Back in December 2016, I was scrolling through good old Facebook when I came across a friend's post about her food sensitivity testing with EverlyWell. Completely curious, I read her entire post. And the whole time I was reading, I was super excited for her. I mean, what a great insight! She would be able to know which foods to avoid so that she can heal her gut and move towards wellness! So awesome!
I was so intrigued by this post I knew that I had to do food sensitivity testing with EveryWell for myself. Here's the thing. I feel fine. I eat pretty much everything. Except for canned tuna. I don't like canned tuna. But anyway, I was just wondering if I do happen to have any food sensitivities. I truly believed that my test would be negative for everything. Simply based on how I feel. Which is great! Actually, I figured that if any sensitivity came back, it would be gluten. I eliminated gluten for a while to see if it would help with my rosacea. It didn't help with that at all. Anyway.
On the flip side, I am smart enough to ask myself the question, “What if I could feel BETTER?” That's the thing! Most people don't realize that they COULD feel better. So, I decided to grab myself a test kit from EverlyWell and see what I see.
It really couldn't have been simpler. I got the test in the mail, gave my blood sample – which was hard by the way. The finger prick was the easy part. Squeezing my finger to get every last drop of blood out was the hard part. Go figure. So, I put it in the bag, slap the label on it, and drive it to a UPS store. Off it went.
It didn't take long to get the results, either! I got an email when they were ready and I simply logged on to see what came up!
Guess what? Gluten showed up in the Class 0 – low reactivity – section. What? I guess that is not what was causing my rosacea. HA! But, in Class 3 – high reactivity – here is what I found:
DAIRY!!!!!!!! I about DIED!!! I have homemade milk kefir in my smoothie every morning! And milk in my coffee? I LOVE cheese. I mean, who doesn't? I really, really do! And butter!? Oh dear. Each food is clickable. So, here is what it says when I clicked on Cows Milk:
So, I guess I need to try to eliminate Dairy and see what happens! But what about Class 2 foods? How did I do there? What else might be irritating to my body?
I guess I should take those out too! Can I just say that I didn't think I would feel completely overwhelmed when I saw the results of this test. The idea of removing dairy seems impossible. Because I love it so much. I realize that it isn't impossible. I can do it. It is just a mindset shift. I am VERY curious to learn what my normal feels like without dairy. Will it feel different?
So, what next? Obviously the next step is to begin eliminating these foods and see what happens. But what is my plan? I was able to convince my husband to try the Whole30. Doing the Whole30 will eliminate these foods, plus a lot more! Well, the Whole30 keeps almonds but gets rid of peanuts. Turns out peanuts don't really bother me, but almonds do! Gah!
Now, the question is WHEN? When do I say goodbye to these foods for a while? To be honest, I have been procrastinating. Because I know it will be hard at first. But then it will get easier! So, stay tuned for my progress and what I find!
Have you ever done food sensitivity testing? I think it is so fascinating! Lots of people have told me that they don't ever want to do that test because they don't want to know what they are sensitive to. They are afraid they would have to give up what they love eating. I consider it another tool in my bag of tricks. Knowledge is power AND freedom. And, in this case, health freedom! I have the knowledge. Now I just have to do something with it!
If you are curious about your own food sensitivities, give EverlyWell a shot! It was simple to do and the results can give you a great starting point!