|Almond Flour Pancakes with Maple Syrup|
The weird thing is that after the three months ended, my migraine with aura headaches reappeared. I did have to take Amerge a few times since the end of the elimination diet but I have not gone back to the every other day headache existence.
What did I do? I eliminated caffeine, chocolate, alcohol (with a few exceptions), onions, citrus, anything fermented, lentils, and the whole list of things on Dr. Buchholz's list. It was hard, especially giving up chocolate and yogurt. When it was over, I went out and had a cup of strong coffee and a chocolate gluten free cupcake to celebrate. I didn't feel very well afterward so I am back to being very careful with those two items. Small amounts, not everyday.
In addition to the aroma therapy, I found that making myself exercise a little before breakfast helped to keep me from getting a headache, even if I kind of felt one coming on when I got up in the morning. Since the elimination ended, I have been trying a few foods slowly. Onion seem to be ok, although they and the coffee seem to be the cause of my heartburn. Ginger in large amounts is not ok and I think that is what brought on one of my migraine with aura headaches. I tried a detox ginger kale juice drink that made my head feel funny as soon as I drank it. Never again. Just say no to Kambucha too. Same deal.
So anyway, I am pretty much ok now. I have my life back again. When I feel tempted to have a glass of wine while cooking, I just think of how horrible life used to be and I drink a big glass of water instead. I save the wine for dinner and only once a week, if that.
This morning I tried a new recipe for gluten free pancakes with almond flour. They were a bit tricky (wait longer than usual before flipping and be very careful) and they were too mushy, but ok if you want to try them. Next time I make them I will use only half almond flour and use an all purpose GF flour as the other half. The maple syrup helped the taste a lot.
Here are some photos of them in the works:
The recipe I found online at The Roasted Root
1 3/4 cups almond flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup almond milk
Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl, the eggs, almond milk and vanilla in another. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and combine. Use about a quarter cup for each pancake (or less). Makes 9 pancakes.