Walking Challenge Day 1

Yes! I did it! I got my 30-day walking challenge started! I logged 5 miles broken down into 3 different walks. The first walk was 2.5 miles and I did it at the crack of dawn. That left me the rest of the day to squeeze in another 2.5 miles. Simply walking around doing normal daily chores is about a mile, leaving me with another 1.5 miles to walk. 

The humidity in Virginia is around 90 percent, so even a slow walk will leave you sweating after an hour. Even though noon is one of the hottest parts of the day, I decided I wanted to take a break from my desk and get some vitamin D. The second walk of the day was around 11 am. The first few minutes were brutal as I adjusted to the heat and humidity. I walked around the perimeter of my yard. The yard is lined with trees, so that provides me with some shade from the hot sun. 

My final walk was around five o’clock. I noticed that I still had half a mile to walk. I threw on my headphones and headed out to the yard. I walked back and forth while listening to some of the 80s songs my physical education teacher played during gym class. It was quite fun. 

Benefits from my 30-day walking challenge

The best benefit that a 30-day walking challenge is having on me is that I’m staying motivated and consistent about this goal. While that may not translate to weight loss or health benefits right now, I know it will in the long run. I have noticed a few health benefits from simply walking for almost two hours over the past week. 

  • Better breathing. My nasal passages are clear. There is no congestion and my breathing is light and easy. 
  • Increased stamina. When I started out, I would tire after a mile or two. Now I feel energized to keep going. 
  • Improved mood. I’m noticing that fewer things are bothering me. I’m finding that I’m happy while I’m out in nature and walking. 
  • Stronger muscles. I do think that my leg muscles are getting stronger. The first few days I would feel sore after my walks. The soreness is decreasing and I feel like my legs are stronger. 

What I hope to gain 

Many people take on these types of challenges for weight loss, but my weight is pretty stable. I do hope to see more improvement from my autoimmune condition. I have lost all of my hair due to Alopecia Universalis. I have started to see some fine arm and leg hairs return. I’m hoping this will continue and they will make an appearance on my head. 

I’m hoping that my memory will improve. I’m 46 and noticing that I have more memory issues this year than I have had in the past. Nothing too serious, but just sometimes I’m wondering why the heck did I come into this room? What can you do? Take a walk! 

Gaining a greater appreciation for nature and the world around me is something that I would like to accomplish with my 30 days of walking. I’m noticing the birds around me as I walk. I’ve also been able to observe raccoons, foxes, squirrels, and deer in the morning during my walks. It is fun to marvel at the animals that share this world with us. 

Finally, I hope to increase my vitamin D levels. Both alopecia and epilepsy are associated with low vitamin D levels. By maintaining normal levels, I hope to improve both conditions. 

Doing the 30 Day Walking Challenge

I’m embarrassed to admit that I got lazy and a little out of shape. Throughout my life, I have gone from athlete to sedentary lifestyle and back. I do find that when I am consistent with physical activity that I do feel my best. Some of the reasons that I may stop my physical activity have included seizures, weather, and extra work. Getting back on track can seem difficult at first, but having a challenge can kick-start that journey. 

I’ve been focused on getting more sunshine and natural light into my life as a way to combat depression, increase my vitamin D levels, and hopefully reverse my alopecia universalis. Last weekend, I went on a hike to the lovely Great Falls national park and realized I should combine my sunbathing with walking. Apparently, there are thirty day walking challenges for those of us who have neglected their physical activity!

What is the 30 Day Walking Challenge? 

It is a commitment to getting active for 30 days in a row. The challenge for most people will be to fit a daily walk into their already busy schedule. Whether you are just starting out, or already have a walking routine, the 30 day walking challenge helps you increase your stamina and set a routine that you can live with. 

For me, the 30 day walking challenge will be walking 5 miles per day for 30 days. I have been walking 10,000 steps for the last ten days. That equates to just above 4 miles per day. My challenge will be to fit a few more steps in and keep it consistent every single day! 

How to Get Started with the Walking Challenge

This challenge is pretty simple. You just take a walk everyday. But if you really want to set yourself up for success, you may want to take these additional steps. 

  1. Find a specific time each day that you can commit to walking. 
  2. Set a goal for how long and how far you will walk. Keep in mind, if you are trying to fit in 5 miles, you will be walking for about 2 hours per day. The walking distance can be broken up into two or three shorter walks. 
  3. Track your progress. Use your iphone as a step counter or purchase a FitBit to track your mileage. You can also just walk a path that you know the distance. 
  4. Keep it fun. I have been listening to music and podcasts during my walk. It keeps me entertained and motivated to keep putting one foot in front of the other. 
  5. Reward your consistency. Goals are fun, but goals that have rewards may keep you more motivated. Reward yourself with a night out or some new shoes. You could treat yourself to a Starbucks coffee or a drive in movie. Try not to let the reward be something that will derail your fitness goals!

Benefits of Walking

This walking challenge will do more for you than simply get you putting one foot in front of the other. You will notice incredible health benefits. You won’t believe how the simple act of taking a walk can improve your mood and overall health. 

Below are some of the documented benefits of walking:

  1. Improved well-being.
  2. Increased joint health.
  3. Increased metabolism.
  4. Extra vitamin D from being out in the sunshine.

How to Walk 

Poor posture can impact your overall health. If you are doing the walking challenge with bad posture, you won’t see all of the benefits that are possible. Stand up straight to ensure that you are breathing efficiently. As you walk, you may want to think about how you are moving. 

  • Neck: hold your head up and think about the distance between your ear lobes and shoulders. Your head should be balanced above your shoulders and not hunched forward. Holding your head up reduces the hunched posture that can come from sitting too long at a computer. 
  • Arms: Allow your arms to flow back and forth like a pendulum. Don’t force the movement. 
  • Hips: Keep your abdominals lifted in and up to strengthen the core. 
  • Feet: Allow your foot to have a nice, soft roll from the heel to the toes. 

Go for a walk! 

Now that you know how great walking can be for your health, set some walking goals and hop on this 30 day walking challenge with me! While I’m not overly optimistic that it will cure my baldness (hey, I’ve been working on doing that with a gazillion diets for the last 15 years), I know that my mood is much better with the increased step count. I’m loving getting out in the sunshine and taking walks at the crack of dawn. I do find that I am becoming more productive too! 

Dealing with Herxheimer Reactions

Well, I am on day 14 of the Hair N’ Heal program. I must say that this week has been harder than I anticipated. I did actually have Herkzheimer reactions to cleaning up my diet. They were kind of scary and pretty annoying. At first, I thought the program wasn’t working. I had changed diets before in the past with no problem, so I didn’t anticipate having some break outs and headaches. 

I was a bit nervous about taking supplements that supported MORE detox, so I didn’t order the plethora of supplements that were recommended right away. I think if I had started taking them all right away, I would have been hugging the toilet while they all came up. (It has happened before when I started taking multiple vitamins at once.)

Exercise during Herxheimer Reactions

While I was advised NOT to exercise, in the past NOT exercising has kept me constipated. I find that a daily walk helps to massage the intestinal organs and keep things moving along. So, I have been doing a walk for about an hour a day. 

The other exercise that I have included is Pilates. I love Pilates because it is low-impact and not too strenuous. When you get tired, you can easily modify the exercise to suit your abilities. For my routine, I have found some simple beginner Pilates videos on youtube that are only 30 minutes in length. I feel like this is the perfect length to get some movement into my life without overdoing it. 

Hydration and Herxheimer

Lots of people tell you to drink tons of water and it is hard to know exactly how much is enough or too much for that matter. I personally have found that I’m drinking extra water while taking the supplements. This causes me some concern about staying hydrated. You will end up peeing out the excess water and with it some of your minerals if you take too much. 

I have focused on only drinking when I am thirsty or when I’m taking supplements. I have been consuming bone broth daily and that is full of water and electrolytes, so I shouldn’t have to worry too much about dehydration. 

Sleeping and Detoxing

It was recommended to sleep a ton. Johanna mentioned that she sleeps up to 9 hours each night. I haven’t noticed much desire to sleep that much. There were just two days this week when I came home from work completely exhausted and feeling bad from the detoxing. I crashed and went right to bed. 

I will say that didn’t last long. I’m back to my normal sleeping pattern and feel pretty good with just 6-7 hours per night. I don’t feel the need to sleep during the day. I do notice that if I take a walk that I get energized and feel much better. 

Tips for Dealing with a Herxheimer Reaction

So, now that I’m in the midst of a good Herxheimer reaction, I’m going to share my tips for dealing with it. 

  1. Allow yourself to rest if you feel you need it. 
  2. Take walks to keep your body moving. 
  3. Keep a box of tissues nearby. You never know when your nose will start dripping. 
  4. Eat plenty of food. Don’t starve yourself. 
  5. Drink bone broth to keep your electrolytes up.
  6. Meditate. 
  7. Eat plenty of fats to help moisturize your skin if you have rashes. 

Herxheimer reactions don’t last forever, but they can seem scary when you go through them especially if you rarely ever have headaches like me. It is always a bit unnerving to experience something uncomfortable like a Herxheimer reaction especially when you normally don’t experience headaches. I just keep reminding myself that this is part of the healing process! 

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplement Review

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplement Review

I took the Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin and Nails supplement for about a month to try to cure my alopecia universalis. This is my opinion of the product.

Name: Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplement
Website: Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplement
Price: $23.50
Owners: Nature’s Bounty
Overall Rank: 80 out of 100

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Vitamin Supplement, Product Overview

This is a combination of vitamins that are thought to nourish the hair follicles, skin, and nails. Many people rely on this supplement to strengthen their nails and encourage their hair to grow stronger. This supplement comes as 150 rapid-release liquid soft gels.

The softgels feature 5000 mcg of biotin to support good hair and healthy nails. It also has a daily dose of vitamin C & vitamin E to support glowing skin in the person taking the supplement. The B vitamins in this product help with energy metabolism and vitamin A assists with overall health.

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

PRO #1: Easy to take softgels. There is no gross flavor.
PRO #2: Inexpensive. The product is less than a dollar per day.
PRO #3: Produces some results even for people who don’t have hair.

The Bad:

CON #1: Contains ingredients that are not beneficial for people with autoimmune conditions including soybean oil, vegetable glycerin, soy lecithin, carmine color, mica, silica, titanium dioxide color. These additives can be problematic for someone who has an autoimmune disease.
CON #2: Accidental overdose will cause vomiting.

Who is Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails For?

This product is probably ideal for someone who is experiencing hair thinning but does not have any other major health conditions. It is also good for someone who wants to strengthen their nails because they are weak and chipping.

Nature’s Bounty Tools & Training

While taking a daily vitamin is not difficult, Nature’s Bounty does provide information on their website about Beauty, Food & Vitamins. You can find a lot of beauty tips and good information on their website. They will recommend other supplements for you as well.

Nature’s Bounty Support

Nature’s Bounty has customer service representatives that will answer your questions about the product. You can use this contact form to get in touch with them if you have a question about drug interactions, dosing, medical conditions, and vitamin product information.

The Hair, Skin, and Nails Price

The cost of the hair, skin and nails vitamins for a one-month supply is $23.50. This is fairly reasonable and most middle-class families can afford to buy this supplement. The cost is actually on the lower end for hair supplements. There are some more natural supplements that cost three times that amount.

My Final Opinion of Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails

I would continue to take this product if it weren’t for the fact that it has some fillers that are bad for people with autoimmune diseases. It is not recommended in the online hair n’ heal coaching program that I joined, so I won’t try taking it again for at least two months.

I do think that these vitamins played a role in helping to regrow my vellus eyelashes on the bottom eyelids. I was definitely encouraged and saw other people saying that it takes about 4 months to see real progress. Unfortunately, I found this other program that is specifically targeted to the autoimmune hair loss that I currently have.

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails at a Glance…

Name: Hair, Skin and Nails Vitamins

Website: NaturesBounty.com
Owners: Nature’s Bounty
Price: $23.50
Overall Scam Rank: 80 out of 100

VERDICT: LEGIT! I do think that these vitamins are priced reasonably and will produce results for most people if they continue to take them. I purchased them because I was tired of taking the Purify gummies. I think I simply prefer to swallow my vitamins!

What is the Cause of Bloating and Gas?

I just started this “healthy” elimination that Alopecia Angel recommended and now I’m plagued with bloating and gas. What? Oh no! I’m frustrated because I paid for a solution to my hair loss and suddenly I’m feeling gut pains that I normally don’t feel. 

The nice thing about the Hair N’ Heal program is that you do have some email support. I sent Johanna (Alopecia Angel) a message and let her know about my discomfort. She responded within 24 hours to let me know that I will receive a list of supplements to take along with the program that will alleviate the bloating. 

In the meantime, walking and Pilates exercises seem to be helping to reduce my bloating. I’ve been documenting everything that I eat to try to identify the cause, but it is difficult. 

Cause of Bloating

There are actually many causes of bloating and it is important to identify the one that is causing your bloating in order to eliminate it and gain some relief. Bloating results from gas trapped in your intestinal track. The following are things that can cause bloating:

  • Swallowing air 
  • Foods known to cause gas
  • Constipation
  • Overeating, eating too quickly
  • Reflux (GERD)
  • Weight gain
  • Menstruation (in some women)

While I examine these, I see two potential causes other than specific foods that may be the culprit. My menstrual cycle will start in a few days and I have been constipated for a couple of days. The cause of my bloating could be due to hormones and not a dietary change. 

Foods Known to Cause Gas

Since a dietary change is still a possibility, I can’t rule out the foods that I started eating on the Autoimmune Paleo diet that Alopecia Angel recommended. Eating more foods that have a high histamine content or that produce gas could also be the cause of my bloating. 

Below are some of the common foods that are known to cause gas: 

  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Turnips
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Artichokes
  • Onions
  • Pears
  • Wheat
  • Soft drinks
  • Processed foods

These vegetables contain gas-producing elements such as raffinose or fructose. While they may have many health benefits, these sugars can create excess gas and produce pain for some people. Since I’m avoiding processed foods and wheat products, it is possible that I’m eating too many of these gas-producing foods. 

Because I have been able to handle these foods in the past without too much issue, it is also possible that it is a combination of the menstrual hormones and the gas-producing foods that is giving me pains. 

Tips on Controlling Gas

While I’m suffering from bloating, I’m going to make a plan to reduce the gas-producing foods in my diet and relieve the bloat. The following are some tips that I discovered on another website as well as some that I think may help my situation. 

  1. Reduce the amount of gas-producing foods. 
  2. Take a long walk. 
  3. Limit eating to only meals. 
  4. Increase consumption of foods that don’t produce gas – meat, lettuce, zucchini. 
  5. Avoid seltzer water and carbonated beverages. 

Hopefully, this plan will get me through the next few days while I wait for Alopecia Angel to evaluate my intake form and recommend supplements for me to take during this program. I also feel that the bloating could be due to a histamine intolerance as the foods also triggered some sneezing this morning. I’m going to look into low-histamine foods and consume them. 

Periogen Tartar Removal Review

Periogen Tartar Removal Review

Name: Periogen
Website: Amazon
Price: $26.95
Owners: The Periogen Company
Overall Rank: 85 out of 100

Periogen Complete Oral Health, Product Overview

Periogen is a minty oral rinse that was developed to reduce tartar build-up and eventually end bleeding gums. It has been studied and peer-reviewed by Dental Universities worldwide. The users typically see 40% or greater improvement in oral health scores.

Periogen’s patented tartar reducing formula will improve the longevity of your dental implants, bridges, kids’ braces and orthodontic appliances. By reducing the tartar in your mouth, the gums stop bleeding which makes your mouth feel better each time you brush.

Periogen comes in a powdered concentrate which makes 3 gallons of mouth rinse. The three-ounce bottle lasts for months and the rinse is just pennies per ounce.

 

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

PRO #1: The taste is good. It isn’t overpowering and has a minty freshness to it.
PRO #2: It is inexpensive. You will get a lot of use from one bottle.
PRO #3: Periogen comes in a concentrate, so it doesn’t take up much room in your medicine cabinet.

PRO #4: It works! While I didn’t see the tartar dissolve overnight, with 3 months of consistent use, I noticed that the areas of tartar were getting smaller.

The Bad:

CON #1: You won’t see overnight results. You must use it consistently for at least 3 months.
CON #2: You must mix the water and concentrate. This could lead to inconsistent solutions that you use.

CON #3: This is not a replacement for brushing. The tartar removal works best when you brush, floss, and use periogen.

Who is Periogen Tartar Removal For?

This product is for the person who hates going to the dentist. If you dread the dentist because they scrape and scrape your teeth, invest in Periogen. Your next dental visit will be a breeze.

If you have noticed that your gums are bleeding and you have some tartar buildup, you may want to start using Periogen tartar removal as part of your daily oral health care routine. Periogen is also for the person who wants to prevent any tartar from building up. It is a great preventative measure.

Periogen Tools & Training

Periogen has a blog that covers dental tartar prevention. They also review topics that include bad breath, brushing pet’s teeth,

Periogen Support

You can contact Periogen to ask questions and get advice. Simply fill out a form on their website or send them an email with the email address below!

contact@periogen.com
Monday – Friday 9am-5pm (Pacific Standard Time)
(619) 275-5200
Fax: (619) 376-6235

Periogen Price

The oral rinse comes at $26.95 for a 3 ounce supply of the concentrate. This amount is good for 4-5 months worth of mouth rinse. I think that for what the product does (remove tartar), this is a very reasonable price. My dental assistant removes tartar painfully during a visit that costs three times that amount.

My Final Opinion of Periogen Tartar Removal

This is my new oral rinse. I think that it is working and it makes my mouth feel clean. I love it and recommend it to my friends and family. Periogen will naturally improve your oral health and it is the only oral rinse on the market that is targeting dental tartar build up. It got rid of my bleeding gums and started reducing the tartar on my bottom teeth.

Since the 1960’s mouth rinses have been colorful and minty, but done absolutely nothing for oral health. They will temporarily freshen your breath, but destroy your oral flora each time you use them. This is not the case with Periogen. It actually prevents the hardening of dental plaque buildup.

Periogen is not acidic. It has a healthy 7.5 pH. It doesn’t damage enamel, gules, or dental appliances. It is great for keeping tartar buildup in check. Periogen makes oral health easy and affordable.

Periogen at a Glance…

Name: Periogen

Website: Available at Amazon
Owners: The Periogen Company
Price: $26.95
Overall Rank: 85 out of 100

VERDICT: LEGIT! I highly recommend using this product!

My Autoimmune Paleo Diet Plan for Alopecia Universalis

While I haven’t had success with regrowing hair the last time I did the AIP diet, I’m open to trying it again with supplements and meditation. I feel that the AIP diet is much less restrictive than the carnivore diet, which is completely meat, or the Paleo Ketogenic diet which is only meat in certain measurements.

The autoimmune paleo diet allows for some vegetables and fruit, which relieves a bit of dietary stress that happens within my family. My mother is convinced that kale is a superfood and broccoli must be eaten for great health. I won’t be able to convince her otherwise. Sometimes it is nice to have a different flavor or texture anyway.

Autoimmune Paleo Diet Plan for Breakfast

The breakfasts that I plan on eating are going to be based on ground meats and low carbohydrate vegetables sauteed together. This morning I ate some pork with butternut squash and onions. It was delicious and has filled me up quite well.

The following variations are going to be used in my daily AIP diet plan:

  • ground beef
  • ground pork
  • country sausage (no nightshades or nitrites)
  • butternut squash
  • shredded cabbage
  • onions

Lunch Autoimmune Paleo Diet Plan

Lunches are a bit trickier because I am taking them to work with me. I have to be able to carry them in a lunchbox. This eliminates foods like hamburgers and steaks. Those don’t taste so great when reheated in a microwave. I’m also not eating luncheon meats that have preservatives in them. So, I got creative with soup!

Soup is ideal because I can carry it in a thermos. There are loads of vitamins and minerals in bone broth. It is easy to digest and can be very filling depending on what you include in the soup.

Each week I plan on making a full pot of bone broth and scooping out two cups of bone broth each day to make a soup. The vegetables that I plan to use include the following:

  • celery
  • onions
  • carrots
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli

Unfortunately, no legumes or beans are allowed on the AIP diet, so I can’t include my favorites like peas and beans. I have to use the above vegetables and any others that are on the AIP diet.

I have made these soups before and taken them to work. I simply heat them to boiling and add some frozen vegetables or fresh chopped vegetables along with about 1/5 lb. of ground meat. The ground beef provides the protein and the vegetables make it interesting.

Autoimmune Paleo Diet Plan Bone Broth

My AIP Diet Plan for Dinner

I definitely want dinner to be different from breakfast and lunch. While I love the vegetable and meat scramble that I eat in the mornings, having it for dinner just seems repetitive. I checked out Amy Myers’ tips on how to make a ketogenic diet AIP friendly and came up with some great ideas for dinner.

The base of the meal is going to be a meat. I will also have a side dish of vegetables. The following are items that I plan on including in my Autoimmune Paleo diet plan for dinners.

  • mashed sweet potatoes
  • sweet potato fries
  • steamed broccoli
  • steamed cauliflower
  • sauteed cabbage and onions
  • veggie stir-fry
  • salad
  • roasted carrots

The meats that I plan on eating for dinners include the following:

  • hamburgers
  • London broil
  • steak
  • sardines
  • pork chops
  • pork roast
  • chuck roast

AIP dinner - hamburgers

Plan for Success

The Alopecia Angel’s Hair n’ Heal program has you plan out each week. While I have a general idea of the foods that I will eat on the AIP diet, I haven’t taken the step of meal planning in quite some time. Today, I took that step again. I planned out my meal for this week. 

This was challenging because I had gone grocery shopping yesterday and hadn’t made a list of foods that I would need in order to follow AIP. I knew that I had plenty of meat from my NearCountry.com meat delivery. I also knew that vegetables could be optional after doing the PKD diet and I had plenty of pork fat to keep me satiated. 

But what was I going to eat? 

My general meal plan is to have a hash or a vegetable and ground meat scramble for breakfast, a soup for lunch, and a hamburger patty with some vegetables for dinner. This week was no different really. The only deviation is that I have some sausage from NearCountry.com that has cane sugar added to it. Because the meat is so high-quality, I’m choosing not to worry too much about the small amount of cane sugar that they added to it. I will make sure to request that I don’t have meats with cane sugar in my next delivery. 

  • hamburger patties
  • ground beef and butternut squash hash
  • vegetable and beef soup
  • London broil
  • salad
  • apples
  • carrots
  • broccoli

Each day I will mix it up a bit, so I don’t feel like I’m eating the same thing over and over again even though I am. I love the concept of taking a hot soup to work in my new thermos. Something about hot foods at lunchtime makes me feel healthy. 

Planning out my homework

The weekly planner encouraged us to plan out the homework items that we are going to get done. I had already watched the video that they wanted us to watch. I had also read through all of the attachments except the vegan ones. So, my plan for the week includes scheduling some meditation and exercises for my week. 

Here’s a picture of me with the Hair N’ Heal weekly planner. No makeup and no hair. You can tell that I have lost my eyebrows and eyelashes here. The lighting makes my skin appear blotchy. We can use this as the “before” photo. Hopefully, the “after” picture looks much better! 

Review of The Nourishing Fats Book By Sally Fallon Morell

Nourishing Fats Book Review

While I have been focusing intently on alopecia, not much hair regrowth has been made since my hair regrowth update, so I thought I’d provide a review of the latest health book that I received as a gift.

Name: Nourishing Fats
Website: Amazon

Price: $24.99
Authors: Sally Fallon Morell and Nina Teicholz
Overall Rank: 85 out of 100

Nourishing Fats, Book Overview

Sally Fallon Morell is the president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and has been at the forefront of mindful eating for the last two decades. Her book identifies the origins of our current health misconceptions. She supports and expands on the scientific research that eating a wide range of good fats will improve our health.

This book draws on extensive research that indicates that saturated fat plays a role in developing a healthy brain, heart, kidney, lungs, and endocrine system. Healthy fats are essential for proper tooth and bone formation.

The Good & the Bad:

The Good:

PRO #1: The origin of current health is established and Sally Fallon Morell identifies the weaknesses of the research that indicates that saturated fats are bad for you.
PRO #2: The writing is interesting and engaging.

PRO #3: There are recipes for traditional healthy fats in the back of the book. You will learn how to make a healthy version of ice cream, sour cream, mayonnaise, and ranch dressing. The recipes include healthier versions of main dishes as well.

The Bad:

CON #1: The short lesson on the biochemistry of fats is not all that simple and easy to understand.
CON #2: Much of the content in this book is explained in her online interviews promoting the book.

Who is Nourishing Fats for?

The information in this book is ideal for anyone who wants to improve their health. Parents raising children with ADHD and autism will benefit immensely from the ideas and content of this book.

As someone with epilepsy, I appreciate learning more about fats and how they support brain function. I have increased my intake of healthy pasture-raised fats and feel great.

Nourishing Fats Tools & Training

This is a paperback book, so there are no tools or training included. You simply need to know how to read. The nice thing about this book is that you don’t need a laptop and electricity to read it. You can simply use a bookmark when you want to stop. It is very old-fashioned.

I do believe that the book is also available on kindle.

Nourishing Fats Price

The book is listed at $24.99 on Amazon. This seems reasonable for a 250-page paperback book now that we have increasing amounts of inflation on just about everything. Normally, I like to spend below $20 for a book, but we are experiencing massive inflation due to government spending. The cost of this book is likely to go up in the coming months. It is a good time to buy it.

My Final Opinion of the Nourishing Fats Book

I really like the book. I’m definitely enjoying reading a physical book again as opposed to staring at a screen and scrolling down the page. I do like knowing where the ideas around fats being bad came from and how the studies don’t exactly indicate that fats are bad.

I think that it is important for people to understand that many studies can be designed to create the result that the company wants them to reflect. This means that manufacturers who pay for studies are likely to hide the negative impacts that may occur from drugs. That is why we so often see lawsuit advertisements only a few years after a new drug comes on the market.

 

Nourishing Fats at a Glance…

Name: Nourishing Fats

Website: Available on Amazon
Owners: Sally Fallon Morell, Foreward by Nina Teicholz
Price: $24.99
Overall Scam Rank:85 out of 100

VERDICT: LEGIT! I do love this book. I can’t wait to try some of the healthy recipes in the back of the book.

My Alopecia Universalis Regrowth Update

Well, I have been following my own Alopecia Universalis regrowth plan for a whole week. It shouldn’t be surprising because that is such a short amount of time. The great news is that the clear bottom eyelashes that have come in didn’t fall out with the massive amount of junk food that I ate over the Christmas holiday. 

I stuck to the plan for meditation with the Think Right Now audios and I practiced my Buteyko breathing exercises. I diligently got at least an hour in on my treadmill every day. While I don’t see tons of regrowth yet, my skill has healed up and is feeling smooth and supple. 

My digestion has improved quite a bit. Even though I overate on Christmas eve, I only had a minor stomach ache for a few hours after. I had two huge bowel movements the next morning and all the bloating was gone by noon the next day. I ate all the normal things that can create issues for people from pie to ham and potato salad. 

When I was on the paleo ketogenic diet, I would get constipation that lasted for days. It would turn into diarrhea right before my menstrual cycle. Following a strict elimination type of diet won’t necessarily cure what ails you. I feel much better being able to have a bowel movement every day. I do think that the exercises have helped out a lot. 

The next steps for curing alopecia

This week, I will be reducing the sweet treats that I have been eating. Hopefully, by New Year’s, I will have most of them out of the house and be ready to focus on the dietary recommendations that Alopecia Angel will give me.

I am going to continue with the Buteyko breathing exercises and as much exercise as I can tolerate. I strained my ankle yesterday and have been resting it. Today, I decided to focus on Pilates exercises instead of walking and jogging. It does seem to be getting a bit better. 

I will begin Alopecia Angel’s Hair and Heal 8-week program on January 1. There are eight modules that are spaced a week apart. I’m not sure what will be addressed during those weeks, but I’m excited to find out. From some of the success stories, I gathered that meditation is incorporated into the program, the AIP diet, and some recommended supplements. 

I am excited and scared all at once. 

Overcoming my obstacles

I think one of the hardest parts of hair loss is that you don’t see results quickly. You can throw a million therapies at it and hair still will grow slowly. It is difficult to measure the potential underlying vitamin deficiencies that you may have. Supplements don’t work if you have malabsorption issues. 

My biggest obstacle will be staying the course. I’m optimistic that working with someone who has helped others in my condition will help. Hopefully, I will be able to identify some of the blind spots that I have had when trying to cure my alopecia on my own. 

Stay tuned as I update you on my alopecia universalis regrowth. I’m hoping to have some regrowth by Valentine’s Day.