I woke up to my Pinnertest results and this big bagel sandwich! I only ate half until I decided to randomly go live on Instagram! I finished the other half after I got off live. It was a cold bagel sandwich but totally worth it. I loved all the questions I got 🙂 It was so fun! You’re all SO FREAKIN SWEET. UGH, you all are the best! ❤
WHY did I do the Pinnertest?
The past several months, I’ve been dealing with stomach cramps, excessive bloating, gas, diarrhea, etc. I’m not afraid to admit it because it’s real life. It starting with minimal side effects but recently, it’s gotten more intensive. I wake up feeling normal but once I eat my first meal in the morning, it hits. I hit the hardest around 3pm, regardless of what I ate. I always felt so uncomfortable and at times, I didn’t even want to go out. It was painful. I tried to do an elimination diet on foods I eat often but it was too difficult to understand what the symptoms were from. There were many possibilities that could’ve caused the problem. I’ve eliminated gluten, eggs, added sugars, high-sugar fruit, high-fat foods, dairy, meat, etc. Of course, I did it one by one but SYMPTOMS WERE ALWAYS PRESENT. I starting coming to the conclusion it might be a digestive issue, not food. I might not be digesting my foods the right way. I thought maybe I wouldn’t consume too many fats because of fat malabsorption. Maybe … I had digestive disorder/disease such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). However, IBS consists of many symptoms an average person deal with so I couldn’t self-diagnosis myself as having IBS. After all these thoughts, conclusions and thoughts in my head, I decided to splurge on purchasing the Pinnertest. I wanted to see if it would help me figure out the root cause of my symptoms. I was desperate. I wanted to find a cure. ASAP!!
You order the kit online and you’ll receive it in 2-3 business days. The kit includes 2 prickers (in case you mess up LOL), 1 blood sample collector, a small manual & a free return envelope. It’s EASY! You prick your finger to get a few drops of blood to put on the sample pad. After, you seal it up and put the sample pad in the envelope along with the signed manual. You will get results in 7-10 business days excluding weekends and holidays via email.
What Is a Food Intolerance?
It’s different from a food allergy. A food allergy is cell-mediated. Your body responds to the food or drink you consumed as an “enemy” and produces IgE (Immunoglobulin E) antibodies to fight it. Depending on the person, this inflammatory response can range from mild to severe cases. In severe cases, your immune system will trigger a immune response possibly leading to anaphylaxis, which can be fatal!
A food intolerance is different because it is the difficulty digesting certain foods. The symptoms may show up several hours later. This ranges from person to person. It’s not only limited to the gluten, eggs and milk but can even range from spices and fruit to various vegetables. If you have a food intolerance, you may deal with symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, stomach cramps, weight gain, migraines and others. Intolerances are more common than food allergies.
Food Intolerance may cause migraines, tiredness, fatigue, acne, eczema, weight gain, etc. The food you eat affects you from the inside out. When an intolerance occurs, your body fills with histamines, prostaglandins and other immune system chemicals which irritate your body causing inflammation. This may lead to digestive issues such as IBS, bloating, constipation or diarrhea.
Enzymes & Enzyme Deficiency
Enzymes are proteins built in the body to help with metabolism. It helps break apart & transport food products. They are found in many structures of your body and involved in every level. If you have an enzyme deficiency, your body does not produce enough of a certain enzyme to break down foods. For example, lactose intolerance is one of the most popular intolerances. I have lactose intolerance so my body does not produce enough lactase (enzyme) to break down lactose (a sugar in many cow milk products). This is why I do not eat cow milk products. I get many intolerance symptoms.
I’m intolerant to lentils (+3), egg yolk (+2), pork (+3) and beef (+3). Surprisingly, it didn’t say I was intolerant to cow milk but I KNOW I am. The numbers in parenthesis represents low, moderate or high intolerances to the food. +1 is low, +2 is moderate and +3 is high. I don’t consume many of those foods often except egg yolk. I have whole eggs SO often! I KNOW it will be hard eliminating that from my diet. I love egg dishes 😦 Omelets, scrambles, sunny-side up, frittatas, etc. Maybe this is a temporary intolerance because I have been consuming eggs often recently. For now, I’ll be sticking to egg whites!
200 Foods Pinnertest checks for:
Barley, Broad Bean, Buckwheat, Chickpea, Corn, Gluten, Haricot Bean, Lentils, Millet,
Oat, Quinoa, Rice, Rye, Soybean, Wheat
Fish/Seafood: Anchovy, Bluefish, Bonito, Crab, Eel, Haddock, Horse Mackerel, Lobster, Mackerel, Mullet, Mussel, Octopus, Oyster, Salmon, Sardine, SeaBass, SeaBream, Shrimp, Sole, Squid, SwordFish, Trout, Tunafish, Turbot, Whelk
Vegetables: Artichoke, Asparagus, Aubergine, Beetroot, Bell Pepper, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, chard, Chicory, Courgette, Cow Pea, Cress, Cucumber, Dandelion, Dill, Grape Leaf, Jerusalem Artichoke, Kidney Bean, Leek, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Onion, Parsley, Pea, Potato, Purslane, Radicchio, Red Cabbage, Red Radish, Rose, Senna, Spinach, String Bean, Tomato, Turnip
Dairy: Cow Milk, Egg White, Egg Yolk, Goat Milk, Sheep Milk
Meat: Beef, Chicken, Duck, Lamb, Pork, Quail, Rabbit, Turkey
Fruits: Acai Berry, Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Banana, Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Cherry, Cranberry, Currant, Date, Fig, Grape, Grapefruit, Guava, Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Lychee, Mandarin Orange, Mango, Mulberry, Oleaster, Olive, Orange, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Plum, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Strawberry, Walnut, Watermelon
Spices/Herbs: Allspice, Basil, Capari, Cardamom, Chili Pepper, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander, Garlic, Ginger, Hops, Jupiter, Laurel, Lavender, Melissa, Mint, Mustard Seed, Nutmeg, Peppercorn, Rosemary, Saffron, Thyme, Turmeric, Vanilla
Seeds: Almond, Black Cumin, Brazil, Canola, Cashew, Chestnut, Coconut, Flaxseed, Hazelnut, Hemp, Peanut, Pine Nut, Pistachio, Sesame Seed, Sunflower Seed
Drinks: Aniseed, Chamomile, Cocoa Bean, Coffee, Cola, Echinacea, Fennel, Ginseng, Jasmin, Mate, Nettle, Papaya, Roobios, Rosehip, Sage, Sahlep, Tea, Tilia
I’ve tried doing an elimination diet before but was too difficult for me to keep up with. There is so much food out there that you wouldn’t expect to be a trigger for your intolerance. I’m going to eliminate all 5 of these foods from my diet for the next 2-3 months and see how I feel. I might dream of egg yolks LOL
Overall, the Pinnertest is a great way to root out some possible causes of discomfort you get from eating foods. No fasting is needed. It’s just a quick prick & sending it back is simple!
However, I don’t believe it to be 100% accurate. If you have major discomfort and need 100% accurate results, I recommend you to go to your doctor and do a legit intolerance test. It may be more expensive but you’re doing yourself a favor 🙂