Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Down the Drain

No, not my detox. My hair.

I'm trying not to jump to conclusions, but in the past week I've been losing much more hair than usual - it's falling out at least triple its normal rate. It's entirely possible that the shock of the miscarriage has taken an even greater toll on my body than I'd suspected. And it's entirely likely that that trip to the naturopath is long overdue.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried about reliving last year's hair drama. But I also wonder about cross-reactivity/my Christmas gluten consumption. Alopecia has been linked to gluten intolerance in many people. I definitely re-sensitized myself by strictly avoiding all gluten for seven weeks. I was meticulous. Then I totally binged on wheat-containing crap for about four or five days straight after my miscarriage. I really suffered after that. I was in pain for a week and a half, and it wasn't limited to my hips this time. Every joint in my body was weak and aching. And now, as you know if you've been reading, I've been drinking coffee every day. Lots of people who are sensitive to wheat are also sensitive to other items which cross-react, including coffee, corn, chocolate, etc. I haven't been eating any corn or chocolate, but the coffee may be affecting me.

Or maybe I'm over-thinking all of this.

I think I'll watch an episode of Bones online and go to bed early.

Breakfast - Two eggs scrambled with sauteed onions, cherry tomatoes and three slices of bacon. Coffee - weaning myself off again, so mostly decaf.
Lunch - A big salad of mixed greens, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, pecans and balsamic vinaigrette. One hot dog. *sigh*
Supper - "Breaded" chicken strips with a giant pile of steamed French beans tossed with ghee and salt.
Snacks - A banana with a small handful of pecans, and a handful of macadamias with a cup of licorice tea.


  1. I would imagine that it is the wheat and the stress of the miscarriage. I will write the rest in an email.

  2. This is one of my fears of going completely GF- becoming becoming completely intolerant. Right now large amounts make me suffer but I can have occasional pizza or birthday cake and feel fine.... we eat gluten or grain products maybe once a day (like crackers) and at dinner 1-2 times a week and I feel fine. I really don't want to lose that and not be able to enjoy occasional treats....

    1. I also don't seem to have a problem with spelt flour or sprouted wheat... so that has been ncie to make 'normal' chocolate chip cookies or enjoy the occasional sandwhich! I still don't eat these often though.

  3. Also... you might not need to worry too much yet about the hair loss.... maybe it is just a normal hormonal thing....? my hair falls out 4 months post-partum.... so unless it is coming out in huge clumps again your body just may be adjusting after the miscarriage??

    1. I really hope you're right. This may be TMI, but I actually lactated for about a week afterwards, so it's quite possible I'm going through some sort of cruel post-partum thing. Could be worse - a friend miscarried at 12 weeks, and her body still thought she was pregnant. She still had awful morning sickness afterwards. :(


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