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Now I’m trying the 4mos Diet Elimination program

I have had migraines for 30years.

At first they were infrequent. Gradually increasing in pain and frequency over time.

I’d realize a new food trigger and take it out of my life.
-Red wine, then all wine, then all liquor.
-Aged cheeses.
-Strong weather changes – I live in the lightning capital of the world.
-Bright lights/Strobes
-Too much heat (thank goodness for air conditioning!)
-Strong smells (cigarette, perfume, chemical cleaners, etc.)
Soy – including soybean oil used in so many US restaurants. (I call ahead to see what vegetable oil a restaurant uses: olive, canola or soy. I keep searching for restaurants where the oil isn’t an issue.)

Even with this vigilance, I’m now getting 10-12 headaches a month. Yes, they stop with Imitrex taken asap, but I worry about what I’m doing to my kidneys. And there has to be a better solution than pills, right? So I don’t want to try more meds, Botox, or such.

When I was working, it was all I could do to keep ahead of the pain and getting my 50+hr job done. Now that I’m retired, I can focus on getting my life back. I want to be pain free, but I don’t want to destroy my body in the process.

So now I”m going to try Buchholz’s 4month diet elimination program via the book. From what I’m reading, it means eating a very limited diet for 4 months. He’s been treating complex headaches/ migraines for 20yrs and has listed all the triggers from all his patients. The diet means not eating those items.

On the 4th month, I”m hoping my headaches will be gone. The gameplan is I introduce one trigger food per week back into your diet to see if it is really a trigger for me and get back a less restrictive diet.

The list of food eliminated is extensive but I’m ready to try this. I’m tired of poisoning my body.

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  • Chere author
    5 years ago


    Thanks so much for the encouragement.
    I’ve read and re-read the Heal Your Headache book by Buchholz. It will be a long 4months of dieting.
    >>I’d love to hear from anyone who attempted the diet and how it worked (or didn’t work) for them.

    I’ve gotten Heidi’s cookbook from the library and am trying out many of the recipes.

    It is still early on – only two weeks – and my biggest struggle is finding replacements for my core food items (yogurt, peanut butter, bananas, avocados, onions, coffee!) I’m getting there…but it is amazing how much I have to think about food since my “go to” core items are not part of the diet.

    It doesn’t help that I also need to be low carb to stay off diabetic meds. (So far I’m successful!)

    But I’m tired of having migraines everyday. This is a 4mos study into trying to put migraines in my control. Not in the control of meds that will rot my liver. Maybe it won’t work but at least I will have given it my best effort.

    Again, thanks for the encouragement. Just knowing there are others struggling is helpful.

    I’m blogging my journey and tracking my recipes here:

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    Your blog is great! I can always use some new recipes. I look forward to hearing how this goes for you!

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    I’ve never tried the elimination diet, but have read a lot about it. I know that it has helped a lot of people. You may want to read this article describing the basics. It also mentions that you may not see results right away as it can take time for changes to move through your system. The article also has links to some great recipes that follow the elimination diet!

    I do want to caution you about your expectations. Of course, I hope this helps you tremendously. But I just don’t want you to be disappointed if it doesn’t magically cure your headaches. Either way in the long run, I think this will help you to understand food and your Migraine body and that is definitely a win.

    Let us know how it goes! I have my fingers crossed for you!

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