Can you believe March is almost over? I’m still in shock about this. I’m very ready for spring weather, but I’m not so sure I’m ready for April and all the allergies and headaches and everything else that come with it.
After working with the people at Excedrin® last year, I have the chance to do it again and I couldn’t be happier! For one thing, Excedrin Migraine is the only thing that works for me when I have a bad migraine, and I’ve tried just about everything else out there. And secondly, they’ve got some awesome giveaways lined up for you guys this year, too!
The first giveaway this year is to help celebrate March and National Nutrition Month.
If you suffer from migraines, you know how much of a trigger food can be.
There are so, so many foods that can trigger migraines and for those of you who get them (like me), it’s extremely important to figure out your trigger foods. By knowing what they are – and avoiding them – you can seriously reduce how often you get migraines.
And remember the The My Migraine Triggers™ app I told you about last year? It’s an easy way to track the causes of your migraines, including food. It gathers all this data into reports and charts that can easily be shared with your doctor. I love it and use it all the time.
Besides paying attention to what you’re eating on the days you get migraines, Registered dietitian Keri Gans sent over some general tips about potential migraine trigger foods that everyone should know and pay attention to:
- There are many foods and drinks that can trigger migraines, like citrus fruits, nuts, and foods that contain MSG. It’s important for folks to determine which foods are potential migraine triggers for them. By tracking their triggers, people can avoid them in the future, to help prevent or minimizing migraine attacks.
- Tyramine: Tyramine is a substance found naturally in some foods, like aged cheese and red wine. It’s formed from the breakdown of protein as foods age. A good rule of thumb is that the longer a high-protein food ages, the higher the tyramine content. Some common foods that contain tyramine include: aged cheeses, red wine, alcoholic beverages and some processed meats.
- Alcohol: Alcohol increases blood flow to your brain, which can cause migraines and headaches. Red wine, beer, whiskey and champagne are the most common culprits.
- Other potential migraine triggers include: artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame), chocolate, citrus fruits, coffee or tea, tannins, (like red-skinned apples or pears) caffeinated soda, foods that contain MSG, and nuts or nut butters.
- Food For the brain: There is emerging science that suggests foods rich in magnesium, such as kale and broccoli, support healthy brain function. Try swapping kale for romaine in your salad at lunch to increase your magnesium intake.
I know for me, I can feel a headache starting if I have sugar alcohols, and thankfully, I figured that out a few years ago, so I do my best to avoid them.
Isn’t it crazy when you can eat or drink something and start to feel the small pings of pain just minutes later? It’s crazy to me that something could affect me so quickly, but I know to avoid them now and that has helped a lot!
To help you find new ways to stay healthy in the kitchen and avoid your own trigger foods, I’ve got 2 prize packages to giveaway!
- Leave a comment on this post with your bad food triggers – what do you have to avoid?
For more entries:
- Tweet about the giveaway with @branappetit and @excedrin in the message and let me know you did
- Follow me on Twitter (@branappetit)and let me know you did
- Tell me the first dressing you’ll make in the dressing emulsifier
I am a paid Excedrin ® Migraine blog ambassador. Along with compensation, three giveaways were provided by Novartis
Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine; my journey for a migraine-free experience is my own.