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Low Histamine Food Suggestions

If you have read my previous post and learned about my health conditions, which include REBV, MCAS, and POTS, then you know food is a bit complicated for me. I have to keep a delicate balance of histamine levels to avoid triggering a flare. You might be surprised which foods are high histamine or histamine-releasing. 

As a reminder, I am not a professional dietician or nutritionist - this blog is purely anecdotal, based off of my own personal experience with my health conditions. Please consult professionals before making any serious changes to your diet or health plan. What works for me may not work for other folks with the same conditions, so this is merely a suggestion.

For more info about histamine levels in food, visit SIGHI - Swiss International Group Histamine Intolerance

My triggers: I avoid gluten, cow dairy, soy, eggs, onion, garlic, black pepper, nightshades, mushrooms, sulfites, natural and artificial food coloring (excluding beta carotene), and I try to only eat organic/non-gmo. Yes, eating organic makes a big difference. I can tell immediately with meat.

I know that reading that list may make some of you cry. It was really hard at the beginning... especially after realizing 10 years after my initial food elimination diet that garlic and onion are one of my biggest triggers. Now I can't even be in the same room when they're being cooked. But so much of my body pain, brain fog, joint aches, and moodiness have resolved after taking them out. It's hard, but worth it. 

The next question I almost always get is "So, what CAN you eat?!"

I spend 1-2 days a week meal prepping: cooked strips of chicken, with alternating sides of butternut squash, or yellow squash and zucchini, or rainbow carrots, or sweet potatoes - all oven roasted in cashew butter and sage seasoning. I have packs of rice and noodles on hand to add these to. I use organic burger meat to make my own burgers with lettuce and goat cheese. I air fry salmon with apples and green olives. A side of steamed baby kale is a favorite - and lower in histamine than spinach! I choose agave over honey - again lower in histamines. That's my food life - substitutions.

It's all about making small choices when you're at the grocery store that change your patterns over time. If you struggle with self-control, it helps to not buy food you might be tempted to over-indulge in. I had to stop buying dried pineapple slices because they were setting off my histamine levels like crazy and I was having regular flares. Using a tracking app like Bearable (free!) to track your meals, possible triggers, and symptoms, is incredibly helpful at the beginning stages of diagnosis or diet change. When I'm in a bad flare, I go back to just chicken, rice, and carrots or sweet potatoes. Sometimes you have to give your body a break to calm down. 

I've spent a few years trying various products, recipes, and meals, and this is my current grocery list:

Miyoko's Plant Based Butter

Available at Fred Meyer, Safeway, and PCC






planet oat 52oz extrascreamy original(1)(1)

Planet Oat Extra Creamy Oat Milk

Available at most grocery stores

I used a handheld electric frother to make this extra bubbly before adding to my Numi Chai for my morning latte.










Bilinski's Chicken Sausages

Available at Whole Foods

Extra delicious in the air fryer for 7 minutes!







DSC_0003_2__edited_1000x1500 Olivias's Superfree Bakehouse

Available at PCC, Whole Foods

No eggs, soy, dairy, potato, or corn!







Product_CashewmilkYogurt_UnsweetenedPlain2-minForager Cashew Yogurt

I use the plain as a sour cream substitute

Also in strawberry (my favorite!) and blueberry








BisonBaconCranberryBar_VisaCaddyEpic Bison Bars

Fred Meyer, PCC, Whole Foods







Siete-AlmondFlourTortilla-FRONT1500_2000xAlmond Flour Tortillas

Found in the freezer sections near gluten free breads






UNREAL__033C_VarietyPackShot_3_1024x1024Unreal Coconut Bars and Crispy Quinoa Gems










Numi Chai









Namaste Gluten-Free Flour







PDP-MainBottle-VanillaBean_c335f6d7-ea79-4544-8fa1-8d1dd289f8b6Koia Protein Smoothie









I will continue to add to this list as I discover new items that I can safely eat! I hope this helps anyone considering an elimination diet or wondering if you're experiencing symptoms related to high histamine diet. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions.