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  • Goodbye to evil chemicals!

    I stumbled upon this website on my quest to eat healthier foods and banish chemicals from my diet.

    I currently suffer with:
    chronic migraine
    restless leg syndrome
    sinus problems
    depression and anxiety
    hayfever and asthma

    I am 36 and live in the UK. I am 5'4" and currently 179.5lb.

    For the last 8 years i have been on various medication for my migraines and have tried nerve block injections and botox on the scalp. I think i have exhausted every medication in my neurologist's arsenal.

    I have tried to discuss food and chemicals as triggers but my neurologist is skeptical of its role so i'm on my own in this quest now. I definitely get a migraine if i consume MSG or sulphites. Recently i have noticed these chemical poisons are in far more foods than i thought!! Over the last year i have eaten a lot better and veg plays a large part in my diet as it is. Looking to clean up the rest of my diet i've found my way here and like what i'm reading.

    It is encouraging to read that migraines have disappeared for some sufferers. Migraines have ruled my life since i was 16 so if i am able to change the hold they currently have on me i would be very very happy.

    I have had depression and anxiety on and off for a few years, i think the migraines are a big factor in this. It is very hard to keep going some days with the pain. On any day where i have a clear head (not very often), i feel like a new woman! Who knows what i could achieve if this way of eating had a positive effect!

    I apologise if i have gone on about medical conditions, i'm just setting the scene and saying how it is. I'm not defined by medical conditions!

    I'm hoping to start this way of eating in the next couple of days. I'm just trying to find someone in this area who sells nitrate free bacon and my planning will be complete.

    If anyone has any tips then please feel free to share. Thanks for reading to the end of my long post xx
    Last edited by hulahoop; 05-07-2012, 08:02 AM.

  • #2
    I think I mentioned it over on the migraine thread, but I would highly recommend supplementing with magnesium. Helped tremendously with my migraines and also with the occasional restless leg. Figuring out the dosage might be tricky, though. Too little and you won't see much benefit. Too much and you end up pooping a whole lot (it can be a laxative in higher quantities).

    Eliminating gluten will help a lot (it's inflammatory). Also banishing the chemicals should make a difference as well. You'll probably find you have more than one trigger for the migraines, but as you will be getter them less often, it might be easier to figure out which they are.


    • #3
      I used to get stress migranes often when I was a "working girl", but have been almost migrane free since I left the rat race. I occaionally get an hormonal migrane, but much les often since I cleaned up my diet. Best of luck - find your triggers and life will be much more managable.


      • #4
        Thanks Rita. After reading your post about Magnesium yesterday i went out and got some I'll give anything a go...

        Yes, i have more than 1 migraine trigger with food so i'm keeping a food diary to see how it goes. It won't banish the non-food triggers (sleep, sunlight, changes in weather, stress etc) but i'm increasingly convinced chemicals / food play a much bigger part than i originally thought. That's interesting about gluten being an inflammatory...


        • #5
          Thanks for your best wishes Mud Flinger...i'm pleased to hear yours have improved for you! Mine reached daily levels towards the end of my last job which triggered 'breaking point' for me. Since being out of that environment they have improved. x


          • #6
            My quest for nitrate free bacon started today, off to a rocky start!! I've tried ringing round local butchers to see if they have any first, before a wasted journey. I'm not sure which was the most bizarre....being asked what nitrates are or being laughed at for thinking you can get nitrate free bacon!! Am i going mad??!!!

            I've found some online but there is a hefty delivery charge. In the UK are people able to find nitrate free bacon without getting it delivered? Thanks


            • #7
              My nitrate free bacon quest isn't going so well, unless i want to do a 100 mile round trip or pay a hefty delivery charge. I'm going to keep researching and try and find some but i'm not going to stress about it.

              So, my healthy eating plan starts in the morning! I am actually rather excited about it and can't wait to get stuck in. I'm also a little apprehensive because I know I struggle with the snacking monster and i'm not entirely sure how i'll get on. I won't know until I give it a go though!


              • #8
                Yes to Mg! I have some success with adding Mg and 400 mg of B2 Riboflavin daily. B2 is fairly inexpensive so it's worth a try. Also removed gluten - well most gluten. Good luck - migraines truly suck!


                • #9
                  Thanks for your comments trevork, i'll look into B2!! x


                  • #10
                    This lifestyle stopped my migraines in their tracks and I'm so thankful. Not exactly sure what triggered mine because I stopped wheat, gluten, msg, etc. all at the same time. I supplement with magnesium too, but mostly for leg cramps. Still trying to figure out the dosage for that. Good luck to you!


                    • #11
                      Wow Katie that's so good to hear!! I can't wait to see if I can reduce them x


                      • #12
                        Day 1 almost down...

                        I've enjoyed the food today but this evening have been craving something really sweet (which I haven't had). I've brought myself up to bed as I feel a bit short tempered and don't want to snap at anyone

                        Today I have eaten:

                        B- bacon, egg and mushroom
                        some blackberries

                        L- chicken tikka masala (recipe off this site, oh my, it's delicious!!)
                        brocolli and swede

                        T- steak, mushrooms and onions

                        I was going to have an apple but according to paleotrack this sends my omega 6 too high for the day and I don't want to screw my first day up! This is an education for me as I wasn't aware of omega 3 and 6 differences etc so i'm learning! I just need to work out how to eat more omega 3 tomorrow

                        I've felt comfortably full today and haven't had 'the shakes' from getting hungry like I sometimes did. That said, i'm really hoping this sweet craving calms down after a few days

                        Does my diet today look ok? Anything I should consider? Thanks x


                        • #13
                          Day 2: I woke with an almighty headache it's verging on a migraine. I couldn't face getting up straight away so I lay there for a bit until I felt well enough to get up.

                          Breakfast helped me feel a little better, I am planning a very quiet day and thankfully I don't need to be anywhere.

                          I dreamt about sugar and sweets ha ha I rarely ate sweets before! In the dream there was a pile of sweets and I took one and my mum saw me and she told me to put it back. Psychologists would have a field day with that one!

                          I'm going to have 2-3 pieces of fruit today I think.


                          • #14
                            The first week or two sucks, just so you know. After you get over the "carb flu" you should feel much better and have more energy. This stage is just your body fighting you over making the switch.


                            • #15
                              Thanks Rita...I wondered if I would get some sort of withdrawal, just wasn't expecting it so quickly! I also stopped diet pepsi (I had a one a day addiction!) so I think i'm feeling that already.

                              I was exhausted last night and dropped off quite quickly but within an hour I was awake and my restless leg syndrome was being RIDICULOUS! I almost got out of bed and tried to sleep standing up it was that bad not quite.

                              Day 2:

                              Well my head has been particularly sore today but i've got through it so i'm rather pleased with myself.

                              Menu today:

                              B- bacon, scrambled egg, onion and mushroom
                              L- chicken tikka masala with cabbage, asparagus and swede
                              T- baked chicken, asparagus, tomato, courgette, onion, mushroom and cajun spices
                              snack - banana

                              I know I could probably eat more, i'm just trying not to snack unnecessarily.

                              I can afford another lazy day tomorrow but I hope the head clears for Sunday as I have to work and face people!

                              I ordered a couple of books (Paleo and PB) which I am working my way through. Things are making a bit more sense and i'm starting to understand how to get a decent balance of foods.

                              That's all from me today x