This was an overall informative book of foods and drinks that commonly trigger headaches. I'm sure you've heard all about these, but here's a list (not all-inclusive, of course):
- red wine
- tyramine (aged cheeses, alcoholic beverages, some processed meats, avocados, overripe bananas, chocolate, nutes, seeds, pork, venison, soy-based foods
- nitrates/nitrites, MSG, & other possible additives
- fatty foods
- Eliminate suspect foods from your diet for 1-4 weeks
- "Ok" cheeses are: cottage cheese, cream cheese, Monterey Jack, and fresh or low moisture mozzarella
- Women 31 or older should take 320 milligrams of magnesium to help with hormonal headaches
- Nitrates/nitrites are mostly in cured meats and are usually on the ingredients label
This was a good intro to nutrition related to headaches, and it's a quick read, so I'll let you decide if you want to look into it further.
I'm still putting off going on a migraine trigger elimination diet because I'm enjoying food too much after ending my gluten-free diet.
Headache update: I only had two headaches on vacation and they started in the evening my last two days and didn't get bad enough to require meds. It was great! I had a migraine when I got back but I took the red-eye flight and didn't sleep, and then napped the whole next day, so that was my fault. When I saw my acupuncturist Monday he said my neck and head felt great - hardly any knots and muscle tension like I usually have. He said I should take vacations more often. I wish. :)