June 2010 Headache Blog Carnival: Food, Glorious Food

Welcome to the June 2010 Headache and Migraine Disease Blog Carnival.

The Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival has been created to provide both headache patients and people who blog about headaches with opportunities to share ideas on topics of particular interest and importance to us.

The theme of the June carnival is “Food, Glorious Food: How Does Food Fit Into Your Life? As a trigger or something to avoid? A comfort? A temptation?”

Migraineurs and people living with headache disorders have complicated relationships with food. Certain foods commonly trigger migraines, such as items high in tyramine and MSG, caffeine, hard cheeses and red wine. While we’re making a strong effort to avoid these triggers, we also know we have to find a way to eat on regular intervals because missing meals is often a migraine trigger, too. This can be difficult because the gastrointestinal issues that come along with migraines can make it hard to eat things that help us. Between nausea, vomiting and other troublesome intestinal symptoms, it can seem nearly impossible to do what you know your body needs from you.

Many of us have tried restrictive diets such as gluten free or dairy free diets to see if these will help with our symptoms. While some people are helped, many of us find no difference despite our investment of time and money into these approaches. It can be very frustrating and demoralizing to realize you’ve tried another thing that didn’t really help. Perhaps we’re grasping at straws by trying these diets that help other chronic illnesses, but is there any reason not to try something harmless in case it might be what helps us? It’s hard to say these approaches aren’t at least worth a try even when they don’t end up helping much. Of course, I tend to think the true issue is that we need individualized diet plans that take our unique needs into considering. Unfortunately we don’t have much access to that at this point.

Given our overly complicated relationships with food, I thought it would be fascinating to have the carnival focus on how all of you interact with food and how your migraines or other headache disorders fit in.

Please keep reading for the June 2010 collection of posts.

James Cottrill presents Enzyme Supplements and Migraines at Headache and Migraine News.

Teri Robert presents Food & Migraines: Friends? Enemies? at Putting Our Heads Together.

Emily presents Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Antibodies posted at No Extended Warranty.

Steph presents Breaking News: Crap Food Leads to Crappiness at Head Wise.

Migrainista presents Balancing Healthy with High Calorie at Migrainista.

Annie presents I am One Part Foodie, One Part Terrified at It’s Time to Get Over How Fragile You Are.

Jasmine presents Making Food My Medicine: Quotes to Motivate at Jasmine’s Cove.

Dot presents Tempur-Pedic Sleep Mask Review: Top Tool for Fibromyalgia & Migraines at Fibromyalgia Blog: The Adventures of Dot & Fibro Mom.

David presents Natural Pain Relievers: 20 Herbs that Work at Native Remedies Blog.

Thanks for the great posts this month. I was thrilled to get so many high quality submissions! Submit your blog post to the July 2010 edition of the Headache and Migraine Disease Blog Carnival using our carnival submission form or by e-mailing your submissions to me by e-mail. The theme will be “How do you cope with your headache disorder?” Entries are due by midnight on Friday, July 9, and the carnival will be here at Somebody Heal Me on Monday, July 12. Past posts and more information about the carnival can be found on our Headache Blog Carnival information page.