So you all know by now that I am a chronic migraine sufferer and I also love food, wine, spices and tea. That’s sounds harmless, doesn’t it? Wrong! Let me share with you just some tasty foods that can be causing your Migraines.
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I have several migraines a week, some last as little as 10 mins whilst others can last days, over the years I have learned what works, what doesn’t, what is manageable and what is worth the migraine (lol I’m just being honest). If you are a migraine sufferer and you have not used a food/migraine diary yet, do so. It was/is extremely productive.
Although this is a blog post about foods, I have to at least mention that there are other triggers of migraines, check out my previous blog post about ‘Migraines and their triggers’, until then here is a quick list of migraine triggers:
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I say food but it is not just food that trigger migraines, there are drinks, spices, herbs, tastes and smells.
My advice don’t get fed up by the list as everyone reacts differently but do keep a lookout for patterns etc. If you have a can of cola and you get a migraine and then remember getting a migraine the last time you have a cola… the chances are that Cola is a migraine trigger for you.
Right finally, here is the list of Favourite foods that can be causing a migraine.
Arghh, Let’s start with takeaways
Sweet & Sour: A huge no no. I’m talking in neon lights. This was a lesson I did not need a refresher course for.
Any Curries: Yep all curries are triggers but levels of migraine vary. In my experience the more red the curry the worse the migraine. But that’s me. To be honest I probably have a korma about twice a year and just prep for the migraine. Sometimes it’s worth it.
Ketchup /Tomato Sauces: We downgraded our ketchup brand and noticed a change in migraine. It wasn’t until I made the change that I realised that the original brand was probably triggering mild ones. Now I avoid takeaway ketchups and drain the sauce from my baked beans.
Ice cream and Milkshakes: I love milkshakes & ice cream I always have but they give me brain freeze and that is one of thee migraine starter that is very rarely worth it.
This one sucks because cheese and I were really good friends. Christmas with wine and a cheese board and my classic all-time favourite Sunday macaroni cheese are examples of bliss.
Thankfully it’s not all cheeses but it is most of them. Basically for me the stronger & or older the cheese the worst the migraine. Oh and include mozzarella in that as well as cheese flavoured snacks.
Flavoured water is right up there with Sweet and Sour. I am not an expert but I’m sure it’s the sweetener and flavouring.
Energy Drinks: My rule on energy drinks is – Just say No.
Diet/ No sugar drinks: Again those flipping sweeteners.
Coffee: Even though I don’t drink coffee the smell of strong coffee is a huge trigger.
Tea: I’m on decaf tea but I do I have a cheeky caffeine tea but it’s worth it.
Hot Chocolate: At least we have hot chocolate right? Wrong. Hot chocolate is on my trigger list but it’s worth it (occasionally) when you’re faced with a fancy one with a mountain of fresh cream and sprinkles of nutmeg.
Alcohol: All alcohol gives me a migraine even half a glass of wine. This is another one that gets to me but spritzers are a compromise.
Here are some other triggers of mine, can you relate?
What I picked up along the way and worth remembering.
MSG (monosodium glutamate): Foods containing MSG (aka all natural preservatives) are huge triggers for me.
Artificial Sweeteners: Apparently this hasn’t been officially proven but I am confident that artificial sweeteners cause migraines for me. A trigger that is just not worth it for me.
What about you, are there any other migraine triggers that you have discovered?
Don’t be disheartened, there are so many alternatives. Why not check out these amazing Migraine Cook Books.