THE MIGRAINE DIET
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):
Anything smoked, cured or pickled
Soy sauce, miso, or tempeh
Homemade Bread (bread from the store is already “stale” of its yeast content)
All seafood unless it’s absolutely fresh
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
Condiments and relishes
Sugar delivered from sugar beets
Modified dairy products – any product in which vegetable oils have been added
Gelatins and puddings
Jams and jellies
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
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:
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:
For more information regarding hidden MSG sources, go to:
A CLASSIC MIGRAINE DIET NO-NO IS:
Caffeine which is found in:
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:
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.
Tomato and tomato products
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,