๐Ÿ“ˆ MONTHLY WEIGH IN RESULTS

MONTHLY WEIGH IN RESULTS
๐Ÿธ Starting Weight: 298.8lbs
๐Ÿฆ‹ Current Weight: 267.0lbs
MAR-APRIL [+21.8lbs]

Another killer month. Wild weather swings from the 70s to snow storms back to the 70s and then more snow. This triggered several inflammation flares.

Then I have really been struggling with my blood pressure and subsequently my breathing. If you’ve watched any of my recent videos you can hear it… It’s been difficult.

I restarted 3 blood pressure meds that I was on before but had stopped because of the side effects. Part of this is also a reaction to them but I can’t continue with my BP this high.

All in all – March was a big wash…

DECEMBER 1 – 257.4
JANUARY 1 – 251.2
FEBRUARY 1 – 247.4
MARCH 1 – 245.2
APRIL 1 – 267.0
MAY 1 –

โ†™๏ธ ONWARDS & DOWNWARDS โ†˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ† NEXT MINI GOAL: 239.8lbs [out of 240s]
๐ŸŽฏ NEXT MILESTONE GOALS: 223.8lbs [-75lbs]

โœˆ๏ธ LONG TERM MILESTONE 1:
Onderland by May 2023
(Travel back to NZ for 6 months / May – Oct)
MARCH 1st 2022 – MAY 1st, 2023
61 weeks to lose 46lbs (hopefully 50lbs)

๐ŸŒ NON SCALE GOALS:
โ–ช๏ธ Fit in the Hoodie I bought for New Zealand
โ–ช๏ธ Improve my general health as much as possible
โ–ช๏ธ Increase movement as much as possible
โ–ช๏ธ Discuss with doc starting back at the pool
#manateetomermaid

๐ŸŽฏ MILE MARKERS
Goal 1: 273.8lbs (-25lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 2: 248.8lbs (-50lbs)
Goal 3: 223.8lbs (-75lbs)
Goal 4: 198.8lbs (-100lbs + Onderland!)
Goal 5: 173.8lbs (-125lbs )
Goal 6: 148.8lbs (-150lbs)

๐ŸŽฏ 2022 HEALTH GOAL
๐ŸŽ WHOLE FOOD REFOCUS
๐ŸงŸโ€โ™€๏ธ NO FUNKY FOOD FRANKENCHEMICALS
๐Ÿ“Š Plan: Calorie Command with the Healthi app
๐Ÿงฎ Calorie Target: 1585
๐Ÿฅ Carbohydrate Target: 119g (30%)
[Monitoring carbs for Insulin Resistance]

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If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

More information about what is wrong as well as the resources I’m using are here:
https://tinyurl.com/yctpfwxl

[Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but also fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance, Oxalate Sensitivity and on and on… ]

WILD WEIGHT SWINGS
My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases.

When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and have, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

Foods, chemicals, weather changes, environmental elements… literally, sometimes just existing, fires them up. Some things I can control and otherwise it is a #justkeepswimming kinda life.

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ COOKING FOR SANDY | ๐Ÿฅช BACON SWISS SANDWICH | ๐Ÿ• CUBANO PIZZA

๐ŸŒž Good morning ๐ŸŒž gentle friends!
Let’s get this day started…

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ COOKING FOR FRIENDS DAY
I am so excited to be able to share my love of food and cooking. A very dear friend is going through a rough time medically, which lordy knows I understand, so I offered to prep some meals for them so they didn’t have to even think about it. I was going to do a ton of freezer meals but they decided just one meal a week was all they wanted right now.

I gave them a bunch of recipe links and they gave me a list of their top 10 choices to start with. Today I am making this one from @thrivinghome

https://thrivinghomeblog.com/baked-beef-ravioli-recipe-an-easy-fake-out-lasagna

I would have never thought to use ravioli as a replacement!

๐Ÿฅ˜ FAKE OUT LASAGNA
@simpletruth4u Four Cheese Ravioli
@krogerco Marinara Sauce
@krogerco Eye of Round (home ground)
@clovervalley Minced Garlic
@gelspice Italian Seasoning
@misfitsmarket Organic Yellow Onion
@krogerco Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

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My lunch before starting cooking for Sandy…

๐Ÿฅช BACON & SWISS SANDWICH w CHIPS & SALSA
@simpletruth4u 21 Seeds & Grains Bread
@alfresco Uncured Chicken Bacon
@krogerco Swiss Cheese Single
@pvt_selection Artisanal Lettuce
@misfitsmarket Organic Vine Tomatoes, Red Onion (pickled)
@theojaicooks Lemonaise Light Mayo
@tostitos Multigrain Scoops
@aldiusa Simply Nature Salsa

โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 506
๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿค 4/5

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๐Ÿ“ฆ MY ABSOLUTELY STUNNING MISFITS MARKET ORDER ARRIVED – YAYYYYYYYY!

Unboxing Video here:

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๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ COOKING FOR SANDY DAY
3 days a week, I cook meals for a neighbor who had a stroke last year and has limited mobility. We often share a meal kit or something similar and spend some time together since neither of us go out too much ๐Ÿ˜ Today is one of her days. I’m enjoying having someone to cook for again. I had taken her a multi day salad on Tuesday she still was working so I just made the pizza. Neither of us had tried it before and we both really liked it!

Based on and inspired by @delishdlites
https://www.delishdlites.com/recipe-index/pizza-recipes/cuban-sandwich-pizza-pizza-cubano

And a Havana pizza by Mellow Mushroom

๐Ÿ• CUBANO THIN CRUST PIZZA & SALAD
@essentialbaking Artisan Thin Crust Pizza Base
@krogerco Swiss Cheese Slices
@bostonmarket Carvers Cut Pulled Pork
@simpletruth4u Uncured Diced Ham
@krogerco Italian Cheese Blend (on hers, I didn’t need it)
@grillospickles Dill Spears
@theojaicooks Lemonaise Light Mayo
@greypoupon_us Dijon Mustard
[I also ate the Parmesan corn from the Boston Market plate – tracked separately]

@yourtaylorfarms Asiago Kale Kit
@pvt_selection Mini Cucumber
@misfitsmarket Organic Red Onion (pickled), Purple Cabbage
@wild_about_sprouts Clover & Alfalfa Sprouts
@driscollsberry Raspberries
@grapemanfarms Green Seedless Grapes
@gelspice Imitation Bacon Bits
@kensdressings Ranch Dressing

โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 865
๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’› 5/5
Soooooo good – definetely repeatable…

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๐Ÿซ SNACK

โœณ๏ธ CALORIES:

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Today has been a roller coaster of a day with my POTS. The rains got me…my BP bottomed out a few times which makes me stumble around like a drunken flamingo and I can’t think straight but overall, all things considered, it was a beautiful day.

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16560-postural-orthostatic-tachycardia-syndrome-pots

DAILY TOTALS
๐ŸŽฏ Tracking – Calorie Command in โ„น๏ธ @iTrackBites
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 1371 [1668 daily target]

Thank you for joining me today.
Until tomorrow…
In Love โ™ฅ and Light ๐Ÿ’ซ

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๐ŸŽฌ All the details of the days ingredients, tips, tricks, how tos and the occasional cute doggie are in my daily video…๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ›’๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ

๐Ÿฅฌ You’ll hear me mention Misfits Market all the time – they are an organic produce subscription service I have used for 3yrs now, especially during the cooler months.

Get $10 off your first order here:
https://www.misfitsmarket.com/?promo=COOKWME-FN8XPR



If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

More information about what is wrong as well as the resources I’m using are here:

https://fromdumpytodiva2020.wordpress.com/%f0%9f%93%9a-resources-%f0%9f%93%9a

๐ŸŒธ 12 WEEK WONDERLAND PLAN – Phase 2 / Day 6 – Lvl 0 Food Reintroduction

PHASE 2 – DAY 6 – Food Reintroduction Testing
๐ŸŽฌ All the details of the days ingredients, tips, tricks, how tos and the occasional cute doggie are in my daily video…๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ›’๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ

๐Ÿ‡ THE WONDERLAND PLAN
12 Weeks of trying something completely different to help heal and reduce the effects of 6 months of Mast Cell disorder flare ups.

WEEK 2 – REINTRODUCTION PHASE 1
OXALATE REDUCTION – 100mg / day or less
MAST CELL HISTAMINE LIST – reintroduce up to 2 foods/meal that are [0] on the list. Score reactivity.

If minor reaction, retest in another meal to confirm.
If major reaction, note and remove for 4 weeks.

โญ• = contains oxalates
The top chart is Histamine Level
The bottom chart is Oxalate Levels

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MEAL 1
@maltomeal Rolled Oats โญ•
@krogerco Granny Smith Apple โญ•
@bare Toasted Coconut Strips โญ•
@dominos Light Brown Sugar
๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 1๏ธโƒฃ2๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 2๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 452

I am pretty sure that apple got me – itchy eyes, muscle spasm in my neck and jawline, congestion – and I peeled it. So although Granny Smiths are one of my favorites – it has to be put in time out on the naughty step for 4 weeks.

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MEAL 2
@misfitsmarket Organic Buttercrunch Lettuce โญ•
@perdue Organic Chicken Breast (home ground)
@daisybrand 2% Cottage Cheese
@misfitsmarket Organic Purple Cabbage โญ•
@misfitsmarket Organic English Cucumber โญ•
@clovervalley Distilled White Vinegar
@tateandlyle Organic Cane Sugar
@assi Coarse Sea Salt

๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 3๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 172

๐Ÿฅ’ SUPER SIMPLE QUICK PICKLE BRINE
โ–ช๏ธ ยฝc Vinegar (Strong = Distilled White / Medium = Apple Cider / Light = Rice Vinegar)
โ–ช๏ธ โ…“c Water
โ–ช๏ธ1tbsp Coarse Salt
โ–ช๏ธ1tbsp Granulated Sugar

Want to spice it up?
https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-quick-pickle-any-vegetable-233882

I hit a rough patch this afternoon. It turns out that my blood pressure had started dropping in the beginning of a POTS episode.

For me, my normal range is 145-160ish / 85-100ish…so while this is okay for most people, for me it is a substantial drop.

I think this is because of the new high blood pressure medication that I’m on and so I’m going to talk to my doctor about taking half of it instead of a full dose and see if that helps. I ended up taking a Nana nap and when I woke up I was feeling much better and my BP had stabilized.

POTS BP drop
Normalized

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MEAL 3
@perdue Organic Chicken Breast (home ground)
@tasteofthai Vermicelli Rice Noodle โญ•
@krogerco Stir Fry Veggies (veg only) โญ•
@farmfresh (local farm) Bantam Eggs (yolk only)
@krogerco Salted Butter
๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 1๏ธโƒฃ5๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 504

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MEAL 4
@misfitsmarket Organic Nectarine
@smuckers Salted Caramel
@bare Toasted Coconut Strips โญ•
๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 1๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 224

Interesting discovery! While I was looking for a sauce to have on my rice noodle dish (which I ended up just using butter and salt on and it was still tasty!), I noticed that caramel was [0] on the histamine left. That in itself is not unusual because most of the sugars and sweeteners are. But I didn’t think that it would be necessarily low in oxalates.

As it turns out, in that amount, it’s actually [0] there as well. I took the ingredient label and matched each item in the oxalate list and the two items which contain 1mg each, do so at a one cup measurement and I’m certainly not using one cup of brown sugar or one cup of milk.

So I quite enjoyed my 2tbsp of caramel. Well within my calories and fits the Wellness Reset plan. Got to love when that happens.

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Today I reintroduced / tested:
PROTEINS:
VEGETABLES: Purple Cabbage / Lettuce
GRAINS/STARCHES: Rolled Oats / Thai Rice Noodle
DAIRY:
FRUITS: Apple* / Coconut
NUTS/SEEDS:
SPICES/HERBS:
OTHER: Distilled Vinegar / Caramel

*needs follow up test

๐ŸŒธ TOTAL HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ TOTAL OXALATE SCORE (<100): 3๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 2๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 1352

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๐Ÿ’ Tracking – Calories only – Calorie Command in @iTrackBites

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ GOAL – 4 salad plate meals (no regular big plates, no OMAD [one meal a day] ) – smaller meals to reduce the amount of histamine triggers consumed at one time and limit reactivity during the reintroduction trial phases.

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If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

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๐Ÿ“š RESOURCES ๐Ÿ“š
MAST CELL ACTIVATION SYNDROME
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/en/symptoms.html

FOOD LIST I WILL BE USING
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/downloads/foodlist/21_FoodList_EN_alphabetic_withCateg.pdf

OXALATE APP I AM USING
Oxalate Food Counts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=appinventor.ai_deni_anderson.Oxalavista

HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE
https://www.healthline.com/health/histamine-intolerance

๐ŸŒธ 12 WEEK WONDERLAND PLAN – Phase 2 / Day 4 – Food Reintroductions

PHASE 2 – DAY 4 – Food Reintroduction Testing
๐ŸŽฌ All the details of the days ingredients, tips, tricks, how tos and the occasional cute doggie are in my daily video…๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ›’๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ

๐Ÿ‡ THE WONDERLAND PLAN
12 Weeks of trying something completely different to help heal and reduce the effects of 6 months of Mast Cell disorder flare ups.

WEEK 2 – REINTRODUCTION PHASE 1
OXALATE REDUCTION – 100mg / day or less
MAST CELL HISTAMINE LIST – reintroduce up to 2
foods/meal that are [0] on the list. Score reactivity.

If minor reaction, retest in another meal to confirm.
If major reaction, note and remove for 4 weeks.

โญ• = contains oxalates
The top chart is Histamine Level
The bottom chart is Oxalate Levels

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MEAL 1
@simpletruthorganic Cage Free Eggs (yolk only) – x3
@fairlife Skim Milk – 3tbsp
@officialaerogarden Hydroponic Parsley โญ•
@himalayansfinest Pink Salt
@grapemanfarms Green Seedless Grapes – x20 โญ•
๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 4๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 212

๐Ÿ”ณ EASY MICROWAVE SCRAMBLED EGGS
3 Eggs (yolk only) + 3tbsp milk
90sec on MED in microwave safe ramekin

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MEAL 2
@shadybrookfarms Turkey Breast (home ground) – 6oz/raw weight
@krogerco Egg Noodles – 1ยฝc โญ•
@daisybrand 2% Cottage Cheese – ยฝc
@krogerco Salted Butter – 2tbsp
@officialaerogarden Hydroponic Neo Basil โญ•
@himalayasfinest Pink Salt
๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 6๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 690

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MEAL 3
@perdue Organic Chicken Breast – 8oz raw weight
@oasisworldmarket Caraway Seeds – ยผtsp โญ•
@misfitsmarket Organic Zucchini, Yellow Squash โญ•
@krogerco Salted Butter – 1tbsp
@rolands Whole Wheat Israeli Couscous – 1/2c โญ•
๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 2๏ธโƒฃ6๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 590

๐ŸŒ€ INSTANT POT COUSCOUS (Israeli)
Cooked in @cooksessential 3Q Mini Pressure Cooker
~ Rinse Couscous
1:1.25 ratio – 1 cup couscous + 1ยผcups liquid.
I like to use a stock but you can just use water.
Cook 5min on Manual/High Pressure + Quick Release

OR

Cooked in @chefiq 6Q Smart Cooker
Pot-in-Pot method
1:1.25 ratio
Cook on Pressure for 7min + Pulse Release

https://therecipepot.com/instant-pot-israeli-couscous/#wprm-recipe-container-1377

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Today I reintroduced / tested:
PROTEINS: Turkey
VEGETABLES:
GRAINS: Egg Noodles / Couscous
DAIRY: Milk / Salted Butter
FRUITS:
NUTS/SEEDS: Caraway Seed
SPICES/HERBS: Parsley / Basil
OTHER:
*needs follow up test

๐ŸŒธ TOTAL HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ TOTAL OXALATE SCORE (<100): 3๏ธโƒฃ6๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 1492

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๐Ÿ’ Tracking – Calories only – Calorie Command in iTrackBites

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ GOAL – 4 salad plate meals (no regular big plates, no OMAD [one meal a day] ) – smaller meals to reduce the amount of histamine triggers consumed at one time and limit reactivity during the reintroduction trial phases.

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If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

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๐Ÿ“š RESOURCES ๐Ÿ“š
MAST CELL ACTIVATION SYNDROME
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/en/symptoms.html

FOOD LIST I WILL BE USING
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/downloads/foodlist/21_FoodList_EN_alphabetic_withCateg.pdf

OXALATE APP I AM USING
Oxalate Food Counts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=appinventor.ai_deni_anderson.Oxalavista

HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE
https://www.healthline.com/health/histamine-intolerance

๐ŸŒธ 12 WEEK WONDERLAND PLAN – Phase 2 / Day 3 – Begin Food Reintroduction

PHASE 2 – DAY 3 – Food Reintroduction Testing

๐ŸŽฌ All the details of the days ingredients, tips, tricks, how tos and the occasional cute doggie are in my daily video…๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ›’๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ

๐Ÿ‡ THE WONDERLAND PLAN
12 Weeks of trying something completely different to help heal and reduce the effects of 6 months of Mast Cell disorder flare ups.

WEEK 2 – REINTRODUCTION PHASE 1
OXALATE REDUCTION – 100mg / day or less
MAST CELL HISTAMINE LIST – reintroduce up to 2
foods/meal that are [0] on the list. Score reactivity.

If minor reaction, retest in another meal to confirm.
If major reaction, note and remove for 4 weeks.

โญ• = contains oxalates
The top chart is Histamine Level
The bottom chart is Oxalate Levels
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MEAL 1
@krogerco Chicken Breast (home ground) – 7oz raw
@misfitsmarket Organic Spaghetti Squash โญ•
@birdseye Broccoli, Carrot, Sugar Snap & Water Chestnuts โญ•
@himalayansfinest Pink Salt
๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 2๏ธโƒฃ9๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 373

๐ŸŒ€ INSTANT POT SQUASH
Cooked in @chefiq 6Q Smart Cooker
Rinse Squash and pierce all around about a dozen times.
1c water in the pot
Steamer Basket or standard trivet
15min (small/med) – High Pressure + Natural Release
20min (lrg/multiple) – High Pressure + Natural Release

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SNACK 1
@misfitsmarket Organic Honeydew Melon โญ•
@himalayasfinest Pink Salt

๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 1๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 96

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SNACK 2
@misfitsmarket Organic Nectarine
@misfitsmarket Organic Pecan Halves โญ•
๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 1๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 229

Pecans not listed on histamine chart specifically but mentioned here the same as Macadamia and Pistachio which are both [0].

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โšกWEEKLY WEIGH IN RESULTS โšก
-22.0LBS

This really seems to be working… I lost a ton of inflammation and swelling this week.

Today I reintroduced / tested:
PROTEINS:
VEGETABLES: Broccoli / Water Chestnut / Spaghetti Squash
GRAINS:
DAIRY:
FRUITS: Honeydew Melon
NUTS/SEEDS: Pecans
OTHER:
*needs follow up test

๐ŸŒธ TOTAL HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ TOTAL OXALATE SCORE (<100): 4๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 698

I got a late start to the day, first snack at 12 but first meal not until 5ish…after my second fruit/nut snack, I just wasn’t hungry… Need to be sure to work tomorrow differently.

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๐Ÿ’ Tracking – Calories only – Calorie Command

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ 4 salad plate meals (no regular big plates, no OMAD [one meal a day] ) – smaller meals to reduce the amount of histamine triggers consumed at one time and limit reactivity during the reintroduction trial phases.

———————

If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

———————

๐Ÿ“š RESOURCES ๐Ÿ“š
MAST CELL ACTIVATION SYNDROME
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/en/symptoms.html

FOOD LIST I WILL BE USING
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/downloads/foodlist/21_FoodList_EN_alphabetic_withCateg.pdf

HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE
https://www.healthline.com/health/histamine-intolerance

๐ŸŒธ 12 WEEK WONDERLAND PLAN – Phase 2 / Day 2 – Begin Food Reintroduction

PHASE 2 – DAY 2 – Food Reintroduction Testing

#caloriecommand #caloriecounting #autoimmunedisease #histamineintolerance #mcas #mastcellactivationsyndrome

๐ŸŽฌ All the details of the days ingredients, tips, tricks, how tos and the occasional cute doggie are in my daily video…๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ›’๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ

๐Ÿ‡ THE WONDERLAND PLAN
12 Weeks of trying something completely different to help heal and reduce the effects of 6 months of Mast Cell disorder flare ups.

WEEK 2 – REINTRODUCTION PHASE 1
OXALATE REDUCTION – 100mg / day or less
MAST CELL HISTAMINE LIST – reintroduce up to 2 foods/meal that are [0] on the list. Score reactivity.

If minor reaction, retest in another meal to confirm.
If major reaction, note and remove for 4 weeks.

โญ• = contains oxalates
The top chart is Histamine Level
The bottom chart is Oxalate Levels
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MEAL 1
@simpletruthorganic Cage Free Chicken Eggs (yolk only) – x3
@misfitsmarket Organic English Cucumber – ยฝc โญ•
@daisybrand 2% Cottage Cheese – ยฝc
@himalayansfinest Pink Salt
๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 1๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 299

๐Ÿฅš PERFECT SOFT BOILED EGGS ๐Ÿฅš
In small saucepan, bring enough water to completely cover the eggs (by at least an inch) to a rolling boil. Reduce temperature to med and when the water reduces to a low simmer, gently add eggs. Avoid dropping them in the pot as they may crack. I use a slotted spoon.

Cook chicken eggs for 6 min (or duck eggs for 8 min) uncovered. I like to stir them every few minutes to prevent the yolk cooking more on one side.

Once cooked, drain out the boiling water and fill the pot with cold water. I personally don’t do an ice bath because I don’t want my eggs cold to eat.

Crack the eggs gently all the way around and put in the pot of cold water to allow water to get under the membrane. Leave eggs for 5 min, peel gently under running water and enjoy.

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SNACK 1
@hoosierhillfarm Mushroom Popcorn – 3tbsp kernels โญ•
@himalayasfinest Pink Salt

Cooked in @presto Orville Redenbacher’s Fountain Hot Air Popper

๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 8๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 130

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SNACK 2
@grapemanfarms Green Seedless Grapes – x25 โญ•
@wishfarms Blueberries – x30
๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 1๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 60* (honey with dinner instead)

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MEAL 2
@perdue Chicken Breast – 9oz/raw
@smittybeefarms Clover Honey – 2tbsp
@krogerco Sugar Snap Peas – x20 โญ•
@successrice Tricolor Quinoa – ยฝc โญ•
@himalayasfinest Pink Salt
๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 8๏ธโƒฃ1๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 559

CHICKEN
๐Ÿ”ฒ Cooked in:
@crownful 32Q Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack – did not turn/flip
400ยฐ for 22min on silicone baking sheet
**Times will vary depending on your type of fryer, how much you’re cooking, how thick each piece is…

โ™จ๏ธ 32Q Air Fryer Oven / Dehydrator โ™จ๏ธ
https://amzn.to/3oHX243

๐ŸŒ€ INSTANT POT QUINOA
Cooked in @chefiq 6Q Smart Cooker
Pot-in-Pot method
https://inquiringchef.com/how-to-use-pot-in-pot-method-with-the-instant-pot
~ Rinse Quinoa
1:1 ratio – 1 cup quinoa + 1 cup liquid.
I like to use a stock but you can just use water.
1min (yes, 1) – High Pressure + Natural Release

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Today I reintroduced / tested:
PROTEINS: Cottage Cheese / Chicken
VEGETABLES: Cucumber / Sugar Snaps
GRAINS: Popcorn (air popped)
DAIRY: Cottage Cheese
FRUITS: Blueberries
NUTS/SEEDS:
OTHER: Honey
*needs follow up test

๐ŸŒธ TOTAL HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ TOTAL OXALATE SCORE (<100): 9๏ธโƒฃ1๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 1048

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๐Ÿ’ Tracking – Calories only – Calorie Command

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ 4 salad plate meals (no regular big plates, no OMAD [one meal a day] ) – smaller meals to reduce the amount of histamine triggers consumed at one time and limit reactivity during the reintroduction trial phases.

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If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

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๐Ÿ“š RESOURCES ๐Ÿ“š
MAST CELL ACTIVATION SYNDROME
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/en/symptoms.html

FOOD LIST I WILL BE USING
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/downloads/foodlist/21_FoodList_EN_alphabetic_withCateg.pdf

HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE
https://www.healthline.com/health/histamine-intolerance

๐ŸŒธ 12 WEEK WONDERLAND PLAN – Phase 2 / Day 1 – Begin Food Reintroduction

๐Ÿ‡ THE WONDERLAND PLAN
12 Weeks of trying something completely different to help heal and reduce the effects of 6 months of Mast Cell disorder flare ups.

WEEK 2 – REINTRODUCTION PHASE 1
OXALATE REDUCTION – 100mg / day or less
MAST CELL HISTAMINE LIST – reintroduce up to 2 foods/meal that are [0] on the list. Score reactivity.

If minor reaction, retest in another meal to confirm.
If major reaction, note and remove for 4 weeks.

๐ŸŽฌ All the details of the days ingredients, tips, tricks, how tos and the occasional cute doggie are in my daily video…๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ›’๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ

โญ• = contains oxalates
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MEAL 1
@simpletruthorganic Cage Free Chicken Eggs (yolk only) – x2
@misfitsmarket Organic Zucchini – ยฝc โญ•
@himalayansfinest Pink Salt
๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 1๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 119

๐Ÿฅš PERFECT SOFT BOILED EGGS ๐Ÿฅš
In small saucepan, bring enough water to completely cover the eggs (by at least an inch) to a rolling boil. Reduce temperature to med and when the water reduces to a low simmer, gently add eggs. Avoid dropping them in the pot as they may crack. I use a slotted spoon.

Cook chicken eggs for 6 min (or duck eggs for 8 min) uncovered. I like to stir them every few minutes to prevent the yolk cooking more on one side.

Once cooked, drain out the boiling water and fill the pot with cold water. I personally don’t do an ice bath because I don’t want my eggs cold to eat.

Crack the eggs gently all the way around and put in the pot of cold water to allow water to get under the membrane. Leave eggs for 5 min, peel gently under running water and enjoy.

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MEAL 2
@krogerco Top Round Steak – 7oz/raw
@misfitsmarket Organic Rainbow Carrot* – 5oz โญ•
@assi Coarse Sea Salt
๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 1๏ธโƒฃ4๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 1๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 267

STEAK (Medium Rare)
๐Ÿ”ฒ Cooked in:
@crownful 32Q Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack – did not turn/flip
400ยฐ for 7min on silicone baking sheet
**Times will vary depending on your type of fryer, how much you’re cooking, how thick each piece is…

โ™จ๏ธ 32Q Air Fryer Oven / Dehydrator โ™จ๏ธ
https://amzn.to/3oHX243

*Minor (Lvl 1) reaction to ๐Ÿฅ•carrots – hands tingling, eyes itchy. Oxalates 14mg per 1 cup cooked. Will retest once residual reaction levels are gone.

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SNACK 1
@foodpantry Pistachios in Shell – 1oz / 45 nuts โญ•
๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 1๏ธโƒฃ4๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 179

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SNACK 2
@grapemanfarms Green Seedless Grapes – x20 โญ•
@misfitsmarket Organic Nectarine – 6oz
๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 1๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 106

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MEAL 3
@krogerco Top Round Steak – 7oz/raw
@successrice Tricolor Quinoa – ยฝc โญ•
@misfitsmarket Organic Zucchini – ยฝc โญ•
@foodclub Fat Free Cream Cheese* – 2tbsp โญ•
@assi Coarse Sea Salt
๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 5๏ธโƒฃ7๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 2๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 442

STEAK (Medium Rare) & ZUCCHINI
๐Ÿ”ฒ Cooked in:
@crownful 32Q Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack – did not turn/flip
400ยฐ for 7min on silicone baking sheet
**Times will vary depending on your type of fryer, how much you’re cooking, how thick each piece is…

๐ŸŒ€ INSTANT POT QUINOA
Cooked in @chefiq 6Q Smart Cooker
Pot-in-Pot method
https://inquiringchef.com/how-to-use-pot-in-pot-method-with-the-instant-pot
~ Rinse Quinoa
1:1 ratio – 1 cup quinoa + 1 cup liquid.
I like to use a stock but you can just use water.
1min (yes, 1) – High Pressure + Natural Release

*Moderate (Lvl 2) reaction to ๐Ÿฅ›the gums in cream cheese – sniffles, hands and feet burning, muscle spasms. Will retest in 4 weeks.

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PHASE 2 BEGINS
Real food again… Thank goodness! Today starts the individualized testing of foods. I start with foods that are [0] on the histamine list, score them for reactivity as I go and slowly over the next 11 weeks add back in and test foods of increasing potential reactions.

IF YOU’RE INTRODUCING MULTIPLE THINGS IN ONE MEAL, HOW DO YOU KNOW WHICH ONE YOU’RE REACTING TO ?
In my particular case, and this may be very different for other people, I know something is going to trigger a reaction within minutes.

In a level 1 reaction, it generally starts with me getting the sniffles. In a level 2 reaction my hands and feet start burning. This happens within the first couple of bites of something.

So what I do is eat things separately. For example I ate my zucchini and cream cheese and then waited 10 minutes before eating the quinoa to be sure to separate the experiences.

Today I started with:
PROTEINS: Egg Yolk / Beef
VEGETABLES: Carrot* / Zucchini
GRAINS: Quinoa
DAIRY: Cream Cheese*
FRUITS: Nectarine / Grapes
NUTS/SEEDS: Pistachios
*needs follow up test

๐ŸŒธ TOTAL HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ TOTAL OXALATE SCORE (<100): 8๏ธโƒฃ8๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 3๏ธโƒฃ (carrots + cream cheese)
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 1113

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๐Ÿ’ Tracking – Calories only – Calorie Command

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ 4 salad plate meals (no regular big plates, no OMAD [one meal a day] ) – smaller meals to reduce the amount of histamine triggers consumed at one time and limit reactivity during the reintroduction trial phases.

———————

If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

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๐Ÿ“š RESOURCES ๐Ÿ“š
MAST CELL ACTIVATION SYNDROME
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/en/symptoms.html

FOOD LIST I WILL BE USING
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/downloads/foodlist/21_FoodList_EN_alphabetic_withCateg.pdf

HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE
https://www.healthline.com/health/histamine-intolerance

๐ŸŒธ 12 WEEK WONDERLAND PLAN – Week 1 / Day 4

WEEK 1 – DAY 4 [Potato / Rice Reset]
Sorry guys – It is going to be boring for a few more days ๐Ÿ˜‚

๐ŸŽฌ All the details of the days ingredients, tips, tricks, how tos and the occasional cute doggie are in my daily video…๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ›’๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ

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MEAL 1
@misfitsmarket Purple Sweet Potato – 8oz
@krogerco Red Potato – 5oz
@assi Coarse Sea Salt
โœณ๏ธ Calories: 389

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Today I confirmed one of my theories.

Potato, sweet potato and yam are all 0๏ธโƒฃ on the histamine reaction charts for most people but I felt like the last time I had Purple Sweet Potato I had a mild reaction… Feet / hands mainly. Normal potato… Fine…

Did you know potatoes and sweet potatoes are not from the same family? I didn’t!

So I didn’t have any purples yesterday.

Today I did – no weather or meds that should be an issue so I ruled that out. A few tablespoons into lunch – my feet started tingling… Finished lunch and 90 min later both feet and hands are bothering me.

Then I started thinking about yesterday and I had my POTS episode a bit after eating purple rice. Hmmmmmm….

So what if it is an issue with the anthocyanin (which makes food purple? I’d need to test purple carrots and purple cabbage and retest purple rice for more info there but it’s a possibility.

It’s beneficial to most people…

I hope it’s not all purple foods but purple sweet potatoes / Asian purple yams have to get a 2๏ธโƒฃ. Definitely not 0๏ธโƒฃ for me… Maybe that’s part of why I’m still poofed and hurting…

If nothing else this 12 weeks will be a good check in on everything…especially to see what’s changed…

The other possibility is something called oxalates. Many healthy foods are high in them. They create little crystal shards that build up in the muscle/joint tissue which could be mistaken for Gout and stir up Fibromyalgia symptoms. They also apparently create burning feet which is a huge issue for me. I’m just starting to research this as I have never paid attention to that part before but it definitely warrants further investigation.

I will test everything individually as I go but it’s something to consider…

I also unboxed my Misfit Market order…I ordered before deciding to do this 12 Week plan so some of this I can’t use for awhile yet.

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MEAL 2
@misfitsmarket Russet Potatoes – 12oz
@himalayansfinest Pink Himalayan Salt
โœณ๏ธ Calories: 309

POTATOES
๐Ÿ”ฒ Cooked in:
@crownful 32Q Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack – did not turn/flip
375ยฐ for 20min on silicone baking sheet
**Times will vary depending on your type of fryer, how much you’re cooking, how thickly cut the pieces are…

โ™จ๏ธ 32Q Air Fryer Oven / Dehydrator โ™จ๏ธ
https://amzn.to/3oHX243

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๐Ÿ‡ THE WONDERLAND PLAN
12 Weeks of trying something completely different to help heal and reduce the effects of 6 months of Mast Cell disorder flare ups.

WEEK 1 – Potato/Rice Reset – only potatoes (all types), rice (all types), pink/sea salt, natural sugar and water are allowed. Provides super bland food to reset gut and inflammation markers. Boring but recommended…

๐Ÿ’ Tracking – Calories only – Calorie Command

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ 4 salad plate meals (no regular big plates, no OMAD [one meal a day] ) – smaller meals to reduce the amount of histamine triggers consumed at one time and limit reactivity during the reintroduction trial phases.

———————

If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

———————

๐Ÿ“š RESOURCES ๐Ÿ“š
MAST CELL ACTIVATION SYNDROME
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/en/symptoms.html

FOOD LIST I WILL BE USING
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/downloads/foodlist/21_FoodList_EN_alphabetic_withCateg.pdf

HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE
https://www.healthline.com/health/histamine-intolerance

๐Ÿ‡ THE WONDERLAND PLAN

I had another “super poof” inflammatory gain this week brought on by still getting used to the new meds, the heat, weather changes from Hurricane Fred and eating erratically this week – often with only meal late late in the evening. This is so frustrating.

I looked back and this trend has been going on since I got sick in February. Look at these flares and gains. I think, whatever I got sick with in February (for almost 9 weeks), truly screwed up something with my Mast Cell and it has just not settled down.

So it’s time to try a pretty aggressive change of plans. Trying little things, small elimination trials, new meds – none of it is working so that doesn’t leave much wiggle room.

Between a super high BP, trouble breathing or doing any kind of normal life activities and my doctor being concerned that I am actively in stroke risk territory… I am going to change the only things I can control which are my food and immediate environment.

I have spent days trying to balance things around my various conditions which often directly contradict each other…it is mind boggling…

So in the end, I went back to my Swiss and German Mast Cell disorder information and I think this is what I’m going to try…

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FOOD CONTROL CHANGES
Tracking – Calories only – it is just too hard to stay within a specific program guideline given all the restrictions this will entail… I will be switching to Calorie Command to still be accountable.

4 salad plate meals (no regular big plates, no OMAD [one meal a day] ) – smaller meals to reduce the amount of histamine triggers consumed at one time and limit reactivity during the reintroduction trial phases.

WEEK 1 – Potato/Rice Reset – only potatoes (all types), rice (all types), water and pink or sea salt allowed. Provides super bland food to reset gut and inflammation markers. Boring but recommended…

WEEK 2 – Reintroduction Phase 1 – reintroduce up to 2 foods/meal that are [0] on the list. Whole foods only (minimally processed with no additives, preservatives, fillers) Score reactivity and adjust scores on chart as needed.

WEEK 3 – Reintroduction Phase 2 – continue [0] food reintroduction + add up to 1 additional [1] level food/meal.

WEEK 4+5 – Reintroduction Phase 3 – continue [0] and [1] level foods reintroduction + add up to 1 additional [2] level food/day (per day, not per meal).

WEEK 6+7 – Reintroduction Phase 4 – continue [1] food reintroduction + add up to 1 additional [2] level food/meal.

WEEK 8 – Trial Introduction Phase – Introduce 1 food marked [3] in 3 separate meals over 2 days to test individual reactivity. Score and chart accordingly.

WEEK 9 – 3 days Potato Rice Reset followed by 4 days of Phase 3

WEEK 10, 11+12 – Trial Introduction Phase – Introduce 1 food marked [3] in 3 separate meals over 2 days to test individual reactivity. Score and chart accordingly.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL CHANGES
6 weeks – extremely limited outdoor exposure / contact – basically shelter in place guidelines – avoid going out when possible, avoid exposure to heat and environmental pollutants – reduce Cooking for Sandy to 1 visit a week (still 3 meals just all taken on one day), get Tracy to help with grocery delivery. Reassess in 6 wks.

I can’t control the weather but I can control my exposure to it, getting overheated (which I did several times this week), my exposure to reactants when I go out into public – perfumes, cleaning products, car exhausts etc…

Extreme? Maybe but I have to do something… And this is the rabbit hole plan for now… To Wonderland and Beyond!

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If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

[Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but also fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance and on and on… ]

My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases. When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and do, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

Foods, chemicals, weather changes, environmental elements… literally, sometimes just existing, fires them up. Some things I can control and otherwise it is a #justkeepswimming kinda life.

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๐Ÿ“š RESOURCES ๐Ÿ“š
MAST CELL ACTIVATION SYNDROME
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/en/symptoms.html

FOOD LIST I WILL BE USING
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/downloads/foodlist/21_FoodList_EN_alphabetic_withCateg.pdf

HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE
https://www.healthline.com/health/histamine-intolerance

INSULIN RESISTANCE
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/insulin-and-insulin-resistance

FIBROMYALGIA
https://www.healthline.com/health/fibromyalgia/signs-of-fibromyalgia

POTS
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16560-postural-orthostatic-tachycardia-syndrome-pots

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MY TOP 3 WORST INFLAMMATION TRIGGERS
These are not the same for everyone and in 90% of people they don’t trigger a reaction – but if you are constantly dealing with being bloated, headaches, muscle or joint pain or digestive distress – they may be worth considering as potential inflammation triggers.

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
https://www.eatthis.com/artificial-sweeteners-side-effects

WHY “NATURAL FLAVORS” ARE A NO NO FOR ME
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/natural-flavors#TOC_TITLE_HDR_7

CARRAGEENAN (Another big no no)
https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/carrageenan

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THE STORY SO FAR …

๐Ÿ’ฏ KEEPING IT REAL ๐Ÿ’ฏ
I know we all want to lose weight right now, and never have a gain and just get to our goals but it doesn’t always, or honestly very often even, happen that way. Our bodies are, as they say, not Amazon Prime delivering results in a few days. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I was always a chubby kid but I think my body started giving up on me as a teenager apparently because by the time I was 18, I had to have a basketball sized mass removed that had completely enveloped my right side reproduction – ovary, tubes etc… They swore I was pregnant and just didn’t know it… Uuhhhh Nope….

So I had a partial oopherectomy at 18, then a mass developed on the other side, but I recognized the symptoms sooner and we caught it at about cantaloupe size… Another surgery which this time induced menopause at 23 – FUN!

I was also involved in a drunk driving accident around the same age… We were stopped at a light and were hit by a drunk driver doing almost 70. He totaled the car and plowed us through the intersection, where only by the grace of some higher power, there was no one coming. This did a number on my spine and hip and was the beginning of many, many years of physical therapy, chiropractors, Chinese herbologists, Reiki practioners, the start of my Fibromyalgia and an unrelenting stream of meds…I still do and always will have continuing issues from this.

Fast forward a bit and by 30 I was at my highest weight then of 278lbs (2005)… I joined WW, did Core/Momentum and I lost 102lbs while in menopause but it took a fair amount of time (14 months). I was living in New Zealand at the time and had access to amazing fresh seafood, fresh produce and I walked everywhere. It was easy and affordable to make healthy choices.

I kept it off for a long time then I had to move back to the US and eventually I got sick with autoimmune issues and by 2017 I had ballooned back up to almost 300lbs… I lost my hair, lost sight of the good things in my life and almost lost everything (but the weight which like Little Bo Peeps sheep – always knew where to find me)

At this point my primary doc and I were discussing gastric sleeve surgery because we can’t get my blood pressure/cholesterol regulated, we’re throwing a million meds at it but it is making it worse and after leaving yet another specialist in tears because, according to them, there is nothing wrong with me except I’m fat and anxious – I didn’t know what to do. Digging around in a belly that already is upset by everything under the sun, including the Sun, is most likely not the best idea. I honestly think I would be a permanent pink hippo starring on Broadway in a tutu if we cut me open again. I don’t think my body would forgive me – or recover.

Last year, thankfully, I got a different diagnosis (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome) which has changed things and I was finally losing again but it is a cycle of inflammation flare ups – I regain and have to relose it.

This year has been rough so far… Several weeks ago I gained +16.6lbs in another flare up… This came on in 2 days and puts so much pressure on my organs, I have difficulty breathing, my BP goes haywire and not so long ago I collapsed in Kroger due to complications from a flare. It is a daily battle to balance my food sensitivities with environmental factors that cause reactions, try new meds, hope the newest change in weather doesn’t trigger a big blow up, figure out if I can do that sink of dishes or walk to the mailbox without causing breathing issues and try to just live some semblance of a normal life.

Even with everything going on with me medically, I am down about 50lbs now, but this is over 2.5yrs.

It’s hard – but if the only other option is giving up and regaining it all…that’s no answer – so I’ll take any tiny forward movement I can get…

If I gave up with any gain, much less a big one – I guarantee you my body would pack it in and I would be 400+lbs by the end of the year. No question…

Sometimes things complicate your situation. You can’t compare yourself to others or their results. It just isn’t the same. You also shouldn’t feel like you will lose the same way you did “last time” especially if last time was 10 or 20 or 40yrs ago. You don’t need to be your high school or prechild weight…things are not the same and you may need to readjust your perspective as to what is realistic and healthy for you now… Not “last time”…

Progress is progress, regardless of how slow, at least it’s progress… Is it frustrating to lose slowly – absolutely… But I say this with all the love and kindness in the world… At least you’re losing… #justkeepswimming

If you’ve gotten this far… I’m not saying anything here except – this is my story so far. For those who are struggling with a gain this week or are having a bad month, I hope that you find the strength, motivation and inspiration to continue, to grow, to change and to become the #wellnesswarrior I know you can be.