I was doing so well on my ‘low histamine’ diet that last year I decided to re-introduce some foods I’d been avoiding – you can read all about it here. Initially they seemed to be having no effect on my histamine load whatsoever and I was all smug, but as time went on my histamine bucket began to fill up. After about 5 months my body was definitely not happy and I was having some symptoms I’d forgotten existed, like pins and needles in my bowel after eating, having to get up in the night to pee, insomnia and hay fever symptoms.
Here’s the thing about Mast Cell Disease though – it’s easy to say “it’s my MCAD playing up because I’m eating x, y or z again” and in some respects this turned out to be the case, but in others not. My best mate doesn’t have MCAD but she does get hay fever really badly and at Christmas she told me her hay fever had gone berserk, as had a friend of hers. December is the middle of winter here in the UK and it’s been freezing. There’s no way on earth there should be any pollen around, but our symptoms seem to say otherwise! I live surrounded by woodland and am truly allergic to some tree pollens, so we can only assume spring will come early this year.
My hormones have also been seriously out of whack in recent months and from reading menopause forums even healthy women can develop allergy symptoms during this time in their lives along with pain and insomnia. So how much of my symptoms are down to my hormones, rather than what I’m eating, is impossible to tell.
My EDS has also gone absolutely nuts and the inflammation from that isn’t doing my body any favours.
Having said all that I just had a sneaking suspicion that all the chocolate I was eating wasn’t helping the situation so I cut it out. And I definitely feel my histamine levels have dropped as a result. I still have no reaction at all to baker’s yeast in normal bread, lemon juice and store bought mayonnaise so am continuing to include those in my diet which makes eating lunch out a shed load easier.
If I could re-introduce one food it would be tinned chopped tomatoes. As a vegetarian tomatoes are in everything and, dammit, they taste good! I substitute tomatoes for my home made red pepper sauce in recipes and this has worked great, but I spend an awful lot of my time and energy making the sauce and it would revolutionize my life to not have to do that. So I’m toying with the idea of re-introducing tomatoes and seeing how I get on. I’m not sure now is the best time, however, with hay fever season approaching and my hormones so out of whack, so I’ll let you know what I decide.
I forgot to tell you all that over Christmas I found some delicious mints with allowed ingredients. Bassetts Mint Creams contain sugar, glucose syrup, water and mint flavouring and are available from Sainsburys, Morrisons, ASDA and Ocado and are suitable for vegetarians. No more having to faff about making my own mint fondants when I fancy a special treat 🙂