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25 Jan

No Grains Equals No Migraines

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

The first time it happened I panicked. My vision was slowly filling up with shiny blobs of light. Instinctively I went to a dark room and, 15 minutes in, I couldn’t see. Eventually it ramped down just like it ramped up. And as soon as it cleared, the pain started. I was never one for much pain medication, so I just put a cold rag on my forehead and bore it. Then the nausea kicked in. The pain subsided after a few hours. But it happened again the next week. And the next.

The third time, I hyperventilated from the pain and my boyfriend drove me to the hospital at 2 a.m. A scan cleared me of any brain tumors and I was diagnosed with ocular migraines. The doctor gave me a prescription for a drug used to help cancer patients deal with nausea and told me to get a bottle of Excedrin.

People who have had ocular migraines know what I’m talking about. It fills your world with panic. What will trigger it next? Bright white snow? Car headlights? My mother tells me my aunt gets shots to stop them, so I figure it must run in the family. I became attached to my sunglasses. I’d wear them even at night sometimes to block building or street lights. I had to pull over in my car once because I couldn’t see through the “shinys,” as I called them. It’s not a good way to live. As a college sophomore, I was kept out of class and work with pain. I eventually learned to stop the pain by taking the Excedrin as soon as I saw the flashy lights. But that much medicine would leave me in a haze for the rest of the day.

Here’s what gets me. As a sophomore, I had put on the freshman 15 and wanted to start the year eating healthy. I cut out all white grain products and switched to whole-grain bread and pasta. I ate healthy lean meats but would binge on sugar on the weekends. Years passed and I accepted migraines as a part of my life. I carried a big bottle of meds everywhere. Here’s a look at my old diet:

Old Diet

I graduated college and married the boyfriend who drove me to the hospital. He was always overweight and I, being a journalist/graphic artist, was constantly bombarded with health information and the newest studies. So we tried a few of these popular trends to help him get his weight down (6-foot, 245). I wasn’t as worried about mine at the time (5′ 7″, 145), but I figured I could stand to lose a few. We did P90X, the Abs Diet, lots of whole grains and really boring food. I still had migraines. I still had IBS, acne – oh and regular headaches, too!

Here’s us:


In late 2011 my husband found your website on some message boards. He started Primal and two weeks later, he says he feels like Superman! Able to leap tall buildings! Inspired to run around and lift things! The weight came off fast with his fasting schedule. I looked at the catalog of research online and it just seemed right. I couldn’t be left out, and he needed my support like he always helped me through my migraines. I got the book and started in January 2012 with a meal plan that looked like this:

New Diet

And yes, I dropped down to 125 pounds (high school weight) and my husband lost 70. Yes, my IBS symptoms are gone. My skin is glowing and there are no more sugar crashes. But what makes me tear up in gratitude is that I haven’t had a single migraine since.

Looking back, I have to pinpoint those grains/gluten as the migraine trigger. I’ve had sugar since (I still love ice cream). I’ve had legumes a few times, but I’ve been gluten free. And I won’t go back. In July I stopped carrying around the industrial-sized bottle of pills. If Primal just cured the migraines alone, I’d still do it. It’d be worth it. The fear is finally gone.

Katie and Husband - After


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  1. I so love these stories. I look forward to them every Friday!! Congratulations to both of you for what you have achieved so far and no doubt you are feeling a million dollars!!! W00t!!!!

    redsnapperuk wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • Congrats to you both! you look great! Now that I have read your story it makes me realize that I do not get headaches like I used to. Other things like the bloat, gas and lethargy I went away almost immediately, but headaches are now almost non existent for me as well. Thanks for the share!

      Marco wrote on January 25th, 2013
  2. Yay! I tell EVERYBODY that complains of migraines to ditch the wheat, preferably go completely grain free. I had migraines all the time (3-4/mo) with seemingly no triggers, until I went gluten-free. Finally found the trigger!

    You both look amazing and I’m so glad you’re able to leave those nasty migraines behind!

    ~heather~ wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • My story is EXACTLY the same! I was getting up to more than 1 or 2 a week, and all those prescription pain meds were leaving me with a depression problem (a common side effect of narcotics use). No wheat/grains = no migraines!

      KitC wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • +1 – used to get migraines twice or three times a month. Now I just get bad headaches, which is much better than before. I’ve been Primal for about a year and a month and won’t go back to grains. The benefits outweigh the momentary sugar gratification of simple carbs.

      Primal Pisces wrote on January 25th, 2013
      • +1 I was getting weekly migraines. Gone (along with many other symptoms). I feel amazing!

        Metric wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • +1. This story is exactly the same as my wife and I’s. Lots of lost weight, lots more energy and her once weekly migraines have been gone for over 2 years. Nirvana!

      Dutch wrote on January 31st, 2013
  3. Worked on my migraines too, a year and counting not even a headache.

    Onge wrote on January 25th, 2013
  4. That is great that going primal has helped you to get rid of your migraines. My girlfriend has really bad migraines a few times a year. She just started going paleo like 2 months ago so it is too soon to tell if paleo has helped her get rid of the migraines since they happen infrequently but I am excited to tell her about your story. I’m sure it will give her hope.

    Wayne Atwell wrote on January 25th, 2013
  5. I’ve had the same experience with migraines, Katie! I’m so glad that I’m not the only person that PB has worked for in that regard. Migraines can be life stopping and they really suck! I definitely identify with the fears you described about looking at headlights, snow, etc. because I had those too. It is no way to live. I hope neither of us ever experiences that again. :)

    Nikki wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • Me too!

      KatieCHI wrote on January 25th, 2013
  6. In spite of going Paleo, then Atkins Induction, then Keto, my husband still gets occasional migraines due to his Norwegian heritage, and glare from low angles of sun. Lately, he has picked up a blood pressure angle to them: if his systolic goes below 130, he’s prone. We came to this conclusion after repeated blood pressure testing after the onset of his visual aura.

    Nothing can be done about the Norwegian heritage (except maybe to move there), but we’ve done all we can about low-angle sun glare with drawn shades, tinted Transitions lenses for his glasses, and we carry Excedrin Migraine in every car, jacket, bag, briefcase, desk drawer, etc. to have on hand when needed. As far as systolic goes, I have to watch his potassium intake–since I lowered it, the migraines are less frequent.

    Sometimes they aren’t about the grains, the aged foods, the chocolate, the wine, or any of the other usual trigger foods. Sometimes they aren’t about food at all.

    Wenchypoo wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • Interesting about the blood pressure. Mine has always either been too low, or way too low. I don’t think it’s ever been anywhere close to 130. How does he go about raising it? I would give up every wonderful food in the universe to never have another migraine–so much better if instead the fix is to eat more bacon.

      Julia wrote on January 25th, 2013
      • More salt, less potassium. Sometimes he throws in a little caffeine.

        Wenchypoo wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • Here’s an example: lightning (

      I bet it’s not the lightning, but the swift changes in barometric pressure that cause them–barometric pressure changes like this can bring on gout attacks as well.

      Wenchypoo wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • It’s interesting you mentioned potassium. I had what is called “Adrenal Fatigue”. (Of course, mainstream medicine doesn’t recognize this as a real condition because there’s no prescription pill to fix it.) One of the problems is too much potassium and not enough salt. If I stood up too fast, I’d feel like I was going to pass out. My Dr. fixed me with a heap of supplements and salt water! There’s a website or something like that which has good information on the condition if you want to take a look.

      Cindy wrote on January 25th, 2013
      • Huh. Never felt like passing out, but my vision would shut down for a few seconds with slight dizziness. (…wait a minute…) It doesn’t happen too often (none recently) so I was unconcerned. That is was due to low blood pressure was clear enough; and I think moving my arms and legs a bit before standing prevented them. However, looking back on the few that have occurred since going Primal, i.e., since paying attention to what I eat, my salt intake was very low prior to them. Correlation=/=causation of course.

        Bill C wrote on January 26th, 2013
    • Just curious if he has tried to take magnesium and riboflavin (vitamin B2) daily to see if natural things could help. I type neurology reports, and it has worked for many.

      Amanda wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • You’re probably already aware of this, but low vitamin D has been linked to frequent migraines.

      Shary wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • Check out his adrenal function. Adrenal fatigue can cause low blood pressure.

      Kristina wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • Can you tell me more about the low angle of sunlight and Norwegian heritage? I am of scandanavian descent and have always had issues with that but I didn’t know there was a connection.

      Nissa Quill wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • What on earth would Norwegian ancestry have to do with it? Norwegians don’t have more migraines than other people.

      Norwegians are Germanic, and probably a majority of Americans have whole or partial Germanic ancestry (British, German, Dutch, Nordic – and French, although they speak a Romance language). It doesn’t give them migraines.

      Matthias wrote on January 30th, 2013
    • My mother had migraines all her life until she started taking magnesium. Now she NEVER gets any type of headache. For myself when I was working I would on occasion get a stress headache,but always carried peppermint oil and applied it to the area that hurt. Later,I found a roll on that I believe was called Mygrastick,which had the peppermint oil in it,it just made it easier to apply. But now I just take magnesium morning and night and no headaches…..period. I have read that 80% of the american people are lacking magnesium. I also sleep like a baby every night.

      Brady wrote on January 31st, 2013
    • I have Norwegian heritage, too, and had migraines all my life but didn’t know there was a connection. Certainly have the light connection and live in sun glasses. Getting rid of sugar and grains has helped, for sure, and I think the full fat dairy is important. Whatever has helped, since going Primal, they are fewer than ever, thank goodness. Wish I’d known about the Primal lifestyle when I was younger. Migraines nearly ruined my youth as I never knew when they were going to interrupt a planned event or even just the daily round of child care. Pain is a potent motivator!

      Moushka wrote on July 29th, 2015
  7. Woo hoo!! Awesome story. It blows my mind that our medical community (or a lot of it) doesn’t think to treat THE ROOT PROBLEM. Ugh! It is so frustrating. Whenever one of my friends is dealing with a chronic something (headaches, IBS, whatever) they go to the doc and are given something that masks the symptoms. Then thye talk to me and I give them one of my favorite paleo books. :) So inspired by this success!

    Susie wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • Follow the money, Susie. “Chronic” means neverending drugs and visits to the doctor, whereas there’s no continuing profit in a cure.

      Shary wrote on January 25th, 2013
      • “Chronic” also means a natural medicinal. Go figure.

        Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on January 25th, 2013
        • May I say that you absolutely rock.

          Tim wrote on January 25th, 2013
  8. I too had migraines. I would scare the heck out of daughter who thought I was dying I was in so much pain! Gluten is a trigger! I tell people too to stop eating gluten if they want to get better.

    Congrats! You two look happy and healthy!

    Lorraine wrote on January 25th, 2013
  9. I have also been migraine free (not one)for 15 months. I had siffered from them since I was about 7 years old and tried it all. What amazed me is that after all the doctors, drugs and researching migraines I hadn’t been told to try losing the grains. I had been told to ditch everything else though…dairy, chocolate, coffee, red wine, ham, nitrates….but NEVER wheat.


    Erik wrote on January 25th, 2013
  10. Wow, you both look so different! I wish more people who suffer from migraines (and asthma) would learn of the relationship with wheat. Congratulations!

    I liked this sentence, “… two weeks later, he says he feels like Superman!” :-)

    Alison Golden wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • My asthma is definitely triggered by wheat. 2 slices of pizza is a sure way for me to get wheezy. A co-worker was amazed that I didn’t eat the free pizza at work today. Breathing is easy motivation to cut out pizza! No acne is just a bonus!

      Carrie wrote on January 25th, 2013
  11. I’ve never had migraines but that sounds awful, glad your not dealing with that anymore.

    Always cool to see self care over health care!

    Luke DePron wrote on January 25th, 2013
  12. I had a migraine about a week into going paleo, so I’m skeptical that it will work for me. But man would that be fantastic. I would rather get mauled by a bear than have another migraine (I might be exaggerating… slightly).

    Julia wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • It takes a while to get the gluten out of your system, so don’t get discouraged! :)

      Cindy wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • I concur with Cindy’s comment. A week is not a long enough time. A food reaction can take 3-4 days to manifest. At a minimum, a strict 30 days. Not “GAPS” diet hardcore, more like “Whole30” hardcore. No softcore paleo.

      Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • Also gluten can easily sneak into a meal. For instance today I had some friend okra. So some grains do come in even if you’re otherwise pretty careful.

      Harold Crews wrote on January 26th, 2013
    • I actually got a string of migraines 3 days in a row after I first started PB. I really can’t explain why other than the dramatic shift in my diet. Since then though, if I stick with PB I don’t get migraines. If I change things up and go back to eating garbage then there they are a couple days later.

      Nikki wrote on January 29th, 2013
  13. Katie, what an amazing story! I get ocular migraines too (though I’m lucky–I usually lose sight in one quadrant but never feel pain. Weird, huh?) But it never occurred to me they might be diet-related!

    So glad you guys are both feeling so much better. Nicely done!

    Anne wrote on January 25th, 2013
  14. Going gluten free has also helped my migraines (they come back when I fall off the wagon). It’s also helped my depression. I’ve suffered from depression since I was a teenager (I’m in my early 50s now), but it’s no longer a problem. However, if I eat ANY gluten, the results are immediate fatigue and the onset of deep depression that takes days to go away. I’m disappointed that the medical community hasn’t spent more time researching the link between food sensitivities and health conditions, and instead pushes pills and painkillers.

    Nicholle wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • “I’m disappointed that the medical community hasn’t spent more time researching the link between food sensitivities and health conditions…”

      Disappointed, but probably not surprised. There’s no money in telling people to stop eating certain foods!

      Helga wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • Depression & fatigue are very common symptoms of celiac disease, as are migraines. Unfortunately, doctors don’t always know that, so people aren’t tested. Glad you figured out what your problem was!

      Kate wrote on January 25th, 2013
      • I suspect that celiac gets under-reported and under-diagnosed bceause the testing is either highly unpleasant (biopsy of the lining of the small intestine – this is the ‘gold standard’ test) or not terribly accurate (blood and stool tests have a very poor record with “false negatives” telling people they aren’t celiac/gluten sensitive, when they actually really are).

        My history is just like Nicole’s; first migraine when I was 12, struggling with depression all my life, and now in my mid-50’s, gluten and grain free and free of migraines and depression. i wish I had found out sooner!

        KitC wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • Gluten affects my anxiety too! Even if I have a little slip up the next day my anxiety symptoms are back…..It’s a great motivator to avoid gluten/grains :-)

      Simone wrote on January 30th, 2013
  15. Great story and glad to see both of you so healthy and happy.

    James wrote on January 25th, 2013
  16. I’m more afraid of bears than I am of migraines! The sunlight is definately a trigger for me but I think it’s the squinting that causes the headache. Missing out on my morning cup of tea was always a sure way to give myslef a bad day. What I have found is that I have grown out of them. At age 51, I have only had a handful in the past five years and that sometimes a candy bar (I’m sure it’s the chocolate) can stop them.

    Congratulations to you both.

    Vanessa wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • Well that’s just great. You hear that, Ed? Bears. Now you’re putting the whole station in jeopardy.

      Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on January 25th, 2013
      • Hahaha! ! Bears?! Noo! They are blood thirsty killing machines.

        CalicoGal wrote on January 28th, 2013
  17. Yep, migraines gone too! I have to watch the wine a bit along with no grains ever. But just to have the fear of “maybe getting one” disappear, is worth the world to me. Great job guys,Superman and Superwoman…together at last.

    Nocona wrote on January 25th, 2013
  18. Did you tell this to your doctor?

    If enough people can convince doctors to at least SUGGEST going gluten/grain free to other migraine patients, then you can save others the same suffering.

    oxide wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • I completely agree! If you’re doctor isn’t open to hearing how patients can self-treat…change doctors! Mine was always very keen to hear about my alternative therapies (diet, naturopath, acunpuncture etc) when it came to my colitis…mainly because meds didn’t work!

      melissa wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • Luckily enough, I found a paleo doc in Chicago who is amazing :)

      KatieCHI wrote on January 25th, 2013
      • Do you mind sharing his/her name? I’m in need of a new doctor and I’m in Chicago too. Thanks!

        Lisa wrote on January 25th, 2013
      • I’m also in Chicago and would greatly appreciate if you could share who your Paleo doc is.

        Anna wrote on January 26th, 2013
      • Add me to the list who would love to know who this doctor is!! I actually even joined Angie’s List to try and find a paleo doctor and came up with nothing. I’m so frustrated with my CW doctor that I basically have stopped going.

        Nikki wrote on January 29th, 2013
  19. Frequent, debilitating migraines (3-4 a month) before going Paleo and ditching grains in 2009. Have not had a real migraine since. A few headaches, mostly tension related but thankfully, those days of hiding in the bedroom with the lights off just to survive are over.

    hoopchi wrote on January 25th, 2013
  20. My step-daughter has suffered from migraines since she was in her teens, still has acne at 30, has had digestive troubles for years, struggles with her weight, etc., etc. But will she even consider going Primal, in spite of seeing her father and me glowing with health? No.

    It makes me so sad that she persists in suffering because, “Oh, I could never give up bread.” I’m afraid yesterday’s comments about suffering becoming a part of someone’s identity applies to her.

    Chica wrote on January 25th, 2013
  21. Great story! My boyfriend also suffers from migraines from time to time. He’s been mostly primal for his whole life, but being Chinese means dim sum and white rice is the norm, so he still has that occasionally at group gatherings/family outings. We started to notice a pattern though — whenever he has some wheat or even rice, within a week he suffers some type of migraine or headache. At home we are completely grain/wheat free, so its really only on special occasions that he’ll have any grain or flour (which he admittedly adores) but he’s starting to really feel the effects more so now that we’ve been grain free at home for 2 years. I think I’ll share your story with him and let him know he’s not the only one with this type of reaction! Thanks for sharing!! You guys look awesome!

    Lindsay wrote on January 25th, 2013
  22. Flickering lights in a store (Sam’s Club is the worst) or restaurant… this is my trigger. I got my first ocular migraine (pain free) at the age of 45, and have only had 3 total. I am wondering if my low gluten diet on/off for the past decade had played a role. I am happy to hear you found relief. Continued good health to both you and your husband!

    Pam wrote on January 25th, 2013
  23. AWESOME story, thank you so much for sharing!

    Charity wrote on January 25th, 2013
  24. Oh I so love Fridays – and amazing success stories like these! Well done to both of you!

    Grokesque wrote on January 25th, 2013
  25. I was shocked and amazed when I saw that your post was about ocular migraines! I’ve been gluten free for a year and Primal for about 6 months now and have had nary a migraine since. But this last Friday, I was at my Mom’s and experienced my first ocular migraine ever. No pain, just wild psychedelic pinwheels of light in my peripheral vision. I had never heard of ocular migraines, and thought I was having a stroke.

    Has anyone else found that a certain food other than grains will trigger an ocular migraine? I have been under a lot of stress lately. Thinking that could have a lot to do with it as well.

    I wanted to find a way to bring this up on the message board, but didn’t know where a good place to post was. The Lord works in mysterious ways…

    Cindy wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • For me Ocular Migraines are caused by artificial sweeteners.

      Linda A. Lavid wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • I would also get them after Chinese food a lot. Not sure if MSG might have been a trigger. Don’t eat that anymore either.

      KatieCHI wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • Aspartame and MSG are migraine triggers for me. I’m mostly migraine free since going Primal, I do still get a mild headache just before my period, but I’m not even sure I’d call it a migraine anymore. It used to be a 3 day, hide in a dark room ordeal before.

      Meeshar wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • Are you sure it was a migraine? I thought I had a migraine once and it turned out to be a detached retina.

      Kristina wrote on January 25th, 2013
      • My goodness, what a story! i also ave ocular migraines, thank God not so often, once or twice in two years, but really bad ones.. Two weeks ago I decided to go gluten free and now I see that I have done the right thing.. I had a lot of bloating etc as well.. My little son is eating gluten free with me, since I think he has some intolerance as well, although his doc only thinks that he is not growing much becuase he is just like this.. He has alergic asthma, dermatitis that doesn’t go away, stomach ahea, very low vitamin D and iron in his blood. I don’t know what other indications his doc wanted to rescribe him a gluten free diet, so I just did it, decided for him. And i am hoping this diet will do good to both of us!

        Yasemin wrote on January 26th, 2013
      • I went to the Dr. to have him check out my eyes and he said everything looked fine and that it sounded like an ocular migraine. Would have gone to an Opthomologist, but also walked into a low-lying branch because I had my hood down too low when the wind was bitterly cold last week. (Thought I broke my neck…also broke Marks don’t do stupid stuff rule).

        I don’t use any artificial sweeteners and avoid msg like the plague, but of course, msg is hard control when you don’t make things your self.

        cindyk wrote on January 28th, 2013
    • I got non painful ocular migraines when my platelet count got too high. If the ocular migraines persist, getting a blood test that includes a platelet count might be an avenue you could pursue.

      Sharon wrote on January 26th, 2013
    • I can totally relate. No headache–just the aura. Have you had your estrogen levels checked. My estrogen level was thru the roof–switched to paleo, addressed leaky gut problem, started seeing a homeopathic doctor–no aura since.

      Nettie wrote on January 26th, 2013
    • I also get ocular migraines. I lose partial vision, get zig zags, confusion, etc… but no pain. I haven’t found a food that helps. I did b12 shots several years ago and the migraines went away for 3 years. Then, I would get 1-2 a year. I started getting them more frequently this fall. I’m back on b12 shots and have not had one in three months. I have still been eating gluten a few times a week. (I know I shouldnt.) This article has given me the push to stop eating it.

      wendy wrote on January 29th, 2013
  26. Great post! I love that this links to overall health and well being (and migraines!) with the weight loss being a secondary “bonus”.
    More of these types of success stories please!!!

    melissa wrote on January 25th, 2013
  27. Excellent story. So happy you found a way of eating that helps your migraines! I look forward to these stories every Friday… I also look forward to Fridays..

    bjjcaveman wrote on January 25th, 2013
  28. If only I can convince my husband to go primal. He gets a migraine about every two months. However, he categorically refuses to give up wheat. In fact, he calls paleo a cult! Arg! He argues with me having our kids gluten-free (haven’t gotten them paleo yet) even though they have both had positive effects from it! I think he may be a lost cause. He can buy his own raisin bran. I’m not supplying his habit.

    Ruth wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • That’s really hard when your husband isn’t on board. :(

      Amy wrote on January 25th, 2013
  29. Well, I guess migraines (my grains) are aptly named! Get rid of your grains, get rid of migraines! Ok, I’m done now.

    bruce wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • Clever! A bit like “real eyes realize real lies”.

      Helga wrote on January 25th, 2013
      • Scrumtrulescent wordsmithing

        Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on January 26th, 2013
      • That line just went in my book of quotes. Thanks, Helga! :)

        Darlene, San Francisco, CA wrote on December 6th, 2013
    • This just made me so happy haha so clever

      Melissa wrote on January 25th, 2013
  30. Love the graphic representations of what you eat. That would be so helpful! Congrats on your primal success!

    Keith wrote on January 25th, 2013
  31. Migraines + IBS that goes away when you drop grains = probable celiac disease. Not worth going back on a gluten diet to get tested (unless you really want to) – but you should see if you have the genes for it and encourage your relatives to get tested. I’ve got celiac, and my main symptom was frequent migraine.

    Kate wrote on January 25th, 2013
  32. I too love Fridays– the sheer encouragement of fellow MDA success is always a boost to my continued primal living.

    Although I do have to wear wingtips when I preach on Sunday monrings!

    Pastor Dave wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • Pastor Dave, when you wrote “wingtips” the image that came to mind was angel wings on the tips of your toes. :) Rock the wings!

      Joanne wrote on January 25th, 2013
  33. I, too, suffered from migraines and ever since I made the switch to Paleo, they have not returned! There are SO so so many advantages to eating a Paleo lifestyle. Who doesn’t want to feel amazing 24/7!? Great story, thanks for sharing!!

    Deidre Skrudland wrote on January 25th, 2013
  34. Thanks everyone for the amazing comments! Glad I could be a part of success Fridays!

    KatieCHI wrote on January 25th, 2013
  35. Wonderful success stories.
    I’m completely sold on the Paleo way of life however, my migraines are monthly hormone-induced, every month in the middle of my cycle like clockwork.
    Has anyone had any luck with a diet change changing their female-hormone-induced migraines?

    lisa wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • When I gave up coffee and brassicas, and added Vitex and Evening Primrose Oil, my menstrual migraines stopped.

      Ruth wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • This was when mine were the worst! I had migraines so bad and missed work so often that I couldn’t be fired because it was a chronic condition! Believe me….going without sugar, grains, beans isn’t that hard! Migraines are hard! Good luck to you!

      Carla wrote on January 25th, 2013
  36. Great success story. I wish I could get my BF to try Primal because he gets the auras without the pain. He’s also got so many of the other problems that are usually cured by eliminating wheat, too. But he is stubborn and won’t even visit this website just because he now has SO MUCH invested in being right.

    Diane wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • My wife, while not as stubborn, is trying to lose the CW way (cut the fat, up the whole grains, exercise more) while I am going Primal.

      Her success has been slight and she doesn’t always feel good and she’s hungry a lot.

      I am hoping her seeing what I am eating and having the success I am will get her to switch.

      I know I can’t push too much or she’ll dig in and fight it. I figure I’ll just be an example and she’ll figure it out in time.

      HilliardJoe wrote on January 25th, 2013
  37. I am now free of migraines too! SO, SO happy about this!

    Zusiqu wrote on January 25th, 2013
  38. I used to have migraines 1 or 2 times a month until I started eating Primal last october. I had only one migraine in the last 4 months (and after a cheat-weekend). =)

    I’m actually only 80/20 primal, but I’m pretty sure gluten is my trigger too.

    Adriana wrote on January 25th, 2013
  39. +1 on migraines + acne and you can add allergies to that, too!

    ALL GONE since I cut the crap (crap = grains & sugars, with an emphasis on wheat & refined sugar).

    So grateful, and at the same time I keep thinking, “Had I but known, had I but known 17 years ago. . . “

    Alex wrote on January 25th, 2013
    • Exactly! Mark… could write a book just on all the people who no longer have migraines since going Primal!

      Carla wrote on January 25th, 2013
  40. Congratulations to you both! Migraines have so many causes, and different ways to treat. I’ve been primal for a couple of years now, and my migraines still come (though not as often), because they’re hormonal, so I know to be careful all around my period, but I haven’t found a way (food, supplements) to prevent these.

    nbongo wrote on January 25th, 2013

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