Saturday, 8 June 2013

MHAM Day 8 - Little Shop of Horrors

Today's blog prompt relates to the famous line by Audrey II in The Little Shop of Horrors - "Feed me Seymour"

Specifically what food cravings I have when migraines hit.

I've heard quite a lot of other people who have chocolate/sugar cravings when migraine is approaching and this seems to be part of the body's reaction to the impending doom and can serve as an early warning sign.
I sadly don't have that craving.  In fact I'm pretty much off food altogether from before the migraine through to after it.  I don't have nausea with every migraine but with maybe 10-20% of them.

As much as I don't crave any foods though, there is one thing and one thing only that my body will tolerate me eating during a migraine, and that is a McDonalds Chicken Sandwich.

Don't judge me, I don't know why this is.  I have always loved McDonalds but other chicken burgers don't strike the same chord as the McDonalds one does and it really is the only thing I can face eating.
Luckily for my husband who is a self-confessed hopeless case when it comes to cooking (I still think there's hope there for him yet though) it's something he can provide for me when I'm down for the count and can't forage for food myself.

During the Autumn of last year, my husband was away in Norwich for a few months, working on our old house down there whilst working from the Norwich office.  This left me on my own in York which wasn't fun when I had the migraine attacks.  On one occasion when the meds hadn't worked to abort the migraine and I really couldn't manage to make any food in the kitchen, a kind friend delivered a McChicken Sandwich to my door.  I literally cried with happiness at this act and it actually felt like he was saving my life.

Does anyone else have any strange migraine cravings?

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  1. I usually can't eat during, but as I'm coming out of it, or in my postdrome, all I want is sugar, salt, carbs... It's really terrible, and I'm trying to stop, but the way I feel if there's no sugar waiting is that there's nothing to look forward to :(

  2. It's the opposite for me, I always feel very nauseous and before, during and after a migraine I can't eat at all.

  3. I don't tend to get food cravings, but that might be because my sense of smell and taste go a little haywire so food doesn't taste the way it should! I once ate a piece of toast during a migraine that tasted of metal, which was very odd.