As an accomplished 800 metre sprinter himself and son of gold medallist athlete, Sally Gunnell, Fin Bigg knew it was important to train hard and eat well if he was to succeed at running.
After Sally became a Brand Ambassador for the food intolerance testing* business, YorkTest, Fin jumped at the chance to take a closer look at his diet alongside the rest of his family, including his brother Luca and Sally herself.
He had consistently set records and caught the eye at his athletics club, Brighton Phoenix, but for a long while he had been held back a little by a frequently blocked nose.
A few days later, Fin received a comprehensive results pack from Lorisian, which outlined his own personal food intolerances* in a simple colour-coded table. The testing had revealed that Fin was reacting to four ingredients – cow’s milk, wheat, egg yolk and egg white. He also had a borderline reaction to elderflower.
The next stage of the process was to speak to one of Lorisian’s BANT^ registered Nutritional Therapists, who guided Fin on how to safely eliminate trigger foods from his diet and replace these with nutritious alternatives.
“I’ve always been complaining to my Mum of having a blocked nose and she always told me it was a family trait and caused by the way my nose was built,” Fin explained.
“I enjoyed the challenge of trying to stick to the diet,” commented Fin. “And I managed to find some tasty alternatives.”
Fin’s efforts were soon rewarded. After just one week of cutting out his trigger foods, he noticed that his blocked nose had cleared up.
"I felt like I could actually breathe again properly. I was surprised, to be fair, how much of a difference that made,” explained Fin, who was not underestimating the impact the change would also have on his running performance.
“Any marginal gains that you can get from your training or your diet is so big these days for athletes when there’s such fine margins. So knowing that my body is able to take in these foods better and I’m not consuming anything that’s not helping me, is making such a big difference for me.
“It feels daunting at first cutting out all of these foods but actually I’ve quite enjoyed it and for any other athlete who would like to give it a go, I would recommend it definitely.
“I’ve got my first race coming up since I started my diet and I’m excited to see how that goes because surely breathing is going to help me quite a lot.”
Later that evening, Fin achieved his best ever 800 metre time, crossing the line in an impressive 1:48.97.