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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My Pegan Pick #3!

Not to be overly dramatic, but my world literally fell apart when I was told I had to remove almond products from my already restrictive diet. At the time, I was five weeks into my functional medicine journey and pretty much living off of almond milk, almond cream cheese, almonds, and almond butter.

My favorite was the almond butter. I’d take a spoonful (or two) directly to the face after dinner as a “dessert” type of signal to my body. Seemed like as good enough substitute for actual dessert that I was going to find on this diet…

And like that, it was gone! I truly thought I was going to get foods added back in at that time, not more taken out!

…I told you this was going to be dramatic.

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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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My Pegan Pick #1!


In shifting from a vegan diet to a pegan (paleo + vegan) diet over the past few months, I’ve been introduced to some really great products that helped with this lifestyle change. I want to start sharing them on a weekly basis, in case you ever have an interest in switching to a dairy-free, gluten-free, meat-on-the-side, sugar-free diet, or if you just like trying something new!

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