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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Alright, it’s been a while since my first follow up appointment with my functional medicine doctor and nutritionist. Like I said in my last post, the end of the school year is insane, especially for teachers tasked with organizing senior events (prom, graduation, etc). Looking forward to posting much more regularly once I make it through this last week of school.

But, to recap:

  • Part I: I had seriously elevated levels of Candida in my gut.
  • Part II: I had walking pneumonia for quite some time now.
  • Part III: My gut is on fire, and I can’t break down protein properly.

I’ve been following the doctor’s recommendation (mostly) to work through these issues, and I’ve finished up the antibiotic and am two-thirds of the way through my anti-fungal, so hopefully we’re making progress…

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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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Day 64. I should have this down by now.

As much as I loved having the last 10 days off, I am a little excited to be back to work because of the structure it affords. I kept a pretty decent schedule when on vacation (didn’t sleep too long or stay up too late), but my eating schedule was all off. As I’ve mentioned before, I have to hit certain macronutrient (protein, fats, carbs, etc.) and phytonutrient (compounds found in plants) targets each day, and I usually plan three meals and two snacks (mid-AM and mid-PM). Throughout my time off, I noticed that I would eat breakfast relatively late and then my whole day of meals would shift and one would usually get skipped. This wouldn’t be a big deal if I was still meeting my targets, but I was not. I feel like after so much time on this diet, I should have this whole process down by now. It was acceptable to slightly miss the targets when I was first learning, but now? It’s been 64 days. I should be hitting every target, every day…

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