The Reluctant Raw Foodist

Are you what you eat?

"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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Posts tagged "xmas"


Olenko’s Raw Vegan Fruit Salad X-Mass Tree

To make this little X-mass tree you can use any little fruits or vegetables that you have. To start you will need apple for the base and parsnip or carrot for the trunk of the tree, as well ass toothpicks to attach your fruits and veggies to the tree. I used this fruits and veggies for my tree:

organic kale for the bottom part

organic star fruit

organic kiwi

organic baby tomatoes

organic raspberries

organic purple grapes

organic cranberries

shredded coconut for the snow

This tree is very simple and easy to make, it took me 15 minutes to make it. Make sure your apple is straight otherwise cut the bottom, on the top cut a small opening the size of your carrot or parsnip ( you may have to trim it a bit). Place the tree on a cake dish or a pretty plate and decorate your tree. Attach your toothpicks and the little edible ornaments ( fruits and veggies) , placing them all over the tree. Top it of with pice of fruit-star, it makes a perfect star. At the end sprinkle shredded coconut for the snow. You can make one big tree as a centerpiece for the Christmas dinner table or individual ones. Other fruits that I will suggest to use will be: strawberries, blueberries, cantaloup and watermelon you can cut shapes out of them, oranges, lemons, you can cut them too, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers. There is so right or wrong, just experiment making the tree : ) Let your imagination take you ; ) and have fun making your little X-Mass tree. Merry Christmas! Peace, love, good health and joy to all! XOXO

In case you are feeling artistic :)) x

(via vegwan)

This is for any of you  that suffer from fatigue and or anxiety. My friend Helen’s post (click here) is timely advice. 

Helen is staying with me for the weekend helping me with my husband as his usual live in care giver is on holiday. It’s great to see a once very ill person now have so much energy. She is buzzing around the place at the moment cooking for us all as well as sorting out my husband’s clothes and helping him, as necessary, to get up, shower and dress…

To think I once used to have to look after her as she was confined to bed with CFS …



Healthy Christmas Cookies // Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan


  • 1 1/4 cup raw pistachios
  • 2 tablespoon coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup agave
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Clean the pistachios from their outer shell and blend them into flour.
  2. Mix everything in a big bowl using a spatula.
  3. Roll into a salami form using some plastic foil and put in the fridge for 24 hours.
  4. Using a sharp knife cut into small cookies. If you have some small cookie cutters you can also shape them differently.
  5. Serve garnished with coconut flakes and fresh fruits.

I’m making now

Look good so I thought I would reblog for you all. Not sure I can eat pistachios but  will have a go !:))


I have 2 copies of this book so I thought I would offer one as a “give away” to someone following me. I will just chose someone at random from those of you who are following me and who re- blog this. To give you time to see this post and to avoid all the xmas post problems I will choose someone on 28 - 29 December. I will pay for the postage/shipping. 

I am sorry I cannot give you all a present. I did provide the link to that lovely little Jónsi and Alex recipe book earlier on the blog as my Christmas card to you all ( I hope they don’t mind. It is freely available on their website.) Here is the link to my post on this . 

(via wespeakincircles)

My kind of Xmas tree!

My kind of Xmas tree!