I love Boise! When I told my family and friends I wanted to move to Boise, most of them were very unsupportive and questioned my decision. My dad even told me that I’d hate it here because the city is full of Muslims and rednecks. I have no idea where he got that info from, but he’s an ass so I took that with a grain of salt. He kept telling me I’d be happier in Colorado. Like he would know. And no I wouldn’t. I’m perfectly happy in Boise.

I’ve been here for 1o days now and I don’t see myself disliking this place. In fact, I’m not sure why more people aren’t flocking to this city. But also, I don’t want them to because I like the small-town feel. I’ve consistently been blown away by how nice and genuine people are in Boise. Even at the DMV.

By the way, I’m official now. I went to the DMV on Friday and got Idaho plates and a driver’s license.

On Saturday I went down to the public market in downtown Boise. The farmer’s market part of it was larger and more decent than I thought it was going to be. I thought California farmer’s markets had spoiled me, but I was impressed with the Boise one. So, because it’s Wednesday, let me share with you all the things I ate on Saturday.

My first stop at the farmer’s market was the Necker Coffee cart. I’m trying to ween myself off caffeine and quit altogether, but I saw a lady walk away with an iced coffee and I wanted one.

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Necker Coffee is at the farmer’s market part on 10th street but there’s also a public market on 8th street. So I walked around the farmer’s market sipping my iced coffee and then eventually walked over to the public market.

After about 4 blocks of walking and looking at the booths, I decided to stop and try a street taco from Calle 75. Oh. my. goodness.

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This is a breakfast taco. So basically the best carne asada taco ever topped with a fried egg. One bite and the ooey, gooey yolk exploded to make a delicious sauce. I refuse to say #yolkporn so I’ll leave that to Laura, who is also our gracious WIAW host this week (thanks, girl!).

There were so many things at the public market that I wanted to buy, but I decided to be responsible since I don’t have an income right now. I plan to go back there almost every Saturday. And if you come to Boise to visit me I’m definitely taking you there to get street tacos.

I went to the gym after coming home from the market. And then came home and made this.

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I took a can of tuna and mixed it with some Primal Kitchen mayo. Then I sliced some cucumber and put the cucumber and tuna on some Seasnax. If you think this is a good idea and you want to copy it, cool. Just do them individually. I did them all at once for the sake of snapping a photo, but the tuna made the seaweed soggy. Still good though.

I followed this meal up with a can of mango La Croix and a few squares of this locally made Superfood Chocolate.

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I also drank a cup of this Epic bone broth mid-afternoon because I’ve been fighting off either a mild cold or seasonal allergies.

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Later in the afternoon I worked with one of my roommates to plant a garden in our backyard.

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We had to scramble to get our plants and seeds in the ground before a thunderstorm rolled in.

Then we each made ourselves dinner.

I had taco salad. Because one can never have too many taco-flavored meals.

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Saturday night was spent at home watching stand-up comedy and HGTV shows on Netflix with my roommate. It was raining pretty hard outside and we both felt like staying in. Hope you’re having a wonderful week.

Have you ever had a street taco from a taco truck?

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Grab a cup of tea and sit down for some good reads. It’s the Wholesome Weekend Roundup featuring my top health and wellness links from around the web this week.

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Drinking Artificially Sweetened Beverages During Pregnancy Tied to Increased Infant BMI – What happened to just drinking plain water? Why are people so turned off by it?

Why the Cancer Moonshot Should be Headed Toward the Sun – Vitamin D and cancer prevention. Stop reading this and go expose your skin to the sun for 15 minutes. I’ll wait.

Why the Biggest Loser is Everything Wrong with Weight Loss – I’ve never liked The Biggest Loser. And the fact that many of the contestants regained the weight they lost on the show is not shocking at all.

7 Ways to Heal a Fatty Liver – Don’t assume you’re immune to fatty liver if you don’t drink. Chances are you’re on your way to getting it if you eat a standard American diet.

New Research Discovers that Depression is an Allergic Reaction to Inflammation – Inflammation is caused by high sugar diets, trans fats, obesity, etc. So does that mean less sugar equals less depression? Interesting.

Better than a Dentist: 10 Healthy Ways to Restore Your Teeth – Great oral health advice. And I like that she uses the same toothpaste as me.

Here’s What Happens to Your Body When You Go 10 Days Without Sugar – Don’t you want to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes?

Why is Toddler Obesity on the Rise? – Just stop with the juice already!

A Study Asks: Too Much Folic Acid a Cause for Autism? – I’m so confused. Folate and folic acid are not the same thing. This could be flawed science so take this with a grain of salt. If you’re really worried, at least check your prenatals and make sure that the label says folate. If it says folic acid, throw it away!

Why the FDA is Re-Evaluating the Nutty Definition of ‘Healthy’ Food – ‘Low in fat’ used to mean ‘healthy’. I like that healthy fat is gaining popularity again.

7 Facts About Depression That Will Blow You Away – You will learn a lot by reading this article. Especially if you or one of your loved ones is dealing with depression.

Gestational Diabetes More Prevalent in Summer vs. Winter – Weird how seasons can affect health.

It feels like Summer already here in Boise. So I’m off to go check out the Capital City Public Market! Have an amazing weekend.

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Each year I buy myself a combined Christmas and birthday gift. My birthday is 2 weeks after Christmas so I don’t mind combining my gifts (I don’t like when you do it to me though). This past December I decided to shovel over some money to pay for genetic testing through 23 and Me.

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I’m a nerd. I wanted to know stuff that most people could care less about. But this stuff excites me so bare with me here.

The info provided by 23 and Me is pretty basic since they got into some trouble with the FDA a few years back. For a while they were only providing ancestry reports, but they recently started providing some more health data in mid-2015. It’s not as informative as it used to be, but I still learned quite a bit about myself. Here’s a list of some stuff I learned:

  • I’m almost 100% German (not shocking).
  • My maternal haplogroup is H1b.
  • I suspect my paternal haplogroup is K1a1b1a based on all the ‘relatives’ I was linked to with Ashkenazi descent, but I can only assume since the site can’t test that for sure.
  • I’m 4% Neanderthal (common if you’re a Caucasian from Western Europe).
  • I’m genetically prone to sneeze in the sun (photic sneeze reflex).
  • I’m sensitive to caffeine (slow caffeine metabolizer).
  • I’m a light sleeper.
  • I can tolerate lactose (I always thought the opposite).
  • I’m not a carrier for any rare genetic disorders.

All of the features and characteristics they predicted I had based on my saliva sample were spot on (hazel eyes, blonde hair, no cleft chin, no dimples, smelly asparagus pee, some freckles, etc.).

But their basic report still left me with a ton of unanswered questions. I was listening to Ben Greenfield’s podcast and he mentioned a site called Promethease where you can import raw data from your 23 and Me report and for $5 they interpret the data for you. I figured I had nothing to lose so I paid the $5 and found out so much more about myself.

I’m leaving some stuff out for fear of health insurance companies using this information against me (I’ve read stories so I’m paranoid). So here are just a few of the many things I learned.

  • Any exercise works for me since I have mixed muscle composition (slow-twitch and fast-twitch fibers), but I’m most likely a sprinter and not built for endurance.
  • I would probably do better on a low-carb, high-fat diet (45% of the population is carb sensitive according to one report I read on SNPedia.com).
  • I have the APOe3 gene variant (the most common, and APOe4 is no good…phew!)
  • If I was male, I would probably be balding by now (thank goodness I’m female!).
  • According to the OXTR gene, I’m able to handle stress well and have a general optimistic and empathetic outlook on life (who knew this was genetic?).
  • I’m genetically prone to pay more attention to detail and make less errors.
  • I’m at very low risk for ADHD, OCD, Schizophrenia and Parkinson’s.
  • I carry one FTO ‘fat gene’ (from dad) and one skinny gene (from mom).
  • According to APOA5 data, I won’t gain weight on a high-fat diet unless I overeat carbs.
  • I genetically don’t crave alcohol (very true).
  • I’m not at risk for type 1 diabetes or lupus.
  • I might be at risk for celiac disease (obviously!)
  • I do not carry the BRCA1 gene mutation (the one that’s linked to increased breast cancer risk).
  • I do carry a mutation on my MTHFR Rs1801131 gene, which means I have trouble converting 5-methylfolate to tetrahydrafolate (I take 5-methyl folate and methyl B-12 for this).
  • My MTHFR gene is not a complete disaster since Rs180133 is not mutated (this means I have normal homocystine levels).

Those are just some of the interesting things I’ve learned so far. The data from Promethease is confusing and overwhelming. It takes a while to sort through everything. And it also helps to know exactly what to look for.

I did genetic testing for fun, knowing full well that I might learn things I didn’t want to learn about myself (ignorance is bliss). Luckily, I’m not as genetically doomed as I thought. Actually, I’m quite healthy. I think my mom’s DNA helped save me. Thanks mom!

Would you consider getting genetic testing to learn more about yourself?

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