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Gluten-free Diet Now Fuels Tennis Star Andy Murray
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Jefferson Adams

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By Jefferson Adams
Published on 12/26/2011
 
After five months on a gluten-free diet, top professional tennis player Andy Murray has more energy than before, a faster recovery time, and a new-found ability to wake up early, according to comments Murray made when asked by reporters.

Celiac.com 12/26/2011 - After five months on a gluten-free diet, top professional tennis player Andy Murray has more energy than before, a faster recovery time, and a new-found ability to wake up early, according to comments Murray made when asked by reporters.

Photo: CC--Carine06The Scot says that he is amazed by the energy he's gotten from his gluten-free diet. He also says that his change in eating habits is proving beneficial on the court.

"I think there’s a bit of difference in my approach to training and the diet. I feel pretty fresh," he says.

Playing indoors at Paris Bercy, where early starts are common, Murray said " I slept seven and a half hours after playing both singles and doubles, but still woke up feeling fresh. The diet has given me more energy."
 
Does he miss eating bread and other gluten-containing favorites?

Yes. He says that, at restaurants, "I miss being able to pick up a menu and order what I want — like bread when you're waiting for your food to come…It can be quite frustrating when everyone else is dunking their bread in olive oil or smearing it in butter."

Still, if Murray sees anything like benefits experienced by Novak Djokovic, who credits a string of big victories to his gluten-free diet, the tennis world is in for some gluten-free excitement!

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