I recently took the Everlywell Food Sensitivity Test and I have a full report on what you can expect from this trending food sensitivity test that measures your immune response to 96 different foods. I was shocked by the results!
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The Everlywell Food Sensitivity Test
I have an interesting story to tell you today. It started with those delicious Vegan Scrambled Eggs With Tofu (you need to try that despite this story, k?). Before switching to a plant-based diet, I ate eggs every morning (keep that in mind). I love eggs, which is why I scrambled for an egg substitute after making the switch.
Enter chipotle scrambled eggs using tofu. I noticed immediately after I started eating those every morning that I was having some problems. Here are the problems: severe anxiety, heart palpitations, insomnia. My heart rate during the day would randomly go up to 140 and it usually randomly is in the 70's. Flat out sprinting on the treadmill, my heart rate is around the 110's.
I think I'm allergic to soy.
I hadn't eaten tofu since my vegetarian days and it took me a couple of weeks to make the connection between the tofu and my symptoms. I stopped eating the tofu scrambled eggs right away but then I noticed the symptoms would return (to a much lesser extent) if I ate soy sauce. I then realized almost every packaged food is packed full of soy.
While the Everlywell test doesn't test for full-blown allergies it does test for food sensitivities. I started to wonder how other foods might unexpectedly affect my body without me knowing.
What happened when I took the test.
I didn't really have any reason to suspect that I had food sensitivities EXCEPT:
- I have an autoimmune disease, a hormonal disorder, and some other nasty endocrine problems that have led me to ask...why me?
- I eat pretty healthy and take a lot of health supplements but I still don't feel great every day. Brain fog and trouble focusing are my constant companions.
So I took the test. There are a few things you can expect if you want to take the test too.
- The test took more than two weeks to arrive. I don't know if this is normal, the post office has been very slow lately because of COVID.
- You have to prick your finger in order to draw blood, they send two lancets. Two is not enough. It took me sticking every single finger on both hands multiple times to complete the test. This isn't a big deal for me because I check my blood sugar a lot anyways BUT it took me a long time to get enough blood.
- It took a week for the return package to get back to them, and then another 10 days for them to process the results.
The Results Were Shocking
I got the results back the other day and I was shocked. I didn't have any foods in the High Reactivity Category (again they don't test for allergy so I didn't expect soy to show up there). But verging on high reactivity was egg whites. I have eaten eggs every morning for most of my life.
Some other shockers were in the Mild Reactivity Category. They say that foods in the Mild Reactivity category can cause some of the sneakier symptoms.
I mean...I JUST bought a pineapple! I make fruit salad for the family every single morning and I always put a sliced banana in there. I don't eat any dairy so I'm good there but there were 7 other foods in the Mild Category that I eat on a daily basis.
- Asparagus - I eat this almost every day for lunch and we grow a lot of asparagus in our garden.
- Egg Yolk (different proteins than egg white)
- Garlic - I eat garlic every day, I don't think I can give it up
- Wheat - this one is tough. I was sensitive to wheat but not gluten, so another protein in the wheat must be the culprit.
Was the Everlywell Food Sensitivity Test Worth It?
Yes, the test was totally worth it. Some of the shipping and processing times were very annoying. I just like everything to be faster, that's my problem though. The finger sticking was excessive but I got it done.
I am going to eliminate everything on the list except garlic and see if some of my issues get better. I also am about to make you an amazing vegan banana pudding so I am going to follow through with that and then give up the bananas.
The problem with food sensitivities is that they trigger an immune response in your body causing inflammation. Inflammation can lead to the kinds of chronic diseases that I have and I would like to stop this merry-go-round of symptoms I have.
I need to see an allergist about my soy issues.
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