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Sugar migraines?

Saturday, December 01, 2012

So despite getting rid of the donuts, I still have other sugary treats around the house. I had a couple of Little Debbie's snacks and since my daughter had a friend over, I made cupcakes that they could frost. I only had one cupcake, even though each of the kids had three.

The problem was more that I did not eat real meals, just snacks and when I don't make a meal for myself, I tend to make improper choices for my body.

I have known this for years now, but yesterday reminded me why I can't have a lot of sugary things without eating proper meals. I had a migraine. It wasn't horrible, but I did have a slight headache with nausea. This was the second day this happened and it's because I'm eating too much sugar.

If I don't have a good breakfast with protein, but decide to have a pop and a donut, I get a headache. I know these are connected because it's happened for years now. I could eat a ton of candy without having real food and I'll get a migraine. If I have pop before breakfast, I get a migraine. If I gorge myself with tons of cake before bedtime, I'll wake with a migraine.

I know these are migraines because they can be a really bad headache lasting for up to three days with the possibility of nausea. No doctor has diagnosed me, but my obgyn believes my diagnosis, so I'll go with that.

I'm no longer getting the monthly migraine, but I'm starting to think that had something to do with my diet around that time of the month too, although my doctor blamed hormones, but he also said it was because I was fat...

I won't be getting any more cakes this week and the rest of Little Debbie's snacks are nearly gone, so I don't have to worry about them much longer.

When I see my doctor again I will get my sugar levels tested, just to be sure. I was on the high end of normal last time I got them checked, but I'm due for another visit. Plus I will be bringing this site to him because his "diet tips" were horrible. He just said "cut down on the carbs". If only he knew how much harder it is than that to lose the weight. I suppose taking weight loss advice from someone naturally skinny is not the best place to go.

So I'm cutting down on the cake intake today and trying to get my migraine to go away again. I'd love to be able to take a "migraine relief pill" but they all have caffeine in them and that is another trigger of mine as I don't normally eat or drink anything with added caffeine in the ingredients. Ibuprofen it is!
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  • HOLLYM48
    I too suffer from migraines and getting my meal plans on a more level scale has helped tremendously. I don't have a huge breakfast, but enough to keep me going from 615a until lunch at around 1p. I usually have a glass of milk with a bowl of multigrain cheerios and a english muffin with peanut butter and just a little nutella and it is a great morning choice. I agree you need to eat better meals and cut out the sugar and I think you will feel much better, listen to your body, it is knows what it needs! emoticon emoticon
    1876 days ago
    If the sugary treats are no good for you, they're no good for your family either, perhaps you should try to change your shopping habits. Carbs are as good a thing to cut back on as anything if youre trying to lose weight, they often have no nutritional value.
    1877 days ago
    Ugh, I hate when doctors blame weight for everything.
    1877 days ago
    my good friend patty has migraines and she is really skinny. migraines have nothing to do with weight. have a sweet pickle. or try the sugar free pudding. the one on the self taste good.
    make your own from scratch. i found one in a cookbook that is oatbran and cornmeal. it has 2 tbs of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of orange juice. it makes 12 cupcakes. just here to support you. emoticon
    1877 days ago
  • KAREN608
    That is hard to have snack cakes around for the family and avoiding them. I agree that what we eat really can cause headaches, and maybe even mood swings too. Maybe it is true, we are what we eat.
    1877 days ago
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