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Djokovic Laments Lack Of Comfort Food In Diet

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Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic attributes his rise in form to his gluten-free diet.

Amidst all of Novak Djokovic's accomplishments on the court in the past few years, from winning Wimbledon to assuming the World No. 1 throne, there are still two things lacking in the Serb's life: chocolate and pizza.

The World No. 1 released his first book last week, entitled "Serve to Win: The 14 Day Gluten-Free Plan for Physical and Mental Excellence". In it, the Serb details his discovery of the gluten-free diet that many associate as being the catalyst to his success in recent years. It also includes various recipes and a plan to achieve a state of overall well-being.

Despite his success, Djokovic laments the loss of chocolate in his diet. "Toughest for me was definitely chocolate. My father is addicted to chocolate in a way. Was. Not anymore. He gave it up, too. We used to have at home a lot of sweets. If I have chocolate (now) I have cacao or dark chocolate, a very little bit."

When asked what other foods he misses eating, Djokovic responded, "Maybe pizza. You can have gluten-free pizza, but the regular one is better, I have to admit."

As Djokovic continues on his quest to capture a second US Open title in three years, his now famous gluten-free diet has once again been thrust into the forefront.

"This particular diet changed my life really in a positive way and affected positively my career and my overall feeling on and off the court," Djokovic said. "So I particularly wanted to share this kind of food regime and this kind of change that affected my life positively with the people, just present them my own experience."

Djokovic expressed his desire to help others who were in a similar state as he previously was, clouded by physical and psychological constraints. "I am not trying to, through the book, influence somebody's life and tell the people how they should eat or live or maybe treat their food. I'm just sharing my own experience and hoping that people who are reading it can actually take some valuable examples and experiences to implement in their own life."

"To hear that somebody reading from my book felt positively, there was a positive change in their life, is something really nice to hear," added Djokovic.

Having noticed Djokovic's struggles with breathing issues and sudden instances of mental detachment on the court, Serbian doctor and nutritionist Igor Cetojevic came to the conclusion that he was suffering from a form of gluten intolerance.

"I met this doctor. Through other people that I was meeting in last few years, I tried to absorb the knowledge that they have, in a way kind of implement that in my own life, in my own philosophy. What is good for me doesn't mean it's necessarily good for somebody else. Everybody is different in this world.  But you always try to improve as a person and as a player.  I've been always open‑minded about sports science, about nutrition, about health, about general well‑being, because that's something that is part of my job also and my life."

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