*This post is sponsored by EverlyWell and Fit Approach. All opinions (and test results) are my own!
Every since I started blogging I wanted to do a food sensitivity test.
I read about them on other blogs and wanted to find some answers to digestive issues I was having. For years, I would have problems with my stomach bloating after eating certain foods. Not just the “I’m full” kind of bloating, but the “I’m six months pregnant” kind of bloating. My stomach would feel distended and hard to the touch and it was really an uncomfortable way to live.
Since many reactions to food are delayed, I had no idea what was causing it. I knew I had a sensitivity to dairy — nothing serious, but I just felt gassy and bubbly after having it (and sometimes a milk baby). I decided maybe it was gluten, so I did a month-long experiment to see what happened when I cut it out. You can read all about that here if you’re interested:
- Going Gluten-Free (For Now)
- Gluten-Free Update
- Gluten-Free Week 4 Update
- Why I Stopped Being Gluten-Free (spoiler alert!!!)
My issues came and went, so finally I got tired of experimenting and didn’t worry about it as much anymore. As I cut back on my running mileage, I noticed that it didn’t happen as regularly, which was also interesting.
Last month when I was given the opportunity to get my food sensitivities tested through EverlyWell, I jumped at the chance. I LOVE SCIENCE. TELL ME MY SENSITIVITIES.
The testing kit came with instructions, a prepaid envelope, testing kit (alcohol swabs, lancets, and sample card), bandaids, and a lollipop (so precious). I love that everything was green, although that has nothing to do with the actual kit.
The instructions were very straightforward. All you needed to do was prick the end of a finger with one of the provided safety lancets, place three blood samples, allow to dry, then seal in a biohazard bag and ship back to the company.
It took me a second to work up the ability to stab myself in the finger, but it didn’t really hurt at all and was over in a matter of seconds. I sealed everything up and sent it back.
When ordering the kit online, you create an account. Once your test results are ready (approx. 5 business days after they are received by the lab), you will be notified by email and sign in to your EverlyWell account.
I loved the display of results. It was clean and easy to understand. EverlyWell tests for the presence of antibodies in your blood which are specific to 96 certain types of foods.
The main testing categories are:
- Seeds and Nuts
Each food tested for is listed and followed by a circle with the following shading:
Here’s a look at my fruit category results. Apparently every fruit I love had mild reactivity.
If you want more information on a certain food, simply click on it and the following window will open.
Here is more detailed info for chia seeds, which I have every day in my smoothies.
My results weren’t very exciting. There were several foods that I eat on a regular basis that I showed mild reactivity to, but that was as serious as it got. There were no foods showing moderate or very high reactivity.
EverlyWell’s recommendation if you have mild reactivity to a certain food is to remove those with higher reactivity first. Since mild was as high as it went for me, it’s really my decision what I want to do with those foods going forward. They are less likely to cause physical symptoms, so my takeaway is to really listen to my body concerning those foods and see if they are worth removing from my diet.
From what I understand, food sensitivity testing is not always a precise science, so my plan is to use these results as a guide and plan accordingly. If I eat one of the mild reactivity foods and notice unwanted physical symptoms, I can make the decision whether to cut it out or not.
Basically, any information I get about how my body responds to food is GREAT. I love science and I love food and with those powers combined I can take over the world (or eat it).
Additionally, EverlyWell is offering a 15% discount to readers who are interested in ordering their own food sensitivity kit! Simply enter the code YOURBESTFOODS at checkout!
- Have you ever had food sensitivity testing done?
- Are you allergic or intolerant to any foods?