Archive | December, 2011

D-Day

26 Dec

It’s time to announce the first diet!  Beginning January 2nd, I will be following the…drum roll please…

Histamine-restricted diet (Phew!  No pureed birthday cake!)

Background: Histamine intolerance is often due to low levels of specific enzymes that bind to and metabolize histamine.  This can lead to a build-up of histamine in the body with subsequent symptoms.

<Side note fun fact: Lactose intolerance is due to insufficient lactase – the enzyme that breaks down lactose>

Common symptoms: headaches/migraines, gastrointestinal disorders/upset, sneezing,  itching, flushing, muscle weakness, dysmennorrhea (painful periods), hives, eczema, nasal congestion/runny nose, anxiety & panic attacks.  More severe symptoms include asthma attacks, anaphylactic shock, & arrhythmias (including palpitations).

Off the Menu: (All bolded items are those that I currently eat on a regular basis and will be the hardest for me not to eat!)

*Dairy products: fermented cheeses, yogurt, kefir, & buttermilk

*Grains: bleached flour

*Vegetables: eggplant, avocado, spinach, pumpkin, tomatoes/tomato products (sauce, salsa, etc.), all pickled veggies including kalamata olives, sauerkraut, & cucumbers (pickles)

*Fruits: apricots, cherries, cranberries**, currants, blueberries, dates, loganberries, nectarines, oranges**, lemons, limes, grapefruit, papayas/pawpaws, peaches, pineapple, prunes, plums, raisins, raspberries, and strawberries + juices containing any of these fruits

**I’ve been eating a lot of cranberries and oranges lately simply because they are two of the few that are in season right now.  If it were summer, you’d see many more items in bold from the fruits list – I love fruit!!**

*Meat, poultry, eggs & fish: all fish & shellfish, all processed meats, pork/beef sausage, ham, all leftover cooked meats, raw egg whites

*Legumes/beans: soy beans, red beans, miso (fermented soybean paste), tempeh (fermented soybean curd)

*Spices & herbs: anise, cinnamon, cloves, curry powder, hot paprika (cayenne pepper), chili powder, nutmeg, foods with generic “spices” label in ingredients list

*Condiments: soy sauce, tamari, vinegars & all dressings/sauces made with vinegar such as mustard & ketchup

*Food additives/misc: tartrazine, all artificial colors, preservatives – benzoates, sulfites, BHA & BHT

*Fun Stuff: chocolate/cocoa, carbonated drinks of any kind, all tea, all drinks with “flavor”/”spices”, liquorice, beer, wine, cider, and ALL other alcoholic beverages (no drinky drinky for my birthday this year – oh well)

This one is more complicated than I had anticipated!  My goal is to post at least twice weekly to comment on how the diet is going, put up some low-histamine recipes and random facts about the condition, and the challenges that I am finding while trying to feed myself in this fashion.  Check back soon for updates!

Sources: (ugh…it’s just like school all over again!) 😉

http://www.allergyuk.org/fs_histamine.aspx

http://www.urticaria.thunderworksinc.com/pages/lowhistamine.htm#allowedrestricted

http://www.ajcn.org/content/85/5/1185.full

http://www.michiganallergy.com/food_and_histamine.shtml

Vickerstaff Joneja, J. (2003) Dealing with Food Allergies. pgs 233-244.

Woot! First post!

22 Dec

Doesn’t the title of this post just inspire you?  Just a quick note to let everybody know that the first diet will be announced on Monday December 26th.  The suspense is killing me!!  I have to wait 4 more days until I know what the first 3 weeks of eating in January is going to look like in my world <Sigh> My birthday is this month, so wish me luck that I won’t have to have pureed birthday cake and thickened vodka for my 25th! :-/

Note: I will be starting my first diet on January 2nd (due to carryover from New’s Year’s Eve as well as a pie and coffee “last supper” to be had with friends on the 1st! 🙂