I’m a new vegetarian, for the most part. In the past, I’ve gone back and forth and even experimented with going vegan. This time, I’m sticking to it. And to my surprise (and horror), it’s caused a bit of a problem.

When I first got back from India, my life almost instantly turned upside down. I went through a depressing breakup, and decided to take the opportunity to move back to Kentucky (a move I had been contemplating for a while). Needless to say, I was under a great deal of stress. So when I noticed my hair dropping at a higher-than-normal rate, I initially attributed it to stress and shrugged it off.

After I moved though, and got settled in, and my hair was STILL falling out at what was now an alarming rate, I did what any normal person would do: I freaked out. Majorly freaked out.

When I finally worked up the nerve to consult the Oracle of Google, I made a discovery that would make a seasoned vegetarian shake their head:  I hadn’t been taking any supplements, ergo hadn’t been getting enough nutrients! D’oh! 

I hastened to the nearest health food store and stocked up on supplements. I now take a B-Complex (for the B-12 I miss by not eating meat), a mineral (for the zinc and iron), a Biotin (supposed to be good for hair and nails!), and a Neem (this is an ayruvedic supplement that’s good for the skin) tablet every day. It will probably take a couple of weeks for all of it to kick in, but the important thing, psychologically anyway, is feeling like I’m taking control.

Laugh away, seasoned vegetarians! Also, if you have any suggestions, feel free to comment!

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