For the longest time, Jasmine and I would consume food with no real idea of how our bodies were reacting to the fuel we were feeding ourselves. There was always anecdotal evidence of some sensitivities such as bloating, gassiness, and mild skin reactions, but never anything concrete. Plus, it was always a challenge to pinpoint what exactly was making us feel this way. For this reason, along with our desire to improve our overall health, we thought it would be interesting to do a food sensitivity test with EverlyWell. We were able to partner up with them get an in-depth look at how over 90 of the most common foods in the western diet affect us, and below is what we were able to determine!
Who is EverlyWell?
EverlyWell is an awesome company that provides affordable, at-home health testing kits that are simple to use. The results provided are physician-reviewed and come in a simple to digest format. In addition to food sensitivity tests, EverlyWell offers many other at-home health tests covering general wellness, energy + weight, men’s health, women’s health, sexual health and genomic tests, which includes the food sensitivity test we are sharing today.
How it Works
We received our food sensitivity kits in the mail and from there we opened them right up. The instructions were concise and easy to follow. In just a few simple steps we had our kits completed and ready to mail back to EverlyWell for the results.
While they said it would take up to a week to get our results back, we were pleased to get ours back in only 4 days!
EverlyWell rates each of the 90+ foods on a scale from low reactivity-high reactivity with mild and moderate in between. We thought it was great that they break everything down for us so we could see exactly how sensitive we were to each specific food.
Thankfully, I only have a mild reactivity to 22 foods and a low reactivity to 74 foods, which, I assume, is on the lower end of the spectrum of what it could be! I’ve never had any severe reactions to food, and when I get bloated, I guess it’s just because I eat too much ? the struggle is real, am I right? I also found it interesting that most of the foods I am mildly reactive to are animal products, which I suppose makes sense since I haven’t consumed them in quite sometime!
I do have a mild reactivity to wheat and gluten also, which I will keep in mind as I try to cut back on the number of sandwiches I eat on a weekly basis. I am just glad it’s not a moderate or high reactivity! What I also found very interesting was the fact that coconut was higher up the list of sensitivities for me. I am far from a picky eater, but coconut has always been something that tastes a bit soapy to me, so I do my best to avoid it. Maybe my taste buds are telling me something!
So it turns out I don’t have any foods that I am highly reactive too, which is good! I went into this with no expectations, but there also aren’t foods that I ever remember feeling symptoms from after ingesting. There are certain foods that I personally do not LOVE–beets, okra, arugula and tahini–and those were the only foods that I was thinking could have some sort of reactivity to, as if my body didn’t enjoy the taste of them for a reason. It turns out that the top 3 foods that I am sensitive to are foods that I do not even consume since I am vegan: mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese, and yogurt. This may be because of cross-reactivity! Number 4 was sesame, which maybe explains my slight dislike for tahini? Next up is cow’s milk, which makes sense given my top three sensitivities. Although yogurt and everything below on the list are all mild sensitivities, I think it will be interesting if I experimented and cut these out of my diet.
We also filmed a what we eat in a day video + us going over our results if you want to check it out below 🙂
All in all, we are really glad we had the opportunity to gather some insight into our food sensitivities thanks to EverlyWell. We definitely recommend you take one of these tests for yourself to get a bit more intimate with your relationship to food. It’s definitely a much more convenient and cost-effective option instead of taking time out of your busy schedule to go see a doctor because let’s be honest who really has time for that?
If you’re interested in trying out EverlyWell for yourself, we are offering an exclusive discount to our community! Just use code SWEETSIMPLEVEGAN for 15% off on everlywell.com! If you end up taking a food sensitivity test of your own, we’d love for you to share your results with us!