Category: Microbiome

The Weekly Menu #freefrom #menuplanning

Time for the weekly menu again! This week I want to talk a little more about glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Round-Up) and GMOs.  There is a gene that produces the enzyme 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthetase (EPSPS) in plants, fungi and bacteria but not in mammals.  This enzyme plays a critical role in the Shikimate pathway, which synthesizes the amino acids phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan.  Glyphosate targets and inhibits EPSPS leading to the eventual...

The Weekly Menu July 10-16 #glutenfree #menuplanning

Hi everyone!  Hope you had a great holiday last week.  We got to eat well the first half of the week and I was super excited about how the pulled pork turned out.  We ended up using Franklin’s BBQ sauce instead of making our own and it was so awesome!  Pulled pork is incredibly easy to make in the oven with a nice marbled pork butt. So the second half of the week – I...

The Weekly Menu July 18 #glutenfree #menuplanning

Hi everyone!   This week I’m going to have my microbiome sequenced thanks to uBiome.  The low FODMAP diet set both of us off the rails. Our bodies straight up broke down – and Brett’s allergies/sinus infections were out of control.  I think our microbiome missed the health benefits of onion, garlic, loads of veggies and fiber that we usually eat.  I’ll stay away from lactose (except for the Parmesan) and fructose (honey and agave...

Weekly Menu May 23 #glutenfree #menuplanning

Summer time is here and I’m looking forward to all that wonderful summer fruit! And guess what, it’s time for the weekly menu again. ? This is my last week off before starting back at JHU.  This session I’ll be taking Protein Bioinformatics and Molecular Phylogenetic Techniques.  I love science so much and I’m honestly very excited.  I’ve been cooking up a storm during my break and restocking the freezer and pantry. Eating well and exercising. Even...

The Weekly Menu May 16 #glutenfree #menuplanning

Hi everyone! It’s time for another weekly menu! Hope you had a great week. Last week was super positive for me having earned an ‘A’ in both my Intro to Bioinformatics & Coding classes at JHU. Yay! Part of the challenge has been eating really clean to keep my gut bacteria as happy as possible, exercising to keep stress down and surrounding myself with positivity and love. It’s a good feeling to be on the...

Weekly Menu Plan April 11, 2016 #glutenfree #menuplanning

It’s time for the weekly menu plan! And we will get to that as always. But you might be wondering why I’ve been talking about the microbiome so much lately and trying to eat mindfully to encourage the growth of good bacteria. So what am I talking about?  This is a pretty new field of research and it is exciting and fascinating and it is going to answer so many questions about our health, disease,...

Weekly Menu Plan April 4, 2016 #glutenfree #menuplanning

So how are you doing friends? For me online school at Johns Hopkins is going well and I’m learning so much in such a short amount of time (thank goodness). The rising cost of tuition is a real thing – each class I’m taking costs as much as my entire freshman year at UT in the 1990s. Crazy. I’m so thankful for access to federal student loans (and yes I have a lot of student loan...

The Gluten Free Weekly Menu Dec. 28 #menuplanning

I can’t believe this is the last casein free, gluten free weekly menu of the year! It has gone by so fast! I’ve had a lot of fun coming up with the weekly menus and tracking our journey, trying new recipes, meats (bison) and veggies (kohlrabi) while learning and aspiring to make better food choices. And I’ve met a lot of cool people #foodies on social media and love sharing our creations and discoveries! ? ? At...

Gluten Free Weekly Menu Dec. 14 #menuplanning

Hope you’re having happy healthy holidays! This week’s gluten free weekly menu is pretty simple and easy because, well you know how this time of year can be! I’m going to try to put a new spin on some older recipes and I’m making a quiche for Meatless Monday to use up a bunch of extra veggies with a couple new gluten free, dairy free products I found at Wheatsville (pie crust and vegan “cheese”)....

The Gluten Free Weekly Menu Nov. 9 #menuplanning

  Hi everyone! So this has been a very exciting week. I interviewed for a job as a data curation scientist a few months ago and did not get the job. I could not pass the test. But I’m glad that I went through the process because it showed me that although I am somewhat qualified, I just don’t have the computer skills to do it. And it wasn’t something that I could learn on...