What is the stupidest thing you’ve done in a while? For me, it was eating a bunch of greasy french fries at a restaurant last night.
Now, I’ve been able to venture off my safe foods list for quite some time, but what a lesson I’ve learned venturing so far off that I fell off a cliff! I went to bed at 9:15pm with such an upset stomach, and I woke up in a sweat. I still feel awful (it’s 9:30 the next morning). I haven”t eaten anything and have only had white tea. And my body is running hot like my thermostat is stuck! Even when I went to put my rings on this morning, my fingers were swollen. Oh geez, the inflammation…
So after not having hot flashes for months, I am stuck this morning in a perpetual hot flash.
Why am I advertising my less than brilliant culinary decision? Because I want to warn you that as you heal and get this histamine monster under control, foods still have the ability, even in one sitting, to affect the harmony of your system.
I don’t know if it is an overload of omega 6, something I have spoken about at length in earlier posts, or just the inability to digest that grease, but my body is very unhappy with me and is showing it by exhibiting signs of a major inflammatory response.
I am hoping to one day want to eat again…but I can tell you with certainty, the next time I look a plate of french fries in the eye, I’ll remember how badly I’m feeling now and hopefully pass them up. Food aversions are a very strong type of aversion, and once people get sick off of a food they are likely to never touch that food again.
That’s also something I worried about having histamine intolerance. Would I have an aversion to certain foods? Basically, the answer is yes, but to only a very few foods. I am still very wary of spinach. I remember the itch that would inflame my arms and I still can’t bring myself to buy a bag. I’ve had it when it’s been in a salad at a friend’s house, but that’s about it. I’m too afraid to try to put it in my smoothies like I used to.
I’m also still afraid of chocolate. My worst reactions were to chocolate and aged cheese, and although I have eaten blue cheese, I haven’t really eaten chocolate again. And I’m about to abandon blue cheese because I think I’ve had mild reactions to it recently. I have to be careful with avocado and still won’t try to eat cauliflower. But I’ve been able to eat pretty much any other whole food I like. I don’t eat junk food, however. (Although those french fries do qualify as junk food I think)
I really worry that intolerant people will develop weird relationships with food, although so many of us want to eat normally again, I think that once a healthy food is re-introduced and there is no reaction, this issue resolves itself.
Anyway, I started this post hours ago, and since then, my stomach has settled, the eternal hot flash stopped, and the swelling that prevented my rings from spinning on my fingers has gone down. I feel as though I’m hungover though…
So listen. Be careful out there. No matter what you can eat, eat healthfully. Don’t fall off the healthy food wagon!
Edit: I forgot to mention beer. I used to love a dark rich beer every now and again. But when I see a bottle, I can practically feel the hives breaking out on my thighs…so tearfully I must bid farewell to the blessed brew.