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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, November 18, 1999
Troops plan food drive
Girl Scout Brownie Troop #188 and Senior Troop #509 will be having a canned
food drive Saturday, Nov. 20, from 1-3 p.m., at Bob's Thriftway.
The canned goods will be donated to the local food bank.
Foods sometimes trigger headaches
Preparing for holiday meals may be a headache for many cooks, with menus
to plan, ingredients to buy, and pies to bake. But to some, it's eating
these meals that causes the headaches.
As if the holidays aren't stressful enough, throw a migraine headache
into the mix and you've really got problems. Dietitians now believe that
food can trigger migraines and by avoiding particular foods, sufferers
can keep the headaches at bay. Many of the trigger foods often are found
on the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner tables.
"There seems to be a chemical connection between food and migraines,
and by identifying which foods trigger your headaches, you might be able
to control them," said Molly Gee, registered dietitian and manager of Methodist
Health Care System's Institute for Preventive Medicine.
Gee said up to 20 percent of migraine sufferers experience headaches
brought on by eating a particular food or combination of foods.
Migraines usually come on suddenly and strong and last for 24 hours,
sometimes giving the sufferer a feeling that the world has stopped. Gee,
a migraine victim herself, said some people are incapacitated by migraines.
She recommends avoiding the foods that may trigger the headaches, and especially
during the holidays when these foods are abundant.
Although there is no hard scientific evidence that certain foods can
trigger headaches, there are some foods, such as aged cheese, that seem
to activate chemicals in the brain, causing headaches, Gee said. She recommends
keeping a food diary to help identify what might be triggering your headaches.
The foods that are thought to trigger migraine headaches: Dairy Products
include aged cheese, ice cream and cultured dairy products such as yogurt;
meats, are aged, canned, cured, or processed meats containing additives,
bologna, ham, hot dogs, bacon and sausage; fruits and vegetables are figs,
papayas, passion fruit, raisins, red plums, bananas, citrus fruits, avocados,
onions, peapods and sauerkraut; legumes include beans, including pole,
broad, lima, navy, pinto, garbanzo and lentils; alcohol, red wine and beer;
caffeine products are chocolate, coffee, tea and colas; and baked goods
are products made with yeast such as breads, raised coffee cake and doughnuts.
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