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Like many people at the start of a new year, I want to make healthy changes to my diet, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. After seeing Pinnertest mentioned on The Actor’s Diet, I was curious if this at-home food intolerance test might help me figure out foods I should avoid.
Food and I have always had a love/hate relationship. When I was in kindergarten, I was diagnosed with a peanut allergy. In my teens, I was diagnosed with IBS and acid reflux, and only a few years ago, my doctor suggested I cut out gluten, although I was not tested for celiac disease. While I eat mostly gluten-free now, I still deal with fatigue, bloating, and other annoying symptoms that could be caused by my diet. So, after reaching out to Pinnertest, I was eager to see if this test might shed some light on my dietary problems.
Testing for food intolerance…
The test is very simple to do at home since Pinnertest sends you everything you need, including a mailing envelope. I made a short video to show you what’s inside the kit and how it works…
Yes, this test does require a blood sample, but don’t panic about needing to send a vial full of blood. A simple prick of your finger is all you need to do. I received an email with my results about two weeks after mailing in my sample.
My food intolerance results…
The Pinnertest Report breaks foods down into a Red Column (Avoid) and a Green Column (No Reaction). Foods in the green column are okay to eat unless you already know that you are allergic or that the food causes discomfort. Any food in the red column is suggested to be completely eliminated from your diet. Foods in the red column are, also, marked by degrees of reaction:
+1… LOW REACTION
+2… MODERATE REACTION
+3… HIGH REACTION
My Pinnertest results are…
+1 Egg yolk
Considering my food history, I was surprised that only a handful of foods showed up in the reaction column. But, I’m even more surprised that grapes showed up as reaction causing and a level three no less. I love grapes. I had suspected I might have an egg intolerance, so egg yolk really doesn’t surprise me. I like kiwi and tilapia, but don’t eat them very often, and I have never knowingly eaten kamut, which is a type of ancient grain. So, I’ll be saying goodbye to grapes for now.
Now, I should mention that I am not a doctor or a scientist. I am merely an intrepid lifestyle blogger boldly trying new things and sharing those things with you. Pinnertest is not an allergy test, and it neither tests for lactose intolerance nor for celiac disease. Most importantly, the results are not a substitute for a health professional. However, I do think this at-home food intolerance test is a great starting point if you suspect you have a food intolerance. Yes, you can do an elimination diet, but sometimes it’s hard to know which of the foods is the problem, and saying no to everything isn’t fun.
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How do you deal with food intolerance?
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