Wondering why you react to EVERYTHING you eat?

It was a complete surprise to me that for some reason that part never occurred to me: that digestion begins with the nerve impulses in the brain [7], which sometimes has a hard time distinguishing between fantasy and reality. I don’t mean that in a psychotic way, just that to the brain, intention is sometimes the same as action. That’s why visualization techniques are now being used to preserve motor skills in paraplegics [8].

How to make this information work for you.

The greatest relief I’ve experienced this last year is by making my peace with the fact that pretty much every food I put into my body will cause a reaction (thanks to the digestive process itself). By accepting this, I have taken the fear out of mealtime and allowed myself to focus on getting nutrition back into my body, rather than continuing to deprive my body of the nutrients needed for proper histamine metabolism, and creating an environment of fear at mealtime.

I use food prep as an opportunity to practice a little mindfulness meditation. I observe my  food fears and then let them go. I experience the textures, the colours, and imagine the good they’re going to do for me. I visualise my enjoying sitting down to the meal, how it’s not going to bother me, and how this is all helping heal me. I imagine the food going down my oesophagus, into the stomach. I notice my mast cells not being disturbed by this process. And then I sit down to eat.

And now for some practical advice!

Rule out salicylate intolerance, mast cell activation disorder, and clean up your diet.

The great Dr. Fuhrman passed on the most incredible advice to me via his forum. Juicing, smoothie’ing and souping it means you’ll need less enzymes to digest [9]. That should mean less need for gastric juices and histamine. Make the meals/juices low histamine and you’re on a roll.

My personal approach is simply to include as many antihistamine and anti-inflammatory foods as I can!

The Anti-cookbook, while it doesn’t treat any conditions, due to its high nutrient, antihistamine and anti-inflammatory ingredients, has been instrumental in helping me feed myself on a limited diet. It features a six page list of antihistamine and anti-inflammatory foods. It comes in regular and Paleo. 

The Low Oxalate Cookbook features antihistamine and anti-inflammatory rich recipes. 

Take a peek at my low histamine and antihistamine cookbooks for more high nutrient recipes. If you’ve found this information useful I’d appreciate your support (at no extra cost to you!) – please check out my online store for your health foods, supplements, kitchen items and beauty product purchases. Affiliate sales through my online store go towards maintaining the website, funding travel to interviews and purchasing all the lovely foods for my free online recipes.

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Please don’t forget antihistamine, pain killing foods can still hurt us, so please always check with your doctor before adding new foods to your diet. 

——— REFERENCES ———-

[1] www.physiol.med.uu.nl/…/ipweb/misc/…/digestive/secretion.doc

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14530789

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3014298/

[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Histamine_H4_receptor

[5] http://healinghistamine.com/is-your-anti-histamine-making-you-fat/

[6] http://healinghistamine.com/my-top-10-histamine-non-food-triggers-and-how-i-deal-with-them/

[7] www.physiol.med.uu.nl/…/ipweb/misc/…/digestive/secretion.doc

[8] http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/flourish/200912/seeing-is-believing-the-power-visualization

[9] http://www.drfuhrman.com/faq/question.aspx?sid=16&qindex=4