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Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce: Headaches

~ More great resources just like in Nanci’s book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

When the weather changes in the spring and in the fall, many people suffer sinus headaches and sometimes they can turn into migraines.

Do you know the difference between a migraine and a sinus headache? Below are a few tips to help you. On occasion I get some of these myself so I know firsthand of which I speak. I’m also passing along a great remedy my doctor shared with me just recently. I hope this information is helpful to you.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!



Migraine or Bad Headache?

How can you tell the difference between a bad headache and a migraine? Typical migraine symptoms include:

  • Pain on one side of your head
  • Pain that is throbbing or pulsing
  • Nausea, vomiting, or upset stomach
  • Increased sensitivity to light or noise

6 Ways to Help Manage Migraines

In addition to pharmaceutical treatments, the following self-care techniques may help prevent attacks:

  1. Keep a headache diary to help you pinpoint factors that may trigger your headaches. Some common triggers include beer, wine, smoked meats and cheeses, pickled foods, MSG, chocolate, loud noises, and bright light.
  2. Avoid your triggers once you know them.
  3. Stick to a healthy diet that is low in fat and high in complex carbohydrates.
  4. Eat at regular intervals throughout the day to prevent low blood sugar.
  5. Engage in gentle exercises such as yoga, tai chi, chi-gone, or slow swimming.
  6. Maintain regular sleep patterns.


Is it a Sinus Headache? Sinus headaches typically are headaches with a deep and constant pain in the cheekbones, forehead, or bridge of the nose. This pain usually intensifies with sudden head movement or straining and is usually accompanied by symptoms such as fever, runny nose, and clogged ears.  Some of us feel the pressure over our forehead when the weather changes. The changes in weather alone can be a signal to those that regularly experience headaches.

Sinus headaches can sometimes go into a migraine. So, whatever type of headache you experience,  if you didn’t take any medication at the on-set of the headache, try this remedy to feel better:

Headache Cure

Combine the following items below and remember to eat and stay well hydrated. Not eating along with being dehydrated can provide the fuel to keep your headache going.

Recipe for Headache Relief!

Cold Compresses + Drink Water + Acetaminophen (or Tylenol) + Rest ~ in some cases if you have nausea medication, take that as well and eat something! Your headache should resolve within 6 – 9 hours if you rest!

Nature Migraine Remedy  

If it’s indeed a migraine, take some ginger. Ginger inhibits inflammation in blood vessels, so take it when your headache first comes on.

Need More Help?

See your doctor to discuss your headaches and how to best care for them.

September 24, 2013 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce ~ 4th of July Summer Salad

~ More good ideas just like in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.



There’s nothing better for you than salad greens and vegetables. Here’s a great recipe you can make for the 4th of July holiday. It’s colorful and filled with lots of photonutrients and protein too! Photonutrients mean there are chemicals within the food and they fight disease and illness. They help your immune system stay strong.

From my house to your house … Happy 4th of July!

God Bless America ~ and You too!



…with great pride the Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce series presents …

Mango & Mixed Greens Salad

Mangos, Mango ~ Do the Tango! Most of the mangos sold in the United States are imported from Mexico, Haiti, the Caribbean and South America. Mangos are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, as well as a good source of potassium and contain beta carotene. Mangos are high in fiber, but low in calories (approx. 110 per average sized mango), fat (only 1 gram) and sodium.

The best way to ripen a mango is at room temperature, on the kitchen counter and
if you wish to speed up the process place in a paper bag overnight (some place an apple with the mango in the bag to create more natural ethylene gas and
further decrease the ripening time). Once ripened the mango can be refrigerated
for a few days, but should be used shortly thereafter.


1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 T. raspberry vinegar

1 T. honey


1 T. Land O Lakes honey butter (omit if you don’t toast the nuts)

1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans (can be toasted)

6 cups fancy mixed salad greens

1 large mango, peeled, cut into 3/4-inch chunks

1 small red pepper, cut into 1/8-inch strips

1 stalk (3/4 cup) celery, sliced 1/4-inch (if you don’t have, no big deal)


1. In 1-cup glass measure and combine all dressing ingredients; mix well. Set aside.

2. In small skillet melt honey butter until sizzling; add pecans. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until nuts are golden brown (3 – 4 minutes).

3. Wash your salad greens; remove excess water. In large bowl toss together all remaining salad ingredients. Add dressing; toss to coat well. To serve, divide salad mixture evenly on 6 plates — or leave in your nice glass bowl; sprinkle with pecans.


July 2, 2013 at 8:36 am Leave a comment


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