Today I had a Health Scare

Today was a day I won’t forget!

Today I was sent to the specialist with the suspicion that I might have a thrombosis in my leg. A number of growing symptoms over the last days and weeks had led to me visiting my general doctor and there I was, after the doctor’s visit, full of fear, a recipe for blood thinners in my pocket, so that there was no risk of me ‘dying over the weekend’, before this could be checked by the specialist!

Luckily I got an appointment for the same day with the specialist. I cannot tell you the fear and worry I was in, on my way to his praxis and then in his waiting room! Well, I also don’t really take those sort of news very well, as you can gather…

Now I am so so relieved as the verdict was „no thrombosis“! Believe me, I could have kissed that doctor when he told me!

But this was a loud wake-up call for me!

In the last months, but maybe even year, I had slipped too frequently from my health-food-journey and from my resolution to move a lot more. I had gained weight as a consequence and don’t really feel as fit and healthy as I‘d like to. That stings especially when you are a health coach and want to walk your talk at all times!

Today’s scare has finally brought me back to my senses! My parents health was not too good and chances are high that genetically I carry that heritance. But genes are only what prepares the terrain, it is to a large extent lifestyle and nutrition that leads to harvesting from that terrain or from another, cleaner one. This means that with the right food and right habits we can not only free ourselves from migraines, pains and chronic diseases, but we can also lay the foundation for our overall health for now and the years to come. It means that we can live in peace with ourselves, knowing that we are doing our best. Not perfect, but the best we can.

Because to be honest: the worst part in today’s worry was the feeling of fear and guilt! Guilt for not having followed my own advice and for having overdone it with my 80/20% rule (eating healthy 80% of the time and enjoying whatever you want for the remaining 20%), letting it slip too often into a 50/50 thing or even worse. Well guilt is never good, but today it served me into cherishing again this one life and one body I got and to start afresh!

Time to realize that NOW is the time to enjoy life and live well.

NOW is the time to start again with supporting my body and my mind with healthy and preventive food, habits and behaviours.

Because this is what I help my clients with, so why should I treat myself worse? But between late nights at the computer, not moving much and eating sweets and bread when stressed, I did treat myself worse…

Admittedly this is a long story to also tell you, why I have been absent from here and why I am back with this blog post for you today.

It’s that I felt such a strong need to connect with you, as I don’t want anybody to go through health scares like the one that I had today! I also don’t want anybody to suffer from migraines and headaches or other chronic health issues. To this day I am still so grateful to have found a way to free myself from my migraine many years ago and it’s my passion to see others achieve the same and help them start on their path to health.

That’s why I want to invite you to talk with me if you have health issues that are troubling you and that you want to tackle. So that YOU can feel as fit and healthy as you want to!

My 1:1 services are available in English and Italian besides German and I am here to support you in any of those languages. If you are ready to take action (and why wait any longer?) simply reserve a free 30-minutes slot to discuss how I can help you. Just click here: http://bit.ly/deintermin.

To your health! So that you can live your full potential and enjoy every day of your precious live!

Martina

Why is it that you have to feel pretty bad before going back to living healthier?

 

That’s a question that has got me thinking this week, through my personal experience.

Because at the start of this week I had a colonoscopy.

I had been really terrified of it and my feelings right after waking up from the light anesthesia were so indescribably beautiful! I just thought ‘it’s over’, ‘I’ve made it’ and I felt so light and free.

Then I remembered that I still had to have the conversation with the doctor about the result and immediately I felt fear creeping back in, fear that she would give me bad news. But I was nevertheless very relieved that the investigation was behind me, because I had been terribly nervous, imagining the worst. In addition, the preparation a day before had been made really difficult by a migraine attack, making it a very painful experience and I had truly panicked.

Well, yes, I guess you can tell by now that I am not a hero, but unfortunately, as far as doctors, examinations and medical interventions are concerned, I am a chicken, if I may say so. No rational attempts to calm myself are working in those cases.

Luckily the doctor had only good or no serious things to report and my relief was huge.

I felt joy for life filling me up again.

As I walked outside from the clinic, I saw around me only beautiful things and every little sign of the ‘normal’ life made me really happy and grateful. Before the examination I did not have any appreciation for it, at the contrary everything seemed gloomy and heavy then.

Because when we are dealing with health challenges, pain or emotional issues it is extremely difficult to raise one’s mood and energy through mental work or positive thinking.

When we are dealing with something really heavy it is so heard to get out from that downward spiral and often it’s not possible at all.

That’s why prevention is so valuable and that’s why it is so important to listen to the signals that our body is giving us as early as possible. And then to take action, so that these signals diminish.

I had actually neglected this, and had become somewhat sloppy with my healthy habits. It was partially because of this that the colonoscopy had become necessary.

My body had spoken out with strong signals and I could not ignore them any longer.

After the examination, I was again really aware of how precious every moment is and that we could be so much more grateful for everything we have, for our health wherever it is at. As almost always we are not the ones suffering the most, there is always somebody who is much worse off, who would be grateful for having our level of health.

And I do not want to only appreciate my health afterwards, when I feel better after having been sick or in pain.

Because I noticed that it is then that I vow solemnly to myself to really improve in those areas where things are not ideal yet, so that I don’t even get into those kind of situations anymore. I usually stay on track for a while, but then I start to sway off my path, because the last scare or preoccupation is war away and as I feel better I forget my vows.

But really I don’t want to feel again like I have been feeling before the colonoscopy and want to do everything possible, so that it does not happen again.

My weak spot is my digestion, so it means for me, besides healthy food, to move more and pay attention to drink enough each day. I will also get a few additional tests done to get a more complete picture of my health status. And I’m looking for help and support, so that I can stick with it.

A health coach also for me, as an investment in my own health and future.

Also, as an easy yet beautiful ritual I will start again to make a list of 3 things to be grateful for each day. This is not only about “things” like a nice apartment or a great job, but also something like gratitude for being able to see, for being able to sleep in a bed and to have running water. Or it could be gratefulness for being able to breathe freely, to walk, to hear, to swallow our food without problems.

Things which we often take for granted, but which are not granted to everybody.

So this week especially I had huge gratitude for the fact that my body is so strong and that he showed me with his signals the path to a better way of life.

What signals is your body trying to give you?

And what are you going to put on your gratitude list?

I would be really happy to hear what it is that makes your heart full with gratitude!

And if you feel that you want to get help for your health and want to learn more about working with a health coach, then book a free 30 minute conversation with me, right here in my calendar.

Your path to health is easier when you have support and don’t have to walk it alone!

 

Much love,

Martina

 

Why smoothies can be important for breakfast

Why smoothies can be important for breakfast

Hey there, how are you doing with your breakfast habits?

And how do you feel throughout the day? Do you get those moments when your energy crashes, maybe mid morning or after lunch? I guess you have heard it before that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? And it really is. Sometimes it just doesn’t fit into our schedule though, the way it should or we don’t really feel hungry early in the morning when we are getting ready for our day ahead. That’s what it is like for me, it’s very rare that I can really eat something at 6 or 7. Then I only have my glass of lemon water and a cappuccino with hazelnutmilk.

But how we begin the day will determine how the rest of the day goes.

It will determine if we feel energized or if we feel dragging with a lack of energy. What we put in our bellies is directly related to how we physically feel. So if you are a skip-breakfast and grab-the-coffee-mug morning person then this blog is for you. We all need and crave energy. Sometimes it is so easy to want to grab a quick bowl of cereal or even forget breakfast and just get through the morning on 1-2 cups of coffee for the energy needed to survive the day. I don’t want you to just survive through the day though; I want you to thrive through the day. I also don’t want you to go on the “crash and crave” roller coaster for the entire day. If you begin your morning with caffeinated coffee and sugar and don’t have anything else for energy you will crash, and you will be either too tired to make it through your responsibilities or you will be reaching for another cup of coffee to get through a few more hours.

Smoothies are a wonderful quick alternative to a fast breakfast that can help energize us throughout the entire day.

When you toss in some greens, a little fruit, and a healthy liquid like coconut water you are bound to feel energetic and ready to take on the day. Starting the day with a smoothie also gives you well needed antioxidants which help protect our bodies from free radicals, and it is a great low glycemic start. Eating a low glycemic breakfast will help curb your sugar cravings for the entire day and it will also help with not crashing. So here comes the caveat: for it to have a low glycemic impact it is important that the smoothie contains a high content of greens plus little fruit and maybe even some healthy fat in the form of flax, chia or hemp seeds. Almost all of the store bought, ready made smoothies you find nowadays in the cooling shelves of supermarkets are at the contrary of a very high glycemic impact, as they mostly contain fruit, so they should be really avoided or be an exception. Make sure you always read the ingredient list! The great thing about a smoothie is that you can take it with you if you don’t fancy having it early in the morning, but maybe around 9 or 10 or even later. When you are about to consume your smoothie always stop for a moment and take 3 deep breaths, thinking about the wonderful food you will be enjoying, maybe even smelling it. This centers you and calms you down, so that then you can drink it slowly and chew every sip. Yes, chew it! I know it sounds strange, but it is so important as it ensures that the digestive enzymes in your saliva can start with the digestion. It also helps the release of hydrochloric acid into your stomach, which will help further with the digestion.

So what should you put in your smoothie?

What greens can you put into your smoothie? Basically all dark leafy greens, think fresh spinach, kale, parsley, coriander, basil, lettuce, romaine salad, lambs lettuce, rocket, chard greens, bok choy greens and even wild greens like nettles. For a starter I would suggest to go with spinach, lambs lettuce or salad, as they taste milder. But it’s good to rotate them anyway, so just start to try them out or the ones you can get your hands on. If you can’t get fresh greens which is always best, there is also an alternative: dried and powdered greens, which often contain the highly nutritious wheatgrass powder and much more. You can get them in health food stores or online, there is a wide variety of them available. So next time you want a quick breakfast, try a delicious smoothie that will leave you feeling energized and motivated. A morning smoothie will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to produce natural energy and naturally boost your metabolism. So, what are you reaching for tomorrow morning? I know I will be making my blender sing and getting ready for some long lasting energy.

Here are 3 smoothie recipes, so that you can get an idea of the ingredients and try them out.

But then feel free to experiment with your own ideas and ingredients.

BERRY BEAUTY

  • 1 cup romaine
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 1/2 cup water or non-dairy milk (coconut, hemp, or almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal

 GREEN MAGIC

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 handful of parsley
  • 1 1/2 cups water or non-dairy milk (coconut, hemp, or almond milk)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup berries
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal

SUPERFOOD ENERGY

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups water or non-dairy milk (coconut, hemp, or almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • 2 tablespoons bee pollen (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)

Blend all ingredients & enjoy! Any questions or comments, let me know!

I am looking forward to see you making smoothies and having glorious days! 🙂

This is just one way of having a healthy breakfast and I will be sharing more ideas in the coming weeks. Stay tuned by connecting via my facebook page or why not download my 4-day eating plan here below with recipes and tips, in that way you can also receive further information from me via email as long as you want.

In any way: it’s great having you!

Martina

How a Salad Dressing can give you Freedom

How a Salad Dressing can give you Freedom

Salad or sandwich? Which do you grab when you are hungry?

Do you often find yourself deciding against the salad because not only do you have to wash and prep the salad ingredients, but you also have to make the dressing and it’s that last bit that then seems to make the whole process too burdensome? And a sandwich is so much easier, right? Just grab and go!

I have been in that situation countless times, but then found a way to move beyond this and it’s been the best discovery and one that to this day still makes me happy every time.

It’s such a simple and small thing, but it makes a hell of a difference. It actually gives me freedom! Yes, I said it. Salad Dressing gives me freedom! Now let me explain that one, otherwise you might thing I am completely mad… 🙂

So… Salad Dressing. The big difference in your kitchen!

A salad dressing in a little screw top bottle, ready to be poured over a bowl with lettuce or cucumber or grated carrots and so much more. A healthy salad dressing, home made, free from any strange ingredients, just the basic stuff, just those few ingredients and voila’! Dinner or lunch or snack is served!

I absolutely love it. It has allowed me the freedom to make the healthier choice because it’s an easy choice, quick to prepare. That’s what I need, simple food, natural, quick to make, no fuss. Especially at lunch time I often ignore any signs that my body needs to be fed and continue to work until I get really strong hunger pangs and then I need food NOW!

Do you recognize this maybe?

In that situation I don’t have any patience to muck around with lengthy preparations and I would grab the first thing coming into sight, so it’s really important that the first thing coming into sight is something nutritious or reminding me of a nutritious option. Hence the bottle with salad dressing sitting on my counter, in full sight, always ready.

I thought I share this with you, as sometimes it’s those simple things that can turn our situation around. And it took me a long while before I realized that I could make this dressing in advance…

Best of course are those days when I have some prepped lettuce in my fridge as well, so I don’t even have to waste time to wash my produce. Those days are still rare occasions, since menu planning in advance is not my strong side. But every time I am so impressed by the added ease to meal preparation that I swear to do this more in the future from then onwards… hmm, I think I will get there one day. Sometimes a good thing needs time, right?

So, let’s finally get to that dressing then, shall we? Better get it out of the way how easy it is and actually not a big thing!

It’s a very simple dressing, I have been making for years and I have never tired from it!

And I never actually measured this, just went by approximate amounts and by feeling and taste testing. I tried to make one and measure it for you, but please taste test as well, since we all have different preferences. And you can always spice it up when you make the salad by adding some pepper or fresh basil leaves or garlic or spring onions. This way you have a neutral base and can give it your own twist every time.

You can make a bigger batch in the blender, but most times I just put all ingredients in a glass bottle with a wide screw top neck and then shake vigorously until all the ingredients have amalgamated. Every time before using it I shake the bottle and it goes all silky smooth again.

So here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ cup organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 TBS mediumstrong mustard, less if very strong
  • 3 TBS organic Nama Shoyu (or Tamari, Coconut Aminos or other type of organic Soy Sauce)
  • 2 tsp (or to taste) herbal salt or himalayan salt / see salt
  • 2 TBS honey or maple syrup or a few drops of stevia if you want to keep the glycemic index down

Easy, right?

Play around with the proportions and adjust to your liking. Once you have found your perfect basic salad dressing you are all set for quick healthy meals and the freedom of going for the healthy choice!

If you want to see the ingredients I usually use, you can watch me running through them in this video.

I hope you feel inspired to give this a go and if you do, let me know how you liked it or how you adapted it to your taste! I am always eager to see what you come up with!

Love, Martina

Self-Made Stress and how to Laugh it Away

Self-Made Stress and how to Laugh it Away

Finally, the Easter weekend is here!

 

Are you looking forward to a few days off? Or are you rather stressed and can’t wait to get back into your normal routine?

For many people the days leading up to these holidays have been hectic and full of long to-do lists. Was that the same for you?

 

For me there was the usual panic just before the last shop was closing. I found myself stressing myself out about the question if I really had everything I needed over the next days. This happens to me over and over again, although I know that this is unnecessary stress that I create for myself. But at least I am now aware that it is self-made stress (one area where I am good at DIY J) and I know that I can turn it off very quickly!

Just laugh it away!

 

When I notice myself getting more and more hectic between the supermarket shelves, I can reduce the feeling of stress by laughing about myself and shaking my head a little about my frantic behavior.

So a laughter takes away already a lot of the tension and after that I can finally see that all is good, that not everything must be perfect and can then continue my purchase much more relaxed. And this happens also in other situations. I stress myself out and have to catch myself doing it, becoming mindful and aware.

I had to learn this, but it was worth the effort!

Still I want to get to the root cause of this, so I need to ask:

Why do we always stress ourselves so much?

 

With me, it is the expectation I have to make everything right. In my subconscious I want to prove to myself and others that I can do things perfectly. This is not only very exhausting for myself, it’s also not good for anybody, because I am not necessarily the nicest version of myself in those moments. At the contrary, I am nervous, tense, easily irritated. Not so great. And it’s exactly in such a situation that a dull headache could sneak in or there could even be the onset of a migraine attack. Even less great!

It would be much better for myself and those around me, if I were relaxed, good-humored, calm, right?

How do I manage to get there?

I tell you how: by taking myself and my own well-being more serious than any conventions and expectations of others. By doing what I really want to do, what lights me up, what gives me joy or at least contentment for a job well done.

If this would be for example to not cook a great Easter menu this year, but to go out to eat or to make a simple salad with a bit of fish, then this is okay. In the sense of less is more: less complicated, less lengthy, less demanding. By listening to myself instead of getting stressed I can have a good time and enjoy the free time with friends and family.

I continue to work on this!

It is and remains a path of steady self-development

 

Now I am curious does this resonate with you? I’m assuming that you are familiar with these kind of situations?

If not: great! I am glad for you that this is not an issue you have to battle with!

If so, then you might have other situations that get you into stress mode, but the cause is in many cases this same one: people who are suffering from chronic or recurring headaches or migraines are often people who first think of others, who want others to be happy, who do not pay attention to their own needs. And often this type of people is not aware that they do this.

So being aware of this behavior or character trait is the first important step. Let us first ask ourselves where and how we could give ourselves and our own needs more importance, so that we do not get into this self-made stress. It’s called healthy egoism!

If you manage to become aware of your very own moments of self-made stress, then see if you can laugh about yourself! If you do and see everything more in the perspective what is important for YOU, then during these Easter holidays and thereafter nothing much can go wrong!

So remember:

Good is good enough!

With this I wish you a few wonderful Easter days and above all that you are doing well and feel full of energy – without headaches or migraines!

Warm wishes to you!

P.S. If you want help with this topic, with how you can find out how to develop a little more healthy egoism or also find out what food would be good for you and bad for your migraine and headache, then just sign up for a FREE 30-minute conversation with me. You can search for a suitable date at https://martinabrueggemann.youcanbook.me. I’m looking forward to help you!

My very first Migraine and what it taught me

My very first Migraine and what it taught me

I still remember when my very first migraine hit me

I remember it like today, very vividly, laying on the bottom bunk bed in this Austrian hostel my school class was staying in for our ski week, way back, when I was 12 years old.

Read on or watch the video to find out what happened…

 

There were some very important lessons for me in that experience, but I would only find out about them much later.

 

I remember my school mate Inga taking care of me, just being there with me, while all the others were having the huge final party in the dining room at the other end of the building. I could hear them and was upset that I could not be with them, but more upsetting was this terrible pain in my head and this nausea which caused me to have to lay completely still. I had no idea what it was and was quite worried that something horrible was happening to me. Well, in a way, it was. It was my first migraine attack as I should understand only years later. Somehow I did not make this connection straight away. Well, with 12 years I didn’t really know that such a thing existed.

On that day I had just tried to cope with everything coming me way and so it continued in the evening. I had to cope with an unknown pain and with feeling the usual outsider.

That feeling of being the outsider had accompanied me that whole day. It was day 6 of our week in the mountains and all week long I had had to overcome my fears.

Being quite a fearful child I had not wanted to go skiing down slopes at all, I had tried to get the option to go cross country skiing instead, but it turned out that it was not an option in that area, so I had to go along with everybody else.

I’d done my best, trying all week to fit in, learning in the absolute beginners course how to do the plough to come safely down some very gentle beginners slope just behind our hostel. It was kind of okay, not too frightening, since it was not high up. There was just a few of us in the beginners course, all the others were rushing eagerly to the lifts every morning, to take them high up into the mountains, so they could race down again and again.

Paradise for them, horror for me.

 

My paradise would have been to curl up with a book and look out to the mountains through the windows. But that was not allowed of course. I had to participate. Good girl that I was, always obeying, I did as I was told.

And so I did on that last day, where we were to walk a mile or so to another lift that would bring us up onto the highest mountain there. I remember sitting in that lift and feeling so scared when it took us higher and higher and deep clefts were far far underneath our dangling feet with the skis on. I remember that horrifying moment when I had to get off that lift, on that white icy peak and feeling completely lost and tense by fear.

I was one of the last coming up and all the others were already gathered, so eager to head for the steep slopes waiting for us. Me, I could not imagine going down those slopes at all. I was wondering if there was another way to get down again. I could walk, couldn’t I?

But of course that was not possible, I was not allowed to leave the group and had to comply.

Thing is that I don’t remember how strongly I expressed my total fear and horror. Did I express it at all? Did I tell one of the teachers? Did I tell them how afraid I was? To be honest I think I didn’t, because I needed to be the good girl. So I kept my fear inside, maybe a few of the closer school mates knew, but to the outside the only thing they could see was that I was always hanging behind, not wanting to start skiing down that really steep first slope.

Of course at one point I could not hold it off any longer and had to start curving my way down in the plough mode I had learned. Everybody else was already standing at the foot of that slope looking up and waiting for me.

I started to go into plough modus, points of the skis inwards, heels outward, making a nice V that would allow me to go slow, slalom in slow mode. Except all of a sudden I had that irrational notion that I would go fast in that very moment between one turn and the next, when my body would face directly the slope.

Not sure why, but from then I panicked

 

I panicked and I was unable to do that plough mode anymore. The slope was too steep, this was new for me, I was all alone up there at that point, nobody there to talk me through it, make me reason again.

So I did the only thing that I thought could save me: I went sideways and slid down like that, snail slow, driving my school mates really mad at me for taking up all their valuable skiing time and of course I imagined that they were all laughing about me and probably they did.

But at that moment I did not care about that, I was deeply frightened and only wanted to get off this scary mountain.

The rest of the way downhill is a blur, I think the slopes were not that steep anymore after that first bit, so I think I was able to ski down in a more appropriate way after that. But what I remember is that pounding pain in my head when we were walking back from the lift to the hostel. I felt so sick and the only thing I wanted was to lay down and be still.

That’s why you saw me laying down in my bunk bed at the start of this story. With my first migraine and many more to follow in the course of the 28 years after that…

Why am I telling you this story?

 

Well, what do you think is the reason behind the onset of my first migraine? Reading this story one could think it was caused by extreme stress, right?

From a first view I would agree here and say that it has been at least triggered by stress. But how do we explain then that I was able to almost completely eliminate my migraine when I changed the food I ate in 2007?

So you see, the causes are intricate. In that time, 12 years old, I was already full swing in my transformation to a woman and my body was trying to keep up with all the hormonal changes. I think my body had been under stress from the age of 9, when I grew 18 centimeters in one year. At least that fast growth had brought me the benefit of outgrowing my overweight self into a finally thinner version of myself and I found myself suddenly the tallest in class but also the first one with her period. Make that physical stress paired with the emotional stress of being the odd one out again…

For all the years until 2007 I thought I got my migraines because of stress.

 

It often set in on Saturday morning, so I assumed that the stress at work during the week was now taking its toll on the first day I could relax.

In 2007 I still had that same stress at work, but in order to lose weight I changed a few very fundamental things to what I ate. And after a few weeks I was surprised to notice that I had had no migraine for a while or only very rarely in comparison to the almost weekly appearance before that.

The things I eliminated from my diet were the very things I had loved and eaten a lot of since my childhood. Comfort foods. Bread and pasta and cookies and cake. Sugary stuff: chocolate, anything warm with sugar & cinnamon, like pancakes, semolina, rice pudding. I could go deep here about the emotional reasons for a little girl and later woman to crave such food, but let’s just leave it a that for this time. What I wanted to show with this is that from my point of view today, with my nutritional knowledge and experience, I had put also my body under stress for all these years. It did not like to be filled up with gluten and sugar and lots of simple carbs. It does not mind a little bit of that, but the daily load of those ingredients was too much.

Back when I was 12 years old the physical stress combined with the emotional stress triggered my first migraine attack, because my body could not keep up against it any longer.

When in 2007 I took out the physical stress caused by the wrong food, my body was able to cope with emotional stress without too much disruption.

Because our bodies are little powerhouses, they are miracles, they are resilient and they cope with a lot of things for a long time. Until it gets too much. Then they try to make us aware. Through pain, through disease, through something that is supposed to make us alert, to listen to our bodies and find out what they need, what we have to change.

So in hindsight, I learned a lot from my very first migraine. I learned that stress for sure did have an impact on me. But I only learned about the other part, the food related part, much later. Because I did not know that there could be a connection, that I had to listen deeper. Now I know and it took me only 30 years to find this out! That’s not what I want for others to happen. I don’t want anybody having to waste that much time of their one precious life!

So that’s what I help my clients with!

 

I teach them how to listen deeply to their bodies and their mind and soul so that they can find out what they need to change in order to free themselves from migraines and headaches and get their life back.

That’s why in my praxis as a Health Coach and Headache & Migraine Expert I work on stress reduction on all levels and take a very individualized approach for each client as each has their unique needs.

On the physical side we have a look at nutrition and I teach my clients small step by step changes that don’t make them feel deprived.

On the emotional side we investigate their general stress levels and what causes the stress. Then we define easy steps for them to diminish the stress and work on self care and confidence.

So what is your very first migraine story?

Did you get any aha moments, connecting the dots with your own migraine history? Maybe, like I used to, you thought it was stress that caused your migraines? Or maybe you thought it got triggered by red wine or the piece of chocolate or that cheese you ate at dinner? While for some people there might be a distinct set of single trigger foods, my experience has shown me that most migraine sufferers will be able to eat those again once they clean their diet from inflammatory foods like simple carbs and once they also take care of their emotional stress factors.

If you are intrigued to connect the dots for yourself as well, I can offer you my free guide in which I provide 5 steps from my toolkit for headache and migraine free living. One of these steps is about the topic of introspection which we touched on a little bit in this article, of doing your own detective work around the causes for your headache or migraine. If you want to check it out, you can sign up for it here.

Or if you are ready to take a deep dive and really get to the bottom of your migraine, book a free strategy session with me. You will be astonished how great you can actually feel again!