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So, why are we even talking about DNA testing here? Why is DNA testing even A Thing?
Watch my talk in June of this year and you’ll see. DNA testing changed my life.
If I had a buck for every time I’ve been asked in the last 3 years how I solved my BiPolar II Disorder I’d have enough dosh to pay someone to assist me in answering the never-ending stream of emails, messages, texts, and calls asking for this information. Since I don’t, and I have learned that I simply no longer scale to answering this question to everyone individually, I have decided to write a post that we can all send everyone to every time someone asks and everyone asking will get the info they need a whole lot faster than waiting on me. I don’t want people waiting on me.
The first thing I discovered when I got my DNA test back was that I have a genetic mutation on the gene known as MTHFR. And MTHFR is related, directly or indirectly, to basically all human symptoms, conditions, syndromes, diseases and signs.
This is list of all the functions that methylation is directly related to:
In short, methylation is related to our body’s ability to function. So if you have a mutation on this gene, the list of symptoms and diseases it could play a part in is huge. And from all the fine folks I have talked to about their health in the last 3 years it has become clear to me that anyone suffering from any kind of brain / mental health issue would be wise to check into their MTHFR gene status.
So if that’s you or someone you know, here’s the steps you take:
1. Order a DNA Kit from 23andMe. You only NEED the Ancestry version, but you can get the Ancestry + Health version if you want. The extra health reports from 23andMe have been interesting but not especially useful in my search for answers to my health concerns. The Ancestry version gives you the raw DNA data that you need.
2. Spit in the kit and return it to 23andMe per the instructions.
3. 23andMe will notify you when your DNA file is ready. Download it to your Mac or PC from the 23andMe website.
4. Upload your raw DNA file to one of these online tools:
Genetic Genie which will look at your methylation genetics just by reading your 23andMe raw data (FREE)
Sterling Hill (COST) (or you can contact her and pay for a call to help with interpretation of your genetics)
Live Wello which gives a great deal of information to you based on 23andMe, plus links to learn more about each gene’s potential problem. Do use the Search bar to see if you have other mutations you hear about.
5. Once you have yourGenetic Genie reports, find the MTHFR gene and if you have RED or YELLOW against it then I highly recommend doing the following:
6. Buy the Report from Dr. Ben Lynch called Strategene which is $45.
7. Find a Functional Medicine Doctor or Naturopath from this directory.
8. Take your Strategene report to your new practitioner who will help you determine what supplements you need and work out a treatment plan.
NOTE: I *highly* recommend working with a practitioner who knows about MTHFR and other genetic mutations as opposed to trying to self-medicate. However, if for whatever reason you simply cannot get with a practitioner right now, then these are the supplements I take to help with my methylation issues:
Start by taking 1 Basic B a day. After a week take 2 a day. Continue adding 1 extra one every week. If you start to feel worse, back down one to the last dose you felt good on. Then switch to Methyl-Guard or Methyl-Guard Plus depending on how many Basic Bs you are taking per day. Example: if you feel best taking 4 Basic Bs per day, switch to 2 Methyl-Guard. If you feel best taking 3 Basic Bs per day, switch to 1 Methyl-Guard Plus. AGAIN: I cannot recommend highly enough that the best way to do this is work with a practitioner. Over-methylation is also a thing, and has it’s own set of problems. But until you can get to a practitioner, you may well find that taking these supplements helps you.
This may well be the only recipe I ever give you that totally WINGS IT. Because who on earth knows how much turkey juices you’ll get out of your turkey?? Not me. So enjoy every moment of this previously unheard-of recipe event!
Also, I *highly* recommend that you do not share the ingredient list with any members of your friends and family tribe who are a little squeamish in the food department. And lest that last sentence worry you – and have you scrolling as fast as possible to scour the ingredients – let me assure you that I am famed throughout my old Seattle neighborhood for making the Best. Turkey. Gravy. Evah.
I used to roast several turkeys on Thanksgiving morning and deliver them around the neighborhood along with several pints of this gravy. And then one year I even had people texting me – while I was away over Christmas – to find out how they could get into my house to purloin all the Turkey Gravy that they knew was languishing in my freezer.
If you need the recipe for the turkey itself you’ll need to grab a copy of Keto for the Holidays. It will be the juiciest, tastiest turkey you’ve ever eaten. It will also likely be the fastest turkey you’ve ever roasted.
Now, onto the gravy. There are no pictures. So in your mind just picture a huge jug of warm, glossy, smooth, thick, brown gravy. That’s what this will look like.
And trust me on this: as long as you do not divulge to anyone what’s in it they will think you are the best cook on earth after pouring this stuff all over their turkey and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Mash (also in Keto for the Holidays).
Holiday Turkey Gravy
Author: Carrie Brown | Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 15 mins | Total time: 30 mins
What You Need
A turkey roasting in the oven (See below Top Tips if you are not roasting a whole bird!)
While the turkey is roasting, empty the contents of the bag of ‘bits’ from the turkey into a pan, and add enough water to cover them.
Place pan over a medium heat and bring to the boil.
Reduce heat and simmer the ‘bits’ for 15 minutes until cooked.
Remove the ‘bits’ from the pan of water and allow ‘bits’ to cool.
Pour the cooking water from the pan into a blender.
Remove the meat off the neck from the ‘bits’.
Chop the rest of the ‘bits’ into pieces and add to the water in the blender along with the meat from the neck.
When the turkey is 30 minutes from being cooked, VERY CAREFULLY remove it from the oven. Pierce the foil at the bottom of the turkey in a couple of places to let all the juices run into the roasting pan.
VERY CAREFULLY tip the juices from the pan into a bowl. You might find it easiest to life the turkey out onto a chopping board, tip the juices out into a bowl, then placing the turkey back in the pan. If you have a huge turkey, tipping the juices out while trying to hang onto the hot turkey can get a bit tricky. Unless you are a licensed Turkey Wrestler I suggest removing it from the pan first, then tipping the juices out.
Put the turkey back in the roasting pan and then back into the oven.
Pour the turkey juices into the blender with the chopped ‘bits’ and water.
Blend the living daylights out of all the things in the blender.
Add sea salt and ground black pepper to taste.
Taste it. (See Top Tips below.)
For a richer, creamier gravy add 1/4 cup heavy cream or thick coconut milk.
Blend until completely smooth.
Turn the blender to low speed.
Take the middle out of the blender lid and tap 1/2 tsp guar gum into the gravy while the blender is still running and blend for 15 seconds. Don’t over blend once the guar gum is in. DO NOT OVER BLEND.
Stop the blender and decide if you want it any thicker or if it’s thick enough at this point.
To make the gravy thicker, turn the blender to low speed and tap 1/2 tsp konjac flour into the gravy while the blender is running and blend for 15 seconds. Don’t over blend. DO NOT OVER BLEND.
Stop the blender and wait for 2 minutes. Test thickness of gravy.
Repeat steps 19 and 20 until gravy is to your desired thickness.
Pour that hot, creamy, deliciousness into a jug and prepare to have everyone at the table tell you that it’s the best part of the entire meal.
Refuse to let them know what’s in it and giggle quietly because you do.
Top Recipe Tips
Once you’ve added that first 1/2 tsp of konjac flour…WAIT for 2 minutes to see how thick it gets. Seriously. WAIT. Konjac takes a couple of minutes to fully thicken.
This gravy is seriously rich from all the roasting juices so I highly recommend you taste it before adding cream. You may find you don’t want it any richer.
Before y’all start yelling at me for using a little bit of guar gum in the Holiday Turkey Gravy (because I’ve taught you that guar is not the right thing for hot sauces…) let me explain. The turkey juices are very fatty. Thus the gravy doesn’t just need thickening, it also needs emulsifying. Enter a little bit of guar gum. The guar gum will hold all the fat in a smooth emulsion. Just using a thickener will not accomplish that so well. So a LITTLE bit of guar gum, and then the konjac will give you the best result here. But too much guar gum and you’ll have a bowl of slime. It also will not reheat well, or be good the next day. So DO NOT just put in extra guar gum if you have no konjac flour. You’ll be sad.
Did I mention DO NOT OVER BLEND once the guar gum is added?
If you are not roasting a whole turkey, you can use chicken livers and boxed turkey stock instead. It will not be anywhere near as rich, so you may want to add extra heavy cream. Cook the chicken livers as if they were the bag of ‘bits’, then add 2 cups of plain turkey stock and continue with the instructions.
Yogi Parker – KETO Trucker Extraordinaire – who I had the absolute pleasure of having dinner with while he was delivering a huge old truck load of goodies to Connecticut the other week – has so much cooking-in-a-truck goodness to share that we’ve teamed up to bring his recipes right to your device of choice!
Whether you’re living in a truck, a tiny home, or a regular house, you can benefit from these amazing, innovative recipes! I’ll format and pretty them up later, but for now just wanted to start getting them to you.
Now Yogi was all worried about his photos – and wondered if I would remake the dishes and shoot them all fancy. Oh heck no! Yogi’s pictures are proof that all of this gourmet goodness happened IN A TRUCK!
Sprinkle a couple pinches over the chopped pork belly
Place the pork belly in a hot skillet and brown each side giving a little crispiness. Remove from skillet and set aside.
Place sausage in skillet, brown and and crumble it. Remove and set aside.
Place onion and fresh garlic into skillet and cook until onion just starts to become translucent.
Add cabbage to the skillet with the the onion and garlic, mix to incorporate. Add in the rest of the spice mixture. Cook on medium high for about ten to twelve minutes, using the spatula to mix every few minutes or so.
Return meat to the mixture, mix it in well, add the Lakanto and vinegar, then stir to incorporate and coat everything.
Let cook for about two or three minutes without touching.
Serve topped with fried eggs, a side of avocado or just eat plain. Hit it with a good hot sauce for a good sweet sour and spicy flavor. You can substitute the pork belly for some bacon for a different flavor.
Easy breakfast or blinner (breakfast for dinner!).