Pantry Purge: Time to Start Eating Clean

In the past two years, my migraines have gone from frequent to flat-out chronic. I’ve trial-and-errored my way through a slew of daily preventives, rescue meds and pain pills. I’ve even tried eliminating alcohol (gasp!). I had an 18-month pain vacation while I was pregnant and nursing, but a) that’s no vacation, and b) I can’t be pregnant all the time. I always thought changing my diet would be a drastic thing to do, but drastic times…

An enticing pic of porridge from KERF. (Hope you don't mind that I "borrowed" this pic, Kath!)
An enticing pic of porridge from KERF. (Hope you don’t mind that I “borrowed” this pic, Kath!)

Due to a recent rodent issue, I’m having to start my spring cleaning immediately in the kitchen. It disgusts me how much money I’m throwing away as I throw out all of the food on our shelves, but eating something that’s been nibbled on by a mouse would sicken me way more.

Tonight, after a day of Imitrex, hydrocodone and canceled plans, I decided that I’m sick of relying on meds that barely act as a Band-Aid and I’m sick of being sick. So after cleaning out our pantry tomorrow (and scrubbing from top to bottom) I’m going to fill it with clean food. What is clean eating? Well, it can mean different things to different people. Diane Welland, RD, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Clean defines clean eating as “consuming whole, natural foods that have not been processed.” For my purposes, I’m also going to try to avoid dye-free foods and sugar (I’ve read that both can be very bad for migraineurs).

This will not be easy and I will no doubt find myself at the McDonald’s drive thru getting a regular Coke within the month (I don’t know why, but their Cokes are the best), but I’m going to try.

So far, I’ve found these sites and bloggers as great resources and inspiration for my new diet.

KERF

100 Days of Real Food

Die, Food Dye!

More than a change in diet though, it’s a change in lifestyle. A recent bout with the stomach bug combined with relentless migraines have kept me from the gym, but regular exercise is just as important as root veggies.

I’m not ready to give up my morning cup of coffee (and perhaps never will be), but I’m going to start to try drinking it black… baby steps.

Have you had success cutting out processed foods? Do you have a favorite site, blog or book you swear by on the subject? Please share!

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7 thoughts on “Pantry Purge: Time to Start Eating Clean

  1. it’s great you’re making this change! I’m sure you’ll find your migraines fading! It seems like eating the right food is really the best way to cure many ailments. Good luck =]

  2. Looks like you and I are on the same journey! After more than twenty days of migraine in one month (December), I purified my diet completely. I’d always been aware of the food migraine connection, but never took it so far as to 100% eliminate ALL restaurant food and pre-made anything, and personally make every bite of food I put in my mouth using organic produce, grassfed meats, and no dairy with any additives (almost all of them do: yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream, cream, lowfat milks). I’ve been doing this since January. It’s a major pain-in-the-ass, I’m not going to lie, especially lunches since I work full time. But over the last three months I’ve eaten out maybe four times, and one of those resulted in a migraine.

    So is it worth it? January I had four migraines. February seven (two weather related), and March five (I had the flu, and ALWAYS get a migraine with the flu), a HUGE reduction from usual fifteen or so. They haven’t gone away completely, but the frequency is greatly reduced.

    I’ve been chronicling it at http://www.townhomesteader.com.

    Best of luck to you!

    Lori

    1. That’s so wonderful to hear, Lori! Not the pain in the ass part, but the reduction of migraines. I will have to follow you to get more ideas on what I should and shouldn’t eat…

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