Migraines and FoodFood is Medicine

I’ve done more dieting than can be imagined for my migraines and food has become my number one focus besides my over all health and well-being.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and all snacks are pre-planned so I never risk causing another Migraine.

My life revolves around migraines and food and avoiding my triggers.

I avoid alcohol, white sugar, white flour, wheat, gluten, dairy, lunch meats, citrus fruits, fermented products, shall I go on?

But "what is left to eat" you ask?

Now we all know that this list is not for everyone, everyone is different and we can be allergic to anything ... and everything at some points in our life. But that would be another website!!!

Here is some food for thought about what we can eat that is actually beneficial to reducing migraines.

Beneficial Foods

Things that taste like dust or have NO flavor at all are all considered beneficial for the migraine headache diet:

 - Buckwheat and rice crackers

 - Millet and rice crackers

 - Rice crackers (try with cashew paste – it's yummy)

 - Quinoa and buckwheat grains – also gluten free

But there are ways to make them yummy with a variety of toppings like avocado, houmous and tomato.

I have recently discovered dehydrated vegetable crackers that are made with vegetables and nuts. Very nice!

Beneficial Foods With Flavor

Migraines and food sushi

There are things with flavor we DO get to eat!

If you can tolerate these they are also great support for your thyroid: Organic Coconut Oil, and prawns.

Organic Eggs

Green tea

If you eat fruit, try having some nuts or something with fiber and protein to slow the absorption of sugar. This will lower your Glycemic response and reduce the potential of hypoglycemia.

I believe, but don’t quote me, that most meat and protein is safe for Migraineurs.

And lots of green vegetables. Fresh leafy green veggies are considered safe for most of us.

Believe it or not there are also foods that actually fight pain. Please see the list of links below for for a more extensive list.

Migraines and Food - Our Food Can Be Our Medicine

Migraines and food rice and veg

Pierre Jean Cousin recommends beneficial foods in his book Food is Medicine for a local muscle tension or stress headache or severe Migraines.

Here are some yummy – healthy foods he calls beneficial for our Migraine Headache Diet:

Almonds, anise, basil, broad bean, cabbage, camomile, cherry, chive, fennel, ginger, lemon balm, mint, oily fish, onion, peach, rosemary, white meat, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

He says to avoid the common migraine headache triggers like alcohol, coffee, cheese, etc. And some added ones I found interesting “food with additives “E” numbers”, monosodium glutamate, sweeteners and tea. Ok, back to what we can have!

He suggests we drink: fresh apple or apricot juices, camomile, fennel-seed, or mint infusions.

There are four recipes for infusions, but I can’t give them all away – you will just have to buy his book! The simplest recipe, I think, that Pierre Jean Cousin suggests is Ginger Tea. Ginger also aids digestive problems among other things. I have altered the recipe to suit me (I don’t use sugar) so I hope it suits you too.

Ginger Tea

250mls (one cup) of boiling water

1 - 2 tablespoons of grated fresh ginger root, or slices if you can’t grate it.

¼ - 1 teaspoon of maple syrup. Sweeten to taste. 

Mr. Cousin has a macrobiotic leaning. I’ve already told you about using Umeboshi plums and Kuzu for migraines, some of my, what I feel, are secret remedies.

For more details on these, please read our Chinese cure for migraine headache article. And for more on macrobiotics please read migraine headaches diet.

What Do You Know About: Sugar, Gluten, the Paleo Diet or the Vegan Diet?

So have you done your research? How do you know who to believe and what studies might apply to us as migraineurs?

There are very accomplished physicians in the United States: Frank Lipman, Mark Hyman, and Joel Kahn that often discuss these areas and fill us in on the right way to eat for our optimal health. Yet they all differ slightly.

Leave me your conclusions below.

I Found Great Ideas in These Books

I found some great ideas in these books, click on the pictures for links to more details.

Foods That Fight Pain
Heal Your Headache

Reference for Migraines and Food: Cousin, P.J. (2001) Food Is Medicine. Duncan Baird Publishers: London, UK. pp. 76-77, p.119. 

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