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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Serve To Win: The 14-Day Gluten-free Plan for Physical and Mental Excellence (Kindle Edition)
Before I read this book, I was astonished about the fitness of different tennis players. They have to play, if in the top 10-20 of the world, at least 70-100 matches each year, with sometimes a very low time of regeneration. Not at least players like Tommy Haas, who is 35 years old, impressed me by his physical agility. As "Djoker" says in his book, the most important part to keep the level of performance at that high level is to regenerate as good as possible. The personal solution for the number 1 of tennis should be, the right nutrition (f.e. Gluten-free), Stretching- workouts, mental balance, and the right social environment. I was interested in the first to parts, the nutrition and the workouts, because I am for myself passionate in soccer and tennis.
The book spend the most pages to describe how Djoker is used to eat and why he does this. Very interesting is the combination of different elements of different cultures, he gathered when he travelled around the word, while the ATP tour.
So he combines the hints he got to create his own dishes and menus, and he declares which effects this nutrition has to his fitness.
The book is well written, it`s entertaining too, and the parts of his personal experiences when he was younger, as a short chronic to his sports chareer were very interesting, too. He begins the nutrition part with his experiences about a Gluten intolerance which he maybe developed by years eating much pasta and pizza and other gluten containing food. The explanations are quite simple, he relates the scientific based knowledge about food-allergies to a doctor and nutrition researcher. Sometimes he leaves is path of empiric science and tells f.e. about a experiment he experienced which is very doubtable for me. But this is only twice taking place in his book. So a great deal of his explanations which are based on a doctors work are quite interesting and reasonable.
It`s a pity that he tells not so much about his workouts, like stretching workouts, taichi or qigong. He is apperently combining different ways of workouts to keep his body elastic and strong.
He gives a look at his daily workout plan and of course of his normal menus when he is on tour. So he represent a bunch of different dishes and gives the reader the possibility to create his of personal menus. Ok for my part I wont buy the expensive honey he uses or the rare nuts he eats, I am just a student, so I bought the stuff in a normal supermarket, but it worked for me.
It worked for me. I had no idea of having just one food intolerance, but after 2 weaks and then after couple of weaks I was very impressed that I felt better and better, especially after eating. Maybe I had a subtile intolerance of different substances like Gluten and Lactose, but I had never expected such a great result. I feel lighter and fitter and can keep my physical and mental performance during the hole day, whithout have a great deep after eating and without needing time to digest the food I ate. He also speaks about the ability to keep the Glucose level at the same level over the hole day. Of course the main part take the hormone insulin, but with the right nutrition and portions you can supplement a balanced Glucose level, which is for me very important.
In summary the book is a well written look at Djokers way of eating and beahving to keep the high level of a top tennis professional. The small, sometimes very funny and humorous parts when he speaks about his tour mates are very entertaining and makes the book to one which is not only focused on the fact that Gluten might be bad for your physical and mental condition. It`s more an insight to Djokers working ethic, his discipline and his love for tennis. So I can recommend it to everyone who is interested in the food-intolerance aspect, the Tennis tour and of course Novak Djokovic.
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