Christine C of Monroe, NY

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“When you're younger you don't think that a sedentary lifestyle is going to catch up with you. My headaches were getting worse. My clothes weren't fitting well. My confidence was starting to decline a little bit. I had sciatic pain, back pain, neck pain. At the end of the day you’re like, "All right something has to give."

I have suffered from Migraines for 20 years now. Sometimes they're not as bad, other times I’ll have them for seven days. To the point where I'm calling out at work two or three days in a row. Sitting in a dark room covers over my head, nauseous, throwing up. It's was terrible. I've been on prescription medication after prescription medication. I've gotten my wisdom teeth pulled. I had LASIK eye surgery. I've done literally everything that I could think of. I mean to the point where the neurologist basically said, "Well you've got migraines. It's just part of your life. There's no cure for that and you'll just have to deal with it."

I tried to learn as much as I could about nutrition at RD. That really intrigued me. I’ve always been a pretty healthy eater but I think the main reason was to try and pinpoint my migraine triggers. In doing the nutrition and kind of stripping it down and just really following the rules, I was able to figure out what foods could set off a migraine.

When I started avoiding processed foods, sugar, too much dairy, and white bread, i noticed I felt so much better. My skin improved. I was more confident. I was less bloated. In doing that you feel so much better. If I avoid these foods, I found I didn’t have any headaches at all. I have times that I fall off the wagon, but the fact that I was able to find a way to avoid migraines, allowed me to control my own life for the first time in two decades!”

-Christine C of Monroe, NY