If you suffer from migraines then that's probably a big question to answer and I'm guessing it depends on the stage of the migraine that you're swimming in.
If you're finding this space while in a dark place, I hope this becomes your light. I'm really happy to connect with you.
I believe that the more we get together, inspire and root for one another, the more we'll learn, evolve + flourish, when it comes to uncovering the mystery of the migraine.
Migraines come in many shapes and sizes, so I can only share my experience (vestibular migraines). In case you're new to Bliss Out, here's my story + e-book. I bet there's a good chance that you can relate to my story on some level, and if you can, that's awesome. Not the whole migraine part of course, but the amazing part where we can to help each other become empowered.
I'm going to share with you my Migraine Warrior Kit because in my experience having support - both for the mind & body - is a gamechanger when it comes to migraines. It has the power to take a desperate situation and make it bold and inspiring. I know that's a lot to put out there, but I mean it. During one of my more recent intense attacks, I felt like all my control had been sucked from my body in an instant. But then moments later, I was doing everything in my power to take back my control, help my body, and come out on top.
I believe that migraines do not have to dictate my life. This journey has been two+ years of learning and exploring many routes to heal my migraine, and I'm still journeying and figuring it all out. My migraine story actually started when I was child, only I didn't quite understand that migraines were a part of my life quite yet. I share all this from a very heartfelt place and please understand that I'm still learning (and always will be).
You know what's best for you, so if anything I share doesn't feel right for you, I'm glad you can recognize that. I encourage you to ask questions, do your own research, and advocate for yourself.
What I'm sure of is the support I have with me every single day. It helps me through all the twists and turns, giving me the foundation to thrive in my life. That's my wish for you.
And that is what I'm going to share with you.
There's a lot of information out there when it comes to healing migraines and I find it overwhelming sometimes. But I also find comfort in the fact that I am not alone and that many (many) other people are also looking to find the magic cure for migraines. I'm going to ask that you read two books that I found informative. I took bits and pieces from these books and incorporated what I felt was right in my life. In my experience, these books haven't been the complete cure, but they have opened my eyes to the scope of migraine and the many factors at plan. I've also included Dr. Harcourt's Migraine Guide. I discovered his account on Instagram and I am very intrigued and optimistic about his holistic approach. I certainly would love to make it to his practice one day. I'm recommending these books because I think they are a beautiful base to start with. At the very least, you may feel that someone understands what you're going through. I'd check if your local library has these books (Dr. Harcourt's Guide is free- link below) and take some time to put your wellness first. Educating ourselves is incredibly important in this process.
Along with learning the intricacies of migraines, I think we need to listen to our bodies. We'll dive deeper into this, but if you notice triggers in your life that increase or decrease symptoms, pay attention. Our bodies talk to us, but sometimes we're so caught up in life around us, it's really hard to listen. I want you listen to what makes you feel better or worse, and even what seems to make no difference at all. Journaling can be both therapeutic and necessary at times. I know that when I was a year in with my seemingly endless cycle of migraines, I couldn't differentiate between the days and how I felt one day to the next. It's only in looking back over months when I started to share how I was feeling that I could see things more clearly. I could get some perspective on what I was doing that was helping me and what wasn't.
If you have a book that you've loved or a resource that was helpful to you, please let me know! I want this space to be a place that we can share and help one another.
Why? Because, using a holistic support system supported my mind + body when I was at my worst (and continues to every day). I have flashbacks: feeling so disconnected from my body, like I was in another universe but somehow still in my body; taking steps like I was walking on a trampoline; my neck being so tight I could hardly turn my head; seeing yet feeling like I couldn't quite "see" the world right in front of me- like a curtain of fog I desperately wanted to break through. And guess what helped me in those moments... Yup, you got it: essential oils. I like to call it beautiful plant magic.
I believe in oils so much that while I was digging myself out of the awfulness of a vestibular condition I started teaching classes and sharing all the ways oils were supporting my health. I stood in front of a class of 30 people feeling like I was floating across the floor, rambling on how Oregano essential oil was what started my healing.
I became a wellness mentor because it fuels my soul. The incredible part of this is that I get to help others. And then they can go on and spread the word as well (if their heart is drawn to it).
The world of healthcare is shifting and I believe that a holistic support system is an amazing opportunity to elevate our wellness.
If essential oils are something you’re interested in incorporating into your wellness routine, I’d love to support you along the way.My mission is for you to be comfortable and confident using your oils to support your wellbeing.We can schedule a call (or talk via e-mail) and I’ll give you the foundation to flourish and thrive.I’d love to hear from you if this ignites a spark in your soul.
There's a lot to talk about here. A lot of which is super personal because we are all different and a food that may be a migraine trigger for one person, could be perfectly fine for another. There's a number of factors that come into play when our bodies have exceeded the threshold of what it can handle and then a migraine sets in.
I've done a lot of experimenting with foods, cutting things out and then reintroducing them. If the food + migraine conversation is new to you, then I would certainly check out the books I recommended above to gain some insight on the power of food. I'm going to share the lifestyle that works for me as well as the shifts in my diet that have made an impact on my wellness. In writing this, I know that you will make food choices based on what works for you and I'm happy for that. I'm happy to answer questions and I talk a lot more about food over here.
Admittedly, I didn’t have much of an appetite in the beginning. When you’re world is off kilter and walking is a huge task, my appetite certainly wasn’t vibrant. I drank a lot of smoothies (and continue to). It was a way for me to simply pack in nutrition when functioning was a battle of its own.
I first embraced a plant-based diet in 2009, which changed my world, my perspective, how I felt about myself, and at the same time released me of so much negativity. It certainly didn't happen overnight, but looking back over the last decade I can very easily point out that making that shift was the catalyst for so much goodness.
Even though I was eating a plant-based diet when it all happened, I still needed to make tweaks. It’s about really listening and paying attention to the feedback your body is giving you. You may find that certain foods are triggers for symptoms and therefore, they are not helping your body. That doesn’t mean you need to say goodbye to those foods forever. As far as triggering foods, we are all different. Many with vestibular migraines find they need to stay clear of coffee, chocolate, dairy, citrus, white sugar, gluten and processed foods. To be honest, I believe eliminating dairy, white sugar and excess processed foods can help everyone elevate their wellness.
Through working with a holistic doctor, I learned that sugar was feeding the problem inside me, so there was a period of time that I was more restrictive. There was a solid six months that I avoided gluten, white sugar, processed foods, along with keeping within my plant-based framework.
Was it hard at times? You bet. Was it worth it? Absolutely. The food you eat will influence how you feel tomorrow and beyond, how you think, how you heal, and how you move forward. When I was in the midst of it, I did not have the luxury to eat whatever my heart desired, but as I started to feel better, what I desired was simply nourishing food. It might start out difficult, but then it becomes a habit, and then it is a part of you.
This is when I'm going to ask you to do a little homework while encouraging you to do your own research and advocate for yourself. My first recommendation is to read The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet by Alicia Silverstone. It will provide you with a base knowledge of the pure beauty of a plant-based diet in a non-overwhelming way. It's a workable approach into this lifestyle that may be new to you, but oh so exciting!
This is not an 'all-or-nothing' approach. Making your health a priority means taking the steps to feed your body like the prize that it is. That might mean a shift in your mindset. See how this all ties together? If your mindset is bursting with determination, compassion and love for yourself, then it only makes sense to eat nourishing + kind foods.
This is about incorporating foods that truly feed your wellness rather than taking from it. Keep the happy vibes rolling, and I ask that you do not beat yourself up about being perfect with this lifestyle. Embrace it every step of the way and simply incorporating more plant-based meals is a wonderful thing and I applaud you for it.