Did you know that many herbs contain more anti-oxidants than berries? Lemon Balm is one such herb.
Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) is a plant in the mint family. Lemon Balm has a delicate leaf with a very subtle lemon floral flavour. The plant is also prolific making it a productive member of a home garden.
One of the hardest whole foods to avoid when you are on a low histamine diet is tomato. It has become a staple in so much mediterranean cooking that it is almost difficult to avoid it even in the humble salad.
My approach towards eating has gradually evolved towards whole foods that are good for me rather than finding ways to replicate the foods that I cannot eat. So I just eat chicken (rather than high histamine beef) and peaches (rather than high histamine strawberries). No problem.
A new celebrity diet plan, The I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program , has polarised nutrition experts by banning fruit. Fruit is judged by the 8-week program to be “not nutritionally dense” so eliminated. So is fruit really junk food now?
Sarah Wilson is a health coach, who has tried and tested the 8-week program. She concluded that quitting fruit was only crucial whilst detoxing from other sugar and that could then be reintroduced.
When I started this wellness journey it was confusing. Not only were the symptoms confusing but also the point of all of this. Why?
Like any frustration there were the tantrums – why cannot I eat chocolate? There was denial – a little bit of champagne won’t hurt. The need to get it sorted – to ‘figure this out’ – to get better. But at the end of the day there was still dinner to contend with.
Then I tried something radical. Radical acceptance in fact. I stopped trying to not have this illness. That is not to say that I still don’t feel that way but those feelings no longer define me. It takes a lot of energy to resist what has already happened and it is pointless.
Acceptance is not surrender to the illness but surrender to the full possibility of my life