Accidental New Year’s Resolution
I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. Not usually.
I prefer to look back on the year and remind myself of all my achievements.
Quite by accident, on the first of January I decided to take action against my migraines.
Over the years my migraines have changed.
- They were a short burst (one day) of extensive pain and vomiting
- Then the vomiting eased but the pain intensified – sometimes to a frightening level
- Then the pain eased – so less pain but now they last 4-5 days
I can just about function with these ‘new’ migraines but I don’t really like how they travel from one side of my head to the other – I can feel them creep across my brain!
The other problem is that I am taking more and more painkillers. I’m avoiding prescription drugs, but this has to change because:
- Right now I take codeine with aspirin and throw down some panadol if I need an extra boost
- Codeine will become a prescription drug next year
- I’m fed up with popping so many pills
As of the first of January (quite by accident) I’m listing everything I eat and drink. I include the time spent on the laptop, quantity of sleep, level of stress, bed time and the time I wake up.
Consequently, I am making other changes:
- I am avoiding chocolate
- I’ve cut right down on alcohol (not a drop during the week and a small quantity Friday and maybe Saturday night)
- I am avoiding chocolate
- I am rarely eating meat (well, I am consuming fish). As an A+ blood type, my body finds it easy to digest carbohydrates but hard to process meat
- I am avoiding chocolate (total success so far, by some miracle).
- Did I mention the chocolate?
- The chocolate is hidden in the fridge. I’ve recently been told that Australian chocolate has additional preservatives to prevent it melting as quickly.
- I’m drinking a lot more water – ensuring my intake is at least 3 litres per day
- The less chocolate and meat I eat – the less I crave it. So it’s becoming easier.
Results so far
- I have loads of energy (driving hubby nuts)
- I wake up less grumpy (hubby happy)
- My digestive system is working a treat (everyone’s happy!)
- My head has been quite clear for a week (again – everyone’s happy)
- I’m losing weight (yay me!)
- My perpetually dry lips are starting to repair (whoop whoop)
I know I will struggle at times (Noel ate a meat pie yesterday and my stomach growled in protest!). When it happens I will just revert back to the better behaviour the next day and carry on.
I’m looking forward to reporting how I do. AND – why is this subject on my author blog? Well, sore eyes and head are rather important to avoid if I want to write!
January 9, 2017 at 11:56 pm
Reblogged this on Val Poore and commented:
Chocolate and meat trigger migraines? Intereting self analysis from Jackie Parry.
January 10, 2017 at 12:02 am
I get bad headaches, but not migraines (I think). For me, it’s stress and computer combined…hard to avoid, but exercise helps! I don’t eat chocolate, but I’ve heard it’s a killer. That and peanuts. Do you eat nuts? (Asking for trouble with that question, I know 😂)
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January 10, 2017 at 8:11 pm
Sorry to hear that – headaches can be really painful too. Computer definitely affects me and I monitor my use carefull – stress too…. try to relax-breath!
I have pretty much given up chocolate but I know occasionally I will nibble, but keeping away from it as much as possible – sad but true. I don’t eat peanuts, occasionally almonds in cooking (with rice, yum). I am feeling really gret so far – will report more soon.
January 10, 2017 at 10:41 am
I knew about the chocolate and I was also told cheese was another trigger – never a mention of meat though.
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January 10, 2017 at 8:13 pm
Yes, heard of chocolate and cheese. My dad had to give both up with his migraines, now he can eat them again as he is on a tablet that gets shot of a bad head immediately. I don’t want to keep pill popping hence my experiment to see what triggers mine. The mean is mainly for my digestive system, as a blood type A+ I find it easier to digest carbohydrates than meat. Note though, I found this out through a diet change I didn’t intend (couldn’t have meat for a few weeks), not because I read it – I read about it after I learned my bodies needs.
January 11, 2017 at 5:47 pm
Thanks for this Jackie, I have suffered for years with Migraines have tried everything even Botox!!! sometimes I think its hormonal and the doctors really don’t know what to do apart from tablets but when you are being sick they don’t really work.
January 11, 2017 at 9:54 pm
Hi Oonagh, nice to hear from you. Sorry to hear you suffer with migraines too. Have you monitored everything you consume to see if you can find the trigger? Do you keep well hydrated. I am not sure yet, but I am starting to think it is all about proper hydration for me. I will post results and findings as I go along – and list other people’s advice. x