Do you have those foods that you know give you a negative reaction? I do. I have foods that make me itch, become nauseous, and even ones that make me very dizzy. Over the years I've been able to identify some of them and cut them out of my diet, but something was still off. I ordered the EverlyWell Food Sensitivity Kit and got results.
The kit shipped quickly and was to me in a few days. Once I performed the test, which is done by collecting a few drops of blood on a collection card, I sent it back to them in the mail. Results are quick too. They say it should take about five days from when they receive it to get your results, and that so with mine.
What I found out was that the items I had begun to incorporate into my diet to supplement for the items I knew I had a reaction to were the biggest culprits of my food sensitivities. I had no idea that I was completely sensitive to dairy!
The results come back to you in an easy to read format. They even have printouts you can take to your doctor. Each of the ninety foods they test against is given a number. 0-3. Foods that react with a 0, you don't have a problem with. If it has a 3, you should cut it from your diet.
I was absolutely amazed at what I reacted too. In one week from getting my results, I've cut out all of my 3 category items, and most of the 1's and 2's. I already feel much better.
If you're wanting some answers about your food sensitivity, I highly recommend getting a test and following through.
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Picnics, days off, watermelon, fireworks. The 4th of July conjures up a lot of things when you think about it. For me, it's my birthday. For the first 26 years of my life it was shared with my grandfather. His birthday was the 5th of July. Each cake had both of our names on it, and we had a yearly photo. My 26th birthday was the last one I shared with him, and I just quit celebrating my birthday. No more BBQs, no big spread. Those years my husband covered for a guy at work, and so...it became a day.
In 2003 I was expecting twins. They were due the 8th of August, and my mother says, "I'll bet they're born on Grandpa's birthday." I remember looking at her in horror. "That would make them five weeks early."
Wouldn't you know it, I went into labor on my 31st birthday, though I was in complete denial! Maybe I didn't want to share my day, I don't know. And sure enough, they were born on what would have been my grandfather's 80th birthday. What a gift!
So now all my birthday cakes have 3 names on them, and I have 2 birthday partners now. We go visit grandpa at the cemetery on his birthday, if we're in town, and the boys share it with him. They think their day is as special as I think it is.
I can't even remember now, but I think it was my 37th birthday that I decided I wanted to be at Disneyland. It was always hard to have friends over for my birthday anyway. Everyone always has plans on the 4th. But at Disneyland it was all mine.
They gave me a button with my name on it, and everyone called me by name and wished me a happy birthday. It was pure magic. I've spent nearly every birthday since in Disneyland.
This year, we are home. My boys have grown and are so busy, there just isn't time. But I'll be with my family, and that has always been the best part of the 4th of July. Maybe it's time for a new tradition with my birthday partners. And...maybe not. I really like Disneyland on my birthday. So, maybe next year.
What are your plans for the 4th? How do you celebrate?
No matter what you do, be safe and have fun!
Bernadette Marie is the mother of 5 sons (12,14,14,17,19), a bestselling author, publisher, speaker, event planner, blogger, CEO of 2 companies, and a 2nd degree blackbelt. Often asked how she manages a family of seven, she offers up her advice on home, school, travel, and so much more. Her philosophy is that parenthood is never perfect, but the bumps along the way are what make the best memories.