It's been a year since my son took his Pinnertest.
For a while, I had been suspecting that my son had some food sensitivities. When he was five I put him on a modified elimination diet to try to get some answers, but he was too young to really verbalize how he was feeling and it just didn't work. So I did the next best thing — I had him tested with a Pinnertest.
Prior to taking the test:
I wanted my son to do his Pinnertest when he had off for the summer so that we could make any adjustments to his diet before school started again.
I thought I would have to talk him into doing his Pinnertest, but I was pleasantly surprised. He actually wanted to do it. Excited about it actually. It was kind of bizarre.
As soon the kit came in the mail, my son asked if we could do it right away. I knew his enthusiasm might wane (he was only seven after all) so I decided to jump on the opportunity. I agreed to take the blood sample the following day, explaining that he needed to eat a couple of the foods from the list first.
Only thing is, we had already eaten dinner when the conversation took place. Plus, we were already showered, in our pajamas, and geared up for a low key, early to bed kind of night. Which led to two problems:
- Problem #1: We were hunkered in for the evening so I had find the foods on the testing list within the cupboards of my house. Yikes.
- Problem#2: How do I get him to eat all this stuff willingly and without making him sick?
So it dawned on me that I could make a smoothie. I took a sampling of every ingredient from the list that I had on hand and threw it in the blender. He took a big sip — then spat the entire contents out of his mouth and onto the kitchen floor — which splattered EVERYWHERE (So a word of caution: if you go this route and make a smoothie — make sure you taste it first. Especially if it has fresh beets in it). So down the drain it went. Luckily, I got him to try a few more foods the next day prior to taking the test.
Taking the test:
I explained to him how the test works, what all the different pieces are for, and that it'll probably hurt for just a second when we poke his finger to get the blood out. He wasn't crazy about the idea that it would be painful, but once I poked his finger he quickly realized that it was no big deal. "That didn't hurt at all! It just stings a little." is what he told me.
I helped him get the first drop of blood started, but then he wanted to do it himself so I let him. He did a great job and made sure that Pinnertest got a really good sample to test! We put a bandaid on his finger, stuck the sample in the mail, and made predictions of what the outcome would be.
My son was so curious about his Pinnertest results, he kept asking me every day "Did we get my Pinnertest results yet?" and saying, "I can't wait to get my Pinnertest results!" His enthusiasm cracked me up. I tried to explain to him that he may not be happy with the results, but he didn't care. He just kept pumping out those positive vibes.
When we got the results back, it kind of threw me for a loop because...
#1 - I never expected a positive result for sesame or chocolate and...
#2 - How do I tell a 7 year old he can't have chocolate anymore???
Surprisingly, it turns out I had nothing to worry about. His reaction? He could've cared less about the sesame. As for the chocolate? He shrugged his shoulders and said "At least it's not vanilla!" God I love this kid.
He was happy to tell his dad, grandma, friends, the cashier at the grocery store — anyone who'd listen, really — all about his new chocolate intolerance. He thought it was cool to be a little different.
His enthusiasm only lasted a couple of days though. A trip to the ice cream store quickly deflated his sunny disposition when he realized they put chocolate (in one form or another) in nearly half of the ice cream flavors. But I think his disappointment had more to do with his limited choices rather than missing the chocolate.
Back to school:
As school got closer he began denying his chocolate intolerance, saying the Pinnertest is wrong and he could actually have chocolate. I reminded him that we were doing strict avoidance for a month and then we would let him have some to see what happened. But upon more discussion, he really just didn't know how to handle it at school. Once we talked about how he could explain it, what alternatives he had, what I would do to make sure he didn't feel left out, and how to respond if someone teased him about it — then he was totally okay with it. He felt empowered and confident and was back to his positive self.
We tested chocolate a few times throughout the school year and his response has been pretty much the same each time. After eating chocolate he loses focus and kind of flits around from one thing to the other, getting distracted very easily. It also gives him major gas, which can leave him burping for hours on end (sometimes even days!). And his energy runs really low and he gets lethargic. So based on his reaction to chocolate I'd say the Pinnertest results are pretty darn accurate.
So although chocolate's not gonna kill him — it's certainly not doing him any favors and it's best that he continues to avoid it.
But it's easier now because at this point my son understands how his body reacts to chocolate. He can make the connection between what he eats and how he feels. He understands that choosing to eat chocolate also means choosing to feel icky all day. And he also understands that it's his choice to feel good or not. And let me tell you — he's psyched to have that control.
No worries — we've eliminated sesame from his diet as well. But chocolate was more of an issue for my son than sesame so we decided to focus only on testing chocolate this year. We'll be putting sesame to the test next!
So if your child doesn't have anaphylactic or life-threatening food allergies but you still suspect food sensitivities may be an issue — I'd recommend giving Pinnertest a try. It can clue you in to any intolerances your child may be experiencing and help make life a little better for your little one.
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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. Or take the toxicity quiz to help you decide if food sensitivities may be something worth exploring.
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