…or is it off the on list? Whichever, my beloved cauliflower is on the no eat list again.
I’ve been gradually adding back foods and getting a bit more adventurous with my selections, but I can see, even though I’d like to think of myself as healed from histamine intolerance, I am, more accurately, maintaining low histamine levels.
I’ve said in recent posts that I think I’ve had histamine intolerance for quite some time before I ever realized. Menopause exacerbated the issue until I could no longer ignore it. So now that my levels are low and I’ve started trying to eat some of the things I miss, I have a clear understanding of what my body is doing.
For at least the last ten years, and maybe longer, I had many excuses for my itchy legs. Oh, the weather changed, the mangos are in bloom, my skin is dry. But now I understand, and it’s the cauliflower that really brought it to light.
Whether eating cauliflower ever made my legs itch before, I can’t answer. I never kept a food diary. But it makes my legs itch now for sure. When my intolerance was at its worst, the minute I swallowed a piece of cauliflower my arms lit up in the most brutal form of itch. I didn’t touch a piece after that, so it’s been months. But I am so much better now, I started eating it again. And there it was, the itchy bumps on my leg showed up.
So now I get it. My intolerance, when my levels are low, manifests as itchy legs. When my levels are high my arms react…and I get fat eyes.
Why am I rabbiting on about cauliflower and where the itch is? Why do I care if my legs itch since they’ve been itching for at least ten years? Because the message from your body is that your immune system is not functioning properly and you have inflammation. And inflammation is very bad for your entire body! I won’t go into details here, but if you research inflammation you find lists of things that go wrong with your body when you’re inflamed. I want to maintain a body that is free of inflammation and to do that I cannot have any part of my body reacting to foods or anything else that is a trigger.
I also want to eventually stop taking Quercetin, as the safety of long term use has not been established. I really don’t like to take supplements at all, but they have saved me through all of this so I don’t mind for now. (My preference is to eat whole foods the way nature made them to be eaten) But for now, I’m going to take everything for a while longer, and then during summer break experiment with cutting back and then eliminating some, or maybe all, of what I take. We’ll see. It’s a trade off. Take the supplements at the risk of some unknown side-effect, or have an immune system that’s out of control and a body full of inflammation. I’m going to go with being itch free for now.
That means cauliflower is off the on list. Or on the off list…