How to Survive Fall with Histamine Intolerance and MCAS

Ahhh I love fall- the changing of the leaves and crisp breeze ( well in my dreams anyways-here in the Carolinas the heat can linger a bit longer). I love all of the fall sports (even though I , myself am not a sports fan- my husband lights up the house with his hooting and hollering when his team wins or loses every year-its tradition. I love all of the holidays that come with fall- As I write this I have already pulled out my decorations.
I used to love so many other things too- like the coffee with the thick pumpkin spice creamer and all the fall scented candles or plug ins. Fall didn’t seem the same without going to my favorite coffee shop and grabbing that first cup of the season even if it was still warm outside. I loved going to the mall and going into that store and grabbing a bunch of those scented candles to put in my kitchen and bath


Often times those like me with HIIT and MCAS cannot tolerate the ingredients in the coffee creamers- or even the coffee itself, and as far as the candles  and plug ins go= there is a whole lot of reasons why none of us should be using most of the ones sold. SO with that all being said what is a girl (or guy) to do that loves fall.


I think what I enjoy most about my coffee in the fall is I love having a nice warm drink in my hands. 
So there are a couple of ideas for substitutes-MIND YOU- the tricky thing about HIIT and MCAS is that each of our bodies is so different and as result we can all react to different ingredients. So my substitutes may or may not work for you- I always suggest trying just a teeny bit if you are like me and react to foods.
Ideas to Survive Pumpkin Spice Season
Try a tea
Now I know-I know- if you love coffee like me-the thought of replacing with a tea is like "whaaa" but hear me out!
  Rooibos Tea- This is a tea great for us because it contains the antioxidant quercetin which is known to help combat histamine- read more about it here- http://bit.ly/2w6tTJ6

  Moringa Tea-

Moringa has been shown to inhibit 72% of all histamines released, making it almost as effective as the antihistamine eye medication, Ketotifen. Moringa is also high in the bioflavonoid Kaempferol, which has been shown in studies to prevent histamine release from mast cells. Moringa tea often comes in the form of a powder from the ground leaves. It pairs well with green tea, lemongrass, lemon zest, and coconut milk. You can even make a Moringa Latte: INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Tbsp Moringa tea powder
  • 8-10 ounces dairy-free milk
  • Sweetener to taste
Now if you are one of the lucky ones to tolerate coffee- I admit I am jealous haha!
Make your own creamer

It is often the added ingredients in that yummy pumpkin spice that causes a reaction. An option is to make your own creamer. Of course you want to tweak these ideas to ingredients you tolerate. Luckily I can tolerate coconut milk and oat milk but almond milk is a no for me personally.























 

Ditch the Candles and Plug ins altogether

 Trust me it will be a great decision for you and your entire family. Here is an article on the dangers hidden in these products.  Dangers of Candles

Getting rid of synthetic ingredients in the home is beneficial for all the reasons mentions in the article above but like with food allergies we are all so different- Some react highly to any and all scents no matter how natural and clean they are.  Instead of lighting a candle that emits a smoke- it is better to diffuse using an ultrasonic diffuser. I would only use pure essential oils where you know where the oil is sourced. I would also only use 1 or 2 drops if it is the first time using a particular oil. Often people think they are reacting to a particular oil because they are using one that is not truly pure. It is of vital importance to know the source. I have a great source I love and trust and if you want more information on that and an exclusive coupon code reply back and be sure to include the fact that you are a fellow HIIT'er or MAST'ER.

If you love learning about DIY's in action be sure to register for my free Cozy Virtual Fall Workshop where I will be going over a lot of these tips and more. Register Here

Living with Chronic Illness in the Midst of a Pandemic

Having chronic illness presents unique daily challenges. One day I can feel great and the next week it can be hard to want to do anything. The unpredictable nature makes it tough to truly make plans because I just never know exactly how I am going to feel. Like many others in my situation I usually just push through and do the best I can each and every day and rest on my days off.

When the pandemic began I have to admit I was afraid. Being an immunocompromised healthcare worker that worked in a walk in clinic was terrifying. The media was not helping things at all-every channel I turned too seemed to be announcing doomsday.

Not only was I afraid , many around me were either scared or angry. Emotions have definitely been on edge and being a provider people were sharing  those concerns with me daily.

I have always considered myself overly compassionate and empathetic. So experiencing my own concerns along with those I came in contact with was definitely tough. 

Stress is a trigger for my own illnesses and during this time I have had a worsening of symptoms. Self-care had to be a priority. 

I would like to share some things I have found helpful to my healing during this time in hopes it may help you as well.


Turn OFF the news- I do not think I have to explain why I recommend you just turn off the news at this time. I will just leave you with the thought if it doesn’t promote joy or peace or calm then change the channel.

Speaking of TV-lately I have chosen shows and movies that promote calm. I say this as a person that usually chooses crime shows or action films-but during this time I have watched shows you would find on the Hallmark Channel. You know shows that would give you the ‘warm and fuzzies”.

Rest- before the pandemic life was so rushed. The one thing this pandemic as allowed me to do is appreciate the ability to slow down and rest when I need to. Listening to your body is so important

Express your cares and concerns- I know for me it was very hurtful to hear from people I knew statements like “ Well the virus is really only deadly to those that are old or that have some underlying condition” totally forgetting that they are speaking about me when they are so nonchalantly stating that. 

Find your Joy-During this time I discovered just how much I love my puppy, Luna. She has been such a JOY to me and so therapeutic. I have also enjoyed gardening at a local community garden. Music has always been a love- I discovered a new artist during this time that I just love love love! 
Find your joy.

Grounding- I love to diffuse oils and listen to music to quiet my mind. Other times I love to kick of my shoes and walk around in my barefoot in my backyard while looking at the beautiful trees. Yet other times I like to listen to others using their singing bowls ( I have one and am still learning how to use it) It’s important to take time and quiet your mind from those racing thoughts.
These are just a few tips of things I have done to manage during this crazy and beautiful and chaotic time. Just know that this too shall pass!

Highs and Lows

This week’s song is “Highs and Lows” By Hillsong Young and Free.

Sometimes life is not going to go as planned- we are going to have times of great joys and great sorrow. I love that no matter what- we can stand on the promise that our Abba father will be with us.  May this song bless you no matter what you are facing today.



Highs and Lows by Hillsong Young and Free

When it feels like the dark

Lingers longer than the night

When the shadows feel like giants

Are You chasing me down?

Tell me where could I run

From Your light, where could I hide

Hemmed within Your precious thoughts

There's no hiding from Your love

Highs and lows

Lord, You're with me either way it goes

Should I rise or should I fall?

Even so

Lord, Your mercy is an even flow

You're too good to let me go

Should I dance on the heights

Or make my bed among the depths

Your mercy waits at every end

Like You planned it from the start

Should the dawn come with wings

Or find me far-side of the sea

There Your hand still fastens me

Ever closer to Your heart, oh

Highs and lows

Lord, You're with me either way it goes

Should I rise or should I fall?

Even so

Lord, Your mercy is an even flow

Should I rise or should I fall?

You are faithful through it all

You're too good to let me go

Highs and lows

You surround me either way it goes

Should I rise or should I fall?

Lord, You're with me through it all, oh

Highs and lows

In the rhythms of Your grace I know

Should I rise or should I fall?

You are faithful through it all

And You're too good to let me go

You are not Sick you are Thirsty

You are not Sick you are Thirsty

When I ask my patients if they are drinking enough water- the answer from all of them is almost always yes. They say things like “I drink all day” when in reality most of us do not get enough water at all.    

    

The general consensus is that most healthy adults need to drink half of their weight in ounces every day or at least 64 ounces.     

    

Now I myself struggle BIG TIME with this!  I have to literally remind myself daily to drink which sounds so silly right?     

    

I was like everyone else who thought drinking coffee and beverages other than water was acceptable- what I didn’t realize is a lot of these beverages were having the exact opposite effect- instead of hydrating my body they were dehydrating my body and giving me a false sense of accomplishment in what I’ve drunk for the day.    


Chronic dehydration can have a devastating and cumulative affect on the body. I love how Dr. Tim O'Shea breaks it down in this article and usually have my own patients read it. Hydration and Dehydration this article really does a great job explaining how the body absorbs water and why it takes so long to notice a difference.


Another important point I want to mention is I think it is imperative that you pay attention to the type of water and quality of water that you are drinking. It defeats the purpose if you are hydrating your body with water full of the yuck! Most of us are drinking water that violates U.S health standards. I recommend using a water filter- I love the Berkey Water filters!



Let Go



The song this week is the acoustic version of “Let Go” by Hillsong Young and Free.  

Surrender is such a hard thing to do. I know I , myself am a type A personality and like to be in control. I just like things to go how I planned. Learned early in life that- that is not always going to happen. I love how this song is just another wonderful reminder that we having a loving Father that hears our cries- we just need to let go. May it Bless you today.



Let Go by Hillsong Young and Free


I close my eyes and colors fly

There's no hiding from Your grace

I can't deny Your heart for mine

And its unrelenting chase

I was on the edge of deception

Caught up in my own hesitation

Until Your love took over me

So I let go and I let love

Show me life like it's supposed to be

An oasis here awaits us

All the freedom I'll ever need

Now I'm alive

Oh-la-la, oh-la-la

When I let go then I found life

Oh-la-la, oh-la-la

When I let go then I found life

When I let go then I found life

The higher way is calling me

To a life unlike before

The Father's heart is beckoning

And I can't resist no more

Lead me in the ways of devotion

I don't wanna get caught in the motions

My heart is only for You, Lord

So I let go and I let love

Show me life like it's supposed to be

An oasis here awaits us

All the freedom I'll ever need

Now I'm alive

Oh-la-la, oh-la-la

When I let go then I found life

Oh-la-la, oh-la-la

When I let go then I found life

When I let go then I found life

So I let go and I let love

Show me life like it's supposed to be

An oasis here awaits us

All the freedom I'll ever need

Now I'm alive

When I let go then I found life

When I let go, then I found life

When I let go then I found life

When I let go then I found life

Oh-la-la, oh-la-la

When I let go then I found life

 
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