Happy New Year everybody!
I hope you had a better January 1st than I did. But judging how my stats are booming these past few days I’d say maybe not.
Of course, it was my own fault that I had a huge New Year’s migraine. What I ate and drank the night before was ridiculous. Even when I was doing it I was thinking I would suffer for it. So instead of turning down that second bowl of chocolate mousse I went ahead and had it because I knew I was already on the road…Wine, salad with blue cheese and balsamic, lasagna with heavy cream sauce…wow could I have eaten anything more destructive to my delicate histamine balance?!
At least I knew what I was doing and knew what the consequences would be. That’s not always the case. For example, one of my students gave me a package of cookies before winter break. I read through the ingredients and thought they’d be fine. They didn’t have additives and looked pretty safe. I’d have two or three with tea in the afternoons over the next week. And pretty soon my hot flashes, which I hadn’t had for months, began to make an ugly appearance in my days and nights.
It wasn’t until a week later, when my hot flashes really got going in earnest, that I started to wonder what I added into my diet that was triggering them.
About that time I was wandering up and down the cookie aisle at Whole Foods when I found the cookies the kid gave me on the shelf. I thought great, these are on my safe list, but I looked again at the ingredients and realized they were made with soy flour. I don’t how I missed it the first time, but it clicked. I don’t ever eat soy because it’s estrogenic. And I was completely sure at that moment that those cookies were causing my flashes. Every day, a little at a time, I dosed myself with a trigger food. And every day my hot flashes increased.
I’m happy to report that within days of not eating those cookies my hot flashes stopped.
So listen, I’m not telling this story to give soy a bad name, as some people do fine on it. I’m telling you this because so many people complain that they can’t figure out what their triggers are. Often times it’s not the thing you eat once in a while, but the thing you’re eating every day. (And even after three years, it still catches me off guard.)
Sure you can eat a New Year’s eve meal like I did and in one sitting tip your entire histamine bucket over all at once, but you are more likely eating or drinking something every day that’s slowly filling that bucket up.
You have to be a private investigator to figure it out. But don’t give up. I did it and I know you can too!
So here’s to an itch free migraine free new year, which I know will never happen for me because I’m always eating or drinking something I shouldn’t. I can’t help it sometimes. Social occasions are the hardest. But I’ll do the best I can and bike ride my migraines away as they happen (which is the topic of my next post by the way.)
Until then my friends hope you all have a great new year!🎉