Disclaimer: This customer received an Everlywell gift card for the time and effort they spent sharing their testimonial with us. Their quotes have not been altered except for grammar and medical accuracy.
Like many others who have come to try an Everlywell Food Sensitivity Test, Lorenna has been experiencing uncomfortable stomach symptoms after eating ever since she was a child. As an adult, she decided to try the Everlywell Food Sensitivity Test in hopes of figuring out what foods are contributing to her stomach issues. After receiving her results, she learned that some of her favorite and most frequently consumed foods were potentially causing high reactivities.
Read below to see how Lorenna is navigating a new food sensitivity-friendly lifestyle without some of her favorite foods.
What inspired you to take a Food Sensitivity Test? “Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve had stomach problems. I decided, it’s not going to hurt anything if I just try [an Everlywell Food Sensitivity Test] and try to find out [more about my body]. So, I did the test, and it was easy!”
What was the process of collecting your own sample like for you? “It was easy. I just followed the instructions, pricked my finger, and dropped my blood on the little circles like it told me to, and then I let it dry and filled out the card. It was really, really simple.
I tell people, if you have any concerns about your health, there’s a lot more [at-home testing options] than just the [Everlywell] Food Sensitivity Test. There’s the Thyroid Test, and the Indoor Outdoor Allergy Test, which I want to do next. Anything that you can think of that you might be concerned about your own health, it [takes] a few drops of your blood and you’re off!”
What foods were you surprised to see listed in your results? “Milk was one of the big groups, and chicken. Also, spices that I use daily like Italian seasonings, oregano, thyme, and clove. I did not know those ingredients were hidden [in many foods I was eating,] and I didn’t know I was [would have reactivity] to them.
What foods did you decide to find substitutions for? “I love to bake! Right now, I’m trying to find alternatives to my baking to make it healthier for me so I can enjoy my sweets. I’ve been doing a lot of research before I bake or when I cook. I’m trying to find alternatives for how to make it without all those hidden ingredients in there.
I actually just made cookies yesterday, and nobody in my family knew they were vegan! My son couldn’t even tell the difference. I was excited.”
Since using her Everlywell Food Sensitivity Test results to decide which foods to eliminate from her diet, Lorenna has changed her lifestyle to include substitutions for her favorite foods—including milk and cheese. She tells us she’s still on the hunt for substitutions for a few of her favorite spices so she can start enjoying meals like spaghetti again.
Does Lorenna’s story resonate with you, and you’re inspired to embark on a health and wellness journey of your own? Check out our full suite of at-home lab tests, including the Food Sensitivity Test, Metabolism Test, Indoor & Outdoor Allergy Test, and more! If you’re already an Everlywell customer and you’re interested in sharing your story with us, we’d love to hear from you!