Food, glorious food!
Last updated: September 2023
Sometimes when I wake up with a migraine I think to myself, “What have I done to deserve this?!” This rings especially true when I’ve been feeling bad earlier in the week. A few weeks ago, I woke up feeling okay, but as soon as I made my way to the kitchen for coffee, I sensed that heavy, cottony presence in my head and knew that things would be getting worse soon. “This is the third one in a week!” I thought, and chalked it up to my period (which of course always guarantees many migraine episodes).
When I got to my nannying gig at ten, I was too hungry to save my sandwich for lunch. I ate it right there on the spot and washed it down with a cool glass of water. And guess what? I started to feel better. Not headache-gone better, just oh-now-I-feel-more-alive better. And I thought back to how poorly I’d eaten the day before, how I’ve been too busy or too lazy to grocery shop, and how I had for dinner a half a bowl of plain pasta after a day of only having eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Can’t blame this one entirely on the period. I must accept my migrainous (yup, new word) fate this time around because I haven’t been taking care of my nutritional needs. It doesn’t help to scold myself for being so dumb (though I am doing a little of that). What will help is going to the grocery store and buying lots of healthy foods and snacks so that my kitchen is well-stocked. It’s hard to wrap my head around paying as much as I do for groceries, but if a lack of food helps fuel this pain, then I need to get my priorities straight and just shell out the extra bucks for my health.
Are the family and friends you will be seeing this holiday season understanding about migraine?