So, I try to follow the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan. I fall off the wagon, but then I try my best to get back on it. What usually throws me off the wagon is lack of energy and my chronic migraine condition. When you don’t feel good, and your stomach is not at it’s best, you tend to eat what sounds good, like Saltine Crackers, or white bread (gasp!).
Recently I was on the Trim Healthy Mama shopping site buying some more of their Super Sweet Blend Packets to go. Which are awesome to keep in your purse, use at work and they also help you measure out how much you are putting in! I saw this Baobab Boost Powder that has a ton of anti-oxidants, more than Blueberries, Acai Berries, and Pomegranates! It’s also supposed to give you more energy! So I was up for anything that might give me more energy!
It’s also supposed to help with blood circulation, blood pressure, and many other things. If you go to the bottom of the Trim Healthy Mama’s website about the Baobab Powder you will find a list of benefits. There are also a few other sites that list the benefits as well.
I’m not a doctor nor do I pretend to be one on the internet or on T.V.!!! All I can tell you is that I’ve been drinking this powder mixed in with Lemons with THM Super Sweet Blend and in my favorite English Breakfast Tea for 30 days. I’ve only had 3 migraines that actually weren’t that bad and that only took a couple of Motrin to help them go away. Now I could be having a really good month, it’s hard to tell. I generally have 10-15 migraines a month. It doesn’t take much to trigger them, a little stress, a change in the weather, certain lighting, smells, barometric pressure changes, altitude changes and the list goes on and on.
Here’s a video from Trim Healthy Mama about it. I’m not an affiliate for them so I don’t make any money from this if you buy it. If you are like me and willing to try just about anything to help you with your migraines, for $13.99 which is a month’s supply it can’t hurt to try it!
I don’t get aura’s before migraines most of the time, but when I do I know it’s going to be a bad one. What do your aura’s look like? Mine look like this:
Do you put anything extra or buy water with extra ingredients to help with your migraines. They always tell us to drink plenty of water. So I drink a ton of water and then always buy some that has electrolytes in it. Lately I’ve been gagging down 20 drops of Trace Minerals added to my electrolyte water in the morning. It has a slight metallic taste to it. So I do it like a shot and then chase it with anything that tastes decent! It could be that I’m just having a good week, but I’ve been pretty decent this week since starting this. I got the Trace Minerals here.
I’m channeling my inner Chandler Bing here. I know that since I’ve become a mom, my indoor voice and outdoor voice are way louder than they used to be. However I know some people who are always just very loud. Whether it’s due to hearing loss or the fact that they too are just mother’s trying to be heard!!!! I get it!!! However, some days when I have a really bad migraine, I’d love to scream this! (but I can’t b/c it hurts too much!)
I think we have all done this, pretending your well. My standard answer is that I’m fine, even though I’m in pain. Now if it’s a two Imitrex and lay down migraine, I’m not pretending I’m well. However most days I can have a migraine and pretend like nothing is wrong. How good are you at that? Now that is acting!!!!
Mine is, “Have you tried drinking more water?” I drink about 10-12 8 ounce glasses of water a day. Half of those usually include Electrolytes and 1 contains Trace Minerals.
Some of my migraines stem from neck issues. Specifically between the C1, C2 disks in my neck and the base of my skull. Poor posture, injury and scar tissue can cause these to cause more tension and pain that radiates into your head. I’ve started some physical therapy for those headaches/migraines. I slash headaches/migraines because some of the time I get headaches that start in the back of my neck, however if I strain my neck I will get a migraine that lasts for a minimum of 4 days. Until recently when I went to my neurologist she just gave me Imitrex and I was on my way. Until I really started taking detailed notes about my migraines and headaches did I notice that some of the worst migraines stem from the back of my neck and last for days, usually after I’ve done something dumb. You know not wanting to make more than 2 trips out to the car for groceries so I tried carrying most of them in one hand so the other was free to open the door! Some not so dumb, I have a 3 1/2-year-old that weighs close to 40 pounds and I tend to carry her on one side all the time! She gave me a prescription for Zanaflex, which does help, but when I’m having a multi-day migraine I have to take them every day. I can’t really do anything but sleep when I’ve taken one.
So this week I started physical therapy. They told me to switch my pillow to a down pillow. If you suffer from migraines, you too could probably call yourself a pillow collector! I have so many because I’m always searching for the right one! The therapist told me for my neck I should get a down pillow because they are easier to mold under your C1 and C2 spinal disks. Here’s where they are:
The therapist had me simply take my chin and touch it to my chest and asked me how it felt. It felt super tight but I could tell it was helping to relax the muscles in my shoulders and neck.
He told me to buy a lumbar support for my back for my chair at work and practice sitting up. I’m supposed to be doing an exercise for about 3 minutes every couple of hours, and I need to check my posture every 10 minutes to make sure I have a neutral spine. I found this video online that seems to be as close as I can find to show you what exercise you may want to try if your migraines stem from the back of your neck!