The Independent reports that “the key to the diet Djokovic now follows is the absence of both gluten – which is present in many foods – and dairy products. He also cuts out as much sugar as possible. The world No 1’s diet is based on vegetables, beans, fruit, nuts, seeds, chickpeas, lentils, healthy oils and some occasional fish.
He is meticulous about when and how he eats. Djokovic buys organic food wherever possible and cooks almost every meal himself; when on tour he always tries to stay in hotels which will let him use their kitchen.”
“After saying a short prayer before meals – to remind himself never to take food for granted – Djokovic eats slowly and deliberately. He never watches television or uses his phone or computer while eating.
His dedication to his diet is extraordinary. After winning his near six-hour final against Rafael Nadal at the 2012 Australian Open, Djokovic had a craving for chocolate, which he had not eaten for 18 months. His physiotherapist brought him a bar. Djokovic broke off one small square and let it melt in his mouth – but left the rest.”
“Djokovic believes the diet has made him more level-headed and less anxious or prone to anger though other routines have also helped in that respect. He never skimps on sleep and always tries to go to bed at the same time, between 11 pm and midnight, before getting up at 7 am. He uses yoga and meditation and believes in “positive thinking”.
His training routine away from competition rarely changes. After 20 minutes of yoga or tai chi, followed by breakfast, he hits with a training partner for an hour and a half, does stretching and has a sports massage. After lunch – when he avoids sugar, protein, and unsuitable carbohydrates – Djokovic does a one-hour workout using weights or resistance bands, after which he takes a protein drink. Another 90-minute hitting session, followed by stretching and perhaps another massage, concludes his day’s physical work.”
Talk about dedication, commitment, and an incredible passion for health and wellness!