Welcome to the Monday Migraine Miracle Minute, where we’ll catch you up on the happenings of the past week!
Primal Provisions Recipe Pick of the Week
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Facebook Group Discussion
After having great success with MMD, I learned two weeks (after severe abdominal pain) that I have to have my gallbladder removed. So I’m now temporarily on a low-fat diet and my migraines have worsened. I’m still not eating grains, gluten or sugar, but I also can’t do fats. No beef, no bacon, no butter, no full fat dairies. I’m eating egg whites, a little low-fat cheese, chicken breast and lean ham deli meat. I’m surprised that my headaches are worsening. Is it because I’m probably no longer in ketosis? Is fat half the puzzle and carbs the other half? The surgeon told me I should be able to return to my migraine diet after the surgery. My body should be able to readjust. It may take time. He said some people have trouble, though. I’m really nervous!
*Dr. T: Yes, reducing fat in the diet does have its downsides from the migraine standpoint. Probably less to do with not being keto, and more to do with having to increase carbs and get back on the glucose energy roller coaster. But good news that you’ll likely be able to get back to your prior eating habits – hopefully just a temporary bump in the road!
*Elle R.: I had mine removed many many moons ago when I was 26 but at that time I didn’t have migraines. But to reassure you I was on a really low fat diet whilst waiting for surgery but have been able to eat fat without problems and am fine on the mm diet although I am vegetarian but cheese, cream, milk , nuts, butter no problem.
*Heather G.: I had my gallbladder taken out as a teen and have also had no issues eating fat since.
*Mary D.: Same here. Gallbladder out 17 years ago and i’ve been eating all the fat, no problem!
And many of our other Facebook group members chimed in with thoughts and well wishes for Shelley. Check it out!
Beast Slayer of the Week
We’d also love to share a great story by someone who has made the commitment to find the path to Migraine Freedom!This great news was posted by Al R. So great to hear, Al!
Just want to say a big thank you to the Migraine Miracle team aka Josh & Jenny for the education and recipes you provide. In my case, it has been truly transformative. For the first time in 30 years, I am meds-free. No ibuprofen, codeine, triptans…nothing! It is incredibly liberating and empowering to have the right (delicious) food choices and other strategies in place so that, finally, I am in control of my migraines, and not the other way around. Thanks so much!
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An excerpt from The Chatter:
Q: Is there any evidence that having a regular dose of mct oil during a (non-vomiting!) migraine is helpful?
A. from Dr. T:
There’s no real evidence to go on regarding the use of MCT oil to end a migraine, other than the small body of literature on the use of ketogenic diets in migraine (and seizure to some degree).
But, with that research, the primary focus has been on prevention, and the ketones are seen as suppressing the onset of migraine or seizure (rather than stopping an existing attack).
So, whether MCT oil can be used to abort an existing migraine is still unclear. I think it IS clear that reducing blood glucose levels – and supplying the brain with ketones as an alternative –is a great weapon against migraines – both as a means of prevention, but also as a means of lessening their intensity (i.e. the “spark and the fuel” concept).
So for this and other reasons (including perhaps the dose needed being limited by nausea), my overall hunch is that it’s not particularly effective as a migraine abortive.
Taking it in this context is not the same as ADDING ketones when one is not in ketosis (and so you haven’t reduced the availability of glucose, and the body hasn’t “decided” to switch to an alternate fuel source). It’s less clear how the body handles that situation.
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Our CAN’T MISS article this week: