Good morning! I trust you have your coffee or tea and are all ready to go. I have mine, but I have to make a confession. Instead of a quad shot latte, today I have a triple. And it’s the only caffeine I will have all day. I’ll tell you why in a moment!
Today, I’m tackling the topic of personal renovation! Woohoo! Making life better! Over the past week I’ve had several major reactions — due to a number of factors — and I’m just tired of it. I’ve decided it’s time to do whatever I need to in order to rebuild my immune system. Now, chances are the histamine intolerance is here to stay. My doctor has told me don’t count on it going away. But…I can lessen the effects to a degree. It all depends on what I’m willing to do.
Issue: Coffee/Caffeine. Coffee and caffeine are major inflammation triggers, and my inflammation marker is terribly high, thanks to the histamine intolerance and other issues. I’ve been trying to curb it in a number of ways, but I’ve been resisting cutting down my caffeine until now.
Solution: I’m cutting down on my caffeine. Last year, I cut down from eight shots of espresso per day to four-six. Now, I plan on keeping to two or three shots a day, and none after noon. I am allowing myself to stay at two to three shots a day, preferably two, for now because I love my morning latte and when I’ve cut out coffee altogether before, I’ve been a very sad Yasmine. I figure I can make the decision to go all the way later, after I’m used to the lower amount.
Added Solution: I’ve decided to start drinking herbal tisanes (the proper name for ‘herbal tea’) again. I can still drink raspberry, rose hip, hibiscus, and peppermint tisanes as long as they don’t have any fillers in them. (Note: a number of brands use orange peel as a filler. I’m allergic to oranges. And before anybody asks, I cannot drink black or green or white tea of any sort. Not only does it release histamine into the body which triggers reactions, but it also makes me terribly sick).
As an added incentive, I am buying a new teapot. (For those who don’t know, I collect teapots and china, as well as daggers, fairy figurines, and crystals). This is a picture of the one I’m buying–a Portmeirion Pomona brand.
Issue: Not Enough Sleep. Lack of sleep causes inflammation, too. Now, I used to have horrible insomnia just…because. Now, my sleep is interrupted by the reactions and histamine dumps that happen during the night, which are in turn exacerbated by…you got it, a lack of sleep. Last night I actually slept 9 ½ hours, which I desperately needed. But it’s rare for me to get more than six hours a night if I’m lucky.
Solution: I’m going to start turning off the computer at 8 PM, and meditating right before I go to bed. I’m also going to ease my bedtime back to ten thirty. For a while I was going to bed by that time and it started to work really well, but then I let it creep up again. I find that my best sleep comes before midnight, especially when I have to get up at 7 AM.
Issue: Need more vegetables. There are a number of vegetables that tear up my stomach, yet I’m not allergic to them. Mostly cruciferous vegetables.
Solution: I bought a juicer and I’m going to start drinking an ounce or two of vegetable juice at a time throughout the day. I figure this will also allow me to add flavor into soups when I make them, since I cannot have long simmering broths.
I’m cooking more balanced meals. My husband and I can’t eat a lot of carbohydrates—simple or complex, however, we’ve raised our limits enough for me to sneak in a sweet potato here or a little bit of rice there so that our meals feel more like an actual meal instead of just being a piece of meat (which we love, and which is good for us, but gets old). I also bought three lovely enamel colanders in which to keep vegetables. I really do love my kitchen, and the more inviting it is, the more likely I am to really cook a full meal instead of just foraging. Because with histamine intolerance, I need to be creative.
So, yes, I’m on a personal renovation kick. I’ve made a lot of changes over the past few years that have helped me immensely. Now I’m just taking it a little bit further.
Are there any health habits that you want to employ into your life? I urge you to start now. Don’t wait until your back is against the wall. You don’t have to start big. Baby steps are quite often the best way to go. So tell me, what are you going to do for you?