Book Review

The Migraine Relief Plan – Stephanie Weaver

How about something completely different today. It’s the birthday blitz for The Migraine Relief Plan by Stephanie Weaver. Thanks so much to Stephanie and to Rachel at Rache’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the celebration and for providing me with a copy of the book.

BLURB:

In The Migraine Relief Plan, certified health and wellness coach Stephanie Weaver outlines a new, step-by-step lifestyle approach to reducing migraine frequency and severity.

Using the latest research, her own migraine diagnosis, and extensive testing, Weaver has designed an accessible plan to help those living with migraine, headaches, or Meniere’s disease. Over the course of eight weeks, the plan gradually transitions readers into a healthier lifestyle, including key behaviors such as regular sleep, trigger-free eating, gentle exercise, and relaxation techniques. The book also collects resources—shopping lists, meal plans, symptom tracking charts, and kitchen-tested recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner—to provide readers with the tools they need to be successful.

The Migraine Relief Plan encourages readers to eat within the guidelines while still helping them follow personal dietary choices, like vegan or Paleo, and navigate challenges, such as parties, work, and travel. A must-have resource for anyone who lives with head pain, this book will inspire you to rethink your attitude toward health and wellness.

You can purchase your copy of The Migraine Relief Plan here.

The Migraine Relief Plan 9781572842090

REVIEW:

The Migraine Relief Plan is an easy to read, well set out book that makes a lot of sense. All too often books of this nature are overly complicated, science heavy, and just plain dull. The Migraine Relief Plan is none of these things, and I think this is largely due to the fact that the author is a migraine sufferer herself, and has developed the plan based on her experiences. It is full of assignments and challenges to help you stick to the plan, and contains really detailed information around possible trigger foods. It even comes with ideas for bulk cooking which is invaluable if you are a chronic illness sufferer, as it means you always have a healthy meal on hand in the freezer when you are feeling to rotten to cook. It is also a whole life plan covering areas such as meditation, sleep, and even tips for eating out. All in all, it is such a comprehensive plan, it has great potential to help migraine sufferers everywhere.

I had two issues with this diet plan, and to be perfectly honest, they are more problems with myself than the plan itself. First of all, I totally lack the willpower to cut out everything that it suggests cutting out (which in itself suggests that perhaps the migraines I suffer either aren’t severe enough or frequent enough to give me the push I need). Secondly, it turns out that I am a significantly fussier eater than I thought I was! I picked up the book full of optimism for discovering loads of new recipes, but actually there were only a handful that I would eat. As I say, this is nothing against the recipes themselves, just my own tastes. One definite hit though was the Smokey Butternut Squash Soup. This was so simple to make and really tasty. As it was just for me, I made the full recipe, then broke it down into separate servings to freeze, and it freezes just fine. When you first defrost it and start to reheat it, it looks a bit like it has split, but just give it a stir, and it is as good as when you first made it. It has been a fantastic, warming lunch on these cold days we have been having.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

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Stephanie Weaver, MPH, CWHC, is an author, blogger, and certified wellness and health coach. Her recipes have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Parade, and more. She lives in San Diego, CA.

 

 

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