"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 :
I prepare some fruit without thinking about it. Usually 3 or 4 fruits. Sometimes I add 3 or 4 nuts and a sprinkle of raw germinated oat groats or raw sprouted buckwheat, a dessert spoonful of seeds and a little coconut water to create a fruit salad. I love all the textures in the bowl. Other times I make a fruit smoothie. Sometimes I just eat a large piece of melon or I blend and drink it. Depending on the size and my appetite I might eat the whole thing.
I used to think that fruit could never fill me up. Now it does!
I have had several queries recently about how I gave up dairy:-
I knew this was going to be a biggy for me but I also knew instinctively that Dirk was right when he said he thought it was part of my problem.
It is somewhat ironic that all my early life I had point blank refused to eat any form of cheese apart from the odd bit of salty cheddar and to drink most milk products. Then in the last few years I had actually started to acquire a taste for cheese as an alternative dessert to sweet things and I had latterly become quite a connoisseur.
I was not a little resentful that I had to give up so many foods for the good of my health but I had started already to suspect that my favourite bread and cheese were causing me problems….
It was a great incentive (or not depending on how you look at it! ) that my body reacts so strongly to milk and cheese with rashes, diarrhoea, immense joint pain and other issues. I have to say that as I returned time and time again to eating a bit of cheese I found that these symptoms returned. You would think therefore it would be easy for me to give it up but, on that basis, we would all give up everything that is bad for us and we don’t, of course…
This is how I did it …
The performance yesterday was very good and I did not have any big mast cell problems although I could smell perfume all around me. I even managed to keep awake throughout the performance and on the very crowded train going home. Sudden overwhelming sleep is another of my symptoms and, in the past, I have been mugged on the train owing to being out for the count.
We ate at the Wild Food Cafe In Neal’s Yard London. I ate all raw food and managed to keep my histamine levels within a reasonable limit. Some joint pain this morning but nothing like the old days.
Today is my birthday but histamine levels will be kept down. I know from experience that if I eat over my histamine limit 2 days in a row I will be in agony over night.