THE MIGRAINE DIET

Migraine and migraine-associated vertigo are triggered by the foods we eat. The Migraine Diet WILL ease your suffering.

Let me first talk, in a generic way, about the classes of chemicals that are found in foods which trigger migraines and thus are exclusions on the Migraine Diet.

TYRAMINE MIGRAINE DIET EXCLUSIONS:

Tyra mine is a by-product of the breakdown of proteins. Thus, exclude anything fermented or aged, such as (this list is only partial):

Cheese
Yogurt
Anything smoked, cured or pickled
Alcohol
Soy sauce, miso, or tempeh
Homemade Bread (bread from the store is already “stale” of its yeast content)
Bran
All seafood unless it’s absolutely fresh
Mushrooms
Over-ripe melons

Any high-protein meal needs to be eaten fresh.

SULFITE MIGRAINE DIET EXCLUSIONS:

Sulfites are severe migraine triggers. They are chemical preservatives and color protectors.

Grapes are usually treated with sulfites
Dried fruits or vegetables
Pie crust
Pizza crust
Flour tortillas
Crackers
Condiments and relishes
Sugar delivered from sugar beets
Modified dairy products – any product in which vegetable oils have been added
All seafood
Gelatins and puddings
Jams and jellies
Shredded coconut
Canned, bottled or frozen fruit juices
Processed vegetables: juice, canned veggies, pickled veggies, instant potatoes, frozen veggies
Dried soup mixes
Corn syrup, maple syrup, fruit toppings
Instant tea

A SERIOUS MIGRAINE DIET EXCLUSION IS MSG:

Monosodium glutamate is used as a flavor enhancer and you have to become a magician at finding the many “code” words for it on food labels. Dr. Buchholz’s book gives you a great list of these words. A handful are:

natural flavoring
sodium caseinate
hydrolyzed proteins
autolyzed yeast

If you find any of these words on a label, it is code for MSG.

A very tricky term you’ll come across is “no MSG added.” True, there is no MSG “ADDED” but I can tell you the manufacturer is TELLING you there MSG in the product by natural process. You see glutamate is compound found in many foods, such as tomatoes. When cooked for a long time, glutamate becomes mono-sodium glutamate. Naturally. The manufacturer can legally say “No MSG added” and sell a product with tons of MSG in it. I personally know people who have had very bad luck with these products. I make my own soup base.

MSG is universally found in:
commercial soups
soy sauce
salad dressings
frozen dinners
soup mix
croutons
stuffing
some chips

For more information regarding hidden MSG sources, go to:

http://www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources_printable.pdf

A CLASSIC MIGRAINE DIET NO-NO IS:

Caffeine which is found in:

Coffee
Chocolate
Tea

These are the obvious sources, but check your labels – decaffeinated teas and coffees still have caffeine in them!

A VERY BAD MIGRAINE DIET EXCLUSION IS:

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener, (first marketed as NutraSweet) and has no business being in your body; the DNA of your cells doesn’t know what to do with it! Ingesting it just adds to the toxic waste dump which probably caused our degenerative condition in the first place. Don’t put anything in your mouths which your body doesn’t know what to do with – it’s making you sicker!

AN ESSENTIAL MIGRAINE DIET EXCLUSION IS:

Phenyl ethylamine which is an amino acid, which really means no harm, but happens to trigger migraines. Just a few foods containing this little compound are:

Chocolate
Citrus fruit
Chocolate
Cocoa
Berries
Red wine

THIS MIGRAINE DIET EXCLUSION IS TRICKY TO FIND – BUT YOU CAN AND MUST!

Histamines are natural and necessary to the function of our bodies. However, they often trigger migraines. Below is a partial list of foods that contain histamine.

Banana
Beef
Pork
Beer
Chicken liver
All seafood
Sauerkraut
Spinach
Strawberry
Tomato and tomato products
Pineapple
Chocolate
Yeast

SIMPLY DO THIS:

To start your Migraine Diet, simply eliminate all of the above foods for three months in order to get the triggers out of your body. Then add back one food at a time. Believe me, you WILL know, probably by the next day, whether it’s a trigger or not. If it doesn’t make you sicker, congratulations! It’s on your OK list. If it makes you sicker, congratulations! You’ve found a trigger. It’s on your OFF list.

It may seem like a lot of work, and I highly doubt this work will RID you of this horrific illness but I can tell you it will ease your suffering and it IS worth it.

I know how you feel – what can you eat while ON the Migraine Diet? When I first went on the diet everything I ate was on the OFF list. I had to learn to eat all over again. It was for the best. I am the healthiest eater I know. I eat nothing out of a can, box or drive-through. I don’t even like to eat at restaurants. I buy my food fresh and cook it fresh. And it’s GREAT! Maybe we can share some recipes on this blog, huh?

Make this Migraine Diet YOUR diet! Try to have fun with it. Share with us how you’re doing. The more you share the more others will share back.

I’ll let you go to work on your own for now. But I’ll be back soon with some suggestions of my own.

Bye for today,

Julie

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2 Comments

  1. I have horrific migraine associated vertigo and think that this migraine diet could really help. Ive been to a ton of drs and am waiting to see a neurologist. In the mean time I would lke to start this diet. Seeing as I have been dizzy from weeks to months, I think I will start this diet asap. I do wonder if you have a more in depth list of foods that are ok as my research shows contradicitng information and you seem to know what your talking about. I eat a lot of fruits and this is my main area of wonderment and also is pasta made from vegetables ok that you find in the pasta aisle?

    Thanks so much,
    Megan

    • You are SO right! The info out there is so contradictory. That is why if you really want to find out, and in the long run, because you’re going to be on this diet for a VERY long time, it is worth your while to go off ALL possible triggers and then start adding things back. That way you will know what triggers YOU!

      For instance, I see avacados on most OFF lists, yet I seem to do fine with avacados. I love them, they hold lots of nutrition and I eat them daily. So for me, they are on my ON list. Also, about nuts, they are on most OFF lists, yet I do well with some and BAD with others. We are all different.

      The lists are based on experience because there is no other way to generate a list. It’s all theory. Your body is your best guide.

      I will tell you that universally chocolate and caffeine seem bad for everybody. MSG!! OUCH! AND its very important to find the mascaraders of MSG. Buchholz’s book “Heal Your Headache” has a great list of MSG listed as other things such as “natural flavorings.” Anything with “natural flavorings” has MSG in it – I guarantee it. You may find some sort of similar list on Google.

      As well, citrus fruits seem to be triggers. Anything fermented is really bad for me. That includes cheese of ANY kind.

      I eat raw tomatoes but not cooked tomatoes because the natural glutamate in a tomato forms monosodium glutamate when its cooked.

      I don’t do well with melons, but you may. So i’ll quit here.

      BEST for you, again, is to go off ALL triggers for THREE months. It may seem like a long time right now, but ten years later (which is where I am) I have a diet, tried and true.

      I hope this has been helpful. Please keep coming back, I’m adding to this blog once or twice a week for other things that can help you.

      Warmly,

      Julie

      Especially about fruits. So first, let me say that vegetables are mostly okay, (I’m doing a quick mental check). Avacados are on most