About a month ago, I wrote a post about my journey to find a cure for my chronic migraines through Eastern medicine. The feedback I’ve received from you all has been awesome! I’m so glad that many of you are looking to more holistic approaches to your ailments, whatever they may be.
So now, I’d like to give you an update! In the month since I’ve written the original post, I have had ZERO migraines. In fact, I honestly feel better now than I ever have in my life. If someone would have told me a year ago, or even six months ago, I would be migraine-free now I never would have believed them. I know what works for me may not work for you since every body is so different, but coming from someone that struggled with super painful migraines twice a week at times, to be migraine-free now seems almost like a gift. Actually, I feel like I’ve got my life back!
So what changes have I made other than initial regular acupuncture appointments?
- In the past two months, I have really worked hard to eat more veggies! Specifically dark leafy greens. I think when Lorelle, my acupuncurist, asked me “when was the last time I ate vegetables?” and I couldn’t remember (yikes) spawned a whole new veggie quest. And you know what? It totally helped my body get back in balance.
- I dusted off the ol’ juicer! I try to make fresh veggie/fruit juice every morning instead of coffee now (coffee is fine but I was being extra migraine careful at first and it just stuck. I still drink coffee on the weekends at the farmer’s market!) and it really has increased my energy levels throughout the day. My favorite juice combination is two stalks celery, 1 pear, 1 green apple, 1 head romaine lettuce and 1 lemon.
- Since starting acupuncture, I’ve slowly progressed to more of a plant based whole foods diet to alleviate my migraines. I’m not saying I’m a vegetarian or even ever plan to become one, but is what is working for me now. I’ll tell you what—I have a LOT less headaches now than I did when I was eating chicken five nights a week. Fact. That’s not to say I still don’t enjoy meat from time to time, but not every day anymore and in limited portions. I also think now I eat more avocados and raw nuts than I did before.
- I reduced my dairy intake. I’ve always hated milk (by itself) but for the past month, haven’t had any yogurt either, which used to be a daily part of my diet. I really don’t know enough to say whether dairy plays a significant role in migraines, and while I still love cheese, the doing away with any “extra” dairy in my diet (daily yogurt) hopefully has been one of the factors in my new headache-free life.
- I started to “jog” again. I think it was a reader who told me that running helped her headaches so one morning when I felt like I was about to get one, instead of laying down on the couch I tied on my old running shoes and hit the road. The verdict? Ultra sore quads and no headaches. Since then, I’ve tried to get out twice a week and jog 1-2 miles. I still don’t belong to a gym and don’t plan to join one. I’m perfectly content with my little “jogs” and my yoga classes.
….I think that’s it! I guess you could sum it all up to say that I done got healthy, but to me it was more of a mandatory lifestyle change because I couldn’t keep living with migraines every week. At the end, I was willing to do anything to make them go away and was tired of being on prescription meds 24/7. And I did! My yoga practice has stayed the same and I still drink a glass of wine or two whenever I feel the urge. The four things above, combined with acupuncture and initial Chinese herbs have really been the big things that brought upon the changes in my headaches.
I still eat dessert every night, still listen to the Grey’s soundrack every day and still wear my hair extensions to Whole Foods.
I guess the moral of the story is that you have to find what works for you! There’s no one prescription to cure all but hopefully sharing my experience will help you make small changes in your life that can ultimately help you feel your best.