Tom Brady isn’t like most people. The 41-year old Patriots quarterback picked up his 6 Super Bowl ring in Atlanta yesterday to surely cement his place as the G.O.A.T.
Needless to say, footballers don’t usually last into their forties. The fact that Brady has suggests he’s doing something right off the field… his diet.
In 2017 Brady revealed all about his wacky diet in a book that was widely criticized by nutritionist and dietitians. Although I agree that his methods are a little odd, it’s difficult to argue against their effectiveness given Brady’s longevity in one of the world’s most brutal sports.
The man responsible for keeping Brady in check is his personal chef, Allen Campbell. Campbell became “obsessed” with plant-based diets shortly before meeting Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen. So what does Brady eat, besides opposing defenses? It starts with a shitload of water.
After he hops out of bed around 6 a.m., the first thing Brady reaches for is a 20-ounce glass of water infused with electrolytes. Then he sips a smoothie, which typically packs in blueberries, bananas, nuts, and seeds. Pretty normal.
This is how the rest of his day plays out:
- “80% of what they eat is vegetables… If it’s not organic, I don’t use it.”
- “And whole grains: brown rice, quinoa, millet, beans.”
- “The other 20% is lean meats: grass-fed organic steak, duck every now and then, and chicken. As for fish, I mostly cook wild salmon.”
- “No white sugar. No white flour. No MSG.”
- “I’ll use raw olive oil, but I never cook with olive oil. I only cook with coconut oil. Fats like canola oil turn into trans fats.”
- “I use Himalayan pink salt as the sodium. I never use iodized salt.”
- “[Tom] doesn’t eat nightshades, because they’re not anti-inflammatory. So no tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms or eggplants. Tomatoes trickle in every now and then, but just maybe once a month. I’m very cautious about tomatoes. They cause inflammation.”
- “No coffee. No caffeine. No fungus. No dairy.”
- “He will eat bananas in a smoothie. But otherwise, he prefers not to eat fruits.”
- “We stick to gluten-free for everything.
Even more notable than what Brady eats is what he doesn’t. He avoids alcohol, as well as gluten-containing bread and pasta, breakfast cereal, corn, dairy, foods that contain GMOs, high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, sugar, artificial sweeteners, soy, fruit juice, grain-based foods, jams and jellies, most cooking oils, frozen dinners, salty snacks, sugary snacks, sweetened drinks, white potatoes, and prepackaged condiments like ketchup and soy sauce.
So there you have it.
Question is: would you ever stick to a diet this strict in order to have a longer, healthy life? Certainly seems to be working for Tom Brady.