Author Archive: Leah Cutter

That regularly scheduled post…

Had two headaches this past week. No migraines, though I realize that a few months ago, one or both of the headaches would have devolved into a migraine.

Both headaches were primarily caused by dehydration and heat. (It’s been insanely hot in Seattle these last few weeks…) I knew that dehydration was a migraine trigger for me, and I kind of understood that heat was a trigger as well.…

Binge Reading

When I was a kid, I was a seriously voracious reader. I always had a book with me. It was a constant fear of mine to be trapped someplace without a book. I was the kind of kid who would read the cereal boxes when my mom wouldn’t let me read my book at the kitchen table during breakfast.

Volunteering

I don’t recall my parents ever talking to me about volunteering. It was just something you did. They regularly volunteered. When we were kids, it was just at the church. As we grew up, my parents expanded their volunteering activities. They answered phones during the NPR pledge drives.…

Definite progress

Had a migraine yesterday. It was caused by a number of things: I generally get a migraine just before my cycle starts; I’d eaten too much sugar as well as alcohol; and I probably hadn’t drunk enough water with salt in it that day.…

Indulgences

Yesterday was my wedding anniversary. My sweetie and I went out to Capitol Cider for dinner. I indulged myself with steak, french fries, grilled broccoli, and some hard cider. It was delicious. It was the first time in four months that I’d chosen to have a meal that was not compliant with the diet.…

Pacing…

I’ve been on a ketogenic diet for about four months now. This month, I’ve had one migraine (caused by not enough sleep) and one severe headache (caused by eating something I’m allergic to).

I feel as though when I have a migraine or a headache, I can immediately point to the cause.…

Cheese…

Unfortunately, it appears that cheese is off the menu.

I used the left over naan (https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/low-carb-naan-bread-with-melted-garlic-butter), put mozzarella, chicken, and garlic between two pieces, then grilled them. Kind of like a quesadilla, or a grilled cheese sandwich. (It was delicious.)

However, about two hours later, I realized I was developing a headache, that then rapidly descended into a bad headache.…

Yet one more update…

Ended up with a migraine this week. Given the circumstances, having a migraine surprised exactly no one.

One of the things that I have read in blogs from other people who have migraines is that they can’t skimp on sleep. They’ll cheat on other things, but not on sleep.…