Category: Science

MTHFR & The Weekly Menu #menuplanning

MTHFR! Hi all!  Well as it turns out I have a few gene variants that would account for why I am so sensitive to chemicals, why I have been driven to eat so clean, and why changing so many things over the years has helped my health improve (filtered water, no chemical cleaners, concrete floors, using glass instead of plastic, and all the food stuff…).  As it turns out I am heterozygous for both MTHFR C677T...

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 Sept. 4-10 #freefrom #menuplanning

Time for The Weekly Menu It’s football season!  Still so excited to see the Longhorns play this year.  We always start off with such high expectations. ?? Also, I’m finding out all kinds of things about my genetic variants.  I ran a program from Found My Fitness to look for certain SNPs in my raw 23andMe data.  The results were pretty interesting.  I have another marker for an increased risk of Celiac disease (so 5...

The Weekly Menu Aug 28-Sept 3 #glutenfree #menuplanning

Time for the weekly menu! Well friends, we now have our genetic test results from 23andMe.  And I do have two gene variants that are linked to Celiac disease.  I’m not at all surprised that I also have the MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) C677T genetic variation on one of my chromosomes (heterozygous). My initial understanding of this MTHFR variant is that it prevents the body from flushing toxins well.  Perhaps this is why I am so sensitive...

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...

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 Weekly Menu March 14 #menuplanning #glutenfree #realfood

Hello friends, it’s time to plan out the weekly menu again! I’m really looking forward to next week because I’m on Spring Break!!! Ha! Sounds so weird to say at 43. And I won’t be heading to Cancun or NOLA like in my college days, but it will be nice to have a break from studying. And hopefully we can get out to the Lake for a few hikes on the Trail despite SXSW traffic!...

The Weekly Menu Feb. 29 #glutenfree #realfood #menuplanning

Hi everyone! Hope you had a great week. So if you are wondering what I’m doing besides blogging about food, taking pictures of food and tweeting about health, food safety, food choices, nutrition, science… I’m now working on a certificate in bioinformatics, which is a field that uses computer science techniques to analyze and interpret biological data. What I’m learning are the computer skills to sort through the massive amounts of genetic and biological data for...

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”)....