A while back my best friend, Angela, sent me a text message that read:
“My hair is so thin and it makes me sad.”
For this reason, the inspiration of hair has forced me to write this post because, really, we all want perfect “mermaid hair”.
We all know the obvious of why hair gets damaged: Sun, Over washing, coloring it, hot tools, even stepping outside in the city air.
But have you thought about your diet? No? Well start.
If you’re living off of sugar, not getting your essential fatty and amino acids along with your antioxidants and vitamins, yeah, your mane is going to be fragile, brittle, thin and dull. Nobody wants boring hair (and if you don’t care then stop reading… now).
Another case in point: You’re really busy, career oriented, have a family to take care of, only get 5 hours of sleep; STOP IT.
Not only does your tresses take a hit but so does your body. Your hair is a reflection of your health and with the piles of stress being added, you could be losing piles of your hair; you need sleep and relaxation, period.
Stress can also create an imbalance in us females.
Male hormone=bad, female hormone=good. Got it?
Stress can create an over production of testosterone, which is our hair enemy. Progesterone and estrogen, they love helping your hair out. Stress, illness, medication (including birth control) can all hinder how your mane decides to grow.
Okay so now that, that is out of the way, let’s get to the kick-ass healthy hair diet fix.
Try skipping getting your nutrition from little pills which can contain fillers and other things that don’t allow you to absorb all those good nutrients. Fill your plate with wholesome delicious food (of course the occasional cheat day is necessary so don’t freak out).
Mermaid Hair Diet ( #IReallyAmAMermaid//AKA The Brazilian Body Diet)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3’s reduce inflammation and actually moisturize your skin.
Q: What is your scalp?
A: Part of your skin.
One of the signs that you are lacking this healthy fat is a dry scalp, thinning hair and brittle fingernails. Yuck.
Good old Wild Caught Salmon and Organic: Avocado, Almonds, Flaxseed and Walnuts can help you with that problem.
Vitamins A & C
These little super powers help you produce the oil necessary to lubricate your hair. Hello shiny locks!
Munch on Organic: Spinach, Swiss Chard, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Butternut Squash, Bell Peppers, Kale, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts and Strawberries.
Zinc is a superhero, for your hair. It stops your hair from falling out before it’s suppose to (awesome)! Less cleaning of that brush and the bathroom floor? Yes, please!
Try Organic: Cashews, pecans and almonds.
Q: What is your hair made of?
Trick question, I know.
Yes, this bad boy makes up the building blocks of your hair, SO EAT IT.
High quality protein includes: Organic Free Range Chicken/Turkey, Organic Cage-Free Eggs, Organic Grass-Fed Beef can help you out.
Biotin and Vitamin B-12
Biotin is great for your mood, hair, skin AND nails. This triple beauty threat (and single threat for your mind) helps prevent breakage while B-12 helps carry a little oxygen to your cells (including those in your hair follicles) allowing them to function properly.
Add Organic Free Range Eggs (the yolks more specifically) Organic Wild Fish, Organic: Nuts, Gluten-Free Oatmeal and Organic Free Range Poultry to your shopping list.
In a nutshell, if you experience hair loss, brittle hair, or other symptoms regarding your hair talk to your doctor about your medications, lighten up on the stress load, get some sleep and work with this Brazilian body diet!
Your printable shopping list (edit as you please!)
– Organic Free Range Chicken
– Organic Ground Grass-Fed Beef
– Wild Salmon (with no added hormones or antibiotics)
– Organic Cage-Free Eggs
– Organic Raw Almonds
– Organic Raw Cashews
– Organic Spinach
– Organic Kale
– Organic Bell Peppers (The more colorful the better!)
– Organic Avocado
– Organic Tomatoes
– Organic Broccolini
– Organic Butternut Squash (It’s Fall!)
– Organic Gluten-Free Oatmeal
– Organic Almond Yogurt (Plain)
– Organic Strawberries
Organic gluten-free oatmeal mixed with your plain organic almond yogurt and flaxseed and add your strawberries on top.
*The plain almond yogurt has a lot of sweetness to it already, if you are feeling it’s a little dull add some organic raw honey in the mix.
A vegetable hash with Organic Kale, Broccolini and Bell Peppers topped with an egg (or two) sunnyside up! Jell-o yolks freak you out? Take two egg whites1 and one full egg, whisk, and make a scramble! Top with a little avocado and your set.
Grilled or Baked Organic Free Range Chicken (I like to marinate in Dijon mustard with Thyme, Rosemary, a little sea salt and pepper before grilling or baking!)
Over Spinach with sliced Organic Raw Almonds, Tomatoes and chopped carrots.
Grilled salmon (with lemon, onion, capers, and thyme) with Grilled Broccolini on the side. YUM.
Organic Grass-Fed beef meatballs! Add some chopped carrot, bell peppers and onion, salt and pepper, a little homemade tomato sauce if you like, thyme, basil and one full egg. BOOM roll those babies into little balls and you have your meatballs!
Snacks: Almond butter and a half of a banana, Kale chips (can also be used as a side for dinner) almond yogurt and berries (great as a desert!)
Okay there you go the Mermaid Hair Diet and your Brazilian Body Diet, and your look gorgeous whatever diet. Ideas, Thoughts, even a damn shopping list. NO MORE EXCUSES.