Migraine Elimination Rules

For those of you wondering what exactly is being eliminated when someone goes on a migraine elimination diet, I’ve listed out the rules that Husband and I are following. My sister is a doctor, and this is a copy of the Migraine Diet sheet that they hand out at her hospital.

I learned in a matter of minutes that the internet is annoyingly contrary on the subject of migraines. Because my sister specifically handed me this list, we are following it. But we’re also adding a general ban on Soy and tomatoes, and we’re trying to avoid anything that lists out “sulfite” in their ingredients as I’ve read that these are also triggers.

One of the main things that can be difficult to keep track of is MSG. The people who list out ingredients have a few different ingredient names that specifically mean MSG, but there are also several ingredient names that could be MSG or that could indicate MSG might be there. A list of ingredients to watch out for can be found here. MSG is a complicated and somewhat vilified amino acid. Like many things, MSG seems to be a problem when it’s artificially created or added to a food. You can find more information on it here.

Beverages Decaffeinated coffee, fruit juice, club soda, non-cola soda. Limit caffeine sources to 2 cups per day (coffee, tea, cola). Chocolate, cocoa, certain alcoholic beverages (red wine, port, sherry, scotch, bourbon, gin). Excessive Nutrasweet (no more than 24 oz/day of diet drink.
Meats, Fish Poultry Fresh or frozen turkey, chicken, fish, beef, lamb, veal, pork. Limit eggs to 3 per week. Tuna or tuna salad. Aged, canned, cured, or processed meats including ham or game, pickled herring, salad and dried fish; chicken liver, bologna; fermented sausage; any food prepared with meat tenderizer, soy sauce, or brewer’s yeast; any food containing nitrates or tyramine (smoked meats including bacon, sausage, ham, salami, pepperoni, hot dogs)
Dairy Products Milk: Homogenized, 2% or skim. Buttermilk, sour cream, chocolate milk. Cheese: Stilton, bleu, cheddar, mozzarella, cheese spread, Roquefort, provalone, gruyere, meunster, feta, parmesan, emmenthal brie, bric, camembert types, gouda, romano.
Cheese: American, cottage, farmer, ricotta, cream, Canadian, processed cheese slice.
Yogurt (limit ½ cup per day).
Breads, Cereals Commercial bread, English muffins, melba toast, crackers, bagels. All hot and dry cereals. Hot fresh homemade yeast bread, bread or crackers containing cheese. Fresh yeast coffee cake, doughnuts, sourdough bread. Any product containing chocolate or nuts.
Potato or Substitute White potato, sweet potato, rice, macaroni, spaghetti, noodles. None
Vegetable Any except those to avoid. Beans such as pole, broad, lima, italian, fava, navy, pinto, garbanzo. Snow peas, pea pods, sauerkraut, onions (except for flavoring), olives, pickles.
Fruit Any except those to avoid; limit citrus fruits to ½ cup per day (1 orange); limit banana to ½ per day Avacados, figs, raisins, papaya, passion fruit, red plums.
Soups Cream soups made from foods allowed in diet, homemade broth. Canned soup, soup or bouillon cubes, soup base with yeast or MSG (read labels)
Desserts Any cake, cookies without chocolate, nuts or yeast. Any pudding or ice cream without chocolate or nuts. Flavored gelatin. Any product containing chocolate including ice cream, pudding, cookies, cake or pies. Mincemeat pie.
Sweets Sugar, jelly, jam, honey, hard candy Chocolate candy or syrup, carob.
Misc. Salt in moderation, lemon juice, butter or margarine, cooking oil, whipped cream, white vinegar, commercial salad dressing. Pizza, cheese sauce, MSG in excessive amounts (including Chinese food and Accent), meat tenderizer, seasoned salt, yeast, yeast extract. Mixed dishes (including macaroni and cheese, beef stroganoff, cheese blintzes, lasagna, frozen TV dinners). Chocolate, nuts (including peanut butter). All nonwhite vinegars. Anything fermented, pickled or marinated

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