It's time for my newbie question of the week. Haha. I'm exaggerating, but here's my current problem: On days where I eat a lot of bananas, I get really bad headaches and have to go to bed early. It's a real problem. It's particularly worse if I eat them after exercise, which I think is a clue.
I follow Megan Elizabeth's videos, and noticed that she had had a similar problem. Her problem was solved when she realized that this only happened to her when she ate frozen bananas. Another clue? Maybe, but my problem occurs whenever I eat raw, ripe, run-of-the-mill bananas. I have never had a frozen one, though I am dying to make myself some tasty frozen treats, I am also very scared to try.
Frozen or not, bananas are how I get my calories. I have NO problem getting the calories I need, but unfortunately, I may have problems if I continue to get banana migraines.
So, two questions:
Can anyone tell me about a similar problem they've had or if they know the answer to the banana migrane mystery? Clues Recap: 1.)Never had this problem before, but never ate more than one banana in a day, and now I eat many more--sometimes eleven. 2.) I think it may have something to do with a mineral/electrolyte balance, because it's worse after working out 3.) Other people have had similar problems, like Megan Elizabeth's frozen banana allergy mystery being solved. 4.) My last question discussion was on constipation, which was a big problem for me, so I started eating bell peppers and greens in the afternoons, which has helped a bit. So, that could either be a water or mineral thing as well.
A note and side question concerning Cronometer: I have started using this tool again, in hopes to find a deficiency that might be causing these problems. The only thing I could find was that there are some minerals (most dire being sodium) and proteins that I am consistently low on. I have taken this to mean I am not eating enough greens. However, I eat a head of romaine each night on average, or another head like green or red leaf. I also eat stalks of celery in hopes of raising my sodium, but these things only make a small dent in my requirements. Are cronometer requirements too high? Or is it just me? I feel like I could eat two, three heads and it would still be too low. I entered some foods, just to see, and I would have to basically eat a head of celery just to get my sodium! What other foods have sodium?
And, question two... Can anyone tell me how to live happily and healthily on 811... *gasp* without bananas?? I am so sad that I cannot eat them, but cannot allow this to ruin my chance at optimal health.
Thank you, thank you! You guys helped me so much last time! I know this is a long post, but I am seeming to have troubles that I have a lot of theories about, but some definite knowledge gaps, as well.
I eat mangoes and dates for higher calories, papayas and melons for more water, berries for fun, apples and peaches for their subtle flavour.
Many choices + open approach = success over time.
Above all, keep it fun.
I do pretty much the same thing, but with less mangoes (because the organic ones are still so expensive and the conventional ones are so inferior in taste that i can't justify buying them) and more locally grown pesticide free tomatoes. Less papayas and melons for the same reason too, but I still eat them pretty often :) Pears instead of peaches too since I can get delicious local ones at the market.
Basically, I load up on the dates for cals, and juicy fruits, some sweet and some less sweet, for variety.
Drink lots of good quality water. Bananas aren't as hydrating as juicy fruits.
Aside from that, if you're newly-raw, headaches aren't uncommon for the first several weeks. Just focus on getting lots of water and all the sleep you can. If you are compelled to go to sleep early and you're not also waking up early, it sounds like you're undersleeping.
Hi Jess I, too, find I have a problem when I eat too many bananas. I can sneak in a couple now and then, but otherwise it isn;t a good idea for me to eat them. My thought is that I have an allergy to latex and they are from the same family. I think avos are too, but since i don't eat them in great quantities, I am not sure if they are a problem for me. When I eat bananas, I can get really sleepy, get a headache and I also tend to put on extra weight. I thought I might be imaging things but I have played around with this enough to know that it is no coincidence.
I wonder if you react sooner after exercise because it is going through your bloodstream quicker.
I lean towards mangos and dates, but it can be hard not to be able to eat bananas. especially when the fruit selection isn't the greatest in Alberta.