Discover Freedom from Migraines
A Comprehensive Migraine Relief Program
Developed by Migraine Specialist Erin Knight
The Migraine Freedom Plan: Dream, Dive, Heal, Thrive, is founded in the healing principles of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN). Developed and facilitated by migraine relief expert Erin Knight, this is a 3-month comprehensive program designed to eliminate your migraine headaches – not just treat the symptoms.
“We are migraine root-cause specialists. Through a systematic, step-by-step approach, my team of health coaches and FDN specialists help people determine what is holding them back and plan concrete steps to break through to migraine relief – and feeling great.” – Erin
Migraine symptoms are themselves a symptom of something gone seriously wrong in your body’s systems. By finding the hidden internal stressors that are blocking your body’s systems from functioning as designed, a system developed by FDN, we will find the root causes of your migraines, cluster headaches, tension headaches, or other chronic migraine causes.
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Migraines are a symptom.
Because we are working on your health at a deep level, our goal will be to improve your:
What is Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®
& How Can It Help Me Get Relief from Migraines?
A functional nutrition approach starts with a search for hidden internal stressors that are blocking your body’s systems from functioning as designed. Once healing opportunities in the hormone, immune, digestion, and detoxification systems have been identified and addressed, many chronic health concerns resolve naturally – including your migraine symptoms!
FDN practitioners are trained to partner with clients and teach them a model of self-care that includes: therapeutic diets, quality sleep and rest, appropriate exercise, stress-reduction tools and strategies, and targeted supplementation.
Still feeling a bit skeptical? I don’t know about you, but before I seek help from someone I wonder three things:
Do you know what is wrong with me? Yes, symptoms are a signal that your body is coping with an underlying malfunction. Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® practitioners are trained to identify these often-hidden healing opportunities using state-of-the-art functional lab testing. I engage my clients in an all-natural protocol to deal with the root causes of your health complaints.
Can you help me? Yes, if you are as committed to restoring your health as I am. FDN’s proven protocols target the healing opportunities that we identify together and work deeper than just treating symptoms. It takes time and often a few lifestyle changes to repair and restore normal function to cells, organs, and systems. It is exciting to know that it is possible to regain function instead of having to deal with a symptom for the rest of your life.
Have you helped others like me? Yes! There are over 1000 Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioners in 30 countries helping thousands and thousands of people achieve the best level of health in many years. Understanding what is going on at a causal level is so powerful, many clients have completely resolved their health complaints, even if they were previously diagnosed with serious medical conditions.
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How do the Principles of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Apply to Migraine Relief?
It cannot be said often enough that your migraine headaches are a symptom of dysfunction somewhere in your body’s systems: your digestion, hormones, auto-immune, or detox systems – or a combination of more than one!
The first step on the path to migraine relief is to stop treating your symptoms, as conventional medicine has (and would continue to have you do), and find the root causes. Whatever that constellation of causes may be in your case, and as we all know it’s rarely a single thing, the Migraine Freedom™ Plan has been designed to identify them. We will then work together to determine a series of steps that will enable you to rescue yourself from your migraines.
The four steps of the Migraine Freedom™ Plan are Dream, Dive, Heal, Thrive:
DREAM about what would life look like if you were migraine free.
You’ve probably suffered from migraine headaches for so long it’s hard to imagine but, I want you to recognize how much migraines are impacting your life and your family.
I can still remember the day I decided to go see a naturopath. I had been burned-out and suffering with a lot of pain and fatigue for months. Multiple doctors had told me they couldn’t help me, so I really didn’t know what to do. I would come home from work and just lay on the couch like a zombie. I remember one day when my boyfriend asked if I didn’t love him anymore; I just had no energy for the relationship at all. I was trying to get through one day at a time and hadn’t even realized how my poor health was impacting this important relationship. That experience really helped me realize that I needed to get help.
In the DREAM phase, we will think about how migraines are impacting your earning potential, productivity, and your relationships. What else is it holding you back from doing?
DIVE into the data. (Oh, yes, there will be data to examine.)
You’re not crazy – we will prove it with functional lab data that will help us find the root causes.
I would often go to parties even though I didn’t feel like it, just because I felt like saying “Oh, I have a headache or a migraine” is such a lame excuse. I didn’t want people to think I was making it up. Even when I was blinded with pain, I would feel bad leaving work early or avoiding friends and other social situations.
In the DIVE phase, we will look at patterns in your hormones, digestion, detoxification, and immune systems, to find hidden imbalances. Clients tell me they learn about their bodies more in this step than after years of going to neurologists and other doctors.
HEAL by treating your body to the conditions and support it needs to heal and repair.
I was a busy engineer when I was going through all of this, so I know it isn’t necessarily possible for you to cut out of life and spend six months at a yoga retreat while you heal. But, we will work together to find ways to make self-care an integral part of your life.
In the HEAL phase, you will discover self-care, in a way that is approachable for a busy professional.
THRIVE as you start participating in life again.
In the THRIVE phase, you will learn how to implement and sustain the healthy habits that got you there in a realistic, simple, but effective way.
I’m not here to blow smoke at you and promise you another “quick fix”. There are plenty of pills for that, with doctors willing to write you a ‘scrip, and there is always going to be a demand for that. However, for those few that are fed up with chasing triggers and managing symptoms, and who are ready to work at a root cause level – they love this approach to discovering migraine relief.
Migraine Freedom™ Plan Root-Cause Guarantee
Again, I don’t blow smoke. You’re probably worried about seeing another migraine specialist who won’t really help you find relief. I understand. You’ve probably seen anywhere from 6 to 60 specialists, coaches, and doctors already and, by now, you’re getting frustrated.
That’s why I offer what I call my “Root Cause Guarantee”. If we don’t find any healing opportunities (hidden imbalances and underlying stressors) in the first three functional labs that we look at, you have the option to request a full refund on our services. (Note: lab fees are paid directly to the lab companies and are not refundable.)
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“Erin’s personal experience with recovering from migraines and chronic fatigue makes her the ideal practitioner to help you with these same issues. As a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® practitioner, she is trained in an amazing range of tools and tests to help you get to the root cause of your migraines and fatigue. Erin strives to select realistic and clever strategies that are best for her clients to save them time and money, and you will love her root cause guarantee!” Samantha Giles, Founder Sprouting Wholeness
“Erin is passionate about using diet changes and lifestyle changes to overcome chronic diseases such as migraine headaches, lack of energy, IBS, muscle pain instead of turning to pharmaceutical ‘products’. She is a great listener, and very knowledgeable. Most importantly, she speaks from her heart because she understands and feels empathy for people who are struggling with health problems. She motivates people to change their lifestyle with real life stories, and they are funny. This makes you feel that you are not alone. I believe she is a great health coach with deep understanding of our human biological, psychological, and nutrition needs.”
Ellen Nicoletti, Bothell, WA
Ready to look deeper than your symptoms and discover your healing opportunities? A 3-month Migraine Freedom Consulting Package includes:
- Clarity and accountability that comes from working closely with a Migraine Freedom coach who has been in your shoes and knows what it is like to be debilitated by migraines, but has found great relief from holistic solutions and is trained to help you implement the changes you want to reduce the impact of migraines on your daily life.
- Access to run the state of the art, comprehensive hormone and gut health panels (kits will be sent for you to complete at home)
- Results and recommendations session with a highly-trained Functional Nutritionist where you will learn how to understand your own lab results and what we are learning about how your body is functioning or out of balance.
- Customized 90-day protocol including diet, rest, exercise, stress reduction and supplementation protocol
- Email support & check-ins with your coaches and Erin
- Options for re-testing and access to a wide range of functional labs that you complete in the comfort of your home and mail to the top laboratories in the world at a discount.
You will be responsible for the lab fees, paid directly to the lab.
By nature, functional nutrition and health coaching are an opt-in model of self-care and require a high degree of individual commitment. Let’s talk and see if this kind of detective work is a good fit for you right now.
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If you are curious what is entailed in setting up your customized D.R.E.S.S. protocol, click through the tabs below:
Functional nutrition includes three principles:
- Every body is unique – Find out if you need to eat more fat & protein or more carbs!
- We need to remove foods that are stressing our system (some are temporary)
- It is better to crowd out the bad with the good instead of feeling deprived (no starvation diets here!)
- Focus on quality then quantity
- Troubleshoot the factors keeping you from a good night’s rest together
- Find solutions that match your lifestyle (Tired of reading another magazine article that suggests you unwind with a bath every evening?)
Our goals for movement will be to:
- Find that Goldilocks “justtt right” amount of exercise (yes, there is too much of a good thing)
- Establish your long-term goals (I want to be hiking and doing headstands when I am 80)
As we continue to hunt for internal stressors, you will learn to:
- Fit quick and effective stress-reduction techniques into your busy workday
- Get as high-tech or low-tech as you are inclined with stress reduction
- Identify some of the environmental stressors that may be impacting your health
Supplementation is useful when it is compensating for:
- Poor digestion and absorption (should be temporary)
- Imbalances in the body’s systems that need a boost in the right direction (should be temporary)
- Our depleted soils and sad state of modern agriculture (I can only hope this is temporary insanity)
CASE STUDY: Jackie’s Journey
Jackie suffered with migraines 2 or 3 times every month and had been since high school. With a 12-year-old son to keep up with and a career in project management, she really couldn’t afford to be out of commission for entire days at a time. When she got a migraine, she would have to shut herself in a dark room all day and felt exhaughsted and slightly nasous the next day, too. Her boss was fairly tolerant, but she worried that the rest of her team thought she wasn’t carrying her weight and suspected that she wasn’t getting assigned the top projects because she had to call in sick so often. Even though she was hesitant to start a coaching program and spend money on testing and treatments, she knew there was a significant cost to not being able to work and finally felt that at 36, she should be feeling healthy and enjoying life!
Walking through the DREAM phase of the Migraine Freedom plan together, Jackie realized that her migraines weren’t just impacting her work and ability to be there for her son’s basketball games. She thought about how much her husband worried about her every time she was sick and how even though he couldn’t quite understand the unpredictability of her migraines, he tried to be there for her. She thought about all the times they had canceled date night because she wasn’t feeling well and how they talked about taking a trip to Italy as a family but she was scared that she’d spend the whole time in the hotel room because flying and changing time zones always seemed to bring on a bad episode. Yes, migraines were painful themselves, but realizing the impact that they had on her family and career was even more painful and a real motivation to change.
When we started the DIVE phase, Jackie was skeptical because she had already been to a dozen specialists and doctors and although she’d built up a little collection of diagnoses (hypothyroidism, IBS, seasonal allergies, moderately high blood pressure, gum disease) and prescriptions, she had been told that none of this had anything to do with her migraines or was related in any way.
We started with a hormone panel and found that her cortisol pattern was dysregulated. Rather than smoothly drop over the day, it dipped severely mid-morning and remained low all day, only to spike up around bedtime, explaining why she often felt “tired and wired” at night and had trouble getting to sleep. Taking a look at the most advanced, only FDA approved GI pathogen screen on the market revealed traces of a parasite infestation that was missed on 2 standard stool tests that she had done in the past. She had been suffering with mild digestive symptoms for years, just managing it with over the counter product. Continuing our investigation, we discovered that Jackie had immune reactions (food sensitivities) to broccoli, spinach, corn, chicken and parsley – all things she frequently ate! So her body was under constant stress from this parasite and the food sensitivities, contributing to hormonal imbalance as her body struggled to cope and a constant inflammation.
As we uncovered these hidden problems, Jackie started to understand how the stress and inflammation was showing up in her body, not just as migraine headaches but also with her seasonal allergies, blood pressure and sensitive gums. Everything was connected and interlinked and she no longer felt like she just had a bunch of health problems to manage but a couple of key systems to pay attention to.
Directed by the knowledge we had gained in the DIVE phase, Jackie moved into the HEAL phase following a customized D.R.E.S.S. plan that included recommendations for Diet, Rest, Exercise, Stress Reduction and Supplementation. With an emphasis on healing her gut, eating a balanced diet while avoiding her trigger foods and food sensitivities, and learning to incorporate quick stress-busters into her daily routine, Jackie found that a month into her protocol she was no longer craving caffeine and sweets every afternoon.
At first the diet changes and making time for herself every day wasn’t easy (change never is), but at each meeting we discussed what challenges she was facing and brainstormed ways to overcome them. For example, she wasn’t used to packing healthy snacks to take to work or when she had activities in the evening. She didn’t know what to bring or how to fit in the prep time. After thinking it through together, she decided to start doing snack prep together with her son every Sunday evening. First I sent her several ideas and recipes to inspire her. Then every week, they cut up vegggies together, make a new trail-mix recipe for the week and some delicious energy ball and packed them up in individual containers for the rest of the week. Then he could take some to school and she took some to work!
Two months in, she realized she suddenly had enough energy to make dinner at home after work instead of grabbing takeout or deli items on the way home. She had so much extra energy, she wrote me to tell me that she and her husband had gone for a long bike ride over the weekend and shared a picnic at their favorite lake, something she hadn’t felt like doing in years!
She decided to extend her program and four months in, she had a doctors appointment and was surprised to find that she was able to cut back on many of her prescriptions. She also realized she hadn’t refilled her prescription for Imitrex in two months because she wasn’t needing to use it as often. Was it too good to be true? Oh, and she had to buy new jeans because hers were all getting too loose.
As part of the THRIVE phase, we started to work on how to sustain these improvements and healthy habits as she was thinking about travel plans and finding her weekends to be full of fun things.
At 6 months, she reported only having one migraine in the last two months – a dramatic improvement. Her lab retests showed that the parasite had been eradicated and that she could reintroduce about half of the foods she was avoiding already. Gut healing can be a slow process, so we made a few adjustments and she decided to continue the protocol and move into a maintenance program where we could check in once a month. She had started out wanting to work on improving her migraines but couldn’t believe how much better life was when she had all this energy, she wanted to see how far she could take this new found freedom. Several of her colleagues even noticed the changes and asked her what she was doing and told her she should ask to take on the new process transfer from Germany, which would be a significant step forward in her career. Most of all she was excited that in only 6 months she was able to have more fun with her son and spend quality time with her husband doing the things they had always talked about!