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Migraine-HeadacheI decided last week after starting to get migraines daily again, the constant dizzy spells, and other health issues I’ve always; to try and figure out the cause and follow through with it this time instead of half assing it.  Two years ago I start an elimination/challenge diet to eliminate and challenge foods that caused these health issues.  As I said before I half assed it, but did find one problem and that was soy.  So now I’m starting the process over again today and following through till the end.  I found a site called Remedy’s Health Communities.com Migraine Elimination/Challenge Trail Diet that looked pretty good so will be going with that process.  There option #1 looked better for myself than option #2.

Option #1

Option #1 involves an elimination that lasts from 2 to 6 weeks, followed by a challenge. The elimination involves managing your diet based on the following criteria.

Eliminate all suspect foods:

  • wheat products (e.g., pasta, bread, processed foods)
  • dairy products (e.g., milk, cheese, yogurt, cream)
  • corn products (e.g., tortillas, chips, polenta, cornstarch)
  • peanuts (peanut butter, peanut oil)
  • soy products (e.g., tofu, tempeh, soy milk, soy protein powder, soy oil)
  • glutinous grains (e.g., rye, barley, oats, spelt, kamut, seitan, hops)
  • beef
  • chocolate
  • sugar
  • nutrasweet/aspartame (artificial sweeteners)
  • food colorings/dyes
  • pesticides and chemical spoilage retardants (especially sulfites)

Maintain a diet based on:

  • fresh fruits and vegetables
  • potatoes
  • yams
  • animal protein (fish, poultry, lamb)
  • non-glutinous grains (millet, buckwheat, rice, amaranth)

If you have a choice, always choose organic foods. Otherwise, you could be ingesting pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and/or formaldehydes.

Avoid sulfite-containing foods, which most include canned vegetables and fruits, wine, and canned tuna (albacore).

Read labels. Know that “vegetable protein” is either wheat or soy; thickening agents and stabilizers are either wheat or corn; and food starch is usually wheat or corn. It is much easier to avoid processed food while on the diet than to figure out all the additives in prepared foods.

After 2 to 6 weeks of maintaining a strict elimination diet, you should experience a relief from symptoms.

Challenge

Begin your challenge with the food group you feel is the least likely culprit. Eat several servings from that food group throughout the day. For example, if you are challenging dairy, have milk with breakfast; include cheese, cream and yogurt in your lunch and dinner menus; drink milk at meals; and snack on dairy items. Then wait. DO NOT continue to add that food group to your diet. You only challenge for one day, then wait for at least 48 hours. Return to eating ONLY your elimination diet foods. If you do not experience a return of symptoms after 48 hours, go on to the next suspected food group.

Continue this process until you find the problematic food group. In most cases you will experience a return of symptoms within 48 hours. Rarely do symptoms appear several days or weeks later. If, however, you want to wait more than 48 hours, feel free to do so as this will only increase the accuracy of this test. A week between food group challenges is optimal. Only challenge one food group at a time.

Let the Challenge begin!  Wish me luck!

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