Food That Makes Your Hair Grow
Does talking about eating healthy already give you anxiety?
Can we talk about why it might be giving you anxiety?
For me, even as a trainer and someone who studies this stuff all the time, I still don't think there is a perfect diet for anyone out there. And I think that any nutrition that pigeonholes you into a certain style whether is be Paleo, Keto, Autoimmune Paleo, Vegetarianism, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free - I think it's doing you a disservice.
Here's why. When a diet recommends that you try out Keto, it leaves no room for health issues that it could make worse. Someone with Adrenal Insufficiency may not be able to handle large amounts (or any) meat because their Liver and Gallbladder function is down. On the other hand, Vegetarianism may be harmful to someone who is deficient in certain types of iron only found in meat. Paleo can cause problems for the overtrained athlete who actually needs to create glycogen stores in their body which they are typically deficient in. A Gluten Free diet may be too much for a Chronic Fatigue sufferer to tackle when they can barely function and need carbs for energy. Someone trying to lose weight needs a balanced diet of all these things.
When I first started my healing journey, a recommendation of auto-immune paleo diet from a coach was actually really harmful for me. This diet cuts out all grains, legumes, nightshade vegetables (potatoes and tomatoes), eggs, and definitely sugar. I had no energy to prepare all of these special meals I was supposed to be consuming, and I definitely wasn't building up my carb deficient liver glycogen. Cutting out all grains really made me worse off. And having to digest all that protein was exhausting.
On top of the fact that I really needed carbohydrates, the list of "Thou shalt not eats" was extremely stressful and overwhelming, and even left me crying at times. My husband would bring home pizza because I didn't have the energy to cook dinner, and it which bring me to tears sometimes.
When I started adding rice and potatoes back into my life, I started to feel much better.
So what we are going to do is eat for health, and change our view of food as fuel and medicine rather than something we need to control, or something we need to eliminate to lose weight.
This is not intuitive eating - This is not a green light to eat whatever feels good.
It's an effort to change how we view food, and to start listening to how our own personal body reacts to what we are consuming. We need to start recognizing how eating a fast food burger might deplete our energy and makes us bloated and inflammed, and to avoid it for those reasons. Avoiding food because it's going to make us gain weight is never a good plan and it never lasts. We need to see that eating a few bites of a dessert can satiate that sugar craving and not feel like we have to finish it. You may not be in tune with what is happening yet, but you will. Sometimes we feel so crappy all the time, that we don't realize that there is a different way to feel when eating food. The more natural foods become a part of your everyday diet, the worse unnatural foods will make you feel when you eat them. After cutting them out, they usually won't taste as good.
Your body is not my body. Your body is genetically predisposed to react to certain foods in a different way than mine is. Our bodies may need different nutrients from different foods. You may need more carbs or protein than I. By writing down how our body feels after eating food, we can figure out if that is something that we should keep eating, or if maybe we can find substitutions.
Gut Health is Everything
We have an amazingly diverse collection of bacteria in our stomach that are designed to help fight invader bacteria and a single layered cell lining that encompasses 3/4 of our digestive system. This lining can damaged however when we stress our bodies with unhealthy foods, and just from stress in general. This is especially true when it comes to those of us with digestion issues or Chrohn's disease. A damaged lining can block nutrients from being absorbed, and cause our bodies to develop leaky gut syndrome. What follows is allergic and inflammatory reactions to foods you may not have been previously allergic to. It's common to become allergic to dairy when Gluten is a main staple in your diet, and your lining is stressed out. Many of our autoimmune issues, stresses, depression, migraines and inflammatory issues comes come from all of this going in your gut. This is also why eliminating stress is such an important part of this program. You will learn some simple techniques in the following chapter that can help you. Your gut can't heal if it is still feeling these subconscious stresses.
It is important to understand why we are eating the foods we are eating, so if you want to read more about gut health, this is a really good resource.
There 5 general guidelines we can follow we trying to implement healthy eating, and make it a lifelong change. Our goal is to eat foods that are healing, and are full of vitamins and minerals. We want food that makes our hair grow, which is also food that will heal our bodies. We want to avoid eating food that will stress our bodies out.
1. Natural is always better.
The closer your food comes to being picked out of the ground or off of a tree, the better it is for you. You can't ever match the nutrient density of a salad of fresh veggies, or the healing power of a green smoothie. Once that food is cooked, frozen, canned, or processed, it generally loses a portion of its nutritional value.
Don't let that scare you away from eating veggies because they are cooked, however. It is good to include raw vegetables at some point in your day.
Also, food that is raw contains its own digestive enzymes to help it your gut break it down. Food that is cooked, or just a shell of its former self like potato chips, has to be aided by enzymes created by your liver and stored in your gallbladder. We want to give our insides as much help as possible, so eating these raw foods will help in that regard. Taking digestive enzymes can also be extremely helpful and will give your insides the help it needs. We will go over more of that in chapter 8.
In order to heal, we are going to try and pick food that has the most nutrients in it for healing. So that would be fruits and vegetables for starters.
2. Protein doesn't have to come from cows (or pigs, or sheep, or chickens)
There is still a huge misconception that protein only comes from meat, and that we should eat it with every meal in order for our muscles to grow. In fact if you are chronically fatigued or overtrained, eating a lot of meat can be really hard on our bodes. Meat comes with it's own enzymes to help it to digest - Until you cook it. So unless you are eating it raw, your liver has to provide a large amount of digestive enzymes to break down meat when you consume it. To an already tired body, this can really deplete your energy reserves.
However, cooking the bones and making your own bone broth is an exceptional way to pull nutrients that you may need, and is an extremely healing concoction. I did this for a large portion of time when trying to really heal my body. I stopped when I became pregnant and couldn't handle the smell of it cooking all day, but it is definitely something you should try. If its not something you can manage you can also buy organic bone broth.
There are definitely a lot more protein sources like amaranth, spirulina, and brown rice but this is a good start.
When you choose other protein sources, you also have the added benefit of nutrient density that is missing in meat.
I am not a vegetarian, but I do know that reducing meat intake can help your body to heal, and will leave you feeling like you have a little more energy after eating.
3. Eat other grains 90% of the time
Here's the thing guys, we need grains. You can check out this study that links grain consumption to longer life span. @2 But I don't need a study to show me what I see in the fascia of my clients. People who eat a Keto/ low carb paleo diet typically come to me with injuries, stressed out/ dehydrated fascia, and really high anxiety and irritability. My hair dresser remarked that all her clients on Keto have hair that is literally starving and just breaks off halfway down the shaft. Diets shouldn't make us feel like this, and this one does not qualify as a low stress diet.
Those of you who are chronically fatigued or overtrained are particularly vulnerable to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and should definitely be including healthy grains in your diet.
All the grains mentioned above are going to more nutrient dense, protein dense, less likely to cause inflammation than wheat. Outside of Celiac, wheat can still cause your body to have inflammatory responses.
Grains that seem to be pretty safe for most people include Quinoa, Rice, Oats, Brown, Rice, and Amaranth. There are a whole list of other grains that are not very common, like Spirulina and Sorghum, but most of you are not even going to rush out and learn to cook with those.
The goal here is to give you a lifelong meal plan that you can actually follow (and want to follow) that doesn't require hours of cooking. There may be some of you that are on board some major meal prep and I seriously applaud you. I'm going to give you real life ways that you can eat healthy on a busy schedule. I don't love to cook, and especially loathe meal prepping 20 meals at the beginning of the week. My secret is that when I do cook something, I make a lot of it and then save it. This works especially with green smoothies, soup, salad, and grilled chicken. If you are making dinner, always make extra servings.
5. There is no starting over.
Once you commit to starting, you have started. Once you make a conscious decision to eat healthier and notice how food makes you feel, you have began. Therefore eating 1 or 2 cookies doesn't make you a failure, nor does it ruin previous efforts made. This is not all or nothing, and the sooner you accept that, the sooner you will eat for the right reasons. You want to feel better, have more energy, and reduce inflammation in the body. The healthier you eat, the more you will notice how badly the unhealthy food makes you feel. You will notice how homemade cookes with butter affect you differently than the grocery store cookies made with margarine. You will be able to tell which restaurants cook with healthy ingredients, and who uses MSG for flavoring.
This week you going to start noticing how different food is making you feel after you eat. Record what you ate, and then if you felt energized, tired, bloated, irritable, etc 10-20 min later.
If you have an autoimmune disease, you will be well served to avoid food that your body is sensitive to.
4. The Best Plan is the one you are going to follow
Eat this, not that
When you have a choice, pick the better option