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Nivine
February 18th, 2015, 09:34 AM
Hello Ladies :)
Tell us what's your diet and vitamins for a beautiful and healthy hair?:)

Lets start with me. Usually, I don't have a completely healthy diet, however, since the beginning of this year I decided to eat more healthy meals. I added more fish and protein to my diet, cut off sodas and minimum down the intake of sugar and salt, try to eat coconut oil as often as I could, eat more fruits (healthy smoothies) and vegetables, and started to take Omega-3 capsules and a vitamin for skin, nails and hair. Plus, I do take iron capsules as well for long time.

FuzzyBlackWaves
February 18th, 2015, 10:04 AM
Typical day's food:

Breakfast:
Fistful portion of whole grain pasta cooked all dante style topped with chopped garlic.
One egg.
Handful of chicken or two rashers of bacon.
Blueberries.
2 cups of green tea.

Mid-morning snack:
One apple
One banana

Lunch:
Tuna, mayonnaise and kale sandwich on wholewheat bread.
One orange.
2 cups of green tea.

Tea:
One handful of wholegrain rice.
One handful of broccoli.
One handful of kale.
Some sort of meat (usually a chop, steak, or chicken).

Night time snack:
Either yogurt, a handful of nuts or a treat like some chocolate.

I also drink 2 liters of water over the course of the day (it should be noted that I'm on a weight loss mission at the moment - or I'd eat a bit more, but still the same kind of thing).

Mimha
February 18th, 2015, 10:04 AM
Hi Nivine !

Just to tell you that I am convinced that a healthy diet is a key factor for a healthy mane, indeed ! Since I changed my diet due to some health issues (yeast infestation, food intolerances and collateral problems such as anemia), my hair has never been so healthy. I can definitely feel the improvement of the keratin because even if I don't braid it anymore to sleep, I almost have no tangles in the morning, and almost no splits as well. It's amazing !

My diet is mainly based on the total eviction of gluten and added sugar, low starch, lots of organic fresh fruits and vegetables, delactosed dairy, some fish and less meat (but better quality). Besides this, I takes a lot of complements under the form of vitamins (mainly B), and oligo elements (iron, magnesium, omega-3, etc.). I hope to be able to cut off slowly all that once my digestive system will be restored. :)

To my opinion, you can apply whatever stuff on your hair to improve its quality, it will never really work if you don't produce a good keratin "from inside". And that's only possible if you have a healthy life and food. (I 100% believe in "you are made of what you eat"^^).

Concerning food, I must unfortunately avoid kochari and roz-bel-sha3reyya (that I loved soooo much !!), but I can still enjoy a good plate of Egyptian foul ! :D :D

Arctic
February 18th, 2015, 10:47 AM
I don't really have a hair diet, but I try to have a diet that is good for my whole body and mind.

I'm vegetarian, so I pay attention to protein. I take my vitamins and minerals, drink lot of water and try to eat relatively healthily. I tend to skip meals easily, so that's something I pay attention to, and try to eat enough and regularly.

Nivine
February 18th, 2015, 11:01 AM
FuzzyBlackWaves thank you for the detailed diet :D when I read you take 4 cups of green tea a day, I was a bit concerned. But since you're losing weight, I think it's ok as long as you don't overtake it. It can harm your stomach.



Concerning food, I must unfortunately avoid kochari and roz-bel-sha3reyya (that I loved soooo much !!), but I can still enjoy a good plate of Egyptian foul ! :D :D

wow, somebody knows koshari and our Egyptian-style rice and beans!! :applause:


To my opinion, you can apply whatever stuff on your hair to improve its quality, it will never really work if you don't produce a good keratin "from inside". And that's only possible if you have a healthy life and food. (I 100% believe in "you are made of what you eat"^^).
I totally agree with you on that!

Nivine
February 18th, 2015, 11:04 AM
Moi, Arctic :)

I don't really have a hair diet, but I try to have a diet that is good for my whole body and mind.

I'm vegetarian, so I pay attention to protein. I take my vitamins and minerals, drink lot of water and try to eat relatively healthily. I tend to skip meals easily, so that's something I pay attention to, and try to eat enough and regularly.

oh you're a vegetarian! good for you! :D :D
I want to be a vegetarian but it's difficult decision sadly :/
I believe having a diet based on fruits and vegetables is so healthy for overall health. Once the body is in good health, skin and hair will glow and be in great form :)

Arctic
February 18th, 2015, 11:33 AM
Moi Nivine! How amazing your know a Finnish greeting! As for Egyptian food, I love baba ganush, I believe it is also served in Egypt? I make mine (the eggplants) in electric oven, so it lacks the smoky flavour though :(

I found very difficult to leave out dairy products when I was starting out as vegetarian almost 20 years ago (Gosh, I can't believe it's been so long!). Then I was a vegan (not using any animal products in food, clothing, cosmetics, etc) for about 8 years, and now I'm back to vegetarian, but I still eat 95% vegan foods. After getting used to it, the lifestyle and diet have become very easy :) I think it can be a healthy diet at best, but it's not automatically so (many dishes are sugary, salty and fatty, lacking protein, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B-12, etc). But I agree that plants/plant based diets can be very good for you, when it's been taken care of that all nutrient requirements (sp?) and such are met. :)

Nivine
February 18th, 2015, 11:44 AM
I have relatives in Finland and I've been there twice :D I totally loved the country! <3 <3 I just know very little Finnish :D
oh yeah! baba ghanoug! :D I don't eat it that much, but I LOVE tahina (tahini) specially with fish :D
It's easier for you to become a vegetarian because you can find vegetarian food easily. Over here, it's not that trendy and you can't find vegetarian option or products easily :/

eating plants is far more healthier than eating meat. humans are not carnivorous, so eating meat is bad on the long run.

Ambrielle
February 18th, 2015, 11:53 AM
i too am one of those who believe a healthy and balanced diet will reflect on hair, skin and on our overall well being :)

My protein intake comes mostly from fish, i very rarely eat meat. I eat a lot of pulses, vegs, nuts, fruits and make a smoothie every day, i like adding either spinach or kale to them. I avoid skipping meals unless it is one of those days that my body is letting me know it needs to detox, then i'd eat something lighter (salads, fruit). I lean towards being calcium deficient so i keep an eye on my calcium levels, my main source of calcium is almond milk. I should drink more water.

i eat a balanced diet most days but i have learned to listen to my body's needs and would not deprive myself from having the odd unhealthy "treat" from time to time if i wanted to, moderation is the key. I personally don't like suppressing or "resisting" urges without understanding them first because i believe these usually have a deeper underlying cause (emotional) than the "craving" itself for most people especially those who have food addictions and an addictive personality in general. so the way i perceive it is when something is suppressed or "fought against" it will only but grow stronger and become more desirable unconsciously :)

Enrapture
February 18th, 2015, 12:00 PM
Well, I eat a very clean and healthy diet, but unfortunately it doesn't improve my hair growth at all. (probably just slow hair growth genes :D) I mostly eat fruits for breakfast (banana, an apple, persimmon or other fruit), for lunch I eat potatoes, rice or some kind of veggies (today it was sauerkraut, one of my favorite foods :)) with meat or fish (however I don't eat meat everyday). For dinner it's fruit, dried fruit or some veggies. I drink peppermint tea or green tea in between. Overall, I do not eat grains, any processed foods and dairy (with the exception of cheese as I sometimes like to eat hard cheese :) )

Arien
February 18th, 2015, 12:00 PM
I usually try to eat healthily in general, not just for my hair. I like eating lots of vegetables, especially green veggies and I like to make fresh fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies. I try to eat oily fish at least once a week & plenty of protein. I try to eat a low GI diet as often as possible as well. I tend to eat only wholewheat pasta and whole grain rice and bread etc. I really enjoy drinking all sorts of different teas, our kitchen is full to the brim with boxes of tea, it really is becoming quite a passion of mine :). I am taking a multivitamin at the moment, but I am not entirely convinced on that one because I think I already eat well enough to get all the vitamins and minerals I need... Unfortunately at the moment, I am not eating very well at all because we are in the process of having our kitchen re-floored so the cooker, fridge, etc are unavailable as they are currently in my front room! The microwave however is still available so it's been ready meals and takeaways for the last few days. I miss veg & cooking :(. At least the kitchen will look great when it is done though!

monaaa75
February 18th, 2015, 12:06 PM
biotin, biotin, and once again biotin. my hair amount doubled during one year taking biotin (10mg per day). I would post pictures but I cannot yet. Ive never had acne and biotin caused me blackheads on my back, on my chest and chin and also acne in my hairline - but it was worth it. I cut the amount to 2.5mg per day bcz I got tired of my chin looking bad, but I will never stop talking it completely. For my baby thin and fine hair it was the best thing that ever happened ;)

endlessly
February 18th, 2015, 12:11 PM
I'm very fortunate that no matter what state my health is in, my hair isn't ever really affected and will continue to be healthy and grow strong. However, I have a lot of sensitivity issues when it comes to food, so I normally follow the rule of "if I feel miserable after eating '____', then I can't eat it anymore". I've been a vegetarian for many, many years and quite recently, I also cut out a lot of the fattier foods and sweets I used to enjoy because I simply lost my appetite for them. Mostly, I eat a ton of fruits and vegetables as well as different types of grains. My only real "indulgence" is my morning coffee, otherwise I try to drink a ton of water and different teas. Since I have a lot of food sensitivity issues, I rarely eat dairy products anymore since I am lactose-intolerant, but sometimes I just crave a slice of pizza and say to hell with the consequences!

A normal day for me is my morning coffee/tea and toast with peanut butter for breakfast, normally a snack of some sort (mostly vegetables or a fruit smoothie), then a small dinner of whatever I have handy. I don't really have any large sit-down meals anymore, just lots of small snacks throughout the day whenever I'm feeling peckish.

As for vitamins...I tried taking biotin, but my skin reacted horribly to it, so that was cut out. But, I'm taking magnesium for my joints and a pretty huge amount of Vitamin D (I'm severely deficient).

FuzzyBlackWaves
February 18th, 2015, 02:03 PM
FuzzyBlackWaves thank you for the detailed diet :D when I read you take 4 cups of green tea a day, I was a bit concerned. But since you're losing weight, I think it's ok as long as you don't overtake it. It can harm your stomach.



wow, somebody knows koshari and our Egyptian-style rice and beans!! :applause:


I totally agree with you on that!

I think I read somewhere that 6 cups is the cut off point before it starts to get harmful :) I must admit, 4/5 cups a day has been my routine for the last couple of years.

raemarthe
February 18th, 2015, 02:15 PM
I eat a lot of eggs, and vegetables. I'm also gluten free, and avoid sugar, just because I just don't usually like eating it! What I concentrate most on though however is drinking a lot of water, at least half a gallon a day. I think that my boosted water in take has really helped my hair growth. I also drink a lot of tea, some times several times a day!

JellyBene
February 18th, 2015, 02:24 PM
I was blessed with a high metabolism and have always used it as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted (basically a bunch of processed junk). About 6 months ago I made some pretty big changes after a routine blood test showed some less than healthy results. Skinny doesn't always mean healthy!

For breakfast now I usually do a smoothie with a few cups of water, a handful of kale, a banana, a big scoop of peanut butter and frozen mangoes.
For lunch I typically eat lentil soup which I make in bulk every couple weeks. Or if I'm out at work I'll eat somewhere like Subway.
And for dinner it varies but I usually cook at home (chicken, rice, fish, casserole). I try to stick to organic food and whole grains. or if I eat out I try to keep it healthy as far as restaurants go.
I also tend to be low in iron so I take a prenatal vitamin which I've heard can benefit hair.
Honestly I can't say I've seen much of a difference in my hair, maybe a bit less greasy? It might be thicker too, I can't tell yet because I'm still growing out a pretty short cut, its at a bob now but still lots of layers making it hard to tell. Then again 6 months only could have grown like 4 inches of hair maximum so it's very possible I'll be able to see some change as it grows longer!

Calypso
February 18th, 2015, 02:28 PM
I try to eat healthily... having said that, I just had a massive pizza and a load of chocolate and am now in a food coma. I'm vegan so I try and eat lots of fruit, veg, and nuts to get all my nutrients. I love avocados and almonds, both of which are great for hair! I also eat lots of beans for the protein.