forum: Food, Wine and Gardening
- Member since Sat 09 Mar 13
Re: Histamine intolerance - recipes wanted
Hi! I'm finding more and more forums in support of this.
I am 31, as a kid was failure to thrive, sun-sensitive, blood sugar dropped quickly, very chatty, very hyper, got tired very easy and achy bones. In my teens I had extreme joint issues and over the past 12 years or so have just seen general fatigue and soreness, agitation, mood swings even at the good times. At the bad times is a whole other story - anxiety, panic attacks, GI issues, CFS, recently I was diagnosed with IBS. I have been tested for anemia, deficiencies and eventually was diagnosed with gastritis when it got too severe. Stress, posture and desk job are constantly blamed. As a women, everybody jumps to either depression or eating disorders - which it is not.
However, this time around I noticed that when it felt like I couldn't breath, or when my muscles flared so bad that my arms when numb and I fainted...it often seemed to be after food. I wasn't stressed and I wasn't upset, so I couldnt figure out why I would be having a panic attack. I had been through a few viruses and a round of antibiotics, so food intolerances being worse made sense. I also just recently got nerve tested and it turns out my nerves are damaged from chronic inflammation (which the specialist immediately said could be linked to food allergy). Sometimes I can barely swallow. I stumbled across histamine intolerance when I tried to think of the only 3-4 foods that I knew I sometimes had reactions to.
For the past three months I've been food trialling. I've done modification, worked with a Naturopath and have done elimination. I am now certain this is what I'm suffering from - my whole life. But, as a kid I must admit, I didn't drink a lot of wine, eat balsamic vinegar, avocados, or smoked salmon
I'm so happy to see support because as much as my world will change for the better, I know that being foodie - this is about to kill me. Any support or diet ideas are necessary. I currently live alone so have found myself reaching into the cupboard or eating leftovers more and more. Plus, most of my favourite foods are high in histamines...I didn't know you could eat without cramping as I've never known anything different. 2 years ago I lived overseas with a bf and we had a tiny fridge and tiny cupboard. We never had more than a week's worth of groceries and I never (in hindsight I should thank him!) got to eat my leftovers as he got to them first - and I was healthier. It all makes sense now, I just thought I was less stressed.
As I struggle through this - does anybody have any suggestions on the lowest histamine / tyramine beer and wine? It's going to be a struggle to go cold turkey on letting them go I'm afraid and I have read elsewhere (if) you are going to drink alcohol it should be white wine, or maybe something like gin + tonic. (IF) you were to drink red wine it should be cab sauv, and if you were going to drink beer it should be bottled, light. Any suggestions?
Also, I don't think I'm celiac, (I trialled gluten free and didn't see much difference from modified wheat), but I'm seeing mixed reviews on wheat and legumes. I am also seeing very mixed reviews on fruit - for me, I've started noticing itching, agitation, and redness after fruit...so can I have a fructose allergy on top of this, or is it part of the whole process?
Help me please, I appreciate you all so much for your advice and wisdom. I have always chosen to avoid pills and have been offered to go on lyrica or cymbalta for the nerve pain and reviews seem horrible. I have also had to rely on benadryl lately as I had a really severe allergy to the flu shot.