Deji Tobias

Optimising the diet of an elite GB runner

Elite GB sprinter, Deji, had been suffering with a range of symptoms for as long as he could remember. These included rashes on his skin, bloating after meals and digestive difficulties after consuming certain foods.

Luton based, Deji, said:  “Whenever I had a full English breakfast or cereal with any form of cows milk in it, I would need the toilet straight away.”

The 26-year-old holds some incredible records for the 60, 100 and 200 metres and was on the podium at the 2013 European Athletics U23 Championships. Despite this success, he admits that his symptoms did affect his preparation for races.“I would fatigue rather quickly during the day and take a lot longer to recover in between training sessions.”

When Deji heard about the Lorisian 200plus food intolerance test †, he saw an ideal opportunity to take a closer look at his diet.

“I was interested to find out what foods I had been eating that possibly had a negative impact on my sporting performance and which foods I could possibly substitute leading into races, to help my recovery post training and competition.”

With a simple finger-prick test, Lorisian measured IgG antibodies to over 200 different foods and drinks in Deji’s blood sample. The results revealed that he was reacting to cow’s milk, eggs, almond, chicken, wheat and orange.

The next step was to book his consultation with a Lorisian nutritional therapist to help him find nutritious alternatives to his trigger foods and adapt to an elimination diet.

“The consultation was very helpful,” said Deji. “It made me aware in greater detail what foods that I should avoid and what foods had which ingredients in them.

“I have become a lot more aware of what foods I buy from a store and what foods I cook.”

As he had already tried in the past to cut out cow’s milk and knew what to avoid, Deji did not find this elimination difficult. It was cutting back on chicken and wheat products that proved the “hardest transition”. But Deji rose to the challenge and his efforts were soon rewarded.

“It just so happened that I received my results one week before a competition I had coming up so I did a rough meal plan for the week and set out the foods that I would avoid. I ran my fastest time of the year after following the rough meal plan.”

As a result of introducing his new diet, Deji also saw an improvement in his fatigue levels and a reduction in his bloating. Plus, he lost a kilo of weight in the process.

“I feel light and energised,” he explained. “And I recover much better day-to-day from whatever life throws at me. I’m also able to control my weight a lot better.”

Six weeks on from taking his test, Deji continues to follow his new diet “strictly” and notices when he occasionally goes off track.

“I had a piece of chicken not too long ago,” he commented. “And experienced a mild belly-ache. So I know the test wasn’t lying to me, unfortunately.”

Deji took a Lorisian 200plus test with nutritional support.

† Lorisian define food intolerance as a food-specific IgG reaction. Food intolerance is a condition with a range of symptoms including gut symptoms, bloating, headaches, migraines, low mood, fatigue, weight gain and skin problems. These symptoms must always be checked out by a Medical Professional. If you have clients that have seen a Medical Professional but have not been given a diagnosis for their symptoms then they may be suffering from food intolerance.