Monday Migraine Miracle Minute — November 6, 2017

Welcome to the Monday Migraine Miracle Minute, where we’ll catch you up on the happenings of the past week!

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Primal Provisions Recipe Pick of the Week

Roasted Salmon with Blueberry-Ginger Compote and Crispy Kale

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Facebook Group Discussion

One of our Migrai-Neverland members, Clifford R. posted this question in the private members’ Facebook group, but we thought it was an important one to share:

I was doing really well – 8 weeks on the MMM plan and drug detox, down from regular 12+ monthly migraines to 5 in October.

On Wednesday, I started getting a migraine at work and was under such pressure I made the foolish decision to take a triptan – I just didn’t feel that I had time for starve & sink, etc. Cut to 36 hours later, lots of pain and no sleep I have been hurled back into rebound – I haven’t felt this bad in weeks. I simply had no idea that _one_ triptan would bring back all the uncontrolled rebound symptoms.

So fellow migraine-fighters beware – even a small slip can have a big effect. Josh Turknett – from your experience, any idea how long it will take for me to get back my equilibrium and get off the rebound train again after this one triptan (Relpax)?

Response from Dr. T:

It’s really tricky to say how long it takes to get back to the pre-triptan state, since there are so many factors involved and not really any formal data on it. Based on my experience, I’d say the primary window of vulnerability seems to be around 3-7 days.

Don’t beat yourself up about it, though! Sometimes life gets in the way and you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. A hard won learning experience.

And you’re right, it’s incredible just how little it takes to tip you back into awful rebound. This is why I beat that horse so often (and why I ultimately realized that non-drug relief strategies were absolutely essential to freedom). It’s much less than what we’ve traditionally thought, so really helpful that you’ve shared your experience.

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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! 

Facebook group member Erika W. posted this:

“I just want to say THANK YOU to Dr. T, Jenny, and the rest of the group for your support. Just 4 days spent with the beast in October! Onward!”

Click here to share your successes with us and inspire others!  

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An excerpt from The Chatter:

Q: I understand that whey and protein are the most insulinogenic components of milk and therefore not the best for MM people. Is whey protein powder only OK when used with other foods – fats for example? I find it confusing that it is recommended for MM but at the same time likely to cause insulin/sugar spikes. Are there any rules of thumb as to when and how to use it please?


It is true that milk protein is insulinogenic – something we’ve discussed before, and so can potentially be a problem for some people in triggering a migraine (insulin triggering a drop in blood sugar, etc.)…

This is one of the reasons we don’t recommend drinking milk by itself…

As far as whey protein powders, it’s definitely going to be something you’d want to consume with a mix of other foods. So when I use it, it’s usually part of a smoothie with coconut milk, berries, egg yolks, etc…

That said, I probably wouldn’t make it a staple unless you really needed the extra protein. So the main scenario would be if you’re younger and active especially doing a resistance/weight training….

Otherwise you should be able to easily meet protein requirements from whole food sources, and that would be the preferred way to go. I kind of consider protein powders to be one of those “transitional” foods. They can be helpful for folks in the beginning who are trying to adopt a host of new diet habits and still figuring things out. But ultimately something to phase out to occasional use.

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