Surprising weight loss strategies that can make migraines worse.
There are many obvious advantages to maintaining a healthy body weight. Sometimes as a migraine sufferer you may be a little fearful though how a specific weight loss program may affect your migraines. There are some good reasons for you to be cautious. Did you know that some of your weight loss efforts can have an adverse effect on your migraines?
Some research suggests that there is an association between Body Mass Index (BMI) and the prevalence, severity and frequency of your migraines.
If you have migraines and want to lose weight, before you commit to a special weight loss program, make sure you are doing something that is healthy and will help your migraines rather than making them worse.read more
Raw vs. Cooked – Which Contains More Vitamins and Minerals?
Have you heard the recommendation to eat certain foods (or all foods) raw?
Do you already eat a variety of healthy foods, and want to know how to get the most vitamins and minerals out of them?
You’re probably not surprised that there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to maximizing the vitamins and minerals your body absorbs from foods.
Let me go over which types of foods are best eaten raw, and which ones are best eaten cooked to maximize their nutritional benefit.
Can Certain Foods Make A Difference With Migraines and Headaches? It is probably not news to the majority of migraine sufferers that most of us are in some way affected by the foods we eat. It can get complicated – some foods we know are triggers for us, and yet on some – more rare – occasions, we can eat that same food with no reaction……go figure!
Foods most likely to trigger migraines (and even some types of headaches) include wheat, milk, cheese, chocolate, coffee, sugar, peanuts, pork and chemical additives and preservatives.
The good new is that some foods do not cause or irritate headaches or migraines, and some foods can even help prevent or alleviate headaches and migraines.
So here’s the deal – many adults have unknown food allergies. Did you know that a high percentage of headaches – and even migraines – involve food intolerances? You have probably experienced for yourself what many migraine sufferers have also experienced – fewer headaches after eliminating foods they hadn’t even realized they were allergic to!read more
Do you suffer from bloating? I know I have in the past – it’s a miserable feeling, isn’t it?
Bloating is generally the result of not being able to properly digest foods. These not-so-digested foods feel like they’re just sitting around causing discomfort and a general feeling of being stuffed and “gassy”.
It can happen at any age but if it seems to be more frequent as you’re getting older it can very well be because of your stomach’s reduced ability to produce enough acid for proper digestion.
Normally, when we eat cells in our stomach release more acid which is important for so many digestive processes like breaking down foods and activating enzymes. As we age this process can become less efficient and the result can feel like it’s wreaking havoc on the rest of the digestive system.
Unfortunately, this can have wide-ranging effects on all of our digestion abilities “downstream” and that can result in bloating.read more
The Relaxation Effect on Migraines
n previous articles, we have discussed how relaxation and meditation can be beneficial to you if you are a migraine sufferer. It helps reduce stress, takes your mind off your pain, and has an overall positive effect on your whole body.
Another mental skill that can improve your focus and give you an on-the-spot calming effect is Progressive Muscle Relaxation. Progressive muscle relaxation was developed by Edmund Jacobson in the 1920s, and been used since that time by physicians, physical therapists, counselors, psychologists, and coaches for many reasons. I actually do this type of relaxation myself and have found it to be one of the most effective for me.
Don’t let morning migraine steal your whole day.
It is one of the worst things when you wake up with a migraine, isn’t it?
You went to bed perfectly fine and then – of all things – you wake up in that all too-well-known and unpredictable pain. What happened? You were fine when you went to bed.
“Morning migraine” is especially frustrating to a migraine sufferer since very often, it seems as if nothing special or specific happened during the night, or even the night before, to make this happen.
So why is this happening? Is it possible to stop this cycle you sometimes find yourself in?
5 Weight Loss Friendly Snacks You Will Love. The words “weight-loss” and “snacks” often appear in the same sentence.
But that might also bring thoughts of “tasteless,” “cardboard,” and “completely unsatisfying.”
Let me give you my best weight-loss friendly snacks that aren’t just nutritious but also delicious!
What’s my criteria you ask?
They have to be nutrient-dense whole foods where a little goes a long way; foods that contain protein and/or fiber.
The Coconut Oil Craze – Should I Jump on the Bandwagon Too?
Yes you should.
Everyone seems to be talking about coconut oil these days. It’s almost as if it is a miracle cure for everything!
But if you want to know what’s really true about coconut oil,read on….
But what exactly is it about coconut oil that makes it so healthy? And which type is best?read more
The Truth Behind Artificial Sweeteners. You probably know the negative health effects of eating too much sugar, especially “added sugars” like in soda pop, candy, baked goods, and many commercially-available cereals, just to name a few. Added sugar is hiding just about everywhere in the grocery store.
Yes, ingesting refined sugar spikes your blood sugar and insulin, and increases your risk for a whole host of issues.
A while ago, one of the food industry’s responses to the demand for lower-calorie foods that still taste great, was artificial sweeteners.
Can you prevent menstrual migraines? Menstrual migraines are one type of Migraine I have not talked about as much as other types – maybe because I never suffered with those types of migraines. However, menstrual migraines affect over 50% of women. Some of these women will also experience migraines at other times of the month as well. However, migraines during the menstrual cycle do tend to be a little more severe and often harder to treat – despite medications.
Still you do not have to resign yourself to menstrual migraines, despite the fact that you may feel there is very little you can do for this type of Migraine.
Don’t despair – there are a number of options to treat and prevent menstrual migraines.
It is worthwhile understanding what’s going on during the month so that you can better prevent these types of migraines.read more
5 Common Migraine Myths Debunked. I am sure you have heard many of these myths before, but despite the advances in modern medicine, migraine myths and misconceptions still abound. These myths perpetuate themselves and feed the stigma associated with migraines.
Let’s take a look at 5 of the top migraine myths so that next time someone tries to confront you with one of these myths, you are armed with the true facts:
Myth #1: Only Women Get Migraines.read more
5 cholesterol myths and what to eat instead. You knew there was a bit of an over-emphasis (borderlining obsession) about cholesterol, right?
Before we jump into some myths let’s make sure we’re on the same page when it comes to what exactly cholesterol is.
Myth #1: “Cholesterol” is cholesterol
Have you said “bye bye” to sleeping through the night?
Are you feeling exhausted or “running on stress hormones” all day?
Not to worry, I have some great tips (and an amazing recipe) for you!
The science of sleep is fascinating, complicated and growing.
Sleep is this daily thing that we all do and yet we’re just beginning to understand all of the ways it helps us and all of the factors that can affect it.
Lack of sleep affects just about everything in your body and mind. People who get less sleep tend to be at higher risk for so many health issues like diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer; not to mention effects like slower metabolism, weight gain, hormone imbalance, and inflammation. And don’t forget the impact lack of sleep can have on moods, memory and decision-making skills.
Do you know that lack of sleep may even negate the health benefits of your exercise program? (Gasp!)
OMG – What aspect of health does sleep not affect???
Knowing this it’s easy to see the three main purposes of sleep:
How do you know if you have adrenal fatigue? A few years ago, I was so tired all the time and I just couldn’t figure out what was going on. Being tired is something we all deal with – a simple part of life that we cannot escape. But how do you know when your tiredness is normal or something you should pay more attention to? Adrenal fatigue affects a significant number of people in various ways, and you could be dealing with it right now without even knowing.read more
Solve your migraines in 5 easy steps. It’s not news to us as migraine sufferers that migraines are a big problem. This doesn’t just affect us personally, but migraines also affect millions of people and can cost billions of dollars in healthcare costs. They are one of the most common reasons people end up the emergency room.
Finding relief for your migraines comes down to one question: What’s causing the migraines? It not just about treating the migraines, but also discovering the underlying triggers and causes. When we delve into the cause and not just the symptoms, people sometimes find the root cause of their migraines may be from some other factors. What’s intriguing is the fact that 10 people with the exact same symptoms might have very different underlying causes. In my migraine program, we try to find your underlying causes and your triggers so you can find a permanent solution to your migraine pain.read more
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