Friday, September 16, 2011

Oh to be straight-up paleo...

I uploaded a few pics from my iPhone tonight and came across a number of old pre-low-histamine-paleo food pics. It had me mourning the simple days of just eating a standard, delicious, care-free paleo way. Below is a walk down food memory lane...
I love lettuce wraps - so crisp and delicious! Can no longer have the mayo, leftover chicken or cheddar cheese. Or avocado.

Yummy - and easy - coconut shrimp soup from Mark Sisson's Quick and Easy Meals. Can no longer eat shrimp.

I believe I can have these cookies, but would have to sub out the dark chocolate chips for carob or simply go chip-less. You guessed it, cocoa is off limits when histamine intolerant.

Oh the glorious meat sauces. Loaded with histamine-rich tomatoes.

Well... I could still have the burger and the lettuce. No salsa or avocado.

Covering all the bases here. But today can have nothing from this place (leftover chicken, avocado, or strawberries).

Broccoli I still enjoy by the handfuls. Coconut crusted salmon, however, is on the banned list. (Perhaps if I caught the salmon myself and threw it directly on the grill in my boat I'd be okay...)

Sweet, sweet Bluefield bacon. How I miss thee.

Meat - check; salsa - check; avocado - check; spinach - check.  Another can't-have-anything-on-this-plate example (except the ground beef, if it were freshly cooked).

Another old fav from Bluefield - the healthy all natural, organic, local, all-beef hot dog. Only the lettuce here that remains on the roster.

Only the scallops here that pose a problem. And that reminds me I haven't done cauli-rice in a while...

There is almost nothing about your average (or non-average) pizza I can now ingest without inviting symptoms.

I believe this was a hotel breakfast of  bacon and eggs. I continue to go back and forth on the eggs... they should be okay from a histamine perspective, but not sure I can fully trust them. Bacon is definitely out.

Zucchini is all good, but not with the sausage, spinach and tomato its swimming with.

Wow - yet another full plate of histamine. Is it any wonder paleo pushed me over the edge?

Coconut shrimp. *Sigh*

This masterpiece came from Riverview Market. Basically sausage in a tidy bacon-coated package. Quite the treat. Quite the histamine.

Forgive me for whining. I promise to turn this mourning around into new and innovative low histamine, but paleo food ideas. But can you really blame me? Almost all of the paleo foods I've so enjoyed since February are high in histamine. Despite the increased energy, improved CrossFit performance, baby-weight-and-then-some weight loss, I can't take the skin issues. On the upside, I'm sticking with the paleo way of eating. Sure, it's a pared down approach, but I'm still better off for it. Even with these restrictions, I have no intentions of returning to grains, processed foods, etc.  I continue to hold out that eventually I'll clear my skin completely - to a point where I can slowly and gradually re-introduce some of these foods. With my eyes wide open (not watery and puffy).

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Since going low histamine over a month ago, my eczema has been steadily improving. Or, it had been. Over the last week or two, progress seemed to reverse and I developed additional rash inside my elbow, coupled with a few flare-ups.

At my wits end, I considered my diet of late. It's been very good - lots of animal protein and vegetables, minimal fruit, nuts and nut butters, coconut and olive oils. All paleo and no high histamine foods. So I came to a bit of a theory, based on the following considerations:

  • Due to its histamine, I was no longer taking fish oil
  • Likewise, no fish or seafood of any kind
  • I was probably eating too many nuts

My theory is that an omega 3-6 fatty acid imbalance was causing my recent inflammation = eczema. Coincidentally, I've been reading Robb Wolf's book The Paleo Solution, which also speaks to this common imbalance and its impact on the body. So this past week or so I've cut back on the nuts/nut butters and started taking omega 3 oil daily (which was prescribed by my naturopath a few weeks back, but I hadn't gotten around to taking it yet). Here's the result:
Ignore the bed head.

Ah, that's better (not the hair).

So on the upside, my skin is continuing in the right direction and hopefully soon I will be all cleared up. Also on the positive is how interesting it is to be so much more in tune with my body and how I react to food. On the downside, balancing omegas is yet another layer of complexity to my current diet. I'm better for it, but I sure do miss the oh-so-simple days of regular 'ol paleo eating. I miss avocado, bacon, tomatoes in all their delicious forms, chocolate (cocoa), condiments of all sorts, etc. but evidently, I'm better off without them. In the grand scheme, a small price to pay.

Monday, September 5, 2011

MacaSweetCoco Cookies

This is a modification of a great recipe from Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations. I tried it for the second (wait, third) time tonight and made a bit of a twist.  I've been into sweet potatoes lately, in part due to my limited low-histamine-paleo diet - I'll take anything I can eat. These cookies make for a great snack or dessert. I even felt good enough about these cookies to share 'em with Molly-Pop.

  • 2 C macadamia nuts
  • 1 C baby carrots
  • 1 C sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 C shredded coconut
  • 2 T Vanilla
  • 1 T Coconut oil
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 T Agave syrup
  1. Combine all ingredients except eggs and agave in food processor until small pieces/chunky
  2. Briefly wisk eggs and agave together
  3. Combine the two mixtures together
  4. Form patties and place on a lined sheet
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes