Saturday, April 7, 2007

Foods to Avoid for the Migraine Sufferer

Here is the "Diet for the Headache Patient" that I received from my doctor. I'll also try to post my "Foods I Can Eat List" for easy reference to the ingredients you'll find in my recipes.

Foods to Avoid:
Beverages - Alcoholic (wine, beer, ale, liquor), Buttermilk, Chocolate Milk. Caffeine sources to be limited to 2 cups daily including coffee, tea and sodas. Avoid all alcoholic beverages if possible. If you must drink, no more than two normal-sized drinks. Suggested drinks: Haute Sauterne, Riesling wine, Seagram's VO, Cutty Sark, vodka.

Dairy Products - Aged and processed cheese including cheddar, Swiss, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Romano, brick, Brie, Camembert, Gouda, Gruyere, Emmentaler, Stilton, Provolone, Roquefort, bleu, and cheese-containing foods (pizza, mac & cheese, chips, etc), and sour cream. Yogurt can be eaten in 1/2 cup portions or less.

Meat & Meat Substitutes - Aged, canned, cured or processed meats, those containing nitrates or nitrites, commercial meat extracts, pickled or dried herring, chicken livers, sausage, salami, pepperoni, bologna, frankfurters, pates, peanuts and peanut butter, marinated meats, any prepared with meat tenderizers, soy sauce or yeast extracts

Bread and Bread Substitutes - Homemade yeast breads, fresh coffee cake, doughnuts, yeast and yeast extracts, sourdough breads, breads and crackers containing cheese, any containing chocolate or nuts

Fruits - Canned figs, raisins, papaya, passion fruit, avocado, red plum. Citrus fruits limited to 1/2 cup serving per day. 1/2 banana allowed per day.

Vegetables - Italian broad beans, Fava beans, Lima beans, navy beans, pea pods, sauerkraut, onions (except for flavoring)

Desserts - Any with chocolate or yeast raised desserts

Miscellaneous - Brewer's yeast, chocolate, soy sauce, monosodium glutamate, meat tenderizers, papaya products, Accent, Lawry's and other seasoned salts, soup cubes, canned soups, frozen TV dinners, some snack items and instant foods, autolyzed and hydrolyzed proteins and/or extracts. Read all labels. White vinegar and commercial salad dressings can be used in small amounts.


Jen Marie said...

hey there! i didn't know you were gluten intolerant. i'm dairy, gluten, and sugar intolerant.
hope you are well... looking forward to posts on here!
jen m. s (from sovgracechurch frederick ;))

Jen said...

i am looking forward to future posts, as well! I remember fondly our conversations back when you worked at the church. I'm excited that you are home and with a little one now! Thanks for sharing these food tips with us.

-Jen Thompson
(gluten, dairy, and sugar intolarant as well)