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Okay, I have found some time to finally go over some of my genetic reports! I am super excited to dive in to part 1 of my blood test blog post series. Before I get started, I want you to know that I personally paid for these tests myself. It was a hefty fee of…$1,600 (!!!) for 4 tests from Next | Health in West Hollywood. Yes, that is a lot of money. And you know what – because it was a fancy clinic in West Hollywood, I probably was overcharged. But, I looked for clinics for a looooong time on Yelp and spent hours researching clinics on Google, and this was the only place that had all the tests I wanted. So, I decided that if this was what I needed to pay in order to better understand my body, then I’d do it. Plus, I’d rather pay for insight on my health over any luxury handbag, any day!

Here are the 4 Biomarker blood tests I ordered:

1) Genetic Fit –  This test looks at specific genes related to what types of workouts, diet, and diet plan work best for my body. It’s a baseline of diet, nutrients, and exercise based off of single (or multiple) genes.

2) Food Sensitivity – This tests 96 different foods and determines which ones my body creates an immune response to by releasing antibodies. The foods that I test positive for (creates an inflammatory response) may cause bloating and discomfort, indigestion, and leaky gut. By testing for it, the goal would be for me to eliminate foods causing inflammation in my body.

3) Baseline Test – This provides an overall view into my body’s metabolism and excretion abilities to see how effectively I am oxygenating my tissues, as well as current tracking of inflammatory markers, current hormone status, and vitamin levels. This covers my blood cell count (red and white blood cells and any abnormalities), metabolic panel (kidney/liver function), vitamin D, vitamin B12, lipid panel (cholesterol), thyroid panel, hormone panel, blood sugar, and inflammation.

4) Micronutrient – This tests 33 essential vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, anti-oxidants, and metabolites to evaluate any deficiencies going on on a cellular level. It allows me to see what imbalances may be present in my cells, and helps me to understand what supplements I should be taking to correct for these imbalances. Correction should allow for proper cell function through out my body. Signs of deficiencies include fatigue, sleep issues, mood imbalances, inability to loose/ gain weight.

I originally did not feel like the micronutrient test was necessary, but it was part of a larger “discounted” package, so I added it in anyway.

BLOOD TEST #1: GENETIC FIT

Today, I want to go over the “Genetic Fit” test!

When I got my results back in, I had a full 2 hour, very informative sit down with a nurse practitioner at the clinic. I asked every question I had on my mind, and then he said I could email him anytime if I ever had any more questions.

So, let’s jump right in!

DIET:

Under “Diet & Nutrition”, the nurse practitioner said that he usually never sees people who gets the “low carb diet” type as their best diet. And when I say “best diet”, I mean the best diet for maintaining a healthy body and for optimal weight loss. Low carb means non starchy vegetables, high quality proteins, and healthy fats.

This is interesting because from my past experiences, I’ve had the best results whenever I’ve gone low carb. Also, I’m currently REALLY high in fats (around 50-60%) , so I will need to dial that down especially since I am not following a keto anymore. It says I should be consuming 30% healthy fats, 40% complex carbs, and 30% lean protein – so that means 44g of fat, 133g carbs, and 100g of protein per day based on my daily 1,334 net calorie intake (before workouts). I just inputted that into MyFitnessPal, so will do my best to adjust to this new goal! It’s nice to have some clarity on the protein grams too. Already this test has answered one of my biggest personal nutrition questions, so…IT’S WORTH IT! (Haha, I’m just going to have to keep justifying this purchase so I can amortize the tests.)

The test mentioned that I have a genetic variant that is associated with an “increase food desire” so I have to work harder than others at self control. YUP. SO TRUE. I love eating. I could seriously be a competitive eater. And the whole “eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full” thing doesn’t really work for me because I could eat forever and ever.

The test said I have a higher than average risk for elevated LDL (bad) cholesterol and that I should limit my saturated fat intake. Interesting. My dad has high cholesterol and so does my grandma.

So saturated fat foods I should avoid include:

  • beef
  • lamb
  • veal
  • pork
  • lard
  • butter
  • cheese
  • milk
  • cream
  • cheese
  • coconut oil
  • dark meat poultry

Ha, this looks like a keto essentials grocery list. I guess I was right to move away from keto!

Good unsaturated fats that are recommended for me include:

  • fish (polyunsaturated)
  • walnuts (polyunsaturated)
  • almonds (polyunsaturated)
  • flaxseed (polyunsaturated)
  • chia seed (polyunsaturated)
  • pumpkin seed (polyunsaturated)
  • poultry (polyunsaturated)
  • eggs (polyunsaturated)
  • avocados (monounsaturated)
  • extra virgin olive oil (monounsaturated)

Apparently, people with my genotype “who have a diet that includes more polyunsaturated fats rather than saturated fats tend to have a lower body weight compared to those who do not.” Okay, upping the fish intake NOW. Also, love eggs. YAY another reason to eat them!

EATING BEHAVIOR:

The test checked to see if I have genes that might cause me to snack uncontrollably, constantly be hungry, and have problems feeling full. Well you guys, looks like my genotype is not at fault for this. Looks like I am actually just an EMOTIONAL EATER! Hahaha. Well, I can tell you that since logging my food in MyFitnessPal, I have not snacked uncontrollably and I have not overeaten. So, for now, that part of me is tamed.

HOWEVER!

My genotype is associated with “an increased desire or willingness to put forth additional effort to obtain [my] favorite foods.” This basically means if I really want to eat something I will go out of my way to climb over obstacles to get it. I wonder though, if that is just my super motivated personality?

Additionally, it says I do not have a sweet tooth. True.

FOOD REACTIONS:

Caffeine Metabolism: It says I am a fast metabolizer of caffeine. CORRECT. The nurse said “I bet you can drink matcha at 9pm and go to bed at 10pm.” I was like – umm I just did that yesterday. So funny that these tests are like horoscopes, but backed by science. Makes it so much more fun!

Bitter Taste: It says that I am someone with an “enhanced bitter taste perception.” OMG!!! TRUE!!! I hate chocolate, alcohol, and arugula because they all taste TERRIBLE to me. Extremely medicinal.

Lactose Intolerance: It also said I am lactose intolerant. I already know this. 23andMe said the same. I am also Asian, and most Asians are lactose intolerant. I pretty much cut dairy out of my diet a few years ago to help clear up my skin, and it helped enormously. I started eating cheese again when I went on keto, but I think it’s time to stop that. I don’t mind an occasional cheese, but I guess I should opt for Daiya vegan cheese when given the opportunity.

EXERCISE:

Overall, the test says that I have a genetic variant associated with being overweight. 23andMe said the same thing. So now, I know it is 100% true that I have a harder time than others when it comes to weight loss.

Endurance Training:

It says that my optimal workout routine for weight loss should include endurance exercises like:

  • Walking briskly
  • Running / jogging
  • Dancing
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Climbing stairs
  • Playing sports such as tennis, basketball, soccer or racquetball

Strength Training:

It says that weight lifting is less beneficial than endurance training when it comes to weight loss for people with my genotype. But no worries aint ever gonna stop weight lifting and Pilates! I love my muscle and I love my strength gains!

Aerobic Capacity (VO2MAX): I have decreased aerobic capacity. I guess that’s why I hate cardio so much. I CAN BARELY BREATHE. Hahaha. I bet my sister would score well in this arena since she is a kickboxing instructor!

Muscle Power: I do not have the genes of elite power athletes, such as sprinters and powerlifters. All good. Not trying to be a world class Olympian.

Weight Loss Response to Exercise: I have a genetic variant that is associated with being overweight and obese. It says I must exercise regularly or else I could be obese. Wow, I am fortunate that I enjoy exercise and that it is also my career.

Blood Pressure Response to Exercise: I have a high likelihood of having elevated blood pressure without exercise. However, good news is that I actually have very very low blood pressure. It might be all the exercise I do.

Loss of Body Fat in Response to Exercise: My genotype says that in order for me to lose fat, I have to exercise harder and put in more effort than other people.

MY BODY & WEIGHT:

Weight Loss Regain: I am more likely to gain weight back, meaning I have difficulty keeping weight off after losing weight. This means that the maintenance phase after my 90 day journey will be very important to track.

Metabolism: My genes say I have normal metabolism. We will discuss this more later, as there are MANY other factors that affect metabolism and you will see what I mean when we discuss the other tests which include my lagging thyroid.

METABOLIC HEALTH FACTORS:

Elevated LDL (bad) Cholesterol: I have an above average probability of having high LDL (bad) cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is the kind of cholesterol that can form plaque and build up in the walls of my arteries, leading to heart attacks and strokes. My grandma on my dad’s side died from a stroke.

Decreased HDL (good) Cholesterol: I have an above average probability of having decreased HDL (good) cholesterol. Supposedly high levels of HDL are supposed to protect against heart attacks, while low levels of HDL increase the risk of heart disease. This is definitely something I should be conscious of.

Elevated Triglycerides: I have an average likelihood for fat being stored in my body. Nothing alarming here.

Elevated Blood Sugar: I have an above average likelihood for elevated blood sugar, meaning that if I did have high blood sugar levels, I might have insulin resistance which leads to type 2 diabetes. More to discuss on this when we go over the other blood work.

CONCLUSION:

The main things to take away from the Genetic Fit test are:

  1. My genes make it harder for me to lose weight and to keep extra weight off.
  2. My genes require me to eat a low carb diet in order to obtain my optimal body.
  3. My genes require me to work out and live an active lifestyle or else I will become overweight or obese. 

***

Side note: When I got the report back, I saw that the name of the lab was “Pathway Genomics” and that the test was called “PathwayFit”. I immediately looked them up and read that Pathway Genomics is a privately-owned biotech company that provides genomic testing services to healthcare professionals and direct-to-customer kits. On their site, I saw that you can order the test for $299 as a physician. I don’t know if you can order the blood test as a normal civilian, so I guess that is where the 34% markup came in (I paid $400)!

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Yesterday’s Recap:

Fit Journal entry. Yesterday I finalized my heels choreo in the morning and then Rosanna came over at night and we practiced together for a couple hours. It was so fun! We were sweating, and now I am all bruised and sore from all the floor work and hair whipping!

Hahaha. I cannot wait to film this on Friday. Tutorial should be up on Sunday!

LUNCH:

13% carbs, 68% fat, 19% protein

563 calories

Shishito peppers and mahi mahi with hot sauce over cauliflower rice. Seasoned with some coconut aminos.

 

Oh and side note…Sir George got a new hair cut!!! Look how poofy and circular he looks!!!

Ugh. Sir is perfection and I love him soooooo much!

DINNER:

16% carbs, 61% fat, 23% protein

481 calories

I had a cauliflower cheese pizza with a side salad drizzled with chipotle honey vinaigrette! It was so good! But the pizza was too cheesy for me. I don’t think I will be buying the Cali’flour pizzas anymore! That was the last of em.

SNACKS:

32% carbs, 58% fat, 10% protein

271 calories

Seaweed crisps. Yum.

New creation! I mixed coconut milk with MCT oil powder and it tasted like a boba drink! OMG, delish!

Overall, I came in at 1,316 calories, 58g carbs (17%), 93g fat (64%), and 61g protein (19%).

So, now that I know my breakdown should look like 133g carbs (40%), 44g of fat (30%), and 100g (30%) of protein – I can adjust accordingly. Before I do anything too drastic (since what I am doing now is working), I want to go over my food sensitivity test. I will try to do that tomorrow so we can get a better picture of what this macronutrient breakdown should actually look like food-wise.

Finally, I want to leave you with a picture of my new shoes and a rainbow that came into the office yesterday and landed on my feet :)

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  • Anna says:

    good

  • Bethany C says:

    Thank you for sharing your journey Cassey! I’m intrigued to find out more about the PathwayFit Test. I found one on their site, but it is a swab DNA test, versus a blood sample. Did you do a blood sample test, and do you know if that is more thorough than a swab test?

    Thank you!

  • Saraahx says:

    Holy freakin’ shit, that is a lot of money!!!! Did not expect it to be so expensive. Better pay for that than a luxury bag, that is for sure. Damn, these 4 biomarker blood tests are really interesting, though…
    I would have never guessed some of these foods would be fat-saturated ones!
    Most Asians are lactose intolerant!?!! Oh, wow. Is it because there’s not much dairy in your cuisine so you’re not used having these? I’m curious and intrigued! I wouldn’t consider having a very, very low blood pressure a good thing, however!

    (yes, George always looks like a cutie!)

  • susana03 says:

    About this being a fitness blog, I just want to clarify that we can’t divide cholesterol not bad(LDL) or good(HDL). LDL are essential too, the fact that we need to have LDL in certain levels is because when higher the number is associated with oxidated-LDL which is the one harmful for health.

  • Jen says:

    Having “very very low blood pressure” is not necessarily healthy. Hypotension can be just as dangerous as hypertension. Whatever you want to call this, this is just another diet.

    • B says:

      Jen,
      As someone who has low blood pressure I can attest to your claim that it is not necessarily healthy- because it is not. There are times where my blood pressure has dropped so low that it’s caused fainting, dizziness, and blurred vision all of which are undesirable. Low blood pressure can be healthy though if it doesn’t cause any of those problems, but it is important to be careful! Staying hydrated- especially when exercising- is a must! I also agree that this another diet and one that is not necessarily healthy either.

      • Jen says:

        Exactly. Thank you for sharing your experience. I hope she takes this into consideration and doesn’t just focus on the numbers and being thinner.

  • Carmen Lucia says:

    Hello Cassie,
    It is very interesting what you are sharing with us. I am a professional dietitian and I can tell you that the recommended percentages in your test are not quite healthy. Idk if you consulted this information with an expert, but this outcomes must be paired with other “variables” in order to be actual recommendations. Blood test on their own are not complete, there are a lot other factors that must be taken into account.
    I also saw a rude comment telling you that you eat too little calories. Although I don’t have the information to tell you how many you need, I would like to state here that this is calculated according to your hight, weight, sex, age and physical activity. Therefore, it varies a lot between each person. To me, 1300 seems a little, taking into account that you workout a lot, but it is also possible. With all of this, I want to tell you that I care for you because you have helped me a lot with Pilates and all your wonderful videos. So please don’t put your body at risk, eat as many calories as you need, no more, no less in a healthy and balanced way. I also invite you to seek for a dietitian that can square your blood test with your overall needs. You won’t regret it, I promise. Love, CL xox

  • M says:

    Which test did you find more helpful? 23andme or the Pathway fit test?

  • Z says:

    Seriously, Cassey? 1300 calories? That’s the energy requirement for a 4 year old. Stop being so obsessed with your weight and trying to justify what you’re doing.

    • Linh says:

      It’s pretty normal to consume 1300 calories when you’re eating more fat. Your brain will feel satisfied from all the fats and you will stay full for a longer period of time so you don’t have to eat the whole time.

      • Z says:

        A lot of times she states herself that she’s not full at the end of the day. This is clearly restriction. Also, there is no medical necessary reason for her to be doing this other than weight loss.

    • B says:

      Z,
      I have to say that I do agree with you. 1,300 calories is a small amount of calories to nourish oneself. I’m glad I’m not the only one on this site who thinks this.

      • Z says:

        Thank you for your comment! I wish more people noticed this as well and didn’t just support her in anything when it could be harmful to her health. I mean, how long will this last? A few months? A year? Then what?

  • Katie S says:

    That’s really interesting! Some of it seemed kind of generic, like “maintain an active lifestyle and you won’t be overweight or obese.” That’s pretty much true for the majority of people. But it was still very interesting. I’ve always been curious about what kinds of food I should and shouldn’t be eating. And what kind of exercise would work best for me. Although, honestly, I wouldn’t change my exercise just because a test told me something else would be better. If a test told me running wasn’t optimal for me, that HIIT was better, I’d still run because that’s what I love. hehehe But it would be really helpful for food I think.

  • Kirty says:

    This is really fascinating, I would love to find something like this in London. If anyone knows of a clinic that offers this service in London, please let me know

  • I’ve been dying all weekend to respond to this!!

    I was not at all surprised about your test! I was not surprised because you know yourself so well and you already said such things. ***Have you ever heard of the Blood Type diet? Or “Eat right for your type”? It is a great book that bases diet on your blood type. I’m type O and my results are similar to yours and my family history shows the same. VERY interesting. Also, no surprise to me, it says that I do best with high intensity workouts and I can see that. I’m a runner but I love all this pilates (mainly you cassy), yoga and weights because I know that they help me as a runner. It’s crucial!!

  • Adrian says:

    So so sad that you have decided to go back on the high carb diet which is known to cause insulin resistance, behind heart disease, diabetes and obesity, just to name a few problems. Here in Europe, we already know how harmful carbohydrates are for us and how, to stay healthy, we should not consume more than 50g a day. This fact is backed up by recent, brilliant studies and low carbohydrate (keto) diet is recommended by many cardiologists in the UK. The list of foods to avoid in this blog, are actually foods that are super-healthy and we should all eat to stay healthy. Please read more studies about the subject and especially benefits of keto, before accepting old conventional advice which has led to most of us being ill. Please lear about the problem with insulin resistance. Cholesterol does not cause heart disease, but carbohydrates and insulin resistance do. The only important readings in cholesterol are HDL (increased by eating natural fats including butter and coconut oil) and triglycerides (we used to call them sugar fats in UK, you can only lower them by eating LESS carbs). Also when sugar levels are raised, the only thing to do to lower them, is cut down sugar (carbohydrates), not increase!

    • Carmen Lucia says:

      Hello Adrian, as a nutrition expert I can tell you that a Keto diet is not a healthy diet to live on. I have seen patients in the hospital who die of hepatic failure because of excess of fat and metabolic effort to convert fat into glucose. Carbs are not bad or harmful if you choose the right ones and in the right proportion and quantity, same thing for fats and protein. All nutrients are necessary for the body to work properly and carry on with all of its functions. I really want to urge everyone who is seeking to live a healthier lifestyle to make an appointment with a professional dietician so she/he can give you a plan according to your own personal needs (recommended caloric intake, macronutrient proportion, etc.). I believe it is very important to seek for professional orientation when it comes to health and well-being. Greetings from Mexico.

  • Alexandria says:

    There are so many at home DNA tests! It would be super cool if you could provide some insight into which might provide us with successful results. I’ve even found one from the same lab that did yours.

    • Teresa says:

      A little searching through the comments and found a comparison of the Amazon and the one Cassey had done. :)https://www.amazon.com/Pathway-Genomics-iQTM-Home-Test/dp/B079446DMX/ref=sr_1_1?m=AVWE2IF55AT1B&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&qid=1571526067&redirect=true&s=merchant-items&sr=1-1

  • Kimberly says:

    I want to look for a clinic that does these tests as well. Do you know what type of clinic I should look for??

    • Sha'Terryca says:

      Pathway actually has home DNA kits that you can buy on Amazon. The Fit IQ one is $129.

  • I love the way you ended this post. :-) I can’t wait to see the food sensitivity test post, and then the two other test results! I also can’t wait to see the dance coming out this Sunday! I saw a photo of you and Rosanna on Instagram with shields and I thought, oh my goodness I am a klutz in heels just walking down the sidewalk how am I ever going to survive your dance workout? :-) nonetheless, I think it’d be fun to try and I’ll definitely put on my heels for that. Maybe not the highest ones, but at least 3 in :-) besides, since I’m five foot two, I know I can stretch out a good heel and look taller, more confident, and sexier! It makes sense that you’re proponent for being more heavy unless you watch your diet and exercise correlate with the finding that you tend to have a higher insulin level than the average person too, because insulin drives fat storage. :-)

  • Oanh says:

    How did you get that you are lactose intolerant when the chat says Less Likely (1 bar) that you are lactose intolerant? Confused. Thanks!

    • I think what she means is that she is less lactose tolerant, which means she’s more lactose intolerant, haha.

    • Felicia says:

      If you look under the bar, it says “More Likey” not less likely. :) I guess the bars represent her tolerance level.

  • Jennifer says:

    This is so interesting! Amazing what our blood can tell us!
    If you do like cheese, some with lactose intolerance can enjoy goats milk cheese and there are a variety of types and textures out there you might like. My friend is Korean and also suffers from lactose intolerance but we found he can eat the goats milk cheese!

  • Yaa Agyekum says:

    I want to do the test to see what my results are. It might be expensive but it is worth.

  • Miranda Bijsterbosch says:

    So interesting! BTW I love your shoes

  • Deanna Lisovich says:

    I want to get this kind of test done and see what my results are. It is really interesting.

  • Lady-J says:

    This test is so cool. We should all no this much about our bodies. Science is awesome!

  • Kaitlin says:

    Cassey- I highly recommend the book “The Beck Diet solution”— it uses CBT to help you fix emotional eating/reduce it. It’s in an incredible resource and I’m pretty sure you can get it as an audio book and listen while you’re doing other things (you do have to write down advantages cards). I saw it recommended on Reddit and I don’t like the word “diet” in the title but overall it’s about changing your brain to help enforce lifelong health habits. Improving your willpower/resistance muscle instead of your “giving in” muscle so to speak. I imagine longer sleep will reduce cortisol that helps to fuel increased carb intake/sugar intake/emotional eating habits. What I found interesting with high cholesterol is it has been proven not to be caused by saturated fat but by overall bodily inflammation (which is usually caused by manufactured “processed/boxed” food and SUGAR)!!! Drugs like statins aren’t actually really effective. Heart disease (referenced by multiple cardiologists) isn’t caused by saturated fat directly. My parents both have high cholesterol and heart disease runs in my family- they both also have poor, high sugar diets without much daily movement. I refuse to take statins later in life and am making healthy choices now for my future.

    I did your daily workout video playlist yesterday—- can’t wait to get to the level that I can do more than 3 donkey kicks and finally do a 1 legged burpee. :D

  • Frances says:

    My family also has high cholesterol risk— we’ve discovered that unfortunately coconut products, which are super trendy as dairy replacements these days, are incredibly high in saturated fats and not good for one’s cholesterol levels. So— all things in moderation I guess.

  • Lilly says:

    Hey, absolutely love that you’re back to blogging and have been reading every day! Just wondering if you’re going to update the PIIT app at some time in the near future? I love your products, but at the moment don’t feel like it’s at the point where a £10 fee is worth it, especially when your YouTube is so full of content!

    • desertrose says:

      I agree! Been wondering the same thing. Last update was almost a year ago.

      • Jody says:

        I’ve been wondering about the Blogilates app! Mine never loaded this month. I uninstalled it then reinstalled it and now I can’t even log in!! Cassey is usually so great about keeping us informed about updates/changes. I miss my WO calendar!!!

        • blogilates says:

          The blogilates app was made by a developer who I have no contact with…I suggest you delete it and unsubscribe!!

  • Jessica says:

    So you paid $1600 to be told things about your body you already know (lactose intolerant) and common sense (exercise or you could get fat). Amazing.

    • blogilates says:

      Actually, some people don’t have to work out, don’t have to eat clean and will remain lean.

    • marina says:

      @JESSICA Oh my god, how could you write such a mean comment? Cassey’s post contains much more information than those two you’ve clearly cherry-picked! If I could get tested like this, I would definitely do that, it’s very useful, informative and there’s still so much info from Cassie to share with us, I can’t wait!

  • Viv says:

    Hi Casey! So you’ve really inspired to kind of do a life reset too because I’ve been having the same feelings as you were when you first started. I just wanted to ask you though, did you plan out everything before you started or did you just decide to do it and go with it because I’m I keep telling myself I’m not ready yet because I don’t have a plan. But realistically I know that if I keep doing that I’ll never be ready. Just looking for some words of advice because you’ve inspired me so much!

    • Alzbeta says:

      I got inspired and started my own version of this journey, too. No plan, just tracking my cals in MFP as that helped me 3 years ago. And that was it! Everything else will just click. You know how Cassey says One day or Day one? I decided fot the second option and you can, too! Maybe her monthly calendar can be a starter + set a goal. And go!!! Nothing complicated needs to be planned to start ;)

  • Emily says:

    Wow! Its so interesting how much they can find out from a blood test! I would love to get a proper one done in regards to what I’m allergic/intolerant to. At the moment I eat dairy even though my body is like: No. Stop. plz. haha!
    Sir George is SO. GOSH. DARN. CUUUUTE! Has he still been pining at you whilst you’re at your desk?
    I also love your rekindled passion for dance! Your dance workouts are some of my faves – they always put me in such a good mood! Xx

    • Lucy says:

      If you’re concerned about allergies, please see a registered allergist/immunologist. There are lots of scams out there! Even the ‘real-deal’ blood tests (IgE / RAST) are inconclusive and need to be backed up by reaction history. Start by keeping a diary of symptoms and the right people will be able to help you work it out :)

    • blogilates says:

      No actually he stopped!!!

  • Paeonia says:

    I haven’t been following your 90 day journey but this post made me dive back into my genome (a little more diy than your report), and it looks like the low carb diet I’ve been on is not compatible with my genetics. Next time I have money to burn I will consider spending it on the report you got (self-interpretation of genetics is hard and confusing).

  • Shayla says:

    Just curious.. So does this mean Cassey will have to keep eating this diet after her challenge in order to maintain her body type?

    • blogilates says:

      Right now my carbs are at around 20% so going to 40% will be no problem at all. But yes, basically if I wanted to stay lean I’d need to be a low carber.

  • Diana says:

    Miyoko’s vegan cheese is pretty good and probably the most convincing out of all the vegan cheese I’ve tried. I also really like Follow Your Heart and So Delicious vegan cheeses. The mozzarella shreds from Daiya are the best tasting from that line. I have heard that Violife is good too but haven’t tried it yet.

    • SakkaraBeirre says:

      I love everything Mioyoko’s makes! I haven’t eaten any other butter in a year since I first tasted it. She’s coming out with a bagged sprinkle cheddar very soon. Can’t wait!

      • Paeonia says:

        The Miyoko’s butter is so good.

      • Diana says:

        LOL that’s funny. I wasn’t too impressed by Miyoko’s butter. I think Earth Balance is better, but lately I have been liking the I can’t believe it’s not butter vegan butter. It actually has a buttery taste. Her vegan mozz and butter are the only things I’ve tried so far because its a bit pricey for my budget. Why pay more when there are cheaper alternatives that work pretty well, you know?

    • Paeonia says:

      I grate Violife Parmesan and combine it with Miyokos butter for a non-dairy but otherwise authentic and super easy fettuccine Alfredo. (My noodles are made out of nothing but edamame. Sorry, Italians.)

  • Brie says:

    As a grad student working in genetics, I’m just curious whether or not your PA went over specific genes with you in your long conversation? I’m just curious since “genotype specific workout” is such a vague term. Thanks for keeping us updated on you’re journey though, it’s very cool to see people starting to pay attention to their genetic makeup in regards to health :)

  • Shiv says:

    Hi Cassey, I have been watching your videos for years!! Love your energy and enthusiasm. While each persons health journey is unique, As a physician, These tests and results are really not evidence based. Particularly the food sensitivities – not at all accurate or reflective. Many studies show how inaccurate they are in fact. I mean no disrespect or Ill will. I just don’t think eliminating foods ( and trust me many of them will come flagged) make genuine difference besides maybe a placebo effect. But I’m interested to see what happens on this journey.

    • blogilates says:

      I’d definitely read this as well, so when I talk about my food sensitivities test I will mention that.

  • Heather says:

    This is so informative! I wish I could afford to know that much about my body since I’m struggling with weight loss 😅 maybe one day!

    • Amanda Johnson says:

      Omg I didn’t know such tests existed! I have fibromyalgia and pcos.. or the symptoms of it lol. Every test I get through doctors is inconclusive and they have no idea what to do with never how to help me because my body doesnt respond well to exercise (I gain muscle.. that’s it so it just looks like I’m overweight) or diet no matter what I try. I wish I could afford this test, it would totally fix my life lol!

      • AJ says:

        1. Calculate your total daily energy expenditure (tdeecalculator.net – choose “sedentary”)

        2. Download MyFitnessPal or Loseit and ACCURATELY track all your food. No guesstimating. No drinking calories that you don’t log. No little “it’s just a bite”. Use measuring cups and a food scale ($15 on Amazon).

        3. Eat at a 300-500 calorie deficit.

        Do that for 2-3 months and I can guarantee you’ll lose weight. All weight loss is based on calories in < calories out. If you’re burning more than you consume you will lose weight no matter what. You really don’t need fancy tests and honestly, a lot of this post sounds like pseudoscience to me.

  • allyybayy says:

    Hi Casey! I downloaded and paid for your app and there’s no workout on the calendar and nothing is working! If someone could reach out to me I’d really appreciate it!! <3

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