Well, the saga continues. I'm heading into my third almond-free week and still no great signs of progress. In fact, below is what I woke up to yesterday morning:
|"Was she beat up in an alley?" you might wonder. Puffy, red patches over my face/eyes, ever-creeping eczema on my right hand.|
When you think about it, this would make sense. I've always had allergies to a certain degree, which were usually triggered by exposure to animals. Red, puffy patches on my face would happen the odd other times, I'd wake up from time to time with a puffier face, with red blotches and the like. Maybe a bit itchy here and there, but in a very temporary way. In hindsight, this reaction likely followed an evening with red wine, chocolate, or other high histamine foods. Since going paleo, I've increased my intake of meat (of course), which is often leftover = high histamine. I've also had my share of other high histamine foods like dried apricots, tomato (in its various forms), spinach, and raw egg whites.
I have mixed feelings about all this. I've been singing the praises of a paleo diet, and yet it's actually made me pretty miserable at times. Sure, my energy level has been great, I've lost weight, I'm doing well at the gym (my original motivation), but this skin business is making me crazy. Had I never turned paleo, would I not have "overflowed" my histamine bucket (if this is indeed the case)? On the other hand, maybe this has been the wake-up call I needed to improve my allergy symptoms for good. We shall see.
So my challenge now is to figure out how to eat a low-histamine diet, paleo edition. Ugh. I was pleased, though, to find blogger, That Paleo Guy, has written about this very subject. I'll keep you posted on how it goes...