would never heal. Similarly, progressive destruction of the tissue would compromise the survival of the organism. However, chronic inflammation can also lead to a host of diseases, such as hay fever, atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and even cancer (e.g., gallbladder carcinoma). It is for that reason that inflammation is normally closely regulated by the body.
Inflammation can be classified as either acute or chronic. Acute inflammation is the initial response of the body to harmful stimuli and is achieved by the increased movement of plasma and leukocytes (especially granulocytes ) from the blood into the injured tissues. A cascade of biochemical events propagates and matures the inflammatory response, involving the local vascular system, the immune system, and various cells within the injured tissue. Prolonged inflammation, known aschronic inflammation, leads to a progressive shift in the type of cells present at the site of inflammation and is characterized by simultaneous destruction and healing of the tissue from the inflammatory process.