Novak Djokovic Diet Challenge

About a month ago, I was browsing all the sections in Barnes & Noble, on a spree of last-minute Christmas gifts. Naturally, I had to peruse the Sports section even with a handful of gifts in hand and sure enough, I found a good read that is wonderfully synced to a lot of my growing interests.

Novak Djokovic’s Serve To Win is part memoir, part guidebook as the world’s #2 tennis player (primarily #1 since 2011, though) first shares his upbringing from a bomb-ridden childhood in Serbia and the various turning points in his career during his journey to #1. The “guidebook” part of Serve To Win is what makes up the breadth of the book as Djokovic details his gluten-free diet that he’s singled out as the reason he was able to make the jump from the second tier of top tennis players to #1 above Nadal and Federer.

Djovokic’s early career was marked with many injuries and in-match ailments that started to tarnish his rep as experts and peers questioned his work ethic. When in fact, Djokovic says he was just “eating all wrong” after numerous consultations with fitness gurus still had him in top condition during these in-match breakdowns. The switch to a gluten-free diet instantly made him feel lighter, quicker, and with all the same power — thereby increasing his stamina to last many of the epic 5-set matches that he now wins more than not on his way to 6 career Grand Slam titles.

The book not only details Djokovic’s diet, but he also reveals his new mental approach to the game that coincides with the diet and helps him to limit stress (especially in a tennis match when it’s just you out there) as well as a simple fitness plan that we can all use as well.

Where the purchase of Serve To Win syncs with me personally in 2014 is that the book is a collision of many things I like and was looking to improve about my health and body into the new year. For one, Novak Djokovic has been my favorite tennis player as I became a big fan because of Nole’s resiliency and raw, real emotions he exhibits both on and off the court. I also wanted to keep improving my diet, exercise, and sleep patterns as all three suffer if we lose sight of it. I want to minimize the lethargic days I have, which happen more frequently than I think they should already. And I know improving my diet and thereby improving my energy (both physical and mental) will kickstart that change.

So, join my friend and I as we start the Djokovic gluten-free diet tomorrow for one week (and possibly two). There are some routines, recipes, and general tips outlined in the Gallery, below, as well as this story that details Djokovic’s struggles before going with the diet. If you happen to take this to heart, drop me a line on Twitter @gowherehiphop and let me know how it goes. I’ll be checking in as well!

A simple Google search of Novak Djokovic ‘Serve To Win’ will give you plenty of outlets to get the book — a must-have if you’re interested in improving diet, exercise, and your mental 🙂

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Day One

Breakfast Water first thing out of bed; two tablespoons of honey; muesli (including organic gluten-free rolled oats, cranberries, raisins, pumpkin or sunflower seeds and almonds)

Mid-morning snack (if needed): Gluten-free bread or crackers with avocado and tuna

Lunch Mixed-greens salad, gluten-free pasta primavera (including rice pasta, summer squash, courgettes, asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes and optional vegan cheese)

Mid-afternoon snack Apple with cashew butter; melon

Dinner Kale caesar salad (kale, fennel, quinoa and pine nuts) plus dressing (including anchovies or sardines); minestrone soup; salmon fillets (skin on) with roasted tomatoes and marinade

Day Two

Breakfast Water first thing out of bed; two tablespoons of honey; banana with cashew butter; fruit

Mid-morning snack (if needed): Gluten-free toast with almond butter and honey

Lunch Mixed-greens salad, spicy soba noodle salad (including gluten-free soba noodles, red bell pepper, rocket, cashews and basil leaves, plus spicy vinaigrette)

Mid-afternoon snack Fruit and nut bar; fruit

Dinner Tuna nicoise salad (green beans, cannellini beans, rocket, tuna, red pepper, tomatoes and canned chickpeas), tomato soup, roasted tomatoes

Day three

Breakfast Water first thing out of bed; two tablespoons of honey; gluten-free oats with cashew butter and bananas; fruit

Mid-morning snack (if needed): Home-made hummus (including chickpeas and gluten-free soy sauce) with apples/crudités

Lunch Mixed-greens salad, gluten-free pasta with power pesto (including rice pasta, walnuts and basil leaves)

Mid-afternoon snack Avocado with gluten-free crackers; fruit

Dinner Fresh mixed-greens salad with avocado and home-made dressing; carrot and ginger soup; whole lemon-roasted chicken

MC SuperKenn “The Event”

Check out this amazing Hip Hop production on ‘The Event’ by Mc SuperKenn, Smaly7, and Cobra.

What Is The Event?

The Event will be a moment of breakthrough for the planet where we will collectively transform all of the darkness into light, and move from duality based consciousness into unity consciousness on a global scale. It will mark the true beginning of the Aquarian Golden Age, and begin an era of  well being and prosperity for all to thrive, instead of just the select few. This transformation will initiate a complete restructuring of limiting belief systems for every individual on the planet, which will be reflected physically in the rise of new systems of abundance in every major industry including financial, healthcare, education, agriculture, technology, entertainment, and so on. For more information on ‘The Event’ please visit the Portal 2012 website. Additional information here.

Deaf Seahawks FB star of Duracell commercial

Trust the power within

I just caught wind of this new Duracell commercial and the story of Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman — an inspiring one to say the least. The one-minute spot does a brilliant job of telling it and it’s hard not to fill joy and motivation afterward.

The context: Derrick Coleman has been deaf since he was 3, but pursued his career in football after a successful college stint with UCLA still led him to be undrafted. He’s played for the Seahawks this season, scoring a touchdown on Monday Night Football in December vs. the Saints, and becoming the first ever deaf offensive player in the NFL. With the Seahawks one game away from a Super Bowl, this commercial couldn’t come at better timing to especially amp up the “12th Man” (I love the ode to those fans in the commercial.) Coleman himself narrates the commercial and his concluding words were the most chilling. If you don’t want to be spoiled, look away now and press play above.

“They didn’t call my name… told me it was over… But I’ve been deaf since I was three… so I didn’t listen.

…And now I’m here. With the loudest fans in the NFL cheering me on. And I can hear them all.”

– Derrick Coleman, Seattle Seahawks fullback 

Trust the power within! Love that “why” brand essence for Duracell, which has a direct and general meaning to it. Our version of that is “Gowhere You Love” and that’s what I feel as well at the end of this one-minute commercial. See for yourself, in case you haven’t yet above.

Man hugs lion, lion hugs back

I thought this was pretty neat after it went viral in my Facebook news feed yesterday. The “Lion Whisperer” as they call him, Kevin Richardson, released this video in collaboration with GoPro as we get a first-hand look at how he interacts with a couple of animals of the jungle we’re conditioned to fear: lions and hyenas. The energy and interaction between man and animal is one of surprising synchronicity. Gotta love it. I also loved the one subtle moment of Richardson chillin’ selfie style with two hyenas. And oh by the way, this video is pretty educational. Did you know the lowest level of female hyenas is still greater than the highest level of male hyena? Yeah, I didn’t either.

2014: Year of the Horse

January, 2014
Putney Mountain, Vermont

As the Year of the Snake culminates a year of shedding, there’s a lot of rawness and bruises in the air. The task ending in 2013 is the job of releasing everything that no longer serves the new you that’s been struggling to emerge from the skin of the past. January is the final month of the Snake when whatever you’ve needed to release that you haven’t yet, will be exacerbated until you do.

On the final day of January the Green Horse takes over from the Snake, and in oriental thought green is the element of wood, which means structure is a focus this year. Numerologically 2014 is a 7 year, a year of Testing, therefore the Green Horse is likely to test your life structures and draw your attention to any gap that exists between the vast fertile fields of your creative imagination and the life you’re living.

The Horse is the most passionate animal, with two main drives:

  1. The drive for freedom
  2. The drive to claim the object of your passion.
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The 2014 Green Horse Year will light up your passion (including its obstacles, which the Horse takes as hurdles on a track), and put you through your paces to test the structural limits of your dreams and realities.

Where dream meets reality here and now, as well as further down the track, that’s what a Green Horse sets its sights on.

The Horse is a fiery creature, headstrong and yet sensitive, ultra-relational, yet ultra-free, and this year tests you to learn how both sides of you can feed rather than destroy each other. Where personal freedom enhances relationship you’ll be given a horse’s go-ahead to speed down the track. Where personal freedom conflicts with relationship you’ve got some buckling down and cleaning up to do.

Horses are also extremely psychic in a way that links them with the main players of their life. The ongoing psychic conversations you maintain with those you bond with are another source of stimulation and transformation this year, because we all engage in these silent dialogs, that have much more effect on the way things go than we normally realize. As you use the Horse’s psychic sensitivity to clarify your inner dialogs, you can clear the underlying root of relationship tangles, and lead yourself and others to open territory. Where the underlying dialogs are unclear you’ve got some work to do. The more you clear the channel of communication between you and yourself, the more you learn the truth of your underlying statements to others.

When a Horse bonds with someone in a primal physical way, he or she becomes elated to have finally found someone to run with. If the link between both of you is spiritual as well as physical, and is supported by the mystical union of all things, this year your relationship will go the distance, leaping hurdles into a promised land where dreams come true. But where your love is unsupported by a greater good you’ll have to slow that gallop to a trot, and get sober.

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The same urge the Horse has to run with others makes it hard to settle down into deeper sustaining rhythms that give life structure and meaning, and so a Horse Year is likely to create unsettlement and panic regarding safety, security and stability, and how they relate to passion and freedom. The sheer ardor and driving lust often upends the mature Horse’s need to settle down and stabilize all those bright young dreams. But that lust can be expanded to a lust for life, a yearning urge to free so many parts of our stuck existence, and plenty of desire will be on hand for that this year.

In 2014 we’re being taken for quite a ride by the Green Horse’s need to stretch far and wide into the fullest life territory you can rightfully claim as your own.

This means issues of boundaries, borders and broad expanses will come up repeatedly, to challenge your ability to run free as well as settle down. How do borders and boundaries combine with freedom and dreams? That’s what we must explore in the coming year. Like humans the Horse is a contradictory animal, and must learn to steer a course that is seldom straight and narrow, but more often runs on paradox. Until you gain inner spiritual strength from wrestling with this paradox, you’re likely to remain driven by false riders who dig their spurs into your ribs and take you places you don’t really need to go.

The gates of your 2014 gallop will get thrown open to passion, desire, mischief , contradiction and rebellion, as you wrestle with freedom versus passion, bridling at the irony of yourself and others. The test at hand in this 7 Year is to draw you into challenges than can teach you if your rebelliousness has deeper motivation and service in it, rather than just acting out to gain attention.

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2014 Sun Signs

Aries

This already-headstrong sign is even more so in the Year of the Horse. Just remember the person who’s most standing in your way is you from a past life that you haven’t yet resolved. Until you do you’ll keep recreating some new version of a stuck old story.

Taurus

A bull and a Horse, both barnyard animals, can be each other’s allies. Some creative invention is being invited to come out of you, so that you can run free in that new field and grant yourself eternal innocence, which is your great hidden strength.

Gemini

Both Gemini and the Horse crave freedom and yearn to bring on the bright future, and clear away false visions of our times. You’re given the go-ahead to innovate this year, and open clear paths forward for yourself and others. Sometimes everyone is waiting for you to take the first step and open the gate.

Cancer

Cancer tends to get stuck in habitual thought patterns, and the Year of the Horse is the time to creatively push yourself to determine whether the thought forms you’ve been carrying are actual realities of the way things are, or obsolete baggage you must let go of.

Leo

Leo’s great danger is playing to the crowd and getting caught in a superficial version of identity, rather than taking the hard path by digging down into your deeper core identity. In the Year of the Horse it’s time to dig down deep and find out what makes you you.

Virgo

Both Virgo and the Year of the Horse are about structure, so this year you enter the Crafts Shop of life to restructure what you’re doing. A new approach may be necessary to master this art of life, or else a refinement of your previous approach. Your particular irony is that both life and you are already elegantly suited for each other, even at the times it least seems so.

Libra

Libra and the Horse crave setting self and other free – it’s the deepest passion of both, so this year Libra must face anything in the way of true freedom, and grow stronger and clearer in the process. As usual, this path demands striking a balance between trusting and honoring yourself and others.

Scorpio

There’s residual leftover from last year’s Year of the Snake, which Scorpio resonates with more than this year – it’s hard to imagine a scorpion befriending a horse! this means remember to clean up your past karma before you follow the equine call to freedom, and don’t bypass old relationship patterns that contain the seeds of rebirth in the spring.

Sagittarius

Since a centaur is part horse, the part of you that relishes life as an adventure journey and ongoing vision quest means don’t take ambition so seriously this year that your ego gets stuck there, but recognize the open-ended quality of life as a beautiful endless ride with stages of development along the way.

Capricorn

The headstrong nature of both goat and horse means watch for debates and disputes this year, and remember that you’re so much more deep and magical than any ego-conundrums you get caught in. Goat magic is the place where nitty-gritty passion and desire radiate strongly enough to bring dreams down to earth.

Aquarius

The time of Aquarius is at hand, where it has to become basic daily truth that everybody on the planet is all one. This is not just a leftover acid dream from the 1960s, but something you must act on this year by seeking out your fellow tribes and councils to put head and heart together and create structures to express that oneness.

Pisces

This year you’ll bridle at family issues that have gotten confining – open your heart in compassion so you can be of true service not just to everyone else but to yourself as well. It’s either time to cut yourself loose from the family or take them all with you into that deeper zone you’ve been poised waiting on the edge of.

    Who Are You Really?  What Are You Here for?  
        How Much Longer Are You Going to Wait?
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(H/T) Mark Borax is a master Soul Level Astrologer and bestselling author who lives in Vermont and writes the monthly Cosmic Weather Report email newsletter. He offers readings over the telephone and in-person, and classes that catalyze individual evolution.