Married to the Empire

Friday, January 25, 2008

Blueberry bliss

Three years ago, I got serious about figuring out my migraine triggers. I went on a very strict diet that cut out all typical migraine-trigger foods. A few weeks later, I gradually added things back in, which allowed me to learn which foods were causing me problems.

A few months later, I went blueberry picking in Tyler, TX with my parents. I came home with 6 pounds of blueberries and started using them in salads and baked goods. I was in blueberry heaven!

But I had a migraine after every blueberry-gorging session. Blueberries are not common migraine triggers, but for me, they were. So, I cut them out.

Here I am nearly 3 years later, and nary a blueberry has touched my lips in all that time. And believe me when I say I've been tempted! But today, I decided to give them a try again. They were on sale for $1.25 at Sprouts today, so I decided to buy some for experimental purposes.

I confess that I ate the entire pint. And I enjoyed every juicy, sweet bit of it! Now I'm just waiting to see if a migraine hits. Thirty minutes after my pig-out session, I'm still feeling fine, but sometimes the headaches can take a few hours to hit. Wish me luck because I really want to be able to eat blueberries again! Chocolate I can live without, but blueberries have been a real challenge!


ashley @ twentysixcats said...

This is really interesting. I get frequent migraines, too. I should figure out the triggers... my biggest fear is what am I going to do if/when I am pregnant and I have a migraine! It's interesting that blueberries would do it for you. Did you end up getting a migraine?

Ewokgirl said...

Ashley, so far, no migraine. I'm very happy about that!

If you've never read this, I highly recommend Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain by David Buchholz. This is the book that taught me what to do about finding my triggers and how to deal with them. It's a great book, but it's a hard program. You have to be ready for it.

We're probably not having children, but I've worried about the same thing if I were ever to become pregnant. I think there are certain prescription pain relievers that are deemed fairly safe to use in pregnancy, but that doesn't guarantee that they work for everyone.