It’s official – my journey down the yellow brick road to good health is half-way over, or at least my experiment in taking Dr. Oz’s advice. It has been an enlightening first half. I’ve learned things that I never would have given a second thought to, I’ve made changes that have made a big difference in how I feel and I’ve tried things that I never thought I ever would be interested in. The latest thing that I’ve tried, admittedly on the advice of my dermatologist, has been a chemical peel. He recommended that I get three of them to help with my annoying acne problem. I had my first last Friday. It all starts off in a very relaxing manner. You have a traditional facial first including a scrub, steam and extraction (which I love). The main event was next. A 70% glycolic acid solution was applied to my face from the forehead down. The reason they start with the forehead is because it can tolerate the acid for the longest period of time. The acid stays on your skin for about 2 minutes and feels like your face is getting a sunburn. Once the two minutes were up, I had to wash my face with lots of water twice. I then had a calming cream applied, followed by sunscreen. So what were the results?
My skin was red and blotchy and looked really oily from the cream. I was warned that my skin would “crust” in parts and to use Polysporin or petroleum jelly on it. I ended up breaking out, but only one zit has really had any staying power. My skin feels softer, but I haven’t seem anything amazing – yet. According to Dr, Oz, “You’ll see the results of a superficial chemical peel when your skin heals, generally within two to three weeks.” I’ll wait patiently and keep you posted. My next peel is scheduled for the end of July. If your doctor recommends a chemical peel, follow their instructions. This includes wearing sunscreen since your skin will be pretty sensitive for a few days. I hope it makes some sort of a difference.
So, what is the most important thing that I’ve learned in this half year? I’d say that I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I also think mindfulness is crucial. I think more about my health when I make a decision. I try to stick with the things that make me feel better – it isn’t always easy, but I’m doing my best and isn’t that all we can really ask ourselves for? I could list everything that I’ve keep up – ok – I will:
- Probiotics every morning – I really think these have made a huge change in how my tummy feels
- Prebiotics where possible to super-charge my probiotics. This includes eating at least half of a banana most mornings or no longer avoiding onions
- Watching what I eat to avoid inflammation and to feel better. I’m not perfect. I’ve lost around 18 pounds, but 80% of the time, I’m on the money and I do feel better. I’ve starting following Dr. Oz’s 2 Week Rapid Weight Loss Plan once a month, not to lose weight, but because, overall, eating that way makes me feel better. It’s totally not sustainable, so I eat the DASH way, the other 2 weeks with occasional cheats.
- Researching what I put in my mouth – this means being a bit more critical about certain pieces of Oz sanctioned advice (coconut oil ring a bell?).
- Eating nuts – really, they help with sleep – I’m convinced of it.
- Sleeping in a cool room. I do sleep better, not perfectly, but better.
- Meditating – I didn’t love the actual practice – just Deepak Chopra’s teachings, and if trying more meditation means that I get to benefit from someone much wiser than me, well, practice makes perfect.
- No shampoo faux-hawks. Being more careful when I wash my hair has meant fewer tangles and fewer split ends.
- Zinc supplements – I still take these daily – I’m not sure if they’ve helped my skin, but I have to say that my immunity is better.
- Getting a mammogram – this was really important for me since breast cancer runs in my family. Yes, it wasn’t pleasant, but early detection is worth the 5 minutes of discomfort that I suffered and it literally was 5 minutes for all of you chickens out there.
- Dandelion tea – I hate this – it tastes like dirt. It can’t all be good news : )
There have been many more changes that I have made – mostly small ones, but eleven seems to be a nice round number or at the very least, two straight up and down ones. I hope the next 6 months are as beneficial as the first 6 have been. I know that Dr. Oz has detractors, and some of this is deserved, but he also provides a lot of really beneficial advice, so today, I’m grateful for my favourite TV doctor and to all of you for following me or reading my blog. I struggled a bit in June with a demanding work schedule, but I won’t let that stop me from completing this experiment. I’ll be revealing a new topic in my next entry – something really fun for me. Until then, I am…