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How to Freeze Berries

I’ve been getting a little frustrated with my migraines lately.  I’ve had them for years (since I went to college), and they’ve just become a super annoying part of life.  Some doctors have been awesome in helping me manage/predict them, while others have done their absolute best to scare the heck out of me about having them while not really telling me how NOT to have them (irreparable brain damage! stroke risk!)

I feel this appropriately reeks of my despair.

I feel this appropriately reeks of my despair.

Anyway, with the type of job I’m working now, I’ve been having a lot more headaches lately.  Combine cigarette smoke during my sessions (I know! really?!), driving around in a hot car in this crazy humid weather, having to plan my infrequent pee breaks in between houses, and spending my working hours trying to motivate kids to do exactly what they hate doing–and you’ve got a stellar recipe for migraines.  I’ve also learned that eating too much sugar is a major migraine trigger for me, which kinda sucks because HELLO!? Sugar! I love you!

I wake up knowing when I’m probably going to get a migraine (I can just feel it), and despite my best efforts to avoid it (with lots of water, pee breaks during the day, major air conditioning, no sugary foods), there doesn’t seem to be much I can do other than just await the inevitable.  I usually function just fine throughout the morning and early afternoon, but then by 4:00 or so I need to be done with all activities.  You can see how that might be a bit of a damper on things.

I have been prescribed some new meds this year that do seem to help when I feel a migraine coming on, but they work best when combined with my 100% fool-proof method of migraine dissipation: sleep in a dark room for at least an hour.  Seriously, it’s like magic.  Pill plus nap almost always has me waking up feeling just fine.

The part that is so frustrating is that I just need to learn to listen to my body and do what it wants.  The biggest problem always happens when I really just want to do what I want to do, and I keep putting off just turning off all the lights, closing the blinds, and sleeping.  I end up trying to cook something, or wanting to just go to the gym, or see one more client for the day, and that’s when I find myself past the point of fixing it all with a quick nap. That’s exactly what I did today, and by the time Fritz got home from work I was mad and crying (aka making it worse) because I knew I did the wrong thing and I was going to pay for it.

Fritz was super nice, and bought me a new box of tea to try, and reminded me that I’m still learning how to deal with these headaches.  I’m getting better about canceling my 5:00 patient if I need to, and better about remembering to bring my drugs with me when I go away for the weekend.  I’m still working on that sugar thing, and if I look back even six months to how much better I’m managing them, then it does help.  Being willing to stop everything for an hour or so before it gets too intense is so worth it if I can have the whole evening back.

(By the way, I did sleep from about 6:00-7:00, and then woke up and was able to make dinner, can some relish, and make lunch for tomorrow.  Then write my notes for the day and blog!  Still mad I didn’t make it to the gym with Fritz, though).

Well.  Thanks for letting me vent about that!  Ha.  I am aware that there’s people struggling with pain issues that make mine look like a mere inconvenience.

Here’s some cat pictures for you!

Cat Snuggs

Awkward much, Henry?

Awkward much, Henry?

I have some great recipes coming up to share, but for today just have a tip I picked up from someone a few years ago.  It’s super obvious, but one of those things that I never figured out on my own and had to be taught.

Freeze Raspberries

My parents have some giant raspberry bushes in the backyard, and every year they freeze the berries mixed with sugar into a simple sauce.  It’s awesome over ice cream or in smoothies, or later cooked down to a thicker syrup.  However, sometimes I just want plain berries, and I want them pretty.

Instagram, bitches.

From my Instagram.

It’s simple: freeze them on a baking sheet first, then you can store them in a freezer bag.  You can make it even one step simpler by freezing them on a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet–they are easy to brush off the paper and there’s no washing up to do.

How to freeze raspberries


That way, they don’t stick together, they don’t crush under their own weight, and they are super simple to grab a handful for snacks or for defrosting.


Wash them only right before freezing–raspberries especially are very delicate and the less you handle them, the better!

So…more cats?

That's a smirking cat if I've ever seen one.

That’s a smirking cat if I’ve ever seen one.

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  1. Nuts about food

    I wish we had a big enough freezer to fit an baking tray in… mine has three drawers but it is too narrow!
    I feel for you about your migraines and good for you for learning how to cope. It takes time, don’t get too frustrated!

  2. Sue

    I too suffer from migraines. Honestly I find myself not going places for fear one will strike. I am just starting acupuncture – will let you know if there is any change.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      let me know how you like acupuncture! i’ve heard mixed reviews!

  3. Bernadette

    Lauren, check this out. http://www.headaches.org/education/Headache_Topic_Sheets/Fish_Oils

    I’ve been plagued with ocular migraines for more than 20 years. While I only get a mild headache, I do have the visual disturbances (starts with a blind spot in one eye and then turns to zig zagging flashing lights) that last for about 20 minutes or so.

    About four or so years ago I started taking a high quality fish oil capsule (Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega available at Amazon) for triglyceride issues. After awhile I began to realize that my migraines had lessened. And instead of one or more a month, they were only occurring every few months. As of this writing I can’t even remember the last time I had one. I mentioned it to my doctor and he said he had never heard of this but it’s the only lifestyle change I’ve made. You might want to do a little research and check with your doctor. It couldn’t hurt.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      thank you! never hurts to ask, you know!?

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