Thursday, April 4, 2013

Excedrin- March is National Nutrition Month+GIVEAWAY

I'm excited to announce that I'm back on board with Excedrin to be a brand ambassador again for 2013! I'll be sharing my journey and migraine tips, knowledge, and facts with you.



Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Put down that bag of chips and cook up some delicious steamed broccoli! I try to eat as healthy as possible, but come on, we all know that's not always true or possible. Just this week alone I've had chocolate, pizza, and frozen yogurt. I have had many salads and fruits and veggies too.  I always try to keep an equal balance of healthy vs. unhealthy foods.



What I've recently learned is that certain foods can trigger migraines and make your stress levels go up. A fantastic part of this campaign is that I'll be given nutritional resources by registered dietitan Keri Gans. This can only help with my migraines!

I was not aware that citrus, fruits and nuts are key triggers for migraines.  I have noticed more migraines after eating peanuts and citrus, but I never thought that the cause could be related to those yummy foods!

The following items are key triggers for migraines:

Tyramine: a substance found naturally in some foods, like aged cheese and red wine.  It's formed from the breakdown of protein as foods age.  A good rule of thumb is that the longer a high-protein food ages, the higher the tyramine content.  Some common foods that contain tyramine include aged cheeses, red wine, alcohol beverages, and some processed meats. I don't drink much wine but I do adore cheese. It's good to know that cheese can be a migraine trigger too.

Alcohol: increases blood flow to your brain which can cause migraines and headaches.  Red wine, beer, whiskey and champagne are the most common culprits.

Other potential migraine triggers include: artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame), chocolate, citrus fruits, coffee or tea, caffeinated soda, foods that contain MSG and nuts or nut butters. This is where I have to be careful.  I consume a lot of chocolate and tea, which is probably why I've had a migraine this week after eating more chocolate than I usually do. In the future, I will have to watch out for this.

There is emerging science that suggests foods rich in magnesium, such as kale and broccoli, support healthy brain function.  Try swapping kale for romaine in your salad at lunch to increase your magnesium intake.

I feel much more in control of my migraines after learning these new tips. It's important to me to know what causes and triggers my migraines (besides stress or lack of sleep).  I feel that I will have a better handle on my migraines and will now lead a more positive life because of this.

Stick with me on my Excedrin journey as I lead the way to a migraine-free life!

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105 comments:

  1. I would like to incorporate better nutrition into my diet because I've become anemic a few times this past year due to a lack of iron and better nutrition would help me to feel better.

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  2. I want to incorporate better nutrition because my body is going to start turning on me if not!

    nomfreebies at hotmail dot com

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  3. I an diabetic and need to do this

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  4. To keep my and my family's medical costs down

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  5. I need to be careful about what I eat because I have fibromyalgia and IBS.

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  6. I try to eat right. I, too, am anemic. I try to find foods rich in Iron and I actually take Excedrin for pain

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  7. to help reduce migraines & stomach issues

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  8. I'd like to incorporate better nutrition because the older I get the more bad stuff upsets my stomach!

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  9. I am overweight and need to eat better to feel better...

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  10. Please tell me why you'd like to incorporate better nutrition in your diet. This is mandatory

    its very important since im getting older..im feeling it

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  11. I am a new grandmother and I want to be around for him for a long, long time!
    donovandiva61269@aol.com

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  12. I want to incorporate better nutrition to show my son how to eat healthy and be healthy!

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  13. I would like to incorporate better nutrition in my life because I am a Mom and I want to live a long life watching my daughter grow up.
    brand242003@yahoo.com
    brandy graham (name on rafflecopter)

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  14. I want to incorporate better nutrition for good health and weight loss

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  15. I want to incorporate better nutrition to my daily diet to keep my health in check and avoid food triggers that give me migraines and stomach ulcers.

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  16. I would like to incorporate better nutrition in my life because I'm reaching the age of 50 in a couple of years and want to be on a healthier track by then.
    Steaming foods is a great idea :)

    gabsmack2001 at aol dot com

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  17. I just know, getting older now and feeling how terrible I'm feeling, that I have to make a change and take better care of myself.

    Manda Marie

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  18. my headaches make my stomach and back hurt at times so i use excedrin and it really helps

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  19. I need to get more veggies in my diet.

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  20. I need to eat better to get some of this weight off.

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  21. I would replace a bad snack with a healthy one!

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  22. I need to live longer
    Thanks! Janna JOhnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on gfc

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  23. to set a good example for my children!

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  24. I would like to eat healthier so I have more energy.
    susan chester

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  25. I would like to be healthier so I can be a good example to my children.

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  26. I need to get healthy and have more energy.

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  27. I would like to incorporate better nutrition so that I feel healthier with more energy

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  28. Eating healthier leads to a longer life! I want to live as long as I can.

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  29. i eat fast food every day. it is making me feel like ick.

    dani marie ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. I want to be able to have a healthy body and mind thats why joseph gersch jtwark@mail.com

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  31. i want to have a healthy body and mind thats why joseph gersch jtwark@mail.com

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  32. I'd love to eat healthier because I think I eat too many processed foods.

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  33. I want to lose weight, prevent cancer and maybe get fewer headaches.

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  34. Because I eat way too much processed food and I also don't eat a lot of fruit and vegetables.

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  35. I need to incorporate better nutrition because I need to lose weight.

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  36. I have become more health conscious for many reason.. I want my family to be healthy

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  37. I need to eat better because of my health problems.Colon issues and cancer say its time.

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  38. I need to eat better to reduce the effects of my IBS.

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  39. I feel im vitamin deficient thats why I'd like to get better nutrition, eating fruits for me seems hard to do but luv veggies

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  40. I'm exercising, but need to combine it with a healthy diet to really make a lifestyle change.

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  41. Because I'd like more energy.

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  42. I try to eat healthy foods. Sometimes it is difficult like when you are traveling.

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  43. I started being healthier over six months ago and although I am not completely there yet...there is a very positive change. When I start slacking off, I feel horribly tired.

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  44. I know that better nutrition makes me feel better

    morganowl28 at gmail dot com

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  45. just need to get myself healthier
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  46. I feel so much more energized when I eat right!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  47. My husband and I want to have a baby so I need to eat healthier.

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  48. i try to eat more fruit and veggies

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  49. I would like to incorporate better nutrition in my diet to lose weight and be healthier especially now that I am older.

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  50. I would like to incorporate better nutrition to lose weight and be healthier.

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  51. I want to be around for my kids... now that I have two girls I realize that it's not just about me... I've gotta be there for them

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  52. I need to incorporate it because it is wearing me down a lot to not be in shape.

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  53. I'm trying to eat less processed food now to feel healthier.
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. I have a son. I need to start taking better care of myself and care more about my health. Sometimes its just hard to take time for yourself.

    xnicolenewbyx@hotmail.com

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  55. My grandmother has suffered several strokes and I feel that taking care of my health is a preventive measure.

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  56. I would like to incorporate better nutrition in my life as I know that I do not eat right and the older I am getting the more my body is telling me to cut it out!
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com
    Laurie Emerson

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  57. I want to live longer and healthier

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  58. To have more energy and lose some weight.
    pjgirl74 at aol dot com

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  59. At 73, I have developed a whole batch of bad food habits and it's about time I changed some of them...

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  60. I eat too much Cheese.... I need to be healthier and watch my cholesterol.
    californiapoppys@yahoo.com

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  61. I have been dealing with some health issues, nutrition is key roppto overcome problems. I am a long time Exedrin user and was devasted when they were taken off the shelves for a while. Luckily I had stocked up, I suffer lots of headaches which is strange zi never use too when younger... Food related? Probably! Thank you for your information on what to avoid.

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  62. I have been dealing with some health issues, nutrition is key roppto overcome problems. I am a long time Exedrin user and was devasted when they were taken off the shelves for a while. Luckily I had stocked up, I suffer lots of headaches which is strange zi never use too when younger... Food related? Probably! Thank you for your information on what to avoid.

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  63. diabetes and strokes runs in my family i have to watch what i eat

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  64. krystal wethingtonApril 17, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    so i can get healthy

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  65. I have just recently gotten my blood pressure down to a normal level by completely changing my eating habits, and I need to continue to keep it that way!

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  66. I need to incorporate better nutrition in my diet because I am at risk for cardiovascular disease.

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  67. i need to eat better for my health.i have crohns and colitis

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  68. I am diabetic and my husband is a prime "canidate" for heart disease....so we need to try to eat healthier for sure

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  69. I cook from scratch i replace cows milk with almond milk & eggs in recipes with flax

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  70. Because I look healthy and I don't eat healthy, and I know that when you can't see the problem it can be worse because you don't ealize it's there

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  71. I'm turning 30 this year and decided this is the year I get healthy and stay healthy!

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  72. I would like to incorporate better nutrition into my diet because i want to be healthy and live a long time!

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

    tony l smoaks on rafflecopter

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  73. We are trying to go as natural as possible and give up processed foods.

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  74. I'd like to lose some weight and gain energy. I know when I eat better I feel much better.

    kelleyc76(at)live(dot)com

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  75. It is important for me to incorporate nutrition into my daily life to avoid health problems down the road. Nutrition is key to being healthier and without proper nutrition you can experience a wide range of health problems later in life.

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  76. More fruits and veggies
    Allison.bahr@yahoo.com

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  77. I am overweight and really need to go on a good diet. If I were more consious of my nutritional needs, it would be a great help.

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  78. i'd love to eat more nutritiously because i feel so tired and old, and i am borderline diabetic so it really is important that i get healthy

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  79. I would like to eat better because when I eat junk I feel like a slug and eating better really does make you feel better

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  80. I want to take care of myself not only for my own health but to be a good example for my kids.

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  81. Im eating more veggies and fruits. This seems to work for me. I have lost 35 pounds in the last year.

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  82. I have to eat better now, type 2 diabetic, the funny think is I am SDA and so I eat healthy any way. Try ing figure out what is not on the menu is strange when you eat right. more activity is needed, and I do get some wonderfull headaches and pains from arthrits.

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  83. I would like to so I can lose weight. I am gaining and gaining and really I should just be losing!
    - Rab Pom

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  84. I want to be healthy. When I don't eat right, I get very tired.

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  85. Losing weight and for lupus
    Kendraco22@yahoo.com

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  86. To lead a healthier life style, to lose weight and be around and healthy for my husband, my children and hopefully one day my grandchildren

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  87. I would like to incorporate better nutrition into my diet because I have high blood pressure and I am 50 lbs overweight.

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  88. I would like to incorporate better nutrition into my diet because i had colon cancer surgery last year.

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  89. i think the healthly your eat the better for your body

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  90. Because I am 35 and have already had a heart attack.

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com
    fb/ shirley greenawalt zolenski

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  91. Thanks for the giveaway...cutting saturated fats in my diet to control cholesterol without medication !

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    [at]gmail[dot[com]]

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  93. I would like to incorporate better nutrition into my diet because I am overweight for my height and also have high blood pressure

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  94. I am 34 and had 2 stents put in a few months ago.I have coronary artery disease thanks in part to genetics.The same thing killed my dad at age 36.I need to lose weight and eat better to be around for my 4 kids.

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  95. Because I'm getting older and want to be healthier and around longer for my kids

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  96. I incorporate healthy foods into my diet by adding fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds into my diet. I want to look and feel my best. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  97. I am in my late 40s now and can't eat the way I used to. Calories don't burn the way they used to.

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  98. I'd like to because I want to set a good example to the kinder so the main staples of the diet isn't noodles and crackers!

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  99. I want to play better with my granddaughter. I want to live longer to be a part of the amazing things she'll do.

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  100. I want to incorporate better nutrition because I want to be healthier and give my body what it needs.

    reallycool3108 at yahoo dot com

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