Tennis star Venus Williams was in Santa Monica on Thursday, doing fitness demonstrations, leading regular, less-in-shape folks in some exercise and promoting Jamba Juice because she likes to be able to add wheatgrass shots to her juice.
Since announcing at the 2011 U.S. Open that she suffered from Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that affects her energy levels and can leave her eyes and mouth exceptionally dry, Williams has taken the lead in learning about nutrition, diet and just about everything else about her body.
“My trouble is,” she said Thursday, “I love sugar but it’s important I have lots of greens and less fruit. In my time I could destroy a candy aisle.”
Every day Williams evaluates how she feels on the tennis court, whether her energy level is good enough for an intense practice or whether it’s better to take it easy.