Sunday, 28 October 2012

Lifestyle Change for Natural Migraine Prevention

Migraine sufferers are turning to non-pharmacological options to reduce the number of headaches they have. Prophylactic drugs aimed at migraine prevention can have many unpleasant side effects and do not work at all for some migraineurs (people who have chronic migraines). 

A migraineur's lifestyle impacts the severity and frequency of the attacks and lifestyle changes, like those mentioned below can prevent migraine recurrence. 


Migraineurs need to learn how much sleep they need and make sure they do not get too little sleep or too much more than they need. Patients who do not get enough sleep during the workweek who try to make up for it over the weekend may trigger a headache.


Physical exertion in moderation is good for everyone, including migraineurs. Establishing a regular exercise routine, at least 20-40 minutes of physical activity a minimum of three times a week, relieves stress that triggers headaches and exercise-induced endorphins are a natural analgesic.

Stress Management:

Migraineurs are susceptible to attacks during periods of high stress. If stress is unavoidable, they should build time for stress relief into their routine to prevent a headache. Good stress management techniques for migraineurs are massage, exercise, adequate sleep and a healthy diet.


Migraineurs should eat regular meals at roughly the same time daily and not skip a meal unless it is an emergency. A good, healthy breakfast goes a long way in preventing headaches.

The most important thing is to be consistent with any lifestyle change. Migraineurs need regular behavior patterns and they must be applied on weekends and holidays, not just during the week. Getting out of sync two days a week by sleeping in, skipping meals, or staying up late defeats the purpose of lifestyle changes and upsets the balance created by having a pattern the rest of the week.

Living The Waterfront Lifestyle Every Day

Many people are attracted to taking vacations in waterfront locations. Every summer, millions flock to the ocean, lakes, and rivers to enjoy some much-needed respite from the cares of workaday world. So there you are, sitting on the deck of your waterfront property, enjoying the breeze off the water, the smell of the sea, the sound of seagulls searching for their dinner, and the thought occurs-wouldn't it be wonderful if you could live this way every day? Wouldn't it be satisfying to have all the pleasure and ease of a waterfront vacation on a daily basis? Wouldn't it be great to live the waterfront lifestyle?

Many people dream of retiring to a waterfront home, but what if you feel you simply don't want to wait any longer? It is very satisfying and peaceful to live the waterfront lifestyle. However, if you are really interested in exchanging your current living situation for one based on waterfront living, there are several things that you should consider. As with every decision in life, there are trade offs. For people who make the switch to waterfront living, the trade offs are more than worth it, but you need to be aware of them going in.

One thing to think about is that the inconveniences of waterfront property that seem charming when on vacation may quickly lose their luster. You may have to travel greater distances to shop for groceries, for instance. While this may not be an issue when you're vacationing and not so worried about cooking, how will you feel when you actually live fifteen minutes away from the nearest grocery store? Ponder also the events and activities that you currently participate in. Will you miss the proximity of museums, theaters, restaurants and other city life if you move to a waterfront location that might not have these amenities nearby? You may have a more difficult time arranging for basic services you've grown accustomed to, such as cable and internet. And for some people, being farther away from the job may ultimately become a liability. Those in professions who often need to be on call may find permanent waterfront living difficult.

One way to find out is to arrange a trial run. If you currently own a waterfront vacation home and are yearning to move, can you make plans to live in your waterfront home for a limited period of time and see how it works? This is an excellent idea, as it will give you a better picture of how long the commute will take, if you feel isolated living in a community that doesn't always have a lot of year-round residents, or even if you miss the hustle and bustle of the city. 

For many dedicated waterfront dwellers, what they have gained in return is more than worth it. The peace and quiet of a less populated area is one advantage, and the soothing effects of living on the waterfront another. There's a feeling of being able to slow down and enjoy life in waterfront living. A chance to take a step back from the cares of the world. And, of course, it's a guarantee that you'll never lack for visitors!

Think hard about all these considerations, see if you can arrange a trial run for your waterfront living experience, and make your decision. In no time at all you may be enjoying the waterfront lifestyle every day, and not just when you are on vacation.

The Lifestyle of a Vegetarian

One of the biggest injustices that the vegetarian movement has endured is that in popular culture, the image of a vegetarian is that of a fanatic hippy or cult member who is "off the deep end" and cannot think about anything else besides "saving a cow" and pushing vegetarianism on everyone he meets. The truth is that the lifestyle of a vegetarian is not that different than everyone else in the culture. In fact, the odds are that somewhere in your social circle at work, school, church or in your family and friends network, you already know several people who are quietly enjoying the lifestyle of a vegetarian. So to help us get over the negative stereotypes to understand how a vegetarian actually lives, lets examine what is different about a vegetarians life.

The most significant difference in how a vegetarian lives is obvious because it is in how he or she eats. You will not find any meat in a vegetarian's kitchen. Now this doesn't mean that a vegetarian cannot live in a family and be at peace with meat eaters. If the home has one vegetarian but others who are not, you will be able to tell from the presence of soy and perhaps more fruit and fresh vegetables in the refrigerator. But the idea that vegetarians cannot be around meat eaters is false. If anything vegetarians are peace loving and can live their lifestyle around others who are not of their belief system very well.

Grocery shopping with a vegetarian is an eye opening experience and one that is quite different in more ways than you would suspect. Being a vegetarian isn't just about what you don't eat in that you don't eat meat. It is also about a completely different approach to diet and foods. So you will not see a vegetarian buying food in the same way most people do. There will be much more time spent in the fresh produce section of the grocery store. The checkout basket of a vegetarian will give him or her away every time because it will be overflowing with fresh foods.

But shopping for food with a vegetarian means shopping in other places than the local grocery store. It means buying grains and beans in bulk at a warehouse store because that is one way that a vegetarian maintains health by replacing the protein and other nutrients that the rest of the world gets from meat and replacing it with proteins from beans and other natural foods. It also means shopping in farmer's markets and even shopping in a vegetarian specialty store for some high nutrition meat substitutes like tofu.

The vegetarian movement is in harmony with many of the earth first movements such as the organic movement and the green movement. So a vegetarian kitchen will have more organic foods on hand to reduce the presence of harmful pesticides and other substances in the diet. Also vegetarianism affects the lifestyle beyond just the refrigerator and the pantry. You will not find leather clothing in a vegetarian's closet and you wont find fur there either. That is became for the most part vegetarians are sensitive to animal rights and they don't want to see the skin of animals used in their clothing.

The house of a vegetarian will also be a recycling house to do all that is possible to cut down on waste and to be earth friendly. Along with recycling bottles and cans as you might expect, a vegetarian recycles a lot right at home. A recycling home will often have a compost pile in the yard for food waste and it will also support a good sized garden to use that compost to grow at home organic foods to supplement a healthy diet.

For obvious reasons, a vegetarian will have vegetarian friends and belong to social groups and attend functions that support the vegetarian lifestyle. Eating out with a vegetarian will mean going to more ethnic food restaurants and you will see a lot of creativity in how to order foods in a restaurant. But contrary to popular opinion, vegetarian eating is more flavorful and diverse than the normal diet. 

Just spending a day with a vegetarian will reveal to you a more harmonious lifestyle that is sensitive to the environment and at peace with itself. It is a healthy and happy lifestyle and one that should be attractive to all of us.