“It’s not just pain. It’s a complete physical, mental and emotional assault on your body.” ~ Jamie Wingo
Today I wanted to share with you steps I am taking to heal my migraines. I usually have them every two weeks. They seem to be linked to my hormones, so what I am sharing with you will also help to balance out your hormones if you are having issues with that. Now I am not a medical professional, I am only sharing what works for me. I believe that food is truly the best medicine for your body and adding in other conscious steps to create a balanced life is crucial for healing.
For those of you who know me well you know that I turned down this whole foods plant based lifestyle to see if I could get my migraines to go away as well as other health aliments. For those that don’t know me I will be sharing my story on my YouTube channel soon so stay tuned. You can like me on Facebook or instagram to stay up to date with my posts. I will announce on both of those social media outlets when I have my videos up. Anyway! Here are the things I have had to focus on to keep my migraines away.
Over the last 6 months my migraines have gone from a drop me to my knees, slam my head in the wall pain that last 12 plus hours to a little headache that goes away with some over the counter medicine. For me that is a HUGE improvement so I wanted to share what I have been doing to get where I am at.
- Diet– This is big. What we put into our bodies truly can either be a slow form of poison, or the safest form of medicine. Switching to a Whole Foods Plant Based diet has allowed my body to heal. Whole plant foods provide the body with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, clean proteins, healthy fats and carbohydrates and are anti-inflammatory. Animal products are less nutrient dense, have NO fiber, house a lot of toxins, are high in saturated fat and cholesterol and cause inflammation in the body. So if you are looking to heal your body in anyway, start by introducing MORE PLANT foods. Don’t look at it from the point of what you can’t have, but what more you get to have. Make a little rule to eat Plants first and if you want animal products and processed food have it last. By slowly adding more plants your will crowd out the food that is not healing to your body. A great book that has helped me in my health journey is Foods that Fight Pain by Dr. Neal Barnard. While the book covers all kinds of the most common pains, it has a chapter on migraines, and a chapter on menstrual pain and the advice in these chapters in regards to diet has helped me tremendously. Click the link below if you are interested in getting the book.
- Lifestyle- While diet is BIG, it is not the only factor. You have to live a healthy balanced lifestyle too. Drink plenty of water, exercise, use non-toxic things in your home and in places you can control, love yourself, enjoy your loved ones, laugh and overall do things and surround yourself with people and things that ADD VALUE TO YOUR LIFE.
- Stress Management- Oh man… STRESS! Stress recks havoc on the body. When you are stressed your cortisol levels go up(cortisol is a hormone) therefore this effects your entire body, hormones and all and can cause DIS-EASE. Stress is a part of life, but it is also how you choose to react to things, how much you choose to take on etc. Some of it can’t be avoided, but here are a few things I do to manage my stress.
- Yoga-everyone needs some yoga in their life, even if for 10 min a day. It brings you in tune with your body, mind and spirituality.
- Breathe- I know this seems odd to say because we all naturally breathe, BUT we do not breath enough. When you are feeling stressed, anxious or irritable try taking a few DEEP breaths before reacting to a situation and see how you feel. It makes a big difference…. At least for me.
- Meditate/Prayer/Stillness- Whatever you want to call it sit in silence with YOU for a few minutes each day. Gather your thoughts, say affirmations, pray or even listen to a guided meditation.
- Exercise- I know I mentioned this under lifestyle, but a regular exercise routine will help get your endorphins pumping(happy hormone) and help manage stress. Walk, ride a bike, run, swim, do yoga etc. Do something you enjoy so that you will move your body daily.
- Get out in nature- I don’t know about you but for me if I am having a bad day or feeling a little extra anxious or irritable getting outside in the sunshine does wonders.
- Routine- Having a routine helps because your body knows what to expect and this is calming to your nervous system.
- Sleep- getting enough sleep has been a big one for me as well. While it can be hard with little ones this needs to be a priority. I aim for 6-7 hours a night. This seems to be what works for me. With this amount I have good energy all day. When I don’t get this amount I am tired in the afternoon, irritable and likely to be more stressed.
- Slow down- Don’t fill your schedule with too much, and do what adds value to your life. Sometimes you have to say no, and that is ok.
So there you have it. The things I am doing in my life to help heal my migraines. Everyone is different, but in general a healthy diet, lifestyle and stress management will do wonders for your body. If you are suffering from some aliment don’t succumb to it. Make changes and see what it will take to fix it. 80-90% of DIS-EASE is lifestyle. 10-20% is genetics. Take your healthy into your own hands.
Have a beautiful week!