Do you crave chocolate or salty foods before a migraine? I do!!!! I have an addiction to sugar. Sugar seems to be a trigger for me, but the more I have documented my cravings, I have come to realize the cravings are a symptom of my migraine.
I crave chocolate before a migraine. I crave sugar, I crave comfort desserts and I crave something to take the edge off the impending doom….Migraine hell. I used to eat dessert then wake up with a migraine thinking the chocolate was my trigger. The more research I’ve done, the more I come to find out that cravings before a migraine are not the trigger but the symptom for what is coming.
Yet again, I’m not alone, I’m not crazy, I’m just a living migraine. I’m either feeling the effects of a migraine coming, a migraine in full force, or come down after a migraine. And the cycle continues.
During an attack, I mostly dry heave and am so nauseous I have to force myself to eat. After an attack, I am worn down and cautious with what I eat. But before a migraine, it’s a total chocolate and sometimes salty food extravaganza. I understand that I should be fueling myself with anti-inflammatory foods and things that will prevent an attack. Understanding what my body needs and what my body craves is a mental battle.
I already have given up alcohol and many foods so when I crave chocolate I eat it. I find that battling my thoughts about food while knowing that my body will be facing physical pain soon is something I don’t want to do. I am gentle with myself. If I want to eat a bag of candy, I do. I have never been much of a guilty eater. I love food too much to be sad about what I ate. I make choices with my foods and give into my cravings. I allow myself some deep breathes, some dark chocolate, and some peace before my migraine takes me away.