Is Paleo a fad diet?

July 3, 2013

I saw on Amazon prime instant videos last night there was a documentary called “The Perfect Human Diet”  the synopsis seemed like it might be about Paleo, or something close to Paleo.  I haven’t watched it yet.  It only had 3 stars so I checked out the reviews and while it does seem to be at least partly about Paleo, a lot of comments said things about Paleo being a “fad diet.”  Perhaps some of the comments were meant to be ironic, like one titled “the two million year old fad diet.”

It irks me though because I don’t see Paleo as a fad diet.  If you look up what fad diets are, you’ll get some varied qualifiers. The main two I like to go by are:

  • It is short-term or otherwise not sustainable
  • Promises substantial and fast weight loss aka “sounds too good to be true”

Is it short-term?  Are you only supposed to do it for a weekend, or a few weeks?  If so then you might lose weight while you’re doing it, but as soon as you revert back to business as usual diet/lifestyle you’ll get it all back, and maybe more.   Other diets are not all that sustainable. I do not mean sustainable in the terms of could YOU do it for forever, but whether anybody could or should do it for forever.  There is the obvious one, starvation.  I’ve also heard of only eating cabbage soup, or only eating bland boiled chicken breasts and salad. (lettuce, no dressing or anything else)  Those are not nutritionally diverse and you might lose weight but that doesn’t mean you’ll be any healthier. Also, contrary to popular belief, you cannot supplement the crap out of your self to meet all your nutritional needs.  You cannot try to live off of rice cakes, take a multivitamin and call it a day.  Vitamins are more for going the extra mile.  Maybe you get 80% of the vitamin D you need from your diet, so a vitamin will get you the rest of the way there.  For a last note on vitamins go and search “multivitamin bioavailability”

I’ve been waiting for a good excuse to use this somewhere lightheartedly.

How about losing 20 lbs in 1 week?  Or losing 1 lb a day for as long as you do it?  Or losing weight without really doing anything?   These are all the “too good to be true” diets.   They promise a lot but deliver little.  This includes weight loss pills and supplements.

Where do I see Paleo falling in on these points?  Is it meant to be short-term? Not at all.  It is sustainable, is it practical and healthy for the general human being to follow for the rest of their life?  Yes, it is.  Does it promise substantial weight loss or fast weight loss?   Not that I’ve ever seen.   Of course people who do switch to it do often lose weight, some people probably even do it for that purpose, but the main philosophy of Paleo eating seems to be about being healthier, not necessarily skinnier.  The same can be said of vegetarians and vegans.  People do often lose weight by switching to those diets, and that is probably the intention of some people who have done it, but the guiding principle of being vegetarian or vegan is more about what the followers find to be the healthiest.

So no, I don’t believe Paleo to be a ‘fad diet.’  I don’t even think these are new practices.  I’m sure there have been people out there all over the world eating “Paleo” the whole time and there just wasn’t a fancy name for it.  Or people to market the idea and make money off it.  Or so many people eating crap food because it’s pushed on us as being ‘healthy’ that we ever really needed someone to point out that the majority of us are all eating horribly bad food. Paleo is long-term, sustainable, and doesn’t make any wild promises or guarantees other than that it’s truly all around a healthy diet to have.

I know, I know.  Someone is going to read this and think to themselves “But I’ve done this or that fad diet or taken such and such supplement and it worked, I never gained the weight back, so it’s not bad.”  Well very good for you.  You are an exception, not the rule.  To me this is the same as someone saying they’ve been a smoker for 40+ years and have never gotten cancer so that must mean cigarettes aren’t bad.   That kind of anecdotal reasoning just doesn’t follow.  There are always exceptions to the rule, and that doesn’t mean that the rules are wrong, just that some people are lucky.  There are also other exceptions, like maybe you did a fad diet or took a supplement to drop some weight right as you were getting started with changing your lifestyle to be healthier. Very few people actually commit to the “changing your lifestyle” part though.

As always, what is generally healthy for most, may not be a healthy option for YOU, so always discuss things with your doctor. 🙂


Cutting out dairy.

July 2, 2013

About a year ago or so I cut back on my dairy.  I started using almond milk more often. Sometimes in baking, mostly in my coffee.  I’ve also tried hemp milk and coconut milk.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, completely dairy free.  But it’s drastically reduced. I still have cheese once in a while, ice cream once in a while, and butter.  I also don’t really worry about “hidden dairy” like what might be in chocolate or breads and things like that.

I did it for 2 reasons. First reason was because I’d been reading experiences of people whose allergies/sinuses cleared up after reducing or totally cutting out dairy. Second reason was seeing the experiences of people with acne that saw great results from reducing or cutting out dairy.

Now “officially”  studies show that dairy doesn’t have anything to do with either one. I’m not one to argue with results though.  I don’t tend to believe studies that seem to contradict the results other people see.  The manufacturing world wants you to buy dairy, and if you have allergies then also allergy meds.  Or if you have acne, keep drinking the milk and pay a ton of money for acne meds.   There was a picture I saw a while ago, with a quote on it “If a drug company finds out that celery juice lowers blood pressure and if they tell it to people, they can’t sell their drugs. They get three bucks for a pill. Why should they tell you to use celery juice? – Jacque Fresco.”  I don’t want to go on and on about the ‘evils’ of big pharma here.  Or give the impression that I think all medicine is bad.  I’m merely trying to point out that sometimes these “studies” aren’t accurate, because they’re often biased.  It can go both ways also, sometimes they’re some spot on accurate. Research, research, research.

Benefits I saw from reducing my dairy were more easily managed allergies, and my skin cleared up.  I have year round allergies, they’re bad enough that I’m supposed to use a nasal spray but I hate them. So I stuck with taking a pill every day, for years.  When I cut back dairy, it was no longer was necessary to take it every day.  I could get away with only taking allergy medication on particularly bad days.  On occasions when I had a lot of dairy and a day or two later like clock work I’d have an allergy attack.  For the acne, I’m lucky it’s always been mild but lets face it, it gets pretty annoying no matter how few or far in between.  Usually it was that I’d have at least one breakout, most of the time.  Maybe a few days to a week in between on healing and a new one bubbling up.  Sometimes it got worse.  When I’m cut back on dairy, it’s more like I go weeks and weeks without a breakout.

Those are the only changes I really noticed, and really they were the only ones I was after. I didn’t have all that much dairy in the first place.  I don’t eat bowls of cereal for breakfast or have glasses of milk  regularly. Most of my meals don’t involve cheese, etc.  Most of the dairy I was having was with my coffee.  Apparently coffee isn’t technically Paleo, and…well…I don’t care. I’ll be having it anyway, haha!  I’ll give up coffee when I’m pregnant (by personal preference) and not one minute before!   I am however willing to stick with nut milks and finding a non refined sugar so that I’m at least not adding anything non-paleo to it.

Oh nut milks, delicious nut milks.  In Southern California there was a very nice organic brand of almond milk I could buy.  The vanilla almond milk was even sweetened with dates.  I have found nothing even close to comparison since we moved, not in quality OR taste.   When people tell me they don’t like Almond milk, and all they have available is Silk or Pacific, I don’t blame them.  I find those brands completely unpalatable.  I’m going to try to make some cheater almond milk.  In researching the best way to make almond milk at home, I found one method where you take almond butter and just blend that with water. Ta. Da.  I figure if I go for a really good quality organic raw almond butter, it’s worth a shot.  It might not be the cheapest option, but it might be the easiest.  I know the whole soaking/blending/straining bit isn’t THAT hard, but it’s not something I can see myself doing on a regular basis. Some day when I can afford a vitamix or a blentec or something, maybe then.  Plus I need almond butter for a really tasty sounding zucchini noodle recipe I found, more on that when I tackle it!

Lastly, I’ll mention what I think of the different kinds of non-dairy milk I’ve had.  Almond milk is by far my favorite, when I could get a good brand anyway.  It’s not as thick as milk. so it requires some fiddling to use it in some recipes, like adding less water to compensate for the more liquid nature of almond milk.  Coconut milk is thick and creamy more like normal milk.  I’d say it is definitely easier to bake with. The hemp milk I had may have been Pacific brand, I don’t recall.  It tasted a LOT like diet/meal replacement shakes taste. If you don’t know what a diet shake tastes like, then take my word for it.  It was the only time I’ve ever seen hemp milk, so I don’t know if that’s just how that brand was, or if it’s just the way hemp milk usually tastes.  Or maybe I’m just crazy and am the only person who finds the tastes similar.  As soon as I try this cheater method of making almond milk, I’ll be sure to make a post about it!

July is here!  In a couple of weeks I hope to be starting my first 30 days of Paleo eating.

Now the reason why I’m not starting it immediately is because I need some things before I get started.  I want this to be as effortless as possible in the beginning. I want to minimize the chances of ever feeling like I’m just screwed.

So I started out with looking at my usual meals, determining which ones I can keep without having to change at all or change the least.  It seems like I mostly need recipes for side dishes.  Then I’ve been recipe hunting, making a shopping list.  More fruits and nuts for snacking or small meals, going to try out zucchini noodles, trying out alternatives to white sugar, make my own almond milk, things like that.

I’ll need some more coconut oil, I already used it sometimes but I’ll be using it a lot more for this venture.  While I’m at it I’ll be buying some hemp oil, maybe some chia seeds or flax seeds to experiment with. Figure out what the best alternative to white/grain flour would be for me to try at first. Some of this stuff I’ll have to buy online, so I just have to wait for all the shopping to fall in line really.

In the meantime I have already been eating more raw foods, less grains, etc.  Preparing my self to jump in with both feet.  I’m really excited about it.  I don’t feel like Paleo is restrictive.  I’ve seen people say that, because of all the things you’re not supposed to eat. But to me that’s like saying being a non-smoker is a restrictive lifestyle, because you’re not smoking cigarettes.  Or that cutting out soda is restrictive because you can’t have soda anymore.  While it follows the literal definition of the word “restrict”  it seems a matter of perspective. People who have never smoked a day in their life, or never really had a thing for soda, who never even think about having those things, I bet they don’t feel restricted.

Also, I keep saying “30 days” or use other verbiage that kind of implies that this will be temporary.  It’s not really that I’m looking at this as something temporary that I’ll do for a few weeks and ditch, it’s more that I’m going to try to follow Paleo as closely to the letter as I can manage for a month.  I’ll see what happens, how I feel, how sustainable it seems.  I may keep doing strict Paleo beyond that point, or I may not.  What won’t change will be my desire to eat more whole, unprocessed and unrefined foods.

Now if you’re curious about all of this, like what is the big deal with refined foods, grains, and carbs, I can point you in a couple directions.  If you’ve ever watched the documentary “Super Size Me”  then a rebuttal documentary called “Fat head” is pretty good.  It’s still all about fast food, but is more about how it’s not the amount fat or the calories so much that make it bad you, so much as all the carbs.  And right towards the end it talks some about ‘good fats’ and what not.   Another very interesting documentary is called “Hungry for Change.”  It doesn’t talk about Paleo, but it does discuss in length why grains and processed/refined foods aren’t good for us. Also why so many people KNOW what’s bad for them, but keep eating it anyway, and why the manufacturers know that it’s bad for us but make/sell it anyway.  And I especially love it for pointing out that just because our government says something is safe and healthy for us, doesn’t mean it’s true.  Both of those are currently (as of the date of this posting) on Netflix.

I’ve watched many other documentaries in the past, and I can’t remember the titles of a lot of them off the top of my head.   There are a lot out there though. If you have Netflix and look up either of the two I’ve already suggested, you will also find a lot of documentaries on the subject of diet and food.

A Disclaimer.

June 27, 2013

I am not a Nutritionist, or a fitness expert, and I am certainly not a doctor.  Whether or not something is healthy, good, and safe for me is a matter of opinion, based on my research and my current personal health, as determined by an actual doctor.  It will not  apply to everyone.  So I encourage everyone to do their research, talk to their own doctor, come to their own conclusions.

I do not cite a lot of resources for that reason.

Don’t get me wrong, I do a lot of research.  A lot.  For example, I said in the previous post that when I tried researching the Primal diet/lifestyle, I only found a lot of conflicting info.  What that means is I’m going to keep looking.  I’m going to try to figure out why that is, and try to isolate the grains of truth/science behind conflicting sources. I have to understand things.  It’s my nature. “Just because” is never acceptable.

I won’t do something if I don’t feel like I understand what I’m doing, or at the very least, I have to know that my lack understanding won’t cause myself or anyone else damage or harm.  I also won’t try to explain something if I don’t feel like I know about it well enough to discuss it.

However, that does not mean that I’m always correct. I am not beyond totally misunderstanding the information I’m taking in, or being mistaken of the veracity of the information.

I do not want anyone to ever just believe me, just because. Never.  I also don’t want to be someone’s short cut.  We all know that one person, who asks a question because they know someone else will just tell them, or look it up for them, because it’s easier/faster than figuring it out for themselves.

I DO give credit where credit is due. If I am talking about a specific product, I will link to that product. If I am directly quoting something, I will link to a source.  So if I’ve tried someone else’s recipe for example, I’m going to link to that recipe. If I fall in love with  hemp oil or a new shampoo bar, I’ll certainly direct you to the brand I’m using, and any other brand I may have tried for that matter.

So, to sum up. I’m not the authority on any given subject, nor will I act as if I am. Pretty much everything I post should be treated a matter of opinion, even if I appear to be stating something factual.  Check them before you share them or actually try to use the information!

Some big changes!

June 26, 2013

I feel like everything I try to do so far this year I fail at.  Keeping up with blogging? fail.  Trying to get into shape? fail. Trying to do anything on more than a once every 2-3 week basis? FAIL!

I’m pretty sure I’m not depressed.  Although sometimes all that overwhelming fail did get me down for a few days.  I’m pretty familiar with depression, and while I haven’t been able to keep interest in my goals, it’s not that I don’t want to do them.  I want to! I really really want to!  I just don’t have a lot of get up and go lately. More days than not I feel sluggish, I feel like my brain is full of sludge.

Here in the near future I plan on going paleo/primal for at least 30 days.  Probably starting around Mid-july hopefully.   If you’re unfamiliar with the Paleo diet, google is your friend here.  Same with Primal.  The watered down over simplified version is that as Humans we probably eat a whole lot of crap that we don’t need to eat, and would be much healthier without.  We evolved eating a certain kind of diet. Lots of raw food like fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds.  Meat of course.   Probably not a lot of grains, if any.  Probably not a lot of dairy, if any. No refined sugars, nothing bleached.   That’s a lot of “probably”  because scientists can’t say for sure “Yes, people X years ago only ate these things”   They have a pretty good idea, but it is up for debate.  What “Primal” is seems a little trickier.  I’ve only found a lot of conflicting info on that.  For the most part here I’m using it to imply that I plan to sometimes have dairy and rice. It seems that according to some people dairy/grains once in a while means that you’re not “officially” paleo, and that you’re primal.  While those people seem ridiculously nit picky, that just seems to be the way it is for some.

I’ve been drawn to it, for over a year or two actually, because it just makes sense.  I see how healthy people who follow it are.  I’ve seen the change it can make in their lives.  I’ve seen what good eating more raw food does.  What good going gluten-free does, cutting back dairy.  So why not do the whole shebang?  Just give it a try.  Can’t hurt, might help, right?  The longer it goes, the more reasons I see to do it.  I know I can’t keep going the way I’m going.  I’ve been to the doctor, there’s nothing wrong with me.  So something has to give.

My plans are to post what I’m eating, recipes I’ve found, products I’m using (I plan to get some coconut oil, hemp oil, chia seeds, coconut mana, almond/coconut/tapioca flour etc), how I feel, changes I’m noticing, if it’s doing anything for me.  My main goal, or hope, for this is to just feel better, feel like a functioning human being again.  That’s it, if any other benefits come with just changing the way I eat, that’s gravy.   Eat better, feel better, live better.  My only expectation.


May 3, 2013

I’ve had a rough go of it lately. Sick, and then injured. Stressed out. I had hoped to have been a month or two into my weight loss routine by now, but I’m at zero.  I’ve been very depressed, total lack of interest in doing anything at all.  I think I’ve only left my apartment two or three times in the past month.

I am determined not to give up.  I decided to join sparkpeople.  HUGE step for me.  I’ve always had the opinion that I didn’t need help, than I should just “man up” and get it done.  But I bit the bullet, being 60 lbs heavier than when I got married, and having not lost more than a few lbs on my own in the past 6 months is a sure sign that I need help to get it done. Looking for help makes me feel insecure.  I’m comfortable in my skin, but the fact of the matter is my weight is unhealthy.  I feel like if I tell people I want to lose weight, or that I need help losing weight, that they’ll think that I’m insecure about my image or have low self-esteem. At the end of the day though, I just need to get it done and not worry about what other people think.  I’ve voiced this on my Sparkpage, and now I’m doing it here.

I enjoy my blog.  I feel so guilty when I let bad moods get the best of me and I stop doing the things I enjoy. If I’m going to blog about my life I need to actually have one! 

While I’ve been recovering from being sick/injured, I haven’t been able to keep up with my No Poo routine. It just takes too long when I can only endure a 5 minute shower, and believe me I had been trying to make my routine as efficient as possible with the limited hot water I have to work with.  So I think I’m up for another “adjustment period” when I switch back, and that will be the best time to write a new No Poo 101.

I had been hoping Lucy would post something on her blog about this! If she did before I missed it.

Don’t gloss over this.

This is the first “Update” Sidney posted, and she has posted many to answer a lot of questions.

“Some of you are already asking about why I’m not on medicaid or covered by disability, and really, I should be, but like most patients with advanced lyme disease, I am not. I am making efforts to gain coverage, but the odds of doing so are poor at best. The politics surrounding lyme disease and the guidelines used by the IDSA and the CDC mean that medical coverage is routinely denied to sufferers of advanced or chronic lyme, and disability is almost never granted despite the very real disabilities that occur among sufferers.

The important points about the controversy and the problems with the guidelines are explained by the experts at better than I ever could, so please go read their brief page Why We Protest Against The IDSA, and while you are there, I’d be grateful if you’d take a couple moments to sign their petition requesting that the guidelines be changed to reflect real science.

The controversy pages (there are lots, if you just plug “lyme controversy” into google) usually refer to “chronic” lyme disease. I currently have advanced lyme disease. Chronic lyme disease is when a person has been treated for lyme, but the infection remains and there is a relapse of symptoms after treatment, creating further permanent damage and requiring another round of antibiotic treatment. I don’t want to end up with chronic lyme, and I’d much rather just stay on the antibiotics long enough to take care of the infection with the first round of treatments, even if the treatment time is very extended.

If you want further proof of the lack of medical coverage for lyme disease, plug “lyme cost” into Google and see what you get. It’s the rare lucky soul who is covered for full treatment, not the norm.”

I was left speechless to hear about how a person could be stuck with such a horrible disease just because of a little technicality.  It actually scares me. Scares me a lot. What happens if a person can’t afford treatment? What will happen to Sidney, just one of many, if she can’t afford all the treatment she needs?   I plan on contributing (cutting it so close I know!) because corsetry is an interest of mine. I love the information provided by Lucy, and I had also learned a lot from Sidney Eileen’s website.

I also plan to look into what I can do to support anyone with Lyme Disease. Most especially in the area of how it’s classified, so that it will be easier for a lot of people to get help with it, rather than having to pay thousands and thousands out of pocket just in hopes that you don’t end up with permanent damage.   I plan on being very on this topic indeed.

Switching from shampoo to Baking Soda/Apple Cider Vinegar is a pretty big change.  Fairly simple, but very different.  Switching from BS/ACV  is pretty different also.

I still call it No Poo because besides meaning “no shampoo”  it also means “no poop.”  The “poop” being the chemicals, cones and whatnot in commercial shampoos.

Also, not all shampoo bars are made the same.  Some are organic, others are not, some even have SLS in them.  (I’m looking at you Lush!)  I avoid SLS, but not everyone is concerned with it. I’m just saying reading ingredients is always important.  Right down to the lead in your lipstick. (No really, google ‘FDA lipstick’)

Now down to the nitty-gritty!

If you read my previous blog about switching to shampoo bars, you may have noticed I was very specific about how much I had used. I’m able to do that because I cut the bars into pieces.  I don’t have a lot of room to be keeping a bunch of bars in my shower, and it just seems less wasteful.

shampoo bars

On the left is a full-sized Chagrin Valley bar, and on the right a sample. This is how I’ve cut them up, and the smallest pieces of each are the ones I’ve been using since the beginning of January.

How you use a shampoo bar is all about what works for you.  In an F.A.Q. section at Chagrin Valley’s website, Ida says how she uses them.  I think it’s a good place to start.

My hair is too thick to do only that though.  My slightly different process goes like this.

  1. Wet hair with treated water
  2. rub the bar across my part, and in strokes on the top of my head (following the direction my hair is going so it doesn’t get tangled) I also make sure not to miss my bangs, and rub the bar along my front hair-line.
  3. I create a part down the back of my head, rub the bar down the part
  4. I continue creating a few parts, 3-4 on either side of the first, and rubbing the bar down the part.
  5. Then I scrub, making sure the lather reaches all parts of my scalp.
  6. Rinse with some treated water, and rinse some more under the shower to make sure it’s totally rinsed.

I have been experimenting with skipping the treated water to rinse, and just use the water out of the shower, jury is out on that one.

It took me a little while to get this routine down. Not using too much soap, not taking too long to rinse it out, and so on. I also have a water saving shower head,  so for most of the duration of washing my hair water is only trickling out of the shower head.  Water conservation is super awesome, but really I care more about my hot water conservation since No Poo is not always speedy. Some days it seems to go pretty quick, other days I’m having to re wet my hair, use my shampoo bar on a spot I missed or work extra hard because there’s more buildup than usual.

For the Babassu Marsh Mallow bar, that is super extra lathering for me, I don’t have to follow that same routine.  I can actually just lather it up in my hands and then work the lather around rather than having to rub the bar all over my head.

I do still use sulfate free shampoo 1-2 times a month, depending.  Recently I was ridiculously ill and used it for the duration because I just did not feel like dealing with all the extra effort.

I’d be curious to know about how people with other types of hair use shampoo bars!

Or combing wet hair, whatever.

I posted about this previously on my old blog.

Sometime between then and now I changed my philosophy a tad.  Do I think brushing/combing while wet damages my hair?  Nope, still don’t. (if you did not read the linked post Please Note that I know that it’s damaging to some, I just don’t agree that it’s damaging for all, or for me)  However I also don’t do it anymore.  My hair has a slight wave to it, and I found my self wanting to encourage the waves.  A tip I read, probably off of one of the long hair community sites, was not to touch my wet hair.  Literally don’t touch it. Don’t toss it, fiddle with it, nothing, just leave it alone.   It’s helped a lot.

For whatever reason the back of my head is still more wavy than the front, the hair that frames my face and falls in front of my shoulders.  I still haven’t decided if this is just the way my hair is or if there’s more I could do for it, or if there’s something different that happens to the back of my head instead of the front.

The other reason I don’t do it anymore is that I’ve changed my opinion on combs.  Well certain combs anyway.  I invested in a couple of horn combs. I now use them to comb my hair 95% of the time, and you can’t get them wet.  Because a horn comb comes from something that’s pretty much the same as what our hair is made of (keratin) there’s very little resistance.  Almost none as long as you have a well made comb.  Which helped my waves too, since I’m creating less tension.  I’ve still been keeping it around the same length though, just a bit longer than shoulder length.  While I want to grow my hair out, I want to keep it a manageable length until I’ve hit 1 year No Poo at least,  probably a bit longer than that, as I’ve recently decided to grow my bangs out. Hmmm.

When it comes to a plastic comb versus other kinds of plastic bristle brushes, I still don’t see why there’d be much of a difference.  If a tangle teaser is okay (as I’ve seen many people praise, although I’m sure not everyone is in love with it) then so is my ventilated ball tipped round brush.

No Poo – Catch up

March 21, 2013

What has been going on with my No Poo adventure for the past 6 – 7 months?

Since my last update a loooong time ago things have changed quite a bit!

I need to post a new No Poo 101 and troubleshooting guide, as I’ve learned many new things, but if you found this because you’re new to No Poo, please check out my other No Poo posts at my old blog (previous link) for the time being.

At the end of August 2012 I gave Chagrin Valley Soap and Salves  my first try.

My general opinion is that shampoo bars are awesome! They lather! Even all natural ones, no SLS required.  I also don’t have to use a vinegar rinse as long as I’m using a bar that works well for me.  Chagrin Valley is all natural and many of their products are USDA Organic, but only a few of their shampoo bars are. According to their site they are switching more and more products to Organic, so the number of certified organic shampoo bars may increase, but they also state that for some things there just isn’t a way (yet) to make them organic.

I bought three samples my first try: Cafe Moreno, Butter Bar Conditioner, and Coconut Milk.  The Butter Bar Conditioner was the only one that I really liked.  Cafe Moreno had its perks, me being a brunette and all, but it left my hair pretty dry.  So did the Coconut Milk bar.

Even only using the Butter Bar Conditioner sample size bar for the most part, I did not have to buy more until the end of December.  At that time I bought a full-sized Butter Bar Conditioner, and two more samples. One Carrot, Milk & Honey and one Babassu Marsh Mallow.  Even almost 3 months later, I have not yet used up 1/6 of the full-sized bar, and only 1/3 of the Babassu Marsh Mallow sample. The Carrot, Milk & Honey bar was not very good for me.

The Babassu Marsh Mallow, man oh man! If I had thought the other kinds lathered, this one lathered twice as much.  I will go more in-depth on my methods later, but suffice it to say that with other bars I have to rub the bar on my hair and the Babassu Marsh Mallow I can lather it up in my hands and wash my hair with the lather alone.   I will definitely be buying a full size bar later, and probably trying the other bar with Babassu in it next, not sure what else.

I still use treated water to wet my hair. Although the water here is nowhere near so bad as it was in San Diego, it’s still not good enough.  I may also retry previous bars as it gets closer to summer because the air is not so dry here, maybe bars that made my hair dry in California will do better here.

This is why I’ve tried several samples, and will continue to try them. In fact I think that’s why samples are offered in the first place.  Everyone’s hair needs are little different, climate and water quality are a big factor and so are your general health and your genetics.  What works for me might not work for you even if it may seem like we have the same hair care needs.

Price wise, Shampoo bars are just about as inexpensive as the BS/ACV method. I only spent 13 dollars my first go around, and that lasted about 4 months.   Since I don’t normally use a lot of BS/ACV, I’d say the difference evened out, if you consider that I didn’t use roughly half of what I bought. I spent closer to 20 the second time around, prices include shipping. But I don’t think I’d run out of shampoo bar for close to a year with a full-sized bar alone.

As I said earlier, a new No Poo 101 will be coming soon!  Also how I get the most out of my shampoo bars.