I highly doubt it's protein related. I've gone long stretching both a) undereating and b) using dates as a staple, which are extremely low-protein. I still have less hair loss than I ever did on other diets. How old/tall/heavy are you? 2000 calories is generally pretty low. The meal plans in the 80/10/10 book are built around a 2000 calorie diet, but I don't think that's enough for most beginning raw foodists.
Only way to get inadequate protein is inadequate calories! Eat more to live more! Woo hoo!
josh may I ask you this as i would be interested in hearing your opinion,
if someone has been undereating for long on a non-811 diet and now is eating more but still undereating in your opinion on 811 foods and didn't lose hair before but do now then what would you say is different in your opinion between the two ways of undereating that it makes symptoms different?
I too am having a massive hair shed, its called telogen effluvium and usually only happens in relation to diet if you are eating less than 800 calories. Mine actually started to fall out before I started to eat like this, in december 2010 I was still eating meat, dairy and grains and thats when it started and I only began 4.5 months ago too, 10 months later I am still losing about 400 strands a day and I have a quarter of my beautiful, wavy waist long, hair remaining. With most people the shedding lasts around 3 months and was triggered by emotional/stressful events, low grade fever, surgery or hormonal changes, but not food unless you are living with an eating disorder. I hope it stops for you soon as its been a great source of distress for me and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Whatever you do continue with this eating style because it will nourish your hair follicles with what they needs to create more healthy hair. Hang in there.
thanks for the encouragement Claudia. I hope yours starts growing back soon too. I know how scary it is for us girls to think our hair is all falling out.
Alysha, how much greens and calories did you start eating to make it stop? I eat 2lbs now (1lb in breakfast smoothie and 1 lb in big dinner salad) and just that amount is quite filling.
I am only 5'2 and need to lose about 15 lbs of fat to get to 110 which I think is a healthy weight for my height, which is why I though 2000 cal was adequate for me.
The only thing that has changed with me is the 811 way of eating. So stress and all that shouldnt be the culprit
Thanks for the advice everyone
Vegan diets are a little lower in Zinc. If your body has repairs to make and is now being allowed to make them it could be that you are suffering from a need for increased zinc in your intake. Green veg is traditionally recommended but a temporary supplement might identify or eliminate this as a cause.
Blood flow is necessary too, so a gentle regular massage or some hangning upside down can't but help.