Tuesday, September 16, 2008

boooo hisss

My leg is fine. Woopty friggin doo.

My blood is deficient in Vitamin B12. We will be doing a blood test again in the upcoming months. I am being ordered to take sub-lingual B12 vitamin and I'm going to buy some more multi-vitamins tomorrow. Not the cause of the hair loss, but my hair is noticeably thinner feeling the last few days. Great. Grand. Wonderful.

I am seriously wondering if all of this has been caused by my abandonment of red meat? I've pretty much given the stuff up, except at restaurants or events. Sometimes only eat turkey/chicken or fish once a day but I eat peanut butter, beans and cheese. And eggs. Awesome how I'm technically at my healthiest weight, with good eating habits and exercise and now I'm getting sickly!?!?!

11 weeks left of this...even though I'm just feeling tired and not overwhelmed.


The Mandapants said...

Did they say what the B12 was about? Because even though it's not "the" cause of the hair loss, it might point to why the hair's having issues, too.

Just out of curiosity, why the no-red-meat-ness? PS: I really never eat red meat just because I prefer the gobble-gobble meat to the moo, but that in particular has never been an issue hair-wise (while other things have). So...keep on with the no-moo-meat, IMHO, if that's what makes you happy.

tokaiangel said...

Oooh B12 B12! My field of expertise! Because my Boy is a vegan he needs additional B12 too. But he can't be bothered to take supplements so he eats a lot of Marmite, which is a very very rich source. It's basically yeast extract, can you get it in the States? You can put it on toast or mix it into soups for a rich flavour. It's one of those things you either love or hate though! I've also started using Nutritional Yeast because I get hardly any of my protein from animal sources these days and I need more vits. You can definitely get that in the US, but look out for the ones specifically enriched with B12, there are a couple of brands. I stir the flakes into my soup and sauces, but you can use it in a lot of specific recipes like vegan Mac & Cheese.

B12 deficiency is quite normal in veggies, so maybe it is your non-red-meat eating that did it? I wouldn't worry too much - it's easily rectified and the health benefits of that kind of lifestyle are just streets ahead IMO.

TA x

carla said...

Thinking the same thing as mandapants.

Also could it be from eating habits gone by?

In that I trained a woman for a fitness show and 3 months after that she lost a lot of hair (to clarify I only did the workouts ;) not her food)

She went to dr in a panic and they eventually concluded it was from her 'precompetition diet' months&months prior.

That the hair was just getting around to falling out.
All I can think of, FGF.

Hang in here.


Tricia said...

The B12 might be part of an underlying problem.

Also, how was your iron? (It's a common deficiency in women who don't eat red meat)