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    Wimbledon Champion Novac Djokovic Credits Gluten-Free Diet for Success

    Jefferson Adams


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      2019 Wimbledon men's singles champion, Novak Djokovic continues to power himself to victory with hard work, and a gluten-free diet. Here's a sample of a single day from Novak's weekly meal.


    Caption: Image: CC BY-ND 2.0--Marianne Bevis

    Celiac.com 07/24/2019 - Tennis champion and world number one, Novak Djokovic helped himself to a taste of Wimbledon famed grass after his historic victory over famously non-gluten-free, Rodger Federer

    According to the 2019 Wimbledon men's singles champion, he continues to power himself to victory with hard work, and a gluten-free diet. In this interview Djokovic talks about the importance of the diet to his improved performance.



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    For nearly a decade now, Djokovic has followed a gluten-free and dairy-free diet. He also cuts out as much sugar as possible, tending to stick to vegetables, beans, white meat, fish, fruit, nuts, seeds, chickpeas, lentils and healthy oils. At one point, he even put his dog on a gluten-free diet, something the FDA recently warned might be harmful for dogs' hearts.

    The dietary change helped Djokovic trade frequent on-court meltdowns for numerous championships and Grand Slam titles. Djokovic wrote about the importance of his new diet, in his book, Serve To Win. Here's a sample of a single day from Novak's weekly meal and snack list:

    Day One
    Breakfast Water first thing out of bed; two tablespoons of honey; muesli (including organic gluten-free rolled oats, cranberries, raisins, pumpkin or sunflower seeds and almonds)

    Mid-morning snack (if needed):
    Gluten-free bread or crackers with avocado and tuna

    Lunch:
    Mixed-greens salad, gluten-free pasta primavera (including rice pasta, summer squash, courgettes, asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes and optional vegan cheese)

    Mid-afternoon snack:
    Apple with cashew butter; melon

    Dinner:
    Kale caesar salad (kale, fennel, quinoa and pine nuts) plus dressing (including anchovies or sardines); minestrone soup; salmon fillets (skin on) with roasted tomatoes and marinade

    Read more about Djokovic's diet in his book, Serve to Win, or in GQ.co.au


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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,500 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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