Disclosure: This post is sponsored by HealthLabs.com, however all opinions expressed here are my own. Please see my disclosure statement for more information. 

This is my first sponsored post in more than 10 years of writing this blog. I’ve received hundreds of offers to shill everything from essential oils to matching pajamas for your whole family but I’ve always turned them down because it took me a long time to earn your trust, so when I recommend a product or service, it has to be something I really believe in. Also, I don’t like being told what to do, and when brands pay you to blog about them, they usually want to tell you what to say and how to say it.

So what made me cave after this long? Curiosity, pure and simple. I received a pitch from HealthLabs.com about their Vegan Wellness Panel Test – a lab test that looks for 11 common deficiencies in vegans:

  • B-12
  • Calcium
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  • D-25 Hydroxy (Vitamin D-3)
  • Ferritin
  • Folic Acid
  • Homocysteine
  • Iron
  • Zinc

My first reaction was defensive, as we vegans are constantly under scrutiny about where we get our protein, blah blah. But, then I was curious – I’m 38 years old, I haven’t eaten meat since 1998, I’ve been vegan a long time, and I don’t take any vitamins – I’d love to find out if I am deficient in any of these nutrients so I can make adjustments to my diet.

Now, before you start chasing me down the street with pitchforks, my dear fellow vegans, I am not saying our diet is inherently deficient. I’m just curious is my own vegan diet is lacking – and if not, you bet your butt I’m rubbing that in EVERYONE’S faces.

Speaking of deficiencies, it should be noted that the traditional Western diet (omnivorous – consisting of meat, dairy, eggs, fruits, vegetables… you know, everything) is commonly deficient. According to Web MD, most Americans do not get enough calcium, potassium, Vitamins A, C, E or fiber, among others. So while I’m tracking my protein intake on MyFtnessPal so I can sass any omni who asks me about it, I often wonder if they know where they’re getting their fiber?

I have agreed to take the Vegan Wellness Panel Test HealthLabs.com offers, and to share my results with you guys. If you’re curious about your own nutrient levels (or any number of other things they can test for – celiac, heavy metals and toxins, etc) you can get 25% off your test when you mention code bakeanddestroy25 (to use this discount you do need to call and order your test – 1-800-579-3914).

I found a participating lab near me, and I can just walk in with my paperwork from HealthLabs.com, no insurance necessary. A few days after I do, I’ll receive my test results via their secure portal and I’ll know if I need to up my nutritional yeast and kale or if I can tell everyone who’s ever acted like I eat grass to shove it.

I’ll post an update here when I get my results!