Chocolate Chip Muffins + Dieting = Migraines
For as long as I can remember, I was curious about the inner workings of the human body. I started dancing at age 4 and did all I could to be strong and competitive. By the time grade 10 rolled around, my focus turned to weight loss after gaining several pounds from the huge chocolate chip muffins at the school cafeteria (you know which ones I’m talking about!). My life became consumed with obsessive calorie counting and exercising, label reading, diet food, fitness magazines and anything that promised 6 pack abs and skinny thighs. At 16, I became an aerobics instructor, adding personal training and nutrition certifications a short time later. But I wasn’t healthy. I might have looked strong, but I was on a rollercoaster of starving, bingeing, eating diet foods often made with fake ingredients, and working out to make up for extra calories. I was also in the early stages of battling chronic migraines.
I spent almost a decade trying to get rid of my migraines – massage, chiropractors, acupuncture, reflexology, neurology, physiotherapy – nothing worked. It was suggested I take prescription drugs, and although I did at certain points (which often caused eczema), I didn’t want to rely on medication. I wanted the problem fixed. My last resort was to take a natural approach – and it changed everything.