Watch the video below to learn more about my personal healing journey
My body was reacting to everything!
My health journey starts long before 2019 but I want to highlight what I was going through at this time as how it all comes together is quite amazing. Listen to the above video for the full story.
Here’s some pictures of how my histamine reactions started in 2019. My eyes started to become swollen, the skin around them started to burn, bruise, itch and scale and my right eye would water continuously. I was supporting my body in all the physical and nutritional ways that I knew how to. But I was overlooking the stress, trapped emotions and misaligned pieces of my life. While running LivNourished on the side, I was working in a full time government job as a food product development technologist that I was no longer aligned with, I was extremely stressed given personal circumstances and my body was starting to react to the “healthy” every day foods that I was consuming like eggs, dark chocolate, spinach and cashews. My body was stuck in a hypervigilant state and recognized anything in my environment (food, situations, emotions, etc) as danger. This would create a histamine dump in my body leading to the reactions that you can see in the pictures. I was already starting to learn about histamine production and histamine intolerance, but didn’t quite have all the pieces tided together to understand why my reactions were getting worse.
I sought out the help of a chiropractor and acupuncturist who used a desensitization technique to help reset the nervous system to the foods I was reacting too. This treatment helped resolve my symptoms by about 80% within 2 months. Twenty four hours after a desensitization treatment I was able to eat the food I was once reacting to without any flares. I continued to tune into my body’s needs, using muscle testing on myself to further determine what was preventing me from fully clearing these symptoms. I kept getting a confirming response that I had a parasite, so I did a full moon parasite cleanse, released a visible whip worm from through my stool and within 10 minutes of passing it my eye stopped dripping and I never had a eye reaction again… that was 1.5 years ago.
I thought my symptoms were healed, but I still wasn’t listening
After no longer having eye reactions, I thought my symptoms were healed. I thought I could carry on living my life miserable at my job, shutting down my intuitive gifts and driving 1.5 hours a day to work. I still hadn’t got the message. So my body spoke louder. In mid 2020 my histamine reactions started to re-appear through the top of my right hand. It started as a small itchy, “eczema” looking spot that grew into the size of a toonie. I would notice that anytime I was stressed or had caffeine that the patch would get itchier and more inflamed. Once again, trying all the tools in my toolbox, nothing seemed to really work. My body was mad and I still wasn’t listening. So it spoke even louder.
I had to quit my soul sucking job for my body to truly heal
In early 2021, I was playing outside with my dog when I bent down to throw the ball for her. When I went to stand up my whole lower back spasmed in excruciating pain. I was 26 years old and couldn’t even bend down to pull up my own underwear. I went to the chiropractor who checked me over and said “it’s weird because your spine isn’t even out very much, is there something else you think could be influencing the pain” and I said “yes, it’s my job”. The chiropractor muscle tested me and confirmed that in fact it was my job. I sat in her office crying as I realized I needed to quit this soul sucking job. The tears were coming from a place of joy as I finally had the courage to release this job, honor my body and step into my passion of helping others full time with LivNourished. It was time to start listening to my body. The next day I submitted my resignation and my back pain literally went away.
I took a months worth of vacation time and then went back to the government job for 2 weeks to finish up my roles at the workplace. In that 2 weeks my hand flared again and was fiercely irritated on the last day (see above). I did many emotional clearings and desensitizations after releasing that job and in one week my hand started to heal. My back has only acted up twice in a year and a half and was an immediate sign of misalignment. The difference was that when I felt the pain, I immediately tuned inwards and addressed the exact thing that was misaligned in my life. As soon as I did that the back pain would go away. I can now touch my toes, stretch, do yoga, sit for long periods of time without pain and pull up my own underwear!
How I continue to support my body
I continue to support my body and nervous system in being able to release emotions, stress and process histamines. Something that has substantially helped me in continuing to clear excess histamines from my body are:
- I schedule regular integrative reiki sessions and whole body healing journey sessions on myself where I use muscle testing and pendulum testing to determine any areas of support my body needs
- self emotion code clearings and self-desensitization sessions around trapped emotions
- supporting my nervous system with naps and slowness
- taking in the early morning sunlight on as much of my bare skin as possible- we need UV rays from the sunlight to help our bodies breakdown histamines properly
- taking beef kidney supplements which contain high levels of DAO, the enzyme needed to break down histamines
- knowing my limit with high histamine containing foods
- liver drainage support
- gut microbiome support
My symptoms were a blessing
Healing is not linear, is ever evolving and happens in layers. Looking back there were so many metaphorical messages that my symptoms were telling me, I just wasn’t listening. The eye reactions were very much related to things I was not letting myself see in my personal and professional life. The hand reactions were related to the fact that I was denying myself to help others with my hands, something I was yearning to do. My back pain was related to being misaligned in my life and how I was not stepping into my life’s purpose.
I hope this can be inspiration for you to know that healing is possible and even health practitioners go through their own struggles. We all deserve grace in our own healing journeys. If you have any questions about things I have mentioned in this post please use the contact form to reach out.