I recently took a YorkTest FoodScan 113 Food Intolerance test.
They send you a kit, you send them a vial of your blood and they post you the results.
Very simple and straightforward.
Dealing with the results however is a little more complicated!
I now have even more sympathy for anyone who is diagnosed with a food intolerance and spends the next few weeks or even months thinking 'I literally have no idea where to start' - as the test revealed to me that I am intolerant to egg whites!
(And very slightly to lentils but I think I'll get over that!)
My mum suffers when she eats eggs and I traditionally avoided them as they made me windy however I avoided eating huge amounts of them - I was not prepared for avoiding them completely and found myself holding things up in the supermarket and asking "does THIS have eggs?!"
It's a bit like starting from scratch and much loved recipes and products now have to be avoided and substituted.
I'm still learning and I need to get myself a really good egg free cook book but I'm already feeling the benefits.
Despite the fact that I went back to eating gluten and dairy for a month before the test, I wasn't tested positive for either. I was obviously shocked at this and surprised not to see other things I thought I may be intolerant to, such as coffee and bananas. I've started to wonder whether some intolerances have come and gone again or whether I blamed other foods for my symptoms while it was eggs all along. The only way to find out it to experiment with my diet until I find the right fit.
I spoke to Dr Gill Hart at YorkTest and she said that I should continue to avoid foods that I know cause me problems along with the foods the test identified.
With your results you get a pack with help and advice and a number to ring for help with your new diet plan. I'm going to take them up on all the advice on offer!