The John Kinder diet for Trichotillomania

I have recently just started following this diet that I found on
I’m not sure if it will work but im going to give it a go and see how it effects my urges ect. 

In the late 90s, John Kender found success by eliminating certain foods from his trichster daughter’s diet, to see which foods increased her urges to pull her hair. Since then many others have kept detailed food diaries, testing certain foods against their urges. Many people have stopped pulling completely by following the John Kender diet Alone.

The basis of the JK diet 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 are known to increase the skin yeast, Malassezia.


Sugars & sweetener aspartame found in Diet drinks

Apples Glucose
Fructose Egg Yolk
Red wine Caffeine
Lemons Chocolate
Cherries Popcorn and corn
Beef Tomato seeds
Garlic Nuts, especially peanuts
Onions Monosodium Glutamate
Kiwi Alfafa sprouts
limes Apartate/asparagine
Ripening bananas crustaceans (lobster, prawns, crab)
Decaffeinated tea Soy products of any kind
ginger root Legumes
papaya Butterfat
guava fatty fish, e.g. tuna, herring
Kefir with yoghurt sardines, salmon, mackerel
Pineapple Most shellfish : Mussels Shrimp, Prawns, Lobster & Crab
mustard Nitrites
cabbage Peas
unsweetened live yoghurt Beans of any sort
Brussel Sprouts hair roots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The John Kender Diet for Vegetarians and Vegans with Trichotillomania

Shopping List for Vegetarians (and Vegans) on the John Kender Diet

Rice Milk (try Vanilla Rice Dream)
Rice Cream (it’s not Ice Cream!)
Rice Butter (I can’t believe it’s not butter OR soy!)
Low-fat peanut butter
Provolone and Swiss cheeses*
Skim Milk*
Live and unsweetened yoghurt*
Egg product, such as Egg Beaters*
Cream cheese, sour cream*
Low Carb, Hi-Protein Shakes

Soy Free:
Many vegetarian soy-free products are available, made from rice, almonds, and oats.
Notes on having a soy-free diet
Cookies and cakes!!! 

Essential Vitamins, Minerals, and Oils:
High Potency Multiple Vitamins and Minerals
Calcium Soft Chews
Omega 3 Fatty Acids*
St. John’s Wort
Valerian Root or Melatonin (for insomniacs)
Lavender and Peppermint aromatheraputic oils

Fruits and Vegetables: 
Oranges (Tangelos, tangerines, oranges)
Brussels Sprouts
Tomatoes (NO SEEDS! Take the time to scrape out the seeds!)
Bananas (Plantains too!)
Mushrooms, lot of mushrooms!
Onions (red onions are great!), garlic
Lemons, lime
Make a fruit smoothie everyday for breakfast! 
Watermelon, Melons
Ginger Root
Eat as many raw and natural foods as you can! Balance protein with carbs; if you eat an apple, include some cheese or a glass of rice milk; if you have spinach, throw some pepper and rice butter on it!

Use sparingly:
Low-carb bread (found in most supermarkets, look around!) 
Wheat pasta
Wheat flour tortillas (no corn tortillas!)
**Make sure the above products are NOT whole-grain, if you are a lash/brow puller!**
Beer, Ales, and Lagers
Sunflower Oil
Sea salt
Asian noodles
Sauces and spices, such as marinara, salad dressing, and salsa

Sugar substitute:

For fun:
Red Wine! And lots of it, I say! 😉
Granola and yogurt chips

Stay away from!!!:
Soy! It’s hard, I know: No tofu, soy burgers, soy cheeses, soy products!
Sugars and sweeteners, and products with sweeteners like Diet Coke
Eggs and egg yolk (that’s okay, we don’t eat much of that anyway, nyah nyah)
Corn products, such as popcorn, corn tortillas, tortilla chips
Tomato seeds
Nuts (especially peanuts…throw away that trail mix, guys)
Alfalfa sprouts (noooo! but they’re so good in a vegan sandwich!)
Whole grain products, like bread (oh no! – buy lo-carb or granary bread)
Legumes (such as beans and lentils)
Fatty or oily fish (such as tuna, herring, salmon, catfish, mackerel, and sardines)
(For those who are “fish-vegetarians”- the following fish are lean and okay to eat: cod, halibut, turbot, flounder, haddock, sole, monkfish, red snapper, sea bass)
Crustaceans and shellfish (Lobster, crab, prawns, shrimp, mussels, clams, etc.)
Gin (there go my weekends)
Anything with aspartame/asparagines
Anything with nitrites
Anything with MSG, including Chinese food, although I think most Chinese food restaurants no longer serve food with MSG – Check first!

*vegans omit      “

Please do not think that you can only eat whats on the left side of the list. All other foods not listed are fine and from what i gather have no effect. 
When i was first told about this the other day i didnt think i would need to change my diet because i eat healthily. When I actually looked at the list of bad foods I was shocked! It was basically a list of all my favourite foods!! Im currently cutting the bad foods out of my diet and trying to add more of the good ones in. Its going to be really hard especially with Easter coming up and I cant eat chocolate now :(. Once I have successfully cut all the bad foods out I am going to monitor how I feel and if i notice any reduction in having the urges.
If it works I will be sticking to the diet.
I have already cut caffeine out and I have to say im already feeling a lot less stressed. The only problem is my medication (citalopram) makes me sleepy but im sure i will get round that some how 🙂

If any one else tries this diet please let me know how you get on!


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