Disney World. The Good, the Bad, and the Migraine

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Disney World!!!!!!

 

I went to Disney World for 3 days and I could probably write a book on it.  Instead I’m going to focus on three things. The good, the bad, and my migraine.  So let’s begin with the good……

Where to begin. Disney World is called the happiest place on earth for a reason.  If you’ve been following me from the beginning, you know this is not the first time I have written about a Disney princess (A Whole New World?) I have loved all things Disney since I was a child and have been so happy to see my children fall in love all the same.  We spent an entire day at Magic Kingdom.  I had planned and saved like most families do and was eager to see how my dreams would come true for my family.

My personal favorite thing was to ride the rides.  I used to love rides but now enter them with a bit more trepidation.  I fear flashing lights, jerking motions and all those other triggers that come along with my migraines.  I also feared the weather, my diet, the stress, dehydration, and exhaustion.

But Tinker Bell sprinkled her fairy dust on me that day and I lived in a fairytale land.  I did however, prepare.  I had water bottles for all of us that I filled at every water fountain I saw.  I didn’t care about how many bathroom breaks we were going to stop at, we all were staying hydrated.  I also brought portable fans for my family that tends to sweat and me who tends to overhead.  I had snacks galore that were healthy and filling enough to stop us from stopping at every food stand we saw.  I had hats and sunglasses for everyone while we waited in the sun.

I didn’t stress at all because we were on vacation, we were together, and somehow I was feeling OK.  OK for me means super duper terrific on a day like our day at Magic Kingdom.  One of my highlights was watching my children meet the characters and waving to them at the parades. IMG_4327IMG_4332

Is there anything sweeter than a tiny hand waving at floats singing to music?  I found myself waving at everyone also, it was contagious. IMG_2246IMG_2186

I actually got to feel like a normal person that day.  I spun around in tea cups laughing and only feeling dizzy.  Feeling dizzy from your kids joyfully spinning you verses feeling dizzy from standing up on an average day is very different.

I felt shaky from my daughter “steering” a car on a track slamming from side to side and laughing from the depths of my gut.  This shaky is wonderful compared to shaking from pain masked by medication yet not masking muscle contractions.

At the end of the day I felt truly tired.  Not exhausted from fighting a migraine, tired from a long glorious day.  I was able to sing with Ariel in her grotto, the way I love to sing (Feeling better makes me sing)IMG_4360

I flew like I could fly

I flew like I had wings.  I took selfies without thinking how my smile was a mask for how I really felt.

The laughs, the joy, the magic was all from a low pain day.  From the opening song that made me feel butterflies in my stomach to the last firework that gleamed in my eye, I was feeling low pain.  Whatever it was; the adrenaline, the preventatives drugs, the preventative living, or  the intoxicating bubble of love and joy, I call it magic!

I could go on and on and on about how our day at Magic Kingdom was one of the happiest I can remember in a very long time (and I consider myself to live a happy life) but I will stop at saying it was perfect. For those of you who can’t relate to a perfect day, I thought it was impossible for myself.  But just like every perfect day comes reality.  Stay tuned for the bad and migraine party of my trip.

Sprinly, plant-based meal delivery

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This week I got another delivery from Sprinly, my favorite vegan fresh delivery meals.  If you live in the Cleveland area, I highly recommend them! Although Sprinly rewards me for my recommendation, I only write about products and services that I truly love and use!

I fully admit that I am not vegan.  Nor do I particularly love vegetables.  But Sprinly is some kind of wonderful and somehow gets me to love both!  I order them when I need a break from cooking, when I’m feeling like I need a reset in my diet and when I’m craving them.  I end up craving them because their meals are so delicious.  I feel so full from their meals and often can’t finish them in one siting.  I’m always so surprised by how satisfied I am after each meal but I guess that’s what clean proper nutrition tastes like.

What an inspiration to try!!!!!

To read more about Sprinly, here’s my review

If you are already a Sprinly customer (possibly by my recommendation;)) please vote for them for “Best of Cleveland 2017.”  Nominations are in and Sprinly has been nominated for “best local startup.”  Please go to the link, fill in the information and vote for Sprinly to receive this much deserved title.

If you live in the Cleveland area or know someone who does, please let them know about this amazing company.  It’s a great feeling knowing I’m eating good food, made my good people, trying to spread good vibes, all delivered to my door. YUM!

 

Migraine cravings: chocolate and salty foods

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Sugar!

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.

Do you get pre migraine cravings?  Do you give into them or stop yourself from indulging?

Monday Motivation, yoga, ocean and active apparel sale

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Letdown Migraines from Stress, Weekends and Events

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I get letdown migraines, have you heard of these?   I get migraines from the down slope of the week landing on the weekend and from stressful events.

During the week, I have a schedule.  I run things like clockwork in order to keep my children and me on track Monday through Friday.  Being on a schedule is huge for children and good for my migraines.  We know what to expect, are able to prepare and we all go with the flow.  But on the weekend, it’s a free-for-all.  Free-for-alls are sometimes fun but usually end in meltdowns and migraines in my house.

I am a  teacher and at some point during the  weekend spend time  in bed with a migraine.  I also get spikes during the week after school and in the evenings before bed.  These are letdown migraines from school and in preparation for the next day.  This happens to me most days.

Once the weekend comes, I get freedom, let down my guard and spend most of my time with a migraine.  My sleep schedule is off, I go to bed later, try to sleep in but mostly am thrown from too much or too little sleep.  I eat unhealthy and at different times than I do during the week.  I go to events with my family that often trigger me through light, sound, and activity.  Everything adds up to a migraine.

Along with letdown migraines from the week, I get migraines from the letdown of stress.  This means, when I am stressed, I can get through the event relatively well but once it’s over, my migraine spikes and I’m bedridden.  Think holidays, vacations, work events etc.

When my husband travels, I get a migraine both before and after his trip.  I get one in preparation of being on my own for a week with two small children and have one once he gets home for the same reason.  During the week, I go into what I call “turbo mode” and face life as it’s thrown at me.  I am super scheduled and exhausted but typically can make it a few days before the migraine letdown of stress. Even if I’m not worried, had a typical week and have no issues during the week of travel, a letdown migraine occurs.  Even when I think I have things handled, my body still punishes me for pushing through “turbo mode.”

Letdown migraines come from life’s many ups and downs.  A spike in life results in a spike of migraine pain.

Do you get letdown migraines?  

Barre3; yoga, Pilates, ballet, exercise and stretch for Migraine help

IMG_5400Many people ask me what I do for exercise while suffering with chronic migraines.  The real answer is that if my migraine is above a 7 I can barely do anything.  I do, however, try to move my body and workout preventatively to provide faster recovery and better overall health when I can.

As a teenager I was a three sport athlete.  Although I learned countless lessons from being on a team, as an adult I am not serving a volleyball, running bases, or shooting a 3 pointer in my everyday life.  My reason for working out was to win and now it’s to be healthier.

When I found Barre3, I found a new way of looking at fitness and my body.  Barre3 is a combination of Pilates, yoga, and ballet.  It focuses on functional movement.  They say that your workout should carry you throughout the day making you taller and brighter.  It is a one hour (or less) workout that prepares you for the other 23 hours of your day.  It encourages you to honor your body and is noncompetitive.  Some days I feel great and push myself while other days I’m sick and go as a distraction and way to loosen up.  I once had an instructor say, “Even if you come and sit in child’s pose the whole time, you showed up and are doing what feels good to you.”  Exercise can trigger or make me feel better so having the mind set to listen to my body is good.  I am honoring my mind and body and if pushing myself hurts I stop.  If it feels good, I push harder.

The movements that I have found that help the most with my migraines are the stretches.  I know stretches and yoga help but I have not been in the habit of doing so until now.  The neck stretches are priceless to my muscle tension.  We also do twists that provide detoxification and gently massages the organs.  When I first started going I was shocked at how inflexible I was and how I saw an improvement in my mobility.

My studio, Barre3 Legacy, is celebrating their anniversary of opening.  I started the week it opened and never looked back.  The instructors and owner are amazing!  They are strong, inspiring, kind, mothers and women who love to spread the message of Barre3.  My son loves their child care and asks when he can go back which motivates me.  It is a clean place filled with positivity.  The studio is bright and I have found my spot in the front away from the windows and glare.  They also turn off the lights while doing floor work and have fans that help me from overheating.  Most of the instructors know I suffer from intense migraines and ask at the beginning of class about issues they need to be aware of to make accommodations to each client.

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This sign is in the bathroom.  I wish it was everywhere for those of us who are triggered by scents

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In January, a challenge was made to do 4 1-hour classes, one recipe, and one at home 10 minute workout a week.  I was unable to do all of it, but once again made it my own.  As a studio member I hadn’t looked much at the online workouts or recipes.  When I did, I loved the nutritional approach of the team which aligns with how I eat to help with my migraines.  It is clean real food that doesn’t lack in flavor and I feel good about serving my family.  

I loved the 10 minute workouts which I had not tried before.  My daughter walked in when I was doing one and Sadie (the founder) said that the workout was to “feel good in your own skin.”  A smile spread across my face as she said it because THAT is the lesson I want my daughter to hear.  I don’t want her hearing skinny and fat.  I want her hearing words of health and feeling good about herself without comparison to others.  I know that teaching her about how food and exercise make her feel instead of how she looks will set her up for a positive lifelong vision of herself.  I am just now learning these lessons and it’s hard to change my mentality growing up in a skinny, low carb/fat/calorie everything world.  I hope that by teaching her these lessons now she will not face the self-criticism that most girls grow up with and see her strengths as beauty and wellness.  If only every girl could see themselves through their mother’s eyes!

Along with the 10 minute workouts there are various workout times and focuses that I can do at home.  I plan on doing more at home when I’m feeling too sick to go to the studio.  The challenge opened my eyes to the recipes and at home workouts which I know will be helpful on difficult days.

Migraines are SO difficult to live with and weight issues arise with medication, being sedentary, and craving sugary food.  They dictate my life and everything in it.  I try to focus on finding what makes me feel better and dropping the guilt about not being the athlete I used to be and competitor that has faded.   Doing the best I can, when I can is how I look at it now.  I fail at my diet daily.   I have days I can’t move and that’s ok.  I’m just trying to better myself and that’s all I can do.

 

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Owner, Liz Ferrante and I after an amazing class!

*I am not sponsored or endorsed by Barre3 in any way.  This post is meant to celebrate Barre3 Legacy’s anniversary, to share my Barre3 story and inspire you to find what makes you feel good in your skin.

Sprinly vegan food delivery review

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If you read my Holiday gift guide, you may remember me mentioning Sprinly as a source for healthy food.   I thought I’d share my experience with Sprinly and how they are helping Clevelanders and surrounding communities “live and maintain a healthier, happier lifestyle.  [They] have nutritionists that work together to provide you with delicious, honestly nutritious meals in the most convenient way.”

Sprinly is a plant-based food delivery service that provides fully prepared organic vegan meals. I have purchased food delivery services before and found them to be good but still some work on my part.  With other meal deliveries, I still had to do the work chopping and cleaning and getting my dishes dirty.  What I like about Sprinly is, it’s already done!  Lunch is grab and go, dinner is ready and there is no clean up.  The menu is customizable and the meal plans are flexible to meet different needs.  You can pause at any time and resume when ready.

Sprinly “aim[s] to inspire others to live healthier and eat more vegetables, and partner with mission driven non-profits who share similar values.” They “are building a team where everyone is working towards a common goal to create something greater for the health of our country.”

The meals I ate were delicious, a big portion, in a reusable bag and beautiful looking. I love the vast colors and knowing I’m “eating the rainbow” while getting such quality food into my diet.

Sprinly delivers within 30 miles of Cleveland including Akron

If you don’t live in the area, do some research on local places to order food around you. I think it’s a nice option for those weeks where you need some extra help (and spoons).  Quality food will make for a more quality feeling body which is what I need.  I crave junk food during my migraines and eat horrible before and after an attack.  Having Sprinly in my refrigerator ready to grab was a great way to eat when I otherwise wouldn’t have made a healthy choice.  Eating good feels good!

Thank you Sprinly for you great food, amazing attitude towards health and inspiration to be part of a community that wants to help….one meal at a time.

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