Migraines! Is there any escaping them?

What is a migraine headache?

A headache of varying intensity, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.

That is what a migraine is in a nutshell.  But it can feel so much worse that just that simple explanation.  I have suffered with migraines for a long time but off course they have gotten worse over the years.  My migraines vary from tension migraines, where it feels like someone is squeezing the hell out of my brain and I can feel it get tighter and tighter.  Then I sometimes get cluster migraines, where those are right in and around the eye.  The other night I was sitting in the lounge and my husband looks at me and says, “Oh no I think you have pink eyes, as they are really red”, well I didn’t have pink eyes, it was my migraine that was right behind that eye and the pain was extremely intense.

Then after I had my second child I experienced vertigo migraines.  I had no idea what they were at all or that there was even such a thing.  I remember it was in the middle of the night and Chloe had woken up in her cot and was crying.  So I got out of the bed only to sway to the left and fall on bay window seat.  Seriously if someone had seen me, they would have thought I was drunk as anything.  I couldn’t walk straight at all,  but I managed to make it to my door.  Then I walked down the hall pretty much leaning into as it was propping me up, instead of falling.  In the back of my head I thought, shit something is gone wrong with my brain!!!!  I made it back to my room and then straight to the dr’s the next day! Now and again, when I get migraines my vision is also blurred by thousands of stars flying around.  So I pretty much get all the types……unlucky me!!

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The worst part is when I have a migraine, and someone’s ask’s,  “what’s wrong?” and I go on to say that I have a migraine.  I always have this feeling of guilt like it’s not a valid illness and that they are probably thinking migraine…pffft you’ll be fine it’s just a headache.  But it’s so much more than “just a headache”, it’s hard for people who don’t get migraines to actually understand what a migraine is and the pain you experience.  I always say to my husband, “I wish that one day, you get a migraine, just once to fully understand what it is like”. But I think over the year’s he now knows how bad they get.  It is completely debilitating.  I can hardly open my eyes because of the light and the pain, all I want to do is sleep in a very dark room.

Unfortunately though as a mum, I never always get time to just lay down and sleep it off. I use Nurofen Plus as it’s the only thing that seems to help get rid of them, but because I still have to go on with everyday things like going to work, kids, cooking etc my migraines seem to last longer as I never take the time to really just rest and do nothing. There are so many things that can trigger a migraine, for me it can be lack of sleep over a few days, I can manage one or two days of broken sleep but after that, hell no!!!!  Also, if I don’t eat at regular times and skip meals because I am too busy that’s when I get them too. Recently I have noticed that my migraines are also hormonal, because every time it’s you know, that dreaded time of the month, well hello…… here’s a migraine to go with that too! So over the next few months I will be skipping my inactive contraceptive pill (the white pill) and I will see if that makes a difference to them or not!

There is no cure for migraines, like so many other things in the world.  So if you suffer from migraines, I would love to hear if you have any tips or is there anything that you do to manage them better.  At this stage I will take all the suggestions and tips that I can get.

To all the migraine sufferers out there, I truly feel your pain as you do mine!

Ronell x

 

 

 

 

Olivado Oils

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Recently I have been sent some of these amazing oils by Olivado to try out.  All of Olivado’s oil’s are cold pressed, meaning that no heat or chemical additives were used to extract these oils.  I think now that people are starting to become more aware of what we eat and the nutritional value behind products, it’s time we also focus on the type of oils we are using.

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I tried out the Avocado Oil, and at first I thought it’s going to have a strong taste like some oils have, which can be off-putting and change the taste of the dish as well.  However this wasn’t the case with this, it was a beautiful colour and taste.  Olivado developed the worlds first artisanal extra virgin avocado oil in 2000. They use New Zealand Hass avocados and each bottle contains the oil of 20 avocados!  This is such a versatile oil and can be used for so many things like pan frying, roasting, drizzle over vegetables or as a salad dressing.

Here are some of the health benefits with using avocado oil are:

  • it has the highest levels of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats (in comparison to other oils)
  • up to four times more beta-sitosterol than olive oil, to assist in lowering cholesterol
  • high levels of alpha and beta-carotene, which protect against heart disease and cancer

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My Olivado extra virgin peanut oil accompanied me to my families latest camping trip and was perfect with the Pad Thai that we cooked up for dinner.  This oil smells so delicious.  The oil has a light golden colour with a mild peanut flavour, which is great for Asian and Middle Eastern cooking, salads or for sauteing as well.  Peanut oil is a good source of Vitamin E.  The cold extraction preserves all the natural goodness of raw, unroasted peanuts.  It contains no trans fats, additives, preservatives or artificial ingredients.

The oil that I am most looking forward to trying is the Extra Virgin Macadamia Nut Oil.  The Macadamia nuts used are from Queensland, Australia. This oil has a delicate, smooth buttery flavour which is perfect for pan frying or using as a butter substitute when baking.  I will be putting this to the test this coming week with some baking.

Olivado has a great range of oils including Sesame oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and their raw cold pressed coconut oil.  Alot of their oils can be used externally as well on the skin. If you would like more information on Olivado and their products you can click here.

I look forward to using these oils in my daily cooking and baking, knowing that I am using a great product which is good for my family and I.

Next time you are in the supermarket, look out for Olivado Oils and give them a try!

Happy Cooking!

Ronell x