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Food Issues

February 5, 2016

so…been trying to get a handle on my food issues. It is looking very likely I have some form of histamine intolerance (HIT). I’m mostly writing this here to try and make some sense of things…ok and maybe to rant a little in my panic.  You’ll see why eating has become…difficult/stress-inducing of late.

The way I’ve seen it described is your gut is a bucket with a hole in the bottom.  There is a hose attached to the side of the bucket that is your body’s production of histamine.  If the bucket gets too low/blocked (say by antihistamines for a long period of time), it produces more but otherwise it is a pretty steady stream into the bucket.  You also put histamine into the bucket by what you eat and some foods, while they don’t have histamine, do cause an increase of histamines released.  Stress agitates the bucket causing it to slosh.

The best way to manage the system is to not let the bucket get too full of histamine so that it overflows or sloshes out.  This means eating nutritious, low-histamine foods (think using teaspoons to fill the bucket) with the occasional foray into nutritious, high histamine foods (cups or pitchers to fill the bucket).  There is no test to measure the volume that will fill your bucket and everyone’s reactions to foods differ so there are only guidelines and not hard and fast rules.  There are also many other reactions that go on in your body that are only vaguely understood which can help or hinder the process.  Not to mention that stress makes everything worse (slosh)

I found an app that is helpful in identifying potentially problem foods.  The biggies to avoid for me seem to be the histamine releasers or liberators.  The foods that I have the biggest issues with:  eggs (the whites), bananas, pineapples, etc. are all on the HIT list (or one of them as there are a bunch and rarely agree completely) of do not eat.

What is more troublesome and stressful (slosh, slosh) is some of the foods on the HIT no-no list such as tomato, soy sauce, most vinegars, alcohol, citrus, curry, aged cheeses…my favorite foods are BBQ, Mexican, Indian…all which contain most of these no-nos.  The lists are not exact because a lot of it is the individual (requiring trial and error) and how the food was handled and what chemicals (preservatives and such) are in it.  (slosh, slosh, slosh).

Mealtimes/cooking has gone from enjoyable to stress causing…what to fix, what can I eat, what substitution that will taste right, etc.  and since I’m not living on my own, my family is stuck putting up with a good part of this.  I can’t even talk about the potential problems with eating out.  (SLOSH)

So what are my physical symptoms?  Stomach aches, gas, soft stool to diarrhea…possibly some of the anxiety attacks that I’ve had…to who knows what else.  Not even sure if all of the stomach aches are HIT related or if there is also a fiber issue.

So yeah…that’s what I’ve been doing…every time I get hungry and sometimes between those times trying to figure things out.  Add in life, work, family, mental and physical requirements and insomnia.  I exhausted…and frazzled.

Deck Interview: Chrysalis Tarot

January 20, 2016

I’ve been eyeballing this deck for a long time and finally broke down and got it with my holiday money.  I don’t think there is a single card that I don’t like the artwork (well OK, maybe Kali for the Tower but that maybe because I find her…disturbing, not because of the artwork) which is rather unusual for my picky eye.  As I do with all of my new decks, I used the deck interview spread (plus a few more cards) to get a feel of this deck. Read more…

Year Goals

January 3, 2016
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So my goals for 2015 were to read 50 books and stitch an hour a week on my son’s birth chart.

I officially read 49 books.  This did not include the numerous short stories that I read to my son over the holidays.  I only failed in reading enough of non-fiction.  So overall I am satisfied with this result.

My other goal, I failed big time.  I love this chart and am unsure why I sometimes cannot bring myself to work on it.  However, I did get in more stitching this year and so overall consider it a win even if I didn’t get more done on this specific project.  I have several projects I’m itching to design and start but I need to continue to tie up my crafting loose ends before I do so.

So my goals for 2016:

  • read another 50 books without mandating type though I will stipulate that 3/4s of them need to come off my to-be-read bookcase.  This I will keep track of through Goodreads.
  • continue with my stitching.  Not sure if I will keep track by project or time.  I’m 2 motifs behind where I want to be on my sampler (well more like 1.5), I didn’t get me a holiday ornament finish, and as I said earlier I have some things I want to design and stitch.  The first one is a small slightly cartoony Isis for a travel altar.  The second is a larger piece again for Isis.  Along with this is all the other crafting I want/need to do.
  • I need to do more writing.  I have one story partially written, a couple children’s books that needs illustrators, the blog on Witches and Pagans that I need to write for more frequently and several ideas for tales.
  • I want to focus more on my divination skills.  I have been refusing to buy new decks for a while now.  Partially because I have two sitting on my desk that I haven’t done much with (and several others I haven’t touched in YEARS).  One, Sol Invictus, I hate the artwork.  I will need to trade it. The other is Mary-El.  I had high hopes for this deck but I have found it extremely challenging to use.  I need to figure out whether I want to continue to beat my head or trade it.  There are two decks I’ve been eyeballing.  One of which I REALLY want but I’m not sure I’ll be able to read with (Wild Unknown) and the other I purchased (Chrysalis) along with a book on court cards.  I have real issues with court cards.  So my goal is to work more with the cards but I haven’t decided a method yet.  Need to settle on that soon.  Maybe new moon posts, since new moons are, for me, are about internal work more than goddess work like at the full.  Also not sure if I want to work with one deck only or rotate.  Working with one would get me a solid base but working with multiple would stretch me more…not sure which is better.
  • My internal goal is to work more on being and accepting me and worrying less about pleasing others.  I really put so much effort and hopes into the holiday season, that I frazzled myself to the point that I just wanted the whole thing over with.  Along with this is strengthening my relationship with my husband.  His own health and mental issues have really caused issues for us as a couple.  I need to help him address this without losing sight of us or my own needs.  I need to find a better way to deal with my child and the anger and frustration that his actions cause me.  I keep losing sight of the fact that it isn’t about me, that I shouldn’t take his behavior personally.  It is about him learning and growing, often the hard way. If I can take that out of the equation, things may go a bit smoother for me.  I also want to get myself back into exercising regularly.  I hate to exercise I really do but I need the better mental outlook that it can give me.

Daily Happenings: 12/20 – 12-26

January 2, 2016

What you see on my blog is a meager slice of my life.  I find writing cathartic and so do a lot of ranting  and whining, especially in these Daily Happenings posts.  Rants by definition are not based on logic.  Writing down my rants helps me to clean out the ol’ brain pan so that I can find a solution to whatever is bothering me at the moment. Read more…

Daily Happenings: 12/13 – 12/19

December 21, 2015

What you see on my blog is a meager slice of my life.  I find writing cathartic and so do a lot of ranting  and whining, especially in these Daily Happenings posts.  Rants by definition are not based on logic.  Writing down my rants helps me to clean out the ol’ brain pan so that I can find a solution to whatever is bothering me at the moment. Read more…

Daily Happens: 12/6 – 12/12

December 14, 2015

What you see on my blog is a meager slice of my life.  I find writing cathartic and so do a lot of ranting  and whining, especially in these Daily Happenings posts.  Rants by definition are not based on logic.  Writing down my rants helps me to clean out the ol’ brain pan so that I can find a solution to whatever is bothering me at the moment. Read more…

Daily Happenings: 11/29 – 12/5

December 6, 2015

What you see on my blog is a meager slice of my life.  I find writing cathartic and so do a lot of ranting  and whining, especially in these Daily Happenings posts.  Rants by definition are not based on logic.  Writing down my rants helps me to clean out the ol’ brain pan so that I can find a solution to whatever is bothering me at the moment. Read more…

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