Can what you eat or drink trigger a migraine? (Giveaway ends 3/30/13)


Not my hubby! This is a stock photo. LOL!

Not my hubby! This is a stock photo. LOL!

My husband suffers from migraines. Most people associate migraines with women. Percentage wise women do suffer from migraines more than men do. Sadly my husband is one of the those men who suffer from them.

I can usually tell when he’s about to get a migraine. He unconsciously puts his thumb near the top of his eye and applies pressure. He doesn’t even realize he does it most of the time. Sometimes his migraines come on gradually and he’ll make me aware that one is coming. Other times they hit him totally “out of the blue”. I think those are the worse because he doesn’t have time to prepare for them (take some Excedrin Migraine).

Usually Excedrin Migraine and a nap that lasts for several house helps to relieve his migraines. When he’s dealing with a migraine he actually goes into a deep sleep where nothing wakes him up.

My husband has been using an app on his iPhone called My Migraine Triggers. In fact, when he first got his iPhone that was one of the very first apps he put on his phone. Prior to that he was using the app on the iPod Touch.

If you are unfamiliar with the My Migraine Triggers app it’s a special app created by the makers of Excedrin to help people like my husband who suffer from migraines to track their migraines in hopes of narrowing down what triggers them. When you get a migraine (or after you suffer from one) the app will ask you a series of question that will help you to determine what may be the cause of the migraine. The information it gathers can be shared with your doctor so that together you can find a way to cut down on your migraines.

 My Migraine Triggers App

What I love about the app is that you can add your own things to it. There are plenty of possible triggers already loaded on to the app, but you can also add to it.

My husband is slowly seeing a few things that might possibly trigger his migraines. Salami for example is one things that he has on days he has migraines, but not all the time. The key is to keep track of them so eventually we can see what else, combined with salami, is causing it. I’m thinking it might be salami and cheese sandwiches. He takes them to work for lunch. Sometimes he has just salami, other times salami and cheese. I’m thinking the combination of the two might form a migraine trigger. Deli meats and cheeses are common triggers.

March is National Nutrition Month. I think it’s a great idea to share some tips from Registered Dietitian Keri Gans on what types of foods and beverages can trigger migraines.

There are many foods and drinks that can trigger migraines, like citrus fruits, nuts, and foods that contain MSG. It’s important for folks to determine which foods are potential migraine triggers for them. By tracking their triggers, people can avoid them in the future, to help prevent or minimizing migraine attacks.

Tyramine: Tyramine is a substance found naturally in some foods, like aged cheese and red wine. It’s formed from the breakdown of protein as foods age. A good rule of thumb is that the longer a high-protein food ages, the higher the tyramine content. Some common foods that contain tyramine include: aged cheeses, red wine, alcoholic beverages and some processed meats.

Alcohol: Alcohol increases blood flow to your brain, which can cause migraines and headaches. Red wine, beer, whiskey and champagne are the most common culprits.[1]

Other potential migraine triggers include: artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame), chocolate, citrus fruits, coffee or tea, tannins, (like red-skinned apples or pears) caffeinated soda, foods that contain MSG, and nuts or nut butters.

Food For the brain: There is emerging science that suggests foods rich in magnesium, such as kale and broccoli, support healthy brain function. Try swapping kale for romaine in your salad at lunch to increase your magnesium intake.

We do eat a lot of broccoli (at least 2-3 times per week). I didn’t know that Kale was a good source of magnesium, which could help prevent migraines. I’m going to have to Google a few Kale recipes.

Excedrin Migraine

Thank goodness Excedrin Migraine is back on store shelves. When I picked up a a box for my husband a few weeks ago you would have thought I handed him a winning lottery ticket. LOL!

Excedrin® Migraine is the #1 neurologist recommended over-the-counter brand for migraine relief. It offers convenient and effective relief for migraines and was the first non-prescription medicine approved by the FDA to treat all the symptoms of a migraine.

If you would like to learn more about Excedrin Migraine please visit www.Excedrin.com. You can also find Excedrin on Facebook and Twitter.

The My Migraine Triggers app is FREE. You can find My Migraine Triggers app on iTunes or in the app store on your apple device.


In honor of National Nutrition Month, and to help you eat right to minimize your migraines, I have a “healthy” giveaway for a lucky winner. The prize package includes;

The Veggie-Peel – This innovative fruit and vegetable peeler features a patented, built-in chamber that retains peels during use. Scraps are held in the durable, thermo-plastic chamber, eliminating messy peelings and clogged sinks. The double sided stainless steel blade allows for both right and left handed use.

Harold Import Company Avo Saver – Avo Saver is easy to use and will reduce a cut avocado’s exposure to air, greatly slowing the destructive oxidization process.

Dressing Emulsifier – The Emulstir is an innovative way to mix up and store delicious salad dressings. It’s very easy to use; simply remove the top of the Emulstir, fill with oil, vinegar and herb replace lid and squeeze the handle to blend.

Emson Two Tier Microwave Steamer Food Cooker – This microwave steamer retains more vitamins & nutrients than other means of cooking vegetables, perfect for healthy cooking. It allows you to cook/steam two dishes at once, fits in most microwave ovens and is dishwasher safe.

I love the Veggie-Peel. That looks pretty cool. I’m always flicking peels all over the place when I’m peeling cucumbers and carrots.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on March 30, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please leave a comment on this post and tell me if you or someone in your family suffers from migraines (you don’t have to be a sufferer to enter this giveaway).

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify. Extra entries are optional.

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*I was a brand ambassador and I’m being compensated for my participation, however all opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. im the only one that suffers from migraine. so much to the point i vomit. i need to check the lists what triggers it.

  2. My husband gets BAD migraines.. He actually gets M.A.V. ( Migraine Associated Vertigo) since finding out this he’s had to cut out Peanuts, Aged Cheeses, and Buttermilk 🙁

  3. My sister and mom do.

  4. I get migraines. I could use a good over the counter medicine.—

  5. I haven’t had a migraine in years, but I remember the pain and avoid my trigger foods.

  6. I have migraines (triggered by stress or lack of sleep)
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  7. Sarah VM says:

    I suffer terribly with migraines. Nothing seems to work anymore.

  8. Olivia Rubin says:

    Excedrin migraine is all that works for,me…too bad you did t post this earlier because Walgreens makes a generic form that is identical. I still use it today.

  9. Both my mother and I have had migraines __not fun

  10. Such a helpful post, especially the app suggestion! I had no idea that deli meats & certain foods could be triggers for migraines. I’m definitely going to send this to my sister, who often gets migraines.

    I was particularly interested in the possibility of kale as a prevention food, as I’ve found a great way to make oven-baked kale chips recently.

    I’m adding this to my StumbleUpon page! 🙂

  11. D SCHMIDT says:

    My Father suffers terribly from migraines

  12. Valerie L says:

    no, thank god

  13. My mother suffers from migranes often. Thanks.

  14. Ronda Patrick says:

    I suffer from migraines at least 2 times a week. I have completely changed my diet about 9 weeks ago, but it hasn’t helped yet. I could really use this!!! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  15. I get them.

  16. Tari Lawson says:

    I suffer from migraines.

  17. My mother always had migraines and had to take prescription drugs.

  18. Susan Broughton says:

    I started having migraines at the age of 10! They couldn’t find out why. I think its because I worry about EVERYTHING! But I had them for years into my 40’s then they just stopped. I might get one a couple of times a year now where i was having them 3 to 5 times a week before. Now unfortunately my oldest daughter has been having them but her personality is like mine was so its not a surprize. I hope they come up with something medical to stop them.

  19. My husband suffers from them. My sister in law swears red wine triggers migraines for her.

  20. carol lewis says:

    Yes, I do and they can be just horrific! Plus, I can only take tylenol which is hit and miss.