It’s been over a week and I’m still sneezing. It’s official. I have allergies. Aaargh!
This isn’t new. When I was a child, I was allergic to a lot of smells, including, but not limited to perfume, seasonings, a certain flower that blossomed around Christmas in Jamaica (we called it snow-on-the-mountain). There were so many Christmases where I spent the holidays mopping up my runny nose, and taking medication, or so it felt like. My mom had a real task trying to take care of me.
As I got older, I outgrew my allergies. Or at least, I thought I did. I was very proud of this fact too. In fact, I would announce to anyone who would listen that since I’d had allergies so bad as a child, I’d been cured. I thought about myself in terms of the Bible verse, you know the one… When I was a child, I did as a child but when I became a (wo)man, I put away childish things. Turns out the allergies weren’t mine to put away.
I think there are things I can do though. I’ve decided to start a new diet of sorts. There are lots of foods that are considered to trigger allergies and I’m going to work my way through the list to see if I can cure myself holistically.
Last week, I cut back on the sugar, swapping out juice and hot chocolate for plain water with lemon. That hasn’t helped yet (although I can feel the other benefits).
This week, I am cutting out cheese – if you know me, you know this is all kinds of EEEEEK for me but I’m motivated to get over this sneezing and coughing and general allergic reaction state.
I also read an article on WebMD that said eating local wild honey early in the season can help with building up resistance to the airborne pollen in my area. I’m not a big honey consumer but I’m thinking that’s something to try. I wonder, is there even honey production in NYC?
- Has anyone tested this eating local-wild-honey to treat allergies theory?
- I’m also open to suggestions so please share your tips for treating allergies.