Yesterday it came out that tennis player Novak Djokovic is an anti-vaxxer, so I joked on Twitter that his name should be NoVaxx.
Then a friend replied, ‘There’s an interview clip where he says just holding bread/gluten over his stomach (why was he doing this?) saps him of strength…’. This sounded nuts, so I replied to it somewhat dismissively.
Then I decided to find the interview clip, and ended up reading all about Djokovic’s diet. And, weirdly, bits of it resonated with me. I too feel very sluggish and weary all the time, and sleep around 14 hours a day (yes, you read that correctly – 14!) especially when I eat carbs and/or sugar.
The article said Djokovic had reached and retained his position as the world’s no. 1 by following a specific diet:
‘The key to the diet Djokovic now follows is the absence of both gluten – which is present in most foods – and dairy products. He also cuts out as much sugar as possible. The world No 1’s diet is based on vegetables, beans, white meat, fish, fruit, nuts, seeds, chickpeas, lentils and healthy oils.’
It sounds very healthy to me, so (meat excepted) I thought I might try it and see whether my sluggishness and lethargy eases as a result. I’ll let you know what happens.
I’m very pro-vaccination though, so that’s one particular choice of Djokovic’s which I won’t be trying!
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