I posted last week about my blood pressure problem, and in response to the advice I got, I upped my intake of fish oil capsules to 4 a day (I'm working on getting it up to 8 a day). It seems to be helping; someone commented to me yesterday how much more "leveled out" and less stressed I seem. So I'm pleased that my blood pressure is responding; we'll see what my doctor says next week. And I seem to be tolerating the increased dosage without any gastrointestinal problems.
HOWEVER (and this is a big however), I seem to have developed a food allergy, and as far as I can tell, it's to soy. Part of the reason I love the Zone so much is that I love tofu! I always have. I'd rather have baked tofu as my protein at meals than chicken or fish.
About three weeks ago I noticed that my neck, chest, and arms were itching. It got steadily worse. I thought it was an allergy to the soap I was using so I switched to a hypoallergenic one. It didn't make a difference. Then I noticed that the itching was worse right after I ate, so I thought maybe it was caused by a food, but which one?. I got a big clue the day I washed my face with a cleanser that has soy in it (one I have used for years), and when I looked up at the mirror, my face was bright red and itching. I stopped eating anything with soy in it and the itching went away. However, last night I had some chili with kidney beans in it, and within an hour the itching was back. Does an allergy to soy make me allergic to all other beans?
Is there anything I can do to minimize this allergy? Will the fish oil help? I am so discouraged by this . . . I thought I had finally found a food plan I can enjoy, but if I have to give up soy (and tofu and lentils) I don't know what I'll do. I've just traded one problem for another.