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By Kerrie Smyres - April 28, 2015
... allowed herbs and spices to increase the flavors. There are migraine-focused cookbooks, but few also omit histamine-containing foods. Some of those recipes even include other potential trigger foods. Migraine diet cookbooks can... of wheat are delicious with a little butter or cream and maple syrup. (Some people find sugar a trigger, so try not to go overboard with the sweeteners.) Lunch Salad made of allowed ingredients and topped with meat or beans...

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By Kerrie Smyres - January 19, 2015
... from your diet for a short time. After you’re symptom-free (or have reduced symptoms) for a while, you slowly add foods back in to see if they trigger a migraine. The recommended time to wait before reintroducing a food varies... from several weeks to four months; in my experience, about six weeks is sufficient. Once you’ve determined a food or food chemical isn’t a trigger, it can go back in your diet. (“Food chemical” doesn’t...

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By Kerrie Smyres - January 29, 2015
... they’re relevant. This is integral knowledge to understand why certain foods are triggers. Food chemicals are a good starting point for a couple of reasons. By understanding how potentially problematic foods are related to each... to be the primary culprits to trigger migraine attacks are listed below. Some are naturally occurring, while others are added to foods. I’ve included some information on  each of the food chemicals as well as links to good...

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By Kerrie Smyres - April 22, 2015
...Is food allergy testing a good way to test for migraine triggers? This is a common question when people are overwhelmed by the details of an elimination diet. The answer is: it’s complicated. Food allergies usually cause... some sort of reaction every time the trigger food is eaten, though the symptoms may vary from one reaction to the next, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.1 Food-related migraine triggers...

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By Lisa Robin Benson - March 16, 2017
... Varidesk for computer work, as standing helps me keep good posture. Not eating on time I like to think of myself as a foodie, in fact I’ve done some food writing and restaurant reviews. That said, there’s another...We hear a lot about migraine triggers, and one of the first tasks a doctor will often give a patient is to keep a headache diary to identify them. I’ve had migraines since I was a kid and I always knew there were...

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By Kerrie Smyres - May 13, 2015
... manage food triggers. Some people can eat their normal diet and use digestive enzymes to make up the difference, but it’s more common to use them in conjunction with a restricted diet. Good comprehensive enzymes not made from...Is it possible to have our cake and eat it, too (possibly literally)? Elimination diets are a pain and no one wants to give up foods they don’t have to, so finding ways to manage food triggers without major (or any) dietary...

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By Kerrie Smyres - March 9, 2015
... on the “Foods to Eat” list. It might wind up being a trigger for you, but probably not. Some foods I’ve tested successfully include chayote squash, cactus pads (I live in Arizona!), and passion fruit. Look for different... Whole Foods. Sulfite-free dried fruit and vegetable brands include Made in Nature, Bare Fruit, and Just Tomatoes (they make all sorts of dried fruits and vegetables, not just tomatoes). To be sure you get good nutrition...

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By Kerrie Smyres - April 6, 2015
...How Long to Stay on the Diet A migraine elimination diet is the first step in figuring out your food triggers. Ideally, you’d wait to reintroduce foods until you’ve had a period with no or few migraine attacks—some recommend... as long as four months. Given that migraine can have many triggers, not just food, it may be impossible to go even a week without a migraine. In that case, you just need to stay on the elimination diet long enough...

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By Kerrie Smyres - April 14, 2015
...If you’ve tried to track migraine triggers, you’ve probably gotten frustrated by how difficult it can be. Here are some of the reasons it’s tough to identify specific food triggers. Triggers tend to be cumulative.... This is the case with all triggers, not just food. A food may be fine one day, but not on a day when the weather is stormy or you didn’t get enough sleep or your hormones are fluctuating. Think of it like a bucket. You can fill up...

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By Kerrie Smyres - January 11, 2015
...We’ve all heard about foods that are potential migraine triggers and many of us have tried avoiding those foods to some degree. Unfortunately, individual triggers can be elusive. Figuring out which foods are problematic... for you can be maddening. Some people have no food triggers at all, while others have so many food triggers that every meal triggers a migraine. The latter describes me. I have tried a variety of elimination diets – avoiding...

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By Anna Eidt - March 2, 2017
... try to be, I occasionally find myself in a situation where I must choose to either eat some trigger-ridden food, or risk the trigger of low blood sugar. Gah! 5. Stress and anxiety It is more important than ever that you... or not. That way, if I feel the pain coming on, a quick glance at my calendar will let me know how many pills I’ve had so far this week, and if I might need one to get through an unavoidable triggering event in the near future...

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By Kerrie Smyres - July 23, 2014
... stop reading at the word “histamine” if you don’t have allergies – this has nothing to do with allergies! Histamine can be a migraine trigger, even if a person has absolutely no allergies. Some foods contain histamine... released as part of digestion or is in contained in or released by certain foods. At least, this is what’s supposed to happen. (More on this in a minute.) Is histamine a known migraine trigger? Histamine has been suspected...

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By Editorial Team - December 12, 2014
... triggers, food triggers vary greatly from one person to the next! BACK NEXT Submit Chocolate is an unfortunate trigger for many people with migraine! However there is some good news about chocolate that you can learn...From Halloween candy, to Thanksgiving celebrations and now the Holiday season, one thing is a constant as the days grow shorter: Lots of food. And many of those foods can be migraine triggers for us. If you haven’t...

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By pam bitterman - March 2, 2017
..., the greatest triggers are FOODS, PRIMARILY THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN GENETICALLY MODIFIED, especially those containing GLUTEN. So I say, just TRY NO GLUTEN. It has made me healthier and stronger in every way! ... intimately familiar with – identifying and avoiding TRIGGERS. There are of course zillions, right? But still I wondered, WHAT HAS CHANGED TO EXPLAIN WHY MIGRAINE IS NOW AN EPIDEMIC? WHAT SINGLE THING AFFECTS SO MANY? FOR ME...

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By BikerMiker24 - March 2, 2017
... avoiding the foods I knew were triggers, so I really didn’t know what was causing them. I was working at a computer more, so I thought this could be the issue. I tried to take breaks during the day, but I still would get them... had eaten, so as long as I avoided those foods, I got along fine. For about 20 years I was migraine free. My doctor told me that I probably grew out of them. About 10 years ago, I started having them again. I was still...

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By Tammy Rome - January 11, 2017
...Many people report that nitrate-containing foods are a migraine trigger. The reports are so frequent that many headache specialists recommend all patients avoid processed meat altogether. Many of us have sworn off sausage.... The results of this study offer no new insights into the potential cause of migraine or even an explanation as to why nitrate-containing foods are a trigger for some patients and not for others. However, it does provide...

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By Kathy - March 8, 2017
...I drank two glasses of ( not from concentrate ) pomegranate juice and followed with massive migraine. The other time was after eating MSG. I believe that I should only have small amounts of these migraine trigger foods.... However, my main triggers are menstruation ( PMT) , menopause and ovulation. My muscles in my shoulders , neck and scalp start to hurt and a migraine follows. My scalp is so sore it’s like it is full of tiny knots! It’s agony! I get very depressed , diarrhoea !! . Trip tan s and Naproxen is my only relief! ...

By Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE - November 21, 2011
...There are over 37 million people in the U.S. who suffer from migraines. For some individuals, food is a major contributor. The top four migraine triggering foods are: Chocolate Cheese Citrus Fruit Alcohol (mainly red wine... and most seeds, citrus fruits, vinegar (both red and white) and some vegetables. Fermented foods also contain higher levels of histamines, another possible migraine trigger. Some Leftovers- Since tyramine content increases over...

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By Lisa Robin Benson - March 22, 2017
...: Migraine Diet: Reintroducing Foods Migraine Elimination Diet: Foods to Eat, Foods to Avoid The Migraine Food Trigger You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Migraine Triggers: Food Triggers & Elimination Diets I would love to hear about any kind of diet you’ve tried for migraine. Leave me a note in the comments! Submit ... was through a book. With the naturopathic doctor, I eliminated: wheat, dairy, nuts, soy, pickled and fermented foods, citrus, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, MSG, artificial sweeteners, etc. The book...

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By Diana Lee - August 18, 2011
... is that you’ve got to take this list to the grocery store with you and read, read, read those labels. Often more natural foods contain less of these additives and are good bets for people whose migraines are triggered...While it is uncommon for migraineurs to find that true food allergies are triggers for their attacks, food intolerances as triggers are incredibly common. One way to find out whether a particular food or drink is a trigger...

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