Big hair

Day 1

Hair.

Sooooo, I have been rocking a wash-n-go turned twist out for exactly seven days.  I have a meeting tomorrow, so something needs to be done.  But for the past week, I have absolutely loved the fluff!  I came about my new routine after getting upset for the umpteenth time about my hair taking several days to dry from a WNG.  So, at the end of day 1, I just do large twists (about 12 or so).  It is a great way to expose my roots.  For my nighttime routine, I just throw on a bonnet.  I do not do the pineapple.  For me, putting in and taking out the pineapple causes more frizz than just a bonnet.  In the morning, I just remove the bonnet, fluff, and go.

Meals.

Breakfast: 2 chicken roll-ups (deli-slice rotisserie chicken with colby jack slice)
Snack: 1/4 avocado with salt and pepper
Lunch: Canned tuna, drained with a squeeze of lemon juice and celery seed
Dinner: Roasted pork tenderloin, sauteed spinach (in grass-fed butter with red onion), roasted butternut squash (with cinnamon, cumin and ground ginger), small glass of Rhiannon red blend wine
Snack: Handful of almonds
Water intake (over the course of the day): 2 liters

Today was a light day.  My total calorie intake was around 1100 calories.  But I wasn’t hungry.  Eating nutrient dense foods goes a long way to keeping you full.  Here is the breakdown on nutrients:
– 29% Protein, 71.9g
– 55% Fat 60.9g
– 16% Carbs 38.6g minus 12.9g of fiber) = 25.7g net carbs

NOTE: This is an extremely low carb plan and is not for everyone.  I do not suggest you jump into this unless you are ready/prepared to go through carb withdrawal.  It took me several attempts to really get into this way of eating before finally sticking with it.  Right around day 3, I would get keto-flu, which is no joke: migraine, nausea, shaky, hypoglycemic symptoms.  Honestly speaking, it straight sucked.  But once you get through that – around day 4 or 5 – you wake up feeling energized.  And every time I go off the range, I have to go back through leto-flu (to a slightly lesser degree).  So, I stay pretty focused.

If you are new to this way of eating (WOE) or considering a new start, I would slowly reduce the carb intake every few days until you get to the level you want.

I start working out tomorrow…stay tuned!

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End of Box Braids Round 1

Hair looks good, but it is dry and straw-y!

Hair looks good, but it is dry and straw-y!

7/12 – 7/27.

That’s how long this set of box braids lasted.  I didn’t make it to 3 weeks, but I am pleased with 15 days.  I took out my braids and my hair was an absolute bird’s nest.  I had gone swimming the day before the removal and made a MAJOR mistake.  I should have applied conditioner prior to getting into the pool and immediate rinsed and conditioned again following the swim.  My hair felt like hay and was super frizzy, hence the early take down.  Lesson learned…

Hair is big, but it worked for brunch.

Hair is big, but it worked for brunch.

At least it looked good right?  I had someone asked me how much I paid for my hair because he wanted to pick some up (Yes…’he’.  Because Atlanta is oh-so-fabulous and I love it!).  But that was part of my problem…one which exists for many in the natural hair community.  Hair that looks good but doesn’t feel good is the beginning of the end.  It’s a backwards endeavor.  When that is the case, this is when we end up in some stylists chair, upset with them because they take off 4 inches when you go in for a trim.  If we strive to make sure that our hair always feels good, looking good would require much less effort.

Hair pinned back and up...protects ends and minimizes frizz!

Hair pinned back and up…protects ends and minimizes frizz!

So I am embarking on a major week of conditioning.  I should probably do a protein treatment as well.  To be honest, I am not quite sure what combination of hair goods I will use, but I will let you know in an update.  There are so many new products on the market, does anyone have anything that they absolutely can’t do without?  Drop me a line, and I might be able to throw it in the mix!!