As usual, I am behind on my posts. We just moved into a new house, but more on that later.
Although my tests for mast cell activation disorder (MCAD) came back normal, my POTS doctor still thinks I might have MCAD because (1) I do exhibit typical histamine responses which (2) respond well to the cromolyn, H1 & H2 blocker treatment. If it wasn’t for cromolyn, I would never eat.
Despite responding well to MCAD treatment, my blood pressure has been high recently. My doctor suggested that I might also benefit from a low-histamine diet. I have been blessed with good genes and have never really had to go on a diet. I lost a lot of weight about 10 years ago just before I was diagnosed with a mild case of gastroparesis. To gain back some weight, I went on the “ice cream diet”, but I’m pretty sure that’s not an actual thing.
I’ve watched as others subscribed to fad diets, downed mass quantities of cabbage soup or urinated on strips to check their ketones. Certainly I have never wished to have a few extra pounds that would necessitate such behaviour, but I have always been slightly envious of the camaraderie some women develop when discussing counting points, or losing those last few pounds. Dieting sucks, no doubt, but the subculture of dieters has always seemed very welcoming, and I admit to occasionally wishing I held membership in such a club. Trying the low-histamine diet recommended by my doctor didn’t sound too bad.
In people with mast cell disorders, certain triggers can cause mast cells to become overactive and dump high quantities of histamine, prostaglandins, and leukotriene. Triggers include:
- hot/cold temperature changes
- perfumes or other strong fragrances
- chemicals or additives (including household chemicals and food additives such as MSG and aspartame)
- some medications
- certain foods
I glanced at the list of “no go” foods provided by my doctor. Seemed simple enough. I have a banana-spinach smoothie for breakfast every morning, so as long as that isn’t on the list, I figured it would be a piece of cake.
Okay, no big deal. I don’t need to eat breakfast. But I AM a woman, so as long as I can have the occasional piece of chocolate, I’ll be fine.
Whatevs, chocolate is overrated anyway. But, I live with an Asian man, and we eat lots of sushi, so there’s no way I can give that up.
Crap. I’m a southwestern gal, and we love our tacos, and avocado is like the official food of the state of California, so I’ll just load up on chips and guac.
Well, shit. You know what, that’s fine. I don’t need to eat, anyway. I’ll just get really drunk all the time.
I’ve been on the diet for about a month now. My blood pressure is lower, and a few other symptoms have improved, but there’s also something to be said for having higher blood pressure and being really drunk.
I’m just sayin’.
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf
Smell ya later.