Find Relief for Hormonal Migraines Here Do you feel as if you are on a hormonal merry-go-round? Women who suffer with migraines can so often attribute it to their cycle. When your mood-improving estrogen spikes, you feel great and can “conquer the world.” On the flip side, when your levels are low, you find yourself feeling out of balance, which results in migraines and headaches.
It seems that the estrogen/progesterone balance plays a pivotal role in whether or not you experience hormonal-related headaches and migraines. Some women start getting migraines before their monthly cycle starts (which is when estrogen levels dive), while others have them mid-cycle or at both times. Whatever your “cycle” is, if you are one of those people who suffer from menstrual/hormonal migraines, you already know how disruptive and excruciatingly painful they are. Of course, our natural response is to reach for a pill of some kind. While that may help temporarily, there are some natural ways you can balance your hormones to avoid the use of medicine.read more
Simple, Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Busy People Do you skip breakfast in the mornings?
When you feel overwhelmed by your schedule, and you’re constantly racing from one appointment to the next, it’s an incredibly popular decision to skip breakfast entirely. Mornings truly can be a race that we feel like we’re constantly losing, so I understand the reasoning behind feeling like there’s no time to have a breakfast.
After all, when you’re already scurrying around in a race against the clock, it seems like an impossibility to find a chance to sit down for breakfast, on top of everything else.
I’ve been there, too. We’ve all been there. I have certainly felt your confusion and frustration. I’m sure your mother told you that breakfast was the most important meal of the day, but in case you need another reminder… it’s time to stop skipping breakfast!read more
4 Ways To Crush Migraines. As migraine sufferers are well aware, migraines often get brushed aside as nothing more than a common complaint. Don’t you just feel sometimes that people are secretly saying, “Quit-your-whining-and-start-working?” While many people suffer with a headache at some point in their lives, even the worse headache cannot be the judge where migraines are concerned. While the pain of a headache can make day-to-day life miserable, often heading for the medicine cabinet for an aspirin can remedy the situation. The same cannot be said for migraine sufferers.read more
3 Simple Tips to Prevent and Ease Migraines.
For those of us who suffer with Migraine, we don’t need to be told that it is a “headache” with varying intensities of pain, or that some become sensitive to light, sound and smell. We are also well aware of the fact that nausea can be a common occurrence with Migraine.
Although Migraine may not be completely curable, there are some ways for us to find quite a good degree of relief and prevention. There are many natural remedies that I outline in my book, “The Ultimate Migraine Handbook: An Holistic Approach to Pain Relief,” many of which I have used very effectively in my own life. Below I will share three simple tips to ease and prevent migraines.
By following some simple healthy habits and some natural remedies, we can prevent migraine and find pain relief.
3 salads that are easy to grab and go….Salads are an excellent source of nutrition and proteins as well as being the key to a balanced diet. You don’t have to be on a diet to eat salads. They can be a part of your meal or you can even replace your meal with a salad. In fact, there are many studies which support that even the healthiest of people should skip one meal a day and eat a salad instead. They help you look and feel younger as they are great for skin, hair and figure. It is very important to keep an eye on what you eat, especially if exercising regularly.read more
Rain, rain, go away…..How has your week been? For that matter, how has the weather been where you live? Here in Florida, we started the end of last week with a barometric pressure change followed by a week of rain and storms. Since for me, barometric changes are pretty much the only thing that triggers a migraine for me, the beginning of the storm woke me up on and off during the night, feeling headachy (sure you know that feeling) followed by a lower intensity migraine, plus feeling just plain yucky throughout the day. Luckily, my migraines no longer have the intensity they used to have with the natural remedies I use, so I was able to go about my day, but I sure felt lousy all day.read more
3 Supplements You Should be Taking if You’re Over 45 Years Old. Yes, while I always say that it’s better to get your nutrients from food first sometimes supplements are necessary.
Unfortunately there are just some all-too-common nutrients that we simply don’t get enough of. And they’re absolutely critical to optimal health and wellness. Especially as we age.
Here I sifted through the supplements that are available on the market and boiled them down to three that can have the best effect for us.
5 Foods to Relieve Your Inflammation. Many of us deal with inflammation in our bodies from one source or another. I deal with it myself, but have found foods, herbs and spices to be a great healing source.
First and foremost, it’s important to understand the source and the cause of inflammation. Whether it be acute or chronic, caused by environmental irritants or what we’re eating — many factors go into why we’re dealing with inflammation.
Are you wasting money buying produce not in season? Eating with the seasons is such a fundamental and interesting topic. The Earth produces just what we need, when we need it most, in the forms of different fruits and veggies that come and go with the seasons. For example, watermelon harvest is in the summertime when we need extra hydration from the summer heat. It quenches thirst and satisfies us in a special way — is there anything better than a fresh slice of watermelon on a hot summer day?
In the same respect, eating in season can be just as comforting, refreshing and natural in every season. Not only is the flavor incredible when indulging in seasonal fruits and veggies, but the cost is also lower when a food is in season.read more
Ditch the Headache Before the Migraine Begins. Headaches can be crippling. When they persist for a long period of time, they definitely take all the joy out of your life. Headaches and migraines are different but for those who suffer with Migraine, it doesn’t take much for what starts as a headache to quickly move to a full-blown migraine.
Let’s explore some of these types of headaches. They may help you avoid an intense migraine in the future.
Menopausal Women: Do This Before You Take the Meds Your Doctor Prescribed…..
Of course, listen to what your doctor says.
And also listen to what your body says.
We both know that what you eat and how you move can make a HUGE improvement in some of the symptoms of menopause. Not to mention how common it is for ladies to gain weight at this time of life. (Ugh!)
And as we both know eating better and moving more can help you stave off other issues like heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.
What do I specifically recommend to help you “eat better and move more”?
Three Must Eat Breakfast Foods Do you love your breakfast? Do you have a short list of “go-to” recipes? Do you need a bit of inspiration to start eating breakfast again?
Getting some protein at each meal can help with blood sugar management, metabolism and weight loss. This is because protein helps you feel fuller longer and uses up a bunch of calories to absorb and metabolize it. So I’m going to show you how to get the protein, as well as some veggies and healthy fats for your soon-to-be favorite new “go-to” breakfasts.
5 Things I Do When Going on Vacation to Prevent Migraines. As we get nearer and nearer to the end of the school year, our minds begin to focus on vacation. What a great time of year. We all look forward to that time away – rest and relaxation! After a whole school year or a hard fall winter and spring at work, we are definitely ready for a break. However, for those of us who suffer with migraines, taking a vacation can be a little more of a challenge as we have to prepare a little more than most people when planning a trip.
So, here are a 5 tips/ideas to help you while you are on vacation.
Why is My Metabolism Slow?
You may feel tired, cold or that you’ve gained weight. Maybe your digestion seems a bit more “sluggish”.
You may be convinced that your metabolism is slow.
Why does this happen? Why do metabolic rates slow down?
What can slow my metabolism?
Metabolism includes all of the biochemical reactions in your body that use nutrients and oxygen to create energy. And there are lots of factors that affect how quickly (or slowly) it works, i.e. your “metabolic rate” (which is measured in calories).
But don’t worry – we know that metabolic rate is much more complicated than the old adage “calories in calories out”! In fact it’s so complicated I’m only going to list a few of the common things that can slow it down.
5 Things I Do To Have More Energy. Are you in a low-energy rut? Sometimes it’s lack of sleep that’s the culprit, but other times – even if you’re getting your Zzzzs – you can fall into a vicious low energy cycle. And before you know it, you’re making frequent stops at Starbucks to kick-start your day. Make a few tweaks to increase your energy naturally without relying on caffeine or processed sugar.
Here are some of the ways that you can keep your energy level high all day.
7 Essentials I Always Pack in My Suitcase for Migraine Relief. We are well into the spring now and as as we rush into the summer, people start thinking more about outdoor activities as well as taking vacations. I thought it would be timely to share a few tips I have learned when packing for vacation whether within the U.S. or abroad; short or long trips.
First and foremost, try not to stress about your upcoming vacation or rush the packing portion. It is wise to start early, make a list of things you will need, and take your time planning and preparing.
6 Ways I Avoid Drugs to Treat Migraines. So often as migraine sufferers, when the pain occurs, our first thought is to reach for the pain medication to find relief. I’ve been there myself. You will do almost anything to get rid of the pain – that intense throbbing pain that just pounds away at you as if there is no end in sight.
The good news is that you may not need a doctor’s prescription to treat your migraine. You can often find relief in other ways, without medication. I have found so many simple ways to find relief and many times have not had to take medication at all.
If you’re like most people, you might believe that eating healthy requires a lot of work. From planning out meals to grocery shopping to buying quality ingredients – it can seem like a mass effort sometimes. That’s not to say the effort’s not worth it — but a big effort that sometimes seems easier to simply avoid, right?
We all know that eating the right foods, especially vegetables, is essential to better health. But what if you’re not a huge fan of shopping, chopping, and prepping? Well, I have to admit that grocery shopping and cooking are not two of my favorite things. However, because of know the importance of healthy eating, I have determined in my mind to make the effort and just do it! As it usually goes, the things that are the best at keeping us healthy and nourished aren’t always the easiest path to take. It takes some practice and trial and error to find your sweet spot for infusing health into your day on a daily basis – and one great place to start is finding some simple ways to add more veggies into your day.
Here are my 4 favorite ways that you can add veggies into your day…read more
7 Natural Cures for Migraines. For most people who experience an occasional headache, a couple of aspirin will usually do the trick. Migraine sufferers don’t have it so easy. Not only do many migraine meds have side effects that range from nausea and stomach ulcers to an increased risk of stroke and even heart attack, but up to two-thirds of users have also reported that they don’t deliver satisfactory results. That is so hard since many of us are so desperate to get migraine relief – and yet for many, not even the medications fully help.
As you know, having suffered from migraines for years and years with no relief in sight.
Sugar/Food Cravings Got You Down? For some, it’s a very difficult journey trying to become a healthier person. We dread having to give up some of those not-so-healthy foods and things we love – especially those foods we “binge” on.
When you do make the determined effort to get on a healthier course and healthier diet, to begin with people are often so enthusiastic and determined that the momentum is great once you’ve made that decision to change your life.
Is Stress a Migraine Trigger for You? Here Are Some Stress-Busters. For many of us who suffer with migraines, stress is a common trigger for us. Let’s face it, it’s already challenging enough to have to deal with the chronic pain of migraine, so when you add the challenge of stress to the equation, it becomes another one of those “no win” situations. Stress can cause migraine and in turn, chronic pain creates more stress—and so the cycle continues. On top of that, if your body is accustomed to constant stress, when the weekend rolls around, you can easily find yourself with a “let down” migraine when the stress abruptly lowers. Not exactly a great addition to your already stressed out situation and health when living with migraines.read more
4 Foods to Help You Beat the Common Cold. It seems everywhere we go, someone is sick – not just in the U.S. but in other parts of the world too. Many have colds, the flu, upper respiratory infections, etc. – so many things that we can so easily pick up ourselves. During this time of year when colds and flu are running rampant, it’s important for us to keep our immune system built up so that we can more likely ward off those threatening “bugs.” Eating a healthy diet is a great way to keep your immune system built up. In this post I will give you some simple steps to take to stay healthy despite the sickness around you.
The common cold is something we’ve all experienced at some point, and undoubtedly, we will cross paths with again on our journey. It seems like an inevitable part of life — especially if you have little ones in the house, work in a large office, or you take the subway. Germs are everywhere, and without the ability to see them lingering, we can’t always avoid them.read more
Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? For that matter, what is National Nutrition Month? What does that mean for us as migraine sufferers? I actually hadn’t heard of it until I came across an article recently.
Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this campaign is for informational and educational purposes. It’s an annual campaign that focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
Of course, as a migraine sufferer, you are probably well aware of the importance of maintaining healthy eating habits. Personally, I have learned the importance of healthy eating over the years as I have tried to maintain my health and lessen the frequency and severity of migraines. I have especially found that totally avoiding my food triggers has been pivotal in the prevention and changing the frequency of migraine attacks.read more
Are Your Migraines Linked to Gut Issues? In this week’s blog, we are talking about gut health and your gut’s relationship to migraines. I have taught classes on this issue before. Why? Well, I have noticed a direct correlation in my own life between headaches/migraines and gut issues. It’s interesting that there is now new research has shown that migraines may be linked to your gut health.
You may have seen articles and social media posts recently relating to gut issues. We are hearing more and more about this topic lately.
There is now information out there which links the cause of some migraines to “gut hyperpermeability” (higher than normal permeability of the gut or a blood vessel — permeability being how easily liquid and gas passes through something). This is a condition that has also been dubbed as “leaky gut syndrome.”read more