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Jefferson Adams posted an article in Conferences, Publicity, Pregnancy, Church, Bread Machines, Distillation & BeerCeliac.com 09/18/2018 - With a number of major tennis stars singing the praises of a gluten-free diet, including top players like Novak Djokovic, Swiss great Roger Federer weighed in on the topic. The 20-time Grand Slam winner says that he’s never tried the gluten-free diet, and that he doesn’t not “even know what that all means…I eat healthy, and I think that's what people should do, too, if they have the options. It's sure important the right diet for an athlete.” Djokovic, the 2018 US Open winner has been gluten-free since 2011, and calls the diet his biggest key to his success. For Federer, diet is helpful, but not the whole story. “[Diet] can help you, you know. I mean, I think every athlete should be in good shape. I don't think we should have any fat athletes, to be honest. We do too much sports and we should be too professional to let that happen to ourselves. If it happens, well, we should wake up. You don't have the right entourage. They're not telling you that you're a bit fat. Players try different things, and whatever works for them. I do my thing. It's been very easy and natural and healthy, and it's worked.” So, while Novak Djokovic, and a number of other athletes, have gone gluten-free and continue to tout the benefits, look for Federer to remain faithful to his generally nutritious non-gluten-free diet. Read more at: TennisWorldUSA.org
Jefferson Adams posted an article in Conferences, Publicity, Pregnancy, Church, Bread Machines, Distillation & BeerCeliac.com 09/29/2015 - In his new autobiography, world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic opens up about how positive blood screens for gluten antibodies changed his diet, and how his diet changed his career. Through 2010, Djokovic had seen some notable late-match collapses, and was even forced to drop out from competitions due to health reasons. Many thought his career in peril. He was referred to doctor Igor Cetojevic, M.D, who recommended several tests, including an ELISA test. ELISA is a common test for malaria and HIV, but it can also be used in the determination of food allergies. Djokovic’s ELISA indicated an intolerance to wheat and dairy products. The doctor immediately advised Djokovic to change his diet, especially to eliminate high-gluten foods like bread. The scientific evidence is pretty strong that a gluten-free diet is only useful for athletic performance if the athlete is gluten-free, and here is a case where it seems to have made the difference. After adopting a fairly strict gluten-free diet, especially during training and match play, Djokovic has seen remarkable success on the court. He has played strong, injury-free tennis and has won multiple grand slam titles with nearly zero defeats, and no late-match bonking of days past. Read more at Healthaim.com.
Jefferson Adams posted an article in Conferences, Publicity, Pregnancy, Church, Bread Machines, Distillation & BeerCeliac.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. The 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! Source: http://www.tennistalk.com/en/news/20111115/Murray_gets_wake-up_call_from_gluten-free_diet
Celiac.com 06/29/2011 - Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic credits an unbeaten string of victories on the court to his special, gluten-free diet. Meanwhile, Sabine Lisicki recently attributed her collapse on the threshold of a major upset over third seed Vera Zvonareva in the second round of the French Open to a need for her body to adjust to her new gluten-free diet; which Lisicki adopted after discovering she is intolerant to gluten, a protein in cereal grains. After physically crumbling within sight of victory, a sobbing Lisicki was carried from the court on a stretcher. The 21-year-old later explained on her website (www.sabinelisicki.com) that her collapse occurred because her body simply let her down. She said that "[d]octors recently discovered that I am intolerant to gluten -- meaning I can't eat e.g. pasta, one of my biggest energy sources." "My body needs to adjust to the big change and needs some time. It is good that we found out and it will only make life better in the long run, she added." Pasta and bread are still staple foods for many top athletes, as they are important sources of energy. Athletes on gluten-free diets need to find new energy sources. Djokovic has enjoyed a 39-match winning streak after changing his diet in late 2010, after tests by his nutritionist showed him to be gluten intolerant. Like Lisicki, Djokovic's body cannot process the carbohydrates he traditionally used to fuel his body, and he was forced to find alternative foods to provide the energy and stamina needed to prevail in long matches. For Djokovic, the change has paid off handsomely. "I have lost some weight but it's only helped me because my movement is much sharper now and I feel great physically," said an energized Djokovic, who has beaten Rafael Nadal in four finals this year.