About the Blog

Fruit StandThis website is dedicated to all who have food allergies/sensitivities/ intolerance or all who might want to explore the role of food sensitivities in their health. I have sensitivities to many foods (unfortunately) so that’s why I started this blog!

The Recipes are explained on my About the Recipes page and can be found on the Recipes page. Many of the recipes are low histamine and free of the top 8 food allergens. The recipes primarily use whole foods and are plant based.

The Resources Page contains information I’ve found interesting or helpful. You can find that page here.

Please remember I am not a doctor or a health care provider. I am simply someone trying to improve my health and help others too. Remember to check with your doctor about all your health care concerns.

For better health,
Tina

 

6 thoughts on “About the Blog

  1. Hi, a friend told me about your blog, and I had to check it out! I have been sick with CFS for 3 and a half years now, most of that time having to be in bed. I also have started a blog about my journey finally receiving a diagnosis and working towards feeling better, and I am really looking forward to learning a lot from you! I learned about doing an elimination diet about a month before I got pregnant and I’m not supposed to do it while I’m pregnant so in two months when my baby is here, I want to start one really bad! EVERYTHING makes me sick! How did you decide what few foods to only eat while you did the elimination diet? It seems so random to me!

  2. Hi Liz~
    I’m so sorry you have CFS; I can relate! It is awful!

    The first two books I read on the subject of food allergy and food intolerance were Dealing with Food Allergies and Food Allergies and Food Intolerance. Both are listed under the Book section of the Resources page of my blog.

    I decided to try the few foods elimination diet in the Dealing with Food Allergies book. About 3 weeks into that diet I felt better. Enough so that I thought food might be playing a role in my illness. (We believe chronic infections are playing a role too.)

    As I’ve reintroduced foods, and gotten worse from some of them, it is clear that food is playing a role. I also realized that some of the foods that were on the few foods diet weren’t working for me (eg rice and pears).

    I totally understand the “everything makes me sick” comment you made. I feel like that too sometimes. Keeping a food and symptom journal helps me to pinpoint what works and what doesn’t. I use a simple spiral notebook and write the foods on the left side of the page and my symptoms on the right. Itching (which I *think* comes from eating foods high in histamine (or possibly even putrescine) hits me within 2 hours of eating, other symptoms (like headaches, dizziness, fatigue, feeling poorly or tense) can hit me the same day, or more often the next day. Symptoms can then keep happening for several days or longer if a food is problematic.

    It takes a lot of determination and patience to walk through an elimination diet and food challenge, but for me, it seems to have helped a great deal. While I’m not well, I am so much better that it has been worth it.

    It is hard trying to determine if how you are feeling is food related or not, so I always appreciate it when I get a clear answer. I prefer it though when the feeling poorly lasts less time rather than more!

    Make sure you work with your doctor and a dietitian on your diet and health issues.

    Best wishes for better health and with your new baby!!

    1. Hi Dorene~ There is a “subscribe to blog via email” on the right hand side of the web page. If you enter your email address you should get an email that you click on to finish the subscription. Hope that helps!!!!

  3. Hi! I just found your blog! Thank you for sharing and helping to educate. Our mutual interest in Histamine levels / Histamine intolerance brought me here. I am new to awareness of Histamines and the significance. Here is my story:

    I am not certain that I have Histamine intolerance… but recent blood work suggests that I have radically high Histamine in my blood. The primary symptoms I have experienced include very tight and sore muscles, fatigue and depression. Coincidental with the onset of these sysmptoms I was following a a protocol that included food that was arguably fermented. Add to that high Histamine foods including spinach with many meals and a growing frequency to drink 1 or 2 beers several times a week (part of the depression?)… I wonder if my body was just getting far too much histamine? I am excited to learn more and believe this awareness is the first step towards returning to a healthy and vibrant self!

    1. Hi Nick! I’m glad you found the information on this blog helpful. I hope you can pinpoint your exact food intolerance issues. When dealing with something like a histamine intolerance, it can be more difficult because a little of a food might be okay but not more or a lot of a food.

      I do suspect I have a histamine intolerance in addition to other food intolerances. Recently, I was in Hawaii and was able to eat small amounts of fresh fish and be fine. (I would eat about 2 ounces per day. I could probably have eaten more but didn’t want to push my luck.) When I got home, I tried to eat 1 ounce of frozen at sea salmon for dinner that night. That did NOT work, as in I developed a headache at 2:30 a.m. that lasted until noon the next day. This had happened to me before, but confirmed that I don’t have a problem with fish protein, but most likely with the histamine that builds up in any animal flesh once the animal has been killed. So, basically, I eat vegan with small amounts of fresh fish on occasion. I do this for histamine reasons, health reasons, environmental reasons and animal welfare reasons.

      I can eat small amounts of high histamine vegetables without issue….eg spinach, kidney beans and soy beans. I suspect the histamine in plant foods is less than in animal foods.

      In addition to histamine issues, I seem to also have an intolerance to nuts, seeds, yeast and most grains except rice. Just this summer I tested cooked buckwheat cereal and it didn’t go well. I ate one tablespoon for lunch and was fine. I ate another tablespoon for breakfast the next day and got a slight headache within in hour that lasted until just before lunch. To be sure it was the buckwheat that caused the headache, I ate another tablespoon at lunch, got a headache within 10 minutes and that headache lasted 24 hours!

      Nutritional yeast didn’t go well either and I tested a very small amount…1/16 to 1/8 teaspoon….a couple of times.

      I do have a problem with all berries…and I’m not sure if that is a benzoate issue or not. Often if a person has a histamine problem, they can have a benzoate problem too. One way to know would be to eat some cinnamon because that is high in benzoates, but I haven’t done that yet. After awhile I get tired of putting myself through headaches, joint pain, etc….. !! 😉

      Wishing you all the best and thanks for writing! I can say I am a LOT better as I’ve figured out my food issues!!

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