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Lovely Lady Locks

Recently, a friend noticed a nice shimmer ‘n shine coming from my head of hair.  I didn’t think twice about it and said it was probably from my conditioner. Now, three compliments later, I am beginning to think I should give my new-found glow some consideration.

It is extremely exciting to have shiny hair. It seems a wee bit girlish, but it confirms that I am nourishing my body. It is amazing how our bodies have so many ways to give alarm signs, or better yet, signs of appreciation.  It has been a long time since I remember having shiny locks. I can recall a photograph that was taken during my pre-teen years where I am showing off some of my hard-earned gymnastic skills. The one thing that sticks out in the photo (besides the bomb-ass splits) is my hair. It is so vibrantly shiny and healthy. Fast forward to my teenage dieting years and say bye bye to healthy, happy hair.

I have since taken into account that several vitamins and minerals require fat in order to be absorbed by the body. Who knew? I obviously blocked that vital fact out of my brain for a big portion of my growing years. I have my friend, Iris, to thank for enlightenment. As a nutrition graduate with a strong emphasis in natural healing, Iris eats like a queen. I am so lucky that I had the opportunity to live with her and learn so much about the benefits and rewards of so many amazing food items. Plus, not only does Iris have exuberant amounts of energy, she also has extremely healthy, shiny, golden hair!

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When I think about all the wonderful nutrient wisdom that Iris introduced me to, I am 100% positive that some of my new food choices provided the missing puzzle pieces to my daily dose of goodness. Some of my newly introduced vitamin and fat sources include:

Avocados – They provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-Vitamins and folic acid. Avocados act as “nutrient boosters” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.

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Eggs provides protein, Vitamin A, & the B-Vitamins. I’ve always been an egg eater, but more so lately. An over easy egg on some Teff Love GF bread with some Earth Balance Coconut Spread. To die for.

Coconut oil/coconut spread provides fatty acids, along with Vitamin E, Vitamin K and minerals such as Iron. If you aren’t familiar with coconut oil and its limitless uses, check out this article by Dr. Joseph Mercola. There are numerous reference sites online, but this is a simple place to start.

I love nuts and seeds! They are a good source of zinc, iron, calcium, and vitamin E. I grew up on peanut butter, but my appetite for delicious treats like hearty almonds, pistachios and macadamias or sesame, sunflower, & pumpkin seeds has grown tremendously. I can’t get enough of the seed bars at our local food Co-op! Sesame seeds and tahini are a constant staple.

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Fish, such as sustainably, troll-caught tuna and Wild Alaskan Salmon, provide an amazing source of Omega-3 and they also provide a conditioned scalp and prevent dull hair color. Many other meat options provide added nutrients, but I usually like to stick with fish (and veggies) as my protein staple.

Root Vegetables – If you haven’t tried beets since you were forced to eat them as a kid or they remind you of that dish at Thanksgiving that you tried to steer clear of, now is the time to reintroduce yourself to the delicious treat! Beets, radishes, carrots, and sweet potatoes are so delicious when steamed and finished with a dash of sea salt. There are so many root vegetables just waiting to give you super hero strength and beautiful lady locks.

Dark Greens, such as kale, broccoli, spinach, and chard and all high in Vitamin A & C and provide a natural hair conditioner. If you don’t find yourself loving salads, then try out a green goodness smoothie!

Yummmmmmm!!!!

So, with that I will share my Mantra of the day:

I am lucky to have access to so much deliciousness! ♥ I am thankful to have friends with so much nutritious food knowledge! ♥ I am happy that my hair has finally started to shine again, and I will continue to feed my body and soul with goodness! ♥

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