Guidance on identifying and avoiding food and drink that can trigger migraine is now available on the American Migraine Foundation (AMF) website. The Chair of AMF, and past PAINWeek faculty member, David W. Dodick, MD, FRCP (C), FACP, notes that the holidays are a time when people are prone to overindulgence in food and beverage choices that can prompt migraine attacks.
Specific advice on reducing migraine risk while enjoying holiday celebrations include: identification of potential dietary triggers by keeping a migraine “diary”; maintaining a regular meal schedule without skipping; and moderation in alcoholic, caffeinated, and carbonated beverage consumption. Dr. Dodick observed that not everyone with migraine has food triggers, but for those with these triggers, avoiding them can often mean fewer migraine attacks.
An article with links to further information on migraine food triggers may be read here.