Playing histamine detective is easy – here’s how I do it.
I wake up after at least a 12 hour fast. I drink some water and wait an hour to get the blood pumping. Then I test the product or food. Only one thing at a time! Anaphylaxis for breakfast is a bit too much for any of us to bite off. I’ll either apply the product to my skin or eat the food item in question. Then I wait. I used to wait up to four hours, but nowadays my diet is so clean that I’m able to judge the severity in much less time. If I was dealing with mastocytosis or just generally going into shock like I used to, I’d keep a phone with the ambulance service on speed dial, an epi pen in my pocket and a fistful of antihistamines ready to go.
I then measure the severity of the reaction on a scale of one to ten and add it to my food diary. If you read my first detox post, you’ll know that I began my recovery by using www.fitday.com to check which minerals and vitamins I wasn’t getting. I then used www.nutritondata.com’s nutrient search tool to find the foods highest in the needed nutrients. I then created a diet for myself. I’ve taken this further now by only eating anti-inflammatory and antihistamine foods.
Given that I now know that the act of eating/digestion itself causes histamine release (no matter the food), I don’t stress too much over most reactions. My overall histamine level is so under control that I no longer go into shock or have the serious symptoms (POTS, dysautonomia, anaphylaxis), so I don’t sweat most of the lesser reactions. If a food is highly nutritious, anti-inflammatory and antihistaminic, I still include it in my diet, on a longer rotation. Thing is, we’re human. At some point I realised I was omitting healthy foods from my diet because I was reacting to them. I was left with plain foods like rice, sweet potato, zucchini etc (not particularly nutritious), but was still cheating with crappy food. I was ok with my reaction to crappy high histamine food but stressed by my reaction to healthy low histamine food. I realised then that I needed an attitude adjustment.
And so I made it. And so began my recovery: avoid the not particularly nutritious food, even if it gave me less of a reaction than the highly nutritious. Soon the vitamins and minerals kicked in and I was able to tolerate the good foods, and a lot more of the bad. But I stuck to my guns, got myself out of the bed I had been confined to for months. Found myself a business to start, countries to explore and the most amazing man to love. Life is good. I wish it for you too.
You’ll find a collection of all liquid high nutrient antihistamine and anti-inflammatory rich recipes for days when my histamine bucket overflowed in the new Anti-Detox book.
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.
Don’t miss the Low Histamine Beauty Survival Guide for non-toxic beauty tips, the skinny on histamine releasing (mast cell degranulating) beauty ingredients, antihistamine and anti-inflammatory beauty alternatives and the top brands natural brands I’ve found.
Take a peek at my other low histamine and antihistamine cookbooks for more high nutrient 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.