I was in the process of narrowing down. Perhaps I am still. My suspicion is dairy products - milk, cheese, creamers and the like.
I had been keeping a log of food I ate before a migraine but never suspected dairy. However, I read somewhere that it is also an accumulation of ‘bad’ stuff in the body which ultimately triggers the migraine. Thus, I had a tough time figuring out what triggered it because it sometimes triggered a migraine and other times not. Possibly if I hadn’t eaten a lot of dairy products for the week, it gets excreated before it builds up. At other times, the amount consumed accumulated over a few days was so large, it just triggered.
Mhy journey - I ate fish noodle soup with milk one night and I had a migraine the next day. I thought it could be the fish or perhaps MSG. I asked my sis after the migraine and she denied putting MSG. On a separate occasion, I ate a cheese birthday cake - only a tiny slice. I almost died with migraine the next day. I had pizza another time and had migraine the next day again. But I was puzzled since I eat pizza regularly and it never occurred to me.
So I decide to stop eating dairy products and 6 weeks ago. Lo and behold, my migraines was at bay.
One day before sleeping, I decided to have a 3 in 1 hot chocolate. The next day I felt terrible and knew a migraine was coming. I looked at the hot chocolate package and true enough - there was milk products in it.
One thing I realized was I always threw up when I had a migraine. So, I was thinking, is it the upset stomach which affected the head or vice versa. A little research confirmed that the stomach and brain are linked - thus the term gut feeling. Thinking back, I do remember my stomach feeling queasy before a migraine.
Interestingly, the cheese in a Mac’s Fish O Fillet doesn’t affect me; nor does Hagen Daz and Magnum ice cream. Then again, as I mentioned, it could be an accumulated amount of dairy before it triggers my migraine and the amount I ate those times was not much.
I hope it helps someone reading this.
* I had been drinking coffee with milk my whole life and now drink black coffee. I heard that coffee helped headaches. Unfortunately, the more I drank coffee with milk, the more my migraine became worse.