When a personal chef like Allen Campbell reveals what Tom Brady eats, we all get a glimpse into the lives of superstars. But is the Tom and Gisele diet the ultimate key to health?
Some people have called it extreme. At the very least, there’s been a healthy amount of mockery in the media about what Tom Brady eats. But just imagine for a minute that you have nearly unlimited resources at your disposal. Now further bring to mind that the performance of your body is inextricably tied to your livelihood and life’s passion. Would you do anything to keep yourself in prime condition?
It’s also true that Tom and Gisele are only human, and they hold personal opinions and preferences regarding health. Do they know it all? Can their money and influence bring them the undeniable best of everything? Maybe they’re mistaken or even a little kooky…
First of all, there’s no doubt that following their diet plan takes a bit of extra cash over following the standard American diet (S.A.D.). Reporter, Taylor Lorenz, followed Gisele and Tom Brady’s diet for a week. The reporter is already a self-confessed “health nut”, and still on her first shopping trip she revealed that “the total bill was nearly double what I usually pay on a grocery run.”
Here at Vital Endurance, we stand by the fact that your ‘dollar votes’ are your most important voice in our corporate-ruled society. So, it’s important to spend money on what positively influences our collective health and the health of our environment. Can you personally afford to live like Tom and Gisele? Probably not…but you may be able to come close. And it sure is cool that celebrities with a big stock of dollar votes are choosing to vote for human health.
So, what exactly do they eat? Is it really that much better for you? Can you actually afford any of it?
Let’s look at what Allen Campbell said about what Tom Brady eats, and take it from there.
Chef Campbell shares Tom and Gisele’s obsession with plant-based diets. Although the bulk of what they eat is vegan and raw, they still have occasional meat and fish. The big deal for most people on the S.A.D. diet is to learn what they avoid:
Campbell says that there is “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…”
He also eliminates… “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.”
And of course, absolutely “No coffee. No caffeine…No dairy.”
The family is also gluten free, and eats limited amounts of fruit.
First off, there’s no doubt that processed sugar and flour are prime culprits of ill-health in our society. Just eliminating these ingredients from your diet will bring you tremendous benefits. Doing so won’t ‘cost’ you anything. In fact, it will probably save you money. Many refer to these things as “empty calories”, but it’s really worse than that. This stuff is not neutral in your body. It has a net negative effect and should be thought of as “negative calories”. So buying processed flour and sugar foods can be viewed with this philosophy in the same vein as buying cigarettes. Are you voting for ill-health?
Next on the list is MSG (monosodium glutamate). This is the king of “flavor enhancers” found everywhere in our food supply. The list of “natural” and artificial flavors and colors is too vast to explore here. The list of ailments they potentially cause range from allergies to ADHD. It would serve us all if these chemicals were removed from our food.
The final undisputed bad guys to keep out are the bad fats. Certainly, that includes trans fats (a.k.a. partially hydrogenated). But the less-known fact is that canola oils and other vegetable oils can also contain trans fats – along with chemical solvents and genetically modified organisms (GMO). These fats also count as negative calories that do more harm than good.
The rest of what Tom Brady eats and avoids begins to ride that gray line…
Some researchers say that salt is sodium to your body, and it’s all the same no matter what form it takes. Some say that Himalyan pink salt in particular is overpriced, unsustainable, often dirty and exploits the local people and their land.
The avoidance of nightshades may have been first introduced to Western diets through the Macrobiotic food philosophy. And it’s true that these vegetables can cause inflammation in certain people. But this inflammation is said to be brought on mainly by an allergy to a compound in them called solanine. Not all people are allergic to this compound, and the allergy itself may be caused by other body/diet factors and imbalances.
There are simply way too many benefits to coffee and caffeine to completely kick it out of your life. Caffeine is a drug that can have varying degrees of effect on different people. Some people just may not do well on that kind of stimulant. This is especially true in today’s stressful and overworked society when many people already have adrenal system problems – pouring in caffeine may push an overtaxed person into adrenal fatigue. But for well-balanced and rested people – particularly athletes – there are serious benefits to coffee and caffeine in moderation.
Dairy and gluten are also allergens that can cause inflammation. But again, this may not be true for all people. It may be that other toxins and imbalances set off these reactions in our bodies. It may be that we lack the compounds in our current diets to properly digest and assimilate lactose and gluten – especially the modified and non-organic kinds mostly found in our food. Perhaps we simply consume far too much of the stuff to be healthy… Eating two pounds of kale every day probably isn’t great for you either.
That brings us to fruit. Yes, fructose is bad. But when it’s combined with the fiber found in whole fruit and eaten in moderation, the benefits far outweigh the problems. If you want a good education on this fruit/fructose/sugar relationship, go watch the Toxic Sugar Video Report. If you stay away from soft drinks, fruit juice, and added sugars, there’s no reason not to enjoy healthy, organic, whole fruits.
The Bottom Line on What Tom Brady Eats
It’s refreshing when sports heroes publicly decry Frosted Flakes and Coca-Cola like Tom Brady did, instead of hawking fast-food pizza a la Peyton Manning – all NFL loyalties and performance ratings aside.
Perhaps what’s most inspiring and gives hope for our human condition is Campbell’s philosophy on lifestyle. “My philosophy starts in my own life, and with my own lifestyle and eating habits. I make conscious decisions to buy local and organic, and to stay away from GMO’s, and to think about the future of the planet and the future of humans.”
If we can spread that message around, and people with the means and desire to do so begin to adopt it, perhaps true health can become more attainable for everyone.
We encourage you to discover more about these and other ways to use your dollar votes to elect Ultimate Health.
Learn more about what Tom Brady eats in the original interview with Allen Campbell.
Check out what DailyMail reporter, Taylor Lorenz ate (and spent) for a week on the Tom and Gisele diet.
To Your Health!