In more specific terms, here's my assessment of the problem:
- Working too much, so other (real) life needs going unmet (such as CrossFit)
- Getting bitter about low histamine restrictions
- Getting tired of limited options
As a result of the factors above, I'm:
- Snacking instead of eating proper meals (with few well balanced low histamine + paleo options)
- Not working out enough
- Eating out more than usual (which still isn't a whole lot as compared to pre-paleo, but more than necessary due to depleted lunch stocks in the freezer)
- Letting gluten-free crap (i.e. bread, cookies) creep into diet to make up for missed traditional paleo options (a reaction to the bitterness referenced above)
So what am I going to do about it? I've been tossing around a few approaches in my brain:
- Go strict low histamine paleo for 30 days to reset
- Re-prioritize where I use my "willing to take my chances eating this high histamine food" credits (e.g. from chocolate to avocado)
- Revert some meals (e.g. quick dinners, weekend lunches) to regular ol' paleo (e.g. left over meat, tomatoes, bacon, whatever) with the help of a DAO supplement
For the past two days, I've been taking a combo of approaches 2 and 3. I already feel better and eczema-wise, my skin is (knock on wood) in pretty good shape. One of the "indulgences" as I revert back to some of my pre-low histamine paleo foods includes salad (which may actually seem sad). A salad without vinegar of some kind doesn't do a lot for me. That, coupled with the typical histamine-prone salad additions like less-than-fresh meat, tomatoes, avocado, vinegar, bacon, cheese, etc., had reduced my salad eating to periodic treats while eating out (and accompanied by a DAO pill).
|President's Choice makes this delicious lemon-infused extra virgin olive oil. The grape tomatoes are another shouldn't have treat, but I live on the edge sometimes.|
I was intrigued when I recently discovered lemon infused extra virgin olive oil. I wondered if this would give my salad enough taste and liquid, more than I'd get from choking down a green salad with only olive oil to dress it. This oil is simply evoo with lemon extract. I realize citrus is (yet another) item on the histamine hit list, but I figure a bit of lemon extract will surely have less impact on my histamine threshold than a good serving of balsamic vinegar. Well it turns out it absolutely does the trick. It's now worth having salads again. It's now worth buying greens again.
And so, having had enough symptoms of deteriorating health to alert me, I'm getting back on track. For now, I don't have a strict 30 in the plans, but you never know. Now that I know it's the histamine intolerance that's causing my eczema, it's actually harder to go really strict low histamine. Rather, I tend to maintain a small amount of rash that is a price worth paying for the most part.
For those of you in the histamine intolerance camp - how have you managed to regulate your diet in a sustainable way? Or perhaps you are more sensitive than I, where any symptoms are too many symptoms and strict is the only way to go.