• Chronic Migraine,  Diet,  Keto,  Migraine

    Keto for Migraine – Phases 2 & 3

    The goal of Phase 1 of the ketogenic diet is to get your body into consistent ketosis by limiting your carbohydrate intake to ~25g/day while having adequate protein and getting most of your calories from fat. Read our Starting Keto From Scratch blog to get a jump on this way of eating. This eating pattern allows your body to burn-off a significant portion of your stored glucose (glycogen) and eventually get to the point where it’s using fat for fuel – nutritional ketosis. As promised, this will help explain the goals and tips beyond the first phase of keto for migraine. ** While Migraine Strong writes about the latest in…

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    Diet,  Migraine,  The Bucket Theory,  The Treatment Pie

    How to Recognize Migraine Baseline and Reintroduce Foods After an Elimination Diet

    The migraine brain is said to be hyper responsive to its surrounding environment. We respond with migraine attacks to things that people without migraine wouldn’t react to at all. The Bucket Theory was developed as a way to explain how difficult to control triggers (like hormones, stress and weather) fill up a portion of our bucket each day. While these triggers are hard to manage, the ones that we have some control over are the ones that we eat and drink each day.  ** While Migraine Strong writes about the latest in migraine treatments, this is not medical advice. We are patient educators and all information you read should be…

  • Migraine elimination diets can help get migraine under control. #migrainediet #chronicmigraine #vestibularmigraine
    Diet,  Migraine,  Science/Research,  The Bucket Theory

    Diet – Show Me the Science!

    You know what used to really irk me? When people would say, “there is no science to support changing your diet to help reduce migraine.” It doesn’t bother me much anymore as I have experienced the powerful effect of diet for myself as well as witnessed countless examples of diet helping people get significantly better. As a licensed professional (registered dietitian), I pride myself on only using evidence-based approaches to help people, but there are few studies to point to and say “A-ha!” I’m bummed that I have no solid response to the demand, “show me the science!” but I don’t let it get to me anymore. There is no…

  • Jennifer discusses how she overcame chronic vestibular migraine, from diagnosis to healing and how she made it through and leads a normal life. #vestibularmigraine #vestibulardisorder #chronicillness
    Diet,  Exercise,  Supplements,  The Treatment Pie,  Vestibular Migraine

    Drowning in Symptoms: How I Overcame Chronic Vestibular Migraine

    The Night That Changed My Life One perfectly normal night in April 2016 I went to bed feeling healthy. I turned over in my sleep in the middle of the night and felt hard, room spinning vertigo. I was instantly nauseous and vomited for the next few hours but, by late morning the next day, I felt mostly recovered. As long as I was upright I felt normal, but if I laid back I felt hard room spinning vertigo again. I had what seemed like textbook Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). BPPV happens when calcium carbonate crystals located deep in the inner ear get knocked out of position. These crystals…

  • Marina discusses her journey with chronic migraine and how pregnancy and becoming a mother affected her symptoms. #chronicmigraine #migrainemom #mommybrain
    Chronic Migraine,  Diet,  Migraine,  Motherhood,  Rebound

    Surviving Chronic Migraine and Motherhood

    Chronic migraine and motherhood is similar to the movie “Groundhog Day” where Bill Murray’s character was stuck reliving the same day over and over again. He woke up in his Bed and Breakfast to Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” on the clock radio every morning knowing that he was trapped in a time loop of which no one else was aware. That’s what it felt like when I woke up every morning suffering with chronic migraine which began when I got pregnant. Migraine was nothing new to me. I’ve had episodic migraine (defined as less than 15 headache days per month), since I was 13. Excedrin Migraine and…

  • Alicia, The Dizzy Cook, discusses her journeys to ey with vestibular migraine from diagnosis to healing and how she made it through and leads a normal life. #vestibularmigraine #vestibulardisorder #chronicillness
    Diet,  Migraine,  Vestibular Migraine

    My Journey with Vestibular Migraine

    I was 30 years old and on top of the world when I became completely debilitated by vestibular migraine. Just returning from a trip to Asia and getting back to work, I was barely sleeping and stressed out. I had been working really hard for the past year to get promoted to a senior product manager at a large watch company. Although I was exhausted, I couldn’t miss any more days so I powered through even when I wasn’t feeling well. I had mild dizziness, a fuzziness in my head, but it was more annoying than debilitating. First I tried my primary care doctor, who just said it was a…