I’ll try just about anything…once

As I mentioned a while back, I’d been trying the 5/2 program for a couple of months. I really liked many aspects of it: I liked the mindfulness of the fasting days, I liked the ability to eat more freely on the non-fasting days, I liked that I lost a few pounds even without exercising. Granted, there may have been some other factors to consider in those pounds I dropped: My stress levels had dropped due to being on a leave from work for the month of September. I’d recently started a regimen of Topomax nightly for prevention of migraines, which is a drug that frequently has a side effect of minor weight loss. But, all that aside, I felt like the 5/2 program was something that was a net positive overall.

I’ve stopped doing it anyway though, and I’ll tell you why. I recently took a look at my migraine log (which I have to keep for my doctor, as when you are on a medication regimen to prevent them they like to have an idea of whether or not it’s working) and found that the one or two migraines I’ve been getting per week lately have been falling on Tuesdays or Thursdays almost exclusively.

The Topomax I take nightly to prevent migraines dropped the headaches from 5-7 a week to 1-2 a week, but the 1-2 I was getting each week were almost exactly correlating to the fasting days. Hmmm…thought I. Perhaps I should not be participating in an eating program that appears to also be functioning in my life as a migraine trigger. So that’s that. Now I can look forward to other, completely random triggers for my migraines!

Off I go to continue using my body as a kamikaze experiment in nutrition and dietary behavior..!

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8 Responses to “I’ll try just about anything…once”

  1. Trystan Says:

    I was wondering how the fasting affected migraines bec. low blood sugar has always been a trigger for me (like, my first one since I was a teenager). I don’t eat regularly & *bam* I get a migraine. Even doing very low cal & low fat diets has been sketchy for me on that front. Feh.

    • Laina Says:

      Like clockwork, apparently! Feh, indeed!

      • S. Says:

        Count me in the low-blood-sugar-migraine-trigger category. It used to not be a huge deal for me when I was younger, but these days, if I forget to eat something on a regular basis, bad things happen. πŸ˜›

      • Laina Says:

        I’m kind of surprised it took me so long to identify it – I think I was so hoping that it WASN’T the fasting and that I *could* do the 5/2 program without a problem that I was in denial until I looked at the migraine log. Bleh. Clearly a trigger for me though. I can state that without a doubt now.

  2. John R. Schmidt Says:

    Are you aware of the Quantified Self group over on Kevin Kelly’s page? You are doing what they say–they may have some useful tools for you. http://quantifiedself.com/

  3. John R. Schmidt Says:

    Wow. Now I want Expereal. Thanks!

  4. Caron Says:

    Well, that’s a bummer. I try new things too as it keeps me more interested in the process of maintaining. I’m one of those people you love to hate because I’ve never had a headache in my almost 65 years — migraine or otherwise. Apparently, I inherited that wonderful trait from my Mom who never had a headache either. Unfortunately, my children both have headaches.

    I will be interested in your next adventure in maintaining and/or losing. πŸ™‚


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