New Diet + FOOD INTOLERANCE TEST

I’m sharing a more personal post this week. I recently went to the doctor because my health was acting up and I couldn’t figure out how to feel better. The doctor convinced me to get a Food Intolerance test and well long story short, it turns out I present high reactions to certain foods –I was shocked! I’ve always paid special attention to what I eat and I thought I knew my body pretty well but I guess we never stop learning about our bodies. So now I’ve been implementing a new diet and I feel better than ever.

When I posted about it on my Instagram Stories I got so many DMs asking me which test I had taken and where, how long it took, how much it cost me and it went on and on… I’m no expert on this, but I decided to share the blog post on my experience in case it helps someone out there. So here it is… I took the General Food Panel: IgG and I was very happy with it. Basically what this test tells you is if you are sensitive to certain foods or food categories through a “Reaction Class” that presents different levels starting from:

O (no reaction), I (very low), II (low) , III (moderate), IV (high), V (very high) and up to VI (extremely high) on the categories: Dairy, Meat/Fowl, Misc, Fruits, Fish/Crustacea/Mollusk, Grains/Legumes/Nuts, Vegetables.

That said, I know there are more tests out there so it all depends on what your doctor recommends for your specific needs and that’s why I would recommend consulting your own doctor or Allergist / Immunologist. As for the place, I had been going to a local Naturopathic doctor in Orange County (this type of medicine is new to me but the results can’t be denied) and that’s when she suggested I took this test. Now as for the price I believe I paid $150 which I wasn’t excited about! But it was super easy, they got my blood sample there at her office (almost fainted like I always do when it involves needles and blood), they sent it to a Lab and about a week or so after I got my results. And I am sooo happy I decided to do it! I learned so much about my body.

*Of course you can ask your own doctor about this test, I just so happened to want to try a Naturopathic one but yours might even be a little less pricey, not sure, the point is that you go to someone you trust.

Before I took this test I was 99% sure I was waiting my money and my time thinking I didn’t have any issues with food… HA! I was so wrong. No I’ve learned that it never hurts to check up on our general health. Whatever your motivation is, whether you wish to find out more about your body, find a solution to a recurrent health problem or simply because Summer is coming up and we want to look and feel our best, at the end of the day being informed about our health is always beneficial and in my case it was eye opening! 

My doctor explained to me that over the years our bodies can present new reactions to things that never harmed us before and vice versa. And now that I think about it, its true! I remember not being able to eat shrimp as a kid because I would break out in what looked like hives (ALL OVER MY BODY) but I loved shrimp, so I would be a sneaky kid and eat it when my parents weren’t looking so back to the hospital we would go. But now I can eat it every day and it does absolutely nothing to me and I never understood why, until now. She also explained that some reactions are not as visible to the eye so they’re hard to catch, that some present as internal problems. Like for example, ever since I changed my diet I have so much more energy, my sleeping patterns have also improved, but even my skin looks and feels better, less acne for sure and so many more aspects that I won’t bore you with and it’s only been about two months. I never realised how food can play such a huge role on all these other matters. Of course, just because I had those results does not mean it will be the same for everyone, but I think it’s so interesting and worth knowing if our bodies are trying to tell us something.

But anyways I now find myself avoiding eggs, mushrooms, pineapple, tuna, casein, whey, amaranth, dairy (still mourning over that one) and some others. But it got me thinking, we are what we eat right? So if these foods are hurting my body then why put it through unnecessary pain when there are so many ways to replace these foods! Some are harder than others, for example I never ever noticed that dairy was a problem so that one was tough, but it turns out it was heavily connected to my acne and some other issues in my body so it had to go. However I’ve learned to replace it with Oat Milk and it is heaven!!! I love it so much. I first tried Almond milk but that makes me break out too and Coconut milk tastes kind of funny, so to me this was a great replacement. It’s all about paying attention to what your body needs, otherwise how do we expect to look or feel the way we wish if we don’t listen to it??

I’m going to wrap it up here but I hope this was helpful and worth your time! If you have any questions about this or any other topic you would like me to talk about then please leave me a comment below and never be afraid to dm me, I always always reply. All the love…

Healthy Eating! The CRATEFUL Experience

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If you follow my Instagram Stories you probably watched my daily updates on the Crateful meals a little while back. If you didn’t keep reading! You see, healthy eating is always one of my top priorities and specially with the new year so when the opportunity came to try a food delivery service, I jumped at it! I had read good reviews about Crateful before and I’ve never tried this type of meal service so I thought it would be interesting to see for myself. You can find more about them here.

In full disclosure I did not pay for this service, I was offered to try it for free but everything I share in this blog is ALWAYS MY REAL OPINION. I kept a daily journal for the duration of the trial which was from Monday to Friday, so I will share with you exactly what I thought about the experience.

Crateful - Wander With Love- Erika

Day No. 1:

I had just gotten back from a weekend getaway and it was so incredibly nice to come home to a cooler full of meals for the day! Actually, any day of the week it would be a nice treat but whenever I travel I don’t really follow my normal diet. I’m all about French fries and burgers by the pool and maybe a cocktail or too (it’s vacay mode right?) so to have all these delicious and healthy meals ready to eat was a real pleasure! Okay, let’s talk about the menus:

breakfast

Thoughts: First impression on portions is that they were very good. Breakfast and Lunch were plenty to make me feel full. And as far as taste I have zero complains, it was really delicious! I was expecting very tiny portions but they were generous so I was gladly mistaken. And as for dinner, it was a slightly smaller portion but I did have dessert with it, so I get its and again I was satisfied. Every single meal was great!

Day No. 2: day 2

 

THOUGHTS: Breakfast this time was smaller, I felt like it needed to be a little bigger to keep me full. The flavor was not what I know to be ACAI, it tasted more like cool oats which hey I love, it’s just wasn’t the taste I was expecting. I did however enjoy it very much! The lunch and dinner were just as mouthwatering as they looked. These portions were very generous so I has happy and the dessert… well let’s just say I didn’t even consider sharing a bite, I loved it.

Day No. 3:day3

Eating Healthy - Erikadvm

Healthy Meal - Wander With Love - LA Blogger

THOUGHTS: This and the first day were my favorite meals without a doubt! I can honestly say that portions on everything was perfect. Flavor left nothing to be desired and after 3 days of coming home to ready to eat meals, I was in food heaven! I seriously started feeling that I could get used to this.

Day NO. 4:DAY4

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THOUGHTS: Breakfast this day was very good in flavour but I did feel like it would have been nice to have a little something else with the meal, maybe a side of potatoes to keep me fuller. It wasn’t a big deal, I had a piece of toast with it and was fine. As far as lunch, I’m still craving that risotto with beef because it was delicious. About dinner, the Veal loin roulade was okay, not bad and not great. I was indifferent to the taste, the portion was satisfying but it just wasn’t what the other meals had been. I thought the meat was kind of hard, maybe it was the way I heated it, but also the flavor was a bit off. The dessert was just as good as everyday!

Day NO. 5:day5Healthy Eating Wander With Loveeatcrateful.com | @eat_crateful 

 

THOUGHTS:  I’ve been enjoying the fact that Crateful includes fruit in my breakfast, it makes me feel like I am getting a healthy meal every time, which was one of the biggest selling points for me when I decided to try Crateful. Moving on to lunch, I completely forgot to mention on the Restrictions section that I don’t eat pork. I mean I’ll have bacon every now and then, but in any other form I never eat it because I don’t like the taste. So with lunch being green pork chili, I wasn’t able to taste it. And I was so bummed because it looked amazing! That green sauce was calling my name but I just don’t eat pork and that was my fault so I had someone else eat it. I can however talk about dinner and that I did enjoy! The whole week I felt like I was eating pretty healthy without sacrificing flavor and this last day was no different.

Final Thoughts: 

I fully enjoyed this food service. The meals were promptly delivered every single day to my door and the food was properly packed with more than enough ice packs preserving everything for up to 24hrs in the ice cooler, so I never worried there. And I have to say it was truly great to have 3 daily meals (plus dessert) delivered to my door that where healthy and overall satisfying. I truly enjoyed this food delivery service!

Going into this I was also trying to focus beyond the convenience of it. I mean of course that part is a big selling point but I also wanted to see for myself if I could truly enjoy the meals everyday and feel like I was eating healthy. And the truth is I did! I mean I didn’t love 100% of the meals, I know the Thursday meals weren’t my favorite but whatever I found missing I am sure I could better customise on the following order. Honestly there were far more good things throughout this experience than bad. If anything, cost would be something I would focus on more to make sure it would be worth it for my needs. As well as working with my difficult schedule.

Now on this last point I did have an issue because my schedule changes every single week. Whether I have photoshoots, blogger brunches, meetings or events to attend, I am constantly driving far to get to them. No week is the same for me, there are weeks where I drive to LA every single day, there are others where I only drive 2-3 times a week and some where I handle everything from OC. With a schedule that is always changing like mine, I realized I could not commit to a meal plan delivery service and I feel like I would end up spending more money in the end because of it. So even though I really liked their services I guess it wouldn’t work for me right now. I always encourage my readers to try things for themselves so if you do, I would love to hear your experience!

 

I hope you found this helpful!

And as always thank you for reading,

xo Erika