I am not sure if I get migraines from my genetics (my grandmother dealt with them a lot) or because I have celiacs disease…but I will tell you over the course of the past ten years I have really focused in and found out what triggers my migraines, and what helps.
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First—I will tell you my migraine triggers because perhaps yours will be similar.
1-Too much sugar!
For example, sour patch kids….they get me every single time! These candies are covered in sugar, and it takes just a small amount and within a few hours, my head is pounding. As much as I enjoy these tasty treats….I avoid them and other candies that are jam-packed with sugar.
If you aren’t sure if sugar is a trigger for you…start tracking it. Think of the foods you ate the day before and the day of your migraine, usually there is a pattern.
2- Lack of sleep.
If I stay up past midnight…I am in a risky zone. More often than not, I will get a migraine from only getting 5-6 hours of sleep. I noticed I would get migraines in college during finals week. What I thought was stress, was actually me staying up late to finish assignments or to study. It’s not worth the late nights for me, and I have reluctantly learned I have to get to bed sooner than I want sometimes.
This is one I can’t do a lot about…but I try my best to prevent. During the weeks of my period I always start getting a migraine. I take a magnesium supplement and that helps a bit, and I also take two excedrin migraine as soon as I feel the migraine coming on. I have also tried some roller ball essentail oils that have helped, I just have to continue to reapply.
The rollerball essential oils are: Past Tense from DoTerra, & No More Aches Headache Roll-on by Taspen’s Organics. (PS I am not an affiliate with these essential oils just letting you know what has helped.) The reason I like essentail oils as well is because when I am pregnant I try my best not to take many meds. However, I also get more migraines when I am pregnant due to the hormone increase, so the essential oils have helped.
When I don’t drink enough water, my migraines increase. In the summer I tend to get more migraines, so I am very diligent about drinking a lot of water.
If I do get caught in a bad migraine, something that works for me is 2 excedrin migraine and an 8 ounces Diet coke or Diet pepsi. It usually takes a few hours to fight off but it does help.
I also use this ComfiTech head wrap when I am dealing with a migraine. This head wrap soothes the migraine. I also like that the head wrap darkens the room which is also helpful when dealing with migraines.
So what are some of your migraine triggers?
I would love to hear what has worked for you.
Migraines are not fun, and hopefully if you deal with migraines frequently, you can find a good doctor who can help you deal with the migraines.
Baby weight can be hard and challenging to get off.
After having my 3rd baby last October (2019), I struggled to get the weight off.
I don’t think hunkering down through Covid 19 helped much with my baby weight either!
It was time whether I wanted to or not, and I needed to start taking the pounds off.
So far I am 5 weeks into my fitness and nutrition plan and I wanted to highlight the items that have helped me the most with taking down some weight.
Note-I am currently down 9 lbs., I would love to get another 9-10 lbs. off in the next month, that’s my goal!
The process I have used to help me lose the baby weight has been a circuit training workout program along with tracking my calories and macros.
Here are the wonderful items I have used in my weight loss thus far, I am excited to share these items with you and if you have any more items you would add, please comment below!
In no particular order:
#1: MyFitnessPal App-
This App is great for tracking calories and macros. I just use the free version, and its very simple to use. You can even scan the barcode on foods and it enters the calorie information for you, which is wonderful!
#2: Renpho Scale:
I have loved using the renpho scale. It not only tracks weight, it also tracks, body fat, BMI, muscle mass, provides a chart of your weight loss etc.
The scale connects via bluetooth to a free app you download on your phone.
There’s something about seeing all the statistics of your weight that makes this scale different. I actually enjoy hopping on the scale to track my progress!
#3: Pro 6+ from Elevated Sports Nutrition
I love my Pro 6+ protein drink. I always drink this protein drink before, during and after my workout.
I feel that Pro 6+ gives me that added boost I need when working out. Even better, Pro 6+ DOES NOT have caffeine. This protein drink tastes great, aids in building lean muscle AND it hydrates well.
#4: Fairlife Protein Shakes:
I have LOVED these Fairlife Protein Shakes as a meal replacement. The chocolate and vanilla flavors both taste great AND they have 30 grams of protein which is PERFECT for counting macros.
#5: Fitbit Versa:
The fitbit versa has been a lifesaver when it comes to tracking steps. My goal is to get between 7,000-10,000 steps every single day. The fitbit versa has been my favorite watch to track steps, let me know when I hit goals, and many other features.
If you don’t have a watch that is tracking your steps, I highly suggest the fitbit versa, I think you’ll enjoy it too!
Hopefully these 5 items can be beneficial to you.
I might add, that it’s very important when you are losing weight, to go about the process slow and steady.
I have learned that it’s amazing what your body is capable of when you push yourself physically. Even more, it’s important that you AREN’T “dieting” in a way that you are messing up the body’s metabolism. Do your best, and you will slowly but surely see the results!