First of all, good for you for trying to change your diet! It’s really challenging, especially in our culture. Here’s what I have learned:
Not everyone has food triggers, but many people do (my guess is about 30%). Food allergies (often unknown to the person) are also more prevalent in people who get migraine. If you continue to eat foods that you are allergic to you (latent allergy vs. anaphylactic allergy), that creates an inflammatory condition in your body and your brain. An inflamed brain is thought to be more likely to trigger into a migraine attack.
What most people do is eliminate a few items they know are “supposed” to cause migraine for a few days or a couple of weeks, like red wine, cheese, and MSG. If that doesn’t work, they think that food isn’t a factor for them. However, it takes several weeks, possibly months, to see improvement once you’ve removed all possible food triggers. The list of food triggers is extensive and includes many common and healthy foods, like soybeans, avocados, citrus fruits, and onions. It’s very difficult on your own to navigate the migraine elimination diet, as the lists are inconsistent and no one offers recipes. When I received my list I learned that about 75% of what was in my refrigerator as a super-healthy eater contained migraine triggers. It was staggering news.
That’s where my Plan comes in. I waded through the morass of information and created a Plan that works. It’s approved by a neurologist and has been vetted by a holistic clinical nutritionist. I walk you step by step through the process. And I explain how to do it even if you follow a special diet like paleo or vegan. My Plan also helps you get off packaged and processed foods that are by nature inflammatory, with high levels of low-quality seed oils, sugar, and salt. Any one of these elements can be a problem for people with migraine.