"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 :
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.
.. I had a rare mini binge on something. I do this from time to time and don’t beat myself up as change is difficult and I do sometimes rebel and eat some raw chocolate, some bread or something like that . It usually tells me I need to adjust a little.
Wow, the difference over night in terms of joint pain. I had a mini flare. Like an echo of what I used to get. I also had a bad stomach almost immediately. Who would have thought that food would make such a big difference??
Shows me how far I have come and that there is no going back to my old ways now.
My “dragons within” rouse, turn and sleep on…
went to hospital - got joint pain! LOL
…the smell of fresh bread now makes me sneeze and start to wheeze! Bread was one of my favourite things to eat. It must be said that my stomach used to bloat and I would get a sore mouth, mouth ulcers, or feel sick, or my joints would swell. I never really attributed this to the eating of bread, of course, but that was because I was eating so many other things that were also causing me to react.
Because it is generally made with yeast/fermentation, I have had, reluctantly, to cut ordinary bread right out of my diet. I never thought I would manage to give up fresh bagels or croissants but now I react even to the smell!
I can just about manage my own flat bread on occasion.
How things change…..