"Healthy" food can make me sick too?
This post is sponsored by Everlywell. I received product and compensation, but all opinions are my own.
The deeper I get into this world of healing myself through natural methods like diet and lifestyle changes the more CONFUSED I become. There is so much information out there and so many different healing diets to choose from. At the end of the day, I keep coming back to the idea that every body is different and what works great for one person might not work at all for another. This pushes me to tailor my diet specifically to my bodies needs. One way I wanted to do this was to see if I was sensitive to any of the foods I was eating so I teamed up with Everlywell to take their at home Food Sensitivity Test and see if there were any hidden sources of inflammation from the food I was eating. Keep reading to hear about the whole process and get 15% off your own kit !
Order Test Online
This part of the process could not be easier. It's basically just like online shopping! You pick the test you want and they ship it to you! You can head to this link and use code MADABOUTFOOD for 15% off your own Food Sensitivity Test.
Take Test At Home
I'll be honest, I was a little scared to take this test since I knew I had to prick my finger to get a blood sample. Luckily Everlywell walked me through every step and it was easy. All you need to do is register your kit, sanitize the finger you are pricking, prick your finger and drop blood onto the collection sheet, let the sheet dry for at least 30 minutes, package it up in the little biohazard bag, place in the prepaid shipping envelope and send off to Everlywell!
The whole process was super simple and relatively painless. I sent my results in on a Monday and got them first thing in the morning on the following Monday! It was way easier than having to go to a doctor, get a referral for a lab, get blood drawn and wait weeks for results. Plus, EverlyWell makes it much more affordable.
Now for the most important part: the results! The food sensitivity test tests for Immunoglobulin G (IgG) Antibody Reactivity to 96 different foods. The results come in 4 different levels ranging from least reactive to most reactive: Low Reactivity, Mild Reactivity, Moderate Reactivity, and High Reactivity.
I feel super lucky that all of my results were either Low Reactivity or Mild Reactivity. You don't need to worry about foods that fall into the Low Reactivity category, but these are the foods I have a mild reaction to:
Analyze Results and Take Next Steps
My results did not surprise me too much. I feel very fortunate that I am not highly reactive to any foods. In my case, they may cause inflammation in my body which shows up in the symptoms of my autoimmune diseases like swollen joints or a new patch of psoriasis somewhere on my body.
I feel validated that many of my results were grains and dairy and soy since when I follow a grain, dairy and soy free diet I feel my very best. I am super sad to see brewers yeast on there since I love beer and trying new craft beers, but my finger and elbow joints blow up when I drink it so it tends to not be worth the pain. I am surprised to see black pepper, tuna and scallops on the list!
EverlyWell allows you to print out your results for yourself or for a doctor. You can consult a doctor on your results or begin an elimination diet on your own. There are many different ways to do an elimination diet, but most people do a standard 30 day elimination diet for all foods that you had a mild and above reaction to and then add the removed foods back one at a time to see which, if any, cause symptoms. Unfortunately (or fortunately!) I have lots of travel coming up in the next few months and will be pushing my elimination off until January. In the meantime I will continue to avoid grains, cows milk dairy and soy as much as possible, but at the end of the day will still be indulging because you gotta live a little.