Novak Djokovic – Listen to your body.
As part of his strict diet, Novak Djokovic has cited Manuka Honey as a key ingredient. In his book ‘Serve to Win‘, Novak speaks about the dietary changes he was forced to make after discovering he was Gluten Intolerant (GI).
By 2009, Novak’s career had rocketed him to within the top ten in tennis. As the opponents got harder, the matches became longer and Novak ever increasingly found himself running out of energy and suffering from chest pains which mentally effected his game. After visiting his doctor it was determined that he was Gluten Intolerant and to move forward his diet must change. Never shy to hard work, Novak overhauled his diet completely.
Novak made the obligatory GI changes but took it a step further but removing all dairy from his diet and and began a a full Gluten & Dairy free diet. The changes were startling and within 12 months he was world number 1, a place he has mostly held since then. Novak now eats mostly organic foods, which can be difficult when you spend so much time on the road. His diet is now based around vegetables, beans, white meat, fish, fruit, nuts, seeds, chickpeas, lentils and healthy oils. The other key ingredient is Manuka Honey!
Novak Djokovic has since become obsessive about New Zealand Manuka Honey. He cites two spoonfuls everyday as a key part of his diet for the nutrients and anti-bacterial and anti-microbial benefits it can bring to his digestive system.
His world number 1 ranking and dominance of the past 5 years tell us one thing if nothing else, Novak is doing something very right! Diet and exercise are key to strong health and mental well-being but a little bit of Manuka Honey also goes a very long way.
He also explains in his book he started drinking loads of warm water all day long, as well as shakes made with pea protein concentrate. He Avoids dairy and stays away from alcohol during tournaments. He eats lots of avocados, cashew butter and very little sugar. Banishing caffeine, other than the occasional energy gel bar before matches.
One of his other recommendations are to try to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night, meditate, do plenty of yoga and tai chi.
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