Happy New Year. I’m looking forward to 2017. I’m approaching 5 years with this blog. My health isn’t better yet, but I think it would be worse if I hadn’t embarked on this journey with you guys. My resolutions this year: More dancing, more traveling, and more laughing.
I started a low-histamine diet on 12/29, making today Day 4. I’ve been keeping a log of the things I eat and the reactions I have to them. I suppose here is as good a place as any to keep track of my findings. One thing I’ve learned is that triggers for high histamine vary a bit from person to person, so there’s value in figuring out what does and doesn’t work for you personally. Also – and I don’t know if other people have this experience – I notice that some high-histamine foods cause certain symptoms while others cause different symptoms. Like, pork that is leftover from a previous day will make my throat itch, while bacon (even uncured) makes my inner ears itch. Smoked ham makes my girl parts itch while aged cheese makes my face itch. Reliably! Isn’t that interesting? What the hell is going on there? Don’t know…just avoiding all of it at this point. My tongue still swells sometimes too – haven’t figured out the trigger for that yet.
I had a grass-fed steak from Trader Joe’s a couple days ago, thawed from frozen, and it made me feel terrible afterward – itchy, tired, irritable. I had to go lie down and nap. I guess I have no idea how long it was sitting around before it was frozen. When I woke up I had some vanilla Haagen Dasz ice cream, which made me feel great again. Friggen food. The power it has over me is ridiculous. Fortunately I’ve been off work this week so I’ve had time to experiment.
So my approach right now is not to eat low-carb, keto, Paleo, Peaty, or in accordance with any other particular paradigm. It is ONLY to eat low-histamine. Yes, I still have high blood sugar – I’m not dealing with that at the moment, except indirectly by trying to lower overall inflammation via histamine limitation. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see if my blood sugar lowers without changing anything else? Fasting blood glucose was 165 today.
And wouldn’t it be fun if eating a low-histamine whole-food diet resulted in lower physiological stress, lowered cortisol/adrenal/HPA output because of less inflammatory compounds being released into the system? And wouldn’t it be great if that meant less hunger, lowered appetite, weight loss? Lofty goals, but I think it’s possible. Weight today was 207.9 – a few pounds down from my all-time high of 211.1.
Foods I’m currently tolerating with no symptoms: fresh cooked chicken (so far leftover 1 day after cooking is ok), fresh cheese (with no vinegar as an ingredient), commercial broth (organic), cooked vegetables including kale, onions, garlic, mushrooms, carrots; vanilla Haagen Dasz ice cream, egg yolks, white sugar
Foods that clearly cause symptoms (itching, mood disturbance, tachycardia, fatigue): Meat purchased frozen, aged cheese, cheese containing vinegar, chocolate, all smoked/processed meats (even “uncured” and “no nitrates” varieties), avocado, some fresh cooked/purchased meat
Supplements I’m currently taking (I won’t change these for a while)
- Multivitamin – 2x/day – For bioavailable B vitamins and overall health
- Vitamin D (5000IU) – For bones/teeth and overall health
- Vitamin K (1mg) – For bones/teeth and overall health
- Vitamin A (5000IU) – For hormones/bones/teeth and overall health
- CoQ10 (100mg) – For heart health, blood pressure
- Colostrum (5-10g/day) – For gut health
- Potassium (1000mg/day) – For blood pressure, overall health
- Milk Thistle (150mg) – For liver health
- Biotin (5mg) – to address hair loss
- Magnesium Glycinate (600mg) – For overall health
Prescription Medications (for hypertension):
- Hydrocholothiazide (25mg)
- Methyldopa (250mg 3x/day)
It’s possible I’ll be adding a third medication for hypertension, depending on how my blood pressure looks over the next few days. To manage blood pressure I’m taking additional potassium and using no added salt. Current blood pressure is 139/88 on the above meds, 4 days after stopping Irbesartan. It’s been hard for me to get enough potassium after eliminating histamine-causing foods like avocado, tomato juice, and OJ. I’ve resorted to supplementation for now.