Taking stock some MORE....
I needed to use my neti-pot again this morning.
By the time i finished that week-and-a-half visit to TX, i was suffering from the familiar old allergies. Predictable: when i lived on the gulf coast, i developed a sensitivity to oak pollen (and always DID have a sensitivity to mold), and Houston in the winter is mild and damp. I also suspected off-gassing by the new mattress in the guest room. Driving home, i had the familiar itchy nose which loratadine completely fails to counteract (diphenhydramine is better, but makes me sleepier). I expected that proper wintertime weather in the midwest would make it better, and it is -- some -- but not good enough.
The tricky bit with allergies is that they're cumulative. A touch of Bradford-pear-tree pollen in the air won't set me off, but the pollen plus a handful of cashews, plus a lot of time spent in the basement, and i'm running for the Benedryl. There are endless combinations of irritants.
Allergic symptoms can be extremely diverse, as i learned when i read Dr. Atkins' book so many years ago, AND they interfere with weight-loss. The fatigue i'm feeling today could definitely be connected with atmospheric and food allergies. I had macadamias and quite a bit of tomato yesterday, and eggs, a little almond flour, grapefruit and lime today -- all strong suspects in the world of food intolerance (and i'm going to be having shellfish for dinner...).
Yeah -- histamine load. I should have spotted it before. I'll start concentrating on eating more fresh meats and vegetables, and fewer histadine-containing things. :-D Just writing things down, here, clarifies so much for me!