EverlyWell Food Sensitivity Test

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If you are someone who struggles with unexplained, sometimes “chronic” symptoms you never seem to be able to pinpoint…or maybe notice a wax/wane, ebb & flow pattern thinking maybe, just maybe…you’re on the right track, eating the right foods, taking the right supplements…just to have it all stop making sense again….then I feel you. I feel like I’ve gone through it all…but completely blind. To be honest, this isn’t something I ever talk about on Instagram but behind the scenes, in real life—I’ve been on a wellness quest to figure out why my body just isn’t feeling—right. And to be even more honest and transparent, have become somewhat frustrated by doctors citing stress as the cause of everything, or wanting to jump to medications without really addressing the root cause or acknowledging that there might be an easier, more holistic fix.

Don’t get me wrong, I do know how impactful stress can be on the body and am in no way saying you shouldn’t speak up to your doctor about your own concerns or consider stress as a legitimate cause. I’ve just recently started to realize the importance of being my (your) own health advocate.

For me, that has looked like hours of scouring the internet and self-diagnosing. As much as I’m embarrassed to admit that, it’s completely true and I can’t imagine I’m the only one out there doing this! This is where EverlyWell comes in so perfectly. EverlyWell is a service that provides at-home lab testing that’s easy, affordable and insightful. They have 30+ at-home testing kits for everything from fertility to hormones to thyroid, inflammation, metabolism, food sensitivity and more. Essentially, they allow you the freedom to get real results in the comfort of your own home, no random self-diagnosing required. 🙌🏼

One of the things that has given me quite a lot of confusion lately has been diet and wondering how much what I’m eating is playing a role in my symptoms. In the past, I’ve gone dairy-free, gluten-free, avoided this, taken that…and sometimes I will notice myself feeling better or experiencing less symptoms but I never 100%, without uncertainty, know what’s right for my body—and, more importantly—what foods I’m eating might not be

I’ve considered doing a full-on elimination diet on my own, but that is quite a process, and to be frank—requires some serious dedication, tracking and time that most people just don’t have. As much as a try to track symptoms, I get completely lost and have a hard time following through. That is why I am so thrilled to partner with EverlyWell to take their at-home Food Sensitivity Test to help me through the process.

Maybe I’m in the minority here but I honestly had no idea the extent of the impact food sensitivities could have. I’ve always struggled with stomach issues and have suspected certain foods, but did you know foods can also trigger an immune response that can manifest in physical symptoms like fatigue, migraines, joint pain, headaches, trouble concentrating? 

While I do have some symptoms I’ve also suspected might be hormonal, I thought a food sensitivity test would be a great place to start because I also know the impact the right foods and diet can have on your body—even in balancing your hormones—and I want to make sure I’m creating the best possible environment for my body to thrive. Basically, as someone who experiences many of the above symptoms, I set out to start by finding out if any foods could be in play!

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How does EverlyWell work? 

It really is so simple. You head to their site where you can choose from any of their tests, which you then purchase and have delivered to your doorstep. Your kit arrives with everything you need to perform your sample collection at home—bandaids included! It’s actually really adorable. The Food Sensitivity Test requires a blood sample, which I did have my boyfriend physically perform but they truly make it so easy and it was quick and painless. If you’re a rule/instruction follower like me—they lay it ALL out for you. And you only need 5 small drops of blood, it’s really not bad!

You then return your sample via pre-paid shipping to a certified lab and an independent board-certified physician will review your results. Once received and verified, your results will be ready online within a few days! Mine was exactly 3 days from when the lab received my sample.

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food sensitivity test

How does the Food Sensitivity Test work? 

This is a blood test that tests your body’s IgG (immunoglobulin) response to 96 foods that are commonly found in our diets. Basically, certain foods can trigger a reaction from your IgG antibodies, which can then manifest in those symptoms listed above plus things like bloating, dry and itchy skin & stomach pain. Your results will tell you if you have a low, mild or high reactivity to those 96 foods. What I really love about EverlyWell’s Food Sensitivity Test is that you don’t just find out if you’re sensitive to “dairy,” it will actually pinpoint the type of dairy, i.e., cows milk, yogurt, cheddar cheese… That’s huge.

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My Results…*drumroll*

ALMONDS! Almonds?? I eat almond butter every. single. day, you guys. I’ve been experiencing extreme bloating (like we’re talking food baby bloated) and when I think of my stomach issues, even itchy skin, rashes, etc—I think of dairy, gluten, wheat…the things I’ve eliminated from my diet in the past. I would never in a million years have guessed almonds or any other tree nut might be causing a reaction. But it turns out, almonds are a HIGH reactivity for me. This is the only food listed in my high reactivity category, which gives me a great place to start. The next top 5 that follow are in the mild reactivity category and include green beans, wheat, bakers yeast, cows milk and gluten, which makes sense to me and I do already generally try to avoid gluten and cows milk. Green beans—that’s a new one.

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food sensitivity test

Results are in…what now?

To be clear, just because something is listed as having reactivity doesn’t automatically mean you will experience symptoms from consuming it, but it does mean you can consider removing it from your diet to see if your symptoms are alleviated, followed by adding it back in. It’s so fascinating to see my results list almond as a high reactivity, because it gives me a starting point for what could potentially be causing some of my symptoms. And I never would have guessed it on my own.

You can also use your results to try out potential substitutions or identify hidden sources like supplements, sauces, etc. For me, I generally avoid cows milk but you know what my usual substitution is? Almond milk. Moving forward, I can try alternatives like coconut milk to see if this might make a difference. I’m also looking forward to seeing just which symptoms might be coming from my almond consumption, so I can have a clearer picture.

It’s been pretty mind-blowing to me how many women, men, people I’ve had conversations with who experience so many of the symptoms we’ve talked about above. Or just have a general lack of knowledge or answers about their health issues. I think doing a test like this (or any of EverlyWell’s tests) is such an amazing opportunity for self-awareness and care. 

If you have lingering symptoms you can’t explain and suspect food sensitivity is at play—I highly recommend trying out this test as a starting point, so you’re able to more easily pinpoint what may be causing a reaction. I am thrilled to have this knowledge and do plan to try more of their at-home tests.

Promo Code

EverlyWell has so generously provided a coupon code for any of you to use at checkout. You can use code “GOLD” for 15% off.

If you’ve done this test, plan to do this test, or have figured out a food sensitivity on your own—I would LOVE to hear! Was it surprising? Do you suspect you might have a food sensitivity? Let me know if you have any questions at all and I’m more than happy to answer.

As always, thank you so much for reading! I know this was a long one!

x Tyler

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with EverlyWell. All thoughts and opinions remain my own*

A Comfy Wrap Top for Fall

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Shop the Look Below. Free People Top | Levi’s Jeans | See By Chloe Bag | Ray-Ban Sunglasses

You know those tops that make you feel feminine and flattered in an instant? That’s wrap tops. Wrap tops do that. 🙌🏼For me, every time I toss on a wrap silhouette, I feel instantly put together and like my curves are highlighted yet in the most effortless and natural way that’s not overly revealing. Subtly sexy—that’s a wrap top. 

I love this one from Free People because it’s an ultra comfy knit with a touch of elastane for plenty of stretch. This would be perfect for a busty frame or even nursing. Neither of which apply to me but regardless, I think they’re both key attributes so many women need in a top. 

This one comes in a couple other colors (like black and Moroccan spice!) I can see working well for every season. It’s light enough to be a spring staple yet perfect for fall (both day and night) paired with denim (like my current favorite Levi’s worn here), skirts, work pants and booties. 

For sizing reference, I’m in an xs and , as always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

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Apple Hill + Pumpkin Patch Outfit - Plaid Blazer

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We had the best time at Apple Hill in Placerville this past weekend and it made it officially feel like fall for me—finally! The sun was shining but the crisp, cool (ahem 68-degree) morning was gorgeous and a 2-hour drive with the sunroof open, winding through Apple Hill gave me all the fall feels I was craving. 

I was fairly warned a weekend trip to Apple Hill would be packed and, to be fair, it really was. I think it took us 45 minutes to go the last 1.5 miles but, you guys, it was so worth it. We made it to Boa Vista Orchards and it’s filled with cute little vendors, a market that’s open year-round serving up sweet apple baked goods, ciders, wines and plenty of apple goodies plus a separate deli that serves traditional burgers and sandwiches (we may have started our morning with a corn dog) and, of course, a pumpkin patch. If you’re looking for serious fall inspiration, Apple Hill is it. 

They had more apples than I could ever name or remember, barrels of pumpkins, sprawling views of the orchard and a Christmas tree farm, which I would love to come back for. We didn’t end up having time for actual apple picking but it’s on my fall bucket list and, for this trip, we enjoyed the apples, ciders and apple donuts. Tip on the donuts: get a dozen. Take them home, warm them up, thank me later. They’re like apple cake donuts. So. So. Good. 

I had several questions about this blazer I wore, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to share details. I snagged this at Nordstrom Rack and it’s selling out in most sizes there but I did find it available at a couple additional retailers HERE and HERE. I adore this blazer and it’s a really soft, comfy fit with plenty of stretch. For reference, I’m normally a xs/small and went with the small which is perfect for a flattering fit with room to layer. If you tend to be in between sizes like that and prefer a relaxed, boyfriend fit or just want something you can layer over sweaters, I’d size UP. I’m 5’6” and it just about covers my butt. I don’t wear a lot of blazer styles but I LOVE this and how it acts like a jacket. I can see this worn so many ways, with jeans, over dresses, for work, paired with bold blouses for the holidays…so, so versatile and I hope you grab it!

I layered this over my new Anthropologie pointelle sweater tee, which I am so in love with. It’s such a perfect piece to layer and the fit is very flattering. Great for tucking and it doesn’t bunch up. Just a seamless fit. To be honest, I plan to only wear this tucked. I’m in an xs. FYI, some reviews say it’s sheer but I didn’t experience that and wore a nude bra. 

I tucked it into this Free People skirt and while this exact style is sold out, they have a nearly identical version available without the front zip and it’s just as cute. I’m in a size 2 and wear a 25/26 in denim. 

If you’re a Bay Area local, I’d love to hear if you’ve been to Apple Hill! We plan to go back but will definitely consider a weekday if possible! 

As always, thank you for reading and HAPPY FALL!

x Tyler

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Fall Staples Under $50

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Happy October, friends! We’ve finally had some cooler weather here and I’m officially feeling inspired by all things fall! 🍁🍂How about you? I snagged several new fall staples recently and, while I was shopping, realized many of the things I found were under $50! I don’t know about you but I love having tons of reliable pieces for the season and like to save on some things, so I can splurge on others.

The top things I like to save on? Soft, comfy, live-in sweaters and fall accessories. One of my favorite places to snag affordable yet quality pieces (aka shop on a budget) is Nordstrom Rack—hands down. Why? Because they offer so many of the brands I love (and already buy at Nordstrom) at up to 70% off. High-end pieces, low-end prices. 🙌🏼No, this is not a sponsored post, I just genuinely love shopping there. Another favorite is Zappos because you can often find your favorite brands and trends (like Free People) often at a discount and I also love H&M and ASOS for fine knit sweaters and classic staples.

Below I’m rounding up some of the pieces I’ve already snagged plus a several more styles to keep you stylish on a budget this season! Happy fall shopping!

Fall Sweaters Under $50

Fall Accessories Under $50

One of my next goals is to refresh my fall/winter wardrobe with a cozy/effortless jacket or two. Let me know if you’d like to see a post on budget friendly options for this, as well. As always, thank you so much for reading!

x, Tyler

All Fall Finds Under $50

Weekly Roundup - October Outfits

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a wonderful week and are gearing up for a great weekend! I wanted to take a moment to roundup some of my posts for the week. It’s something I want to get better at doing because I can save links here rather than using an Instagram Story that will just disappear. It’s a great way to link some of my Vici items, as well, as I’m not able to link those for you in my liketoknow.it account.

Without further ado…

fall striped sweater

Sweater | Jeans | Denim Jacket

This Vici Dolls sweater is the lightest weight with a comfy fit. It’s ultra soft and has a stretchy material that’s really flattering. I don’t normally gravitate towards color but I love the festive feel for the season and how it’s still neutral enough thanks to the black and tan stripes. I can see wearing this one for a trip to the pumpkin patch or thrown on with leggings for on-the-go days.

I’m wearing an small in this one and it’s just $42. Remember you can always grab 20% off with code ‘shop20.’ The white jeans are also from Vici and I’m wearing a size 1.

fall dress

Dress | Sneakers | Bag

I got this & Other Stories floral dress in the mail last week, tried it on and didn’t want to take it off! It’s such a sweet, flattering fit and I adore the moody fall floral, sheer sleeves and subtle feminine touches. This is the perfect fall dress to wear with a denim jacket and sneakers, give some edge with a black moto jacket and booties or layer with a cardigan. I can also see it looking adorable with a trench coat and rain boots.

I’m wearing a US 2 and it fits true-to-size.

grey cardigan and cami

Cardigan | Cami - similar here | Jeans

You guys may have seen this outfit on the blog already and I shared it again because it’s such an easy combination that feels effortless yet chic and put together in an instant. This is the cardigan I picked up during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and it’s become one of my most lived-in pieces. It’s a wool blend, so it had a slight scratch to it at first but it’s softening up perfectly and I love the deep pockets. It’s the best for errand days or walking the dogs.

This one is one-size and I’m 5’6” for reference.

camel cardigan

Cardigan | Jeans | Flats

I popped into Anthropologie after a Tuesday night dinner and instantly fell in love with this camel cardigan. It’s a bit of a splurge (I tried to resist) but I know this will be a forever staple that gets plenty of wear in my wardrobe. Cost per wear is huge for me and timeless, well-worn staples are a no-brainer in terms of investment.

This cardigan has an almost robe-like fit and feel and the weight could almost double as a coat—at least maybe in California. It also comes in a gorgeous cream tone, and if you’re in the market for a classic cardigan, I highly recommend considering this one. I grabbed the xs, which is my normal size. Fit is tts.

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Tee

Underneath the cardigan shown above, I’m wearing this Anthropologie t-shirt sweater and I am so glad it caught my eye. It’s soft and lightweight and will be a great piece to layer this season in place of your typical tee. I generally like my tops and tees to fit relaxed over fitted and this one is the perfect in-between. It has a bit of fabric for easy tucking and gives off a fitted yet perfectly flattered silhouette. I’m wearing an XS. Generally, I wear a small in tees.

off shoulder sweater

Sweater | Jeans

I love a comfy sweater you never want to take off and this one from Vici Dolls is just that. It’s that on-trend fuzzy style yet the color and fit is still classic. You can wear this off-shoulder, one-shoulder or let it bunch up when you’re snuggled up on the couch. This sweater is your sweater blanket. I’m in the small/medium and it’s long enough to wear with leggings or wear with a front tuck without feeling overly bulky. Don’t forget code ‘shop20’ for 20% off!

As always, thank you for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

x Tyler