My Low Histamine Experiment


I do want to note that I stayed on all my regular medications and vitamins.  They may or may not be high histamine but going off any of them at this point would not be advisable.  Since I am so symptomatic on the medications I should be able to note any differences while I am on them as well.
All food is fresh or was frozen immediately after it was cooked to eat at a later time.

If I write that no issues are noted, etc, it does not mean that I feel great.  It simply means that there is nothing new going on or above my baseline symptoms.

Week One

Day 1: 04/28/14

Breakfast
Two hard boiled eggs
Two kiwi

Result: No heartburn, bloating or nausea noted

Snack 1
Oat and Wheat Muffin

Result: Bloating noted.

Lunch
Oat and Wheat Muffin
Hard boiled egg
Pear

Result: Still some bloating present

Snack 2
Freshly peeled carrots

Result:  Still hungry!  No physical issues.

Dinner
Chicken legs seasoned with salt and black pepper
Rice with butter and salt
Cooked broccoli, carrots and cauliflower

Result: No issues noted.

Snack 3
I still felt hungry and was concerned about my calorie intake (nursing mom!) so..
Air popped popcorn with butter and salt

Result: Full!  Nothing else to note.

Day 2: 04/29/14

Breakfast
Hard boiled egg
Wheat and Oat Muffin

Result: Heartburn.  :(  Will likely have to take out wheat and/or grains...unless this is just a problem with bleached flour.  I need to go out and buy the unbleached still.

Lunch
Chicken legs seasoned with salt and black pepper
Rice with butter and salt
Cooked broccoli, carrots and cauliflower

Result: Lingering heartburn.

Snack 1
Apple

Result: Lingering heartburn.

Snack 2
Air popped popcorn with butter and salt (the kids wanted it!)

Result: Lingering heartburn still.  Ugh.

Dinner
Taco Salad with allowed spices and veggies (Ground beef flavored with salt, black pepper, red pepper, onion, garlic and oregano.  Red Leaf Lettuce with carrots, cucumbers, green pepper and celery)

Result: Heartburn now mostly gone.  It is very interesting that red pepper was not the culprit in my previous taco experiences.  Paprika, Cumin and Cayenne are considered high histamine.

Snack 3
Kiwi

Result:  Still some heartburn when reclining.

Day 3: 04/30/14

Breakfast
Two hard boiled eggs
Apple

Result: Nothing to report.

Snack 1
Rice, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots with butter and salt.

Result:  Nausea but it has been raining and my sinuses are awful which generally means that I have nausea. I'd usually have something like bread to help but that is high histamine.

Lunch
Taco Salad with allowed spices and veggies (Ground beef flavored with salt, black pepper, red pepper, onion, garlic and oregano.  Red Leaf Lettuce with carrots, cucumbers, green pepper and celery)

Result: I feel ok, actually.  Clearer.

Snack 2
Peanuts

Result: Better, could tell my blood sugars were getting low.

Dinner
Pork tenderloin seasoned with olive oil, thyme, oregano, onion, garlic, black pepper and salt
Spaghetti noodles with butter and salt
Red Leaf Lettuce with carrots, cucumbers, green pepper and celery

Result: Nothing to note.  Maybe the wheat issue was because it was bleached (which I normally don't buy).

Overall today was not pleasant, especially in the evening.  It rained for about 24 hours straight which gave me headaches, post nasal drip increase, nausea and fatigue.

Day 4: 05/01/14

I am definitely loosing weight.  Need to eat more!

Breakfast
Oatmeal made with whole milk and brown sugar

Result:  Wow, I forgot how filling that is!  I just feel full.

Lunch
Pork tenderloin seasoned with olive oil, thyme, oregano, onion, garlic, black pepper and salt
Spaghetti noodles with butter and salt

Result: Nothing to report.

Snack 1
Nature Valley Roasted Nut Crunch bar - Almond Crunch.

Result:  Headache increased.  The bar did say that it had a color added.  Weird sensation in mouth later on. Ugh.  It was a good bar.  Then came the heartburn.  Oh, well.  Then the fatigue and physical pain.

Dinner
Chicken legs with salt, black pepper and onion
Rice with butter and salt
Asparagus

Result:  Can't tell.  Still messed up from that bar.  I guess this diet will make it much easier for me to figure out my triggers.

Snack 2
Peanuts

Results:  Still can't tell.

Definitely need more fruits and veggies!

Day 5: 05/02/14

Breakfast
Oatmeal made with whole milk and brown sugar

Result:  Full.  Hands started itching last night from that bar, too.  Most of the other symptoms are dissipating.

Snack 1
Carrots

Result.  Nothing to report

Lunch
Chicken legs with salt, black pepper and onion
Rice with butter and salt

Result:  Feeling a bit weird today but I have been super busy.  Calories likely low.

Snack 2
Peanuts

Results.  Fine but getting a rash on my hands from washing them at the doctor's office.

Snack 3
Popcorn 
Results: Nothing besides the rash from the soap.  Itches!

Dinner
Meatloaf made with the Wheat Oatmeal Muffins, Onions, Parsley, Italian Seasonings, Black Pepper, Salt, Eggs and Milk
Asparagus
Wheat Noodles

Result: Nothing to report.  Rash still unpleasant.

Snack 4
Pear

Result:  I am very tired and my eye lids itch and are swelling.  I am super tired and this can just happen with fatigue.

Day 6: 05/03/14

I'm down at least eight pounds since I started this diet.  I talked with other MCAD people and this is fairly normal.  They claim that it is weight related to inflammation which could be very true for me.  In any case, I am nursing my 9 month old right now so I am going to really work at eating more just in case.

Breakfast
Pancakes with Maple Syrup (unbleached flour now)
Scrambled Eggs

Results:  Eye lids are still itchy and swollen (mostly right side).  Rash is improved.

Snack 1
Kiwi
Peanuts

Result:  Eye lids are still bothering me.

Lunch
Meatloaf made with the Wheat Oatmeal Muffins, Onions, Parsely, Italian Seasonings, Black Pepper, Salt, Eggs and Milk
Wheat Noodles
Carrots

Result: Eye lids still not fun.

Snack 2
Peanuts
Sunflower Seeds

Results: Eye lids worsening (we did go out to a festival and walked around in the sun as well).  Hives starting. Took an antihistamine.  Wheat is out.  :( Sunflower seeds might be an issue, too.  They were also in the those bars to which I reacted.  I'll keep them out for now and might try them again later.

Dinner
Chicken breasts seasoned with salt, pepper, onion and garlic
Rice with butter and salt
Salad (romaine lettuce, cucumbers, broccoli, carrots, green pepper and onion)

Result: Eyes and hives still.

Day 7: 05/04/14

Weight steady (really up one pound) but since I did have a reaction yesterday I am not sure if the weight is real or just water/inflammation weight.  Time will tell.

Breakfast
Oatmeal with whole milk and brown sugar

Result:  Nothing new.  Eyes still not happy but better, hives still present but not very itchy.

Lunch
Chicken breasts seasoned with salt, pepper, onion and garlic
Rice with butter and salt

Result: Eyes almost back to normal.  Hives not itchy and fading.

Snack 1:
Lots of popcorn with butter and salt

Result: Nothing new going on.

Dinner
So we went to cook the remaining beef from when I made the meatloaf and it stunk!  So, maybe my crazy reaction was all that meat and not the wheat?  Perhaps it is very wishful thinking on my part...I'm leaving wheat out for a bit and might try it again at some point.

Scrambled eggs (with milk, butter, salt and pepper)
Pear
Salad (romaine lettuce, cucumbers, broccoli, carrots, green pepper and onion)

Result: Nothing new.

Snack 2
Breyer's Natural Vanilla Ice Cream

Result:  Yum!

Week One Thoughts

Week Two

Day 8: 05/05/14

Today is a high pain day.  It always stinks to wake up with an overall pain level of four.  It nearly always gets to a six by the end of the day.  I will pay close attention the next time I have ice cream to see if this was the cause.  I won’t have any for several days.

Breakfast
Rice Cakes with peanut butter (peanut butter does have palm oil…)
Two hard boiled eggs

Result:  Gastrointestinal issues but my second child is also having issues.  Today might be hard to determine symptoms since I am high pain.

Lunch
Chicken breast with allowed seasonings
Rice with butter and salt
Two kiwis

Result: Nothing to report.

Snack 1
Apple

Result:  Still a high pain today.  I’m taking Tylenol to hopefully notch it back down to a four or less.  Pain went down to a three.

Snack 2
Two peanut butter oatmeal cookies (peanut butter, brown sugar, oatmeal, eggs, baking soda)

Result: Maybe heartburn?  It is hard to tell because the pain today involves much of my body – chest and torso included.

Dinner
Pork Tenderloin with Italian Seasonings, Onion, Garlic, Salt, Pepper and Olive Oil
Rice with butter and salt
Salad (romaine lettuce, cucumbers, broccoli, carrots, green pepper and onion)

Result:  Nothing new.

Day 9: 05/06/14

I am still in pain and very tired.  Fatigue usually follows a high pain day.  Maybe I don’t want to try ice cream again!  All other milk that I consume is cooked/baked and doesn’t seem to bother me.

Breakfast
Oatmeal with whole milk and brown sugar

Result:  Nothing new to report.

Lunch
Pear
Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookie (peanut butter, brown sugar, oatmeal, eggs, baking soda)
Pork Tenderloin with Italian Seasonings, Onion, Garlic, Salt, Pepper and Olive Oil

Result: Nothing to report.

Snack 1
Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookie (peanut butter, brown sugar, oatmeal, eggs, baking soda)
Apple

Result: Nothing to report

Snack 2
Air popped pop corn with butter and salt

Result: Nothing to report.

Dinner
Chicken with allowed seasonings
Broccoli, Cauliflower and Carrots
A bit of noodles before I remembered (I check doneness with a taste test and the rest of the family is still eating them) and then I decided that the damage was already done and had noodles with butter and salt with dinner.

Result: Heartburn and then burning eye lids next morning.

Day 10: 05/07/14

I am feeling much better than that last two days today.  Still some pain but definitely have more energy.  Weight is steady but I am eating until I am FULL and I don’t like doing that.

Breakfast
Quinoa Flakes with salt

Result: Nothing new happening.

Snack 1
Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookie (peanut butter, brown sugar, oatmeal, eggs, baking soda)
Kiwi

Result: I am itchy now but it could still be from the wheat.  I’ve had kiwi and these cookies several times without issue.

Lunch
Chicken with allowed seasonings
Carrots
Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookie (peanut butter, brown sugar, oatmeal, eggs, baking soda)

Result: Eye lids still itchy, the rest not so much.  Heartburn still lingering.

Snack 2
Air popped popcorn with butter and salt

Result:  Nothing new.

Dinner
Since I am better I am trying some potato tonight.  With wheat out I need some other carbs to maintain my weight.  I also started a Quercetin supplement tonight.

Ground beef with allowed seasonings
White Potato

Result: Sinuses felt different (as in clearer/better) pretty quick.  Wishful thinking? 

Snack 3
Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookie (peanut butter, brown sugar, oatmeal, eggs, baking soda) These are more like cookies when eaten straight from the freezer as I have been doing.

Result: Heartburn still hanging around a bit.

Day 11: 05/08/14

Breakfast
Oatmeal with whole milk and brown sugar
Quercetin

Result: Nothing new.

Snack 1
Apple

Result: Nothing new.  Hand rash 100% gone (my skin actually looks and feels great)

Lunch
Ground beef with allowed seasonings
White Potato
Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookie (peanut butter, brown sugar, oatmeal, eggs, baking soda)
Quercetin

Result: Worsening headache but weather is off.  As I always have a headache and they do regularly worsen, I can’t necessarily link this to food.
Snack 2
Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookie (peanut butter, brown sugar, oatmeal, eggs, baking soda) – It is really hard to prepare something fresh while also taking care of three small children.

Dinner
Pork Chops with red pepper, garlic, pepper and salt
Rice with butter and salt
Broccoli, Cauliflower and Carrots
Quercetin

Result: Nothing new.

I did have nausea late evening until the next morning.

Day 12: 05/09/14

Breakfast
Rice cakes with peanut butter and honey
Kiwi

Result: Maybe some eye burning.

Lunch
Pork Chops with red pepper, garlic, pepper and salt
Rice with butter and salt
Broccoli, Cauliflower and Carrots
Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookie (peanut butter, brown sugar, oatmeal, eggs, baking soda)
Quercetin

Result:  Nothing to report.

Snack 1
Air popped popcorn with butter and salt

Result: Nothing to report.

Dinner
Chicken with allowed seasonings
Rice with butter and salt
Broccoli and Cauliflower (Raw)
Quercetin

Result:  Nothing to report

Snack 2
A whole gluten free vanilla cupcake from Whole Foods (half with be plenty next time)

Result: Wow!  That was a lot of sugar.

Day 13: 05/10/14

Breakfast
Quinoa Flakes
Quercetin
Green grapes (trying out a higher histamine food)

Result: Nothing to report.

Lunch
Chicken with allowable seasonings
Carrots
Quercetin

Result: Nothing new.

Snack 1
Peanuts

Result:  Nothing noted.

Snack 2
Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookie (peanut butter, brown sugar, oatmeal, eggs, baking soda)
Red Grapes (higher histamine food)

Result: I did note perhaps one hive but I did have sun today, too.  I am not sure exactly when it popped up.

Dinner
Pork Tenderloin with olive oil (Italian seasoning, garlic, onion, salt and pepper)
Spring mix salad with olive oil and salt, broccoli, cauliflower, green pepper and cucumber
Quercetin

Result: Nothing new.

Snack 3
½ of a gluten free vanilla cupcake from Whole Foods

Result: Sugar level much more manageable with nothing else to report.

Day 14: 05/11/14

Breakfast
Oat pancakes with maple syrup
Scrambled Eggs
Quercetin

Result: Nothing to report

Lunch
Pork Tenderloin with olive oil (Italian seasoning, garlic, onion, salt and pepper)
Spring mix salad with olive oil and Italian seasoning, broccoli, cauliflower, green pepper and cucumber
Quercetin
½ of a gluten free vanilla cupcake from Whole Foods

Result: Nothing to report.

Dinner
Grilled chicken breasts
Spring mix salad with broccoli, cauliflower, green pepper and cucumber
Fruit Salad (trying higher histamine bananas, grapes, apples, kiwi)
Quercetin

Result: Nothing to report.

Snack 1
½ of a gluten free vanilla cupcake from Whole Foods

Result: Nothing to report.

I did have nausea today on and off from breakfast onward.

Week Two Thoughts

Week Three

Day 15: 05/12/14

Breakfast
Oat pancake with maple syrup
Two hard boiled eggs
Quercetin

Result: Nothing to report.

Snack 1
Fruit salad (prepared yesterday and from the fridge) bananas, grapes, apples, kiwi

Result:  Itchy spot on hands with one hive!  Ugh.  I knew that I should probably not eat food from yesterday that hadn’t been frozen.

Lunch
Grilled chicken breasts
Spring mix salad with broccoli, cauliflower, green pepper, cucumber, olive oil and salt
Quercetin

Result: Nothing to report.

Air conditioning on for the first time since last year = headache!

Snack 2
Air popped pop corn with butter and salt

Result: Nothing to report.

Dinner
Chicken legs with allowed seasonings
Rice with butter and salt
Quercetin

Results:  Nothing to report.  No veggies, though, but I barely got the chance to eat at all (sick child).

Some mild heartburn tonight.  Fruit salad?

Day 16 05/13/14

Breakfast
Rice cakes with peanut butter and honey
Kiwi
Quercetin

Result: Nothing to report.

Lunch
Scrambled Eggs (milk, butter, salt and pepper)
Rice with butter and salt
(I really need to come up with other seasonings!)
Quercetin

Result: Nothing to report except that scrambled eggs always make me feel weird.

Snack 1
Pear

Result: Nothing to report.

Dinner
Beef Stew (beef, potatoes, carrots, green peppers, celery, onion, garlic, salt and pepper)
Spring Salad Mix
Quercetin

Result: Nothing significant going on.  Maybe some itchy eyes but who knows why - potatoes?

Snack 2
That last bit of the whole foods gluten free vanilla cupcake

Result: Nothing to report.

Day 17: 05/14/14

Itchy day.

Breakfast
Oat pancake with maple syrup
Apple
Quercetin

Result: This really seems to be an itchy, headache, queasy day.  Weather is changing.

Lunch
Beef Stew (beef, potatoes, carrots, green peppers, celery, onion, garlic, salt and pepper)
Spring Salad Mix with sunflower oil and salt
Grapes
Quercetin

Result: Nothing new.

Snack 1
Two peanut butter oatmeal cookies

Result:  Nothing seemingly related to food, but it is Tylenol headache time.  Just for reference, I only medicate for a pain level over 5 and it is ER time at level 8.  My normal pain level is usually a 3.

Snack 2
Grapes

Result:  Headache lessened.  Still itchy and queasy.

Dinner
Grilled chicken legs with salt and pepper
Grilled corn on the cob
Spinach Spring salad mix with green pepper, cucumber, carrots and trying grape tomatoes

Result: Nothing new going on.

Snack 3
Rice cakes with peanut butter and honey.

Result: Tylenol has worn off.  Ugh.

Day 18: 05/15/14

Still an itchy day but less than yesterday.  Maybe too many high histamine foods at once (grapes, potatoes and tomatoes yesterday)?  Tummy a little weird, too.

Breakfast
Quinoa

Result: Nothing new.

Snack 1
Pear

Result: Nothing new.

Lunch
Grilled chicken legs with salt and pepper
Spinach Spring salad mix with green pepper, cucumber, carrots, grape tomatoes, sunflower oil and salt
Quercetin

Result: Nothing new.

Snack 2
Rice with butter and salt (really lunch continued two hours later due to kids)

Result:  Gastrointestinal issues so tomatoes might be out.  My kids have some of this going around, too, though.
Dinner
Pork Tenderloin with allowed seasonings
Rice with butter and salt
Spinach Spring salad mix with green pepper, cucumber, carrots
Quercetin

Result: Still gastrointestinal issues.  Headache worsened to Tylenol level.

Snack 3
Rice cakes with peanut butter and honey.

Result: Nothing new.

Day 19: 05/16/14

Eyes still a little itchy but gastrointestinal track back to normal.

Breakfast
Oatmeal with whole milk and brown sugar

Result: Headache and nausea – it is raining pretty hard this morning.

Lunch
Pork Tenderloin with allowed seasonings
Rice with butter and salt
(Rainy days make fruits and veggies tough)

Result: Nothing to report.

Tylenol time for headache again.  Crummy weather!

Snack 1
Air popped pop corn with butter and salt

Result: Nothing to report.

Dinner
Chicken breasts with honey, salt and pepper
Green beans (high histamine try)
Quercetin

Result: Hives and itchy before I even finished dinner.  Green beans out for now (not cool!).  I did also forget my Quercetin at lunch.

Snack 2
Peanut Butter oatmeal cookie
Kiwi

Result:  Still itchy from the green beans.

Day 20: 05/17/14

Breakfast
Oat pancake with maple syrup
Pear

Result: Nothing to report but still itchy with hives from the green beans.

Lunch
Pork Tenderloin with allowed seasonings
Spinach Spring Mix Salad, Spring Mix Salad, carrots, green pepper, cucumbers, sunflower oil and salt

Result: Nothing to report.

Snack 1
Apple

Result: Nothing to report.

Dinner
Went to Chili’s for a celebration meal and had 6 oz sirloin, broccoli and French fries
Fresh tortilla chips with guacamole

Result: Nothing immediate to report.

Later took Quercetin, etc.  Hands may be reacting.

Day 21: 05/18/14

A bit itchy today but nothing like I expected to feel after eating out.  I did try to make wise choices but when you don’t make it yourself you never know.

Breakfast
Oat pancake with maple syrup
Pear
Quercetin

Result: Nothing to report.

Lunch
Chicken breast with salt, pepper and honey
Spinach Spring mix salad
Rice cakes with peanut butter and honey

Result: Nothing to report.

Snack 1
Peanuts

Result: Nothing to report.

Dinner
Grilled chicken legs
Grilled Asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper
Rice with salt
Quercetin

Result: Nothing to report.

Snack 2
Air popped popcorn with butter and salt


Result:  Right eyelid is red, puffy and itchy but who know why.  I did have eye makeup on today and that can definitely cause this.  It doesn't help that I am still itchy from the green beans followed by a meal out.

Week Three Thoughts

Week Four

Eyelid still itchy and puffy.

Day 22: 05/19/14

Breakfast
Oatmeal with whole milk and brown sugar
Apple
Quercetin

Result: Nothing to report.

Lunch
Grilled chicken legs
Grilled Asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper
Rice with salt

Result: Nothing to report

Later: Eyelid worse and other one is staring to bother me…asparagus?  I am taking an antihistamine because it is fairly intense.

Snack 1
Rice cakes with peanut butter and honey

Result: The antihistamine is starting to work!

Dinner
I really need to figure out some quick food that I can eat on this diet.  Sick kiddo today = no dinner made.  So…Chipotle burrito bowl with just beef, rice and lettuce.
Quercetin

Result: Hives, itchiness and eyes worsening again.  I might double up on the antihistamine if this gets much worse.

Day 23: 05/20/14

Breakfast
Quinoa with salt
Quercetin

Result: Nothing to report.  Still itchy from yesterday.

Snack 1
Simply Balanced Nut and Fruit Clusters – Almond Blueberry (all ok ingredients except the blueberries)

Result: Nothing to report.  Not really a good day to try but sick kids means that I have some bare shelves currently and not a lot of time to make something.

Lunch
Grilled chicken leg
Rice with salt
Spinach Spring mix salad with sunflower oil and salt
Pear
Quercetin

Result: Nothing new to report.

Snack 2
Simply Balanced Nut and Fruit Clusters – Almond Blueberry (all ok ingredients except the blueberries)
Apple

Result: Nothing new to report.

Dinner
Italian Beef
Rice
Cauliflower, Carrots and Broccoli
Quercetin

Result: Nothing new to report.  Still itchy but it is lessening.

Snack 3
Rice cakes with peanut butter and honey

Result: Nothing new.

Day 24: 05/21/14

Breakfast
Scrambled eggs with milk, butter, salt and pepper
Pear
Quercetin

Result: Nothing to report

Went to Walmart and brought home a rash.

Snack 1
Rice cakes with peanut butter and honey

Result: Nothing to report.

Lunch
Italian Beef
Rice with salt
Quercetin

Result: Nothing to report.

Snack 2
Banana

Result: Walmart stuff is escalating.  Not sure if the banana made things worse.

Mouth, lips and tongue feel weird now, too.  Eye lids not good.  Very itchy.  I took a Vitamin C as that is supposed to me mast cell stabilizing.  Mine does have citrus in it, though, and is made from cherries.

Dinner
Pork Steaks
Spinach and Kale salad with broccoli, carrots, celery, cucumber, onion, sunflower oil and salt.
Quercetin

Result: Well, my tongue is apparently not working currently.  That all was pretty tasteless.  Kale is supposed to be quite high in quercetin.  If things keep getting worse I will take an antihistamine.

I don’t know if it was the Vitamin C, Quercetin, etc, but the reaction is no longer worsening.  I am exhausted, though.

Snack 3
Rice cakes with peanut butter and honey

Result: Nothing new.

Day 25: 05/22/14

I had heartburn and nausea all night long.  N had awful heartburn and spent most of the night crying.  I remembered that I had children’s liquid. Benadryl and gave that to him at 4 am.  He then slept until 6:30, nursed again and slept until 10 am.  I am down two pounds today after being stable (within 1/2 lb) for at least ten days.

Breakfast
Scrambled eggs with milk, butter, shredded zucchini, mushrooms, onions, garlic, salt, pepper
Quercetin
Vitamin C

Result: Nothing new.  I do feel better than yesterday.

Lunch
Pork steak
Grapes
Quercetin

Result: Nothing to report

Snack 1
A handful of grapes

Result: Gastrointestinal issues.  May have over done it with the grapes today.

Solicitor = let’s react again.  He had on cologne.  Took an antihistamine.  Ugh.

Snack 2
Carrots with peanut butter

Result:  Nothing to report.

Dinner
Chicken breasts with allowed seasonings
Rice with butter and salt
Kale, Spinach, Spring Mix salad with cucumbers, broccoli, red onion and carrots

Result: Nothing new.

Snack 3
Rice cakes with peanut butter and honey

Result: Nothing new

Day 26: 05/23/14

Breakfast
Quinoa
Quercetin

Result: Nothing new.

Snack 1
Banana

Result: Nothing new.

Lunch
Chicken breast with allowed seasoning
Rice
Kiwi

Result:  Rash on hands.  Salicylates?  See my post “The best laid plans…” for more details.

Snack 2
Rice cakes with peanut butter and honey
Air popped popcorn with butter and salt

Result: Nothing new.

Dinner
Scrambled eggs with shredded zucchini, green peppers, red onions, garlic and mushrooms, butter, pepper and salt
Oatmeal pancake with maple syrup
Carrots
Cucumber slices
Quercetin
Vitamin C

Result: Getting awfully itchy again.

Took an antihistamine before bed.

Day 27: 05/24/14

Still super itchy.

Breakfast
Scrambled eggs with shredded zucchini, green peppers, red onions, garlic and mushrooms, butter, pepper and salt
Oatmeal pancake with maple syrup
Quercetin
Vitamin C

Result:  Still itchy with eye lid involvement. 

Lunch
Chicken breast with allowed seasonings
Kale, Spinach, Spring Mix salad with cucumbers, broccoli, red onion and carrots

Result: Nothing new.  Stick have several areas of extreme itchiness and a rash on hands.

Snack 1
Peanuts

Result: Eye lids worsening.  Still itchy.  We did spend the afternoon out of the house running errands.  I only was in one store and did feel oddly tired.   I stayed in the car with my sleeping boys for the rest.

Snack 2
Apple

Result: Eyelids bad enough that I am taking an antihistamine just for them.  Awful.

Dinner
Pork Chops with allowed seasoning
Quinoa
Broccoli, Cauliflower and Carrots
Quercetin
Vitamin C

Result: Definitely have increased pain now, too.  All over, especially down arms to fingers (nerve like pain there) and then skin just hurts on the arms and my sides.  Obviously I still have the normal fibromyalgia pain elsewhere and increased.

Snack 3
An entire Whole Foods GF vanilla cupcake

Result: A misery treat.  Eyes doing better.

Or not.  My husband is forcing me to take an additional antihistamine.

Day 28: 05/25/14

Breakfast
Oat pancake with maple syrup
Kiwi
Quercetin
Vitamin C

Result: Nothing to report.  Eyes improved this morning.

Snack 1
Rice cakes

Result: Eye lids got a bit itchy.  I ate these at church so it might have been because I was not at home.

Lunch
Pork Chops with allowed seasoning
Broccoli, Cauliflower and Carrots
Quercetin

Result: Nothing new.

Snack 2
Whole Foods GF Vanilla Cupcake

Result: Nothing new.  Eyes better.

Muscle pain at the back of my knee.  I have felt like my knees would bend backwards a few times today, too.

Snack 3
Rice cakes with peanut butter and honey

Result: Nothing new.

Dinner
GF Meatballs (ground beef, coconut flour, eggs, chopped onion, mustard powder, parsley, salt, pepper)

Mushroom sauce (mushrooms, chopped onion, cornstarch, milk, butter, salt, pepper)
Carrots
Cucumbers
Quercetin
Vitamin C

Result:  Some heartburn.  Fingers feel stiff. 

Week Four Thoughts

Week Five

Still itchy.  Word mix-ups increasing, too.

Day 29: 05/26/14

Breakfast
Healthy Baked Oatmeal (applesauce, maple syrup, honey, milk, vanilla, eggs, peanut butter, oats, baking powder, salt)
Quercetin
Vitamin C

Result: Nothing new.  Quite yummy – we’ll definitely do this one again.  Getting itchier as time goes on, though.

Lunch
Chicken breast with allowed seasonings
Kale, Spinach, Spring Mix salad with cucumbers, broccoli, red onion and carrots, sunflower oil and salt
Quercetin

Result: Nothing new.  Still itchy.

Snack 1
Whole Foods GF Vanilla Cupcake

Result: Nothing new.  Still itchy.

Dinner
Grilled chicken
Grilled corn on the cob
Apple
Quercetin
Vitamin C

Result: Nothing new.

Day 30: 05/27/14

Still itchy with a few hives.  Still experiencing increased joint, nerve and fibromyalgia pain.

Breakfast
Healthy Baked Oatmeal (applesauce, maple syrup, honey, milk, vanilla, eggs, peanut butter, oats, baking powder, salt)
Quercetin
Vitamin C

Result: Nothing new.

Lunch
Grilled chicken
Spring Salad mix with red onions, carrots, sunflower oil and salt
Quercetin

Result: Nothing new.

Snack 1
Whole Foods GF Vanilla Cupcake

Result: Nothing new.

Snack 2
Cucumber Slices

Result: Nothing new.

Dinner
Pork Tenderloin with Italian seasoning, onion, garlic, salt, black pepper and olive oil
Quinoa
Broccoli, Carrots and Cauliflower
Quercetin
Vitamin C

Result: Some chest tightness aka asthma symptoms.

Day 31: 05/28/14

Breakfast
Scrambled eggs with milk, shredded zucchini, diced red onions, diced garlic, butter, salt and pepper
Quercetin
Vitamin C

Result: Nothing new.  Still some chest tightness.

I used my (expired) inhaler for the first time in about two years.  It helped for a few hours and then tightness returned.

Lunch
Chicken breast with allowed seasoning
Quinoa
Cucumber
Quercetin

Results:  Nothing new.  Later severe headache and more chest tightness.

Used inhaler again.
Snack
Air popped popcorn with butter and salt

Result: Nothing new

Dinner
Hamburger Salad (ground beef, spinach/kale/spring salad mix, cucumbers, peppers, caramelized onions)

Result: Nothing new.

Snack
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie

Result: Eyelids again!  A bit itchy on hands.

Itchy all over.  Ears burning and turning red.

Day 32: 05/29/14

Pain level of 4 this morning.  Pain in both legs starting at the hip.  Pain down both arms to the fingers.

Breakfast
Oat pancake with maple syrup
Scrambled eggs with milk, shredded zucchini, diced red onions, diced garlic, butter, salt and pepper
Quercetin
Vitamin C

Result: Nothing new.


Lunch
Pork Tenderloin with allowed seasonings
Quinoa
Apple
Quercetin

Result: Severe headache and some hives.  Could be from leaving the house.  The headache started while I was at the allergist.

Took two Tylenol for headache.

Snack
Air popped pop corn with butter and salt

Result: Nothing new.

Dinner
Pizza with zillions of histamine things.  After all, after week two I got worse.  What will happen?
Quercetin
Vitamin C

Result:  Felt heavy in stomach.  Nothing else.

Still itchy from before, right eyelid not great.  Laid down to go to sleep and had to get up to use my inhaler.  Heartburn at night.

Day 33: 05/30/14

Used my inhaler.

Breakfast
Knock off Honey Nut Cheerios
Apple
Vitamin C
(I am out of Quercetin)

Result:  Nothing new.

Feel awful.  Asthma not good.  Overall week and yucky feeling.

Lunch
Pizza with zillions of histamine things. 

Result: I actually feel better.  Calorie issue before?

Sinuses much worse this afternoon.   Is it because I am off Quercetin until I get more tomorrow (my sinuses had felt clearer after I started it)?  Or because of the high histamine food?  Or because of some other reason?

Snack
Five jumbo marshmallows…just because I could.

Result: Nothing new.

Dinner
Chicken with allowed seasonings
Rice with salt
Kale and Spinach
Vitamin C

Result: Nothing new.

Snack
Homemade bread with butter

Result: Typical rash on hands.  Itchy!

Day 34: 05/31/14

Feeling a bit queasy.

Breakfast
Oat pancakes with Maple Syrup
Apple
Vitamin C

Result: Nothing new.

Chest felt tight.  Used inhaler.  Felt awful so…

Lunch
Scrambled eggs with diced onions, garlic, butter, salt and pepper
Carrots

Result: Felt better.

Then, felt bad again.  Woozy, fuzzy, weak feeling.  Bad headache, too.  All feels better if I lay down, though, and that is concerning.

Snack
Rice cakes with peanut butter and honey.

Result:  Feel better momentarily.

Got my Quercetin and took some.

Dinner
Typical cook out fare.  I skipped the bread and the fruit.

Result: Nothing right away.  Later eyelids unhappy and rash on hand worse.

Took Quercetin, Vitamin C and an antihistamine once I was home.

Heartburn all night long.

Day 35: 06/01/14

Breakfast
Pancakes made with Bob Mills GF All Purpose Mix and maple syrup
Quercetin
Vitamin C

Result: Nothing new.

Went to church.  Got more rash, headache and joint pain while there.  Picked up new inhaler on way home and used it in car.

Lunch
Pork tenderloin with allowed seasonings
Quinoa
Quercetin

Result: Nothing new.

Weeded garden bed and got rash over arms.  Took Benadryl and it cleared up.

Snack 1
Rice cakes with peanut butter and honey

Result: Nothing new.

Dinner
Grilled boneless pork chops with allowed seasonings
Rice with salt
Salad: Green leaf lettuce, Red leaf lettuce, yellow bell pepper, orange bell pepper, carrots, red onion, cucumber
Quercetin
Vitamin C

Result: Nothing new.

Snack 2
Homemade GF cake!  (Rice flour, potato starch – not technically allowed, xanthan gum, eggs, vanilla extract, milk, butter) Butter cream frosting (powdered sugar, milk, butter)

Result: Yum.

Heartburn on and off during the night.  Joint pain in legs and arms.