My Food Challenges in 2014

Hawaii_Halloween 2014 016My food challenges in 2014 have led me to avoid (for now) all foods that are on the “to avoid” list of the Autoimmune Paleo diet AND all high histamine foods. For information on the Autoimmune Paleo Diet and Histamine Intolerance see my Resources page. (Scroll down and you’ll find the information.)

So this means I’m avoiding nuts, seeds, nightshade foods (and spices), eggs, dairy, grains, legumes and all foods high in histamine.

I didn’t just decide to avoid these foods because I thought it might be a good idea. I found by food challenges that these types of foods weren’t working for me. It was towards the end of May that I cut out foods high in histamine and it was October when I finally decided to quit trying grains and legumes. The main problems I had when I ate foods that didn’t work for me were headache, GI pain, an agitated feeling, joint pain, foggy brain, spaciness or a feeling of being disconnected from my body, fatigue and not sleeping well.  I’m sure I left out some symptoms but these are the ones that come to mind as I type!

What I seem to be able to eat is low histamine fruits and vegetables and very fresh fish (meaning I buy it the day it comes to my local store and if it has no fishy smell I eat it and hope I do OK). I’m eating a LOT of sweet potatoes and olive oil for calories.

I’m continuing to challenge different foods as I want to expand my diet. It is riduculously inconvenient to travel with what I’m eating now so I hope to improve that situation in 2015.

Food intolerance isn’t my only health issue. It is clear that I have other problems contributing to my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but I have felt better by eliminating these foods and that is worth it to me. (I think I should have bought stock in sweet potatoes since I eat so many of them! 🙂 )