Migraine Meals: What I Eat When I Feel Like I Can

Migraine Meals: What I Eat When I Feel Like I Can’t Eat

It can often be really tricky to figure out how to properly nourish one’s body in the midst of a migraine attack. This is certainly often true for me. For one, my migraines are usually accompanied by egregious nausea that makes my appetite go poof. The last thing I want to do when fighting migraine symptoms is to eat..well…anything reallyThen there is the fatigue I feel before, during, and after an attack. I just can’t muster up the energy to think about getting or preparing food when all I want to do is lay in a cold, dark, and silent room to recover. But, migraine or not… ya gotta eat.

In this article I discuss some of the barriers to eating well while suffering from migraine attacks, some food prep I try to always have on hand in the event of a migraine attack, as well as easy and quick ways I make sure I stay nourished when I don’t have the ability to go out and buy food or cook my own meals.

Barriers to good eats

Many who suffer from migraine know all too well how difficult it can be to complete even our most practiced tasks when dealing with migraine symptoms. Eating is no exception…but skipping meals is certainly not the most helpful thing when suffering from a migraine, and can make it worse. For me, add to that a long list of allergies and a vegetarian lifestyle, and something as simple as eating can quickly become a hefty challenge. I often get a hold of my partner and caretaker during particularly straining attacks and ask for help in making food, and that is always a huge relief! However, quite often that is not an option. There are plenty of times when I am alone with a migraine, unable to really get myself up, knowing I am long overdue to eat something, without an inkling of energy or desire to do so.

Nausea

Nausea and vomiting are commonly associated with migraine, and many sufferers note that they feel uneasy abdominal pain during an attack. For me, when I get very nauseous the last thing I can think about is eating food, but this tends to just make my other symptoms: pulsating in my head, dizziness, inability to think and communicate clearly, even more pronounced. Fighting nausea and needing to eat can seem like a confusing, contradictory duo and it takes a fine balance for me to be attentive to both.

Things I avoid

Frier oil and the smell of it burning is a huge migraine trigger for me. It also isn’t too pleasing on a nauseous stomach, so fried foods are usually way out of the question. I also am rarely able to keep down a heavy or large food item during an attack, so I opt for light fare and food items that are easy on my own digestion. I also avoid super sweet and sugary foods when I have a migraine and feel nauseous, as well as heavily salted foods. Having both migraine that is sometimes triggered by sharp sensory experiences as well as high blood pressure further confirm my aversion to very salty foods.

Things I keep on hand:

Instead of heavy, sugary, salty or fried snacks, I like to keep fresh, light foods in my fridge for the times when I just have to eat something but I don’t want to think too much about it and I don’t want my nausea and vomiting to get any worse. Foods that are staples for me that fit into my chronic migraine life are:

Baby Carrots, Celery Sticks, Dry Roasted Almonds (or other unsalted nuts), less sweet fruits like Green Apples, and Plums, as well as easy to go down foods like plain yogurt (which often feels soothing on my throat.)  I also love to have low sugar protein bars on hand because they are a filling, unwrap-and-go food that can easily be bought in bulk. These foods are low maintenance and can be kept nearby with relative ease. Some can even be kept bedside so that I can just reach over and grab them when I finally get enough energy to try to eat.

For my larger, more filling meals, I opt for things like store-bought microwavable steamed lentils and steamable frozen vegetables, premade microwavable whole potatoes, or premade, microwavable Kasha. These foods are filling and hot but relatively unobtrusive to my digestive tract and can be ready in minutes with little effort. While it is important to remember that different individuals can tolerate different foods (and we all have differing tastes), these are just a few food items I have found that allow me to still make sure I get some food in, while experiencing migraine attacks that would otherwise make it difficult to eat at all.

Water!

One other mega important thing I try to make sure I am doing always, but especially during a migraine attack, is drinking LOTS of water. Not only does this help me stay hydrated, but it usually helps with my nausea and keeps me from feeling too hungry when the nausea passes, which helps when I can’t make or buy food right away.

I would love to hear what your migraine food Go’s and No’s are! What foods do you gravitate towards when you have a migraine attack? Which foods are off limits? How do you cope with nausea? Let’s discuss in the comments.

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  • Luvmyfam22
    7 months ago

    Loved your ‘Keep on hand’ list! Great suggestions and a few I didn’t know existed. Thanks!

  • Catch22ish
    8 months ago

    First of all I always keep Promethazine suppositories in stock (my Dr knows of my migraines & will give me a script for it on a regular basis). That helps about 70% which is a lot.
    FOOD: My go to food when appetite is dead is a smoothie. Fruit, yogurt (any kind), milk, touch of salt, pinch of wheat germ or anything like that, Splenda or Stevia for sweetness and some kind of green leafy if I have on hand. For the leafy I may use any of these : Lettuce, kale, any kind of sprouts (best), our even raw broccoli but Judy a small amt If that. If I have a Stevia plant I just toss the leavess in. Adding a half or quarter of a banana soothes the stomach.
    If it doesn’t taste great & really tempt my taste buds ut won’t work that’s why I add sweet.
    These are always ready for me when I don’t want to eat & by throwing everything but the kitchen sink in there I have a full healthy meal in a glass. I suppose I don’t need to say not to drink it to fast, last thing we need is a brain freeze.
    Frozen fruit is super handy.
    I don’t always have all those ingredients on hand but even when I do it takes maybe 5 min to mage a smoothie. Use whatever toy have in fridge & freezer.
    A big smoothie will cover me for most of the day.

  • mcadwell
    8 months ago

    A hot cup of sweet brown tea with dry toast. I seem to keep that down and it makes me less nauseous. Then another cup of hot sweet tea and some cooked rice in miso broth. Then a last cup of hot sweet tea and I can eat regularly.

  • surlychick
    8 months ago

    Ya know, I have friends with migraines, but it still feels like it’s just the XX of us. Reading these articles makes me a little weepy for two reasons. 1) I feel so understood, and 2) I’m so sad that there is so much life-altering suffering going on due to migraines. I keep frozen “healthy” meals on hand. I have bars for this coming week, which will be great. The biggest issue for me is that, because I already ate my stomach up taking NSAIDs in the past and because the relief I find comes from pills with caffeine, I *MUST* eat something before taking any pills. This makes it really difficult sometimes. Thank you all for being here and supporting one another.

  • SuperDave
    8 months ago

    Ginger ale, saltines, and Campbell’s tomato soup – Somehow, it stops my migraines about 50% of the time. The pain and nausea will stop, but I’m not sure why. I usually have already taken medication with no luck. I think eating these things settles my stomach, and then when my nausea is replace by proper digestion, the medicine gets into my system and does what it is supposed to do.

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    8 months ago

    SuperDave,

    That is really interesting! Sounds like a pretty yummy abortive option, hope it continues to work for you and that you find relief. Thank you for sharing with the community!

  • surlychick
    8 months ago

    That’s really interesting. Sometimes I feel like eating helps, but it’s not necessarily a particular thing that I eat.

  • cleajoy
    8 months ago

    I’m nauseous and have little appetite during a migraine. I also have zero motivation. I also have insatiable thirst during migraine attacks. Only Gator Aide (lemon Lime) works. I keep homemade chicken stock and soup in the freezer, at least one frozen meal (like chicken pie). I make a large pot of rice every other Sunday and freeze half of it in serving sizes in freezer bags. There’s no way I’m going to eat most veggies during an attack, if they come up it’s awful, especially raw. Anything I eat has to be soft, smooth, easy to digest, usually warm, and non-dairy. Dairy rarely stays down.

  • Arulneocare
    8 months ago

    Hi all,

    I have learnt that complete avoidance of triggering foods, will leave to an imbalanced nutritional status. ANd again there are nutritional insufficiencies that will become an indirect trigger. The 100% all time trigger food must be avoided. There is no doubt.

    Try these;

    1. Meditation – Destroys AUTONOMIC firing of immune system
    2. Mint leaves
    3. Cheerful lifestyle
    4. Helping others – gives a positive feedback to our system
    5. Disciplined routine

    Good Luck!

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    8 months ago

    Arulneocare,

    Thank you for sharing your perspective and tips with the community. I really like your suggestions of helping others and cheerful lifestyle. I know it can be very difficult to stay positive at times, so the reminder is always helpful! Take care.

  • SkiingIsBelieving
    8 months ago

    This post and the comments are great not because they give a solution for everyone, but because they are evidence of migraine’s variety from person to person, and part of why it’s so hard to treat. I for one can’t eat a nut or a carrot stick to save my life when in the throes–crunchy, fibrous things kill me. But these forums are not for finding each others’ sure-fire cures, they are for ideas to try, and a reminder that we are all suffering, and doing are very best. Thanks and relief to all!

    ps. My go-to when I’m too nauseous to eat is a classic Coke on ice (Pepsi doesn’t work, and I never drink caffeine other than as an abortive with Tylenol/ibuprofen) and a bland cracker (Ritz, Saltine, Triscuit) with cold nut butter (can’t do peanuts, and warm makes me gag.) Go figure!

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    8 months ago

    SkiingIsBelieving,

    Great observations! Thank you so much for sharing your perspective. You are so right, we learn from one another’s experiences, and we all are so very different. Many people share your go-to for Coke and crackers, though! Take care.

  • Marysu
    8 months ago

    Yes! Classic Coke syrup used to be available in drug stores for treating nausea! It is one of my go-tos as well, not cold for me, but it really works so well I always have some in the house!

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    8 months ago

    Marysu,

    Wow! Thanks for sharing that information with the community, I have never heard of that before! Super interesting. Take care.

  • deanna
    8 months ago

    I tend to eat a lot of toast or crackers when I’m in a bad attack. I also make my own chicken stock and freeze one cup servings, this has been a life saver!

    Something that helps me with nausea is Queasy Drops, they are made for morning sickness but have helped me get my nausea meds down to 2 refills a year instead of every month.
    I never leave home without them!

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    8 months ago

    deanna,

    Thank you for sharing what works for you! Pre-making food and saving it has made a world of difference for me too! Take care.

  • 276ewea
    9 months ago

    ps to first comment re coffee milkshake remedy- I was curious about whether this worked for others so I lol googled brain freeze and migraine. There was actually a study mentioned that looked at the brain freeze phenomenon and whether it helped or worsened a migraine!! The study found that some people were triggered to HAVE a migraine by “brain freeze” from cold drinks, but that “brain freeze” did help reduce symptoms in migraine for others. For me, the caffeine in the milkshake also helps. Just having a hot cup of coffee- doesn’t work.

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    8 months ago

    Wow again! Thanks for sharing this information with us, that is very interesting! Shows again that migraine manifests so differently for each individual!

  • 276ewea
    9 months ago

    I usually don’t eat, or not much. If I have nausea then typically seem to have gastric stasis, or delayed gastric emptying, which seems not uncommon and would account for nausea and vomiting with many migraines. So if I eat it makes me feel worse. Try to remember to drink water as it helps, but not always great on that either.
    If am not nauseated, go-to remedy is a coffee milkshake- a real one with hard ice cream, and either shots of espresso or preferably two shots of cold brew added to it. (Have this down to a fine art lol). I noticed it sometimes would actually stop a migraine, prior to trying triptans. My neurologist was semi-impressed when I told her about this remedy. I think it’s actually physiologically useful- I noticed others mentioned ice cream. The brain freeze is helpful and also the cold on the hard and soft palate on the roof of the mouth. Migraine is thought to be a trigeminal nerve pain pattern so this should in theory be helpful- it’s like a mini ice pack inside the mouth. As migraine lessens I also do seem to crave carbs as others do. Protein is likely a better option though!!

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    8 months ago

    276ewea,

    Wow! I am intrigued about the coffee/ice cream. Two of my favorite foods items when I am feeling well, though I can’t have either during a migraine attack. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and what works for you! Take care.

  • surlychick
    8 months ago

    See, the sugar in it would do me in. Sugar is the only food I’ve found to basically give me an immediate headache in high doses. Maybe a sugar-free ice cream, though.

  • LifeintheShadows
    9 months ago

    When I MUST eat (I am hypoglycemic.), but don’t feel like it, I have two go-tos: 1) hot buttered rice with a wee bit of salt or 2) Naan bread with muenster of havarti cheese, popped in the microwave for about 15 seconds, just long enough to soften it but not make it runny.

    And Pepsi.

    I used to have severe nausea, but metoclopramide (Reglan) helped a lot.

  • surlychick
    8 months ago

    Hot buttered (brown) rice with salt sounds so comforting. Why do I never eat that???

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    8 months ago

    LifeintheShadows,

    Thank you for sharing what works for you! Others seems to gravitate towards rice as well, something dry and easy to go down. The cola is also popular among the community. It is always awesome to hear about relief, and I am glad that the nausea has gotten better.

  • Sharon f
    9 months ago

    I crave really sweet food and drinks during my prodrome and migraine. I don’t care what it is as long as it is sweet. This is a bit tricky as I’m also diabetic, but every thing has to take second place to the sweet crave. I eat toast and honey and towards the end of my migraine I will have scrambled eggs on toast. The craving and the the fact that I lose my words are a good indication of an oncoming migraine.

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    9 months ago

    Sharon f,

    The sweet cravings can be really tough! I was surprised to find that so many people gravitate towards sweet items, especially chocolate! Thank you for sharing!

  • redsox72
    9 months ago

    My first go to food when I have a migraine is bread and butter. And soda and coffee. If I am really suffering for days and just can’t get over the hump, a greasy cheeseburger, fries and coke is heavenly and I will then have an appetite. Of course, I’ll have to deal with stomach issues, but at least the migraine is gone. And before I discovered Maxalt 10 years ago I would easily lose 5 lbs during my 3 days of non-stop migraine. I literally ate nothing but a few bites of bread and tried to swallow soda. I rarely have 3-day bone crushing migraines, thank God, but it’s still brutal for a day or so. And both my kids get migraines and they frequently say they are headed out for Mom’s migraine food at McDonald’s.

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    9 months ago

    redsox72,

    Seems coke is a go-to for many who suffer from migraine, you certainly aren’t alone there! There have also been quite a few folks who opt for the greasy cheeseburger from McDonald’s. I can relate to not being able to really eat for a few days, I try to keep easy to go down, accessible foods for those moments. Thank you so much for being a part of the community and for sharing!

  • LeilaniRL
    9 months ago

    I know something big is coming when I find myself staring at candy and wanting a milkshake and ice cream.

    During an attack, I drink coffee and water along with my emergency medicine. My body also craves salty things during an attack. Sometimes it all comes up though. No appetite when I’m nauseous.

    Afterwards, my appetite is gone and I’m too pooped to eat anything.

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    9 months ago

    LeillaniRL,

    I can relate to being too tired to eat or do anything after it all. I have heard that many who experience migraines crave ice cream (because it’s cold!) so you aren’t alone there! Thank you for sharing your experience.

  • DrScott
    9 months ago

    I’ve had chronic migraines every day for over 17 years, and eating is a major issue sometimes. During a migraine I also usually can’t stand the smell of fried foods, as well as fish, many vegetables (e.g., broccoli or artichokes), eggs, and sometimes even chicken. There are times when I cannot eat at all for over 24 hours. During extremely one bad time, I lost 40 pounds in 2 months.

    My typical migraine foods are yogurt, rice, pretzels, King’s Hawaiian bread, pasta, nuts, potatoes, carrots, corn, peas, soup, and some Chinese vegetables. I recommend many of the Saffron Road frozen Indian meals — they’re easy on the stomach yet spiced nicely so they’re a nice break from the typical bland migraine food. They’re also a lifesaver on days when my wife also has a migraine.

    I’m amazed kasha was on the article’s list. I grew up eating kasha varnishkes, a Jewish dish, and found later that it was a good migraine food for me. My wife was kind enough to learn how to cook it, so we make a large quantity, then divide it into portion-sized freezer bags to be ready to toss into the microwave in case of a migraine emergency.

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    9 months ago

    DrScott,

    I am terribly sorry to hear that you have had chronic migraines for so long, and that eating is an issue nearly each day. Seems we share some similar experiences with foods and migraine. I love Kasha for so many reasons! A little goes a long way to begin with, and I too make a lot and put it away for easy microwaving. I will definitely have to try Kasha varnishkes! Thanks for the tip.

  • Buah
    8 months ago

    Hi, I am so nauseous & have had this migraine so long I’m literally starving. The aspirin I have to take every 6-8 hrs & other pain meds & problems sleeping seems to have thrown me into a cycle of reacting to everything I eat.

    I’m down to rice & Quinoa, the chard & red potatoes are even bothering me. ??
    Aspirin also releases histamine so it’s a vicious cycle, & I can’t take acetaminophen. I’m going to get hormones checked before I disappear!

  • karenc
    9 months ago

    I can’t and don’t eat anything during a migraine, but when it’s over I absolutely crave a bloody steak. Nothing else, just a bloody steak, so I make sure I always have one on hand.

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    9 months ago

    karenc,

    I know the feeling of not being able to eat anything! Those times can be tough, know you are not alone in that! I am glad to hear that you’ve found that steak helps afterwards! Thank you for sharing your experience with the community.

  • Georgiana
    9 months ago

    I eat a ketogenic diet. It’s been a very useful preventative.

    I don’t break my diet for migraines. Or for anything. I use almonds quite a lot to calm my stomach when I have to take stuff like aspirin. I also find that cooked vegetables (spinach, broccoli, etc) are easy to eat.

    Starches aren’t the end-all be-all.

  • LeilaniRL
    9 months ago

    I’m on the keto diet too. It worked for a year, and then I got in a car accident. Now, nothing is stopping my migraines from coming. Keto is helping with the intensity of the attacks, however, so there’s that.

    I have a huge sugar/carb craving in prodrome and it’s hard. During the attacks, I have an appetite and I keep to keto, but nothing stays in my body. Even water comes up. I still eat. I don’t have an appetite in postdrome. Usually I’m so tired that all I want to do is sleep.

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    9 months ago

    LeilaniRL,

    I am so sorry to hear that your migraines were so severely affected by your accident, and I am sorry to hear you experienced the accident at all. It seems like a few folks have had success with a keto diet, glad to hear that it has helped with the intensity of yours! I can totally relate to being so tired that all you can do is sleep. Thank you for sharing your experience with the community, and take care!

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    9 months ago

    Hi Georgiana,

    I am glad to hear you have found something that works well for you! That is always great news. Nuts and cooked veggies are foods I opt for often too! Take care.

  • Melody
    9 months ago

    Ever since I was in elementary school, the only thing I can eat during a migraine is Saltine crackers and Ginger Ale.

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    9 months ago

    Melody,

    A lot of folks also go to Saltine’s and Ginger Ale! Seems you have that in common with many members of the community. Good to know you’ve got go to’s that you know you can eat! Thank you for sharing!

  • texotexere
    9 months ago

    I usually stick to things like pasta with butter, apple sauce, pretzels, ginger ale (usually watered down), chicken breast, oatmeal, etc during bad ones. Anything smelly is a no go- especially anything with tomato. Even the smell of toast makes it worse.

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    9 months ago

    texotexere,

    Thank you for sharing what works for you! Carbs seems to be a very popular one among the community, especially pasta. And ginger ale! I can totally relate to the ‘smelly’ comment. Even foods that I would normally crave, any strong scent is usually off limits. So glad to have your perspective here in the community, take care!

  • venaalex
    9 months ago

    I’ve found that the best thing when I just have to eat but have no appetite, is a piece of toast with peanut butter on it. If I’m feeling like I need more food I’ll make another half a piece of toast, but this usually fills me up enough to get through the nausea… sometimes it even takes care of the nausea.

    Surprisingly ice cream is a go to. When my head is just throbbing, a small serving can really help. Maybe it’s like an icepack for the inside of my head?

    I always keep Gatorade on hand!

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    9 months ago

    venaalex,

    Wow! I haven’t tried ice cream before, but I do know that some other community members gravitate towards ice or other cold food items, and others have made comments about it being an ‘internal ice pack’ so you are not alone in that feeling! I am glad you have found foods that can help with nausea and that ease some of the pain, it is always great to hear when folks find relief. Thank you for sharing your perspective, and take care!

  • Megalodon
    9 months ago

    I don’t have chronic migraines and very seldom severe ones. I have ‘circuit breaker’ migraines. I can eat the trigger foods all I want and be busy most days, but on the first day down from energy, I become less intelligent than a rock and I feel like I’ve been shifted 45 degrees from reality.

    The strange thing is that all I want are the foods that often trigger migraines, cold cuts, chocolate, wine, cheese, etc. Quite maddening. Of course, these are all easy to grab and eat, which is the way I normally eat.

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    9 months ago

    Megalodon,

    Oh wow, I can imagine how frustrating it must be to crave the foods that cause pain…especially chocolate! Interestingly, many others seem to gravitate towards chocolate, one of the common trigger foods. Maddening indeed. I definitely empathize with feeling shifted far from reality during a migraine, things can sure become cloudy. I am sorry you have that experience, particularly during such a busy lifestyle it sounds like. Know you are not alone, and thank you for sharing your experience here with the community. Take care!

  • Tina Harmon
    9 months ago

    This may sound odd but my go to when I have a migraine is a vanilla milkshake and a cheeseburger from McDonalds. I never eat there any other time except when I have a migraine. I think the cold from the milkshake helps (brain freeze??) and the greasy burger helps with the nausea. Go figure!!!

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    9 months ago

    Tina Harmon,

    Now this is definitely the first I have heard of this one…at least the greasy burger! I totally understand the milkshake, a lot of people have commented here that they go for the ‘icy’ foods as a head pack! Thank you for sharing your experience, it is always awesome to hear that folks have found something that helps them. Another good thing about yours is that it is pretty cheap to get the McDonald’s burger and shake, at least where I am! Take care.

  • bbergs2802
    9 months ago

    I have learned that when I am really nauseous from a migraine that if I eat anything – it will be white & soft (mashed potatoes or sticky rice)! If I am going to throw up – I don’t want anything colorful or chunky! Plain yogurt is ok too!! Or I follow the BRAT diet – bananas, rice, applesauce & tea or toast!! Although when my migraines are really miserable – I just drink water or Gatorade!

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    9 months ago

    bbergs2802,

    I totally understand wanting the more bland looking foods!! You are definitely not alone there. Water and Gatorade are popular ones as well. Thank you so much for sharing your perspective.

  • bbergs2802
    8 months ago

    You’re right – Gatorade is important!! Even when I feel really nauseous I try to sip on yellow Gatorade – to keep hydrated because dehydration will make me feel worse & if I do end up in the ER they will get an IV going to replenish fluids – which of course makes me have to urinate more – so I prefer to stick to the bland foods (even plain crackers/saltines) & drink water or Gatorade or ginger tea!

  • drmaryb
    9 months ago

    Ginger tea is an essential for me – love it all the time but it quite medicinal for nausea. It is best when you simply peel and chop up a chunk of ginger and pour boiling water on it. When strong, it really helps nausea. Drinking it weaker and in quantity helps with hydration. If you get in the habit of drinking it, you’ll find that you always have ginger on hand. (There are some prepared ginger teas but they are not as effective or appealing to me.)

    Foods I go to: pretzels or saltines that are not too salty, peanut butter on toast, scrambled eggs, vegetable soup (I am vegetarian and often make it with barley or rice and put in garbanzo beans for protein as they are the least gas-producing of the beans). Apple sauce is good too and sometimes bananas. I try to keep homemade apple sauce and soup in the freezer since they are healthier but time-consuming to make. However, I often forget about it if I’m in a good spell with the migraines.

    Thanks for an interesting article.

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    9 months ago

    drmaryb,

    Thank you so much for sharing your perspectives and habits! I think I will try boiling ginger, I usually get the pre-made varieties but am always interested in trying new things in the kitchen when well. Thank you for offering the tip to the community! I also am vegetarian and I eat Kasha (it is rice-like) and I find it acts like crackers and other dry foods for me. Take care!

  • Georgiana
    9 months ago

    Ginger is fantastic. Also amazing for gastritis. I always keep bags of ginger tea on hand.

  • Kate
    9 months ago

    With milder migraines, I seem to crave french fries, especially Jack in the Box curly fries. With the bad ones (with severe nausea that doesn’t respond to multiple nausea meds), I like to have something starchy to fill my stomach, either saltine crackers or dry cereal. So, I guess its pretty similar foods, although I agree with the author that I don’t want fried foods with a bad migraine. Things get worse when I don’t eat, and despite wanting to vomit and feel better, I can’t remember ever doing so with a migraine, its just right on the edge unfortunately.

    Thankfully my typical migraines are the severe but short-lived ones, so I don’t have to deal with trying to eat a full meal. My only long lasting migraines are menstrual, but thankfully those are milder, usually without nausea, just crazy long lasting (6-10 days). I only deal with those every 3 or 4 months though, as I take the pill continuously until I get spotting, then deal with my period.

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    9 months ago

    Kate,

    Thank you for sharing your perspectives and experience. I can definitely relate to wanting dry foods to help with nausea, but I have to go for the unsalted varieties myself. Being right on the edge is difficult too! It can feel worse than actually having things come up sometimes for me, so sorry you have to experience that.

  • riggs
    9 months ago

    My go-to food in the midst of a migraine has always been tomato soup (made w/ water not milk), saltines w/peanut butter & a little bit of Coke straight from the can. Especially if I’ve first taken my migraine meds, this combination works like magic for me.

  • Kyky Knight moderator author
    9 months ago

    riggs,

    These are all go-to’s for a few other community members as well! Especially the coke and saltines. So good to hear you’ve got a few items that you can rely on! Thank you for sharing your perspective.

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