Nathalie was born in Munich, has lived in Tel Aviv for about 10 years, is a cookbook author and food blogger. A few years ago, Nathalie's health suddenly felt very bad. She suffered from stomach cramps, indigestion and nausea that were so bad that she could not even leave the house. The diagnosis came months later: histamine, gluten and lactose intolerance. Since she could hardly find any information on the Internet, let alone recipes for a histamine-free diet, she decided to create her own recipes. She specialized in dealing with food intolerances and continues to give tips and advice to other affected people on her website can eat healthy and tasty food despite allergies or intolerances. On her website Nathalie’s Cuisine, she also shares recipes that are histamine-free, lactose-free, gluten-free and mostly vegan. Her recipes are so balanced and delicious that they are not only suitable for those affected but also for everyone who is interested in healthy eating. In an interview, she tells you what histamine intolerance actually means, what she is still allowed to eat and how to deal with it.
1. Dear Nathalie. On the subject of nutrition: you are not only eating gluten-free and lactose-free, but also low in histamine. How did that happen?
About 6 years ago I had very bad symptoms from one day to the next after eating. Among other things, stomach aches, digestive problems, dizziness, migraines, palpitations ... after several visits to the doctor, I was finally diagnosed with all these food intolerances that have turned my whole life upside down. First of all, I had to find out how to deal with it and of course also change my diet.
2. Which foods should you definitely omit from a low-histamine diet?
All foods that are fermented such as old cheese, sausage products, alcohol, vinegar, sauerkraut but also foods such as tomatoes, eggplant, spinach, avocado .... The detailed list can be found on my website Nathalie's Cuisine.
3. How has your health changed since then?
Shortly after my diet change, I no longer had any symptoms and I was again fit. In the meantime, my intolerance has improved a lot and my intestine has stabilized again. So I was able to bring back many foods like avocado, banana and my beloved chocolate.
4. What kind of tip would you give someone who has no idea about healthy eating?
No diet! No waiver, just feel it slowly. Healthy eating is often associated with dieting, abstinence, and rabbit eating, but it's anything but that! A healthy diet is about a balanced, diverse and natural lifestyle that doesn't have to be complicated and is super tasty. Instead of banning everything from life, I always advise slowly to approach a new way of life. When a new healthy habit has become part of everyday life, you can introduce a new one and this creates a completely new, all-round healthy lifestyle that is sustainable instead of a short diet.
5. What's your favorite snack?
Everything with dates. They are super healthy, full of vitamins and, thanks to their natural sweetness, give me the right energy kick.
6. What shouldn't be missing in your kitchen?
Lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables. That is the basis of my meals.
7.Topic girl boss: Who or what inspires you?
Gary Vaynerchuk! I advise anyone interested in entrepreneurship to follow him on social media and listen to his podcast
8. When did you decide to start your own business?
In fact, I didn't make that conscious decision, it developed organically and today I can't imagine anything else. Nathalie’s Cuisine was just a hobby blog with which I wanted to help others, today I'm an author, I have great cooperation partners and lots of plans!
9. What tip would you give someone who wants to start their own business?
Believe in yourself and don't be afraid of the challenges that come your way.
Thank you very much for the interview.