Foxnews.com recently published an article detailing Tom Brady’s diet. And it comes with perfect timing as the 38 year old is playing the best football of his career.
Tom and Gisele’s personal chef recently spoke about their diet, here’s the takeaways
-They (and their kids) eat mostly vegetables
-Complex carbs are strictly forbidden
Here’s a quote from Allen Campbell, their chef.
80 percent of what they eat is vegetables. [I buy] the freshest vegetables. If it’s not organic, I don’t use it,” says Campbell.
“The other 20 percent is lean meats: grass-fed organic steak, duck every now and then, and chicken. As for fish, I mostly cook wild salmon.”
When it comes to carbohydrates, only whole grains like brown rice, quinoa and millet are allowed. White flour and white sugar are banned. As is coffee (or caffeine of any kind), dairy and fungus like mushrooms.
“Tom doesn’t eat nightshades, because they’re not anti-inflammatory,” says Campbell. “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.”
There’s a lot to digest (pun intended) here
For starters, it really seems like the FEAR of certain foods is present in their house. While the chef is correct about everything he says, there’s no reason why they cut out nutrient dense foods such as mushrooms and tomatoes.
They talk about inflammation and acidic foods. Again, that’s true but inflammation and increased acidity cycles in the body.
Eat a lot of sugar and both go up, don’t eat sugar and they go down.
Follow a good healthy diet for 90% of your week and your inflammation and acidity likely are very low, so low that you won’t see a negative impact.
ANY type of food restriction actually HINDERS your diet by removing nutrients.
For example, mushrooms contain numerous beneficial nutrients that other food, let’s say broccoli and kale, do not contain.
That’s why I always advise people to supplement smarter and keep choose food quality OVER quantity.
Tom Brady's Workout
On the workout front, Tom Brady's workout has been changing based off of his age. Tom never truly trained hard with heavy weights but he always was very consistent with his training. Now he's focusing on more functional, core fitness.
Instead of doing a heavy back squat, Tom now focuses on single leg exercises to improve his balance and the stability of his knees. Often times athletes make the mistake of focusing on pure strength numbers instead of covering all their bases.
A variety of single leg exercises not only improves balance but it also decreases strength deficits from side to side.
Tom's upper body strength program is designed around his shoulder health. Think of all the wear and tear in his throwing shoulder. Tom obviously wants to focus on improving his shoulder mobility with a variety of band and TRX exercises but he also focuses on single arm dumbbell pressing number kettlebell exercises.
Tom's diet and training has changed as he ages and that's smart to see