Having followed a strict plant-based diet for two years before embarking on this functional medicine journey, the last thing I would’ve thought I would enjoy is a “meat stick.”
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I do much better when I have a big goal and a training plan to follow. In the absence of a training plan, I can very easily convince myself that the gym or a run can be skipped/avoided/put off until tomorrow. I am liberal with my “rest” days, convincing myself that they are required often (too tired, too sore, too little time, etc). Rest days in this context are not necessarily purposeful, and often a last minute decision quickly filled with regret or a guilty feeling. I am very much in favor of listening to your body and it’s signals for needing a break, but at least in my experience, I might give in to “rest” a little too easily.
Today was my second follow up appointment with my functional medicine doctor, and third appointment with the nutritionist. Both seem really really impressed by how well my skin has responded to our dietary changes and other interventions. The general consensus is that mostly scarring is left, and unless I want to pay for dermatological treatments to speed up the process, the body will slowly repair the skin on its own.
I will write a more complete post when I receive the results of my blood work, as the doctor sent me to retest my candida, mycoplasma, and vitamin d levels. She suspects that my mycoplasma levels may have rebounded since my round of antibiotics because I’ve been unable to take a deep breath for the past two(ish) weeks. We have a plan in place to address this concern, but we’re waiting on the test results. When I receive my results, I’ll give you the full run down!
Alright. It’s been 154 days since I’ve had sugar, alcohol, gluten, legumes, dairy and a whole plethora of other foods/drinks.
But, that’s not the focus of this post. Instead, I want to talk about something else that I haven’t done for the past 154 days. Something that I’d like to never do again, ever.