Meet Deana

Deana & Brett

Hi I’m Deana. Thanks for stopping by! I’m 44 years old this year and proud of it! I’ve had some amazing ups and terrible downs in this life journey but for the most part really just livin’ a happy life! My husband, Brett, and I live in Austin, TX – the ATX – and focus on a life of simplicity. We love the concept of #essentialism and that less can be so much better. When you start to really live it, it almost seems too easy.

He’s a lawyer and I’m a scientist (although I have a law degree, too).  I love to cook, write, grow stuff in our little urban patio garden, get outside often to walk around in this amazing city, watch political comedy shows, HBO and yes, Bravo TV, too! – I’m diverse! 😉  Oh and I’m pretty obsessed with Family Feud.  My inner monologue is basically Steve Harvey on the Family Feud.

We love to travel. So far I have had the opportunity and privilege to travel throughout the US, Europe, Mexico, the Middle East and even New Zealand. There are so many places we still want to go. I so enjoy people of other cultures and appreciate the food and lifestyles. I work hard to make choices in my daily life that improve the lives of others and will not hurt or create injustice.

Between my husband and I, we’ve loved three fur babies that have passed on to doggie heaven – Sunny the Lab, Benji the Maltipoo and Cassidy the Miniature Pinscher. RIP Sweet Dogs.

Dog Collage

We’ve recently adopted Elizabeth “Lizzy”, a rescue dog from Austin Pets Alive and are totally in love with her! We adopted her January 2016. She had parvovirus and was either surrendered or found on the streets in Dallas and someone at that shelter knew that Austin Pets Alive had a Parvo Puppy ICU. Someone drove her down to Austin and they saved her! Good people doing such good things! And now she is part of our pack. And since we don’t have kids, she is just the perfect little addition to our family. 🐶❤️ #adoptdontshop

Lizzy

So why did I create this blog?

I really just fell into it as a way to keep track of what we eat. At one point, I stopped being able to digest food, gained a lot of weight rapidly and had a brain fog that felt like dementia… you’ve probably heard it all by now because I’m not alone. I still don’t know exactly what is wrong, but I listen to my body and don’t eat what disrupts my digestion. And there are a lot of things that my system doesn’t like.

So we had to clean up our diet. Read the labels on everything we buy.  Make better choices with unprocessed foods, better fats, lean proteins and fresh veggies.  Over the years I’ve also tried to minimize my yeast and fructose intake.  We eat dairy/casein/lactose free (although I can still tolerate a little aged Parmesan cheese – yay!) and absolutely no gluten!  We’ve gone mostly organic and non-GMO just to avoid the glyphosate (not the GMO technology), but it’s just everywhere now.

I’ll be totally honest that of all the foods I can’t eat, I really do miss 🧀 and amazing charcuterie platters the most. But I don’t like it when my digestive system shuts down even more. So we live with the dietary restrictions and try to make the best of what we’ve got to work with! 😍 And this blog helps me keep track of our food choices (because we are constantly learning and evolving) and all the science/health/nutrition topics I’ve researched over the years. There is a lot of great stuff on my twitter feed, too.  And you might notice that I’m a little obsessed with the gut microbiome.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or let’s connect on social media because I get so much inspiration and creative ideas from all of you!

deana@theweeklymenubook.com