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Understanding Food Intolerances with Pinnertest

An easy, at-home food intolerance test you'll want to try
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Understanding food intolerances with Pinnertest, Waiting on Martha

I’ve spent a lot of time in my adult years wondering what the heck is making me feel so bad.  I’ve struggled with debilitating migraines, low energy, poor digestion and occasional weight-gain with no clear concept on “the why”. 

As you read last week, I’ve gone back and forth between being vegetarian and eating meat.  And like just about everyone out there, I’ve self-diagnosed and claimed possible intolerances to certain foods without the actual correlation to prove the causation.  I knew it was probably time to try a food intolerance test, and I had my eyes on Pinnertest

But let me back up; you may be asking: what are food intolerances exactly?  How are the different from food allergies?  According to Pinnertest, “food intolerance occurs when your body cannot properly digest and convert the foods you eat into the necessary nutrients that fuel your system. This maldigestion causes inflammation, which leads to many negative food intolerance related symptoms including fatigue, migraine & headaches, eczema, bloating, gas, congestion, weight gain, brain fog, joint aches, acid reflux, food cravings, diarrhea, skin rash and more.”

Man.  I could raise my hands to several if not all of the symptoms listed above, and I couldn’t explain why!  It was actually driving me crazy, to be honest.  So the more I thought about it, I knew I wanted to get the legitimate proof about how my body was reacting to certain foods.  

It took me a long time to pull the trigger with ordering a kit.  I don’t know about you, but getting testing for food intolerances sounds like it would be an intrusive, intense, and potentially expensive experience.  Fortunately, Pinnertest claimed to be a next generation blood test that can determine your individual food intolerances, all from the comfort of your home—well, and them in their lab!  It included an easy, at-home kit that was sent to me within 3-4 days of ordering.  And all I needed to do was prick my finger for two drops of blood to be sent off to their lab with a prepaid return label.  

I eagerly awaited the results in the mail, which came a little less than two weeks later.  The results were SHOCKING and so fascinating!  As stated above Pinnertest is all about intolerances that your body currently has basically meaning you’ve overdone it so much on certain foods your body can’t handle them or digest them properly anymore.  Which is completely different than being allergic to specific foods.  Because of that they specifically stress that if you know you’re allergic or intolerant certain foods to keep that information in mind regardless of what your test results come back saying.  A great example of that for me is dairy.  I became severely intolerant to specific types of dairy, mainly heavily processed dairy, in my twenties so regardless of what my test results were I knew dairy wasn’t making its way back into my every day diet.  The other thing to note about Pinnertest is it rates your tolerance level from a 1-3 and it does state that you may be able to eventually bring these intolerant foods back into your system, stressing that this test is all about what your body can digest currently.

So back to the results…I tested to be intolerant for grapes, avocados, salmon, canola oil and egg yolks.  As many of you know, I’m a huge wino, and the news about the grapes was absolutely disheartening, but not shocking.  I had been recently getting massive migraines and ill from only a glass or two of wine so I knew something was up.  Equally as devastating  was the news about the avocados!  I can only think that the intolerance to the canola oil and the egg yolks is a result of years and years of baking.  

I don’t know if I’ll give up wine for good—ha!—but I’m so grateful to know that these triggers are affecting me so I can make sound decisions about when it’s worth it or not.  While Pinnertest is not meant to act as a diagnostic tool, it definitely served me as sound advice for my everyday wellness because it pointed out the foods that I should avoid.  

And just a little FYI; this post is in fact not sponsored.  I just knew I wanted to share my experience with you in hopes that Pinnertest can help you, too!  I’d highly recommend ordering the easy, at-home kit to discover what may be slowing you down.  Has anyone else struggled with unidentified food intolerances?  Have you been tested?  I’d love to know!  Truly, MKR

P.S. I’m getting a lot of questions about the cost.  I’m so sorry but I don’t remember exactly…I believe it was around $400 which is much more reasonable then getting your bloodwork done for these sort of tests at a doctors office.  I do suggest signing up for a free account because they do send out really great promos to get the test at a discounted rate.  Truthfully, I’m super thankful I got the test done and plan to do it again in a year after eliminating or seriously cutting back on my intolerances.  

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  • I’ve been wanting to try this! I saw it a few months ago and signed up for some info, so I’ve been getting emails from them ever since. I would love to know what some of my intolerances are! Loved your post about going from vegetarian to eating meat – I have it saved on my desktop now! Happy Wednesday, Mandy!! xx

  • I wonder if it is really accurate. But would love to try!

    I break out from cocoa butter lotion even if all organic cocoa butter and no other ingredients so I decided to cut out all chocolate with cocoa butter interesting results skin rash cleared up on my arms. Doctors laughed when I told them about my cocoa butter rash.

    I also get numb on my face and lips if I eat the smallest amount of imported blue cheese. Weird. But not really. If someone is allergic to Penicillin which I am they are usually allergic to certain cheeses.

    Also if i eat organic slow cooked oatmeal or any type of oatmeal I get so sleepy in twenty minutes I can’t keep my eyes open. Happens even if I eat protein with the oatmeal. I have begged to be sent to an allergy doctor for food allergy testing but no doctor will send me.

    Here we have to be referred because they are a specialist so I can’t just call and make an appointment on my own. Very interested in product.

    Thank you so much for sharing! Happy blogging.

  • Can you please tell us the price? Thank you for posting! Happy blogging.

  • I am tempted to order the Pinner test but it does not say how much it cost. They want my info. first. Would you share the cost, please? Thank you, Susan

  • Mandy Kellogg Rye / 07.26.2017

    Just added some info about the cost in the post…hope this helps!

  • I’ve been SO tempted to try this. A few summers ago I had an almond allergy appear out of thin air. One day I could eat them and the next I couldn’t. Back in April of this year I started to notice my skin acting up with little bumps and over the last month and a half it’s developed into crazy, cystic acne. It’s so disheartening not knowing what’s causing it! I’m on day four of no gluten, sugar, dairy, or alcohol and as a picky eater, I’m super close to losing it (they took away everything I eat!). I’m hoping to figure out what’s causing the inflammation in my body, which is likely the culprit of the acne I have. I’m positive I have a slew of intolerances, I’m honestly just too nervous to find out what they are..I just need to do it already! I appreciate this review so much!

  • Thank you so very much! I know at the doctors office they tend to start at around $1,000 to $1,500 and I’ve heard most insurance companies will not cover some allergy tests.

    I think this would be so great for a parent to do for their young child as well so they could avoid the problem foods and possibly set them off on a healthier lifestyle. Thanks again for posting about this product great idea.

  • Margaret / 07.31.2017

    Re: Pinnertest
    You don’t have to waste your money. There is no scientific basis for this test. The doctors interviewed in this article say it would be great if such a test existed. If you were intolerant of a food, it would not necessarily cause the symptoms described.
    https://www.buzzfeed.com%2Fstephaniemlee%2Fpinnertest-food-intolerance&usg=AFQjCNGkSmflGwD2LdwsLMSq4VlGFSHehA
    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-11/health/ct-met-food-intolerance-tests-20120411_1_food-intolerance-food-sensitivities-food-additives
    The test may look for an allergen, which you may have if you have eaten the food. From the second link above: “There is no IgG testing of value,” said Robert Wood, a professor of pediatrics and chief of pediatric allergy and immunology at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. “All of us make IgG to the foods we eat, and they are not related to disease, including food intolerance.”

  • cheryl larimer / 07.31.2017

    Thank you for the introduction to this product. I’ll definitely be adding this to my ‘must do’ list.

  • Mandy Kellogg Rye / 08.03.2017

    I’m going to have to kindly disagree with you. I have been struggling with digestive issues for years and gotten numerous tests and procedures where doctors could still tell me nothing. Since cutting the foods this test told me I was intolerant too out of my system I’ve felt 10 times better. Sounds like Doctors just want you to keep coming in and paying thousands and thousands of dollars for their own tests. For me seeing, or rather feeling is believing so I’m a believer and don’t see this as a waste of money at all. In fact, I wish I would have done it sooner and not spent the tens of thousands of dollars on doctors visits and procedures where the just tried to push prescription drugs on me instead of cutting out possible food issues.

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