Elimination diet. And I would suggest that you limit your diet to hypoallergenic foods and see if you get better, then methodically add things back in. Although that isn't fool proof. We just had someone post that grapes, something I'm pretty sure is included in lists as hypoallergenic, gave him cysts.
You'll also find a list of plant families so you can avoid or add in groups of related foods.
Ok, I read through the list of hypoallergenic foods, and I also research antihistamine foods. What's the verdict on cinnamon? I thought it was good to fight inflammation and control insulin levels (which I need to do with PCOS).
And what about tea? It's on the list of high histamine drinks according to several websites, but it's not specified what kind of tea. I drink ginger and roiboos almost every day. I also have oolong when I need a bit of caffeine in my system. Are all of these to be avoided? What's left???
Fish is also on the list to avoid for histamines, but where am I going to get my protein from? I am vegetarian and sometimes eat a bit of fish (tuna or salmon) for variety. Egg whites are also listed on the online search I did. Those are the foods that keep me going in the morning and keep me full, in addition to a few nuts here and there (almonds, walnuts) and brown rice. If grains are also out, what am I supposed to eat? Help, I'm hungry!
PS. I confirmed my histamine reaction yesterday. I had a salad with sundried tomatoes, artichokes, olives, mushrooms, and a bunch of other things from a restaurant (dressing not included), and a few hours later I discovered small red blemishes on my face, along with inflammation. I stupidly included in my salad all the histamine triggers to see what would happen. Definitely regretting it now, but at the time I enjoyed eating it and felt full for hours.
Edited by WishClean, 07 June 2013 - 12:43 PM.