Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Down with meat?

This post was inspired by my experience after reducing my meat intake. Today, I was reminded to get on with it after reading this post in a Chris Kresser thread on Histamine Intolerance:

"Author: Trevor Kincaid


I don't know how anyone is able to talk seriously about histamine issues while promoting a paleo diet. I have a mast cell disorder known as Mastocytosis and serious reactions to any foods containing histamine, releasing histamine, or containing the precursor Histadine. Meat is one of the hardest foods for me to eat. I can eat maybe 2 oz of chicken a day. And that's about it. Pork, Beef, fish, turkey, all give me reactions. I tried the Paleo diet and nearly hurt myself. Red meat, even grass fed is not conducive to a anti-histamine regimen. Just a word of warning. I feel so much better when I eat very little meat and load up on fruits and vegetables instead. Remember, meat builds up a lot of histamine especially when it sits on the shelf in the store or in your refrigerator. The more protein it has the more histidine to histamine conversion potential there is. Red meats are chuck full of histidine, a protein that exists in all meats and is readily converted to histamine. Sorry,

I don't want to bash  a life style. It's just some of these diets can be really dangerous for people like us."

I found this comment particularly interesting because I recently found great improvement after switching my usual meat + vegetables breakfast with a green smoothie. In a nutshell, I was relaxing a bit on my autoimmune protocol diet because my skin was quite good. It then started to deteriorate and I found myself with a large patch of eczema inside my elbow. The patch of eczema cleared up quickly after I started morning smoothies.

Not a particularly appetizing pic, but you get the idea.

If you're curious, my smoothies generally contain items from the following list:

  • Coconut water
  • Kefir (This is a relatively new addition, on a bit of a grocery store impulse. Hoping it will be gut helpful and not a hinderance.)
  • Avocado (Welcome back, dear friend.)
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Chard
  • Arugula
  • Ginger
  • Spirulina
  • Lime juice
  • Parsley
  • Mango
  • Apple
  • Mint

This juice and/or smoothie approach seems to be in favour of The Low Histamine Chef approach.


1 comment:

  1. Have you heard of leaky gut? (You probably have.) The theory goes (as you can see in Chris Kresser's article) that bacteria in the gut/intestinal permeability cause histamine intolerance. You already eat squeaky clean, so you are probably on your way to healing if that is the case for you! My point is that there is hope and you may not be doomed to a seafoodless existence forever. Here is a blog of a woman who healed her gut and histamine intolerance:
    God Bless!