The 25th April is ANZAC* Day here in Australia. It is a public holiday and a time to honour our troops. It is also a time to eat ANZAC biscuits and wear sprigs of rosemary.
The legend has it that ANZAC biscuits were sent to the troops by their wives during World War I. Nearly 100 years later ANZAC biscuits are an iconic Australian biscuit.
The traditional recipe is a land-mine for me; flour, rolled oats, desiccated coconut, sugar, butter, golden syrup, baking soda, and boiling water, but the taste is part of my DNA.
Even though I am on a low histamine diet I still want to celebrate. So I have given the ANZAC biscuit a make-over so that it has all the snap, and all the buttery goodness, of the original. Here is my recipe which I have served with a cup of rosemary tea. Lest I forget.
Those of you following my blog, will know that I have discovered banana flour, which has all the baking performance of traditional flour, whilst providing a valuable source of resistant starch. The brand I purchase is Mt Uncles Banana Flour.
I am very impressed with the quality of this banana flour. My readers have reported disappointing results with some brands of banana flour. This is possibly because of the varying types of bananas used, or the way in which the bananas are processed.
I intend to also try and make these with green plantains themselves and will report back to see if I get the same results. Plantains are generally well tolerated by people with histamine intolerance and I suspect that milling green plantains will give a similar performance.
* ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
I don’t really do diets, but I sort of have calmly, and slowly, evolved into a Paleo Diet, that has been one of the keys to my recovery.
I am sharing an overview of the Paleo Diet, how I’m doing it low histamine, and how it lowered my histamine burden.
Before we start I am not trying to convince you that a Paleo Diet is right for you. Everyone has his or her own bio- individuality. Mine just happens to be Paleo.
Histamine intolerance is also not a diagnosis but a symptom. My diagnosis might be different to yours. I have had mine all my life. There is an infographic here about this.
That’s why your body (and the way it feels after eating a food) trumps anything I say, or any diet rules, or any food list. Your body knows best. And do seek the advice of your healthcare professional. My diet is endorsed by my immunologist.
This is a histamine intolerance infographic which will form the road-map for future posts.
The infographic uses the research paper of Maintz and Novak on Histamine and Histamine Intolerance here, which has over 195 citations, and the congruent summary on the International Society of DAO Deficiency here.
It is intended to be a summary of the concensus view on histamine intolerance which will form the basis of my future posts. Make sure to like my facebook page, or sign up for the newsletter, so as not to miss these posts.
One of the key takeaways from this infographic is that histamine intolerance can best be seen as a symptom that is attributable to a multitude of diseases.
Genetic testing has become very popular with bio-medical patients who typically have idiosyncratic chronic symptoms. This is where genetic testing comes into its own as it tests for idiosyncratic genes.
Many useful genetic tests are available within Australia but not readily accessible to a patient. This means 23andMe provides a viable option to “reverse engineer” genetic data, until genetic testing is more readily accessible.
A basic level of understanding of genetics is needed in order to read your 23andMe results. I recently met with Professor Sheffield, one of Australia’s leading geneticists, and he kindly gave me a lesson in genetics. Based on his explanation I hope to simplify genetics to empower you to read your 23andMe results.