Wow, what a year it has been. 2017 has gone by in a flash and when I look back, my god have I come a long way.
From having my last migraine in March 2017 to now being completely free. Don’t get me wrong, I am by no means at the end of my journey and can declare myself totally headache free but it’s sometimes great to reflect and look back on how far you have come because it motivates you to keep on fighting.
So, as a result, I wanted to share with you the 3 biggest health lessons I learnt in 2017 in hope that someone else may be able to relate, benefit or learn from them as I have.
Triggers Are Not Only Physical
Previous to 2017 I would have classed most of my headache triggers as physical, mainly caused by food and my environment. However, when I dug deep and truly started to listen to my body I realised that the majority of my triggers were actually emotional stimuli.
This could be in the form of anger, anxiety, stress, certain relationships, certain situations, repressed emotions, self-hatred, denial and fear. Without knowing, these underlying emotions and issues were actually what was causing me so much of my pain.
So if you are struggling right now and have become frustrated in your recovery, take some time out to take a look at what’s really going on for you underneath the surface. For me personally, talking to someone was better medication than any doctor could possibly give me.
2. You Truly Are The Expert Of Your Own Body
Now I know it sounds really airy-fairy when someone says listen to your body but I never realised how important this was until I made several discoveries by doing exactly that in 2017.
Your body is simply communicating with you every day in every way, we just have to listen. Every pain, emotion, twinge and gut feeling is your body’s way of trying to tell you what it needs.
For me, I found when I began to journal daily (not keep a headache diary, this is very different) it allowed me to really understand how my body reacts to certain situations, foods and emotional stimuli and thus learn from it and change my behaviour moving forwards.
Once again, how could a doctor ever tell you how to heal your body when it’s not talking to them, it’s talking to you! So tune in and listen to the song you are singing.
3. Eating The Right Foods Actually Prevents Headaches
In 2017 I discovered the magic of a whole foods plant-based diet and when I did my life truly began to transform.
By removing all processed foods and upping my intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains my migraine frequency and severity began to decrease rapidly until I was left with none. Yes, seriously none!
In the migraine world food is known as evil for triggering attacks, however what so many people don’t know is that you can use food as a tool to prevent attacks and get rid of them all together. Trust me, it worked better than any medication ever did.
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