I LOVE FOOD.
The taste, smell, texture- everything. It’s not the healthiest relationship. So its no surprise that since the beginning of this hair journey, I’ve gained a little too much weight.
Now just to make it clear- this is NOT a ‘foodie’ or weight loss blog. I will never preach at you ladies, or say fried chicken is disgusting. Cause that would be a lie. It’s amazing.
But, in the interest of full disclosure- I always want to tell you what I’m doing- especially if I think it has an effect on my hair.
It’s pretty well known that vitamins and nutrients are essential to healthy skin and nails. Many of us on the hair journey will try Biotin, Hairfinity, or Multivitamins to encourage growth/strength/length retention. I’m no different. I take a vitamin everyday (plain ol’ Target brand Women Multivitamin) and occasionally will pop a Biotin, if I remember. I have seen a noticeable change, and I figured that may be due less to what I not taking and more to what I am eating.
Junk. Too much fat, oils, meat enzymes etc. My one a day vitamin can’t compete with my daily junk food habit. I’ve been researching ways to eat healthier, and after much deliberation, I settled on a ‘Weekday Vegetarian’ diet.
Monday through Friday, my meals consist of veggies and meat replacement proteins (that means soy burgers and stuff, also I do eat egg and dairy products) and on Weekends I eat whatever meats I want too (right now that’s mostly chicken). Occasionally during the week, I’ll sneak in a tuna sandwich or piece of Salmon at dinner.
It hasn’t been hard at all! I’m never hungry, cooking at home a lot, sleeping better, more energy- and in a month, I’ll tell you what Zola the Frola thinks of my new habits!
Every once in a while, if I find a great recipe/smoothie mix (i.e. doesn’t taste like I’m chewing grass and dirt. Lol)- I’ll post it (and pics)- on instagram/Twitter so make sure you’re following @NapturalNicole if you’re interested.
**Mini Update: I’m about 10 days into the Weekday Vegetarian lifestyle- and while I wasn’t doing this explicitly for weight loss- I can happily report that I have lost 5 lbs (probably water weight)- and can fit into a pair of mustard colored corduroys from LOFT that I’ve been DYING to wear all winter (but I couldn’t get them on). #teamveggies!**
Has ‘going natural’ made you rethink your eating for growth or health reasons? What changes have you made?