Novak Djokovic Credits Diet For His Success
One of the familiar faces in TRANSCENDENCE, the new 5 part docu-series coming exclusively to FMTV, is 14 time Grand Slam tennis champion, Novak Djokovic. In Episode 1, titled ‘What’s In Our Food?’, Novak shares how a change to his diet was the catalyst to his 2011 comeback.
In his deeply personal interview, Djokovic shares his struggles on and off the court, which lead him to go down to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the 2010 Australian Open. From respiratory problems, an inability to cope with the heat, endurance problems, blurry vision, and a slew of other performance issues, Djokovic was fighting a losing battle with himself.
“I’ve experienced, prior to 2010 Australian Open, many struggles on the court… even though I was training hard, I felt like I was losing that fuel in my tank,” he shares.
Embarking on a life-changing journey with the help of fellow Serb, Dr. Igor Cetojevic, Djokovic found the best fuel for his body, and he hasn’t looked back since. The results were swift and impactful, with the tennis star winning ten tournaments and being crowned world number 1 within the next 12 months.
Since then, Djokovic has spent 223+ weeks at number 1 and amassed 14 Grand Slam titles. He’s also the first person since 1969 to win all four major Grand Slams in one year, and win all 11 ATP 1000 masters events.
“I just needed that information about the change in diet and nutrition. With that change in 2010 and the years after that, I felt so strong as a tennis player… the horizons of my life opened up to me. The circumstances in life that I’ve had after that were phenomenal,” he says.
Novak Djokovic’s powerful story is just one of many in Episode 1, including experts like Bruce Lipton, Mark Hyman, Vani Hari, William Davis, and more. And don’t forget, this is only the first episode of 5, there is so much more inspiration to come.
Healthy Vegan Fats and Foods: Vegan Diet Essentials
Many people new to veganism, especially in Western countries, overlook the nuances that come with this healthy diet. Perhaps they decide to become vegan after discovering yoga but don’t fully understand how to live out their new eating plan. For example, they might reject almost all fats, including unsaturated varieties. They’re unaware of or ignore the potential benefits of incorporating these important nutrients in their diet.
What are Good Vegan Fats?
The health benefits of consuming a sufficient amount of fat in the right forms and proper proportions have been shown to be immensely important in an endless number of areas impacting the state of body and mind.
Among other things, it can strengthen the immune system, enhance brain and nervous systems functions such as mood, intelligence, and behavior, greatly reduce cardiovascular disease, increase energy and performance, grow healthy skin, hair, and nails, regulate body weight, and improve organ and gland function.
Good Fat Versus Bad Fat
In the landscape of fats, it can be challenging to distinguish the good from the bad. In general, saturated fats, most of which come from meat and dairy products, raise the amount of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol in your blood.
According to the American Heart Association, the sustained consumption of saturated fats makes it more likely you’ll suffer from a stroke or heart disease. Blood type and disease risk should also be considered. By choosing to be vegan, you’re automatically reducing your saturated fat intake.
It’s worth noting that some plant-based foods, such as coconuts, palm oil, and cocoa butter, do contain saturated fat. Because there are so many tasty and healthy foods rich in unsaturated fat, it’s best to avoid eating these few plants that are high in saturated fat.
However, if you’re impressed with the potential benefits of coconut oil, make sure it comprises 30 percent or less of the fat you eat. That’s the widely accepted dietary limit for saturated fat, regardless of the source.