I've had a history of migraines since third grade, but with good eating, exercise, meditation and wariness, i've got a pretty good routine to prevent them without medicine (though i keep Imitrex injections for when they do happen.) However, since "going vegan" (a phrase i find myself uncomfortable with, as well as being told i "am" vegan. I'm just a person experimenting with nutrition.) i've had a growing, dull headache that i can usually dispel with a good meal and/or a nap.
At the moment, though, this headache is turning into something of a migraine. I feel like i might be nutritionally deprived. So, i've done some digging, and have found this page (and blog:)
It seems that carnitine (an amino acid) deficiency can cause low blood sugar, which can then cause a migraine (at least for me.) This is because it is directly involved in the use of dietary fats and proteins to make energy, and build lean muscle. So, though my new whole proteins contain good amounts of amino acids (the nutritional yeast most notably has a list of how much of each per serving) and the ones synthesized into L-Carnitine, they don't contain notable amounts of carnitine itself. Though i eat plenty of proteins now, (beans, soy, peanuts, hemp seed, lentils, etc) and avocado (loves me avocado on a sandwich) they don't contain nearly the same amounts of carnitine that a steak would (or the lunch meant turkey i was previously addicted to.)
So, i suppose i am going to go get some carnitine supplements at the store tomorrow, and see if it helps my headache and energy levels. On that note, i truly should begin taking down a food diary, to less blindly evaluate what my body needs more of.
Anyway, to my newer followers, thanks for finding an interest in my prattling! I know I enjoy yours (just kidding, you don't prattle.)