Just made some flat bread for a friend. My basic recipe is flour and water. In this one I put fresh chopped garlic, a little olive oil and a tiny amount of salt to suit their palate. My bread, being yeast free, is a good alternative for those with histamine intolerance. Takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and make.
basic recipe can be flour and water and nothing else in a pan which has been rubbed over with a little oil on a piece of kitchen roll.
2 dessert spoons of flour approx (I never actually measure these ingredients. I just chuck some flour into the bottom of little old tea cup)
a dash of olive oil
a little black pepper
a litte sea salt
water to make a sloppy paste.
Oil your pan with a little oil rubbed over with a piece of kitchen role and then pour in you mix. Cook over heat, squishing the bread flat (with a spatula) so it cooks through evenly. Turn frequently until done.
I find cannot save things longterm in the freezer as they appear to increase in histamine content and affect me badly. However having frozen the other half of the watermelon (chopped into juicer size pieces), 2 days ago, today I minced it while still frozen through my Juicer.
I am experimenting a lot with growing some veg for myself this year just to augment my diet.. It is great to go pick and chew! - Lettuce growing in my old washing up bowl in my garden, The Reluctant Raw Foodist
I did try a raw foods diet for about two weeks and lost 20 pounds, it was nuts. But I do remember that after doing the raw foods diet, that's when I started getting really sick...After being diagnosed with cholinergic urticaria, I was told to go out and buy Allegra. The doctor couldn't tell me what exactly was causing my rash, but told me it was an allergic reaction. I took the Allegra once and it made my terrible allergies (runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and general feeling under the weather) return for almost a week. I then got another rash, on my butt, that looked like purple welts. These ones didn't go away when I was out of the shower. She told me it was idiopathic liveda reticularis, a rash caused by poor circulation (apparently, when it's cold, the blood vessels in that area don't constrict enough, causing pooling of blood in that particular area. I would believe that is what I have, except I live in Los Angeles, it's never under 50 degrees.).
I then saw a nutritionist and she told me that it perhaps is a food allergy that was causing these. She suspects a gluten sensitivity, and/or possiby an autoimmune disease. I am anemic (I am deficient in iron, hematocrit, and all of my leukocytes), so that is another possibility. I just want to get better. I have to take at least 20 or 30 pills a day to be normal now...
Either way, I am totally interested in your blog! I want to be a raw foodist, but I am reluctant to give up meat. I crave it, possibly because of the anemia.
Thanks for the concern, and sorry about the novel. Haha.
Thanks so much for this.. There is so much here I will go through it with various blog posts. i have not heard of Allegra. Perhaps you were allergic to something you ate? Did you eat something very different from usual? x
How long did it take you to switch from a processed foods diet to a raw diet? What steps did you take? What do you miss the most? I almost wish that I could text you each time I was eating to see if I need to avoid that particular food. Haha.
It was a shock to me when I was told that I had to change my diet. I always thought I ate healthily. I was asked first to go low histamine. The HIT (Histamine Intolerance) diet is quite restrictive and I was told I had to give up sugar immediately too. I was then asked to convert to a raw food diet. I tend to move a little between the diets because I cannot eat all the varieties of raw food recommended for a raw vegan without reacting as some foods give me a Histamine overload.
I stopped most commercially processed food immediately and gave up sugar. I lost 7lbs in the first week. I think my body had been retaining water. I managed more or less to stay on the HIT diet.
I then found going all raw quite difficult. I started with green smoothies every day and then started to convert one meal at a time. I bought a ton of books and equipment. I also went on courses and joined websites. I had to learn a lot in a short time. A lot of the stuff I learned about raw food I had to adapt as I reacted to the food for example avocado. I now eat very simply and any recipes i find I adapt for my condition.
I miss bread and butter. I used to love marmite. I no longer drink alcohol. None of this matters but I miss being able to go out with my friends and eating anywhere in the carefree way I used to. I used to be ill afterwards even then! I just thought I had food poisoning or that I was sensitive to something. Sometimes I thought it was just the result of stress.
I am still on a journey. I eat a very restricted diet to keep myself as well as possible. It works but it is difficult to do sometimes. i am a healthy weight 126 lbs and 5'2". I have all my minerals and vitamins etc checked regularly.
You can always ask me about any foods etc. I am not sure about the text helpline.. but its an idea… Lol!