Going Gluten-Free Got Rid of My Migraines​ For Good

Going Gluten-Free Got Rid of My Migraines​ For Good

For those of you who follow me on Facebook or even are in constant communication with me, you would know that I get an excessive amount of migraines. In fact, I was getting migraines about three to four times a week to be exact.

It was exhausting, frustrating and just straight up annoying.

I started asking everyone I knew and even went to my Facebook friends to see if they had any advice for getting rid of migraines. Everyone was so helpful and gave me all the resources and help I needed. Along with their advice and research, I started to do my own. With this research, I found that a side effect of someone with a gluten intolerance is constant migraines.

Now, before these migraines started occurring, I have had years and years of stomach problems. After every meal, my stomach would hurt and I was always in pain. The doctor had taken me off of gluten once before, but that was years ago when being gluten-free was weird and the food was NASTY. So my gluten-free diet didn’t last long at all.

 

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Despite my awful past experience with being gluten-free, I decided to give it a try once again. I was so desperate at this point what I was willing to try anything. Like let me tell you, I was about to go get botox that’s now awful my migraines were.

So I went to my pantry and tossed out everything that contained gluten, went to the store and bought all the gluten and dairy-free foods that I could. Was it expensive? Heck yes!! Did it help? OHHH HECK YESS!!

My first-week being gluten and dairy-free I did not have one migraine!! It’s been about a month now of being strict with my diet and I have only had one headache since I decided to go gluten and dairy-free.

The amazing thing too, is that my stomach no longer hurts, I’m not getting migraines anymore, I have SOOO MUCH ENERGY, my stubborn acne has started to go away and I no longer am feeling tired and groggy.

I will forever swear on my gluten and dairy-free diet. And surprisingly, I have found that gluten-free vegan foods are actually SO GOOD (now). So thank you to all the gluten-free, dairy-free companies out there that have (finally) learned how to make good food for people like me 😉

 

 

My 7-Day Fitness Routine

My 7-Day Fitness Routine

Fitness is something that I am trying hard to be better at. Every day is a learning and growing process when it comes to working out and eating healthy. It really is so easy to just eat like crap and never work out, especially as a busy and stressed college student. However, I have found that taking the time to work out and exercise makes every day so much better.

Before going to college I had an unhealthy view of health and fitness. My diet was wack, I restricted calories like crazy and would run for miles and miles every day. Doing this got me way skinny like I wanted but I was run down, grumpy, and found myself gaining weight so fast whenever I wasn’t restricting and running lots of miles. I needed to find a balance.

Balance is key to everything in life. I have found that balance in fitness and nutrition helps me to remain happy, confident, and full of energy.

I’m going to share with you all my 7-day fitness routine. Keep in mind, I really am not like properly educated on any of this, I just do what works best for me and has helped me achieve my goals of being healthy and strong.

«Monday»

CARDIO, CARDIO, CARDIO 

What could possibly be better than cardio? I mean we all love it, right? Monday’s are actually my favorite day of the week believe it or not. Whatever you do on Monday determines how the rest of your week is going to go. How hard you work on Monday will determine your success for the week. If you work out hard on Monday, you will be dedicated the rest of the week. If you pound out the work for your job on Monday, then you can work ahead. All good things start with Monday.

I’ve never understood the dread of Mondays.

Cardio can be a variety of things. I like to do a long LISS workout for this day. About 40-45 minutes of a steady pace run. This gets your blood flowing and your calories burning. If running isn’t your forte, you can also do a moderately brisk walk on a high incline for about 40 minutes and still get a good cardio session in.

«Tuesday»

LEGS, LEGS, LEGS

I actually prefer leg day over any other day. Leg and cardio days are my favorites compared to arms and abs.

To start off leg day, I usually begin with about 5 minutes of warm-up on the treadmill combined with 10 minutes of HITT cardio.  This gets you sweating and ready for a hard leg workout.

Normally for my leg and butt workouts, I follow “Kayla Itsiness BBG Stronger” workouts. These workouts KILL and without fail, will wake up the next morning so sore. It’s the greatest feeling ever.

«Wednesday»

ARMS and ABS

Day three is pretty self-explanatory.

To jumpstart my workout I will either do a 20 minute LISS workout or a 20 minute HIIT workout along with a long workout full of arms and abs. I personally combine arms and abs because I really don’t like working out my arms or abs, so combining them both forces me to actually do something.

«Thursday»

CARDIO, CARDIO, CARDIO

And we have another day full of cardio. YAY (!!!!!!)

For today I will do a full 45 minutes of a LISS cardio workout. Keep yourself at a good steady pace and be sure to work hard with no rests. This is an opportunity to really push your body to its full potential. 

«Friday»

Full Body Workout

On Friday’s I like to do a full body workout consisting of my favorite workouts for legs, butt, arms, and abs. I like to take my time to do this workout and really just enjoy working out my whole body. By Friday, I am very sore so I feel that it is important for me to just really take it at a steady easy pace.

«Saturday»

Stretch and Cardio 

Saturday is a lighter day. I like to just do a simple two to three mile run with a quick 20 minutes of yoga/stretching. It’s easy but is still a way to get your body moving.

«Sunday»

REST, REST, REST

Take the Sunday off for some R&R. There is nothing better than some rest and relaxation.