In anticipation…

Tomorrow is the day I’ve been counting down to since February 1. And now that it’s here, I’m not entirely sure how to feel.

On one hand, I have zero expectations. I fully anticipate walking out of my functional medicine center appointment tomorrow with no changes to my highly restrictive diet, no solid answer to the “why” behind my cystic acne concerns, and yet another costly round of tests to undergo.

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Sundays are for Planning.

Hola! My Sunday-of-rest philosophy was somewhat hijacked today, but for two good reasons. First, it is the second to last weekend before the AP Chemistry exam. My students have been putting in a lot of extra hours of studying with me on Saturdays, and for the final two weeks, I offer to meet with them on Sunday too.

Second, my Madre is in town! Instead of spending my Sunday lounging around, we filled our day with a lot of fun activities. Running, shopping, eating, etc.

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My Pegan Pick #2!

Last week, I mentioned that the functional medicine detox diet I’ve been following for the past 2.5+ months also resulted in a number of new (and delicious) products to try. I’ll be the first to admit, I was super skeptical when my dietitian suggested edamame & mung bean pasta upon my first visit. First of all, I’m Italian. I love my Grandma Connie’s homemade pasta more than anything else in the whole world. How could a pasta made of beans stand a chance?

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Meal Plan & Prep Take Three

So, I’m really loving the “day of rest” concept I learned from Dr. Josh Axe during the Total Wellness Summit. It’s not that I don’t do anything on Sundays, but I don’t have a mile-long to-do list staring at me as soon as I wake up. It takes some extra work throughout the week, but it makes me feel much better going in to the week.

I did, however, manage to meal plan, grocery shop, and plan out my exercise schedule during my “day of rest.” As I’ve mentioned previously, I am experimenting with many of the recipes featured in Dr. Mark Hyman’s new book Eat Fat, Get Thin. The basic premise of this book is that fat has been demonized in the American diet for far too long. He indicates that sugar, not fat, is the real dietary culprit, and his recipes are high in healthy fats. There is a 21-day plan that I am not following (I’m already on a 78+ day plan), but I’ve incorporated some of these meals and they are DELICIOUS.

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