Navigating the wheat free, gluten free diet

The Wall Street Journal called him “the world’s best athlete of 2011.”  He’s beaten Nadal four times straight.  His first name sounds like a last name.

His name is Novak Djokovic and if you’ve heard of him you’re at least one of the following:

1. A dude.

2. A dude who watches ESPN exclusively even when the “good” sports are off-season.

3. Rich.

4. Over 40.

If you haven’t, you’ll hear of him soon because he’s unstoppable on the tennis court. And I’m thinking his nutritionist got a big raise

See, Djokovic’s nutritionist discovered last year that he has a gluten allergy, and since he dropped it from his diet, his life on and off court has taken a turn. Says the journal,

Djokovic’s serve, sloppy as recently as last season, is now precise, fluid and, at times, devastating. His forehand used to break down in tense moments; now he hits winners that seem to subscribe to undiscovered laws of physics. His backhand, always solid, is now impenetrable, even with Nadal’s famously high-bouncing forehand.

The one change in his life? Deleting the wheat.

Even if Djokovic’s newfound confidence stems from going gluten-free only because he told himself it’s the cause (as the WSJ article suggests), one can’t deny the results.  Or the good press for GF dieters and undiagnosed celiacs everywhere–especially the dudes.  The more men who hear the words “gluten-free” and “gluten intolerance” and see the positive effects the diet can have, the more likely they’ll be to get diagnosed, instead of toughing it out in favor of “appearing weak.”

Results may vary.  Going gluten-free may not make you Superman, or the best tennis player the world has ever seen, but it will make you feel better.

-Taylor

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Comments on: "Gluten-free Tennis Pro Attributes Success to Diet" (2)

  1. Hi Taylor,
    Just wanted to say your blog is fabulous! Thanks for being such a community advocate! As I get the Gluten Intolerance Group – Gainesville Branch up to speed, I’ll definitely make sure our members are aware of this as a great local resource! Please encourage your followers to check out http://www.glutenintolerancegroupgainesville.blogspot.com to learn more about this new group in Gainesville to provide support and exchange of ideas/information about living GF! We want this group to grow. More details at the blog….
    best,
    Janet Frank

  2. Janet Frank said:

    Hi Taylor,
    Great job on the blog. Love it! Please help me get the word out about the new local branch of the Gluten Intolerance Group. Here are ways to find more info: http://www.glutenintolerancegroupgainesville.blogspot.com
    or
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gluten-Intolerance-Group-Gainesville-FL/208235165858985?sk=wall
    Thanks!
    Janet Frank

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