"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 :
Happy New year.
The China Study ( for a reason why). Leslie Kenton’s The New Raw Energy, Any book by Ani Phyo (lots of stuff for free on U Tube). Web Sites such as “Gone Raw” have a lot of recipes. There is also one called “30 bananas a day” Try Debbie Took - http://rawforlife.co.uk/ who was a great help to me when I started. Debbie provides all her info for free. Doug Graham’s book on 80/10/10 for anyone want to eat high fruit low fat. Dr Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live ( Not raw but copious fruit and veg). Fred Patenaude The Raw Secrets is another good book. Victoria Boutenko wrote Green for Life which is all about smoothies and here is some free recipes from her http://www.rawfamily.com/recipes. There are a lot of gourmet raw books that I have also read. A lot of these focus on quite a high fat diet making nuts as a base. I love these foods but I tend to have them as treats so I am not eating vast amounts of nuts every day. (In any event nuts tend to be higher in histamine)
I would research on the net, any book before you buy it. Most raw food people have websites with recipes and tips.
A lot of the raw food people have a different point of view. I have read them all just about. I don’t follow anyone to the letter. I suppose I am now nearest to the 80/10/10 model with A bit of Dr Fuhrman thrown in as I will eat some cooked food especially steamed veg so I am probably nearest to Fred Patenaude’s thinking. I drink green smoothies every day. I have a recipes page and and a smoothies page on this blog.
Going vegetarian is relatively straight forward as you cut out meat and fish. Going “vegan” (as in eating vegan rather than adopting the lifestyle) is harder as you cut out eggs and dairy or anything animal in origin. There are a lot of resources about eating vegan too but I don’t use vegan processed products such a vegan cheese etc as my health can’t cope with processed food.
My own diet is broadly a ton of fruit and veg ( mostly raw) and some nuts and seeds ( not so many as I used to eat). I do eat cooked lentils. I can occasionally eat an egg. I can occasionally make my flour and water flat bread. I sometimes eat a little yoghurt. I have stopped eating a little goat’s cheese because it hurts me.
I wrote this post on going raw my way a while ago. It is now an additional page on this blog. Here.
Breakfast this morning will probably be 4-5 bananas and a cucumber as I just fancy it.