Last night I posted the stuff about glutamate and histamine before watching the entire video. The woman obviously has done a lot of research and succeeded in getting her daughter out of the autism spectrum. So that’s a helluva accomplishment. And in my eyes, it’s heroic because she’s obviously a mom who cared and continues to care enough to feed her daughter as well as eat herself, the foods that agree with her daughter’s metabolism and keep her healthy.
However, those foods are primarily vegan. She does say in her talk that they use meat for flavoring. But they don’t use a lot. I looked over the recipes on the website and noticed that many of the ingredients are exactly the foods that give me a histamine reaction.
One recipe is orange almond cake. Sounds yummy as hell, but I’m running like hell from it because yesterday my brain swelled after eating two oranges.
I’m pretty sure I mentioned that I’ve had milder symptoms of histamine reactions so I am familiar with it a little. I did some reading on it before and you can bet I’ll be doing a fuck load more now.
I am still feeling the effects from the reaction I had yesterday. I have a head ache, I’m sound sensitive and my eyes feel tired and around them feels swollen. I’ve had circles under my eyes for decades but they didn’t always come out in photos, making me pretty photogenic. That’s not the case anymore and you can see them bright as day…one reason I don’t take any photos of myself now and certainly wouldn’t post them if I did. My point there is that maybe they are a result of the histamine intolerance. And may even explain some of the borderline traits that have been present in me…in addition to my environment being part of the cause too.
I have no doubt that a person could have the histamine problem in younger years and not notice it because it’s more internal, effecting things not seen or it’s not as intense so goes unseen.
Anyway, I’m sort of digressing a bit. Because my point was that the woman whose talk I posted and listened to last night, was helpful, but not the whole picture for me. She did mention histamines and made an interesting connection to glutamate, which is what basically sent me in the direction of researching the histamine issue again.
However, her daughter and her didn’t have histamine reactions so the foods will be different as to what they can eat. For example, they stay away from meat. Since glutamate/glutamine is an amino acid, of course it’s in meat. Meat is a high protein food with every single amino acid. So she apparently doesn’t think it’s good for people with glutamate excess.
But I’m finding beef to be one of the less reactive foods for me. And I did read on another site that when all amino acids are being consumed as a whole protein, then it has a very different response in the body.
I’m not saying that no one will have a histamine reaction to eating meat. I’m basically saying that it’s very individual. That being said, on most of the lists I’m finding for people with histamine troubles, red meat is a green light. I saw chicken as fine, but without the skin. And I’d go a step further and say ‘without the bone’ for any meat. Because bone broth is high in histamine.
There is a suggestion that it’s because of the long cook time, but if you have brain swelling, do you really wanna take a chance at all, in eating something that includes cooked bones from steak or chicken??? I certainly don’t.
I also mentioned wanting to be on keto. Well, that’s a plan and a goal, but since this histamine response is so severe now, that’s what needs the focus and going keto is a process for anyone who’s been eating so shitty anyway.
First things first, and I’m dealing with a crisis and sticking to what I’d call safe foods is more important than getting into ketosis right now.
Some of the foods are similar, as far as people who have a glutamate excess should stay away from hydrolyzed proteins…like bone broth, protein powders, so should someone with histamine response.
But I can tell you, I won’t be eating many sweet fruits. Those oranges put a serious scare into me with how much my brain swelled after eating them…and guess what, citrus is a very high histamine food.
It’s unfortunate that so many foods that are actually healthy for most people, can be detrimental to those with histamine issues or glutamate excess. And of course so can many and actually most foods that are not healthy.
So I’m trying to look on the bright side:
-The low histamine foods are enough to be able to eat somewhat of a variety but not so many to feel to terribly overwhelmed. I think the testing is overwhelming though. Just because it’s low histamine doesn’t mean it won’t produce histamines.
But also, this will certainly keep me away from pizza, cheese steaks and hoagies.