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Food Sensitivity Testing at Home with EverlyWell (+ a special discount!)

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A month or so ago I shared a quick instagram story about EverlyWell and the kits I had just received in the mail. EverlyWell was featured on Shark Tank last November and they ended up getting a million dollar deal with Lori (the largest deal ever made by a solo female entrepreneur)! Pretty freaking cool and hearing their story made it even more exciting to try out the test! I grabbed the Food Sensitivity test, the Metabolism test, and the Fertility test! I’m pretty good at reading my body and how it’s responding to certain foods (and eliminating those foods), but I thought it would be fun to put it to the test and see what the actual results looked like.

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A little background about EverlyWell if you haven’t heard of it yet. EverlyWell offers health testing in the comfort of your own home. When you check out the EverlyWell website, you’ll find a ton of different tests that they offer. You can test food sensitivity, heavy metals, sleep and stress, STDs, thyroid, metabolism, and a ton of others. Once you decide on the test you would like to take and place your order, you will be sent a package in the mail with the test kit. Each kit includes detailed instructions, collection tools, secure sample container, and a pre-paid shipping package to return your kit in after you’ve collected the sample. Once you send your kit back, you’ll receive results in about 5 business days. It’s that easy! It completely removes any of the hassle of having to go to the doctor, pay the co-pay fee, get a referral, go somewhere to take the test, wait to hear back from the doctor, and all the other inconvenient steps along the way. With EverlyWell, everything is done on your time and the results are incredibly quick! When I sent my Food Sensitivity test in, they received it on a Thursday and I had the results by Tuesday the next week! So freaking fast!

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Now let’s get into the nitty gritty of the Food Sensitivity test I took. All I did was simply follow the instructions in the kit – I first drank a good amount of water 30 minutes before taking the test, washed my hands with warm water, then let my hand hang by my side for 30 seconds. Then I used the simple lancet to prick my finger and collected 4 drops of blood onto the collection card, making sure it collected enough blood for a thorough test. After it dried, I put my name and date on the card and back into the box it came in then shipped it back out! Seriously so freaking easy!

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EverlyWell’s testing labs are CLIA certified and the test results are also independently validated by a doctor in your state. The Food Sensitivity tests IgG antibodies in your blood, which would indicate you had an immune response to these antigens (foods). You can find all 96 foods they will test you for here. The Food Sensitivity test is different than a food allergy test. Unlike food allergies, IgG food reactions take hours or days to develop, which can make it difficult to figure out the exact food that is causing the issue. Taking the Food Sensitivity test makes it easier to nail down that food or food group that may be causing issues such as migraines, indigestion, bloating, acne, etc.

Once you receive your results, you’ll be able to login to your account to see them and download them for you or even your doctor! The results are broken down into high, moderate, mild and low reactivity. What is important to note is that if you do not eat a certain food, it’s difficult to test your sensitivity level. If you had symptoms and eliminated a food with noticeable improvement, then you’ve already identified a food sensitivity. For me, that’s gluten, eggs, and most nuts, which I try to stay away from as much as possible. The only time I’ll really eat gluten is if I’m at a special event such as a wedding…I’m sure as hell not saying no to wedding cake. But other than that, I stay away from it all together because it makes me feel awful. So when I received my test results, gluten came back as low reactivity along with oats, soybean, barley, wheat and brewer’s yeast – all things I rarely ever eat. Also on that list – coffee – which I have every day!

Here’s a little breakdown of the results I got back! As you can see, I had no high sensitivity reactions and most reactions were in the low category, which I’m quite happy about!

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In the moderate category, I reacted to almond and cow milk. I stay away from almonds most of the time, but I’ve been drinking almond milk and I’ll eat almond milk cream cheese and yogurt sometimes because my skin doesn’t react to it. So I thought it was pretty interesting to see the reactivity level even though my skin hasn’t acted up. And I was honestly a little surprised about the cow milk. I have heavy cream in my coffee every day, but it’s only a tablespoon and I haven’t felt any issues from that. It was cool to see that I do have a bit of a reactivity just because that will definitely keep me from overdoing it on the cheese when I’m eating out!

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When you download the detailed list of your results, it has the breakdown of what is tested in each food and how to deal with that reaction that the food may be causing. After almond and cow milk, egg white (and egg yolk with a little less reactivity) was next on my list under the mild reactivity. Eggs are something that cause acne and bloating for me. Once I removed eggs from my diet, those issues went away. After eliminating eggs for quite some time, I will sometimes add them into my diet when I’m out to eat at brunch or eating a baked good at home. But I try to stay away from it as much as possible.

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And here’s a quick peek at my low reactivity foods! There was honestly nothing that surprised me on throughout those 76 foods! I was quite happy to see cocoa, banana, honey, coconut, chia seed and coffee on there so I can continue to make my amped up Almond Joy Protein Shake!

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Since I’ve been eating clean for about 8 years now, I’ve done a ton of elimination “diets” to help me narrow down what was causing any issues I was having. I went from being in the hospital A TON as a child to finally finding freedom of stomach cramps and pain all by narrowing down what those foods were that were causing the issue. But if a test like this would have been readily available and this easy when I was younger, I would have felt this amazing YEARS AND YEARS AGO! It can feel so overwhelming trying to figure out what food is causing an issue when we eat so many different kinds of foods each day. And this Food Sensitivity test gives you the first stepping stone to finding what foods work best for you and which to stay away from. I wish this would have been around when I was younger because it really would have eliminated so many years of pain.

And right now, EverlyWell is offering PaleOMG readers a special discount to try out their kits in the convenience of their own home! When you use code PALEOMG at checkout, you’ll get 15% off your test order! That means you can test your food sensitivity or Vitamin D or even DHA all at a discount! Click here to see all the tests and get your discount before it’s gone! Can’t wait to hear what you guys think of your own test results! Leave a comment below once you try it out!

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This post is brought to you by EverlyWell, but all opinions are my own. This compensation helps with expenses to keep this blog up and running! Thank you for all your support!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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31 thoughts on “Food Sensitivity Testing at Home with EverlyWell (+ a special discount!)”

  1. I took an Everly Well test a few months ago and was surprised at there being no gluten on my list because I always feel a little off after having it. Were you surprised it wasn’t on your list either?

    1. no, because like i mentioned in the post, if you do not eat those foods and have already eliminated them, you’re not going to react to them much in the test

  2. I’ve been seeing these tests all over blogs lately! What did the metabolism one reveal? Was that and the fertility as easy to administer yourself? (I hate blood…even a finger prick…so I still don’t know if I’d go through with it!!)

    1. i don’t have those test results back yet. and it’s super easy. i don’t like to prick my finger either and they make it super easy with their lancets

  3. Thank you SO much for offering the discount code! I just ordered the food sensitivity test! I’m a vegetarian (by choice) who’s also allergic to all seafood/shellfish, but my diet seems to be fighting me these days. I’m trying to get out of my head enough to incorporate at least chicken back into my diet so I can try paleo. I’ve followed your site for a long time and your recipes look amazing! Thank you!

  4. This sounded good until reading the privacy policy that said that your DNA is shared and stored to a “third party” and your privacy is then completely up to the third parties policies, which I could not find any information about those. There is no way to opt out of the DNA storage and sharing and they don’t name their third party.

    1. I’m wondering if you may be looking at our Food Sensitivity+ product, which is in partnership with Helix and their DNA partnered test. NOT the one I took. EverlyWell does not share any consumer data. But here is some info on the Helix test shared with me by EverlyWell – “Your DNA information is stored securely by Helix. When sequencing is complete, Helix only sends the relevant DNA information needed by EverlyWell to generate your results. We do not share your DNA information with anyone without your permission. We always maintain the highest standards when it comes to the security and privacy of your DNA information.”

  5. As a scientist and having studied immunology these tests make me weary. IgG is not necessarily diagnostic of an intolerance and are a normal response to just eating food and are not a marker of any sort of pathological response. From what I understand, there is no evidence that they can accurately diagnose food intolerances. IgE tests are another story.

    This article cites a bunch of research on the topic:
    https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/igg-food-intolerance-tests-what-does-the-science-say/
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3314037
    https://paleoleap.com/what-kind-allergy-testing-is-reliable/

    P.S. I think you are hilarious and I love your recipes!

    1. I work in the medical field and agree regarding IgG testing. I think doing an elimination diet is much more useful albeit more tedious and time consuming than a blood test as far as intolerances goes

      1. I’ve noticed that a lot of medical professionals are skeptical of these kinds of tests. I’m a scientist as well (not in medicine), but I was having some issues. I went on a fairly strict diet during a weight loss challenge at my gym where I got rid of all sugar, dairy, wheat/gluten, and legumes for 8 weeks, and I definitely noticed an improvement in my symptoms. But I wasn’t sure what the exact culprit was for me and unfortunately, I didn’t do the right thing and gradually introduce foods once the diet was over. And I also had some symptoms that were still there. So, I tried the exact same EveryWell test a couple of years ago, but proceeded with caution due to my own skepticism . However, cow’s milk came back as a big culprit for me, and after eliminating all dairy from my diet, my skin issues completely went away. There were some other results that were a bit surprising, and I eliminated them because it was fairly easy to do so (e.g., cashews, bananas, pineapples). Now, when I have one of those moderate reactivity foods or a lot of the mild reactivity foods, I have flare-ups of headaches and sometimes acne (depending on the food). And I’ve had these responses even when I’ve eaten things I didn’t think had something I reacted to in it. So I don’t think it’s just a “placebo” response to me thinking I need to avoid certain food. So I know the medical field is skeptical, but this test really helped me identify some things that I now try to avoid on a regular basis. I think this can be really useful for a lot of people as long as you also pay attention to your body and don’t think of the results as strict “rules.” Maybe something comes back as mild reactivity and you try eliminating it but find absolutely no difference when you introduce it again. Then don’t spend a lot of time and energy trying to avoid that food. Or if you know you don’t handle a food well and it comes back as being low reactivity on the test (perhaps because you’ve already been avoiding the food), then listen to your body, not the test. As far as elimination diets, those are of course the “gold standard,” but they also have some drawbacks. The primary one being of course how long it takes. But I also found that they also only address the big culprits, like gluten/wheat, dairy, nuts, legumes, etc. They wouldn’t have been able to identify bananas or broccoli as foods I should stay away from (at least not without difficulty). I also found out from the EverlyWell test that the reason I was having reactions to bread items wasn’t due to wheat or gluten, it was due to malt, which is a process that is used in almost all commercially prepared bread items (at least in the US). An elimination diet probably would have just made me think I should avoid all wheat products. But now I eat bread in moderation (yay!), but I buy it from a bakery that doesn’t use malted barley, instead of at the grocery store. And IgE tests work for identifying allergies, but not sensitivities, which are typically less extreme and have a delayed response (making them harder to figure out on your own if you’re not doing a systematic elimination and food journal experiment).

  6. Thanks for the info! Such a great discount code! They have so many interesting tests. I’m leaning towards trying the thyroid test. Thank you again!

  7. Juli, I just looked at the site…of course I want to do like 10 of the tests but that would be super expensive! Can this be run through insurance?

    1. EverlyWell works to provide the most cost efficient prices for their customers, and is passionate about saving people time and money by avoiding the traditional process of going to multiple labs to complete a simple test. At this time, customers cannot bill to insurance – but they can use HSA or FSA accounts.

  8. Hey Juli! Thanks for sharing this. I”m definitely interested in taking this. If I remember correctly, didn’t your husband take a food sensitivity or allergy test some time ago? How do you think this test compares?

  9. I had the moderate “Milk, Cows” result as well! I don’t eat “that” much cheese so never thought anything of it. However… I had an entire small pizza to myself the other day and ended up getting a huge fever, cold shakes, headache. It lasted a miserable 24 hours. Your mileage may vary, but just an FYI if you planned on taking out a small pizza anytime soon 🙂

  10. Hi, if you are intolerant to gluten but eat it right before the test will it show up for you?

    Thanks!
    Deb

    1. The test is designed to measure IgG reactivity against foods regularly consumed in your diet. Long term removal of a food may decrease reactivity and it is not known how that may change from one ingestion just before.

  11. Hi Juli!

    I am so glad you wrote this post!! I have been really curious about the Everlywell tests and whether or not they are “worth” the money! It sounds like you felt as if the food sensitivity testing was helpful and worth it. Would you say the same about the metabolism test? I was looking at that one and was pretty interested, but was curious if you could share what kind of specific information it provides to you? I had a hard time getting a clear picture reading the description on the website.

    Thanks!

  12. Thank you, Juli, this comes at the perfect time for me. The past two months, I’ve been dealing with hives–maddening, itchy, red, swollen, awful hives–all over my face and neck. Never have I had allergies, so at this point the doc is just trying to stop the reaction. Obviously SOMETHING is setting them off, very likely something I’m eating, and I’m on a search to discover what it might be.
    Thank you!!

  13. I ordered this on your promo code and I’m so happy I did! I suspected a sensitivity to gluten and almonds, but I found out that I am also sensitive to lemons, ginger, mushrooms, tuna and chicken! I LOVE lemon and I eat it all the time! What a shock! I had no idea….such a bummer about the lemon, but I’m glad I now know that is contributor to ongoing inflammation. Thanks for the post, Juli!

    1. total bummer about the lemon! glad you checked out the test though, it can be such helpful info with dialing in those sensitivities you would have never guessed you had!

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