RTotM – 30ish days following a Low-Histamine Diet [Part 3]

At the end of December I decided that I was going to try giving a Low Histamine diet a try, on top of that I was also supplementing my health with a vitamin schedule. Details on the diet I followed can be found here: Low Histamine Diet.

There is quite a lot of conflicting information on histamine on the internet, and that is one recommended by a specialist in Mast Cell Activation Syndrome who treats it professionally.

I should point out I didn’t follow this religiously, but it did provide a lot of insights when I did follow it to the letter.

The Pros of Low-Histamine Diet

Honestly, there are changes here that are nothing short of miraculous for my mental and physical health. Luckily I can share all the data for the stuff I ate and the corresponding results from changing or deviating from the diet itself.

Memory Benefits

This is probably the area where I had the most significant change. My recall was excellent, but the main area of recall that improved is that I could tell you pretty much in totally what I had done that day once I got about 3 weeks into being on the diet. This is not something I have ever been able to do. Retracing my steps when I lost something (which did still happen) was an easy task, I never had to randomly guess at the location I had left something. If you have quite serious ADHD you will know how much time this can take from you.

My short-term memory was improved also, I was able to hold more information in my head, there was less interference that seemed to make this ability hard for me. As a result I was able to achieve a lot more each day, and I didn’t get lost while doing a task, I was able to execute it easily from start to finish.

Executive Function / Task Initiation

Planning became a breeze, not only that any fear that I would not be able to start just vanished, there was no invisible barrier to stop me getting on with doing something. I was able to keep an ever growing routine which was made up of many daily routines. This is how my day’s routines played out over the last few weeks (I consistently built up to this, I didn’t rush straight to doing this all in one go, I believe in steady progress, and then stopping and pulling back when you reach a limit).

Morning Routine:

  • Wake up at 6AM
  • Make Coffee for my wife
  • Drink a half glass of water
  • Drink a full glass of water with 15 mls of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Prepare breakfast (have an advantage here in that I eat the same thing every day) – A Bagel with Cream Cheese (one of the few cheeses allowed on the diet), 4 Brazil Nuts (to get Selenium – these are actually not allowed, but breakfast was my high histamine meal), a small handful of macadamias or almonds (again almonds are a borderline histamine food). A cup of peppermint tea.
  • Listen to a Stoic Meditation
  • Eat Breakfast
  • Take Vitamins
    • Breakfast Vitamins for me:
      • Vitamin D3 1000 IU
      • Hempseed Oil 1100Mg (Omega3 + Omega6)
      • Fish Oil 3000Mg (Omega3 + Omega6) – Phasing these out to Hempseed Oil
      • Magnesium (500Mg Marine Magnesium) + Turmeric 1000Mg
      • CoQ10 300mg (Ubiquinol)
      • Zinc (14.9mg), Magnesium (18.6mg), Maganese (2mg), Retinyl Acetate (860ug), Vitamin B6 (50mg)
  • Brush Teeth
  • Walk for twenty minutes
  • Write in Stoic journal
  • Plan my day
  • Take Simba for a forty minute to one hour walk
  • Meditate for fifteen minutes

Day Routine:

  • Drink Water
  • Take Vitamin
    • Cognition FX Tablet
      • Choline Bitartrate (40% Choline) 200mg
      • L-Theanine 200mg
      • Bacopa Monnieri (50% extract) 150mg
      • Rhodiola Rosea (5% Rosavins) 150mg
      • Gotu Kola (40% Triterpenes) 100mg
      • Vitamin B12 50mcg
      • Folic Acid 300mcg
      • Huperzine A (Huperzia Serrata extract) 100mcg
      • Vitamin E 30iu
  • Drink Tea – Red Bush Tea (Rooibos)
  • Eat healthy lunch
  • Play Beat Saber for thirty minutes to two hours
  • Coach people
  • Do the dishes + washing + vacuum if needed
  • Write for thirty minutes to two hours depending on coaching appointments

Evening Routine:

  • Take Simba for forty minute to one hour walk
  • Cook a low-histamine dinner
  • Spend one to two hours with my wife
  • See night time clients for coaching

Bed Routine:

  • Start at 9PM (When I don’t have late clients)
  • Write in Stoic Journal
  • Meditate for fifteen minutes
  • Drink Tea (Camomile and Passion Flower)
  • Read for thirty minutes
  • Take Vitamins
    • Night Vitamin (the probiotic is taken just before sleeping)
      • Probiotic 100 Billion Bacteria (I need to change this due to L. Casei which causes an issue with Histamine, there may be others too – I need to find a better brand here)
        • L. acidophilus
        • L. fermentum
        • L. paracasei
        • L. rhamnosus
        • L. helviticus
        • B. longum
        • S. thermophiles
        • L. plantatrum
        • B. bifidum
        • B. lactis
        • B. breve
        • L. casei [This is bad]
        • L. reuteri
        • L. delbrueki subsp.lactus
        • B. coagulans 

Stress Levels / Heart Rate

My stress levels plummeted. I couldn’t believe how calm I was nearly all the time, obviously when stressful stuff happened I was affected but my residual stress level dropped to nothing. My resting heart rate started to get toward the athlete range after being consistently high. I have included the fluctuations from November, then I started the diet on December 26th, then I stopped on the 20th and went back to my old diet.

Autoimmune / Skin Condition Changes

My gut pain was non-existent. My bowels moved properly. My skin cleared up completely. These changes were some of the best.

Sensory Changes

Bye Tinnitus. Bye Misophonia. Hyperacusis remained – my hearing is still really acute, but I don’t get interrupted by noise anymore. I don’t have constant ringing in my ears.

The Downsides of Low Histamine

The diet is very restrictive and there is not a lot of flavour in most foods, pretty much all condiments are out, and you can use a limited array of spices. It does make it hard to follow at times, and I would be lying if I didn’t say that sometimes I just wanted to break my diet – but the benefits speak for themselves.

Will I continue?

Yes. Absolutely yes. There is no doubt in my mind that histamine is partially responsible for my ADHD. I was able to achieve more than I have ever achieved in my life over thirty days while on it. I did a week off it to see if it was just a placebo effect – I was fatigued, I got depressed, I was anxious and stressed, my muscle pain returned, I got light headed a lot. My memory got worse. I basically started regressing in days. My tinnitus started to return.

In order to show you what I ate (and I wasn’t a saint, I will probably add cheat days into the diet) I will share my MyFitnessPal data [Below] (Note: I was trying to keep to the calorie count, but I actually don’t care now – I just eat till I feel satiated and then stop. My weight is stable and the only reason I exceed awful BMI measurements is because I have too much muscle). My supplements do change over time.

The only thing I have also done recently is give up caffeine, you will see that I had an energy drink and a stand alone L-Theanine supplement early on. I have been recommended to quit caffeine, but I am not sure I will continue as it’s so far been more detrimental than beneficial. Caffeine is a DAO enzyme inhibitor.

In Conclusion

I hope this information helps someone, and you can potentially try it for yourself. Please note some of the supplements I take are not the ones recommended for MCAS – I have genetic reasons for trying to supplement these things.

If not for @laurenancona on Twitter, I may not have pursued this. I am branching out with what I eat now, and also trying to introduce certain histamine liberators as well as trying to seek a diagnosis for MCAS, but there is a few month wait.

I am fairly upset though, so much of my life I have been limited by a food issue – and when I tried diets, none of them targeted histamine. The difference is stark for me. I could have potentially not had to deal with the most annoying parts of ADHD had I treated this early.

Published by roryreckons

I am an ADHD/Autism Coach as well as ADHD/Autism/OCD/CPTSD advocate and independent ADHD/Autism researcher. I am an ADHD/Autism Coach who trained through the ADD Coaching Academy. I write mainly about ADHD/Autism/OCD/Mental health issues, but will also discuss morality, abolition, and current affairs occasionally.

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