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I recently got my results back from the Pinnertest food intolerance test I took a few weeks back, and I have to say I’m a little surprised I wasn’t intolerant to more foods because of how often I have to deal with symptoms of indigestion.

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long while now, ever since I started experiencing random and terrible bloating/stomach aches over the past 5 years or so. And when I say terrible, I mean TERRIBLE. Sometimes even to the point of being so uncomfortable I would start crying. I could never pinpoint the culprit of these aches, which made it so hard.

I never chose to go see a doctor since I chalked it up to the fact that the digestive system is so vastly intricate they would never find the real root cause. Plus, many doctors simply prescribe unnecessary meds or advise the elimination diet. Honestly, I’ve been so stubborn to even try the elimination diet just from the thought of having to remove familiar foods from my diet.

This exact reason is why the human body is so fascinating to me. SO many components go into breaking down the food you ingest and, if your body isn’t fully equipped with a healthy functioning gut, problems will almost certainly arise.

I can’t stress gut health enough! Up to 70% of the immune system lies within the gastrointestinal tract, revealing how vital it is to keep the gut healthy.

Enzymes
Digestive enzymes are what facilitate the digestive processes. They basically break down food (molecules) to smaller particles that your body can actually absorb. Digestive enzymes start in the mouth as salivary amylase during mastication or chewing to help breakdown food, continue in the stomach and intestines and are released from the pancreas as well. Lacking certain digestive enzymes may in fact lead to food intolerances—which can produce symptoms of bloating, gas, brain fog, headaches, nausea, skin rashes/acne, constipation, acid reflux, inflammation/weight gain, joint pain, cramping, and more.

For instance, it’s true that as we age our bodies produce less and less lactase, which is an enzyme responsible for breaking down lactose, a disaccharide present in milk and other dairy products. This is why it’s common for people to actually become lactose intolerant as they get older, because they are lacking enough of the enzyme needed to fully digest lactose.

The Pinnertest tests for IgG antibodies, which are those associated with food intolerances, as apposed to IgE antibodies that are associated with food allergies. It’s important not to confuse the symptoms of food allergies with food intolerances, as they are considerably different. A food allergy is an abnormal response triggered by the immune system and it typically happens rapidly following ingestion of a certain food. It can be severe and even life threatening. Symptoms include hives, swollen airways, anaphylactic shock, etc.

Food Intolerance vs. Food Allergy
Food intolerances are much more common than food allergies. With ingestion of a trigger food, your system becomes flooded with immune fighting chemicals, causing inflammation. This is what causes some of the distressing symptoms associated with certain foods. Food intolerances may also be slower to come about than allergies and can even take up to several days for your body to experience symptoms. This is why it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact foods causing these problems [symptoms listed 3 paragraphs above].

I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to me that I have these digestive problems given the wholesome diet I eat on a daily basis. It just goes to show that even the healthiest of foods may cause an intolerance or inflammation in the gut. To me, I think the somewhat costly price of the Pinnertest is worth it if you may be experiencing similar symptoms as mentioned above. Identifying the foods that are causing your body problems can help to improve your overall well-being by removing those foods from your diet, leaving you symptom-free and feeling much better!

How Do I Take The Pinnertest?
The Pinnertest is super simple—you receive your blood collection kit in the mail just a few days after purchasing, prick your finger to retrieve a blood sample, and send back in a free return envelope. Less than 10 days later the results will be emailed straight to your inbox! It tests for 200 foods and can detect foods that have been in your system the past 6 months.

Of course, there is always chance for misdiagnosis with food insensitivity tests. This may be the case with people suffering from intestinal permeability. This is when food particles make their way through the lining of the gut wall into the bloodstream and falsely show up as a sensitivity on the test. Reaction to certain foods is common with intestinal permeability and can present systemic inflammation, fatigue, poor digestion, bloating and depression.

Once you receive your results and are made aware of your food insensitivities, it’s best to remove those foods from your diet for about 3 weeks to see if symptoms have subsided. Then, reintroduce one at a time to see if that was in fact the trigger food causing discomfort.

Results
Okay now let’s get to talking about my results. It ended up showing that I have a moderate reaction to barley and cow’s milk and a high reaction to kidney beans and beef. I was aware that my body had a difficult time digesting milk products, which is one of the reasons why I’ve almost completely removed it from my diet. I will have Greek yogurt or Siggis yogurt every now and then, but in very small quantities in efforts to reduce gas and bloating. Beans in general are “iffy” for me and seem to depend on the day if I’ll develop symptoms or not, so I’m not entirely surprised kidney beans made the list. Though I did have a feeling chickpeas could have been the culprit as well due to their fibrous outer shell. Beef on the other hand was a little shocking to me. As my body has recently been craving a more plant-based diet (within the past 6 months), I’ve definitely reduced the amount of meat I’ve been eating, including beef. I don’t recall getting symptoms of any sort after consuming beef, but then again, tummy issues are so common for me I’m not sure I would have even noticed. And lastly, barley isn’t a big deal for me to remove from my diet because I so rarely have it.

Anyways, the reason for me taking this test was to help find the root cause to my constant discomfort. Overall, I’m a little bummed I wasn’t able to narrow down the real reason for my consistent stomachaches, bloating and poor digestion. I know this because other foods seem to be causing my symptoms in addition to the ones that showed up positive on my test. My plan is to continue experimenting by removing different foods from my diet to see what relieves my symptoms. I will remove kidney beans, beef, barley and cow’s milk for 3 weeks to see how my body feels. I’m thinking I may also try the low FODMAP diet (which will be ridiculously hard to follow UGH) first to see if these foods are causing my discomfort. FODMAP stands for fermentable, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. Not sure if I will go through with it…. any suggestions?! For more info on which foods are recommended to consume on a low FODMAP diet, click here.

 

If you’re at all intrigued by this food intolerance test, I highly recommend you try it for yourself! Use my discount code, ‘goodeats’ for $60 off your Pinnertest Kit at https://pinnertest.com/ (regular value: $490)

(This test would be an awesome Christmas present for anyone close to you!)

 

Winner has been chosen for this giveaway– Brittany Reynolds

 


 

 

Spicy Mexican-Style Omelettata

 

Spicy Mexican-Style Omelettata

  • 3/4 cup red and green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 medium white onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp diced jalapeño
  • 2 whole eggs, 1 egg white
  • Turmeric
  • Ground pepper
  • Chili powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 2 tbsp cilantro
  • 1 tbsp green onion, chopped
  • 1/3 avocado
  • 1/3 Trader Joe’s refried pinto beans
  • Crumbled goat cheese

Directions:
Turn oven on broil 500 degrees F
Add 1 tbsp olive to 8-inch skillet to heat on medium
Add bell pepper, onion and jalapeño to skillet to cook down for 5 minutes
Whisk together eggs and seasonings
Spray pan with oil to prevent eggs from sticking, then pour eggs over the top, making sure to cover the entire pan
Next, add chopped tomato, green onion, and cilantro and let cook on stovetop for about 3-4 minutes
Transfer entire skillet to oven to finish cooking the top, about 3-5 minutes or until eggs start to fluff and turn brown
Remove from oven and top with avocado, heated refried pinto beans and crumbled goat cheese. Enjoy!

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206 Comments

  • Reply
    Frances
    December 9, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    I have been dealing with digestive issue for so long and I recently found that I might have celiacs – waiting for the final results. But taking the pinnertest is something that I have been interested in for a while because I hope it would lead to some much needed answers!!

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    Caitlyn
    December 9, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Going from Taco Bell, sweets & treats to a plant based lifestyle I would love to see what my intolerances are as I definitely have some gut/bathroom issues! I need to figure out what is causing it because it is my only plant based lifestyle complaint!

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    Kaitlyn L.
    December 9, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I have been looking into the test, because I already have celiac disease, but have in the past few years started reacting to a variety of foods. I follow a paleo based diet, and I’m really struggling to figure out what the issue is. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

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    Kelty Fairchild
    December 9, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Hi Rachel!
    I would love to take this test because I too have a lot of trouble with foods and it causes a lot of discomfort…I’m not sure what exactly causes it so I would love to be able to pinpoint it! Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway! That omelleta looks incredible by the way:)

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    Mandie
    December 9, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    This test would be awesome for me since I have been suffering from leaky gut and have been trying to heal it with food. This problem has cause severe hair loss:( knowing which foods I am intolerant to would be a so helpful!

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    Cara S
    December 9, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    I have been having fatigue/exhaustion for over a year now. Medically, nothing has shown up- which is great that it is nothing serious but also frustrating because I so badly want to pinpoint it. I have recently been thinking about the possibility that I have an (or more than one) intolerance something that I eat often that may be causing my fatigue/exhaustion. I have seen the pinner test from your posts and other people on Instagram/snapchat stories. I cannot afford it and would be so grateful so I can continue to cross things off my list of what could be causing my fatigue/exhaustion. Ps – just recently started following you and am absolutely loving all of your posts!!!!!

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    Megan P
    December 9, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    I’m so intrigued by this test because, like you said, we can eat a healthy diet but still have some issues. I’ve been battling an eating disorder for about 15 years and now that I have a daughter (3 1/2), I’m trying to expand my diet and not project my issues onto her. I want her to see that it’s okay to splurge every now and then but to eat well the majority of the time. It’s hard for me to step out of my comfort zone if I’m having bloating issues or anything because that can be a trigger. I feel like finding out what I have intolerances to could help me avoid what my body doesn’t like so I have less triggers.

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    susanna arroyo
    December 9, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I would love this test because I know I’m intolerant to certain foods but I haven’t been able to narrow down the real culprit. I’ve been playing around with my diet and I’m still pretty gassy (gasp…I know TMI) and have a really bad acne as well. I hardly eat any processed carbs and my diet is very small in sugar so I can’t seem to narrow down what is causing all the inflammation that makes me have horrible acne. I know a lot of it has to do with your gut so I’m hoping that I can narrow down the foods that affect me the most. Honestly, I just want to have skin that doesn’t make me insecure and I’m the pinner test could help me narrow down some of the foods since I have been trying everything possible to help with the inflammation and gas. Also considering doing the FODMAP diet as well!

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    Kiah Atkinson
    December 9, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I would like to take this food intolerance test honestly, because I am just SO curious about my intolerances. My whole life I have lived with a variety of stomach issues, and put up with it mainly cause I wasn’t educated and just thought it was a part of life. Two years ago I started consciously eating and focusing more on my health and my body, and this journey included learning about food intolerances. I have tried cutting out a variety of different foods to self diagnose what I am intolerant to, but I have had zero luck. Recently I have been seeing all my instagram idols (including you!) rave about Pinnertest and I have been dying to try! However, they are expensive, and homegirl over here is on a budget! So, that being said, I would LOVE to win a Pinnertest! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! – Kiah

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    hannah weber
    December 9, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    i would looooove the chance to take this test because i’m in the same boat as you–crummy tummy for years with no culprit i can sort out myself! thanks for spreading the love and knowledge as always xo

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    Kaitlyn Faist
    December 9, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I would love to take this food intolerance test because for years i have been trying to pinpoint exactly what foods make me bloated/give me stomach aches. I’ve done a few of my own trial and errors, but without any luck! Taking this test would put all my worries and guesses to end!

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    Madeline White
    December 9, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I would LOVE to take the Pinnertest. Very similar to you, depending on the day, I suffer from awful indigestion and stomach aches. I have tried removing certain foods but it doesn’t seem to be working. Ever since I have seen the Pinnertest, I have been dying to try it. However, being a busy college student without a job, I cannot afford it. Receiving this would mean the world to me!

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    Megan
    December 9, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Loved this post — I often notice that I am very bloated / have irregular digestion some weeks and I would absolutely love to be able to attribute this to certain foods so that I can eliminate them from my diet. A few months ago, I realized that my body seems to be quite intolerant to many dairy products so I’ve tried eliminating dairy from my diet, but that hasn’t eliminated all bloating & digestion issues. I would love to take the Pinnertest to be sure of which foods I am intolerant to and as the Pinnertest is an extremely expensive test, winning this giveaway would give me the opportunity to try it out and (hopefully) improve my digestive & overall health! 🙂

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    Izzie Mackinnon
    December 9, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I want to take this intolerance test because I have been dealin with digestion problems for over 5 years, and after many tests with doctors and specialists and after trying several enzymes and strict diets, I still have not found an answer to my discomfort and pain! Would love to be able to have a better handle on and understanding of my digestion and intolerances.

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    Emily sowski
    December 9, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I would love a to receive a Pinnertest because I have dealt with an autoimmune disorder for years that covers my entire body periodically. I have had countless tests done and have tried every type of medication out there. Doctors are baffled by my condition. I have even had doctors sit with me and go through medical books trying to find a diagnosis. Unfortunately, they can’t find what it is or what exactly causes it to flare up. As of now I give myself an injectible shot every week that is maintaining it….for now.

    I would love to try to get to the bottom of my condition and I feel like food has so much to do with it. The Pinnertest would hopefully give me some answers or at least lead me in the right direction.

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    Nina Menke
    December 9, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Great recipe! I’ve been wanting to try pinnertest for awhile now since I’ve always had digestive problems and more recently a lot of indigestion, heartburn and inflammation. Unfortunately right now I am unable to afford the pinnertest so I am thrilled bloggers have been doing giveaways in hopes I can try it someday! Love your feed!

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    Rachael Vega
    December 9, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Hey Rachael! I’ve followed you for awhile now and love the recipes and things you share! I would LOVE to win this pinnertest giveaway for many of the same reasons you listed for wanting to take it. I have really painful bloating pretty occasionally, acne, and headaches. I would love to know if anything I’m eating is what’s causing these issues. Also, I’m a dietetic intern and MPH student so let’s be real, I’m not making a lot of money at the moment and the test is pricey. I love food and cooking so I am stubborn like you to start eliminating things (especially if it’s not what’s causing my issues). Thanks for your feedback from your results!

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    Laura H
    December 9, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    I would love to take this test! I know that I am lactose intolerant, so I rarely have dairy. I have had stomach issues since I was a child, so I’d love to see what some of my other intolerances are.

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    Kyla K
    December 9, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    I’ve been DYING to take this test since seeing it all over Instagram! I just can’t buy one right now 🙁 I’ve started to experience so many different symptoms of food intolerances over the last year or so (lots in the digestive/stomach area but also a bunch of skin stuff). I’ve been having to drink aloe, bone broth, booch, ACV, take probiotics & enzymes, etc. just to tolerate it lately. It’s getting really frustrating! It would be such a huge blessing to be able to take the test for free! 🙂

    Thanks for such an informative post!
    PS. I have REALLY got to get on that omelettata train!

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    Jamie berray
    December 9, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I have been dealing with digestive problems for a long time and haven’t been able to figure it out! I’m a nutrition major so I LOVE this kind of stuff and would love to narrow down what is really bothering me.

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    Gianna Forte
    December 9, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I’d love to take the Pinner test because just like you I’ve been struggling with severe stomach and digestive issues for a few years now. I’m 18 years old and working towards becoming a professional ballet dancer. It’s really hard some days when my stomach is bloated and hurting to focus on dancing to my fullest. I’ve tried eliminating certain foods, but it hasn’t ever really worked. I think the Pinner Test could really help me out! Thanks for considering me!

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    Hillary Schrum
    December 9, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    HI Rachel – I would love to win this! I’ve been working with a nutritionist for the past three months after suffering from GI issues for the past three years with no finding of what has caused them. All doctors of course just want to give me a pill for my constipation and I had enough after I was sick all summer long with different constipation issues and no answer to what was happening. I know that I have a soy allergy and while I’m going through the FODMAP diet and treating SIBO, I would love to figure out what additional intollerances I have without having to pay for another test!

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    Mia
    December 9, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Rachael,
    I have the auto immune disease Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, with which comes many issues including food sensitivities and low stomach acid. I suffer from bloating basically everyday and like yourself can not seem to pin point what particular foods may be the cause. Along with the bloating come cramps, headaches and sometimes nausea! I currently take a teaspoon of apple cider viniger (in water) plus digestive enzymes to help with my low stomach acid, which seems to have helped a little. I think finding out what foods I am sensitive to would definitely be a huge help. Being able to take the Pinnertest would be a dream and unfortunately with all the expenses that go along with this time of year, I just can’t squeeze it into the budget! Would love ❤️ the opportunity.
    Thankyou

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    Elyse B
    December 9, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I have been wanting to take this test for so long! I have such food intolerances and I have a difficult job pin pointing them. I had my gall bladder removed from hall stone 4 years ago and that increased some irregularity and difficulty figuring out what to eliminate. I’ve even do whole 30 4 times but no such luck. Anyways, I’d love to be entered to win the giveaway! Especially since my family can’t afford something like this since we are in the process of adopting from South Korea. Love following you on IG, Rachel!

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    Rachel Rittwage
    December 9, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Hi!! I really want to try out this text because I’m ALWAYS having stomach aches. I recently had an allergy test which gave me so much insight but after you explained how different the two are I’d love to know what I’m intolerant to as well! When I received my allergy test back it was surprising I wasn’t allergic to certain foods that makes my stomach bloat, etc. So in knowing the difference I think it would be so beneficial to know what foods to avoid so I don’t get so sick so often!

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    Gabbi
    December 9, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Hello! Thank you so much for creating this blog and giving us some insight into your personal story!
    So, I am currently finishing up My first semester at college. I’m a ballet performance major, so getting the proper nutrition and fuel is extremely important to me. However, once i arrived at college, i started experiencing some really annoying and uncomfortable stomach issues. And it’s something I’ve been dealing with every single day since I have been here. I have tried eliminating some foods that i think may be the cause, however I just can’t pin point what is causing this.
    Being a college student, the pinner test is something that i can’t even imagine being able to afford anytime soon. It would be so incredible if i were to win this test and honestly wouldn’t even want anything else for Christmas(as extreme and cheesy as that sounds lol
    Thank you for this opportunity!

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    Tatiana
    December 9, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I’ve been having huge skin problems and its so frustrating not knowing the cause. I’ve tried EVERYTHING! I’m pretty much done with the elimination diet but it really didn’t make a difference now that I was getting better the first week but then I broke out again. It was so difficult for me to eliminate all those foods with the hope I was going to find the cause that sometimes I feel like giving up. I refuse to take the medication dermatologist give me but I’m ashame of going out because everyone asks me if I’m in a treatment for acne or related questions! 🙁

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    Cassie Johnson
    December 9, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I’m interested in the pinner test because I also deal with digestive issues. I’ve struggled with acid reflux and chronic stomach aches for a few years now and just recently was told I have IBS. I imagine I have flare ups from all of the above because of certain foods I eat. I’ve tried to narrow it down but I haven’t been able to find the culprit yet. I’ve seen the pinner test all over recently and have been wanting to try it for a while in hopes that I can figure out what’s been causing the digestive issues!

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    Ellen Ratliff
    December 9, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    More info about my effed up body the better! I have celiac and colitis already 😛

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    Sabra
    December 9, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    I would love to take this. I’ve had horrible stomach pains and I can’t trigger what it is :(. I’ve gone to see doctors and they haven’t been any help. Would love to try more. I eat a mostly healthy mostly veggie diet. Just like you, I can’t bear to do an elimination test. Would love to see if this could help me!

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    Sarah
    December 9, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    I would ABSOLUTELY love to win this pinnertest. I too have frequent bloating and just generally feel uncomfortable. Despite eating healthy foods, making sure I get probiotics, limit my dairy, etc. I often find myself with aches and pains, difficulty sleeping, stomach issues (gas and bloating) and generally feeling down. I personally know there are some foods I cannot eat (zucchini and squash being the main culprits), but I am quite certain there are some other foods I must be intolerant too considering how I feel. This would be such a great Christmas gift this year. 2016 has been my worst year to date, and this would just really set me up for a healthy and positive 2017!

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    Christina D
    December 9, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I would LOVE to win a Pinnertest because I have been struggling with digestive issues my whole life. I believe I’m intolerant to dairy but even after eliminating dairy from my diet I still have some symptoms (though not quite as severe). I know there are other foods I should definitely be avoiding, im just not sure what those foods are and this would be a fabulous way to find out!

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    Kayla Heuer
    December 9, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Oh my goodness! I feel like I wrote this post! I have suffered with the same digestive issues and stomach pains you have too! I’ve cried so many times from stomach pain and can’t figure out what it could be. I loved reading your experience with this test and so many others and I would seriously be SO HAPPY to figure out if I’m eating something that causes Inflammation in my stomach. Really wanting to try this test!! ?

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    Megan
    December 9, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    I would really be interested in taking the Pinnertest! This past year, I developed stomach pains, similar to you. At times I would want to curl up and cry. I mostly eliminated gluten and dairy for about 3-4 weeks. I did feel a lot better. Eventually I added some dairy and gluten back into my diet. Some days I feel bloated and have pain, and other days I feel great (even after eating cheese and crackers for dinner)! It’s such a mystery! I would love to have an idea of the types of foods that I am intolerant to. Thanks so much for posting about this interesting topic!

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    Taylor
    December 9, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    I’d love to shed some light on some of my digestive issues! It feels like I’ve tried almost everything and can’t quite pinpoint it.

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    Amylou @The No Grainer
    December 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    OMG! I’ve been waiting for a giveaway for this because i am dying to get my tested for food sensitives. I suffer from acne, eczema, bloating and fatigue pretty often and I eat a very very clean diet, so I know it has to be something deeper. I would love to receive this test because I’ve been really wanting to buy the pinner test, but of course it isn’t cheap! I hope you find out what is causing your digestive distress — and I hope I can too!

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    Melissa
    December 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    I would love to try Pinnertest!
    I’ve been vegan for 11 years and I know I can load up on gassy foods sometimes, hello beans and broccoli! but I would love to know which ones cause it/see if it’s the ones I think.
    I also recently had an eczema attack all over my hands and arms, it was horribly painful and embarrassing and lasted for months. I saw a Chinese doctor and did acupuncture, herbal medicine and was put on a very strict, bland, cooling diet (He said it was caused by poor digestion and too many high heat foods.) I felt so much better on this diet and it helped clear my skin, but since adding foods back into my diet, I’m faced with the bloating issue on occasion and also have some recurring eczema bumps. I think this test could maybe help me pinpoint some triggers that could help so many issues my body faces!

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    Blaire
    December 9, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experience with this test! I’ve recently (last 3ish years) acquired new food intolerances, particularly to foods I love. It’s so frustrating bc like you, I eat a very clean diet 90% of the time. I would love to try this test to find out once and for all why I’m having so many tummy issues, with the main symptom being chronic inflammation in my joints and face. Please pick me! 🙂

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    Christine
    December 9, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    This test seems to have gotten so popular! I’ve always been so intrigued by this. I eat a pretty rounded diets ensuring that I get my Vegis in everyday. I am also a competitive runner and found out last year that I was anemic. I was shocked to hear this, even though I don’t eat a lot of iron rich meat I felt like I was supplementing this with loads of spinach both in my smoothies and in my eggs. I then found out all about how iron is not absorbed well with calcium and to take it with vitamin c. I never knew about how combinations of food could effect miners absorption. In the end I found out that my body does not absorb iron well and I need a lot to begin with and especially for being a runner it is so so important. I wonder what else my body doesn’t absorb correctly? Anyway, back to food intolerances. Starting this year every night when I go to sleep I am so bloated. It’s so odd to me since it seems to happen no matter what I eat. I call it my night fat but would do anything to reduce this because it’s so uncomfortable. I read into probiotics and thought those might help and while I feel a little relief from those I still feel like I should feel better. I can’t figure it out! So interesting how just from a drop of blood you can learn so much! Good luck with FODMAP sounds so hard but it can do good things!!

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    Shannon
    December 9, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    I’ve been wanting to take this test foreva! My sister has celiac, and although my antibodies showed negative after a very rough three weeks of eating gluten again to “see” if my body produced the antibodies response, I know something is responsible for my random stomachaches. I’ve done elimination diets (been a gluten free vegan for 2 months also), 4 times through whole30 as well and although whole30 was the most helpful, I still have le mystery digestion issues! Would SO love to solve that with this test! Please help a sister out!

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    Lesley Snyder
    December 9, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    I also suffer from lots of tummy issues and have researching this test. Would love to learn what I should avoid!

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      Lesley Snyder
      December 9, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      “have been”

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    Sarah
    December 9, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    I would love to take the pinner test because I’ve felt with stomach issues for quite a while now, and I would love to see if they are caused by any of the foods I eat!

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    Lea Lokshin
    December 9, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    I actually would love for my sister Kristi to take this test.. She’s had stomach and digestive issues for a while now (4 years) Her and her husband have been trying to get pregnant for that long as well but her immune system has weakened due to mal-nutrition. She’s gone to the doctor and they said it was a thyroid problem and gave her medication but it’s been a year since she’s tried all they said and still nothing has changed. I believe that her diet can change this! If she takes out the bad stuff and fills her self up with the good stuff!

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    Samantha Vilendrer
    December 9, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Rachael!

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us! I’ve been searching for ways to determine my food sensitivities and intolerances for a while now and I’ve read some great things about The Pinnertest! I too, have struggled with bloating and I would love to figure out what foods I should avoid. Along with the bloating, I have suffered with acne for over 20 years. I gave up dairy for a while, then gluten, but I didn’t see any changes in my bloating or acne. I even met with a dermatologist and dietician and neither could help me. I eat mostly whole and unprocessed food, I exercise regularly and I drink plenty of water. I feel like the Pinnerstest is my last hope, but I’m very hopeful that this test will give me the answers that I need. I would love to live a more comfortable, confidant, happy and healthier life! Thank you for the opportunity!

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    Gabriella Sankar
    December 9, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Hi! I’ve been looking into doing the pinner test for a while now but still haven’t gotten around to it due to the cost. I would love to be able to do the test because I often have digestion problems and have to take extra digestive enzymes to help the problems. My stomach seems to react badly to dairy so I’m almost certain that I have an intolerance there as well. Apart from this, I’ve been thinking that I have an allergy to wheat and/or gluten because my skin has been acting out with the bumps that have been found to be an indicator of this. Really hope that I can someday try the pinner test and get my intolerances sorted out!

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    Pascalle
    December 9, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Have you tried a stool test? Like thru Genova? They can test for Candida, parasites and leaky gut!

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    Sharlie Chapman
    December 9, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    I would love to take this test for many reasons! First of all, I’ve wanted to do it for 3 years, but it was just too much moola for this Mama! I have had adult cystic acne that no one can seem to get to the root of since I had my last child. I also have psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis that I’m choosing to treat holistically. I’ve been trying my darndest to eliminate foods and try different “diets” and oils, but I believe the spinner Test could give me a more definitive answer. I eat clean and exercise regularly, so I’m definitely doing my part. Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

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      Sharlie Chapman
      December 9, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      Pinner not spinner! Ha! Autocorrect…

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    Maia Kunkel
    December 9, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Hi Rachael! I first off want to start by saying how much your blog has inspired me during my time as a college student, trying to find balance during a hectic time. I’ve heard about the pinner test through a friend, but unfortunately it is too expensive for me to purchase on my own (on that student budget life). I’ve been dealing with a lot of digestion issues over the past year ever since I went into spontaneous anaphylactic shock a year ago while I was abroad and went through one of the scariest days of my life. Since then, I’ve gone to doctors and had testing, but doctors can’t seem to figure out what caused the reaction and why I have had resulting issues (horrible stomach pains, swelling, etc.). I’ve tried to eliminate certain foods I thought might be the cause, but nothing so far has helped. I would love to try this test so it could help me navigate which foods to steer clear from, and help prevent me from another scary er experience

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    Kendall
    December 9, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Hey. Honestly I think this would be a really great way for me to stop being afraid of so many foods and actually take action in figuring out how to better take care of myself. Knowing the foods that would help my body work at its best would be such an amazing step forward. Thanks for such an awesome opportunity!

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    Amy
    December 9, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your story and your digestive struggles. I feel like I’m in the same boat, as I’ve been dealing with similar issues for a few years now, and GI docs can’t seem to pinpoint anything. I was luckily able to find a functional medicine practice near me that has a protocol for finding answers to symptoms like ours, and to try to really nail down what’s going on, how to treat it by introducing things needed, and removing things that are disruptive to our systems (not forever, just until our guts are healed — which is reassuring if you know you react to things that you love to eat!). I have a similar diet to you — clean, mostly plant-based, and unprocessed… it almost seems unfair that with such a healthy diet, our bodies in some way are betraying us. But there is hope! I am also trying the low FODMAP diet, and it’s kind of crazy looking to see what is and what isn’t compliant (for instance, avocados are considered high FODMAP — what?!). I’ve found I actually have been feeling a little better for the few days I’ve done it, so I think it’s a good step for me, amidst seeing the functional medicine practitioner and getting their thoughts as well. I hope you figure out your own digestive issues, as I know how frustrating that can be. If you can find a professional (a ND or functional medicine practitioner), I really recommend it — it can sometimes feel like we’re on our own to figure these things out, but there are actually some professionals out there who will listen and offer guidance. And sometimes that’s all we need!

    I’d love to try the Pinner Test to see if it reveals anything specific with my food intolerances, go give me a baseline and go from there.

    Thanks again, and good luck to you on your health journey! <3

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      Rachael Devaux
      December 19, 2016 at 5:31 am

      Thank you so much for sharing, Amy! Avocados…… SERIOUSLY?!! Great to hear your experience 🙂

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    Haven
    December 9, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    A year ago, I was in the midst of a restrictive eating disorder that caused great harm to my body, brain and definitely my poor gut!! I have since recovered weight and mental clarity, and adopted a paleo-ish protocol to promote gut healing…but continue to struggle with IBS and horrible bloating and other digestive upset. I even followed an Autoimmune Paleo protocol for a couple of months to see if those foods were perhaps the culprits and to even more thoroughly heal my gut….but nada! There are still items to which I am sensitive but I cannot pinpoint them, and am not interested in continuing to limit my diet blindly–I want to embrace my food freedom in my recovery, and enjoy the WELLNESS that comes from eating these wonderful, whole foods! ? I would love a test that would help me to address my health and digestive issues (including acne for the first time ever)! without restriction of healthy foods that my body does well with, as comes with following generic protocols. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    Greyson
    December 9, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    I want to know if there is more I’m intolerant to than just dairy. Dairy makes me incredibly bloated and gassy, and makes my skin break out, so I rarely eat it. But my stomach usually always hurts after I eat really anything and I have been unable to pinpoint what exactly causes it. I am currently playing college soccer and get extremely bloated during games. So I would love to figure it out as soon as possible!!

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    Mallory
    December 9, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Just like you, I started having digestion issues in the last 6 years. It all started when I was a freshman in college – eating mass-produced, poor quality meals made in the dining halls immediately started to impact my ability to digest. Dairy began to bother me way more than usual. From someone who LOVES cheese (at all times) and half&half in my morning coffee, this was a hard thing to accept. I ignored my issues, hoping that if I kept eating it my body would somehow regain the ability to digest it. AKA I was delusional. Fast forward to me at 24; still have issues with dairy, but now I randomly look 6 months pregnant even though I have completely cut dairy and rely on Laxatives if I truly can’t avoid it. Something else is definitely bothering me, but it’s not gluten. It’s gotten to the point where I’ll eat something for lunch at work and immediately have to unbutton my pants in the safety of my cube! Um also… it’s really awkward being in a meeting and trying to hold in gas. All.the.time. TMI, sorry. I pride myself on eating healthy with a mostly plant-based diet, but I’m tired of getting nervous every time I try something new. I LOVE food and I want it to love me back.

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    Linda Steinhardt
    December 9, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    This is awesome! I have ALWAYS had an interest in nutrition and have recently decided to go back to school to become a dietitian. Knowing more about how my body digests, what it likes, what it doesn’t has always intrigued me, but I’ve never had a way to truly know. This PinnerTest would be the coolest thing for me to see!

    Thanks for all you do! <3

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    Allie Mason
    December 9, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I would be so pumped to win the pinnertest in this giveaway because I have been DYING to know exactly what foods I am intolerant to. I’ve been tested for gluten intolerance and lactose intolerance, but both results came back negative. However, I know that when I eliminate both of those things from my diet, I don’t suffer from the nightly gassy/bloated belly (my poor BF). I think pinnertest would help me narrow down the main issues I face with digesting certain foods. Thanks so much!!

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    Raisa
    December 9, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I would like to take this test honestly just because I’m curious. I have basically been eating whatever I believe is organic and healthy for me and whatever I liked, I never thought of myself having any intolerances but would definitely love to know:)

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    Katie
    December 9, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Love your blog! I’ve had gastrointestinal and immune system (bouts with chronic hives) for years. I’ve seen so many doctors, tried many medications, and prick tests to determine allergy, but everything has come back inconclusive. The only thing I have found that works for me is acupuncture. I would love to take the test to see if I have an intolerance that is the source of these issues.

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    Emily
    December 9, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Hey there! I thinking trying the pinner test could be life-changing for me. Not to sound too dramatic 😉 I, like you, have had terrible stomach/indigestion issues for about 5 years. Which is about when I totally changed my eating life-style to basically all plant-based, no processed foods. Just within the last 6 months it’s gotten progressively worse. To the point where I’m afraid to eat sometimes because of the pain. I finally scheduled an appointment with a GI doctor next week because it may be something more serious going on. I’ve always felt the same about not going to a doctor because I’m very against taking prescription meds but I’ve decided there’s a couple possibilities I’d like to have ruled out for my peace of mind. And I have never had anything checked for intolerance’s and would LOVE to have that option. Anyways, love your feed/your heart/everything you’re about!! ❤️

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    Baylee
    December 9, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Wowie would this be great! I have been to every doctor and had every test you can think of to help explain my digestive issues. Once they were so painful I landed in the emergency room, NOT FUN and so expensive for my family. My doctor advised me after that to even prep for a colonoscopy, which let me tell you is even more not fun than the emergency room! Through all the testing and trial eliminations of certain foods, I have found no lasting solutions. Such a bummer! This test would give me peace of mind knowing it’s not just me being dramatic about stomach pains and discomfort! My mom doesn’t think tests like these are particularly helpful which is why this would be heaven sent!! I know I’m not the only one struggling with these issues which makes me feel a little better in the weirdest way possible. Thank you for even the chance to receive this 🙂

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    Angela Reilly
    December 9, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Hi Rachael!
    I would like to take the test because of my long, complicated history with food. Every since I was a kid, stomach pain has ruled my life. It wasnt until seeing a Functional Medicine doctor that I was diagnosed with Celiac at age 20. 2 years later, Im 100 percent gluten and dairy free, cooking almost all my meals because I’m so sensitive. I’ve reached a place where I’m healthy enough to exercise regularly. I’ve tried ‘everything’ (Paleo-made my energy too low. Vegetarian-caused lots of inflammation). All this chaos hasn’t helped my weight stability or body image; i always have whiplash from the state of my body and therefore my mood! I feel like I’m still missing something(s) to explain lingering symptoms and episodes…I would love to take the Pinnertest and continue to find answers. 🙂

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    Caroline West
    December 9, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    This post is really fascinating!

    I have had a myriad of hard to diagnose health problems in the past few years (migraines with neurological auras, PCOS, raynauds syndrome) and yet the most annoying problem I deal with is constant, incessant bloating and discomfort. Like you, I have refrained from dealing with doctors and even when I have mentioned it, they simply tell me to try and keep track of what seems to be upsetting my stomach and refrain from eating it — easier said than done! Every time I think I have narrowed down what is a trigger for me, I end up being mistaken. I have contemplated doing an elimination or low FODMAP diet and have even gone through phases cutting out dairy or gluten, but am still having trouble truly pinpointing what my body is intolerant to. I try to load up on probiotics to help with gut health, but still deal with bloating, cramping, headaches, constipation, a constant foggy brain and low energy.

    I recently moved away from my family for the first time and am living on my own in a new city. The loneliness and financial burden has skyrocketed my stress levels, which makes my symptoms even worse. I would be truly blessed to win this giveaway and hopefully find some answers in the long and confusing world of gastrointestinal health!

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    Emma
    December 9, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Love this post! I’ve been trying to eliminate certain foods I think have been causing my bloating/upset tummy, too, but it’s nearly impossible to pinpoint the culprit. However, my dad has been having even worse digestive issues and has seen countless doctors over the last year or two who have not been able to diagnose him. I am convinced he is having food intolerances. If I won this Pinnertest, I would give it to him to hopefully pinpoint his intolerances and ease his belly aches!

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    Lysny
    December 9, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Rachael! I would love to have the opportunity to take the PinnerTest. When I was little I could eat whatever I wanted, not gain weight, not feel fatigued, not bloat, etc. But now, I, like you, experience random and painful symptoms. Allergies run in my family so at first I was convinced I was allergic to certain foods. I have tried eliminating dairy, meat, grains, eggs, processed foods, etc, but I still am unable to find out what food(s) is/are causing my stomach problems. I know that beef is one food that causes stomach pain and sweating, but I have looked into Pinnertest, and it seems like the perfect way to find out what causes this trouble. I am also minoring in human nutrition and plan to do research on how the thyroid and our diet affect our physical stamina. If the PinnerTest is something that works for me, then I may be able to use it to conduct further research in order to provide more affordable food compatibility information!

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    Hannah
    December 9, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I`ve been wanting to take a test like this for years! I too suffer from these GI issues and would love to know the cause (ideally without an elimination diet). If it helps, I`ve learned that raw veggie are a huge trigger for me! The healthier I eat the worse my stomach feels 🙁

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    Lauren Boller
    December 9, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    I’d love to win the Pinnertest giveaway as I have dealt with digestive issues for the past 5 years. I originally went to the doctor because it got to the point where I couldn’t keep my food down after eating. I went through multiple tests, but we never figured out the true cause. During this time, we did figure out that any time I ate meat, I would immediately get sick. I now follow a pescetarian diet, but some of the issues still remain. Bloating, gas, pains in my stomach that radiate up to my shoulder, and an occasional bout of getting physically sick again. So many doctors can diagnose you easily when the problem is straight forward, but there is SO much about the human body that we just don’t understand. These problems actually inspired me to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering, and I’m now working towards my PhD (my research is very translationally focused). Being a grad student obviously isn’t the most lucrative “job” for 5-6 years, but knowing that my research will positively affect society and patients out there motivates me to keep on going. I would love to win this test to better understand how to keep my digestive problems at bay while I push through a mentally exhausting and stressful period in my academic career without having to spend a substantial part of my paycheck on the test itself. Thanks for considering!

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    Jessica
    December 9, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Hi, Rachel!
    Like you, I’ve been struggling through some pretty gnarly gut distress myself. For the past YEAR I’ve been trying to figure out the perfect concoction of foods to keep my gut healthy. The process of eliminating foods from my diet is agonizingly slow and even though I’ve been trying to eat clean, I’m still having symptoms. So frustrating! Needless to say I’ve had my eyes on the Pinnertest ever since I heard about it and would love the opportunity to pinpoint what’s going on and to make my gut happy! Thank you!

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    Cait
    December 9, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    I would love to do the test because I get patches of eczema and other random rashes and some bloating. It has gotten better the cleaner I eat, but I still am having those symptoms. And like yours, it seems to be fairly random. It is amazing how intricate our gut is and how it affects just about everything!

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    ali
    December 9, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    i have been suffering some pretty severe GI symptoms and have seen an allergist and gastroenterologist but still no answers !!! i would definitely want to see what my results for the pinner test would be !!!

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    Danielle Viola
    December 9, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Hi Rachael!!!
    I have been dealing with gas/bloating/ fogginess/ and so many other discomforts over the past couple of months it’s unbelievable! I thought maybe I was eating too much kale, or brussel sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower, but after reducing them from my diet(which was so painful as they are such a staple in my everyday diet), I still seem to be experiencing discomfort. I rarely ever eat dairy, besides eggs and some plain greek yogurt every once in a while, for protein with smoothies and what not, so that doesn’t seem to be the case either. ANYWAYS, I have seen this test everywhere and have been dying to try it. The price is such a big factor for me, being as I am indeed a poor college student. I would love to know what it is that has been causing so much discomfort to my body; it really does effect your mental health/ well-being. Best of luck choosing a winner (I’ve read through people’s responses and wowie you are in for a tough decision 🙂 )

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    Erika
    December 9, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    I’d love to have this test for my husband! He tends to not believe that he should avoid certain foods because he thinks it is just another one of my “health things”. Lately, he has had a lot of trouble digesting cheese (although oddly not milk) and I suspect he also is intolerant to more than he realizes. Having a scientific explanation is what he needs to make some changes.

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    Danielle
    December 9, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Rachael!!!
    I have been dealing with gas/bloating/ fogginess/ and so many other discomforts over the past couple of months it’s unbelievable! I thought maybe I was eating too much kale, or brussel sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower, but after reducing them from my diet(which was so painful as they are such a staple in my everyday diet), I still seem to be experiencing discomfort. I rarely ever eat dairy, besides eggs and some plain greek yogurt every once in a while, for protein with smoothies and what not, so that doesn’t seem to be the case either. ANYWAYS, I have seen this test everywhere and have been dying to try it. The price is such a big factor for me, being as I am indeed a poor college student. I would love to know what it is that has been causing so much discomfort to my body; it really does effect your mental health/ well-being. Best of luck choosing a winner (I’ve read through people’s responses and wowie you are in for a tough decision 🙂 )

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    Marcy M
    December 9, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    I have been struggling with tummy issues for years. So much so, that it’s preventing me from doing things I love to do. I’m at the point where it’s just the “norm” for me to have an upset stomach and feel like poop more often than not. It can be so frustrating to deal with when you don’t know what it is that’s causing the problem. I’ve tried eliminating different things and haven’t been able to pin point the culprit. It’s gotten to the point that I can’t even travel with my family because I never know what’s going to set things off and if there will be a bathroom close by. I would love to take this test and hopefully figure out what foods I’m intolerant to so I can get back to living life.

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    Erika
    December 9, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    I want this test for my husband! He is in denial about how the food he eats may be effecting his body. He has had terrible digestive issues lately but assumes that since he has never been allergic or intolerant before, he can’t be now. He tends to dismiss elimination diets as another one of my “health things” so I think having some science to base it on would be good for him.

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    Jenny B
    December 9, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Rachel! Thank you for sharing your experience with the Pinnertest. I’ve been looking into it the past couple weeks and am loving what the company is about! I’ve been battling similar symptoms and questions (bloating, weight gain, extreme discomfort, WHY) for the past two years and receive the same feedback from doctors. I’d love to see which foods I am intolerant to and use my experience with the test/3 week elimination to inspire others to take control of their own health! Even if someone feels “good” I believe there is always room to learn more about our bodies in efforts to reach optimal health. Again, thank you for sharing. Happy holidays!

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    MarcyM
    December 9, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    I have been struggling with tummy issues for years. So much so, that it’s preventing me from doing things I love to do. I’m at the point where it’s just the “norm” for me to have an upset stomach and feel like poop more often than not. It can be so frustrating to deal with when you don’t know what it is that’s causing the problem. I’ve tried eliminating different things and haven’t been able to pin point the culprit. It’s gotten to the point that I can’t even travel with my family because I never know what’s going to set things off and if there will be a bathroom close by. I would love to take this test and hopefully figure out what foods I’m intolerant to so I can get back to living life.

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    Jennie
    December 9, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Hi Rachael! I’ve struggled with stomach issues for as long as I can remember with doctors telling me I’m chewing too much gum or lactose intolerate. Ive been gluten-free for 4 years now and still no relief. I’ve tried low FODMAPS (pretty tough and didn’t really get any answers) and I’ve tried SADGAS from Robynne Chutkan’s Gutbliss book (would 100% recommend, such a good read, especially for us nutrition majors) and felt the best I have in a while but it’s also so unrealistic for a college student that relies on the dining halls for meals. This test would confirm that my symptoms are not just physiological, as they’re often all I think about :/. Love your blog and love seeing I’m not the only struggling!!

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    Jenny
    December 9, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Rachel! Thank you for sharing your experience with the Pinnertest. I’ve been looking into it the past couple weeks and am loving what the company is about! I’ve been battling similar symptoms and questions (bloating, weight gain, extreme discomfort, WHY) for the past two years and receive the same feedback from doctors. I’d love to see which foods I am intolerant to and use my experience with the test/3 week elimination to inspire others to take control of their own health! Even if someone feels “good” I believe there is always room to learn more about our bodies in efforts to reach optimal health. Again, thank you for sharing. Happy holidays!

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    Stacy
    December 9, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I have a sister who desperately needs it and honestly can’t afford it. She”a a single parent about to put my nephew thru collage and has put herself on the back burner forever. She”s experimented with removing foods, gluten free, and on and on and can’t figure it out.
    Even if it turns out to be several like yours at least she’ll have a starting point!

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    Maddison
    December 9, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I’ve been curious about my intolerances for the last couple years as I suffer from the same symptoms you described (gas, inflammation, and the like). I’ve been eating a wholesome diet since I switched up my lifestyle in April of this year, and although the bloating has subsided significantly, I still can’t pinpoint the culprit! I have toyed with going dairy and gluten free but it’s such a huge change, and I’m honestly scared…. I’d love to find out if either dairy or gluten are actually affecting my gut! ?

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    Berklee Wanner
    December 9, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Hi!
    I’ve been dealing with autoimmune issues for about 3 years know and have tried many different styles of eating.
    I’m going to start going to a different doctor, as I just moved… but I feel like a lot of it is affected by what I eat, so this would just help me so much.
    Love your recipes so much ???

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    Alice Neff
    December 9, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    This test sounds heaven-sent. I have FREAKISHLY similar problems to what you described above with your digestive system. I am currently almost done with my community health science and nutrition bachelors degrees, and I also eat a very wholesome diet and run/workout on a regular basis. I also have cut out dairy completely, aside from occasional Greek yogurt for the wonderful gut heath benefits. I recently just had an endoscopy in hopes to find out what is going on with my stomach but nothing came up. I would love love love to try this test and hopefully get some legit answers!!

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    Lauren
    December 9, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Rachel,

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I can definitely relate! I’ve been interested in taking the Pinnertest for the past few months, but financially it just hasn’t been an option for me right now. About 6 years ago I started having bad, consistent stomach aches, but thought maybe they were due to stress. After a few months I knew something was not right. I went in for an upper GI endoscopy, hoping I would get some answers. Celiac Disease is in my family, so I thought for sure that would be the answer, but unfortunately it was not. I removed all gluten from my diet anyway, which helped, but didn’t resolve all of my stomach issues. Like you, I also eliminated most dairy besides an occasionally siggis (because they’re so damn good), and recently I’ve been experiencing headaches, random skin rashes and hives. Essentially I feel like I am back at square one. It’s so difficult to pinpoint exactly what is causing my symptoms, as I’m sure you understand. It would mean so much to me to finally be able to figure it out!!
    Thank you so much for this opportunity and please continue to do what you do because you inspire so many!!! ?

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    Claire
    December 9, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Hello Rachael, I’d love this test because I’ve been trying to change up my diet lately to help with my indigestion issues but nothing seems to be working! I always seem to be bloated and sickly so hopefully this test would give me helpful feedback about my body. And I’m just like you, I am very cautious about going to the doctor. But thank you for sharing your honest experience!

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    Lauren Goodman
    December 9, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I started down this investigative journey of my gut issues about 5 or more years ago with a visit to the GI…after blood, stool (yes, I had to poop in a cup for 3 days), rectum (yes, it is what you think), and sonogram tests, I was diagnosed with none other than IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) aka we don’t really know what’s going on…so here’s some medicine to try- take it before your having issues to prevent the spasms in your gut…I have no idea what’s causing my spastic gut, doc! Earlier this year I did the Whole30 and still had some bloating issues well into the 30 days and didn’t reintroduce well- I’ve been lookinto into the Pinterest USA for a while and just haven’t taken the plunge- would love to know what my potential intolerances are causing me this painful and embarrassing situation! Sounds like we have similar stories except you didn’t endure lots of tests for a really inconclusive diagnosis- thanks for sharing a test with someone- incredibly generous of you!! Thanks for reading.

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    Bekah brooks
    December 9, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Hi!
    I have been wanting to get some food intolerance testing done for a while. I’ve read a lot about the pinnertest in general and love the simplicity of it.
    I became aware that I have food intolerances once i got married and began to realize my body had some weird reactions to foods that my husbands body did not reciprocate. I have narrowed done a few intolerances but know I have more, and have no clue where to start narrowing down.

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    Cassandra Western
    December 9, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    I have been in the same boat tummy aches bloating and now a recent IBS diagnosis. I have looked into the pinner test a few times. I really want to do one but just don’t know that I can afford it. So untill then I have been trying to eat more plant based and vegan. I would seriously love to win a pinner test.

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    Patty Forsythe
    December 9, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I actually don’t think I have any intolerance but I would love to test my 11 year old son. We have seen an allergist, no allergies to any foods but he gets terrible stomach aches, brain fog, has trouble concentrating etc. But actually getting his doctor to test of an intolerance has been difficult not to mention super expensive 🙁 We have eliminated gluten and dairy but I have a feeling there are other foods, would love to know for sure!

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    Allison
    December 9, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I would love to see what causes my tummy troubles! I have NO idea. Just today had chicken and sweet potatoes doe lunch sick. Boo. A way to cut something out would be awesome!

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    Lauren
    December 9, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Rachel,

    Thanks for sharing your story! I can definitely relate.

    I have been interested in taking the Pinnertest for the past 3 months, but financially it is just not in the cards for me right now. About 6 years ago I started having consistent, bad stomach aches, which I thought were due to stress. After a few months without them subsiding, I saw a GI doctor and had an upper GI endoscopy. Celiac Disease is prevalent in my family, so I thought for sure that would be the answer. Unfortunately, it was not. I eliminated gluten from my diet anyway, to which my stomach issues slightly decreased. Like you, I also eliminated most dairy besides an occasionally siggis (because they’re just so damn good), but have recently been experiencing headaches, skin rashes and random hives. I essentially feel like I am back at square one. It is so difficult to pinpoint exactly what is causing my symptoms, as I’m sure you understand. It would mean so much to me to finally put all the pieces together!

    Thank you so much for doing this contest, I appreciate the opportunity. And please continue to do what you do and share your knowledge. You inspire so many! ?

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    Katie Keegan
    December 9, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    I would love to win this giveaway because I have an extremely sensitive gut and would really like to figure out what foods trigger my symptoms of bloating, gas, and indigestion. Since I was a little girl, I’ve cried and spent countless hours in the bathroom after going out to eat or eating dinner at home because of the stomach pain I felt. Of course when I went to my doctor he diagnosed me with “IBS” and prescribed me an antispasmodic, which I think was completely unnecessary because I really think the issues at hand are the food tolerances I have. I exercise daily, drink plenty of water, avoid milk products, and consume lots of fiber to try and decrease the symptoms I have, but nothing seems to work. As a nursing student I know how important nutrition and eating a balanced diet is to help prevent chronic illnesses, provide our bodies with energy, and most importantly allow us to live a healthy and happy lifestyle. This giveaway would help me out in so many ways imaginable and I am extremely lucky I have the chance to be apart of it! Thanks!

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    Caitlin A.
    December 9, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Ever since I was very young I’ve been lactose-intolerant and gluten sensitive. Ive struggled with severe bloating, IBS, ulcers and other digestive issues in addition to some autoimmune conditions. I eat very healthy but have yet to pin point everything that will occasionally set my body off. I ate paleo for a chunk of time and recently starting eliminating some of the FODMAP foods as well. I would love to be able to take the Pinner test to get some answers about what other foods I am truly sensitive to. I am currently finishing my graduate degree and have been putting off doing the pinner (and similar testings) due to financial circumstances and restraints. I would LOVE and SO greatly appreciate the opportunity to take this test that would not only help me feel better, but make me happier knowing the sensitives that I have. I have been following your instagram and blog for awhile now and so dearly look forward to the wonderful posts, advice/insight, and recipes you share. Truly one of my favorites!

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    Kelsey
    December 9, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    I’ve had stomach issues for years, and recently went on the FODMAP diet. It’s definitely hard to follow, but it’s been easier than other diets most doctors have suggested. The hardest part for me is still eating healthy. For example the vegetables that I DO like, are the ones that I’m supposed to avoid. Kate Scarlata is a great resource!
    I would be careful with any tests that are based on allergy intolerance (rather than allergies). You may know this, but sometimes our antibodies are more present not due to an intolerance, but the opposite effect. Just take it with a grain of salt. Eliminate the food, but if you aren’t noticing any issues, bring it back to your diet. This is a really great article breaking it down: https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/igg-food-intolerance-tests-what-does-the-science-say/

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    Erica F
    December 9, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Hi Rachael!
    A Pinnertest would be so helpful for me right now (and I would get one for myself if I could throw down that kind of money right now). In 2012 I was diagnosed with gastroparesis (basically, my stomach muscles don’t work properly so my food takes forever to digest). Because of that I’ve been on the Low FODMAP diet for a few years now, and although the diet helped control my systems for a while, lately they’ve been popping back up and I’ve been super uncomfortably bloated (I feel your pain with that) and nauseous and I’ve also felt super fatigued. It’s really frustrating thinking you’re doing everything right but still feeling sick all the time! So anyway a Pinnertest would really help me to see if any of my intolerances have changed since I started Low FODMAP so maybe I can adjust accordingly and start to feel better. Thanks!

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    Sierra
    December 9, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience!! I would love to take the Pinnertest because I’m so tired of playing the what if game with foods. I have struggled with IBS/stomach pains for years and I’m determined to not have to take medicine for life in order to avoid the pains of chronic IBS. A gastroenterologist suggested a colonoscopy but after being called the day before for my $3500 payment for the anaesthesia and facility fee I was forced to cancel (my young age makes this a diagnostic procedure so it’s billed at a higher cost). I would love to see how I can naturally alleviate these symptoms through knowing what my food intolerances are!

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    Cassandra Western
    December 9, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Sounds like I might be in the same boat as many other people! I have been having a lot of tummy aches and bloating along with a new diagnosis of IBS. I have looked into the pinner test a few time I’d really love to do one but don’t know if I could afford it. I would love a chance to win one so I can finally see what is causeing all of these problems.

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    Bekah
    December 9, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Hi!
    I have been wanting to get some food intolerance testing done for a while. I’ve read a lot about the pinnertest in general and love the simplicity of it.
    I became aware that I have food intolerances once i got married and began to realize my body had some weird reactions to foods that my husbands body did not reciprocate. I have narrowed done a few intolerances but know I have more, and have no clue where to start narrowing down.

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    Megan Zendejas
    December 9, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    I have dealt with stomach issues my entire life, as well as my mother and grandmother. I’ve seen how they have gotten worse for them as they have gotten older so I want to figure mine out now! This test would help me clear up some confusion. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Vit
    December 9, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    I’d love to receive this test! I’ve been experiencing weird food allergy and food intolerance symptoms and I’d love to get to the bottom of this!

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    Allie D
    December 9, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    I have so many digestive issues along with irregular acne and energy levels. I’ve struggled with these things as long as I can remember and have tried all the crazy diets in the book but am left empty handed with no answers. I feel like this would change my life providing me with some clarity so I can start living my best life!!!

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    Kacie Van Stiphout
    December 9, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I think winning the pinnertest would be the best Christmas present ever! My 20th birthday is Christmas morning, and although it sounds weird, I have been dying to get my hands on this test to figure out what’s going wrong! When I eat gluten or soy (although I do not have Celiac disease) I get a very firm and bloated stomach. Often times I have a migraine for days and am unable to go to the restroom (sorry, tmi) the worst it’s been was two weeks of all the symptoms combined. It’s so uncomfortable and not knowing what the true culprit is, is honestly so annoying. I’m not sure what to eliminate when I eat or when I meet my friends for lunch/dinner. Some of my favorite foods; sweet potato, gf oatmeal, beets, etc. could be the reason and I eat those things almost every day! It would be an amazing 20th birthday gift to figure out what is going on!

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    Caitlin
    December 9, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    I’ve dealt with stomach issues for as long as I can remember and have tried everything. I would love to try Pinnertest in hopes of finding some answers!

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    Karolina Puchalski
    December 9, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    similarly to you, I lead a mostly plant-based lifestyle, but my digestive issues are still prominent. It’s so hard to explain to others who seem to be able to eat anything without a problem, yet as someone who consciously tries to regulate these problems, the problems can still get the best of us. I completely understand your frustration with eating real, good food, yet still having stomachaches so painful they just want to make you want to cry. I hope that the Pinnertest would be able to clear up a few of those questions I have. I’m sorry you didn’t get the results you wanted, hopefully you don’t have to do FODMAP but if you do I hope you get more clear-cut answers on what is causing your pain! Thank you for opening up about your experience : )

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    Gena Carpentier
    December 9, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Hi Rachael!

    I love your website. I have symptoms very similar to the ones you describe. A year ago in my boyfriends birthday we went out to dinner. My stomach hurt so badly afterwards that I was curled in a ball on the hotel room bed and we ended up being unable to go out for the night for his birthday. I felt awful. This is not the only time my stomach issues made me cry and miss out on other experiences. I have had a colonoscopy (TMI) and everything looked normal. I was bummed too – I was expecting a little confirmation of my stomach problems. I eat a normal diet. I’m just sad that I have no answers. I’m constantly fatigued and it’s so hard being that way while in grad school! I’m studying a health field as well. I just want some answers.

    Thanks for reading this Rachael! I love your insta and blog and have made so many recipes

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    McKenna Johnson
    December 9, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    It would be an absolute honor to be selected for the Pinner Test! I’m currently a sophomore in college and I have always had an appreciation for caring for my body. I’ve always strived to live a healthy and active lifestyle and the science behind our body’s wellness is amazing. This summer out of the blue I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and I’ve had to completely change the way I live my life. I hope to receive the Pinner Test in order to discover extractly what foods I should be nourishing my body with. I intend to live a long and healthy life and I hope that by discovering my intolerances I can just that. Thank you for your consideration and for everything that this blog helps me to do:)

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    Elizabeth
    December 9, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    I’d love to win! My stomach issues are always around, I’m bloated quite often, and my body knows those sharp stomach pains all too well. I desperately hope and wish to figure it out to feel better! xoxo

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    Emily
    December 9, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    I would love to receive a pinnertest! I feel like your story describes my journey with gut discomfort! I have seen numerous doctors and the best I’ve been given is IBS or avoid dairy! Would love to know what it really is!!

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    Nicole Bueno
    December 9, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    I have the same cramping, painful stomached you were talking about that make you cry from the pressure. I eliminated cow’s milk years ago from my diet and have tried eliminating meat, grains, etc and am now especially mindful of gut-boosting foods, but I still occasionally get these horrible stomach pains. I would love to be able to figure out what is causing these. Like you said, it’s so frustrating to have digestive issues when you eat a balanced, healthy diet.

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    Jen
    December 9, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing your personal story. I am dealing with a lot of the same symptoms– worst of them is the painful bloating. I would love to know what foods I have an intolerance too. I have already given up the main offenders- gluten, dairy, soy- but at curious as to what others are bothering me since my problems seem to be getting worse!
    Thank you again for your honesty! I hope you gets some answers soon!

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    Stephanie Solomon
    December 9, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Hi Rachael! I am in the same boat if considering the low fodmap diet. I am also a registered dietitian and I love all of the foods on the high fodmap list:( I have been struggling with IBS like symptoms for years. It has not been severe enough to warrant hospital treatment, however it is extremely uncomfortable and embarrassing. I also have not seen a GI as I feel they would just advise I follow a low fiber diet, elimination diet, and/or log my intake. I have tried fodmap in the past (probably not 100%) and it did seem to help. I have seen this pinned test on instagram and would love to test for any food intolerances!!! I just want to feel like me again!!!

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    Tracy Dobie
    December 9, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    I would LOVE to take this test! I’ve had digestive issues my whole life, and things came to a head last year. I was working to finish my dissertation and get a job, so I was under a lot of stress, which just exacerbated all my symptoms. I could barely eat anything without feeling sick. I started an elimination diet last April and have been working through it, slowly but surely, since then. I’ve discovered some things that bother me, but it’s still really difficult. Sometimes I get inexplicably bloated after eating or my body somehow gets stuck in a place where things aren’t moving through properly, and I can’t figure out why. I’m trying to be patient and just take as much time as I need to work through the process and identify my intolerances, but it certainly isn’t easy. I’ve contemplated doing the Pinnertest before, but having been a graduate student for 6 years, the price is a bit prohibitive. It would be such a wonderful holiday gift to win the test and finally get some answers about my intolerances! Thanks so much for this opportunity.

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    Tracy D
    December 9, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    I would LOVE to take this test! I’ve had digestive issues my whole life, and things came to a head last year. I was working to finish my dissertation and get a job, so I was under a lot of stress, which just exacerbated all my symptoms. I could barely eat anything without feeling sick. I started an elimination diet last April and have been working through it, slowly but surely, since then. I’ve discovered some things that bother me, but it’s still really difficult. Sometimes I get inexplicably bloated after eating or my body somehow gets stuck in a place where things aren’t moving through properly, and I can’t figure out why. I’m trying to be patient and just take as much time as I need to work through the process and identify my intolerances, but it certainly isn’t easy. I’ve contemplated doing the Pinnertest before, but having been a graduate student for 6 years, the price is a bit prohibitive. It would be such a wonderful holiday gift to win the test and finally get some answers about my intolerances! Thanks so much for this opportunity.

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    Kathryn MacLean
    December 9, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    I’d love to take this since over the past few years Ive noticed more and more heartburn and digestion issues. Many have improved once I removed gluten and I’ve backed way off of dairy, but there must be something else since I’m still having problems!

    For the fodmap diet, I would think about buying the book ‘the complete low fodmap diet’ by Sue Shepard and Peter Gibson if you don’t already have it. They’re the creators of the diet. They also have an app for I think $7 that might make things easier. I haven’t tried the diet (or app) but I got my book off of helm publishing so I could buy the online test and get some CEUs too!

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    Lindsey Morse
    December 9, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    So weird because I have the same problem with beans! I’m willing to bet that I’m intolerant to legumes and cruciferious vegetables! I seem to have problems with Brussels, broccoli and cabbage… sometimes even kale and it seriously sucks!! But entering this because I’m dying to know what exactly I could be intolerant to because I try to eat so well and I still have the worst stomach issues with gas/bloating and literal just pain. I’ve tried to go to the gastro doctor but they haven’t once asked about my diet (not surprised honestly) and just have done so many tests that lead to nothing. Trusting you that this is a legit test knowing you’re an RDN now! Currently during my internship right now and am broke so can’t really afford to pay 500 dollars for this test BUT it would be super beneficial for my problems! Much love my gal, can’t wait to follow along if you try the FODMAP diet because I’ve tried to do the same! xoxo

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    Megan graham
    December 9, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    I recently discovered I have a gluten intolerance my skin has improved greatly however I still have digestive problems and my stomach is always bloating mostly after eating in the evening. Would love to get my body healthy and strong and get to the root cause. 🙂 -Megan

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    Haley
    December 9, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    I have very similar issues as you Rachael. Growing up, I always had indigestion and discomfort. Then my sophomore year of high school, I came back from a family vacation in Punta Cana with helicobacter pylori, and since then, my issues have worsened. I have tried many different diets (meaning cutting certain foods/food groups out) and I still cannot solve my issues. I’m constantly bloated, have indigestion, and overall, very uncomfortable. I never want to go out to eat with family and friends because I know my stomach will hurt afterwards, undoubtedly. My stomach issues are affecting more than just how I feel, it’s affecting my moods and my social life. I eat a very clean diet, mainly fruits, vegetables, and fish (and of course, nut butter because that is so good!) but I am still baffled by the issues that I have with such a clean diet. I wake up bloated and my stomach feels like it’s burning, not an ideal way to start each day. My stomach issues are making me feel sluggish lately and I’m having little desire to do the things I love. I have been to doctors and nutritionists in the past years, have tried many many different things, and still cannot figure out what is going on. I’m currently seeing a gastroenterologist, who is going to do an endoscopy on me. I’m nervous though, because doctors sometimes just give you medications and antibiotics to cure issues, but I would love to do this all through diet and nutrition. This test would give me more insight into foods I should try to keep out of my diet and perhaps would ease some of my discomfort and distention. Anyway, I hope we can both figure out what is going on; it’s bizarre how we still have such issues on clean diets. But on a positive side, this will definitely help us in our future careers by having personal experiences with stomach issues! Wishing you the best of luck in solving your discomforts.

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    Megan Graham
    December 9, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    I recently diagnosed myself with a gluten intolerance. My skin has improved greatly since doing so. However I still have digestive problems and my stomach is always bloated after eating i the evening especially. Would love to get my body healthy and strong and find the root cause of the problem. -Megan 🙂

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    Lyndsay
    December 9, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    I would LOVE to find out what my body is intolerant to. I experience random digestive issues and know I have to be intolerant to certain things. It would be amazing to be to try a Pinnertest.

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    Lori
    December 9, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    I actually pray you pick me for this winning test. I would give to my husband who is in desperate need of a miracle and close to giving up on life. Among other health issues he has crohnes disease.for almost 10 years now. Currently nothing manages it and it has affected his quality of life. In fact it is ruining our families entire life. He spends everyday in agony with intense pain, bleeding nausea and bleeding and 75% of his days in tears. His only escape is medicated sleep. The drs don’t even seem to care much anymore and just increase his meds even when we say they are making him worse. My gut tells me the worsening it’s food and diet related.as.well.his emotional.state.from.being sick so long and his dad recently dying. We can’t afford this test even though we prob both need it. Plz pick us so we can maybe save his life. Thank you..

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    Leigh
    December 9, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    I have had these same symptoms for as long as I can remember. I just started trying the FODMAP diet and it actually has helped a bit! I would love to get resolution to my bloating and stomach aches and be able to get to the bottom of this! I also want to educate others in nutrition one day and i think this would be a great way to learn more about food intolerances.

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    Bailee
    December 10, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Hey RGE 🙂

    The reason I’d like to take the Pinnertest is 1) because I experience bloating often and it’s usually pretty painful and 2) my skin. There have been a few times I’ve had such intense pressure in my gut that I couldn’t do anything but double over and cry. I began taking a daily probiotic, as well as consuming kombucha every chance I get, and including ginger and turmeric in most things I eat or drink. Ginger for the uncomfortable tummy, turmeric for potential gut inflammation. I haven’t been able to pinpoint what could be the cause and unfortunately I deal with this a few times a week. I am interested to learn my food intolerances because I have a hunch I may be intolerant to corn products, but removing corn products from my diet has not caused it to ease up so it has to be something else (either additionally or entirely). I have struggled with acne since I was a pre-teen, and now at 25, I was finally beginning to make some progress since I have implemented a skincare routine with CLEAN ingredients and stuck to it for a long time. In recent months, I have chosen to stop the use of birth control pills to give my hormones a chance to regulate on their own, and my skin hasn’t been too pleased with that decision so far. I eat pretty clean, so I’m curious if perhaps a food intolerance even to a “clean, whole food” could be at the root of my skin issues. I’d love to win the Pinnertest to finally see what I need to eliminate from my diet to take care of my skin and belly issues!! I have been wanting it for a few months since I initially heard about it, but as a full-time college student and intern, it doesn’t even begin to fit in my budget.

    If you read all this, thank you lol

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    Heather
    December 10, 2016 at 12:08 am

    this is so interesting! i’d love to try this test because like you, i have frequent digestive woes and have not been able to pinpoint any particular triggers. i’d really like to get my system working smoothly…i’m also interested in how dietary changes my affect my running (for the better!)

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    Brittany Reynolds
    December 10, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Hi Rachel! I have been looking froward to hearing your results! I am sorry to hear they were not as conclusive as you hoped for. I have considered the FODMAPs diet myself. But like you ugh that would stink! And I feel like I eat so good and eliminate so much as it is, it’s like what’s left eat with that! I have had my eye on this pinner test for awhile now I just can’t get myself to spend that kind of money on it right now. I have been dealing with infertility for going on 5years. Recently been working with an acupuncturist and have stuck with a mostly plant based diet fertility diet for almost 2 years now. I just did a bloodwork up and found I have a little hypothyroidism which can hurt fertility. When I did this work up same time last year my thyroid was perfect. So I think this may possibly be something Im doing in my diet causing inflammation. My adrenals also weren’t great which could possibly be an intolerance to coffee :(. I do not want to get on synthetic drugs and mask the root of the problem. I would like to believe I can heal myself through food. This test would help so much to know what or if I am eating something normally healthy in my diet often that is leading to inflammation.

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      Rachael Devaux
      December 19, 2016 at 6:33 am

      Brittany, YOU WIN!!!!!! Please email me at rachaelsgoodeats@gmail.com with your name and address 🙂

      Have a great week ahead!

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    Alicia
    December 10, 2016 at 12:20 am

    I’ve had food intolerance issues for years. I have done every allergy test imaginable and my own elimination diet with the help of my doctor. I would like to take the pinnertest to finally have concrete results on what food are still causeing me issues. One day I would like to finally feel okay again and have less anxiety and fear when it comes to food and I think this test could help that.

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    Alli Wells
    December 10, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Hi Rachel! Thanks so much for offering this giveaway! I would love to be able to take the Pinnertest! A couple of months ago I was hospitalized with an extremely high heart rate, they ran tests and found that my heart was totally fine, and told me it was an underlying issue causing my heart rate to increase. I have read that celiac disease could be the culprit, also pointing to my unintentional weight loss and miscarriages. I’ve been following a strict paleo diet and it has worked wonders for my heart issues for the most part, however I still have symptoms every now and then. I would love to feel 100% and be able to play with my sweet son and not worry about my health problems. I think the Pinnertest would be a step in that direction.

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    Willow Burnes
    December 10, 2016 at 12:37 am

    I would love to take this test because I have very little money right now (college student and recent family trauma) but I get awful bloating and cramps sometimes that are so painful I just roll up into a blanket like a burrito. I have some suspicions on what in my diet is causing it, but I can’t tell for sure. I need to figure this out and get my gut on track!

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    Antonya
    December 10, 2016 at 1:58 am

    I would be interested in taking this test and have been looking into it because I have been dealing with stomach aches and headaches as well as… constipation (can I say that in the comments?) And I am a firm believer it is food related and I believe that the test is the only way for me to get an answer. I have tried the elimination method to try to figure out what it is, but I am not quite sure yet.

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    Haley Schoettelkotte
    December 10, 2016 at 3:22 am

    I would love to take a pinnertest to make sure that I am constantly fueling my body with foods that are comfortable for MY body to digest. Because everyones bodies are so different I’d love to know what foods my body doesn’t react well to so I can treat it right.(:

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    Jennifer Jess
    December 10, 2016 at 3:34 am

    A little under a year ago I went to the allergist and found out I am allergic to wheat, dairy, peas and beef. Beef was actually my worst allergy, which I never would have guessed. I elimated these foods, but still experience stomach problems sometimes and cannot pin point the exact food causes. This test would help me to figure out what other foods are causing my issues and hopefully rid my stomach of it’s discomfort. Before I found out about my food allergies I experienced many of the same symptoms you did and sometimes would end up lying in a ball for hours because my stomach pain after eating was so bad! Eliminating the foods I listed earlier have helped a lot, but I am not all the way there yet and would love to get completely better. I am recent college graduate and am off to medical school soon so I could not afford this test on my own.

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    Korryn
    December 10, 2016 at 4:01 am

    I’m wanting to try Pinnertest because I’ve been realizing that listening to your body is so important, thanks to you and my other favorite foodie bloggers! I love being encouraged by you guys on a daily basis to take care of my body and nourish it right.

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    Samantha Leshinsky
    December 10, 2016 at 4:19 am

    I am a junior health studies major and living in my sorority house for some reason has brought out a lot of food intolerances that I had no prior knowledge about and am in constant discomfort because of it. I am supposed to study abroad in Barcelona next semester (leaving in a month from today actually lol) but my mom is super duper hesitant to send me because of everything that has been going on and how it has been affecting my overall relationship with food in general. Getting the chance to take this test would be absolutely amazing and would guarantee my mom some relief and hopefully her acceptance of me studying abroad and getting to enjoy the experience of a lifetime, while helping my noisy, unhappy gut return to it’s happy self. Thanks so much for even the chance and the constant insta/snap motivation during this hard time!<3

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    Natalie
    December 10, 2016 at 4:51 am

    I literally feel the exact same way that you described in your blog post almost everyday. it’s kind of relieving to hear someone else going through the same problem as me so i don’t feel like i’m this crazy abnormality. i eat very heathly and most of the food that i consume is plant based. i’ve been lactose intolerant since my teens but it really started affecting me within the past two years so now i rarely ever eat anything with dairy in it only occasionally pastries but i’ll still take lactaid pills. I’ve also been a vegetarian for the past year and a half and i’m allergic to fish so most of the food i eat is basically vegetables fruits grains and nuts/nutbutters. which is why i’m so confused as to why these past three months i get the worst stomach cramps and bloating to the extreme. i’ve found a few trigger foods that are especially hard on my stomach which are chickpeas, cauliflower, broccoli and brussel sprouts. which is so sad because i love all those foods. i actually spoke to my doctor about this and he prescribed me some medicine to take for two weeks which is starting now so i hope this can help fix the problem. if it doesn’t work though i would love to know more about my intolerances which is why i think the pinnertest would be so helpful.

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    Florence Ng
    December 10, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Oh gosh, I would be so HAPPY to win this test because…I recovered from anorexia 8 years ago. These past 2 years have been horrible for me digestive wise, and my diet has been limited to plain bread, raw carrots, and peanut butter. If I eat anything heavy, delicious, or nourishing (oddly enough), I end up with cramps, pains, and diarrhea. Not fun. I would LOVE to know what my body can and cannot handle so I can just get on with me life…

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    Laura
    December 10, 2016 at 5:00 am

    I as well have random stomach aches and have not been able to find the cause of them. Over the past year I have “cleaned up” my diet which has seemed to help, but I would love to pinpoint the exact food intolerances that I have!

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    Tory
    December 10, 2016 at 5:02 am

    Ever since I was little I’ve had stomach problems. Like so bad that in middle school I missed almost half of the year due to aches. As me and my family began eating a more whole diet they died down but it’s something I still struggle with I now personally eat at least 70% whole/raw foods only and sometimes I still get so bloated and uncomfortable all I wanna do is sleep in a little ball! I had no clue there were such tests as I was trying to do it all like holistically (with loads of help from @lilsipper! I think you should check her out!) I defiantly wouldn’t spend 500$ on it but it would be so helpful to try out!

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    Madelyn
    December 10, 2016 at 5:08 am

    This test is truly revolutionary. Never has conventional medicine been able to diagnose intolerances — only allergies. As someone who follows holistic medicine and has struggled with gut health for over a decade, I have been itching to order one for myself! Your body is only as healthy as the foods you put in it, and proper nourishment starts with knowing what’s best for your body!!

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    Molly
    December 10, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Hey Rachael! I have experienced really bad bloating and stomach problems off and on for years, but never thought of it as an intolerance, rather overeating etc. Over the last 3 months, however I’ve been dealing with painful swelling, discomfort & other random symptoms in my throat and on my tongue. It seems to be a lot worse after I eat and drink random foods, but I can’t pin point them exactly. I would love the chance to try the pinner test in an attempt to diagnose a possible
    Intolerance because the four doctors I’ve seen can’t seem to figure out what’s wrong!! Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win one & I’m so glad it was able to help you!

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    Ashley
    December 10, 2016 at 5:46 am

    I’d love to be able to fine tune my diet specifically for my body and genetics:)

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    Clarissa
    December 10, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Hi Rachel!

    I would really love to try the Pinner test because I was diagnosed with SIBO earlier this year and have been following low FODMAPS since January. It is a very difficult diet to follow, though I think I do recommend it for a period of time if you are serious about getting to your root cause. The first ten days involved a lot of crying, though, just to warn you ;). I am *hopefully* almost out of the woods with SIBO, but I am supposed to be reintroducing foods now and I’m really struggling to pinpoint what is bothering me. It is SO hard to test foods one at a time (and all I want is to eat Siggi’s or Purely Elizabeth without worrying!). I’d love to have some peace of mind when it comes to what I’m intolerant to.

    I hope you get to the root of your digestive issues, and I’d love to talk with you about the FODMAPS diet any time if you’re interested!

    XOXO

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    Courtney Kidwell
    December 10, 2016 at 6:42 am

    So for a while now, my body has been so confusing as to what I may be intolerant to and why I am feeling poorly sometimes and others not. A while ago I tried a straight up elimination diet of inflammatory foods (I eliminated dairy, gluten, and caffeine from my diet-such a hard thing to do as those were very prevalent in my diet) and saw some success and felt better as I limited my intake. Fast forward, I have learned so much about nutrition and gut health after expieriencing severe migranes and constant (and I mean constant) urinary pain. It is so true that our gut does so many things for our body. I would really love to be able to get down to the root of the issue to really feed the good bacteria in my gut and eliminate the bad so that I don’t continue to have this pain. I could go on but I don’t want to write a small novel lol

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    Stephanie
    December 10, 2016 at 7:58 am

    I’ve been wanting to try this test for awhile now. I had an eating disorder a few years ago, and ever since have had digestion and food intolerance issues. I’ve never been able to fully pinpoint which foods are triggers, as symptoms can take awhile to present themselves. I’ve thought about doing an elimination diet but also don’t know if that would be the best for me, given my past, which is why the pinner test had been such an intriguing option.

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    Debbie K
    December 10, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I would love to receive a pinnertest! In the past year, I’ve had allergic reactions to foods, and I’m not sure what caused it. I have recently started seeing a doctor who suggested I avoid dairy. I would love to know what other triggers I should avoid.

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    Amy Frank
    December 10, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you so much for offering this giveaway! I would love to try one of these babies! I have a 10 month old and just found out we have another on the way a little over 2 months ago. Between being pregnant, breastfeeding, hormones and all that jazz my body has barely been itself. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining ONE bit, however taking a test like this would help me achieve the clarity I have been looking for with all of the craziness going on with my body over the past 2 years. Happy Holidays & LOVE your blog!❤️

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    Karen
    December 10, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I’d love to try the test due to how regularly I become bloated after eating a meal. I’ve tried components of an elimination diet, but I agree with you, I hate the thought of eliminating some of my favorite foods!

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    Sheila Fossi
    December 10, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I’m a college student with a love of good food and a healthy lifestyle. My parents raised me with an appreciation of whole foods and I base my diet off of eating what makes me feel good. For the last few months I’ve really gotten into learning about gut health and connecting nutrition with more than just maintaining a healthy weight, and looking at my skin, energy levels etc. Still, with all of my health conscious decisions and balanced lifestyle my digestion is throwing me off!!!! I recently went through extensive allergy tests at one of Boston’s Allergy Specialists, and now I’m ready to find out what I am intolerant to. The pinnertest would be so awesome to try!

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    Jasmine Asadi
    December 10, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    I would love to understand what’s going on with my body for myself! Sometimes it’s difficult going to the doctor or getting advice from the Internet when wanting to find out why our body reacts to certain foods. Having this test would give me the control to know what my body is intolerant of and give me the direction on how to truly take care of it.
    In my opinion, these types of tests should be offered by our healthcare providers for free! It’s so important to understand what our unique body likes and doesn’t like.

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    Sara
    December 10, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I would love to receive the Pinnertest giveaway. I have been experiencing similar symptoms to yours for years now and they are disrupting my life. I have constant pain, bloating, gas, constipation, and am nauseous every night and morning, yet I eat a very healthy plant-based and lean meat-based diet. In fact, your Instagram is a huge inspiration to me in terms of food I cook and recipes I try out. I already cut out gluten and dairy a year ago which helped for a bit and now I’m back to square one. It’s so frustrating for me because I don’t know WHAT it is that’s causing all of this discomfort and if there maybe is some food intolerance culprit that I just don’t know about. I am an actress/singer (or trying to be), and these stomach issues really get in the way of my ability to audition, perform, and feel strong and confident. As a recent college graduate, I would have trouble paying for the Pinnertest, but I know it’s what I need on the next step toward gut health and trying to feel better. I have gone to doctors in the past who have just told me I have “IBS” and prescribed me unnecessary drugs and I really want to avoid that if necessary. I sincerely hope you can help!

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    Laura
    December 10, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Currently I am a long distance Track and Cross Country runner in high school. My dream is to run in college (and I have had about 5 offers from schools!) and to be a nutritionist. Being able to take the Pinnertest would be so impactful in both of those areas. Fueling for running and studying is a serious matter and I want/need to do it right! Plus my 18th birthday is December 15th so it would be the BEST present ever! My current favorite food is butternut squash, and my consumption has literally turned me orange! I haven’t been able to find any studies saying that this is necessarily a bad thing, but this test would let me know if my favorite food is setting me back physically! Happy Holidays and I hope your diet transitions go smoothly!

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    elise
    December 10, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    i would love to take this test as i did one similar about 8 years ago. at the time the information was good but over 15 things showed up and i was not in the right state of mind to remove all of those things, it was completely overwhelming. over the past two years i’ve removed all dairy & eggs from my diet and have noticed a difference but i’m still not 100%. it’d be interesting to compare these results to those from my last test to see what has changed. i also feel that i’m in a better state & could actually remove the intolerant foods to see how they impact me. thanks for sharing your experiences!

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    Tori
    December 10, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Hi Rachel!
    I’ve been following your feed for quite some time now and I love it! I am very interested in figuring out what my food intolerances are. It seems like the healthier I eat, the more I bloat. I’ve noticed that when I eat very fibrous foods at night, I get so bloated, my stomach feels hard as a rock and makes noises, to the point where I get anxiety when I go out at night in fear of not feeling well. With that being said, I know that my stomach issues can sometimes be very strongly tied to my emotions, so it’s hard figuring out what it is exactly that’s causing them. I’ve tried probiotics and while they help, I still can’t shake the indigestion at night. I went to my doctor and she basically told me I may be a little “IBS-y,” which was no help at all. Whenever I try to research my symptoms, I go from thinking I could be gluten intolerant to wondering if I have something seriously wrong with my colon. It’s frustrating being someone that puts so much effort into eating well and treating my body with respect, but feels sick all the time when the people around me eat like crap and feel fine! I eat mostly plant-based, if I eat meat it’s organic chicken and I never eat red meat or pork. I’ve looked into purchasing the Pinner test, but it’s just too expensive and I would love to be able to try it. At this point, I’d be willing to eliminate anything that made this life-controlling discomfort disappear! Thanks for reading!

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    Jessica Albavera
    December 10, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    I would love to take the pinnertest and figure out any intolerances so that I can fuel my body in the right way so that I can perform to my best ability. Recently the inflammation in my knees has been acting up. I take collagen daily and it doesn’t seem to be helping. Although I eat wholesome foods, clearly something’s up and I want to get to the bottom of it!

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    Des Drentlaw
    December 10, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I have stomach aches all the time and eat a very healthy, mostly organic diet. I am unsure what causes the random inflammation, gas and bloating. I’ve reduced sugar and processed foods and thought that would help but still have some stomach pains. I would love to take this test!!

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    Nikki pappalardo
    December 10, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Hiii! I have been dealing with digestion issues for years. Due to a past eating disorder and wrecking my hormones, it has been so hard to figure out what now is causing my indigestion issues. I don’t eat dairy or gluten, and I try so hard to follow a healthy clean diet, but I still get excruciating stomach pains. I would love to take the pinner test to at least gain knowledge on any intolerance I have so I can maybe go through a week with no pain!

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    Hayley
    December 10, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Rachel,
    I totally agree that it’s so frustrating to have symptoms despite eating a clean diet! I was diagnosed with celiac disease 8 years ago and learned that I have a dairy allergy 2 years ago. I always had health issues, weight issues as a result, and never knew and why I was depressed. I learned that taking care of yourself through diet and supplement changes everything. I know it’s hard, but I eat gluten and dairy free daily, and focus on enzymes. Recently, I developed IBS symptoms that were so bad I would be in tears. I was constantly bloated and having stomach aches. I didn’t know why. And then I discovered the low FODMAP diet and taking herbal remedies and it has helped. I would say try the FODMAP diet! Sometimes, we just need extra TLC and are forced to get to the bottom of the issue. I believe a food sensitivity test would help me to make sure I don’t inflame my already sensitive, auto-immune disordered digestive tract with foods my body doesn’t like! As a college student, it would be amazing to be able to afford the Pinnertest.

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    Natalie
    December 10, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I literally feel the exact same way that you described in your blog post almost everyday. it’s kind of relieving to hear someone else going through the same problem as me so i don’t feel like i’m this crazy abnormality. i eat very heathly and most of the food that i consume is plant based. i’ve been lactose intolerant since my teens but it really started affecting me within the past two years so now i rarely ever eat anything with dairy in it only occasionally pastries but i’ll still take lactaid pills. I’ve also been a vegetarian for the past year and a half and i’m allergic to fish so most of the food i eat is basically vegetables fruits grains and nuts/nutbutters. which is why i’m so confused as to why these past three months i get the worst stomach cramps and bloating to the extreme. i’ve found a few trigger foods that are especially hard on my stomach which are chickpeas, cauliflower, broccoli and brussel sprouts. which is so sad because i love all those foods. i actually spoke to my doctor about this and he prescribed me some medicine to take for two weeks which is starting now so i hope this can help fix the problem. if it doesn’t work though i would love to know more about my intolerances which is why i think the pinnertest would be so helpful.

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    Lexi
    December 10, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I already know I am lactose intolerant, so I avoid it 99% of the time. However, even when I avoid lactose and don’t have any form of dairy what-so-ever, I still get super bloated to the point where it looks like I am three months pregnant. I have been dying to figure out what’s wrong with me because it comes to the point where I am so bloated, and uncomfortable that my clothes get too snug and the only things I can wear are elastic waist bands. Pinnertest would seriously be a life savior.

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    Olivia Tavernier
    December 10, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Hi! Love this post and you! I actually just DMed you about this test because I have been wanting to take it forever but am concerned with the cost. I have delt with an eating disorder for about 5 years and it is impacted me so much. As a college student I am finally turning myself around to make my life better again and I think this test would be huge for my recovery. I have been trying to recover and I often get terrible gas pains, indigestion, and bloating and it makes the process very difficult. I would love to know what is causing this and make sure I am eating the best foods for my body! I hope you pick me and I hope you get to the bottom of your gut issues! Thanks for being you, you rock ?

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    Siobhan
    December 10, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    I would love to win this giveaway because I too am struggling with very similar issues and feel like I have tried so many things as well. I have a severe dairy allergy so I don’t do dairy, I stopped eating meat and gluten about 6-8 years ago and definitely feel better without the gluten, but I continue to have stomach bloating and gas on a regular basis and it’s uncomfortable and frustrating! I have tried the low FODMAP diet but it is extremely restricted and hard to follow if you ever want to eat out again. So I finally turned to a GI specialist and basically he said I could have an overgrowth of bacteria in my gut causing the bloating and gas and that no matter what I eat I will have problems until I fix this. Well the tests to see if I have an overgrowth are too expensive and my insurance isn’t covering much so I am kind of at a standstill and not sure where to go, but if I win this giveaway I can find out what is really triggering my body and removing those foods would hopefully remove the gas and bloating, acne I still have at 29, and joint pain!

    Thank you for telling your story, I can relate in so many ways!

    Thank you
    Siobhan

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    Caitlin Smith
    December 10, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I would love to take this test because for as long as I can remember I have struggled with the symptoms of having a food intolerance, especially bloating, painful stomach cramping, joint pain, and skin breakouts which I experience daily. These symptoms really affect my day to day life and are not getting any better. I have done my best to eliminate foods I think make my issues worse, including totally eliminating wheat and dairy, but nothing improves and I’m left feeling exhausted and hopeless. I would love to be able to have some freedom with my diet instead of agonizing over what to eat in fear that what I eat is going to make me feel awful. I feel this test and its results would greatly improve my wellbeing and allow me to move forward in my recovery from an eating disorder, trauma, and loss I experienced this year. I am 20 years old and I would love to start living my life to the fullest, without the dibilitating symptoms and anxiety. Thank you for offering the giveaway Rachael, and best of luck in your health journey.

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    Elisa Tactuk
    December 10, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Reading this post is like preaching to the choir. As a kid, I never remember having issues with food (granted I was a chubby happy child lol), but after getting older, by the time college came around I noticed symptoms similar to yours. With the years, they’ve definitely become more and more noticeable and about two years ago the pains I was experiencing were so unbearable, it was obvious that they were out of the norm. I did go to the doctor and after an endoscopy discovered I had gastritis. I went through the process of taking strong meds for nearly a month to get rid of the bacteria and it worked. It was out of my system. In spite of this I still see symptoms nearly every day. I bloat like crazy and at times I can’t move of stomach pain. I have so much hesitance to go back to the doctor because I know I have food intolerances. But like you said, it’s crazy hard to pin point, given most of my meals consist of a hotchpotch of things. Getting the Pinnertest would honestly be life changing and it would come in perfect timing for the holidays and the fact that as much as I would love to get it on my own, I wouldn’t be able to.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share your story and make me feel I’m not alone :).

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    Ivy
    December 10, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    I am so happy you shared this! I would love to take this test because I have been struggling with stomach issues almost my entire life. When I found out I was lactose intolerant, I thought that would be the end of my problems, and then when I found out I had allergies/intolerances to several nuts, wheat, soy, chocolate, and corn, I thought removing these things would help me. However, I still struggle everyday with gas and bloating, SIBO and IBS-D. I have kept a food log for weeks but even if I eat the exact same thing two days in a row, my body will react completely different from one day to the next so I would love this test to know more of what I need to eliminate. The endless doctor appointments are frustrating and this test would definitely help me to learn what else I need to eliminate! Good luck on your journey!!

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    Katherine
    December 10, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I would absolutely love a chance to try out the pinner test. I have noticed such a difference day to day based on my food intake the day before, and sometimes feel awesome where other times feel sluggish and bloated. I’m so sure it has something to do with my diet and certain foods I eat, but it seems so overwhelming to try to narrow it down on my own! I think the pinner test would be extremely useful to figure out the foods I should try to avoid and see if this helps my problem.

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    Julia
    December 10, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I’ve always had a sensitive tummy. Ever since I can remember I would become uncomfotable and bloat after eating meals. I never really thought about changing my diet until my sister was diagnosed with lupus. My mom began doing research and found out about the “leaky gut” and her research resulted in the paleo autoimmune diet.
    When we started eating this way I felt great! I found myself having so much energy and I finally had confidence in my body. It has been well over a year since my family has instilled this lifestyle. I have incorperated some things into my diet (gluten free grains, eggs, soy) but every time I try to incorporate gluten, dairy, and even peanutbutter I suffer from cramping, bloating, headaches and indegestion.
    I am super interested to find out if I am infact intolerant to these foods or if my body is just not use to them. I try my best to have a balanced diet filled with probiotic and nutrient dense foods but still I find myself not feeling well after meals. I would love to see what I must keep out of my diet to feel my best!

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    Bri
    December 10, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Oh boy would I love to take this test since I’ve had horrible digestion issues even when eating a fairly clean wholesome diet. Your experience sounds very familiar to me as I’ve dealt with horrible abdominal bloating and pains and then of course inflammation issues with acne and acid reflux. Thank you so much for sharing your story, it helps to know I’m not alone ?

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    Rose
    December 10, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    After a recent ER visit on Thanksgiving for gastrointestinal pain, I’ve finally started to get a hold of my health & diet. It has been so great to find motivation from the wonderful health-minded babes on the net, but figuring out what works best for my body is still an adventure. 😛 I’m hoping the Pinnertest can help a girl out with taking larger strides in this journey!

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    Jennifer Mesite
    December 10, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I want to take this test because my stomach has been off since i began struggling with my eating disorder for 11 years now. I am doing well, but was diagnosed with lyme disease, which has affected my system significantly. My liver function is also off, going through tests to try and figure it out, but no luck. It causes a lot of stomach pain, and I think it’s triggered by certain foods, too. I can’t figure anything out and i’m just looking for answers, that after 11 years, I’m desperate to find.

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    Marisa Friedman
    December 10, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    I would love to take a food intolerance test for many reasons, mainly because I frequently experience discomfort after eating and want to know the cause! I have tried many elimination diets to target what is causing all the bloating, gas, pain, etc. but have had little luck. I think Pinnertest would be a huge help in finding what has been causing all my issues!

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    Nicole A
    December 10, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway! I have a lot of skin problems, and I think the Pinnertest will help me speed up the process of my elimination diet so that my skin can heal and I can feel good again.

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    SHELBY STASIK
    December 10, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Hey Rachael ! What an awesome post as always !! I would really be interested in trying out the pinned test because ife been having funky stomach issues and can’t seem to figure out what is causing it ! I would be so happy to win this giveaway and see what I am intolerant too ! I have tried eating differnt foods / eliminating some but I think the test would be a great way to know for sure ! Thank you for all the great information ! Hope you have a great day !!

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    Priya Patel
    December 10, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Hi!!!! My name is Priya and I have been looking into the pinners test for awhile now! I find it so intriguing that a simple prick can allow for so many tests to be done. For the past year, I have had such horrible digestive issues. It came to the point where I have stopped eating so much food & dropped so much weight that I became unhealthy looking. I have started eating more and I still deal with constant bloating and belly aches. The aches get so bad that it controls my night and I end up in a crunched up position. I currently can’t afford the test because my fiancé and I are getting married and I’m about to start nursing school, so money is a little tight right now! I would love to take the test and get more of an idea of what the culprits are to my bloating and pain, so I can work on making that better! Thanks for the opportunity to win the test!!

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    Kylinn Brenden
    December 10, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Hi Rachael!
    I have heard so much about Pinnertest and have dying to do it! I have psoriasis and have cut several things out of my diet in hopes of finding what is causing inflammation resulting in flares. If you know anyone who has psoriasis, it can be a huge a challenge to control! I also have digestion issues that have been super confusing! I have cut out eggs, dairy, processed foods (and many others) to see if it helps but my skin and digestion problems continue. AHH! It’s been months of trial and error but I know I’ll get there and hopefully find what is causing all of my trouble! I believe my diet can cure both of my problems and if I were tested for food intolerances, it may point to the sneaky culprit 😉 I have tried finding food intolerance testing in my area but have had no luck so Pinnertest would be the perfect alternative!
    Thank you!!
    XO.

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    Megan
    December 10, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    I find I have very low energy quite frequently, regardless of living a healthy and active lifestyle. I try to listen to my body when I wants to rest but that just seems to be more often than not. I also get headaches often. I have a hard time going through my daily life without getting a headache. Lastly, my immune system is weak. As I am about to embark on a career teaching high school math, I catch colds from my students often. I have always wondered if there are things I am eating that are wearing me down. I would love to take this test to see if there is anything I could change in my diet. A healthy gut means a healthy life! Thanks 🙂

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    Lia Goldberg
    December 10, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    I heard about the pinnertest from you and a few other bloggers and it immediately caught my attention. I am studying biology and health science in school right now and have a specific interest in nutrition and how it affects the body. I have a few digestive issues and full believe in the power of food to heal the body. I would love to see what in my own diet I can change to better improve myself and my health. Thank you!!

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    Lauren Driscoll
    December 11, 2016 at 12:12 am

    I’ve been dying to take this test because I have the most frustrating stomach out there. I’d love to pin point (pun intended) what foods I should truly be avoiding. As we approach a new year, I want to start on a clean plate and let my body heal itself with the right foods.

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    Danica Moore
    December 11, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Hi Rachael,
    I am a college student in the northeast, I ran cross country and track up until this past spring when I got mono and then had to have my tonsils removed. I’ve been having a lot of health/medical issues and had to quit cross country and track this year. I’m really interested in trying this test to see what I have an intolerance to, because I spend a lot of time in pain and have to miss out on certain events and spend a lot of time at the health clinic at school getting tested for different issues. I just think if I could get my diet set straight, maybe it would help my health in general.
    I appreciate you giving us this opportunity, I’m sure you understand the college students budget! Thank you! 🙂 -Danica

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    Ahmed Rawat
    December 11, 2016 at 12:30 am

    I’m a childhood cancer survivor. I’d like to win this test on order to test my food in tolerances and to determine exactly which foods have been causing issues. I get skin issues as well as other more major issues like chest wall distortions and more recently I’ve been experiencing recurring tonsil inflammation. This test will help me determine which issues are diet related and which are post-chemo side effects.

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    Lilly Hoskinson
    December 11, 2016 at 1:36 am

    I am Type 1 diabetic and have chronic. I’m just now starting to get my health back on track. Starting a clean eating diet starting to take supplements, completely starting over. I’ve always had problems like digestive issues and headaches and nausea, and I now think it may be because I’m intolerant to something. I’ve been homeschooled for almost a year now, and I’m finally starting back in public school and I’m scared that my digestive issues and everything are going to affect my school work and school day. So having this test would help to find out before I go back to fix what I need to. Thank You!☺️☺️☺️

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    Jillian
    December 11, 2016 at 3:53 am

    I would LOVE to try the pinner test. Over the past few years I have developed really bad excezema on my legs (that unfortunately keeps getting worse), year round seasonal allergies & arthritis in my hands (I’m only 27!). I’ve read a lot about the potential relationship between food intolerances and these symptoms, and have wanted to try food intolerance testing for quite sometime. I’m currently completing my dietetic internship & I’ve been in school for what seems like ages so I just haven’t had the money to do it. Would love to try this!!

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    Erin Lee
    December 11, 2016 at 4:58 am

    I’ve been hearing about the Pinnertest a lot these days and have really been wanting to try it, but can’t justify the cost right now. After the birth of my second child I’ve tried adjusting my diet to balance out my hormones. In my research, I’ve also been reading that joint pain can be a symptom of a food intolerance. For years now I have had this hip pain that doctors can’t seem to explain and it’s got me wondering if it could be something I’m eating. Maybe I’m a geek, but these kinds of things are so interesting!

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    Jewel Soon
    December 11, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience, Rachael! I appreciate the info and advice. Like you, I have had tummy issues for years and have seen a doctor and allergist about it, but unfortunately have not been able to pinpoint the cause. I was suggested to try the elimination diet and keep a food journal to track symptoms. I have not yet tried a complete elimination diet, but as I have been journaling it seems like I get uncomfortable symptoms after every meal even if it is plain foods, like toast or oatmeal. I would appreciate the opportunity to take the Pinnertest and find out what my food intolerances are! Thanks so much for the chance!

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    Sarah Teegarden
    December 11, 2016 at 6:57 am

    I’ve been having bad digestion issues the past 5 months or so. Before then I had never been extremely regular, but recently there have been times where I go 3 days without being able to go to the bathroom. At first I thought it was gluten products but I tried introducing those into my diet again and I can go about once a day or every other day. But I’m constantlyyy feeling bloated and uncomfortable. As a soon to be graduating college athlete, who is hoping to keep playing, my digestion and body are extremely important to me. Feeling so bloated and backed up makes it hard to not be distracted and uncomfortable a lot of the time. The Pinnertest looks like the perfect way to see what may be the problem! But once I looked into it and saw the result there was no way I could afford it. I’m glad it helped you find a little more clarity with your digestion! Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

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    Emily
    December 11, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Rachel! I would love to try the Pinnertest after years of digestive distress. I currently follow a low FODMAP, basically Whole30 diet and though its restrictive, I am feeling better and better every day. Just so you know, you can still eat fermented foods on the low FODMAP diet. The fermenting process gets rid of the high FODMAP elements. You can also have fermented low FODMAP foods, like fermented pickles or carrots. I’d love to try the Pinnertest to see what the results are and if they match what I think I am intolerant too (gluten, grains, etc). I am a firm believer that food is the greatest medicine we have!! Keep doing what you do 🙂

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    Katie
    December 11, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    This is fantastic! I have never done a test like this in my adult years, however I grew up lactose intolerant. I have spent the past few years very sensitive to the foods in my meals–sensitive to caffeine, dairy, etc. I’m a very open-minded and experimental eater, I’ll try anything and everything, eat many cultures of foods and spices, and have been a fairly healthy eater about 80% of the time. I eat whole foods and enjoy cooking over eating processed foods, as I feel this is better for my body overall. I have never spent the time or energy trying to figure out specific foods I’m intolerant of, however, other than common hard-to-digest/bloating foods (beans, dairy, salty foods, etc.). This test is very intriguing and I would love to have the opportunity to try it!

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    Kayla Holmes
    December 11, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    I would love to win this giveaway and get the chance to take the pinner test. After losing 70 pounds I started to pay more attention to the quality of foods I was putting in my body and trying to incorporate more organic foods into my diet which I’ve been doing for a year now believe it or not which is something I’m quite proud of…I’ve also been eating plant based the past 2 and a half years but I still notice Stomach pains and gassiness after eating certain foods and I still can’t pinpoint what foods are causing this except maybe peanuts …I wanna be as healthy as possible and I know the Pinner test will help me in that area so I can get rid of any food that’s causing me inflammation and is toxic to my system

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    Sara
    December 12, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Stomach problems first began in earnest during my senior year of high school. While everyone else was having fun, going out, and spending time with friends, I was sitting in doctor’s offices, getting blood drawn, and taking medicines. It became impossible to deal with, and many times I was unable to do anything. The situation was never fully figured out, which meant that I went abroad for a year still dealing with the same problems and not knowing the cause. Some days I felt so miserable that I couldn’t enjoy the foods I loved or have a nice meal with friends because my diet had become so limited. Getting stressed about it only made it worse. Now I’m in my second year of college, and finally have my own kitchen, so while the problems still have not been truly identified, I’m at least able to keep to a healthier diet than while on a meal plan. The Pinnertest would be my chance to really try and determine what the root of my problem is, so that I can be able to return to taking pleasure in sharing meals with the people I love, and not constantly be consumed with worry about how my stomach will react to something.

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    Maggie
    December 12, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    I hope you get to the bottom of your digestive issues soon! I completely understand the feeling. It’s hard to even put into words how debilitating gut problems are. While it may seem like a minor inconvenience to some, to those of us experiencing it, we know that it is so much more. It takes part of the joy out of going out to eat at your favorite restaurant, holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, and simple things like indulging in your favorite treat. It is so hard to live in constant pain. My hope is that one day I will be able to get back to the point where I can go out to eat with my friends and my boyfriend without a second thought. I want to be able to eat ice cream (my favorite treat) on occasion again. I want to be able to enjoy holidays with my family again. Most of all, I want to just enjoy life and live completely IN THE MOMENT rather than constantly focusing on my health problems. My hope is that a Pinner Test would help me identify the foods that are causing these issues and allow me to start healing my gut by cutting them out. I am willing to do WHATEVER it takes to heal myself, I just need a little guidance! Doctors have proved to be unhelpful at this point, so I’m hoping this test will provide me with the information I so desperately want to know. Once again, I hope that you discover the causes of your digestive issues and find happiness and health through your journey. Always remember, you are not alone in this battle, and there is hope for us all!

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    Christina
    December 12, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I’m very curious about doing one of these tests — I too have a number of hard to pinpoint aches & pains that I suspect are directly linked to food, but I’ve never had a test done before.

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    Connie Tran
    December 13, 2016 at 12:50 am

    Hi Rachael,
    I would love to take this test because I have very sensitive skin and tend to break out easily which I believe are 100% food related. Some foods I suspect I may be intolerant to are nuts and chocolate (my two faves that I can never even imagine giving up – I eat nut butters every day). Ever since I heard about Pinner Test, I became very intrigued as I believe it can provide me with some answers about my acne. My mom also has digestion problems and she tends to hold onto extra weight despite eating a healthy and balanced diet. I would LOVE to take this test to get some answers for me and my loved ones but unfortunately the price of this test is too expensive for me to afford.

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    Melanie
    December 13, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    I was diagnosed with two different diseases while growing up. At a young age I was diagnosed with OCD and, a few years later, rheumatoid arthritis. It’s been some years now that my doctors have said I have little to no signs of each though there may still be lingering effects or tendencies. I wonder if certain foods could be inflammatory and thereforemost be the culprit of my joint issues. I also have noticed I am almost always gassy since slowly converting more and more to a plant based diet (over the course of this year). I am concerned about fructose and legumes in particular. They are staples in my diet but I want to find out what doesn’t sit well with me. It can’t possibly beven normal to be as gassy as I am ? Thanks for presenting this giveaway opportunity!

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    Melanie
    December 13, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I have switched more and more to a plant based diet over the course of this year. I feel likeven my moods are all over the place and I’m constantly gassy. I love eating plants but I wonder if some things sit better with me than others. I am particularly concerned with fructose and legumes. I eat a lot of fruit, lentils, beans, chickpeas and such so I hope that isn’t a problem but I want to get to the source of it. Perhaps food intolerances are also the reason for my changes in moods.

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    Kellie Shoten
    December 13, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I would LOVE to try the Pinnertest! I have been gluten, dairy & soy free for about 6 years, after a lifetime of stomach issues and have felt so much better. That being said, I continue to deal with bloat, stomach pain and exhaustion from time to time and have not been able to pinpoint the issue. I’d love to figure out what other foods I have an intolerance to and rid myself of these issues all together!

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    Allie Vandegrift
    December 15, 2016 at 2:18 am

    I would LOVE to take this Pinnertest and see what results I get. About a year and a half ago I found out I had Candida, which is a bacteria imbalance in your gut, which explained all of my digestive, stomach, and skin issues. I went on a very intensive “candida diet”, to rid my body of the bad bacterias. I am feeling so much better now, but it has been a long and slow process to add back foods. I am very curious what this test would reveal about my intolerances because I know that many things upset/ effect my body.

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    Brianna Ortbals
    December 15, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Hi Rachael,

    I relate to your story so much!! I’ve been checking your instagram and videos for your results on this test daily and realized you probably wrote on your blog about it! I was so happy to see your post! I, as well, deal with random extreme digestive discomfort and bloating after foods and have never been able to pinpoint it! I’ve tried food diaries, elimination diets (the struggle was real), and overall I eat a very healthy, low processed diet. One day I think I know what it is and the next day, I’m fine with that food! I can understand the frustration of spending that much money and not quite having the “AH-HAH!” moment with the food it said you are intolerant to. I fear that too but still will try anything and would love to take this test!!! But it’s a bit out of my price range.. I’d love to be your chosen winner!! That’s for your post, your blog, your instagram! You’re an inspiration!

    P.S. Daily probiotics have helped me a ton with my digestive issues overall though, and I recommend the Raw Garden of Life refrigerated ones if you haven’t tried them yet!!

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    Kaitlin Fields
    December 15, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    I would love an opportunity to try the pinner test! I absolutely love this post and relate to it so much! Being new to college I’ve found my self trying constantly to make healthy choices. However, I keep finding myself bloated and discomfortable! I try to stick to a plant based diet and limit my dairy yet nothing has helped. I believe taking this test would finally give me the opportunity to get answers, and allow me to eat each meal without worrying what will happen to my stomach!

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    Danielle
    December 15, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Hey Rachael, I’ve been following your blog and Instagram for awhile now and absolutely love it, very inspirational! I have a very similar healthy food ideology as you and still experience many of the same gastrointestinal symptoms, such as bloating and discomfort. When you first mentioned the pinnertest I was very intrigued and excited and have been waiting to hear about your results ever since so thank you for sharing! I would absolutely love to take this test and be able to have a better understanding of what my body is having a hard time digesting so I can make adjustments and live a healthier lifestyle. Thank you for not only for this giveaway opportunity but for all your healthy food shares, they mean the world to me!

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    Marissa B.
    December 15, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I would be extremely appreciative if given the opportunity to take the Pinnertest because of the potential for its benefits. As someone who has recently begun to understand the influences certain foods have on myself, I have been surprised at the inconsistency I have found. Completing elimination diets for certain periods of time and Whole30 did not lead to finding the results I anticipated I would find. However, when eating freely, I experience symptoms (gas, bloating, constipation, stomachaches, etc.) and have been unable to pinpoint any specific causes. I have experimented with different styles of eating, but ultimately would like to be able to freely eat real, healthy food while avoiding whatever it is I may be intolerant to. As a social work student, I do not have the luxury to purchase a Pinnertest for myself at this point in my life, and it would be a dream to win one. Even if I do no win, I appreciate the opportunity and am so thankful for all the information you provide through your blog and Instagram. Happy holidays <3

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    Hanna Mitchell
    December 15, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Rachel! These pinnertests are everywhere lately! I looked into getting one but they are so damn expensive and I’m a grad student right now…lol so I have a strict budget.. I really want to find out what I am intolerant to because I’ve always had issues with digestion especially dairy. I’m pretty much dairy free besides Siggis (because it’s the best, obvi) Every time I eat something that I did not cook, I feel so sick and I think it has to do with the butter/oils but I want to find out for sure. My boyfriend tells everyone I’m lactose when I order things without cheese, etc. but it’s really because I don’t like the taste! Sometimes I wonder… maybe he’s right lol So I want to take this tests specifically for any dairy intolerances. I just hope it’s not chocolate….
    🙂

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    Sharon
    December 15, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    While I’m eager to try this test out for myself, I’d actually test my husband first! He suffers from year-long “seasonal” allergies that effect mood, energy, mental focus, etc. I’m convinced diet plays a huge role and masking symptoms with allergy medications isn’t an efficient long-term solution. Hoping that the Pinnertest could enlighten him & provide some guidance/relief!

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    Abbey Bildstein
    December 15, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Gosh, this test would be such a blessing! I’ve been struggling with stomach issues for the last year or so and I cannot figure out the culprit. I’m a college student, so nearly $500 on a test just isn’t in my budget right now. I’m starting to save for one, but not having that burden on my plate would be the most precious gift!

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    Carleigh
    December 15, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Food is a major, consistent source of joy in my life. Whether it’s cooking a healthy meal with friends or enjoying a red velvet cupcake (or three), I have always derived pleasure from cooking and eating food. Recently, as in the last year, I have begun experiencing significant discomfort after eating. This has become more consistent over time, and despite visits to doctors and monitoring my own food intake I cannot figure out the cause. I would like to take this test to pinpoint exactly how I can treat my body well, and go back to experiencing the same joy from food that I always have.

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    Michele
    December 16, 2016 at 4:14 am

    Hi Rachael! I’ve seen the Pinner test lots on Instagram lately and I’ve been super interested to try it! However, I’m currently a PT student so that’s def not in the budget😕 I was reading through your blog post and it seriously sounds like you’re describing my tummy issues. So similar! I eat really healthy (and have for as long as I can remember) yet I still suffer from digestive issues so I understand your frustration! I know I have a sensitive stomach, which is part of the reason why I eat so healthy. But I have yet to figure out exactly what foods irritate me the most. I feel like it’s a 50/50 shot whether I’m bloated after a meal or not, no matter how healthy it is. My team doctor in college thought I was gluten intolerant, but that blood work came back negative. And I’m way more sensitive to dairy than I used to be, but my stomach doesn’t mind Greek yogurt so that doesn’t add up either. To make a long story short, I have no idea what foods specifically upset my tummy, even after years of trying to figure it out. So I would LOVE to be able to take this test and see if I can get some answers. Thank you for hosting such a big giveaway!🙂

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    Christina Hickman
    December 16, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Hi Rachael,

    Great post. I definitely relate… I’m vegetarian and lactose intolerant but have Greek yogurt for the health benefits… I never wanted to do an elimination diet but…

    My saga with food intolerances is very really right now actually as I’ve been on an elimination diet for a month, reintro-d gluten yesterday, and within a half hour started with a migraine that I still have this morning.

    Migraines are just the start; I’ve suffered with them and chronic headaches for 12 years but neurologists don’t know why. I’ve had eczema forever and recently broke out into rashes all over my body (one of which is psoriasis), which my doctor said was an overactive immune system reaction, but didn’t really do anything further, which prompted this elimination diet. I was diagnosed with lower back arthritis at age 28. I have diagnosed IBS, daily gas and bloating and other TMI things. I feel like these are all interrelated but can’t seem to convince my doctors to allergy test me. I unfortunately don’t have the greatest insurance right now or disposable income (Seattle’s not cheap as you know :P) so when I saw the pinnertest being tried by all my favorite food IG-ers I was really excited and felt like there was hope! But then I saw the price :/

    sorry for the long windedness but I am really in a tough place phaycially lately and this would be an amazing start to figuring out my problems and feeling better after so many years. Thank you for listening.

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    molly ponkevitch
    December 16, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I have spent so much time in prayer for answers as digestive issues are my number one symptom with lyme disease and hashimotos. Unfortunately I might even be reacting to healthy vegetables. Needless to say some help would be so very appreciated. Nonetheless wonderful info here, thank you!

    -Molly

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