- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (December 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608828751
- ISBN-13: 978-1608828753
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 112 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Migraine Miracle: A Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Ancestral Diet to Reduce Inflammation and Relieve Your Headaches for Good 1st Edition
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About the Author
Jenny Turknett has a background in baking, catering, and event planning. She currently works as a freelance food writer and restaurant critic for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She lives in the greater Atlanta, GA, area with her husband Josh, their two children, and an ever-expanding collection of kitchen gadgets.
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I've suffered from chronic migraines and sinus problems for years. I tried meds, acupuncture, worked with a naturopath and tried an elimination diet, but couldn't stop the migraines or find any specific triggers. I finally stumbled across the book 'Heal your headache, the 1-2-3 program' and for the first time I was able to clearly associate my diet with my migraines. I gave up all kinds of food and had success as long as I avoided the giant list of food per that book. I was kind of concerned though, as there was very little discussion about sugar, carbs, or hypoglycemia in that book. It implied that a bowl of ice cream was fine, as long as it was vanilla instead of chocolate. I've been reading and researching anti-inflammatory diets and found more and more compelling scientific info discussing the benefits of cutting back on processed carbs and instead eating unprocessed, whole foods. I even tried the SCD diet that cuts out processed food and complex carbs, but permits plenty of honey and fruit. That didn't solve my headaches.
I then came across this book. In addition to recommending an anti-inflammatory paleo-ish diet, this book recommends limiting carbs to under 150 grams a day (and frequently much lower). I had never really focused on my carb count but frequently had sugar spikes from sweets and grains, which left me feeling sick and woozy. I had never associated my sinus pressure or headaches with elevated blood sugar. I always made an effort to balance carbs with fat and protein to slow down the insulin spike, but still had enjoyed the carbs. I realized I still had been consuming lots of carbs, which still raised my blood sugar. Apparently the standard processed food diet involves 250-350 carb grams a day.
Two weeks in following these food recommendations, I have yet to have even a headache and even my sinuses feel better. I haven't had a bad sugar rush or carb overload. I am preparing virtually all my food at home, but I haven't cut out all grains completely yet. (Since I've been on a drastic migraine diet for a while now, preparing my food was not a huge change). I've cut way back on carbs though, and found that the 100-150 gram carb reminder is a great way to avoid the sugar rush. As long as I remember that extra carbs = migraines, it's been a great diet incentive. I have not experienced any weight loss yet, but probably would if I wanted to cut my carbs down further.
The reasons this book gets a 4 instead of a 5 is that the book seems to skim over a lot of the science backing the reasons for going low carb. I've read some anti-inflammatory and nutrition books that discuss all kinds of studies and the exact science to solidly support each book's recommendations. It felt like the author wrote the book mostly on his experience with the diet, plus a bit of research and references to other books thrown in. That being said though, the conclusions of the book appear sound and are working better for me than any other migraine book I've read. The recipes were also a bit too gourmet for me, but I have a good assortment of simple recipes that I've collected with my anti-inflammatory/SCD/paleo diet research.
Ultimately the diet recommendations appear to be working better than any medication that I have tried. The author points out that by cutting carbs, it makes all the other treatments work better, and I can see that if the low carb diet reduces the migraine trigger threshold.
Update on 7/22/2014: I bumped this up to a 5 star review, as this diet has continued to improve my migraines better than any other diet. Not only have I not experienced any migraines since starting this, I've has had hardly any minor headaches or neck pain at all! Even my sinuses have continued to improve and I have been off my allergy sinus meds for over a month now. I'm enjoying decaf coffee on occasion, plus chocolate, cheese, smoked salmon, etc and the only time I have any issues is if I cheat by having some sugar or having enough carbs in one sitting to make my blood sugar spike. I've found that sugar and sweets give me a very quick spike. Overall, this book has given me my freedom back. I now KNOW that I will not have a headache as long as I keep my carbs low, and have been able to start planning a busier schedule because of it. I feel so much more productive!
Update 10/19/2014: This book works! I am doing better than I have in years! The only time I've had issues is when I've cheated and consumed too many carbs. I'm enjoying foods that previously would have given me headaches and migraines. My sinuses are much better and predictably have bad congestion if I cheat on carbs. I still am avoiding junk food, sugar, and minimizing grains. I've also lost 15+ pounds since this summer and I feel great! By cutting back on carbs, I've found that my cravings have plummeted. 4 months into this way of eating and I know this is something that I can easily handle long term after hitting frustration with other migraine diets. This is a great diet since it is so healthy, plus I have a strong deterrent to cheating. Ha! I can't recommend this book enough. Give it a try!
Update 1/20/2014: The diet is still working out great for me! I finally have a life again, and can predict headache issues when I want to cheat on carbs. I enjoy many foods that were forbidden on headache diets, and have no pain. I'm down 22 pounds, my cholesterol has dropped at least 20 points, and I still feel great!
Update 2/18/2017: Still working as before. I recently had a baby and did find I needed more carbs while pregnant and nursing, but my body is slowly returning to normal status and tolerating carbs less and less. As soon as I stop breastfeeding I plan on returning to the diet. I do notice a difference from day to day though, depending on my diet! One day I had a slight headache from carbs and that evening I had only peanuts, cheese, and hard boiled eggs for dinner. I woke up the next day feeling amazing! Interesting how few carbs before bed works.
The chocolate orange snack bars are something I would eat if I had found them in a store. THANK YOU
Great job Dr. Josh Turknett!