Matt PerrySymptoms: fatigue, insomnia, weight management issues Food Reactions: peanut, mustard seed, gluten, grape
“A simple test and re-education on your eating habits can change your life around”
- Matt Perry suffered from poor energy levels, insomnia and weight management issues
- The 40-year-old decided to look into his diet further and came across yorktest
- His food intolerance test revealed that he was intolerant to some unsuspecting ingredients, such as peanuts, mustard seed, gluten and grape
- Guided by his consultation with nutritional therapist, Sarah, he had support by his side to make his dietary changes
- Nearly 5 weeks on, he ‘feels amazing’ and has lost over 17lbs in weight
40-year-old Matt Perry had been struggling with weight management issues and poor energy levels before taking a food intolerance test with one of the most respected food intolerance testing companies, yorktest. He was also having trouble sleeping which was affecting his ability to focus on everyday tasks.
He decided to take a yorktest Premium Food Intolerance Test programme to see if his diet could be contributing to any of his symptoms.
The process, which involves sending a finger-prick blood sample to their laboratory, revealed some surprising and unexpected reactions to wheat, yeast, gluten, lentils, peanuts, mustard seed and grape.
“When I first got my results, I was at first shocked that my staple food groups were the things I was intolerant to. I thought ‘OK, I should be able to get around it’ and then I started to look at the ingredients and that’s when it sunk in how much I would have to change. Simple things like a sandwich, being that I can’t have wheat and gluten, made this a challenge” he said.
Faced with a large list, he was understandably daunted. Luckily, here at yorktest, we never leave you stranded when you need us the most. Our programmes come with up to two 30-minute consultations with one of our nutritional therapists to help you to make your dietary changes.
Nutritional therapist, Sarah, guided him through his food triggers and where they could be hidden in his diet. She also helped him to find alternatives he hadn’t thought of before. It didn’t take him long for him to feel the benefits but admitted that he had given into temptation and slipped up two weeks into his elimination diet.
“I had a slip up and ate an all-day breakfast sandwich,” Matt explained. “30 minutes later I felt sick, bloated and horrible all day. I did not do that again!”
Speaking of his experience 5 weeks on, he says he feels “amazing”. “I have lost over an inch from my waist and lost 17 pounds in weight; I go to sleep almost instantly rather than staring at the ceiling. My energy levels through the day are higher; I am more focused and clearer headed,” Matt said.
He’s also managed to defeat the cravings of his trigger foods. “I look at TV adverts for food now and think that would be nice, but I don’t crave them anymore. The good thing is I am not on a diet, I have just changed my eating habits” he explained.
His active regime has also seen an improvement. “In my first triathlon of the season, I knocked 17 minutes off my time from last year!” Matt announced.
He concluded that “A simple test and re-education on your eating habits can turn your life around”.