Migraine Triggers: Skipping Meals
Hundreds of times I’ve found myself thinking, “If you could just tell me what I could do to cure my migraine, I would do it.”
And, while there is no cure, there is certainly some untruth to my statement. ’Cause you know what? Even though I don’t know how to make it so I’ll never, ever have another migraine, I do know a few things I can do to prevent attacks from ever taking root.
And I don’t do those things.
Case in point: I SKIP MEALS ALL THE TIME. This is in spite of the fact that I know that meal-skipping is one of my most notorious triggers. This is in spite of the fact that, while I am not rolling in the dough, I have enough money to grocery shop. I work from home most of the time, a whopping ten feet between my desk and my fridge. And yet I skip meals.
I can’t explain my foolishness. I do try to change my ways, but there’s been very little sustained effort. When I do eat regularly, the payoff is tremendous: “Food is fuel!” think I, and I’m able to get through my day with more attention. I can help prevent unwanted migraines by eating every couple of hours.
Perhaps you could say I’m a workaholic, though I’d be disinclined to agree. It’s true that I’ll sometimes get so involved with what I’m doing (especially when it comes to writing or bookstore work) that I’ll plough right on through the lunch hour, ignoring my body’s instincts. Feed me! Feed me! My stomach cries as my body starts to get sleepy in the early afternoon hours. FEED ME!
And, usually, I eventually eat something. But—and this is embarrassing to admit—I sometimes find myself having “lunch” at 4 PM. Once in awhile I’ll look at the clock and think, “Well, it’s already 4. Might as well wait til 6 to eat.”
It’s almost as if I grew up with some weird, screwy eating rules or something. I love to eat, and I love feeling good. I am a healthy weight (though a little on the thin side) and have never struggled with obesity. I haven’t ever dealt with an eating disorder and have a really positive body image. So it’s not as if I have hang-ups about what it would mean to eat more frequently.
Does anyone else struggle with this?
Can you tell when a migraine attack is coming?