How To Determine Your Trigger

Do you know what triggers your migraines? Even if you have determined the culprit, chances are you were once in the dark. Because there are countless factors that can trigger a migraine, it’s crucial to take the right steps in determining what factors come into play. The first step to take is figuring out what your trigger is. This can include many factors including food, environment, stress or a combination.  It may sound simple, but the best way to figure this out is by keeping a diary of sorts. Keep a list of what you’ve eaten, where you were and how you’re feeling (tired, stressed, and so on).  Once you’ve kept this going for long enough, you will start to notice patterns. 

When it comes to keeping track of foods, this can be a very daunting task. Because there are so many food triggers and possibly more than one that causes a migraine, being detailed minded is key! Don’t just write that you had a salad, but include exactly what was in the salad. If you had coffee, include anything of the “extras” that you added to it.  Once you start seeing a reoccurring pattern of foods and migraines, you will be able to start taking the right steps in eliminating them all together.

Sometimes it’s best to keep it simple. While you are in the elimination process, try to stick to simple dishes that have only a handful of ingredients. That way it’s easier to account for everything you’ve eaten in that meal. Here’s one simple dish that’s worth trying out!  

 

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