Walking in to each functional medicine appointment, I don’t necessarily have a clear idea of what I expect to happen, but I do have a general feeling about how I think each conversation is going to go. For instance, I was absolutely certain that my first follow up appointment with the nutritionist (you know, the one after only 30 days on my super restrictive diet) was going to result in the reintegration of all the eliminated foods. Elimination diet rookie mistake…
As discussed in my last post, I committed to weekly facials for the foreseeable future in an attempt to help heal my external skin care concerns (scarring, redness, etc). I am confident that my functional medicine course of treatment has worked wonders for my cystic acne concerns and that as I continue to heal my gut and kill the candida overgrowth, additional changes will occur. I am also confident that the functional medicine doctors have little to no interest in helping to deal with my scarring and other acne aftermath issues, so I’m totally willing to give weekly facials a try.
I’ve been resistant to post a skin update for quite some time. For a while, I was sharing photos of the dramatic improvements every few months. Thankfully, I was left with mostly scarring and very little cystic acne remaining, but it’s particularly challenging to capture photos of the nuanced differences between acne scarring from month to month.
Today marks the start of my second round of anti-fungal medication, so I wanted to provide a quick functional medicine update.
I genuinely try to keep the day-to-day of my professional life off of this blog. I might mention my students, coworkers, boss, or an event from time to time, but I really want to keep the two worlds separate.
The technical definition, according to Google: “(of food or drink) without sugar or a similar substance having been added.”
It’s not a difficult word, right? Without sugar. Un-sweetened. Not hard.
But yet here I am, livid over the fact that the “unsweetened” almond milk lattes I’ve been somewhat addicted to were made with sweetened almond milk for the past few weeks.
The candida dieoff is still very real. Poor Zack has listened to me say “I just don’t feel good” at least 200 times today, and every time he reminds me that it’s actually really good that I feel so crappy. This anti-fungal + supplement combination is working! Is it possible to be both thankful and really cranky at the same time?