Expectations v. Reality

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…

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Weekly Facials!

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.

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In the spirit of transparency…

So, just in case there was any question that food has the power to both heal and hurt, I wanted to share something that’s been on my mind all day.

Similar to when I went to Las Vegas in June, I relaxed my organic, grass-fed meat requirements for our bike trip to Detroit. It was already difficult enough to carry all of our pegan snacks for our trip, and I certainly didn’t expect little towns like Elmore, Ohio to offer grass-fed meat options on their diner menus. Everything else about my diet remained the same (no dairy, no sugar, no alcohol, no gluten).

I chose to post this photo on Facebook this morning and after I took a closer look, I was slightly shocked. Take a look at my chin. This photo was taken early last week (Monday, August 1) at the very beginning of our bike trip.

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One step closer…

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!

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