Hey everyone! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. We’re in the throes of summer here with triple-digit heat. The one positive thing about it is that our pool is really warm and that makes for fun evening/night swims!
So, a month ago, I shared that I’d been diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease. It’s a rare disease that affects the vestibular (balance and hearing) system, causing tinnitus, vertigo, and hearing loss. The biggest challenges have been adapting my diet, due to the diagnosis. Namely, a low-sodium diet, to eliminate caffeine, and restrict alcohol consumption.
Recently, I came across a book called The Migraine Relief Plan that was highly recommended for those suffering from migraines, chronic headaches, vertigo, and Meniere’s disease. The aim of the relief plan is to reduce inflammation within the body that contributes to these and other conditions. I thought “What do I have to lose?” and ordered the book a few weeks ago.
The Migraine Relief Plan Review
I’m at the end of Week 3 of the plan now (I skipped ahead a week as I explain below). I wanted to give a review of the book, share my thoughts on the book, and what’s ahead in the coming weeks of the plan.
One of the things I really like about the book is that it takes a very slow approach to the plan. It’s also well-written, organized, and easy to follow. At the beginning of the book, the author shares her medical journey, how she came to create the plan, and write the book. You’ll be astounded at the depth of the author’s research and her commitment to learning everything she could about how to help herself and others. Another thing I like about the book is that its concise. The plan starts on page 37. Each week is a chapter and they range from 5 to 12 pages long. I almost forgot to mention that there are over 75 recipes in the book, too!
So far, I’ve started tracking my symptoms/foods on an easy sheet I created (Week 1). I cleaned out my freezer (Week 2) and worked ahead and cleaned out my pantry (Week 3). My pantry and freezer were relatively compliant as I had cleaned them our after my diagnosis.
What’s ahead: Week 4 will be to clean our my fridge and switch out my snacks to approved plan foods. Week 5 will be to switch over my breakfasts to approved plan foods.
So, what are the foods approved and excluded on this plan? Well, the plan is sugar-free, gluten-free, and low-sodium. There are other foods omitted because they are known triggers for migraines, headaches, vertigo, and Meniere’s.
The plan sounds challenging, I know. It is not forever. It takes about 6 months: 2 months of transitioning to all approved foods, and 4 months on the plan itself. Then you can add back foods as you determine if they trigger your symptoms or not.
I admit to feeling intimidated about following this plan. I’ve shown little will-power in the past when it came to diets. But, my health and well-being are riding on overcoming the effect of Meniere’s disease as much as I can. So, I am 100% committed to completing this plan. If you suffer from issues related to inflammation, such as auto-immune disorders, headaches, migraines, etc. I hope you’ll join me!
I purchased my copy on Amazon. Here is a link (I receive no profits off your purchase) to it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Migraine-Relief-Plan-Transition-Headaches/dp/1572842091