Lifestyle changes such as Diet are a Viable Treatment for BFRBs
To test the effects of a food, such as sugar or glucose, on your urges, eliminate them from your diet for three months before introducing them back on one day per week only, for a further four weeks. Keeping notes to observe patterns. In our experience the majority of people do not recognize food-related urges to skin pick or pull hair out, because they don’t eliminate foods for long enough and/or keep adequate records.
Some children have stopped pulling completely by following the John Kender diet alone.
The basis of the JK diet (see table below) is that people with trichotillomania seem to experience irritation and itchiness from Malassezia, a naturally occurring skin and stomach yeast. The foods on the right hand side of the table (the dark foods) are known to increase the skin yeast, Malassezia.
Vegetarians : Check out specialist John Kender sites to see what you can and can’t eat as soy products are not recommended for people with trichotillomania.
|LIGHT FOODS help stop hair pulling||DARK FOODS DAMAGE|
|Cherries||Popcorn and corn|
|Garlic||Nuts, especially peanuts|
|Ripening bananas||crustaceans (lobster, prawns, crab)|
|Decaffeinated tea||Soy products of any kind|
|guava||fatty fish, e.g. tuna, herring|
|Kefir with yoghurt||sardines, salmon, mackerel|
|Pineapple||Most shellfish : Mussels Shrimp, Prawns, Lobster & Crab|
|unsweetened live yoghurt||Beans of any sort|
|Brussel Sprouts||hair roots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|