Hi everyone this is my first post on Soylent and I also just ordered some.
Before my monologue, I’d like to ask if anyone else has chronic migraines and if so how has Soylent affected them?
I’m trying Soylent because I have chronic migraine syndrome. Long story short, I’ve had it for nearly 15 years and at this point I get a migraine everyday. Triptans are the only type of drug invented for migraines, and not coincidentally they are the only drug that has any positive effect on my migraines, aside from very large doses of NSAIDs. Preventatives don’t help me, along with most other chronic migraine sufferers. I’ve been to countless doctors and tried countless ineffective drugs and supplements. Doctors know basically nothing about this disease, and my coworkers and acquaintances are only a small step down when they usually ask me if I’ve tried drinking more water.
So anyways, I’ve only just discovered that dietary changes can possibly be made to help migraines. None of the doctors I’ve been to ever suggested this, aside from asking me if I’ve tried cutting out wine, chocolate, and cheese. On a stroke of luck, fate, or freak accident, I found out that artificial food colorings are responsible for about 90% of the pain during my migraines. This means red #40, blue #1, color added, artifical color, etc. on food labels in the US. After cutting these out completely last fall, I still get a migraine everyday but no longer suffer for 6 hours as a recluse in my dark room. Now I feel the pain, take my pill, and am better in about 2 hours.
After acquiring information online from a lot of other migraine sufferers, I found that many of them have countless dietary triggers that resulted in extremely limited diets. Considering that I get migraines every single day, this may be my path as well. I am hoping that Soylent can help me discover if and what other foods may be causing my migraines. One of the possibilities include tannins, which are in A LOT of foods such as most bread products (malted barley extract), a lot of fruits and juices, beer, wine, chocolate, and some natural food colorings such as annato in cheeses. Another thing I’ve seen mentioned but not heard of people actually trying for migraines is a ketogenic diet, which Soylent seems like it would not help me with.