It seems appropriate that my blog reached the 100,000 view milestone today.
Two years ago this week I was unfortunately introduced with the idea of histamine intolerance by way of insomnia, hot flashes, itching, peeing, and whatever else I was suffering with that escapes me at this moment. It would be another month before I figured out that this constellation of symptoms was related to the histamine in foods.
After a year and a half of reading what others share with me about their years of torment, I was obviously quite lucky to figure it out so quickly.
Thanks to literally hours and hours of research, it took only a few months of an elimination diet and supplements to get myself all under control, and by six months I was reintroducing foods back into my diet and taking a trip to Europe with just a handful of supplements and no food diary or restrictions.
I did have a few setbacks, and even now still break out in a hive every once in a while or have a bout of hot flashes to remind me that this is a lifetime issue that needs to be addressed so I don’t slide backwards into the horror that was that first month.
I am now quite sure the end of my periods triggered the intolerance. The itching started the day after I had my last regular period. I had only one or two other periods, not counting several phantom periods, since the itching started. And all of the research I’ve done since backs up my theory.
This blog started out as purely a way to get the word out to women who might not have thought about it otherwise, that their itching was and is directly linked to perimenopause and menopause. I was lucky to see the relationship between food and histamine and see the correlation between histamine and menopause. I spotted the clues on the trail, and along the way I healed.
Even more importantly, I wanted women to know they were not crazy. That was one of the most overwhelming thoughts in my head at the beginning. I have an itch but I have no hives. Why do I itch? I must be mad…
I’ve worked for about a year and a half now trying to get the word out about controlling menopausal symptoms with food. I do not have hot flashes except for the occasional one when I have a drink or eat white potatoes, I do not itch, I do not have insomnia, I do not have the urge to pee constantly…these things only come about when I stop eating properly and eat junk food, which I must say I haven’t been doing lately because feeling good really does outweigh feeling like crap.
I’ve established a closed Facebook group where women can chat without the whole world knowing their business, and have become friends with the Low Histamine Chef whom I admire greatly and who endorsed my blog one day on her own Facebook page, sending my stats through the roof that day I might add.
The journey through to menopause has been an interesting one. What I’ve learned is that it doesn’t need to be the horror the media makes it out to be. You do not need to take hormones to control symptoms, and you do not need to think of yourself as someone other than a person who’s body is changing naturally with age. It’s the natural transition from being able to make babies to not being able to make babies.
And what it seems to me, as I enter this new phase, is that your mind calms right along with your body. When your body stops thinking about procreating, your mind opens to all the other possibilities. If you do the research, you’ll find many women in their fifties and sixties, even up into their eighties and nineties who come into their power as creators not as mothers, but as artists and writers and poets.
I see this in myself now; as if I am having my own renaissance. And it is exhilarating.
Two years ago I thought I’d never reach this point; attaining some kind of peace while feeling as if my body and mind were battling me. But today I can say I finally feel at peace. And though I cannot tell you if this is a lasting peace, I can tell you I will revel in it while it’s here.
Here’s hoping you find peace too sisters.