02 Nov Gluten Free Celebrities – Novak Djokovic
In 2013, professional tennis player Novak Djokovic released a book, ‘Serve to Win: The 14-Day Gluten-Free Plan for Physical and Mental Excellence’, detailing his journey to success which he in part attributes to the discovery of his gluten allergy and his gluten-free diet following that.
Before being diagnosed, Novak describes that ‘there was something about me that was broken, unhealthy, unfit. Some called it allergies, some called it asthma, some just called it being out of shape but no matter what we called it no one knew how to fix it.’
“Since the age of 13 I’d felt constantly stuffy… I would wake up groggy and it would take me a long time to get going. I was always tired and I felt bloated even when I was training three times a day.”
“Imagine you’re hammering a nail into a plank of wood and you accidently hit your thumb. It gets swollen, red and angry. That’s what was happening inside me.”
Essentially, Novak’s gluten allergy meant that what he was eating was attacking his body and affecting his performance. The fact that Djokovic attributes the change in his diet to his later success proves just how much gluten can affect the way our body works and the way it can affect our lifestyles.
“I had to learn to listen to my body. Once I did everything changed. You could call it magic. It felt like magic.”
“My life has changed because I now eat the right foods for my body. I feel fresher, more alert and more energetic than I have in my life. You certainly don’t have to be a tennis pro to make the changes I did to improve your body, your health and outlook on life.” Novak Djokovic