You guys know that I’m on a quest to learn as much as I can about my body, and I have no shame in admitting that I’ve become huge health nerd! As someone living with Ulcerative Colitis, learning about my gut and digestive health is super important to me, and a big part of it is how what I eat impacts me overall. I’m all about experimenting and trying new things when it comes to wellness. I think it’s one of the best ways to learn about what works and what doesn’t work for our bodies – how do we know unless we try? That’s why when the opportunity popped up to try some food sensitivity tests, I jumped at it!
So far, I’ve tried both the EverlyWell Food Sensitivities Test as well as the LEAP Diet Protocol – and I’ve received a TON of questions from you guys about the pros and cons of each. While I can’t say I’ve declared a true winner, there are things that I loved and didn’t love about each one, which I’ve detailed below (you can also check out my thoughts on Instagram Live). If you’re on the fence about which test you should take, I hope this helps!
EverlyWell Food Sensitivities Test
EverlyWell is super affordable at $199 a pop (you can save 10% with this link), and convenient because you can do everything from the comfort of your own home. All you really need are a few finger pricks and you get the results back FAST. The downside, however, is that you’re on your own as far as starting or following an elimination diet once you receive the results. For those of us who are just getting into a healthy lifestyle and need some guidance, this can be a con. The good news is that the EverlyWell site does have some helpful information and customer support was great too. I would say that if you’re self-sufficient and already in a place where you are in tune with your body, the EverlyWell Food Sensitivities Test is a great way to go!
LEAP Diet Protocol
The LEAP Diet Protocol is expensive, bottom line. It’s also less convenient because you can’t do it at home – you have to get your blood drawn by a health professional, like at a Quest Diagnostics lab or an Urgent Care. While this isn’t super difficult, it does add an extra step. In addition, it takes about 2-3 weeks to receive results. Once you’ve received them, you’re encouraged to work with your health professional on LEAP’s elimination and reintroduction protocol. Again, not the most convenient – but it absolutely doesn’t hurt to have the guidance of a health professional, especially if all this is new to you and you need a helping hand.
Both tests do have a few things in common – they have the same amount of high, medium, and low reactivity foods, and they are both mostly accurate (there can be false positives, FYI).
No matter what, they are both excellent starting points for figuring out what your food sensitivities are and what foods you need to limit or avoid to help you feel your best. As for which one to choose, that really comes down to personal preferences and priorities – are you looking for something you can do at home that gives you baseline, and you are confident enough to take it from there? Then EverlyWell might be the best option! Or, are you looking to follow a specific protocol and work with a health professional for support? Then LEAP might be the one for you! Overall, I’m super happy that I gave both a shot, and I’ve learned so much from the results!