If you’re into tennis at all, you’re probably tuning into the U.S. Open in New York this week. So, of course I am because I like to play tennis and enjoy watching the best in the world compete.
Now, you ask what does that have to do with living gluten-free or the day to day challenges of your battle with celiacs’ disease?
Well, everything right now.
Tennis phenom (at least so far this year) Novak Djokovic is scheduled to play Rafael Nadal on Monday for the U.S. Open championship has had a spectacular record of 43-1 up to this point this year, winning the Australian Open and six other tournaments, and losing only to 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the French Open. However, he just exacted his revenge by defeating Federer in a five set thriller on Saturday. With win after win the world’s number two player stands to become number one with a victory on Monday afternoon.
Ok, so what gives?
“I am allergic to some food ingredients, like gluten,” Djokovic explained. “It means I can’t eat stuff like pizza, pasta and bread. I have lost some weight but it’s only helped me because my movement is much sharper now and I feel great physically.”
Djokovic has rapidly become the world’s most famous celiac, and living proof that sufferers can not only lead relatively normal lives but can excel.
In fact, he has credited this diet for his outstanding performance so far this season. Within a span of five months, the Serbian tennis star has acquired seven titles – the Australian Open, Dubai Tennis Championships, Indian Wells, Miami Masters, Serbia Open, Madrid Masters and Rome Masters.
Now, the good news for you.
You should now be feeling energized by the idea that if you stick true to your gluten-free diet that: you will not feel as sick, you will have more energy, you may lose some weight and you just might be able to play some serious kick-butt tennis just like Novak Djokovic. Yeah, right!
Hey, three out of four ain’t bad.