Project Start: Feb 9, 2016 Days Since Last Headache: 12
Currently consuming ~1/4C coffee per day, down from ~4C/day
On day 1 of the project I reduced from 4C/day to 1C/day. This was a mistake. I experienced about 4-6 days of withdrawal symptoms. Not only headache, but lethargy as well as muscle soreness. I have a better appreciation for what Restless Leg Syndrome might feel like. Falling asleep was difficult. Fortunately ibuprofen eliminated all discomfort completely.
Anticipate removing all caffeine consumption over the next few days.
Food consumption has been generally highly controlled, attempting to introduce only one new thing each day. This should probably be slowed to one new thing every two days.
Current foods include ground beef, chicken, brown and white rice, romaine, garbanzos, edamame, black beans, blueberries, dried fruits (cherries, prunes and dates) and yogurt.
"The big ones" I have yet to add include wheat, nuts, cheese, and citrus.
I've eaten so few hamburgers in my life I think I could live on those forever. :-) (Fortunately I have low cholesterol and my various blood numbers are good. So for this project I'm giving myself much more leeway on ground beef consumption than I do typically. My focus is on consuming freshly-ground grass fed beef rather than fat content. My Sprouts store grinds their own ground beef in store daily.)
On approximately day 4 of this project I changed from a thick to a thin pillow. I literally have not had a headache since that time. It would be easy to assume the pillow change was the reason I've gone 12 days without a headache, but i don't have a way to prove that.
Other than the above-mentioned ibuprofen for muscle soreness, I have not taken any Excedrin or prescription migraine medicine.
I'm defining "headache" as something uncomfortable to the point where I feel like I need to take something. Although I report above I've been headache free for 12 days there have been times I've had a minor headache. I'm trying to let these resolve on their own in an effort to reduce med use - be they OTC or prescription meds. It has been surprisingly easy to do this. There are times I would have taken something because my head hurt a little. Now I'm realizing I can actually forget about it because the pain is not that bad.