Despite his recent loss to Roger Federer in The French Open, tennis star Novak Djokovic has been on an incredible winning streak. The number-two-in-the-world Serbian won 43 matches in a row, a record unheard of since John McEnroe’s glory days in 1984.
So you may wonder, what could possibly be the cause of this outstanding accomplishment? The answer: A gluten free diet. Djokovic learned last year that he had an allergy to gluten so he tossed the pizza, bagels, and oh so tasty pasta and grabbed a KIND bar (we can only hope!) Since the switch up of his dietary regimen, he has been playing at the top of his game and recently stated, “I have lost some weight but it’s only helped me because my movement is much sharper now and I feel great physically.”
It appears that gluten allergy diagnoses have been on the rise. Recent studies show that 1 in every 133 Americans are gluten-intolerant, where a decade ago it was only 1 in 2500 worldwide. Those who are diagnosed should continue to nourish their bodies with the appropriate nutrients, especially athletes, and it’s not exactly easy to find a tasty, gluten-free product in every aisle at the grocery store. Before that big game, workout or competition, grab an Almond Walnut Macadamia + Protein bar, which contains 10 grams of satiating protein, heart healthy nuts and 50% DV of Vitamins A, C and E and like all of our bars, is gluten free.
Although Djokovic will not reveal all the details of his successful diet, we know his guidelines. Whether you are allergic to gluten or not, going gluten free seems to have huge benefits. Not only can it aid in weight loss, but it can contribute to excelling athletically as well. Hey, as long as he does not beat Nadal, I am all for his diet!