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National Nutrition Month – Excedrin® Migraine – Giveaway

This month is National Nutrition Month. Did you know there are many foods that can potentially trigger migraines and for those who suffer, it’s extremely important to identify those trigger foods. By knowing what they are – and avoiding them – migraine sufferers can help reduce the frequency of their migraines.

The My Migraine Triggers™ iPhone app, developed by the makers of Excedrin® allows migraine sufferers to track the causes of their migraines, including food. It then gathers this data into reports and charts that can easily be shared with my doctor. I know that by tracking my triggers with the app that the foods I eat can cause migraines. I know on the day I eat more sugar, drink more coffee, or less water I can have a migraine.

Registered dietitian Keri Gans offers valuable information about potential migraine trigger foods that every sufferer should know:

  •  There are many foods and drinks that can trigger migraines, like citrus fruits, nuts, and foods that contain MSG. It’s important for folks to determine which foods are potential migraine triggers for them. By tracking their triggers, people can avoid them in the future, to help prevent or minimizing migraine attacks.
  • Tyramine: Tyramine is a substance found naturally in some foods, like aged cheese and red wine. It’s formed from the breakdown of protein as foods age. A good rule of thumb is that the longer a high-protein food ages, the higher the tyramine content. Some common foods that contain tyramine include: aged cheeses, red wine, alcoholic beverages and some processed meats.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol increases blood flow to your brain, which can cause migraines and headaches. Red wine, beer, whiskey and champagne are the most common culprits.
  •  Other potential migraine triggers include: artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame), chocolate, citrus fruits, coffee or tea, tannins, (like red-skinned apples or pears) caffeinated soda, foods that contain MSG, and nuts or nut butters.
  • Food For the brain: There is emerging science that suggests foods rich in magnesium, such as kale and broccoli, support healthy brain function. Try swapping kale for romaine in your salad at lunch to increase your magnesium intake.
  •  Excedrin® Migraine is the #1 neurologist recommended over-the-counter brand for migraine relief. It offers convenient and effective relief for migraines and was the first non-prescription medicine approved by the FDA to treat all the symptoms of a migraine.

Being informed will help keep those migraines away and lead to more happy days. I know now that I am running and being more active my migraines have also gotten less frequent and on those days when I need it the most Excedrin® Migraine is there to help save my day. As a busy mom I can’t be bogged down with migraines and Excedrin® Migraine really does help me get on with my day.

To help inspire better eating this month I have a really fun giveaway thanks to Excedrin.

The Veggie-Peel – This innovative fruit and vegetable peeler features a patented, built-in chamber that retains peels during use. Scraps are held in the durable, thermo-plastic chamber, eliminating messy peelings and clogged sinks. The double sided stainless steel blade allows for both right and left handed use.
Harold Import Company Avo Saver – Avo Saver is easy to use and will reduce a cut avocado’s exposure to air, greatly slowing the destructive oxidization process.
Dressing Emulsifier – The Emulstir is an innovative way to mix up and store delicious salad dressings. It’s very easy to use; simply remove the top of the Emulstir, fill with oil, vinegar and herb replace lid and squeeze the handle to blend.
Emson Two Tier Microwave Steamer Food Cooker – This microwave steamer retains more vitamins & nutrients than other means of cooking vegetables, perfect for healthy cooking. It allows you to cook/steam two dishes at once, fits in most microwave ovens and is dishwasher safe.

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excedrin migraine ambassadorsI am a paid Excedrin® Migraine blog ambassador. Compensation has been provided by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine; my journey for a migraine-free experience is my own. I am a paid Excedrin ® Migraine blog ambassador. Along with compensation, three giveaways were provided by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine; my journey for a migraine-free experience is my own.


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  2. Laurie Emerson on March 29, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Foods with MSG, some sodas, caffeine and some kinds of chocolate.

  3. Katie K on March 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    MSG always!

  4. Suzie Williams on March 29, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Too much caffeine.

  5. Michelle W on March 28, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I actually get them if I don’t have my coffee but I can’t think of a food that triggers them

  6. mrsshukra on March 27, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    MSG for sure!

  7. Kimberly W on March 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Coffee is a big trigger for me

  8. Valerie Taylor Mabrey on March 27, 2013 at 8:48 am

    coffee does for me
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  9. Paula Michele Hafner on March 27, 2013 at 5:11 am

    If I don’t have caffeine I can get one. Mine are more weather related. I also can get them from certain allergy triggers such as cats.

  10. Jane on March 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Chocolate gets me

  11. trixx on March 26, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Foods that have MSG triggers my migraines

  12. Lisa L on March 26, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I find that bananas trigger them for me

  13. soha molina on March 25, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    after driniking wine

  14. Cori Westphal on March 24, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I haven’t ever really associated foods with migraines, but I know too much caffeine can bring em on!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  15. Michele P on March 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    usually Chinese food with MSG. Sometimes chocolate will too, but mostly processed foods do it for me as well.

  16. Gail Fernandez on March 19, 2013 at 4:44 am

    My hormones are mostly hormonal, but I know when I don’t drink enough water, I get a migraine. Also, chocolate and cheese are triggers for me.

  17. Madonna on March 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    for me its stress not food

  18. GENEVIEVE PROULX on March 18, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Pepsi is my best friend wheh i have a migraine…

  19. lana on March 18, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    luck me no foods cause me headaches

  20. Andrea v on March 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm


  21. Becca on March 18, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Ive thankfully only had a few migraines in my life so I have no idea what triggered them!!!

  22. Marci on March 17, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    MSG is killer for me!

  23. Austin Baroudi on March 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm


  24. Kim on March 17, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Coffee, Alcohol, and not enough water!

  25. Kristi C on March 17, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Caffeine triggers my migraines.

  26. Seyma Shabbir on March 16, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    salty and too much caffeine

  27. Brandy W. on March 16, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I can’t figure it out exactly… I never had them before and now I’ve had 5 in the past two years. Not something I would wish on my worst enemy… So painful!!

  28. Christine on March 16, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Salty Foods

  29. Debbie Welchert on March 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    MSG gives me headaches.

  30. Stephanie Larison on March 16, 2013 at 4:21 am

    Chocolate triggers mine.

  31. Mary Calabrese on March 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Certain Chinese herbs.

  32. Becca S on March 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Anything with MSG!

  33. Mary Casper on March 14, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    for me chocolate and salt

  34. kelly g on March 14, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    aged cheese

  35. Dawn Bauer on March 14, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I would love it if these would work. How are they different than regular Excedrin? Thanks!

    • Zubin Z on March 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Dawn, while both products have the same ingredients, they have different recommended usage, supported by clinical trials. The labels on Excedrin Extra Strength and Excedrin Migraine can help you determine which product is best for your particular type of pain.

  36. Sarah L on March 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Luckily I don’t suffer from migraines – so no food triggers.
    Thanks for the contest.

  37. jessica w on March 14, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    with me lack of sleep and water trigger it more so than any one food item,but since I have been eating gluten free I haven’t had a single one either

  38. Jill D on March 14, 2013 at 10:43 am

    MSG and caffeine are my triggers.

  39. Monique Rizzo on March 13, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Thanks for the chance.

  40. Katie Roch on March 13, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Caffeine triggers mine

  41. Tracy L Davis on March 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm


  42. Andrea v on March 13, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I think mine are more hormonal

  43. Vicki Wurgler on March 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I don’t think food triggers them I think it is everyday stress

  44. Jessica To on March 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Alcohol will trigger them.

  45. Carolyn G on March 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Sugar triggers mine

  46. Connie Minton on March 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    No foods that I know of, mine seem to be hormonal!

  47. Jessie C. on March 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I have no idea what food triggers, usually weather has affects on mine.

  48. Donna L on March 13, 2013 at 12:48 pm


  49. Ann Fantom on March 13, 2013 at 10:52 am

    One glass of red wine gives me a migrane

  50. Jammie on March 13, 2013 at 10:39 am

    caffeine triggers mine, only because I don’t do much caffeine so when I do it is killer.

  51. Sue Ellison on March 13, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Lack of food is a trigger for me.

  52. Sheila K. on March 13, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I have no idea what triggers mine but fortunately I have only one or two a year!

  53. Sylvia White on March 13, 2013 at 8:42 am


  54. kristin on March 13, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I am not sure what triggers my migraines – I never knew food could – this post is very helpful as I do get migraines frequently now I know to keep track of what im getting and doing.

    Thanks again

  55. Susan Heim on March 13, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Honestly, I don’t know of any foods that trigger my migraines, but I do know that fluctuating hormones are responsible. Excedrin Migraine is the ONLY over-the-counter medication that works on my headaches.

  56. Amy Orvin on March 13, 2013 at 7:15 am

    I’m not sure. But, I get them. I have been suffering for years.

  57. debbie on March 13, 2013 at 6:39 am

    for me, it is slurpees or ice cream. Now, cold food can trigger a miagrane with me.

  58. crystal on March 13, 2013 at 5:34 am


  59. Leah on March 13, 2013 at 5:26 am

    I suffer from migraines. Sometimes 2 or 3 a month. I have to try everything. Sometimes even results in a trip to the dr to get a shot of demerol. 🙁 No bueno!!

  60. Heather Hayes Panjon on March 12, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Sweet Salty Foods

  61. jeannine s on March 12, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    lack of caffeine and stress does it for me

  62. Jennifer on March 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm


  63. Tamar on March 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I don’t think foods trigger them. I think it’s stress.

    • Tamar on March 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      or lack of food, rather.

  64. Natalie S on March 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Thank GOD I don’t suffer from migraines! So any food goes for me 🙂

  65. rachel on March 12, 2013 at 11:23 am

    MSG is a killer trigger!

  66. Diane Perez on March 12, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Sweet and low triggers migraines for me.