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coconut milk

Here’s my favorite coconut milk.

I just reordered (again) and noticed that prices have fluctuated on Amazon, and it depends on the retailer. So, make sure you check your prices!

Hunting nutrients

Which foods are high in B12? Click here. is one of my favorite sources to find which foods contain which micronutrients. It’s a great source for those seeking a nutrient dense diet, no matter whose "diet" theosophy you follow.

uBiome – test your gut, throat, ears, nose or skin!

According to Ben Lynch, author of Dirty Genes, "uBiome ( evaluates the DNA of your microbiome, which is pretty fascinating, given that the genes of your microbiome outnumber your human genes by a factor of 150 to 1 and have an enormous impact on your health. This company can also specifically check the biome of your throat, ears, nose, and skin."

I wanted to have my ears checked, but now that my histamine is lower, I may not need to. If anyone is thinking of having a test done like this, I’d be interested to hear your experience!

PBX strains for Histamine control

For anyone looking for histamine control supplements, here’s the first wave of my own experience with re-building my gut flora and bringing down my histamine.

BAD – cause (or may cause–do your research!) histamine to be released in the body:

  • Lactobacillus casei – I have been taking PB8 which has 8 strains, one of which is this one. I wonder how much pain this has caused me!
  • Lactobacillus bulgaricus – typical in yogurt
  • L. reuteri should be avoided. (conflict with Yasmina’s below)
  • Lactobacillus delbrueckii

GOOD – lower histamine:

  • Bifido infantis The infantis is found in infants’ intestines and help to lower histamine in the body.
  • Bifido longum species helps to repair leaky gut.
  • Lactobacillus plantarum

ALSO GOOD Yasmina said: "So here are some of the strains that my wonderful research scientist friend Katerina has found that are particularly beneficial for both histamine intolerance and leaky gut/intestinal permeability:"

  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus 19070-2
  • L reuteri DSM 12246
  • bifidobacteria infantis (B. infantis) 35624
  • Lacto. salivarius (per Ben Lynch)
  • Lacto. plantarum (per Ben Lynch)

Yasmina of has been using and promoting Seeking Health Priobiota Bifido which contains:

  1. Bifidobacterium bifidum
  2. Bifido longum – the only of the 4 mentioned above.
  3. Bifido lactis
  4. Bifido breve

Seeking Health Probiota HistaminX – this one is developed by Dr. Ben Lynch (Dirty Genes). As you can see, this formula has the 4 Bifido strains found in the Probiota Bifido, but it also includes B. infantis and two other lacto. strains.

  1. B. infantis
  2. B. bifidum (important in vagina)
  3. B. longum
  4. Lacto. salivarius
  5. Lacto. plantarum
  6. B. lactis
  7. B. breve

In June 2016, I had a stool test by Genova Diagnostics called GI Effects. I was fine on pretty much everything, except: I had nearly zero good bacteria (Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium)! Why would this be? Well, I had stopped eating fermented foods of all kinds due to the reactions I had to them, and because I knew I was allergic to yeast. I had also been dairy free for a few years. I started on probiotics, and switched to PB8 for about a year, which contained one or two of the histamine-creating strains. I started taking Probiota HistaminX on Dec 14, 2017. I took the Probiota HistaminX for three months and stuck to my low histamine diet and regimen. I went on vacation in March 2018 to an Orlando theme park. Over the course of a week, I ate several foods including ice cream and several meals that would normally cause me some high histamine discomfort. I even drank a glass of red wine! I was amazed at how well I was able to tolerate all of that. I believe it was some part or combination of this probiotic, low histamine diet, as well as a few weeks of keto-diet and caloric restriction. I am not quitting the Probiota HistaminX any time soon! I take one or two capsules per day and…

Drink no chlorinated water. I try very hard to drink the best water I can at all times, including no fountain sodas made with tap water. For my home water filtration, I use reverse osmosis.

Chris Kresser also said: "… soil-based organisms like Prescript-Assist, which I like for many other reasons. This is another reason that I like it. There’s not a lot of research on this, but my experience is that soil-based organisms tend to be neutral or even histamine-degrading. They tend to be tolerated pretty well by people with histamine issues."
I would like to experiment in the future with SBOs, but I haven’t even begun to find a product that is SBO-only. I would be checking products to make sure they don’t have the strains of lacto or bifido that produce histamine.

Blender bottle On the Go

Universal Studios theme parks, here we come!!

Looking forward to using this Blender Bottle Pro Stack on vacation. For the first flight I can pack 2-3 servings of protein powder in the compartments. (See the protein powders, in photo below.)

Check in with me on Instagram next week starting Tuesday March 27. I’ll be Keto dieting my way through vacation. Continue reading

RECIPE: Red, White & Blue Potato Salad

If you are eating potatoes, here’s my favorite way to make potato salad.

Red, White & Blue Potato Salad

1 lb Blue potatoes, boiled (firm-ish) & cooled

1 Large sweet potato, boiled (firm-ish) & cooled

1 bag frozen artichoke hearts, cooked and squeezed dry (Trader Joe’s)

Non-Dairy Dressing

Fresh Dill (lots!)


EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil)



1 tsp. dried parsley

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

Scallions – green parts chopped small

Fresh lemon juice (or golden balsamic vinegar)

I’m sure you guys love my "recipes." I do usually throw a lot of things in and then start tweaking the taste by adding more of something. I do think that this is a way of being more connected with your food. You are actually tasting it! You are learning what the flavors do in the dish.

simple basil chicken lunch

In a skillet, put in some light olive oil or any oil you want (coconut?). Put in frozen chicken tenderloins, garlic powder and salt. Put a lid on and cook on medium til some browning occurs (or, less browning, if you have inflammation).

Chop up celery, broccoli and lots of fresh basil. Red bell peppers should be good, also.

When the chicken is nearly cooked and browning just a little, flip over the tenderloins.

Toss in the celery and broccoli and put the lid back on.

Rinse canned water chestnuts, if you want them.

Pour coconut milk into the pan. Toss in the water chestnuts, basil and bell peppers. Stir. Put on the lid to continue steaming.

Cook to desired tenderness and add salt.

If you’re not histamine intolerant, you could use Green Curry paste, or some ginger. I liked mine with the simple taste of fresh basil.

For my anti-leftovers diet, I split the can of chestnuts into two servings, and cut up a rib of celery for later, etc. I often do this: prepare my lunch and dinner protein at the same time, leaving some of the veggies to cook later and reheat with the protein. Eat the same day to minimize the "leftovers puffy eyelid syndrome."

RECIPE: Valentine’s Day Chocolate Truffles

This recipe was originally found on, but it is no longer available there.  Here it is:

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RECIPE: Low-Carb Chocolate Cheesecake Snacks

I wanted to turn Martha Stewart’s Chocolate Icebox Cake into an easier, low-carb version that I could make any-old time for a keto diet.  This is a full-on DAIRY recipe. If you want a non-dairy recipe, try the Valentine’s Day Chocolate Truffles. Here’s where to start: Continue reading

Ashwagandha versus or with Alcohol

10.5. Ashwagandha

Withania Somnifera, more commonly known as Ashwagandha, appears to be able to be more effective at decreasing social anxiety when paired with alcohol; doses too low of either to be seen as effective appear to be highly effective when combined.[92]

The anxiolytic (anxiety reducing) effects of Ashwagandha have also been shown to, in rats, reduce spikes in anxiety that are a result of cessation of chronic alcohol consumption; basically, possibly able to prevent anxiety from increasing as a result of quitting alcohol.[92]

More on ashwagandha

If you need a big bag of the powder, let me know! I have good sources.

You can take one teaspoon before bed in a glass of warm milk and it’s even more effective if you add a little bit of tumeric to it. ( it’s commonly found in recipes called Golden Milk.) I’ve been using it in my adrenal Stress Relief Tea for about a year. Unfortunately I backed off over the summer and only recently started back on it.