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Methylation and Histamine sensitivity

Do you have a sensitivity to pollen in the air at various times of the year? How about skin reactions to certain foods or things you touch that can respond to claritine or other antihistamine medications?  Watery eyes, runny nose or post nasal drip? Do you have a weak stomach? Maybe a history of panic attacks, depression or mental fatigue? If so, you might have a sensitivity to (or build up of) Histamine - a chemical naturally produced by the body, and consumed in foods. The problem is often a genetic limitation in processing and excreting histamine from the body, which is often linked to a process called under methylation. Undermethylation and its many consequences can cause a wide variety of symptoms in different people.

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Zone Diet

What is it? When we consume carbohydrates the digestive system breaks them down into simple sugars that enter the bloodstream. Our pancreas then secretes the hormone insulin to drive these sugars into our cells. If the blood concentration of sugars falls too low, the pancreas secretes a different hormone called glucagon to shift sugars from the cells back into the bloodstream. When we eat a diet that is too full of sugars (or the carbohydrate starches that break down into them), then our sensitivity to these hormones becomes abnormal and can lead to obesity and chronic diseases like diabetes. The Zone diet arose as a means to try and maintain an appropriate balance of these hormones, by formulating an eating plan that maintains foods in ratios that aim to keep these hormones within their appropriate levels (or zone). The Zone diet advocates a strict balance between the amount of carbohydrates, proteins and fats eaten during a meal, which equates to about 40:30:30 per cent respectively. In addition, grains are to be avoided, as they are believed to contribute to an unbalanced hormone response (as well as disturb normal digestive processes). There is also an emphasis on maintaining a strict eating schedule, with breakfast to be consumed within one hour of waking; lunch within 5 hours of breakfast; afternoon snack within 5 hours of lunch and dinner 2-3 hours after lunch, then finally a small snack just before bed. Pros: Advocates an increase in fruits and vegetables recommends a decrease in grains and processed foods Promotes the need for exercise No calorie counting Doesn't exclude many types of foods Cons: Rigid composition formula for each meal Schedule can be hard to keep

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Egg and Bacon pockets

Ingredients: Eggs Bacon rashers Oil for greasing the muffin tray Method: Put oven on 200c fan forced or 220 c Grease the muffin tray and place bacon into the spaces. Crack an egg in a bowl and slowly put onto one of the bacon pockets. Repeat for each piece of bacon in the tray. Bake in the oven for about 5-7 min if medium yolk is desired.Enjoy your healthy brekkie without puff pastry Assemble a light salad as an accompaniment, such as bocconcini, tomato and basil.  

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