I have been looking for a solution, but I can't find anything online to help him. If I defrost some meat and then decide I don't want to cook it yet and refreeze it, when I defrost it again and cook it, it makes him sick. Same with defrosting meat and leaving it in the refrigerator for a day and cook it the next day. It's ridiculous that I can only feed him extra fresh meat. Also, he cannot eat leftover meat at all, no matter how new or how well it is cooked. He'll be sick for days. Once he's sick, he gets dizzy headaches and stomach pain and diarrhea for days. Once it lasted a whole week....he is totally miserable. I try to be careful, but sometimes I accidently leave meat in the fridge for longer than a day! What can I do to help him?
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This happens to me as well. And I just want to say "psychosomatic" is bullshit. No offense to anyone who suggested that. But that's what I think of that concept. Psychosomatic is a term used when science has no idea what is going on likely because the processes are too complex and subtle to measure. I didn't think I would hear that on this site. It's like telling someone who is depressed to just get happier. In the depression example some people are more prone to depression than others because of many physical differences in how their body and brain is made up. We still have so much to learn about the human body.
Matt11 said "It's psychosomatic." - I have to agree.
When you go to the store and buy "fresh" meat, what exactly do you think happens? They don't kill the cow out back and rush it into the store and package it for you. That meat could have been killed days/weeks/months before and kept near freezing or frozen and defrosted. Some of the higher quality stores will have purchased aged beef or dry or wet age the beef before sale.
btw - defrosting and refreezing meat is not good from a taste, texture and more importantly a bacterial standpoint. By defrosting you give the bacteria a chance to grow exponentially and then you freeze it again with more bacteria present than the first time. Then you defrost again and those little guys grow more.
Buy yourself a refrigerator thermometer and check the temps - maybe you are not cold enough and you are introducing the problem!!!!!
Oh and if he is sensitive to histamine - please do not give him kefir, kombucha or kraut! It may make it drastically worse for some time.
It may not be psychosomatic. I am extremely sensitive to foods high in histamine (including leftover meats), and I must cook and consume my meat in the same day. This began occurring around the same time as my Crohn's initially flared along w/ typical leaky gut symptoms. I have eaten food others have made me and had reactions and later found out they were serving me leftovers, so it's not necessarily "In one's head". My symptoms aren't the same as your husband's (I get headaches, fatigue and angioedema). Do a little research on histamine intolerance. Kresser is an excellent source.
It's psychosomatic. My advice? Lie to him. Tell him the you just thawed out the meat today. Tell him leftovers are newly made.
Does he get sick eating out?
Do you guys do much in the way of fermented foods or probiotics? If it's making him sick it's probably either from toxins or bacteria. The small quantities of relatively benign bacteria typically found in day old meat don't bother most people because the gut is filled with competition and pretty inhospitable. The competition is key for some. Give him some kefir, krauts, and komboocha for a few weeks and see if that helps if this is the case.
Then again, if he's getting sick from it right after thoroughly cooking, it's probably toxins. Those, again, are typically in such small quantities and so benign that they don't bother people. In this case I would have him looked at by a doctor. just don't know what would cause severe sensitivity to mild toxins other than liver and/or kidney damage or possibly an extremely leaky gut.
Lastly, there's an ever so slight chance he's got an allergy to something produced by the bacteria that set in quickly to fresh meat and don't bother most of us. This would be pretty unusual but it would make sense. Not sure there's anything to be done in this case but it, too, might have to do with leaky gut.
I'm logical, yes, but I'm also just answering because I like to answer these puzzles. I've never actually heard of this particular condition.
That's definitely not normal, has he gone to the doctor about this? If he hasn't been to the doctor, you might want to start by getting him to a good gastroenterologist that has a decent amount of experience. Digestive issues are very complex and could sometimes be caused by factors that may be unknown to you. Try to rule out any serious issues first.