Food, glorious food!
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.
Can you tell when a migraine attack is coming?