Eating, Working, and Living with Chronic Migraine

Focusing on nutrients for better health

Focusing on nutrients for better health

I’m not a chef, I was barely a cook, but now I eat to live. I modified my diet help with my headaches, digestion, mood, and overall wellbeing. I need simple recipes that I can make quickly and easily. I take existing recipes and tweak them just enough so that they fit my dietary requirements. It’s fun and sometimes adventurous and helps me channel my emotions about not being able to eat EVERYTHING (like I used to) into an activity that all can enjoy. Some people never know that my meals are “free” of those things they think they love like dairy, soy, corn, nuts, and citrus, which is a part of the fun.

It is much easier to tell you what I can eat instead of what I can’t. Also, I believe there is power in positivity. Framing my food list as a “can do” as opposed to a “can’t do” really helps me overcome the sense of loss I feel from not being able to eat certain foods.

I don’t always do this the right way. Sometimes I eat McDonald’s. I was never super crazy about fast food, but sometimes it just makes me feel better to have a 10-piece nugget.

You’ll see that my recipes only include certain foods and spices. Here is a list of what I CAN eat.

Teas and juices Cooking oils  
  • Black tea
  • Green tea
  • Apple juice
  • Cranberry juice
  • Avocado oil
  • Grape seed oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Sunflower oil
 
Proteins (animal)   Proteins (other)
  • Chicken
  • Crab
  • Egg
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Turkey
  • Black bean
  • Garbanzo bean
  • Pinto bean
Starches    
  • Buckwheat
  • Millet
  • Oat
  • Red potato
  • Rice
  • Sweet potato
  • Tapioca/cassava
  • Wheat
Vegetables    
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli/broccolini
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Green peas
  • Greens, collard
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mushroom
  • Red pepper
  • Scallions, shallots, spring onion
  • Tomato
  • Yellow pepper
  • Yucca
  • Zucchini
Fruits and seeds    
  • Apple/apple sauce
  • Apricot
  • Banana
  • Blueberry
  • Coconut
  • Cantaloupe
  • Grape
  • Honeydew melon
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Plum
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Seasame
  • Sunflower
Flavor enhancers    
  • Basil
  • Cane sugar
  • Coconut
  • Cumin
  • Honey
  • Leek
  • Maple, pure
  • Marjoram
  • Mint, fresh
  • Mustard
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Pepper
  • Rosemary
  • Salt
  • Sesame
  • Thyme
  • Turmeric
  • Vanilla, pure
  • Vinegar, white and rice
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