Posted by: migraine | 2009-08-19


i am a migraine sufferer. i am not allowed to stay hugry or eat less wat can i eat to loose weight as i cannot eat certain foods

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Dear Migraine
Migraine is a most debilitating condition and if your migraines are triggered by foods or drinks (certain cheeses, biltong, red wine, avocado, etc) then it is essential that you avoid these foods. However, they are all high in energy and/or fat, so for slimming purposes, it will help your slimming to avoid the migraine trigger foods. I am, however, interested to read that you say you are 'not allowed to stay hungry or eat less'. Does this mean that your migraines start when your blood sugar levels get low? If this is the case, then you need to be tested for hypoglycaemia (ask your dr to arrange the test) and to consult a clinical dietitian. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will take your hypoglycaemia and other conditions such as overweight and the migraines, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. It could well help your migraines a great deal if you eat a low-GI diet to keep your blood sugar levels steady the whole day. If you also eat a low-fat diet then this will lead to weightloss.
Best regards

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