Expert Answer: Food cravings & migraines

Question: How can I manage my food cravings during a migraine attack?

Food cravings are a “normal” part of a Migraine for many people. The only way to stop the cravings is to stop the Migraine. Even then, many of us will have food cravings during the postdrome phase after the rest of the Migraine has passed.

Since there’s no real way to stop the cravings, the best option we have is to keep healthy foods on hand that can satisfy the cravings. Examples:

  • If you crave salty potato chips, try some of the baked chips that have less fat.
  • If it’s just salty foods you crave, try some pretzels or air-popped popcorn.
  • If you crave chocolate, will a small “snack size” candy bar satisfy your craving? Or perhaps a cup of hot chocolate? There are also some fairly healthy snack bars available with chocolate and under 100 calories. This is, of course, if chocolate is not a Migraine trigger for you.
  • If you crave sweets in general, try some fresh fruit or fruit packed in fruit juice with no sugar added.
  • If you crave protein, a piece of low fat cheese may be a good choice.

The biggest challenge of food cravings is if you crave a food that’s a Migraine trigger for you. When that’s the case, it’s important to find something that’s not a trigger that you can substitute for it.

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