What you eat effects your mood, your skin, your hair, your energy, how you sleep, your digestion - EVERYTHING. It's the fuel for our bodies and has the power to either pick us up, or make us feel like absolute... crap.
Over the past few months no matter what I do, my skin just isn't where it was a year ago. I am not exactly sure what I'm doing, using, or eating that is different, but no amount of facials will keep the acne on my forehead at bay. It will settle down for a few days then, BAM! It's back to haunt me again.
This isn't the first time I've been curious and wanted to explore my food sensitivity. Four years ago, I took a food intolerance test and the results came in that I had to CUT OUT GARLIC fro my diet! Could you imagine my devastation? My dad is full Italian! I pretty much have garlic pumping through my veins. Either way, I cut out the garlic and my face completely cleared up... for two years.
Here I am again, because our bodies change and so do our intolerance's. I actually saw EverlyWell company as an advertisement on Instagram. THEY GOT ME.
A food intolerance is not the same as a food allergy, although some of the symptoms may be similar. Food intolerance, also known as non-IgE mediated food hypersensitivity or non-allergic food hypersensitivity, refers to difficulty in digesting certain foods. While symptoms of food intolerance vary, they most often involve the digestive system, skin and respiratory system. These symptoms typically occur hours after ingesting the food and those symptoms may persist for several hours or days, but if the food is cut out of the diet, the symptoms will subside. In some cases, it may even take symptoms 48 hours to show.
I Ordered the EverlyWell test and it arrived within days. The instructions were incredibly self-explanatory and gave step-by-step instructions and they also included a return label for the test.
After sanitizing my finger, I performed the prick test and put a few drops of blood on the testing paper they provide. No, it didn't hurt at all!
After completing the process I mailed it out and within a week I had my results. It was super convenient because they sent me an email with updates and I was able to view my results right on my phone.
They say to give them 10 business days to receive the results, but mine only took about a week. Now let's get to it.
Remember how I told you that garlic was a high reactivity for me? Well, with this test it wasn't even on here, but apparently pears are a no go for me! Some people find that if they stay off the specific food for a while, they have no reaction when eating it again - this is known as tolerance. Maintaining tolerance is often a question of knowing how long to abstain, and how much of it to eat when it is being reintroduced.
As for what mildly effects me...
Pretty much everything that I had been eating that week was on this list. Good thing is, I don't eat chicken and I haven't for years. Maybe that is why it's on the test? If you know me, you know that I would kill someone for a sweet potato fry so the devastation of these results was very... real. I may or may not have called my best friend in tears. I also put almond butter i my smoothies daily so it will be hard for me to eliminate it, but for now, I'll be saying goodbye to my tasty almond butter!
With these results in, I'm definitely going to try my best to eliminate these foods from my diet and see if the irritation in my digestion subsides and if my skin clears up. The accuracy of these tests have yet to be entirely proven, but it is a great point of reference to get started. What I have read is that the most accurate way to find out what your truly intolerant to is by the process of elimination. Get down to a basic diet for a few weeks and slowly incorporate the foods back in one ingredient at a time and see if any symptoms occur.
Post by Michele Maturo