The Ailments Keep on Coming
Another migraine today!
I’m perplexed. I’ve gone 6 months of eating raw with no migraines. The only differences for this trial (aside from being 100% raw as opposed to 80%-95%) are: I quit eating raw cacao, and no fruit, sweeteners, or grains.
I decided to do a little research to get to the bottom of this. I started to recall that I almost entirely cured my migraines with melatonin before going raw vegan. I found an article listing supplements to help with migraine symptoms. One of them was melatonin. I didn’t let a night go by without taking it. It worked!
This article may explain why: Melatonin May Help Prevent Migraines.
After starting a raw food diet, I decided I shouldn’t need melatonin anymore.
So I stopped taking it.
However, I did start eating raw cacao regularly, until about a week ago.
Could there be a connection between giving up cacao and my migraines coming back?
According to what I found, YES!
One article actually states, “the better melatonin comes from vegetables, and it is extracted from cacao!” – ANAGEN.net
According to this description of cacoa on SunFood.com , cacao contains tryptophan:
“Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that is transformed into important stress-protective neurotransmitters including serotonin and melatonin.”
There is a definite connection between melatonin and cacao, and their effect on neurotransmitters.
I’m not going to resume eating cacao right now for the reasons I gave in my post preparing for this trial. I have heard conflicting reports on cacao’s toxicity and it felt very addictive to me (no wonder, the way it affects brain chemicals)!
The onset of my migraines, and these findings has made me rethink whether or not I will eat cacao in the future. I will definitely be monitoring this in months to come. It may give me a reason to continue eating my beloved chocolate!
I started the morning off with my usual:
Lemon water with stevia
My “granola crackers” from yesterday with almond butter & salt.
This may be my favorite food on the trial so far. I actually found myself craving this again mid morning! It was slightly reminiscent of peanut butter on saltine crackers (more like stale saltines), but I’ll take it! I have long given up processed wheat products, and wouldn’t touch a saltine. To even come close to that flavor and texture, yet still be 100% raw vegan is incredible to me.
I do miss my Guinness!
Green smoothies will have to do for now.
1 ¼ cup almond milk
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1Tbsp ground flax
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Large handful of organic baby spinach
The almond milk still tastes funky to me. It definitely got ruined with that green stevia herb.
Another snack (in the snacking mood today)
More “granola crackers” with almond butter and salt. Yum!
I made some onion flax crackers from Rawmazing.com (the third one down). I omitted the nama shoyu, and forgot the garlic. I still think they’ll be great. They won’t be ready until tomorrow. (I wish I had taken some photos of the prep)!
I also discovered a great salad dressing using Tahini.
It tastes like a cross between Caesar and Ranch.
Approx 1 part Tahini to two parts water
Lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper to taste.
It’s key to add a small amount of water to the tahini first, to make it creamy. Gradually add the rest of the water, and finally the flavorings.
Lemon water really hit the spot late afternoon!
Above Tahini dressing with:
Two small handfuls of spring greens mix
This salad looks tiny in the photo for some reason. It was actually huge!
Snacked more than usual tonight. I try not to eat past 6 as a rule, but while at my mom’s with friends and family, she put out raw veggies for me. I munched on celery and cauliflower to let her know I appreciated her thinking of me.
When I got home, I was still in the munching mood, so I had more of my “granola” crackers and almond butter. Third time today!
I’d like to be more balanced, and eat more whole fresh foods. I need some inspiration! Everything starts to feel a bit boring after awhile.
Can’t forget my spirulina tabs as a supplement this evening, then off to bed.
Definitely a successful day. I learned a lot, experimented a bit, and feel full and satisfied.
Looking forward to Day 6!