Whether you want to lose weight, improve your athletic performance or feel better, tennis superstar Novak Djokovic can help. The reason: He's become a leader in proving that going gluten-free can make a dramatic difference in athletic ability and health.
When he changed his diet by eliminating dairy and gluten, Novak also changed the level of his performance, slamming home his point that the right regime can win. He's authored a book about that diet: "Serve to Win: The 14-Day Gluten-Free Plan for Physical and Mental Excellence" (click for details).
Just what is gluten? Let's ask Novak.
"Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. It's the 'glue' in wheat that makes bread doughy; without gluten, you wouldn't be able to toss a pizza crust in the air or roll out a pie dough. All wheat products have gluten, even healthy whole-grain products. This means that gluten is in the vast majority of foods we eat," says the tennis wiz.
The preface to Novak's book is authored by William Davis, M.D., famed for crafting "Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health" (click for information). Like Dr. Davis, Novak warns about the lack of testing in the genetically modified wheat that many of us eat daily without thinking about it.
"Thousands of new strains (of wheat) have made it to the human commercial food supply without a single effort at safety testing," says Dr. Davis.
Here's what's on Novak's menu (click the links for more details):
- room temperature water
- honey from New Zealand
- oatmeal or muesli
- nuts and seeds
- fruits and vegetables
- coconut oil
- milk substitute such as almond milk
- gluten-free pasta
- Kind bars
Should you try it? Reflecting on Novak's diet recently, sports guru Jeff Baker noted: "The Djokovic challenge is to eliminate gluten from your diet for two weeks, and then eat a bagel and see how it tastes. He's sure it will taste awful and you'll realize how much better you felt when you weren't eating gluten."
What do you think? Willing to take the challenge? Let us know if you go gluten-free and then bite a bagel by posting your comments below.