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The Most Common Food Triggers
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This email was sent February 22, 2024 7:31pm

The email, sent on February 22, 2024, addresses migraine triggers related to food. The sender, Jon, shares personal insights, emphasizing the control one can have over food cravings and migraines. The email provides a list of common dietary triggers, highlighting key elements like Tyramine, Histamine, Nitrates, and Sulfites. Jon suggests eliminating these triggers for a few months, then reintroducing them one at a time to identify sensitivities. The tone is supportive, encouraging readers to take control of their diet and migraine management.

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Hello -,

Some people look at food as simply a necessary source of energy. 

Not me. 

I consider food one of life’s greatest pleasures. 

That’s why when I read the (long) list of foods considered to be dietary triggers for migraines, I felt all the emotions that come with grievance and loss. But I quickly realized I’d rather feel deprived of some different food groups than helpless and in pain.

Don’t let your intense food cravings control you. Remember, you’re in control. Not your food cravings and certainly not your migraine.

Tip #5 – Avoid These Common Dietary Triggers

There are a lot. But don’t be intimidated. You DO NOT need to be perfect.  I haven’t eliminated all of these foods from my diet. But, just being more aware, I find myself avoiding them when it’s convenient to do so.

Once you’ve eliminated some (or most) of these for a few months, and your migraine frequency starts to get under control, you can slowly add 1 at a time back into your diet to see if you personally have a sensitivity. If you don’t experience any headaches after adding some back, good news, you can continue eating it!

The common thread between a lot of these foods are:

  • Tyramine
  • Histamine
  • Nitrates
  • Sulfites

Credit to Dr. David Buchholz, Heal Your Headache, for this list below.  And because I’m not a licensed nutritionist, I highly recommend checking with one before making any major changes.

I know this list can be daunting. But here’s the good news:

You likely are NOT sensitive to every one of the items on this list. You just don’t know which ones you are or aren’t. So by cutting all (or most) out for a few months, and reintroducing them one at a time, you can identify which food is a trigger, and which isn’t.

**When reintroducing new foods, give it at least a couple of weeks before making a judgment on whether it’s a trigger for you, because even a trigger food won’t always cause a migraine every time. Remember the threshold concept….

See you next Thursday!

– Jon

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Email Key Summary:

  • Jon emphasizes personal control over food cravings and migraines.
  • Provides a list of common dietary triggers, including Tyramine, Histamine, Nitrates, and Sulfites.
  • Recommends eliminating triggers for a few months and reintroducing them gradually.
  • Credits Dr. David Buchholz’s “Heal Your Headache” for the trigger list.
  • Encourages readers to consult a licensed nutritionist before making major diet changes.
  • Offers a positive outlook, assuring readers they likely aren’t sensitive to every item on the list.
  • Promotes a variety of Baked Oat and Seed Bars for purchase, showcasing different flavors at $26.90 each.