"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 :
Fasting with adequate water may well have benefits. I have read a lot of books on this and certainly Dr Furhman, among others, is an advocate for fasting. Owing to my condition, my Specialist will not allow me to fast for more than 24 hours now.
As I said in my last posts, our bodies are designed to go some time without food naturally so we have time to forage to find food. Fasting is therefore a natural process. I believe, however, that long periods of fasting should be medically supervised owing to possible health risks. The body can start to shut down bits of itself when in starvation mode.
Initial weight lost by fasting is usually “water weight”. The body will retain its fat stores (energy stores) in readiness for the time without food until we find it again.
A juice fast will allow the body more nutrients and calories than water only. Hence it may be more gentle on the system.
My personal issue with juice is that it is a big sugar burst on the system because juicing removes the fibre which slows down sugar absorption in the body. I used to drink my homemade fruit and vegetable juice with great gusto and wonder why I was in agony with joint pain over night and doubled up with diarrhoea and stomach pain during the day.
For this reason I have not attempted to juice fast as such. I think of juice fasting as something healthy people can undertake. Rather than drinking just juice I now add back some of the fibre either into the juice or by eating it ( I use pulp for cakes and things) and I prefer smoothies so that I get all the fruit and vegetable fibre.
Those with arthritis, diabetes, other autoimmune diseases who are thinking about juicing or juice fasts may wish to consider this and consult your health specialist.