Have you heard of the Pinnertest?
For those of you who don't know, I discovered my food sensitivities through an elimination program. It was truly the biggest education of my life. I learned how to listen to my body, trust its wisdom, and trust myself to be able to recognize what works and what doesn't. I highly recommend it for everybody.
That said, it's a long and restrictive process that requires a lot of discipline, which can be daunting for some folks. So when I stumbled upon this blood sample intolerance test by Pinnertest, I was curious and contacted the company (who very graciously sent me a complimentary test for my own use). This simple blood test checks for sensitivities to 200 common foods, so I was game!
But here's the kicker — in order for a food to show up during the testing, you had to have eaten it within the past 6 months. No worries, if you never eat a certain food and don't care about it then you don't need to eat it. Just understand that you won't get a reading for it. But I wanted to put my own research to the test against the results of the Pinnertest so I went for it and ate a sample of almost every food that I hadn't eaten in six months.
Ugh. It had been over three years of strict avoidance of gluten, dairy, soy, and egg for me, so it was with great trepidation that I was willing to eat my trigger foods again.
I started off slowly with a few bites of pineapple, which I have avoided because it always makes my tongue feel like it has splinters in it. Then I had 2 small pieces of dark chocolate that contained soy lecithin and called it a night. The next day I had the hardest time getting out of bed. All day I felt like I could've been fast asleep and full-on snoring within a minute. I had unbelievable brain fog and my vision was a little wonky. I looked and felt like a zombie. Not fun. (The jury is out on what caused me to feel that way — I was quick to blame the soy I had the night before, but it turns out that the following day my son had a stomach bug. So now I'm wondering if the zombie-thing was just my version of the same illness.)
I waited for my husband's day off to reintroduce the other foods because I wanted him to be around in case I had a bad reaction. In the morning I had an egg for breakfast and sampled one small piece of Havaarti cheese. I hadn't had coffee in years, but it's on the list so I had a sip from my husband's cup. And I've been suspect of peanuts so I ate one peanut as well. So far, so good.
Next came tuna. About 9 years ago, I had a terrible reaction to some white tuna and have been too afraid to eat any tuna since. Truth be told, this was by far the most difficult thing for me to eat. I had to remind myself to be fearless so I could finally have an answer if it was an isolated incident or if tuna didn't agree with me anymore. So, at lunch I very reluctantly had 2 bites of a tuna salad sandwich. I made it on Ezekiel Bread (which is made with wheat, barley, millet, lentils, soybeans, spelt, yeast, and wheat gluten) so I covered those eight ingredients too without breaking the bank or completely busting my gut.
I then had half of a Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella Tower of which I savored every bite; also a bite of brie made from goat's milk, and roasted beet salad with gorgonzola. My belly didn't know what the heck was going on.
Luckily, I felt okay all day and didn't have any kind of reaction as far as I could tell.
So the following day, I took my blood sample and shipped it off. Collecting the sample was easy and only hurt for a split second.
The kit includes a prepaid return envelope, so all I had to do was pop it in the mailbox and off it went! I am crazy curious to compare the Pinnertest results with my own findings from my elimination program. Wish me luck!
If you'd like to order a Pinnertest, please use the code MYHAPPYBELLY during checkout to save $60 off the cost of the kit (making the total cost $430).
You can also read my blog post series on Pinnertest; visit my Pinnertest page; or view a list of the 200 foods tested using the kit. Plus, the toxicity quiz can help you decide if food sensitivities may be something worth exploring.
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