My Story 3: Life After Amines & Amine-Free Eating

Life Now means a Low-Amine Diet

As a self-declared foodie, I have always loved to cook. All kinds and varieties of foods, spices, flavors. As it turns out, a LOT of foods have amines in them. It’s such a wide group of foods that I ended up having to set up an Excel spreadsheet to show me what I could eat. I still have a printout. I take it with me to the store as my low amine grocery shopping list.

My first few months on the low-amine diet about killed me. No amount of Google searching pulled up useful recipes. I was so depressed that I ended up seeing a psychologist for a while to help me through it. Take away a foodie’s favorite thing – food – and you end up with one seriously depressed foodie.

I decided that, as part of my own therapy and as documentation for recipes that work well, I needed to start cooking and writing down what I make with low-amine foods. With the great lack of low amine recipes available, I knew this was where I could help people. So I have started documenting all the low-amine recipes for my favorite foods. Some are higher in amines than others – eating a low amine diet isn’t a foolproof thing. But know your body (and if you haven’t figured out how sensitive to amines you are, talk to Heidi Turner), and know your thresholds.

I hope my experiences will help you through your amine sensitivity, whether you’re on a low amine diet because you’re allergic (like me), or on MAO-Inhibitors (MAOI). Food can be fun and delicious without amines. It’s taken me a year to learn that, but I live by it now, and run by it, and walk by it… and all the things I couldn’t do when I was eating amines.

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Published on August 11, 2011 at 7:12 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. Hello, I heard about this site from Heidi. I have a rare disease called mastocytosis. Ever heard of it? Reading your story reminded me of all the joint problems I have had and still deal with. One of the things mastocytosis patients need to do to help with symptom relief is follow a low histamine diet. There is not a lot of recipes on line and sometimes one site says something is low histamine and then the next says it isn’t, uggghhhh…’s frustrating. I’m definetly a foodie as well and have been playing with recipes trying to make them low histamine. It’s a long process but worth it. I’d say I’m more of a baker than a cooker so when Heidi referred me to your blog I got excited. I can’t wait to try out all your other recipes!

    • Oh, my goodness Missy! I just went and looked up mastocytosis. What a wild disease to have! Does it affect you only in your joints, or do you get a whole host of the symptoms listed (I was just using Wikipedia)? I’m sorry to hear you have it, but I’m glad you were able to get a diagnosis. It’s amazing how difficult even just that part can be!

      I’ve had a really hard time trying to find conclusive results on which foods do or don’t have histamines, tyramines, or just amines in general. Because I haven’t been able to figure out which ones bother me, specifically, I stay away from all amines. Annoying, ouchie little buggers.

      I am so glad that Heidi sent you my way. Here’s to hoping you find the recipes helpful. If you’re a foodie, too, I would *LOVE* your feedback, ideas, suggestions… the whole shebang. Do be sure to subscribe, and to “like” the facebook page so you can keep in touch. Maybe we could even do a couple dinners together – or perhaps you’d like to contribute some low-amine baked goods recipes as a guest blogger? Baking is my weak spot. Baking usually means burning, in my kitchen.

      Are you local to Seattle? I haven’t met anyone else in Seattle on a low amine diet yet!

  2. This blog has saved my life. Teenager and addicted to food. Have to have a low amine diet. I’m also vegetarian and diary free so.. yippee!! its bookmarked and hopefully I can start cooking while figuring out how to stay on top of my studies!
    Thank you so much~

    • You’re so welcome! Enjoy!

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