Unfortunately, I am hardly eating anything! It seems like everything gives me a problem. When I first started the low-histamine diet, I was able to eat quite a bit. It was very limited but doable. Then, one by one, I started reacting to everything. The main foods now that I eat are oatmeal, chicken, zucchini and butter. And I do get reactions to those, too. I find that I need to keep my weight at a minimal level and not eat too much at a time--small amounts every 3-4 hours and no eating after dinner to let the body digest and clear everything overnight. Occasionally, I try other vegetables with varying results--sometimes I don't get much of a reaction; sometimes I do. I try not to eat anything new within 4 days of eating it before. Turkey is sometimes ok, too. Every now and then, I can eat corn chips and an occasionally potato. I have recently noticed that I am now reacting to salt, too, and have researched and found that if a person eats more salt than the body can handle with its current hydration/potassium balance, the salt releases histamine, which makes a person thirsty in its attempt to rebalance. I drink so much that I do think my electrolytes are depleted. It's not just food, though, that causes me histamine issues. It seems like everything! Outside pollen, indoor pets, dust and fragrance, if I get too hot (anything over 75 degrees starts it up--showers are especially bad), stress, thinking too much, too little sleep, pain--I have a lot of headaches, but even if I bump my knee I can feel an increase, too much light, too much noise, distressing news on TV, Mother Nature distress--the list goes on. Also, while trying to find out what was wrong with me, I discovered that I have Mitral Valve Prolapse, Stage 1. This was a shock. People with this are SUPER-SENSITIVE to everything--foods, chemicals, emotions, prone to anxiety and panic attacks--and this is a biological state. Many people with this have a magnesium deficiency, so I'm trying to balance this as well. It's very complicated. Add, Adrenal Fatigue and Menopause--and you have a case for a melt-down. Plus, at the time I crashed, I was writing a book with thousands of pages--take about stressing myself to the max. Right now, I'm experimenting with an Ayurvedic Lifestyle. The more you can calm your system down, the more foods you can eat without a reaction.
Regarding the SIBO, it's a different reaction--mainly to carbs and sugars--which I rarely eat, but my body is so sensitive that it certainly knows when I do. I'm on a combination of the Low-Histamine/Fast Tract Diet, but I found that the carbs are so low in the Fast Tract Diet that my muscles were starting to atrophy, so I had to add some back in. With the SIBO reaction, I get so much unbelievable gas--my entire body and head gets filled that everything shuts down and it starts to panic. Gas-X actually helps a lot to get some of this out. I am also going to try the charcoal tablets that another kind poster suggested.
So, it depends on what your particular problem is as to what you think you can eat. My doctor thinks that for some, but not all, that SIBO and Histamine Intolerance go hand in hand. If we take care of the SIBO, the histamine should decrease. Have you tested for SIBO? If you do, make sure you test for both hydrogen and methane. I'm "lucky" in that I tested positive for both--especially methane--it is off the chart.
As Thomas mentioned, the low histamine chef is a good website. She has gone through so much with the histamine issue, if you think you have this, and she has mentioned that she has/had SIBO, too. She actually went to see Dr. Fuhrman, who is the doctor on the movie--I think it's called--Sick, Fat and Almost Dead--something like that. It's about people with histamine problems. I actually don't have the rash of histamine intolerance, but this is a good movie to watch. Anyway, she and Dr. Fuhrman worked out a diet especially for her which is helping tremendously. Here is her website: lowhistaminechef.com. She's a vegetarian as are some others on the ibs website. I found that I couldn't do it because I'm so low in protein and many vegetarian foods are high histamine, but maybe once the SIBO is taken care of, I'll be able to do this more. I'll be trying the ReLeaf as Thomas mentioned this weekend and, hopefully, my histamine load will decrease. I'm crossing my fingers.
Question for Thomas: Amazon sent me the Allergy ReLeaf System--it contains 2 bottles: 1 with AllerReLeaf Tablets and 1 with Allertonic Softgels. It says to take both. Did you take both?
Anyway, it's been a continual challenge and everyone is different. It helps to keep a food diary at first and also to look at non-food histamine stressors. If you can keep down the non-food, you'll be able to eat more types of food without going over your histamine level. And, as I mentioned, please consider getting a SIBO test because you want to know exactly what you're dealing with. There's no point on going on a SIBO diet if you don't need to because that very much limits your food choices. However, you can try it out for awhile and see if you feel better just to get an idea. But it's obvious in my case that staying on a Low- Histamine/SIBO diet is not the long-term answer. I have developed many nutritional deficiencies. However, I think we all do this to some degree because we feel that we have no choice, which is why this website is so important as we can all help each other. All my best!