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Monday, May 03, 2010

I May Have Discovered the Fountain of Youth

In the last couple years the amount of gray hairs on my head seem to be reproducing at a rather alarming rate.  They're actually becoming noticeable now.  But, I am still quite unwilling to resort to such drastic measures as dyeing it, so I tend to go through and pluck out the white hairs periodically.

The last time I indulged myself, I was more than a bit distressed at the amount of white hairs I plucked out. Just as I was beginning to wonder if I should break down and call the hairdresser for an appointment I found yet another one.

But this hair was not entirely white.  It was white at the bottom, but the top couple inches were just as black (if not blacker) as the rest of my hair.  I was so surprised by this, that I even saved that hair to show to Joel when he got home.  Very odd indeed (both the hair, and my behavior).

I did some research on it, and it turns out that this phenomenon can happen, and almost always does when a person changes her diet for the better.  Since I have been (mostly) off sugar for the entire year (we won't talk about the few little slips I had in April), and have been trying very hard to eat more vegetables, especially since they're pretty much the only food group I can eat, it seems I have actually reversed the graying process in my hair.

Okay, so it was just one lousy hair.  But I'm sure the rest will follow suit.

Anyway, I may not be losing weight, but vanity still just might keep me on this diet yet.

Pass the broccoli, please.

27 comments :

  1. Bonus! So you will look gorgeous in your body and on your head!

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  2. I always knew vegetables would turn out to be my nemesis. Nemesese? See, I'm so addled by sugar and hair dye I can't even pluralize properly. Meanwhile, yay you! And yay your hair!

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  3. You have to pluck hairs PERIODICALLY? They're STARTING to become noticeable? Boy, I have you beat! Either I need to start eating A LOT more veggies or calling my hairdresser...

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  4. My sis used to pluck out her beginning gray hairs until she caved and started dying. Her hair is cut so cute & short (perfect hat hair).

    You speak of veggie dosing, so I dare ask now, do you guys sing "Veggie Tales" much around your house? The other day I was singing my least fave one (my kids know this) and smiling, "You & me & a sports utility vehicle" -- don't ask me how it ends...

    Here's to more veggies!!

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  5. I know of a couple people who later in life (not that it's later in life for you!) did a switcharoo with their diet/lifestyle.....and their full head of grey-white hair grew back out to their natural youthful color! Pretty cool, huh! Looks like you are on to something.

    ~ Mali

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  6. Wow! That is so interesting! I had no idea that could happen.

    I think I noticed gray hair IN MY BLOND(ish) HAIR this weekend. Actually, my hair is really more of a gray color anyway. The "gray" hair was white. You know.

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  7. Vegetables mean no gray? I think I'll just go with prematurely old looking and stick to eating my chocolate.

    I haven't found any gray yet, but it may be that the hair pulling out my kids cause on a daily basis has kept me from needing extra plucking.

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  8. Serious??? I have always wondered about those (as I have many ... but many more of the full white ones). Okay - brussel sprouts for lunch!

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  9. Have you tried my roasted cauliflower recipe? It's on the blog in the recipe tab. It's the best way to eat cauliflower.

    Haha the word ver was: coment

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  10. Okay, that is definitely good motivation for a good diet...

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  11. How interesting. Any chance fruit has the same effect? I like it much more than veggies.

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  12. I have a friend who's trying to get her full 5 daily of fruits and veggies. I really like her blog, as she's trying to get her daughter to do it too....
    it's making me think a bit differently about my points!

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  13. That is so freakin' awesome!

    That is definitely the curse of us dark-haired lasses - the greys are more noticeable. Luckily, I have only found a couple. So, no dyeing yet for me.

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  14. I am here to wish you all of the luck in the world with that! It's to late for me but if someone could succeed I am sure it will be you. I will be right there cheering you on.

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  15. VERY interesting! I always knew that a healthy diet works miracles!:) I bet with time, you'll be able shed some pounds, too, as your body gets used to your new diet. (BTW, I thought you looked great last summer! We're always our worst critic.)

    If you decide to color your hair:
    In the last couple of years, since our budget has been MUCH tighter than it used to be, and I'm not bringing in my own income to indulge in things that I used to - like getting my hair colored - I've found that for $2.98 a box of hair color at Walmart (vs. a box with gloves for $9.98. I like to buy a box of gloves separate - much cheaper - for cleaning since the chemicals make the eczema on my hands worse when I don't use them) I can color my own hair! It's all-over color, but at least it covers up the few greys that I have, too. Just be sure to wear a shirt you don't care gets stained! And, if you happen to get a smudge of color on your forhead or ear, you can avoid stained skin by wiping it off immediately with a warm wet cloth.

    Good luck!

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  16. One more comment... these two points have helped me eat much healthier during this pregnancy (also realizing that eating for two isn't quite as much as I once thought). I KNOW it's helped me to avoid gaining excess weight this time around!

    #1 Dr Oz: Instead of counting calories, count nutrients.

    #2 Dr. G: (sorry, I only remember his last name started with a G! I just caught a quick glimpse of Oprah when he said this and it's stuck with me.) Focus more on eating single-ingredient foods rather than processed or refined foods.

    Sounds like that's EXACLTY what you're doing! I've eliminated all crackers except for whole-grain; I keep those around for tuna or meat slice stackables for lunch when we get tired of sandwiches. We mostly snack on fruits & veggies throughout the day. I keep a jar of mixed nuts around or cottage cheese to mix fruit into for protein. Oh, and edamame is another great source of protein. It's been great! My kids haven't even complained and eat most everything I put in front of them.

    Obviously, you have your own guidelines you have to follow because of your allergies. I guess I'm just trying to make the point that I feel SO good because I'm eating right! To some it may seem extreme, but I think it's truer to the Word of Wisdom anyway.

    (Don't know what it is about your posts, but they get me chatty! and always thought-provoking)

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  17. Wow, I've been waiting for just the right incentive to cut down on the sweets. Sadly, as much money as it would save me on hair appointments, this ain't enough. Lol! But I applaud you for having the will power! That is AWESOME.

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  18. I have never heard of such a phenomenon, but it sounds great!

    I'm not sure I can give up the sweets though....

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  19. Wait...did I not know that you were a hair color virgin? So...a gray hair reversal diet? Interesting. I've had grays since I was 18.

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  20. What if you find a piece of hair that's really kinky (like crimped, but tiny, tiny kinks)? I found one or two during a long car ride and wondered how they came to be.

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  21. That is really good to know. Bring on the veggies!

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  22. I've been getting some gray for a bit now. No big deal. In my field, I think it actually works for me. But I didn't shave this weekend since church was cancelled. I was dismayed to find white, not gray, in my chin. For some reason, this is profoundly disturbing. I'm going to start eating vegetables.

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  23. Do you think it's too late for me? I have been getting grays for 15 years now, and at first I plucked them out, but stopped when it seemed as though doing that was causing my hair to fall out! (I'm sure it wasn't, just most likely bad eating habits!) So, I am going to try it, and THANK YOU for giving me some motivation to give up the sweets again!

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  24. Now that's an incentive to eat vegetables I might actually go for.

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  25. Ooh! I hope this happens to me! Can I have a sip from this fountain as well?

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  26. I absolutely need a change in my diet too. I have no clue why i've got so sloppy lately... :(

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