Exciting Announcement!

The Dizzy Cook Coobook coming February of 2020 will have migraine diet recipes that follow Heal Your Headache for people who love food

I would like to start out by saying thank you to this amazing community. To the people who continue to like, comment, and share my recipes – you are the reason I am able to make this announcement. You inspire me to keep going when I get discouraged and overwhelmed. And each time I get a message or an email about how my recipes helped you in some small or big way, it truly makes my entire week.

The Dizzy Cook was created because I was once stuck in the middle aisle of my grocery store, crying, because the Heal Your Headache diet seemed overwhelming for someone who felt miserable. The recipes I made from the very small selection of migraine cookbooks out there didn’t really fit my tastes, or they didn’t match up with the book, or in some cases, were downright terrible (I’m looking at you HYH horseradish dressing). When I visited friend’s houses, they never knew what to cook for me. If only there was a public site where they could access information and recipes for free, then everyone’s lives would be a lot easier.

I left my job in watch development, something I had gone to school for and pursued for almost 10 years, and put everything I had into this dream. With help from a good friend, I created the logo design, then spent hours googling how to build a website. I am not making a profit at this point (probably due to my stubbornness about ads!), so I do all the photography, website building and maintenance, social media, etc. by myself. It’s a lot of work, but I am happier and more fulfilled now than I have ever been in my career. I am thankful for support from my good friends at VeDA and Migraine Strong, who continue to refer people here for recipes. And new friends, like Carrie from Clean Eating Kitchen, who have given me a chance to reach a larger audience.

As it turns out, I had a publisher in my group of amazing women who participated in Steps 2 Balance. Jennifer and her team at Graphics Arts Books have given me the chance to turn this website into my ultimate dream – a cookbook! The cookbook is set to be released February of 2020, and I will be working on recipes over the next year. There will be many brand new recipes (which are SO hard to hold back from posting here), as well as some fan favorites like Moroccan Chicken and this nut free Buckwheat Granola. Since she has become a monthly favorite of many readers and a staple on the blog, Jennifer Bragdon will also be a part of the book! Expect to see some new Jenn’s Baking Corner recipes making an appearance.

I hope this is as exciting for your guys as it is for me. Please continue to reach out, comment, share photos, etc. to let me know your progress. I love hearing your stories and knowing that my hard work is actually helping others. And if you can think of anyone who might enjoy these recipes, please don’t hesitate to share the site with them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Finally, if you are in high school and you are the only person who doesn’t pass your AP English test – no worries! You can totally still become an author.

Alicia was diagnosed with Chronic Vestibular Migraine in 2016 and has been able to successfully manage her symptoms through medication, supplements, lifestyle changes, and the Heal Your Headache Diet by Dr. David Buchholz from Johns Hopkins. She's the owner of The Dizzy Cook.

8 comments

  1. Sheryl Lawrence

    CONGRATULATIONS!! So excited for you and for all of us who look forward to your recipes! This is wonderful news! Happy for Jennifer B too!!

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    1. Alicia

      Thank you for following along with us, Sheryl! 🙂

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  2. Stacy Dentino

    Congrats!! I just recently found your page and I’m so happy I did! I love your upbeat and positive attitude. I was diagnosed with vestibular migraine 3 years ago (after 3 years of it going undiagnosed). I had all of my symptoms fairly well controlled. I had a baby 5 months ago and unfortunately the symptoms have returned quite strong. I do believe it’s partially hormone related. I am just starting the HYH diet in the hopes I’ll get some relief! Thanks for this page and the recipes and the list of foods that we can eat, that’s very helpful!

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    1. Alicia

      Hi Stacy, Congratulations to you too!!! I imagine you’re not sleeping much either, right?! I am currently trying and I’ve had a few doctors tell me that some do get better with pregnancy, but a few tend to get worse. It made me scared to even try for a while, but I remind myself that if you can get to a good place before, it can definitely happen again. I know it will be the same for you! I really hope you find success with HYH. It was definitely the missing piece for me, even though I had success with meds and supplements too. Please keep me updated on it!

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  3. Jill kirkaldy

    I am soooo looking forward to your cookbook Alicia!! Maybe we can help with international alternatives to ingredients later on? Meanwhile, my chicken stock is in the pot and smelling delicious. Thank you so much for your positivity.. and your recipes!!
    Jill

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    1. Alicia

      That would be wonderful! One day I’d love to do a page specifically for UK ingredients. Did you ever join Migraine Strong? There are a few threads in there about HYH safe products that are international.

      Yes, red and white onions are not allowed. I believe it has to do with the level of tyramine involved, even though they’re all a part of the allium family.

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  4. Jill kirkaldy

    Ps. What is it about onions that’s not allowed, when shallots, leaks and garlic are? I presume red and white onions are equally banned?

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  5. Kristi

    YAAAY!! This is amazing, and YOU are amazing. Cannot wait.

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