Have you ever wondered why sometimes you react to a food, and then you eat it again and you have no reaction? Me too! So I've been doing some research and I'm going to share it here today.
There are many components in foods that can cause reactions, oxylates, salicylates, FODMAPS, fructose, sulfites, and many others. The one I want to talk about today is histamines. Stay tuned for info for all these things in the next few weeks. You'll learn the symptoms of all the intolerances, and how to start healing.
Histamine is a chemical in your body, and maybe you've had a histamine reaction when the pollen count is really high and it causes you to sneeze 🤧. Repeatedly 🤧🤧🤧🤧🤧🤧!
Histamine protects the immune system by producing an inflammatory response to allergens. You might have sneezing, itching, watery eyes, or nasal congestion. Interestingly, histamine also plays a role in digestion!
The deal is this: sometimes your body is producing more histamine and a food causes the full bucket to overflow. Sometimes you don't have as much histamine, and the bucket is nowhere near full. You're safe to eat that food. 😤
If your body doesn't break down histamine properly, you can develop histamine intolerance! Here's a few symptoms:
- Flushing of the skin
- Dry lips
- Stomach cramps
- Low blood pressure
If you have histamine intolerance, your best bet is to heal your gut and your liver. I'm on this journey right now, and I'm not sure if I'm histamine intolerant, but it's something I'm looking in to.
Here's the foods to avoid if you're histamine intolerant:
- Fermented foods and drinks (sorry)
- Cured meats
- Aged cheeses
- Dried fruits
- Avocados (my fave)
Here's a great website that tells you what is LOW in histamine and good to eat.
Remember, the problem isn't the histamine. Your body produces it. The problem is your body's ability to break it down. Get yourself a great probiotic to start. If you need help with what to get, let me know, and I'll point you in the right direction.
Your best bet is to use a food journal and document your symptoms. We found out Chuck is sensitive to tomatoes (he was getting terrible migraines) in just under a week!
I LOVE fajitas, and I can usually get them at restaurants, with a few modifications.... No rice, no tortilla, no cheese or sour cream. Does your guac have sour cream in it? What's the seasoning on the meat? Yadda. Yadda. Yadda. Do you ever do this?
I just really love this recipe and it's one I make probably once a month. You probably have all the ingredients in your pantry.
Click on the pic to get the recipe.
I replace the canola with avocado or olive oil, and I don't do the tortillas, sour cream or cheese. It's a beautiful meal wrapped in green leaf lettuce leaves.
Make sure to put this on your recipe list. It's free of so many allergens!
Make it a great weekend!
What is Paleo?
It's a name for how many people with lots of food sensitivities have to eat. I don't eat any grains, dairy or beans. This is an anti-inflammatory diet. And it truly helped me feel tons better.
Today, I want to point you to some other websites that I think have amazing grain-free, dairy-free recipes.
My #1 Favorite: Danielle Walker's Against All Grain
If you have to go Paleo, this is a great place to start. Danielle has ulcerative colitis in remission through diet. Never has any recipe I've done from her failed! Try the Apple Spice Coffee Cake. Grab her cookbook here.
If you have to be nut free as well, there are options for that on her site.
I strongly recommend trying this out if you have any autoimmune or -itis issues. Many people see great results taking care of their bodies eating whole foods, and reducing processed foods.
Do you think you have a dairy sensitivity?
I have gone back and forth on this for years, because I. Love. Cheese. And ice cream! Some of the worst I’ve felt in my life was when I’ve been eating dairy. Just because cheese is so hard to imitate. I still haven’t found a true imitation cheese, one that melts like the real thing. I love goat cheese, but it doesn’t agree with me either!
What’s wrong with dairy?
In my little opinion, I think it’s more the processing of the milk, and the care of the cows. But who knows? All I know is I feel terrible when I eat it.
- Sinus congestion that goes into my ears
- Stomach ache
- Joint pain
Obviously, my body isn’t digesting dairy well. Remember we aren’t talking allergies here—that includes hives, wheezing, vomiting.
Intolerance to lactose, the sugar found in milk, is a problem many have. It’s estimated that 65% of the world’s population has some trouble digesting lactose. There is a shortage of lactase enzymes. Aged cheeses and fermented products have less lactose, and may be easier for people to digest.
There’s also a protein in milk called casein.
Pay attention here: casein is in higher protein dairy products, like milk, yogurt, cheese and ice cream. Low protein dairy products, like butter and cream, only have a little casein. Ghee or clarified butter shouldn’t have any casein.
So, the big question is: is it the casein or the lactose or is it both?
Here’s a trick:
- gas, bloating, diarrhea = lactose
- stuffy nose and mucus = casein and/or whey
Some people, (ME), have both! Argh...
Soon, I'll be sharing some great info on how to stop eating dairy and not feel like you're missing out on life.
Are you trying to discover if you're gluten sensitive? Lookie here now, I know it's hard! I know you feel poopy! but I want you to know one thing:
When I went gluten free, I never heard of it before! I went on a strict candida diet, and anything with wheat was out. I went for 6 months without it, and when I added it back in, I felt terrible. You can read about it here.
I didn't have a clue about food sensitivities. I just knew I felt terrible. I had joint pain like crazy. I was low on energy. I was grumpy, impatient and frustrated. So I know for sure that gluten symptoms are not just in your digestive tract.
You can have rashes, brain fog, hormone issues (Hashimoto's anyone?) And you don't have to have Celiac Disease to feel this way. It's called Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity.
In fact, I've been off gluten for so long that I can't be tested for Celiac at this point. You have to be eating it to test for it. 😤 The quickest way to find out is to remove gluten from your diet and see what happens. I say quickest, but it's not the easiest. However, there is good news! There's so much gluten free stuff on the market today that you have substitutions for almost everything (even if they still aren't good for you, you might have some great comfort food!) This is a far cry from where I came.
I feel better than I did in my 20's and feel blessed to have found out I needed to ditch gluten. If I can do it, so can you! You got this! You can do it. Do it for you and your health! You deserve it. And if you need support and help, I'm here for you!