An apple a day doesn’t keep the doctor away?

benjamin-wong-485320-unsplashEvery doctor and nutritionist and health guru will tell you to eat more fruits and veggies – preferably organic and non-gmo. While I am all for this type of diet, it’s not always helpful for people with mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS).

MCAS is where your body inappropriately releases histamine and other inflammatory substances causing allergic-type reactions. These reactions can be serious, even deadly.  Even worse, for many of us with mast cell disorders, food is a big trigger. Certain fruits, vegetables and meats can be very high in histamines, making them off limits. Also, fragrances, extreme temperatures, medications, stress and on and on and on. All of these can be triggers. Most of us are on restricted diets. I can only eat 2 or 3 fruits and maybe 4 vegetables at most. So it’s very frustrating to have to keep explaining to the medical community, nutritionists and natropaths why you can’t follow their “miracle” diets that are supposed to make you better.

I was talking to a “healer” recently and he told me that he put his father on this special diet and his arthritis improved significantly.  Do I believe him? Absolutely. There is a lot to be said for the kinds of stuff we put in our bodies and our health. It seemed, though, that it was hard for this man to understand that I cannot just eat a big, fresh, organic salad every single day. I cannot drink green shakes, take supplements or juice my way to health since one grape can land me in the emergency room. It’s a very hard disease to understand, as the nuances are many to say the least. This is why we need more education and advocacy.

There are varying degrees of limitations with MCAS. Some people take meds that help them a lot and they watch their diet carefully to avoid triggers and they have a decent quality of life.  Some are so bad that they need to be on a feeding tube. The rest of us fall somewhere in the middle. We are hyper-sensitive to foods, environment, scents, soaps and temperatures. There are only a limited number of foods we can eat — some of them may be healthy, some of them not. We pop antihistamines all day long, carry an epipen and obsess over food labels. We live hyper-vigilant lives.

So, while I fully support eating healthy, unfortunately it isn’t always going to help us “masties” to get well.  We all know that saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well, for me, it’s “an apple a day gets me a trip to the ER.”

Some quotes for your journey…

camille-orgel-551599-unsplashI have always enjoyed reading the thoughts of others. I love those little books of quotes they sell at bookstores. I guess you can say I collect them. I’ll open them now and then just for fun. Maybe to feel a little better or a little bit wiser. Here are some of my favorites. What are some of yours?

“Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.” – St. Francis de Sales

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”― Rob Siltanen

“You think you know someone by looking at their appearance, body language and gestures. You assume when someone is smiling and laughing that they are happy and carefree in their life. But what if that’s not always the case? What about those who smile and are actually hiding a multitude of emotions, pains and struggles in their life? Every person you meet is going through their own battles and we should all be more quick to show compassion and kindness toward one another, rather than judge and make assumptions based off of what we see.” –Kelly Fricke

“I always wanted a happy ending … Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.” –Gilda Radner

“Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.” –Meister Eckhart

“Ask, and it will be given you;
seek, and you will find;
knock, and it will be opened to you.” –Luke 11:9

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” –Rainer Maria Rilke

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” –Richard Bach

“Some mystics taught that the human soul comes from God and that the last thing that God does before putting a soul into the body is to kiss the soul. The soul then goes through life always dimly remembering that kiss, a kiss of perfect love, and the soul measures all of life’s loves and kisses against that primordial perfect kiss.” –Ron Rolheiser

“It may be that some little root of the sacred tree still lives. Nourish it then, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with singing birds.” –Black Elk

“Give. But don’t allow yourself to be used. Love. But don’t allow your heart to be abused. Trust. But don’t be naive. Listen. But don’t lose your own voice.” –Unknown

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”- Thomas Merton

“A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying Him. It “consents,” so to speak, to His creative love. It is expressing an idea which is in God and which is not distinct from the essence of God, and therefore a tree imitates God by being a tree. The more a tree is like itself, the more it is like Him. If it tried to be like something else which it was never intended to be, it would be less like God and therefore it would give Him less glory. No two created beings are exactly alike. And their individuality is no imperfection. Therefore each particular being, in its individuality, its concrete nature and entity, with all its own characteristics and its private qualities and its own inviolable identity, gives glory to God by being precisely what He wants it to be here and now, in the circumstances ordained for it by His Love and His infinite Art.” — Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.” — Mary Anne Radmacher

“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen, Anthem

“Do not oppress one another.” – Leviticus 25:17

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