You may remember that a few weeks ago, I shared with you my YorkTest food intolerance review, sharing the process that I went through (nice and simple) to my results and how I was getting on. Well today I want to talk about their new FoodScan Junior tests, designed for children.
The Junior Test Kits
The testing process for FoodScan Junior from a customer’s point of view is the same as that of an adult. The difference is that the kits include a sticker for the child and you need to somehow persuade said child to have a blood test. Hmm, not the easiest thing in the world, but we got there in the end after much negotiation with the 7 year old and screaming (him) and bribing (us) with the 4 year old. It’s just a pin prick test and the little vial of blood is then sent off in a prepaid envelope to the YorkTest laboratory.
As soon as it had been received safely I got an email confirming that they had it, and then a further email a few days later advising me that the results were on the way.
The results come with a pack with useful advice on making dietary changes. They detail all of the food and drinks tested and then use a traffic light system to show whether any intolerances have shown up, detailing the foods as either ‘No Reaction’, ‘Borderline’ or ‘Reaction’.
Little Man’s results came back and I have to say that whilst I wished they didn’t tell me what they did, I was not surprised. He is intolerant to wheat, gluten, egg whites, cow’s milk and borderline intolerant to egg yolks. I had a feeling that his body worked similarly to mine, and as I am egg white and cow’s milk intolerant, and sensitive to FODMAP foods such as wheat (my post about my test talks more about this) it seemed to fit that Little Man would be the same.
Boo’s results tell us that she is also intolerant to cow’s milk and then coconut. The latter one is easy as it’s not in that many things and she doesn’t like coconut, phew! As Little Man and I are also cow’s milk intolerant, this isn’t too bad as I have got used to making changes to my diet and then having them both making those changes together makes life a little easier. The complication with Boo on this one is that because she cannot have products with high fructose corn syrup, which is not actually screened for on this test, it’s just something we know from experience. She can tolerate some, but it is a balancing act, so we rule out fizzy drinks, fruit juices, too much squash, Fruit Shoots and the like, so what does Boo drink when she wants a treat aside from her normal water? Yep, milk of milkshake!
The Nutritional Consultation
As part of the YorkTest service, after you receive your results, you call up and book in an appointment to talk through the findings with a nutritionist, at a time to suit yourself. These are half an hour appointments and it is worth making a note of anything you want to check in advance. As with mine, the call was exactly on time and very useful.
We talked through alternatives to the products that came up as causing a reaction, along with discussing how the reaction might be manifesting so that I could identify them. It was suggested that I cut these foods out for 6 weeks before reintroducing them, so it’s half the time that I was recommended to do so.
Another tip that the nutritionist suggested was to not drink 15 minutes before a meal, during it, and for around an hour after it. This is because it dilutes the stomach acid that is needed to work hard at breaking down the foods, and will have to work even harder to break down food intolerances. My kids drink a lot, so it has been difficult to fully implement his, but being mindful of it has meant the liquids consumed around mealtimes has been reduced.
In Boo’s case, I am not too sure what symptoms she does show to milk, but I have switched her to the same A2 milk that I drink anyway, as with Little Man, and the children are now having Alpro yoghurts the same as me. They no longer have a probiotic drink daily and I have switched them to ham, tuna and jam sandwiches as alternatives to the cheese they sometimes have. I am not worrying too much about the milk traces in other products, I am working on cutting out the more obvious things.
Then with Little Man, I have stopped buying eggs so he no longer has them in their pure form, which is a shame as like me, he loved them. I have then found I am reducing his wheat and gluten intake wherever possible, and eggs in their other forms.
I think that when it’s your children rather than yourself, there are several factors involved. You want to get it right more so for them than yourself, but then, it’s more difficult to measure the effects that the changes are making as you cannot personally feel it. It is also difficult to make changes as easily in their diets as Little Man is a fussy eater, more likely to graze than eat full meals, and whilst Boo eats well and with lots of variety, she’s not keen on trying new things.
I will continue with the changes made so far, and keep looking for alternative meals and snacks for Little Man. It has had us finding a few new foods that he now likes. At this stage it’s tricky to tell what difference it is making, as I cannot feel it myself. I’m still feeling much better after cutting out milk and eggs, so I am sure this will make a difference for the children, too.
I do now have one FoodScan Junior test available, worth £250, for one of my lucky readers. To be in with a chance of winning it, enter using the rafflecopter below. All entrants must be over 18 years old, be resident in the UK and please note that your details will be passed on to YorkTest. The competition closes at 12am 25th June 2017, good luck!
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Disclosure: I received these tests FOC for the purposes of this post