Well I’m back from a ten day trip to Europe. I had truly an amazing time and am still quite jet lagged from the whole adventure. I don’t want to make this post a travel blog, but I will give you a snippet of what I did and where I went to give you an idea of what I put my body through and how well it did.
I left Miami and landed in Paris. I took my bags straight to the Louvre and spent the day. That night, I caught a sleeper train to Florence. I spent four nights there, and then hopped another sleeper back to Paris and then straight through customs and onto the Eurostar to start a five day jaunt through London, and then I took the nine hour flight back to Miami at the end of it all. I woke up at eight every morning and was out the door by nine, wandering the streets of the cities looking at art, going to museums and eating whatever I wanted. I’d finally fall into bed around ten, where in London it’s actually still light out.
So how’d I do with my histamine intolerant self? Really rather well, I must say. I didn’t even start to have any kind of itch or histamine issue until about two days before I was about to come home. And even then, I don’t think it was food related.
In Florence, I had a beautiful suite with a bathtub, but in London I had a tiny little shower. After being on trains for 14 hours to get to London from Florence, the first thing I wanted to do was take a shower. And I had only taken baths for months, so when the water hit me it felt so good I didn’t want to stop. I was fine after that one, but I think over the course of the next few days, my legs started to react to the hot water because I was starting to get hives in the middle of the night on my thighs, where I’d typically break out from hot showers in the past.
So I think the hot showers definitely had a negative impact. But I also think my lack of supplementing with olive oil was also a factor. I had all my other supplements with me and took them relatively regularly. But the additional olive oil I supplement with was definitely missing from my routine. Once I got home, my hives were under control within a day or two.
Why is this important? Well, because I want to amend something about the vocabulary I’ve used in the past. I’ve referred to myself as healed from histamine intolerance, but I think this isn’t correct. I think I am still intolerant. I think it is that I am in control of my histamine intolerance. I’m not convinced that you can heal it permanently as much as you can control it. Which is an interesting distinction in my mind because that means I will be ever vigilant in how I move through life.
But this also means that you can be a person who suffered from a bad case of histamine intolerance and then over time control it enough to live normally and take a chance on crossing the pond and having an amazing, itch-free time of it.
So there you have it in a nutshell. One fabulous vacation and plans for lots more! I hope you’ve all been improving and getting your histamine intolerance under control. I’m here to tell you it’s doable.