Generally speaking, I consider myself to be a “healthy” person. According to our “industry standards,” My BMI falls into the normal weight range for my gender and height, recent blood work results showed no real red flags or signs of danger, I try to watch what I consume, I strive to eat whole and healthy foods and I clock a decent amount of exercise daily. My goal for this year is to become the best version of myself in all areas of life- and perhaps the reason behind today’s post too.
Anywho, several months ago I was cozied up on the couch reading a book to my niece and simultaneously running my fingers through my hair when I felt several spots on my scalp that should have hair!! Umm. I took several photos of these spots and became increasingly alarmed at what I seeing. (I’ll spare you the photos) I want to say that I brushed this discovery off and reduced it to stress, not a big deal, etc but after googling every possible scenario of all the reasons why one might start losing hair… I promptly shut all those web MD experts down and called my primary care physician (who ordered said blood work). Apparently, losing hair as “reason for visit” was not the usual around there and I was advised to cut my hair to a shorter style, use a special shampoo and avoid using hair dryers and hot tools for the next few months or so and to see a dermatologist if it worsens.
I requested a second opinion on the matter- as I needed to know WHY this was happening and if it was somewhat of a normal occurrence that people don’t typically discuss!?
Eventually, I was prescribed to a month of antibiotics and after that month came and went, my hair started to show signs of re growth.
Sooooo… what’s the point here, you ask!? I mean, you’re prob all “Jill… GIT. You had an issue, it was solved with antibiotics, the doctor called it a fancy name (alopecia areata) and all was well…”
(BTW, if you’re wondering, by definition, Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks healthy hair follicles)
Well, because this is not just about hair falling out. In the midst of all this, I began to feel sort of jet lagged. In other words- just an all around feeling of “blah.” Brain fog, fatigue, irritable at times, headaches, just… something felt a little off. (Off enough for me to notice that something felt off!!) For a while, I blamed travel and side effects from month long antibiotics.
So, do tell me- have you done the Whole 30? Any tips!? Am I the last to embark on this!? Is it really life changing!? So many questions…
I ordered this book below…
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I’ll post and share weekly updates and mayyyybe a pretty pic of a meal every now and then. If you have questions, need help- or just want to chat- please let me know! There are so many things that are simply out of our control, but I realize I’m not getting younger and being proactive about my health and diet is one thing that I can change today to help become a better version than I was yesterday.