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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Saturday Confessions.

Sorry for being so silent this week! I didn’t create this blog to discuss my #teacherproblems, but we’re nearing the end of the school year and I’m super stressed out. I am in charge of all district and state testing in our building, and I am also responsible for planning and executing all of the senior class activities. If you follow any major news outlet, you’re well aware of the amount of controversy around testing in American schools – our students have been testing non-stop for the past three weeks. That, on top of prom, the senior luncheon, the senior class day trip to Cedar Point, and graduation, and I’m close to ripping out my hair…

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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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Part I: The Candida War.

Now that I have had a few days to process my first follow up appointment with my functional medicine doctor, I want to provide more information on each health concern discovered so far. While the goal of this whole journey was to address the root cause of my sudden cystic acne, I don’t think that this story is going to end with “and this is why your face exploded.”

Instead, I am thankful that my face cried out for help – I’ve got a lot to correct in my body to get healthy again. One of the biggest concerns, as I’ve mentioned before, is the elevated level of Candida in my gut.

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