The Migraine Miracle: The diet solution to end them forever

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I get asked a lot what my next book is going to be and while I have a few ideas swimming about, I got all hot to trot on one idea in particular: a book on migraines. After all, having struggled with them since my early teens, I have become something of an expert on how to prevent, mitigate, and manage them.

The Migraine Miracle Of course my first step after jotting down some initial ideas was to do a quick Amazon search for books on the topic. To my dismay, a book was scheduled for release just months from that day on exactly I wanted to write about: The Migraine Miracle: A sugar-free, gluten-free, ancestral diet to reduce inflammation and relieve your headaches for good. Sigh. And it was coming out by the very publisher who published our first two books! Darn.

What’s a girl to do but get a copy and read it?

That’s exactly what I did, and within a few pages I realized that author Dr. Josh Turknett, neurologist and clinical researcher in this very area, was in fact significantly more qualified than me to write this book. (Hey, I’ll be the first to admit it!) In fact, it’s by far the best book I’ve ever read on the topic.

First, Dr. Turknett gives an incredibly validating explanation of the migraine experience. If you’ve ever had a migraine, you know the extreme pain and debilitation it brings. It is most definitely not “just a headache.” One of the biggest emotional hurdles I’ve had on my migraine journey is explaining this to my non-migraine-experiencing family and friends. It’s hard to describe the fear and obsession that arise from the quest for finding that perfect storm of factors that will trigger a migraine. In reading his first chapters, I found great comfort in knowing I was not alone.

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Turknett’s deep scientific understanding of what’s happening in the body bio-chemically during a migraine is tremendously helpful in making sense of the intensity of symptoms. What I loved most was the powerful analogy he gave that explains how to determine your own unique combination of factors that can trigger a migraine (I won’t spoil it for you because I can’t do it justice in this limited space).

When he gets to solutions, dietary solutions in particular, I was cheering out loud I was so delighted to hear his recommendations. The three utmost important things you can do to drastically reduce the number and frequency of migraines in your life are:

1) Adopt a sugar-free diet

Amen to that! We’ve been doing this for years with our Sugar Control Detox – is it any surprise that one of the many pieces of feedback we hear from participants is how they eliminated their headaches?

2) Eliminate gluten

Yes, yes and more yes. Here’s what I think about a gluten-free diet, and oh, by the way, every recipe we’ve included in our two books are gluten-free.

Personal note: for the last few years I’ve eaten mostly gluten-free – probably 90-95%. But within the last few months I’ve eliminated it completely and have noticed that this has been a major factor in my migraines. This is something I *knew*, but never being diagnosed with a formal sensitivity it was hard for me to implement in my life. The one time I’ve cheated, I immediately got a migraine. The lesson: “mostly” gluten-free isn’t gluten-free at all. In fact, it takes a full 6 months to completely clear gluten from your body.

3) Eat an ancestral, traditional diet

This is what I call “eating naked” – getting back to the basics of a nutrient-dense, whole foods diet and getting rid of the nasty processed stuff. Honestly, when you do the above two factors, you’ll have gone a long way on this one.

All three of these critical approaches rid the body of inflammation, which is ultimately what set you up for the migraine experience to start with.

Turknett’s book is outstanding and I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you have migraines, it is a must-read. It’s that simple. Implementing the changes he suggests in this book will either eliminate the migraines in your life for good, or at the very least reduce them to a manageable level. (If you still struggle with migraines after you’ve implemented his recommendations, you may have some undiagnosed food sensitivities or digestive issues that you need to address, and this is work best done with a trained holistic practitioner.)

Want a chance to win your very own copy of this book?

Just leave a comment on this post explaining why you’d like to have the book and we’ll enter you into a random drawing for a copy. We’re giving away two copies of the book and will announce the winner on July 15th.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

It’s always terribly hard to choose a winner in these giveaways, and so I let random.org do it for us…

Congratulations to Jeannie Sapp and Gloria! You each have won a copy of Dr. Turknett’s incredible book. Please email us at info (at) eatnakednow (dot) com with your mailing address and we’ll send you your copy as soon as we can.



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62 Comments

  1. Stephanie M

    June 26, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I suffered with migraines as a teen and they stopped. Stop since being in a car accident in university they’ve started again and the neurologist said that they were normal since nothing was found after tests over 5 years ago. They suggested daily preventative medication which I declined and go to the chiropractor and saw an allergist. They still happen although not as often as before which almost daily. And I need to try another alternative.

  2. Gloria

    June 26, 2014 at 9:28 am

    I too have struggled with migraines most of my life. I have attempted to go gluten-free the last year and noticed a vast improvement from 2-3 times per month to once every 3-4 months and, yes, it generally happened when I gave in to a craving for gluten + sugar, pastries! Is there a supplement that will help with the carb/sugar cravings? Also, I get migraines with the change in weather and living in Oregon, there are a lot of weather changes here! Fall and spring are killer headache times for me. Does the book address this issue?

    • Margaret Floyd

      July 15, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Congratulations, Gloria! You’re one of our winners. Please email us at info (at) eatnakednow (dot) com with your mailing address and we’ll get that book shipped out to you as soon as we can.

  3. Dotty

    June 26, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    The book sounds great. I’d like to get it so that I can help my friends and clients. Thanks for the good work you do!!

  4. Claire McKeon

    June 26, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I have been suffering from migraines for 30 years and no doctor ever explored a dietary cause. I would love this book to help eliminate triggers. My daughter recently started getting migraines as well and I will pass the book on to her.

  5. Erica

    June 26, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I have had migraines off and on since I was a teenager, but recently in the last 3 months I am averaging one every few weeks. I recently started taking prescription medication daily to make life manageable. I hate having to take drugs every day, but I felt like there was no other option. If this book could provide me with the tips and tools to help me manage my migraines without medication that would be amazing.

  6. Sherie

    June 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I have suffered from migraines since I was 10. Now I have a daughter who is also suffering. Thank you for posting this!

  7. Michael

    June 27, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    My mom has suffered migraines since a little girl, among other issues that I now feel are all diet caused – or at least exacerbated by diet. I’d love her to read this to try to help.

  8. Joyce T

    June 28, 2014 at 6:23 am

    My oldest son started having migraines when he was eight years old, and his younger brother just started having them last year at age 11. My husband has fewer since he cut out most sugar, but he’s still eating gluten, so they’re not gone completely. I don’t often get the actual headaches. I have a condition known as migraine-related vertigo, which is just exactly what it sounds like. I was put on an anti-depressant to control the multiple-times-daily dizzy spells. It works, but I would much prefer to control these little monsters with dietary changes and ditch the meds. Bottom line, this book sounds like it would be a huge blessing for our family, and I definitely would love to have it!

  9. Kara

    June 28, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I would like to win a copy of this book for my dad. He suffers from chronic post-stoke headaches that are often debilitating and leave him feeling like nothing will ever help him. My younger sister is also starting to experience terrible headaches. My older sister has also been experiencing extreme migraines for years now. I would love for them to be able to read this book, and I would also like to read it.

  10. Erin Finch

    June 29, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I would love to receive this book. I am a certified holistic nutrition consultant and have many people complain about migraines. I would love to have this in my educational library to further help my clients as well as educate myself more on the topic. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  11. Catherine Griffice

    June 30, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I would love to have this book to give to my daughter. I had migraines for 50 years and then went grain and sugar free. Immediate change. My daughter has severe migraines (inherited I’m certain) and nothing I tell her will change her mind to ascribe to my way of eating. She depends upon botox injections on her trigeminal nerves…Not a way to live….

  12. Deborah

    July 1, 2014 at 2:04 am

    I’ve been a migraine sufferer for over twenty years. I recently cut out the sugar and gluten and have seen vast improvement. I would love to read more about how completely eliminate the migraines altogether. I am beyond thrilled to finally have discover a link to controlling my migraines. It makes giving up sugar MORE than worth it to live my life without the constant fear of being in agony for days at a time! Thank you for offering this giveaway!

  13. Shannon

    July 1, 2014 at 4:46 am

    I would love to have this book not for myself (although I would read it) but for a friend who’s 7 year old son struggles with migraines on a regular basis. It effects every area of their life from school to sports to vacation, etc. They can not go anywhere or do anything without having a potential migraine looming overhead. They’ve been to many doctors and the ONLY advice they’ve been given his feed him every 2 hours, keep him hydrated, and pump him full of Tylenol. Please, please, please…this book could change their life!!!

  14. Billie Yates

    July 1, 2014 at 7:14 am

    I’d like to win this book for my sister in law. As long as I’ve known her she’s dealt with debilitating migraines several times a month. Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway!

  15. Katy Levit

    July 1, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Does this work with abdominal migraines/cyclic vomiting too? If so, I’d like to try it with my son.

    • Josh Turknett, MD

      July 3, 2014 at 4:52 am

      Hi Katy – not surprisingly given their DNA, both my kids have suffered with cyclic vomiting syndrome. Eating the way I outline in the book works for them. The only time it occurs now is if they have a cheat meal (birthday parties, special occasions, etc.) – which we hate, but the upside is they both (ages 6 and 9) readily appreciate the food-health connection, and already have a sophisticated understanding of their triggers.

      Incidentally, don’t know if your son also suffers with nocturnal leg aches (another childhood migraine equivalent, IMO), but we’ve also seen the exact same connection between cheat meals and nighttime awakenings.

  16. Nancy

    July 1, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    I’ve suffered from migraines ever since giving birth to my 2 kids. I never had them before, so I know life without them and I’d love to get back to it!

  17. Deb C

    July 3, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I’ve had migraines since I was a teenager. Sometimes they incapacitate me for almost a whole day. This book may be just the thing I need.

  18. Nicole Kyle

    July 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    I would love to have a copy of this book. I have suffered with migraines for as long as I can remember. They are debilitating and take so much from my life. I have been trying to live a healthier lifestyle in order to improve my quality of life.

  19. Nicole B

    August 3, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I didn’t win the book, so I bought it on Kindke for iPad a couple of days ago. Thank you so much for the recommendation! The author explained the migraine process very well. I’ve made a lot of progress in my real food journey, and this book was the extra push I needed to help me commit to quitting sugar. Thank you!

  20. Jessica

    February 10, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I’m a single hard working momma who suffers from fibromyalgia pain as well as constant and persistent headaches. I’ve been undergoing prescription medication treatment for about 5 years now. I would really like to read more from your book to learn other more natural ways to treat my pain so I can spend more quality time with my five year old son where I’m not medicated so heavily.

  21. Claudia Wise

    February 13, 2015 at 6:16 am

    I have migraines for 16 years, and almost any medicine works well. Now I am trying with botox but anyway I need pills too. I would like to read the book to learn how to change mi diet and improve my live.

  22. NancyKnight

    February 24, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    I’ve had migraines since I was 17, I’m now in my 50s. I’ve tried many medications, herbs, lots of doctors,diets and now I am trying essential oils.I really want to be healthy!

  23. Textly

    March 18, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I’m bookmarking this…thanks for sharing!

  24. Shelli Fiscus

    April 23, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I’m actually doing research for my precious sister in law who suffers from migraines. She’s tried everthing.. Meds, neurologists, physical therapy, etc. these migraines are ruling her life. She’s a new mom and honestly is missing out on life. These nasty migraines control her, she’s getting them 1-2 times a week.. For 6 years!!! I cames across your book and am praying to God this works for her. We are at this point scared for her life due to all the meds she’s on. She needs her life back!!

    • Margaret Floyd

      April 23, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Shelli, I am so sorry to hear of your sister’s troubles. This book is an excellent resource. Definitely try it. If it doesn’t work, there could be deeper issues – food sensitivities and gut healing – that are at the root of the issue. i have a lot of experience working with this. Please let her know I’m here if she needs support. I struggled from migraines for years – and they got worse when I had my daughter. I feel her pain. She doesn’t have to live that way. There are definitely options.

  25. Shelley Gaston

    June 26, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I would love a copy of this book. I have suffered from debilitating migraines for 18 years. I just want to enjoy life again.

  26. Andrea

    July 27, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I’m curious if you tried this diet and if it was successful. I’ve suffered migraines since I was 5 years old, so over 20 years now. And get them about 15 to 18 times a month. I’ve tried everything; medicine, procedures and nutrient wise(SERIOUSLY, everything) and I am careful with what I eat. But I’m starting to think something stricter would be best. Thanks!

    • Margaret Floyd

      July 28, 2015 at 7:13 am

      Andrea – this diet was instrumental for me in reducing the migraines, but it didn’t eliminate them completely. What eliminated them completely (and yes, I am now delighted to say I am migraine-free) was going much deeper clinically and doing deep digestive healing work alongside identifying and temporarily removing food sensitivities. I wrote about my approach here. Hidden food sensitivities are a huge trigger for migraines and I had several I never would have imagined to healthy foods i was eating every day. Feel free to reach out (email: info (at) eatnakednow (dot) com) if you’re interesting in doing some of this work.

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