*Warning, this post is one of two (or many) parts all about migraines—there’s too much to say it in one blog posting!*
"Shh, mommy has a headache". I can still hear the slur in my daughter's voice as she spoke around the thumb she was sucking. As a toddler, she would come over and gently pat my head, oh so softly, in a kind of commiseration and sympathy gesture as I lay in a heap in the darkened living room on the couch. She’d go get her little wooden chair and she'd sit by my side and wait it out, for as many hours as it would take, heaving the occasional sigh and giving me another pat on my head. She knew the look in my eyes. She knew it because I rarely sat still and when a migraine came, my whole world would come screeching to a halt.
I have had headaches my whole life. Regular headaches, migraines, sinus headaches, barometer-induced headaches, cluster headaches—I’ve had them all. Depending on the season, I can get 2-5/week that I MUST treat with OTC painkillers—typically Tylenol or Advil. If I don’t treat them, they can and WILL turn into migraines where no drug can touch them for around 8 hours, where I can't stand light, I see stars, sometimes I see black clouds floating around, where I can't stand to hear the sound of my kids breathing. I’ve seen every specialist. I’ve been prescribed a whole pharmacy of drugs to try—ones you take just when the migraines start, ones you take every day. Nothing made a difference, the headaches still came. About once a year, I get a migraine so bad that after the vomiting starts, my vision reduces to a narrow tunnel and I end up going into convulsions, and have to take a trip to the hospital for a few injections to the hip to stop everything—it becomes a cycle that has no end. I’ve tried to tough these ones out, but I have gone into shock several times trying to wait it out, so the hospital is the best way to go at that point. It really sucks. My husband laughs that he’s been holding my hair back since I was 16...
True ketosis happens sometime under 50g carbs/day. It takes time for your liver to burn off residual fat stores and drop into ketosis. It doesn’t happen instantly. But Mark Sisson was suggesting that true ketosis wasn’t necessary—just keep it low-carb at 50-80g carbs and that was the ideal place for anyone to be when trying to reap the benefits of this primal diet.
To read Mark's article on the ratio of carbs (there are many on his site) go to http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dear-mark-ketosis/#axzz1lyQ8vyCm
Now, I'm alittle naive at times--it's easy enough to convince me of the logic of something. But to keep me convinced is something else. I have to test theories. All theories. My body is one big science experiment. Really. You gotta feel some sympathy for Steve, all the stuff he gets to put up with. (Give up mint toothpaste, you say--make your own--with soap?) He's a pretty patient, tolerant man.....
So I decided to give this low-carb thing a try. Sorry, fruit, we will not see much of each other for the next little while.... Goodbye sweet potatoes, I hardly knew ya.
That was back in the beginning of February. How did it turn out? You’re going to have to read the next blog(s) to find out.