I just plain forget about the diet. And, I just plain don't really care.
But I do, really really, want to stick to my water challenge! I installed the app that pings at me every hour with a helpful reminder that I need to drink more - but I simply press 'dismiss'. And then I forget that I should be drinking more. Then I remember and think 'meh'.
This is, clearly, not very productive. I am determined to do the challenge PROPERLY for the final week.
I also now have some better guidance from The National Migraine Centre and The Migraine Trust.
The Medical Director of the National Migraine Centre advised ME to try for 2 Litres on average. This is going to be interesting as I'm barely managing 1ltr. You should, as always, check with your own Doctor before deciding on an amount.
The Migraine Trust pointed me towards some very helpful, fact based, information. They sent me a link to the NHS Choices website which recommends 1.6ltrs for a female, and they also highlighted the following:
Dr Anne MacGregor’s book ‘Understanding migraine and other headaches’ (Family Doctor Books, 2006) includes the following:
‘Dehydration is a common cause of headache and is also implicated in migraine. A recent study of increasing daily fluid intake by at least one litre per day showed that increased water intake reduced the total number of hours and intensity of headache episodes’.
There is, however, no information as to the total amount of water the participants in the above study drank each day overall. Also, go and read Dr MacGregors book RIGHT NOW if you haven't, it's a great 'intro' to migraines.
So, it appears that I will generally benefit overall if I just drink more bloody water. I am going to do it I tell you, I will!
Wish me luck.
p.s If you have any migraine related questions do call the Information and Enquiry Service that the Migraine Trust provide FOR FREE!! Then go and book yourself an appointment at the National Migraine Centre to see a migraine specialist.