Sunday 17 February 2019

The Migraine Relief Plan

Today I am pleased to be able to participate in the blog tour for The Migraine Relief PlanMy thanks go to Rachel Gilbey for my spot on the blog tour. 

About the Book

The Migraine Relief Plan: An 8-Week Transition to Better Eating, Fewer Headaches, and Optimal Health

In The Migraine Relief Plan, certified health and wellness coach Stephanie Weaver outlines a new, step-by-step lifestyle approach to reducing migraine frequency and severity.

Using the latest research, her own migraine diagnosis, and extensive testing, Weaver has designed an accessible plan to help those living with migraine, headaches, or Meniere’s disease. Over the course of eight weeks, the plan gradually transitions readers into a healthier lifestyle, including key behaviors such as regular sleep, trigger-free eating, gentle exercise, and relaxation techniques. The book also collects resources—shopping lists, meal plans, symptom tracking charts, and kitchen-tested recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner—to provide readers with the tools they need to be successful.

The Migraine Relief Plan encourages readers to eat within the guidelines while still helping them follow personal dietary choices, like vegan or Paleo, and navigate challenges, such as parties, work, and travel. A must-have resource for anyone who lives with head pain, this book will inspire you to rethink your attitude toward health and wellness.


On my blog today I am lucky enough to be able to share with you one of the recipes that are used.

I am a big fan of rice and often have rice two or three times a week in multiple dishes that we cook.  So to have a recipe that features rice is lovely and I must admit this is one that I will be trying. 

Serves 4

1 handful fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1 cup (150 g) wild rice
1 tablespoon (15 ml) extra-virgin olive oil or unsalted butter
2 large carrots
2 ribs celery
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

·         Wash the parsley and roll up in a towel.
·         Rinse and drain the rice, then add 2 C. (500 ml) filtered water or unsalted chicken or vegetable stock. Cover and bring to a boil in a medium saucepan, then turn down the heat to low and cook for 45 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the cover on for at least 10 minutes.
·         When the rice is done, scrub the carrots and slice very thinly on the diagonal.
·         Wash the celery and finely mince.
·         Finely chop the parsley.
·         Heat olive oil or butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add carrot and celery; cook 6-8 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in rice, parsley, and pepper. 
·         Cook one minute until everything is warmed through.

Ingredient notes:
Wild rice is only grown in North America and may not be available overseas. You could substitute a hearty brown rice instead.

Prep time:                           15 minutes
Cooking time:                     55 minutes
Passive time:                      10 minutes

Budget friendly: Very

“My family is starting to like the fact that I don’t have any added salt in my dishes, because they can add their idea of the perfect amount of salt on their own. This was very easy to prepare.”
Gabby N.
“Without any salt or spicing, I thought it might be a bit bland. In face, it is quite flavorful. I would definitely make this again: delicious, hearty, unique, easy.”
Laura P.

Now for those of you that take photographs of your food and post them on social media, according to the picture in the book it should look like this. 

However I know that mine will never look like this, but will hopefully taste delicious in any event. 

If eating food like the one above, reduces my migraines and is still enjoyable then I for one will be extremely glad and happy.  I am one of the lucky ones (touch wood) who doesn't get stricken down with blinding migraines which result in me having to go and lie down in a dark room for days on end.  I am able to control mine with medication and as long as I take the medication at the start of my headache I am able to 9 out of 10 times stop it transferring to a migraine.  Some people are not so lucky and they have my utmost sympathy and if you are one of those unfortunate people, then this book might be of use to you.  


About the Author

Stephanie Weaver, MPH, CWHC, is an author, blogger, and certified wellness and health coach. Her recipes have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Parade, and more. She lives in San Diego, CA. 

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