Diet Instructions: Approach with Caution

Curse & Cure: Foods that can be a trigger or a prevention.

The following lists make The 3-Day Migraine Diet simple. Click “learn more” in each section for research citations and more information.

Coffee and Caffeine

Foods: All coffee and caffeinated beverages. The milk, sugar, and additives people put in coffee are often far worse than the coffee itself. Energy drinks with additives or sugar are also a large trigger.

Overconsuming caffeine is known to cause caffeine withdrawal headaches and trigger migraines. Limit caffeine to less than two 8 oz. cups worth of coffee per day. Coffee may need to be completely removed for those highly sensitive to caffeine. Caffeine is unique because it is used to quickly treat migraines, but can cause rebound headaches (learn more).


Foods: Most processed chocolate. Processed chocolate may contain a mixture of milk, nuts, wheat and gluten, soy, eggs, sugar, corn syrup, and caffeine.

Pure chocolate may be ok in moderation.

Contrary to popular belief, pure chocolate has never been verified as a migraine trigger. Researchers have suggested that the craving for chocolate indicates a migraine is coming or other headache triggers are interacting with chocolate to trigger migraines. Processed chocolate may contain a number of headache triggers and has been documented as a migraine trigger by many sufferers (learn more).

Alcoholic Beverages

Foods: Beer, wine, dark liquors, mixed drinks, and sugary alcohols.

High quality, clear liquors such as vodka or gin may be ok in moderation.

Many alcoholic beverages contain large amounts of histamine, tyramine, acetaldehyde, eggs, fish oils, plastics, and other ingredients. High quality, clear liquors are filtered more, contain less byproducts, and are less likely to trigger headaches. While drinking one drink per day can lower inflammatory markers, consuming more than two drinks per day may raise inflammation. Those highly sensitive to alcohol may need to completely eliminate it (learn more).


  1. Introduction
  2. The Most Dangerous Foods
  3. Dangerous in Large Amounts
  4. Dangerous in Excess
  5. Food Allergens
  6. YOU ARE HERE: Special Circumstances
  7. Foods to Eat
  8. Antioxidants
  9. Hydration
  10. Supplements
  11. Conclusion

This is not medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Read more.