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Tennis Star Novak Djokovic Is Gluten-Free and Even Cooks for Himself

496589-novak-djokovic-us-open-2016-afp[1]Novak Djokovic is a dominating force on the world tennis stage, having won 11 Grand Slam titles, 26 Masters and five world tour titles. Now he is playing in the 2016 US Open and ranked No. 1.

But in 2009, Djokovic thought his career was over, almost before it began. Plagued by fatigue, breathing difficulties and stomach spasms, Djokovic could barely get through a match.

A nutritionist, Dr. Igor Cetojevic, noticed his poor play and tested him for food sensitivities. Gluten, dairy, and tomatoes came up positive and Djokovic changed his diet to avoid those foods. Within two weeks, he started feeling better and more energetic. He grew leaner, stronger and the wins started piling up. 

Although a sports superstar, Djokovic is down to earth when it comes to his meals. He prepares his own meals, even on the road, focusing on healthy, homemade natural foods. According to an article in Foods 4 Better Health, his diet includes mostly lean meats, vegetables, lentils, beans, nuts and healthy oils. He even goes as far as only choosing hotels with kitchens, so he will know he can cook for himself.

Djokovic turns 30 next spring and has logged over 889 matches. He is currently battling a wrist injury and while there is no guarantee he can keep up the speed and strength one needs to stay number one, you can be sure his diet will not be the thing that stops him.

 

About John Libonati

John Libonati
Author Information: John Libonati, Philadelphia, PA Publisher, Glutenfreeworks.com & The Gluten Free Works Health Guide. Editor & Publisher, Recognizing Celiac Disease.
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