Novak Djokovic – Serve To Win
The 14-Day Gluten Free Plan For Physical and Mental Excellence
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Why would we promote a book?
A couple of weeks back I was contacted by Transworld Publishers (a division of penguin random house). At first I was somewhat dubious; there are a lot of people out there who claim to be people they aren’t to get on a website, and I was wondering if this was another example of this. Luckily, for everyone, we got talking and it soon became apparent the reason they had contacted me was due to the launch of one of their clients new books.
At this point I wondered if it was going to be another one of these fad celebrity diet plans that we refuse to publicise on Faultless Fitness to protect you, our readers, and again my dubious nature started to resurface. Just when I was about to give in to my dubious nature, and shelve the conversation, two points were mentioned that hit home; “Novak Djokovic” and “Gluten Free”.
The reason Novak’s name made a difference is because in my mind I found it highly unlikely that one of the elite in the game of tennis would sign up to a fad diet for sponsorship. Here is a man that has, against the odds, struggled with health and fitness for a large part of his career and yet still came out on top, beating Nadal and Federer, and winning Wimbledon! With his wealth, and current seat as one of the best names in tennis, I doubted he would need to attribute his name to some 3rd-party-written diet aimed at making money rather than helping people. I was right; it turned out he authored the book himself.
Dr. Cetojevic and my father had mutual friends—Serbia is a small country, after all—and six months after my dis- grace in Australia, we arranged to meet during a Davis Cup match in Croatia. Dr. Cetojevic told me he thought food sen- sitivities were not only the cause of my physical breakdown but were playing a role in my mental state as well. He said that he could give me the guidelines that would help me cre- ate my own diet—the right diet for my body. He asked me about how I ate, how I slept, how I lived, and how I had grown up.
As a fellow Serb, Dr. Cetojevic could understand as well as anyone what my early life was like—what my family once had, what we’d lost, what we’d struggled so hard to over- come. A boy like me, growing up in Serbia, becoming a tennis champion? It was unlikely in even the best of circum- stances.And it became even more unlikely when the bombs started dropping.
The second, and for me, far more personal point of interest, was the fact that the diet was aimed at being gluten free. Being the regular reader of Faultless Fitness (that you obviously are…) you will have noticed recently that our authors have had a real bug bear with nutrition and have savagely attacked the myths leading to bad health and fitness due to poor nutrition. This is largely due to the fact they see poor nutrition every day in their new clients and so you, as readers, have been getting the benefit of their wrath. As a result there has been a landslide of nutritional information on the site. Something we haven’t covered to date is special needs diets and so this book was an incredibly interesting new viewpoint into diets for the site.
Making this book even more inspirational is the fact that a member of my family suffers from coeliac disease (which is where they are allergic to gluten). As a child I grew up watching them have to eat differently to everyone else. At restaurants, they often couldn’t eat anything due to a lack of understanding from the staff as to what was and what was not gluten free. “Serve to win” gives me an opportunity to try this for myself and also helps other readers with the condition have a much higher quality of diet in ways they probably couldn’t believe possible before hand.
Homemade Chicken Soup with Rice
1 head of roasted garlic
2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced on the bias 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced on the bias
2 fresh thyme sprigs
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 quarts chicken stock, homemade or store-bought
1 cup brown rice
1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
2 cups shredded leftover chicken, white and dark meat
- To make roasted garlic: Cut a whole garlic bulb in half horizontally, rub with a touch of olive oil, and bake in a 350°F oven for about 1 hour, until soft. Set aside.
- In a large stockpot over medium heat, sauté the carrots and celery with the thyme in the olive oil just until fra- grant, about 5 minutes. Add the roasted garlic cloves. Gently pour the stock into the pot and simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Add the rice and simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
- Add sea salt to taste and the chicken. Simmer until the rice and carrots are tender, about 3 more minutes.
Stephen Nash is the lead Exercise Physiologist at Faultless Fitness. With a wealth of experience in delivering clinical and sports interventions, he has helped scores of people achieve their health and sports performance goals.