Two Elimination Diets I’ve Tried

Hey y’all! A lot of us are talking about nutrition and health this March and I wanted to share two different ways I’ve tried an elimination diet for my migraines. One diet was through a naturopath and the other was through a book.


With the naturopathic doctor, I eliminated: wheat, dairy, nuts, soy, pickled and fermented foods, citrus, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, MSG, artificial sweeteners, etc.

The book I read was called, “The Whole 30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom,” by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig. It’s similar to a Paleo Diet but is more centered on general health than weight loss and has a few key differences such as no added sugars. You can read more about it on their website: whole30.com.

Other resources on this site that may be helpful if you’re considering trying an elimination diet:

Migraine Diet: Reintroducing Foods
Migraine Elimination Diet: Foods to Eat, Foods to Avoid
The Migraine Food Trigger You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
Migraine Triggers: Food Triggers & Elimination Diets

I would love to hear about any kind of diet you’ve tried for migraine. Leave me a note in the comments!

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  • Migraineroes
    2 years ago

    Well Lori to clarify, it was the rainbow diet that started me to eliminate many foods and begin my process. Having 4-6 migraines per month that last 3-4 days left me with about 6 good days in a month and then their were the rebound headaches from the meds I was left to deal with on other days. My endocrinologist took the information I started researching and guided my direction to move forward to test my hormone levels. I also showed my doctor The Migraine Cure book and research I found on Dr. Sircus and magnesium levels. He took all of that information and worked with me to confirm my hormone levels and deficiencies. He was very please to guide me to get off meds and supported finding the correct balance for my body. This took years with his guidance. Now I can get through a migraine without meds. The two books I pointed out had similar information on deficiencies and diet. The diet and mention of deficiencies discussed in Braverman’s book got me headed in the right direction to research more. I look at the good points that worked for me. I didn’t rely on one opinion.

  • Lori
    2 years ago

    Thanks for the clarification. I apologize for over-reacting.

  • Jojiieme
    2 years ago

    For me, apart from external factors such as lighting, barometric pressure, noise/vibrations, scents/phéromones (which can affect me differently on different days), a major dietary trigger turns out to be tyramine and its close buddy glutamate. They seem to love lurking in the same dishes, doesn’t seem to matter what you find to substitute for one you’ve introduced the other…
    My year of controlling these and of greater vigilance with amines has eased the worst migraine effects. My inflammatory diseases are better controlled so those sources of pain are better on a daily and weekly basis.
    But when a spate of bad break-through migraines come through the defense lines, like this week, it’s more likely to knock me off my feet. This batch is weather (humidity/monsoon) induced, I think the storm is finally here after threatening since Thursday afternoon. Seeing allergist on Tuesday.

  • Migraineroes
    2 years ago

    I’ve had tremendous success with the rainbow diet listed in Dr. Eric Braverman’s book, The Edge Effect. I started with that and added in the supplements and food to increase my serotonin levels. Most people that suffer from migraines are low in serotonin and melatonin levels. It’s important to track these. The test I took from Braverman’s site/book were also confirmed by my blood and urine work by the endocrinologist. I also discovered after following The Migraine Cure book and working with an endocrinologist to test my magnesium levels that I was very deficient. I began raising my levels taking magnesium citrate (420 mg minimum daily) as recommended by Dr. Braverman’s book. This is the ‘Master mineral’ needed to reduce frequency of migraines, and keep our bodies function. This was also confirmed by Dr. Sircus http://www.greenmedinfo.com

    I learned that migraines can be the result of these elements conjointly: overload, stress, and deprived nutrients in the brain. I also learned to take a combination of melatonin (3 mg), vitamin B6, and kava kava at bedtime to assist me in pineal restoration. This gland produces the hormone melatonin. When your brain is in pain, sleep is disturbed and your depletion levels just drop forever. That is until you restore them daily. The endocrinologist I saw guided me to safely restore my hormone levels to their optimum levels.
    Females – estrogen 250-437 pg/mL, progesterone 6-28 ng/mL, DHEA-S 250-380 ug/dL
    Males – estradiol <25 pg/mL, progesterone 1-1.2 ng/mL, DHEA-S 500-640 ug/dL
    These are all discussed in Braverman's book and listed in The Migraine Cure by Sergey Dugan, MD, PhD and Lynn Sonberg – a wonderful resource.

    I had been dealing with migraines for 15 years and was determined to stop taking meds. It took 4-5 years of research, trial and determination, but now I don't remember when I had my last migraine. I used to keep a log of migraines (4-6 per month) and food triggers etc. I've been off meds for 3-4 years now. There isn't just one part of my lifestyle I changed it was all inclusive.

    I also determine a list of triggers as well as the food needed to support brain function. Avocado (dopamine production), blueberries (BDNF production), Curcumin (turmeric) and omega 3s all have been shown to raise BDNF levels and protect your brain. Sunflower, pine, pumpkin, walnuts (anti-inflammatory), almonds, cashew, sesame support brain nutrition. Most studies I read discussed that patients with chronic migraines had lower levels of BDNF. I also used intermittent fasting to increase my BDNF production. The act of resting our guts periodically then triggers a cascade of hormone events in our bodies with boost our body's repair mechanisms. If you feed the brain you'll learn that 'brain fertilizer' will allow you to be prepared to fight these reoccurring migraines.

    It took me over a year to boost my biochemicals from diet changes. Then I shifted to tailor one, more specific to my blood type, lifestyle, and stress level. Sometimes I would go a month or so without running, horseback ridding, or even stepping foot into my office. I was in too much pain and on lots of pain pills. It was very disheartening to wonder if I would ever feel better.

    I would love to share more with you if you are interested.

    Cynthia

  • Lori
    2 years ago

    Cynthia – I’m so glad you believe that you were helped by Dr. Braverman. I will not attempt to argue with your anecdotal evidence, but Dr. Braverman’s orthomolecular methods are not supported by accepted scientific studies.

    I don’t think any of us here who have suffered chronic migraine disease (which, at 3-4 per month, you didn’t qualify for) would want to risk being advised by a doctor who has been denounced as a quack for years.

    Just a few of his many ludicrous claims and disqualifications:
    1) believes that schizophrenia and other mental/neurological illnesses can be cured with supplements and hormones
    2) has been investigated multiple times by the State of NY for insurance fraud
    3) has violated HIPAA practices by communicating patient records via private servers
    4) advocates spiritual connection (that’s good) with televangelist Benny Hinn, a known fraud (that’s bad)
    5) has had his medical license suspended in NJ
    5) has been arrested for larceny for stealing his own psych report from his divorce file that recommended no visitation with his children
    6) has been arrested for sexual abuse as recently as last year

    For me, Dr. Braverman is not a person I would trust with my own care under any circumstances.

  • MommaCox
    2 years ago

    I just started the whole 30. Crossing my fingers it helps with my daily headache and migraine. If it doesn’t at least I will be living healthier.

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi MommaCox! Thanks for sharing this…you know we will be interested to hear how things go these next few weeks! Be sure to keep us posted if you can! My fingers are crossed too! Good luck & kudos to you for taking another step & measure for possible improvement. -Joanna (Migraine.com Team)

  • Luna
    2 years ago

    I hope that the videos on this site start and play better for others than they do for me. It is very frustrating to wait for the video to start then it stops and buffers numerous times. Sometimes there is only a blank spot where the video should be.

  • Jojiieme
    2 years ago

    Agreed. I’m also finding they don’t work smoothly. There should be seperate captions for people with sensory impairments or who can’t manage to get the vids to run (it’s an equality of access issue).

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