Food! What the heck am I putting in my body? Is the the right combination? Have things changed over the years? And many other questions came to mind. So I reached out to my good friend Sarah Southerton. She told me about histamines and that when you develop too much of it in the body, it can turn into histamine intolerance, which affects how your body functions. It also causes headaches, brain fog, nasal congestion, sinus issues, digestive issues, and much more. Ok well I have a bunch of those issues... We might be onto something. Sarah continued on telling me, how if your histamine levels get too high your body can't break down and detox the histamine properly. Histamines are found in food and in your environment, which I am looking into both, food especially. Key is to keep ones exposure to a minimum, along with allergens, allowing the body to do its detoxing thing. Sarah herself has histamine intolerance and follows a low histamine lifestyle, which she gave me a bunch of tips and I really appreciated it. If you or anyone interested in her help, she's a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach Candidate and is starting a small business to coach people how to heal from histamine intolerance and other chronic illnesses. if interested, let me know I can hook you up with her contact info.
Ok what am I eating? I am eating an avocado a day with spinach, nuts (for snack), and fermented foods. Oh plus, alcohol every weekend, which I would get crazy bad hangovers. All of those are high histamine foods. Maybe I overdid those foods and need to scale back or cut them out all together, similar to what I did with Peanuts years ago. Plus, thinking about traveling I tend to eat what the locals eat, which most of those foods I listed are not apart of their diet, typically. Plus, I use the local spices and buy what is actually in season in that area, how most the world eats/works, only in the US can you buy shit out of season. Ok I might be onto something now.
I know protein and fats have always been my best friend. I don’t really crave sugar and carbs, but will crush a cookie when I see it lol. As for protein, I always stuck to meats, eggs, fish, and nuts. I completely just cut nuts out of my diet. If I have issues with peanuts who’s to say I don’t have an issue with the others. Nuts are a pretty dirty food source when you really look at them, which this kind of sucked because trail-mix (no peanut kind) was my jam on the road and at snack time. But again, most are crazy stupid dirty. So goodbye nuts! Ok fish. I don’t eat a ton of fish because I typically only eat it when traveling (common local food) or fish I caught. Sometimes have some Tuna, wild caught Salmon, or other healthy white fish. Again, not something I eat all the time, even more so these days with microplastic in most fish. Eggs are a double edged sword for me. I can eat them, but not all the time. This is something I tested around the same time as peanuts. Moderation is key, unlike how I used to eat 3 every morning everyday in the past. Let’s look at meat. Ok our house is a grass-feed beef, free range poultry, and wild game (whenever I get my hands on some) household. Quality meat is key to us. Most meat we cook for dinner and I utilized the leftovers on my daily spinach salad, which now I am just cutting the salad part out. Mimic more what I eat when traveling. When I looked back at trip photos, I almost always had meat and veggies for dinner most nights. So why not do that at home? Then, mimic that for lunch too.