June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. As a sufferer of migraine headaches, I know how brutal they can be and how they can completely derail a whole day, or even week.
For some, but not all people, diet can play a role in triggering migraines. The best way to know if your diet is affecting your headaches is to keep a headache diary. Keep a log of when you have a migraine, and what foods you ate within the 24 hour period before the headache began. As you log more headaches, see if you start to see a pattern of a particular food consumed the day of or before a headache.
If you do have a food sensitivity, it should trigger a headache within 12 to 24 hours.
Common migraine food triggers are:
-Foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG)
One of these, or other foods, may be triggering some of your migraines. Or maybe your migraines aren't triggered by a food at all.
Migraines can be caused by a variety of factors. I think it's helpful to not only record food consumed in a headache log, but also other common headache triggers. These include: amount of sleep over the past few nights, stress level over the past week, recent exercise, any change in your normal routine.
Taryn is a Los Angeles based Registered Dietitian who's passionate about helping you be your healthiest you.