Good morning. I’ll wait here for you to get you coffee, or your tea, and then we’ll start.
So, today we’re going to chat about focusing on what your body needs instead of what you’d rather do. And I’m going to talk about myself, because I really can’t tell you what’s best for you.
My body is on overload. Pollen season is at a high. In fact, the other day it was raining pollen. You could see it drifting down in a fine mist. My throat and lungs have been compromised, and my histamine intolerance is on overdrive. I’ve gone through a lot of Benadryl lately. Since I can’t stop the pollen, the best I can do is to lessen the histamine and allergen load in my diet, and to calm my stress as much as possible.
I finally sat down and took a long look at what my diet would be like if I took out everything that triggers my histamine intolerance, my food allergies, the fructose malabsorption, and the type II diabetes.
Believe me, it wasn’t a comforting discovery. If I stick to the foods that are safest for my body, my diet ends up being: romaine lettuce, winter squash, fresh meat and poultry, sugar free gelatin, and coconut milk. With an occasional apple thrown in. And, of course, my coffee—that’s my one concession.
Well, I stared at that list, thinking of the juggling it will require to take to make sure I get enough to eat, and I almost broke down and said “Forget it. I’ll just deal with the constant reactions during this time period.”
Then, I decided that was incredibly stupid. If there’s any way I can mitigate some of these reactions and feel better, I need to do it. I need to pull up my big girl panties, embrace the reality of my life, and focus on making my health the priority. That’s what this year is all about for me, really: revitalizing my health so that my career doesn’t suffer and so that the rest of my life doesn’t suffer.
So, yeah. that’s what I’m going to do. I’m giving myself an out on the day of our renewal of vows—which is coming this coming weekend.
But otherwise? I will spend at least 3 to 4 weeks eating this very regimented diet in order to calm down my reactions as much as possible. After that, I plan on adding in foods very slowly. That has been my downfall in a number of elimination diets I’ve done. I get impatient and add too many foods too quickly, so I couldn’t tell what triggered me.
I’ve vowed to myself that I will not look at this as a punishment. Because, truth is, it may feel like it, but really? Nope. The frailties of our bodies, the vagaries of histamine intolerance and food allergies and other conditions—these are not punishments. They’re the result of a faulty genetic mechanism, or for some conditions, an accident. Yes, it’s unfair. No, it’s not fun. But it is what it is, and everybody has to deal with their own issues.
So much depends on attitude. How you approach whatever issue you have makes a world of difference. Just because you have a serious condition, doesn’t mean you can’t look at things with a positive perspective. I have a friend who need a lung transplant, I have a friend who has cancer, I have a husband with a serious disability. They all pursue their lives without falling into victimhood, without blaming their disabilities for everything. There are hard days and there are easy days, but that’s true for everybody.
So, I have decided to look at the positives of this basic diet, instead of the negative. And I will carve out a couple days a month where I can have a little something extra. And by doing this, I am committed to work toward my best health possible.
So, in the spirit of removing ourselves from “victim” status and focusing on the positive, what are some areas in your life where you need to change your perception? How can you redefine what you need in order to make it a positive, rather than a negative?