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And Djokovic used to have a bit of a reputation for retiring from matches because of fitness/ breathing problems. He was criticised, maybe thought of as something of a wimp, had an operation on his sinuses... and then he turned into the monster that demolished Nadal in the Final.
His coach says, "We found he had a gluten allergy and since he's cut that out of his diet, he is able to breathe better and take in more oxygen. His body is much healthier and this is the key."
How many other people have had breathing problems disappear after removing gluten? (*raises hand*)
What a cool story! I recently read about the gluten/ataxia link. Ataxia is a disorder where neurological muscle signaling is out of order and people have poor muscle control. So, it makes total sense that gluten could absolutely have been affecting his muscle coordination/control!
I think its definitely good for gluten free. However, I do wonder how much of an effect his diet really had. Tennis is veryyyy mental. This has also come on the heals of a new dedication to his fitness and the sport. But its still good exposure for gluten free. I'm a competitive junior tennis player, so now all my friends want to try the diet I've been doing because of novak. Lawl. They scoffed a year ago...
Carb-dependent diet is more likely to be associated with hypertension, so the mental aspect can be greatly influenced by diet.
I know I'm a lot more at ease and chill on primal/paleo, than I was on SAD with all it's sugar and insulin spikes.
Totally possible for gluten to affect people mentally. For example, I get foggy-brained eating wheat, which slows my response time and makes everything I do a chore. Lifting the brain fog could definitely improve someone's game tremendously, if that is the case. The "How does gluten affect you" threads are quite enlightening to see the range of symptoms that can possibly be eliminated by removing one thing from your diet.
Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.
Great match. Djokovic afterwards was saying he thought he'd had all the same shots before, but nowadays he had a different attitude. Mm. Thing is, the difference in attitude he described (and we've seen) actually reminded me a little, tiny bit of my change in mindset pre- and post-PB. Far more inclined just to go after what I wanted and needed, much less likely to be apologetic and hesitant about it.
Murray's cut back on the gluten, too, though his approach sounds a bit half-hearted by comparison. Someone send him a copy of Mark's book.
They actually spoke a lot about his gluten-free diet in the post tournament discussion, the word is definitely getting out there. Makes me wonder what percentage of Serbia's population has switched to gluten-free this year.
My dad and I were watching a Djokovic match during the Australian Open and my dad asked me what gluten is because he heard Djokovic quit gluten and drastically improved his tenis as a result. I explained gluten and the whole paleo diet to him and my dad has now stopped eating bread!! woohooo!