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Why I am eating bread again!

Monday, January 04, 2010

Like most "dieters" I pretty much had quit eating bread unless I had no choice (when I donate blood I bring a sandwich because I am not home for lunch).

Back in June I noticed my hair was starting to thin emoticon

I started doing some research and found I was very low in Zinc and Magnesium - the Zinc did help as the hair at my temples started returning - but I still had some thin/balding spots in the back! More research and I asked my co-leader from At Goal & Maintaining and she recommended I start taking Hair, Skin & Nails. Well, there is more than one H S & N on the market - one is vitamins, the other is the herb Horsetail which I have learned is silica. I was taking the Zinc, H S & N (both kinds) and after my last haircut and asking the hairdresser I am also taking a Magnesium tablet daily. Yes! Thankfully the hair is regrowing, everywhere!

Back to the bread. I am tracking nutrients that I seem to be having difficulty consuming and lately I noticed that Bread seems to have a little of everything! Has to be the wheat flour!! (No, I do not use Whole Wheat Flour - my DH doesn't like it.) But it has reminded me that "Bread is the staff of life" in the Bible!

And this is why I am eating bread again! I eat a slice of my own rather fattening bread every day now. It is giving me all sorts of trace minerals and vitamins!

Maybe flour is so fattening because it is so full of nutrients?!

Monday Challenge was lower body video - did pretty darn good but had to use the walker to balance for the single leg stuff.
Ate my fruits for the bonus challenge!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CATHEITE 1/6/2010 9:10AM

    Wow, this is all new to me so I found it hugely interesting. I'm a carboholic and have never given up my bread - not for anything. I tried the Arnold Sandwich Thins in rye this week... OMG! Heaven! I'm so glad you found the answer you needed, Linda.

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EMILYBEMENT 1/5/2010 6:26PM

    Linda, you are one smart chick, you have an issue you search out a solution. This is why you are such a great success. I can not wait for the day I can maintain and get bring back in moderation a few things I have always loved. But bread is my weakness and until I get my poo together it will still be off limits. I am working on my inner strength as much as I am working on my outer. Hugs, Em

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 1/5/2010 11:40AM

    I love bread would be hard to give it up completely. I treat myself to an Arnold's Sandwich Thin most days. They come in multi grain, wheat and white. I love 'em. High in fiber and low in cal (about 100). Yum!

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BITTYGIRL51 1/5/2010 7:55AM

    Great blog. I am not a "dieter"...but am a Weight Watcher....that's why I love the program so much. It's doeable! There isn't any food I have to deprive myself of...I have just switched from white flour to whole wheat flour/ white bread to whole wheat bread, pasta, tortillas etc; I also limit my intake of bread/carbs...but for what it's worth - I lead a normal healthy lifestyle by enjoying all my favorite foods in moderation. Extremes just don't work for me.

Thanks for confirming what I already knew. You are on the right track.

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KNITTABLES 1/4/2010 10:58PM

    Interesting to know, I take cal/mag but not zinc. I will check it out, I do eat 12 grain bread now.
Hope your hair grows back nice and thick.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/4/2010 4:49PM

    Interesting blog Linda, and helpful as usual.

My hair also fell out at an alarming rate last year as a reaction to medical trauma. I had it cropped short and my hairdresser advised me to eat wholemeal bread as well as Brazil nuts and small bananas (1 of each a day). My hair has thickened up again but I've kept it short. I would never have had the nerve to cut it so short if it hadn't fallen out but everyone says it's taken years off me so it's part of my new look these days. Oddly it was straight before it fell out but has come back with a wave it it and a much better texture.

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ETHEL_MERMAID 1/4/2010 3:13PM

    Oh, I'm so glad abut your hair, Linda! I know what it's like to have one's "crowning glory" become less so, having had my hair periodically thin from general anesthesia. So glad this mix of minerals plus the silica are helping! Plus, the extra zinc should enhance your immunity, and magnesia helps our bods absorb emoticon And that flour is enriched...cereal's the same, so when I eat my cereal, I see my nutrient numbers go up :) All the best, Susan

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ASTORRES1 1/4/2010 11:45AM

    I do bread in with everything....alittle is ok...alot not so


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SHUCG1004 1/4/2010 11:23AM

    Good for you, Linda, for doing what is right for you. Do you have a breadmaker? I am seriously considering getting one!


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MESSENE 1/4/2010 11:06AM

    I have noticed my hair getting a bit thinner too. I have been trying the calcium magnesium w/zinc too. emoticon I wonder if the weather has something to do with this, since we normally have tons of hair in our family. emoticon Bread sounds like a emoticon idea! Have a wonderful day! emoticon emoticon

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JUDYK17 1/4/2010 10:21AM

    I love bread! That is one thing that I will not give up on. But all in moderation. Could that be why my hair is thick and full? As my daughter the hairdresser complains about when she is cutting my hair!

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GRALLEN 1/4/2010 10:09AM

    I don't know but I love bread. There are just some things I refuse to give up. Maybe that's why it's taking so long to lose the weight.

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JILLTBNAGART 1/4/2010 9:52AM

    Everything in moderation right? Hope the hair makes a complete come back.

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