Would You Survive For A Day On Tom Brady’s Diet?

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1. You’ve probably heard that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his wife, Gisele Bündchen, follow a pretty ~specific diet~. Like, very specific.

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Here’s a quick summary of the way they eat from an interview with their personal chef, Allen Campbell:

• “80% of what they eat is vegetables”
• No white sugar
• No white flour
• No caffeine
• No dairy
• No nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, or eggplants)
• Himalayan sea salt (no table salt)
• Gluten-free
• Little fruit (“He will eat bananas in a smoothie. But otherwise, he prefers not to eat fruits.”)
• “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.”
• Whole grains: brown rice, quinoa, millet, beans
• Only organic foods

2. So, if you had to walk a day in Brady’s cleats, how would you do it?

  1. Good morning! What would you like for breakfast?
    1. Protein shake with collard greens, kale, and blueberries
    2. Zucchini muffin made with flaxmeal, buckwheat groats, agave; 16 oz. chamomile tea with cashew milk
    3. Quinoa porridge made with homemade unsweetened almond milk, topped with flax seed; hard-boiled organic egg; coconut water
    4. Bradycakes: “Pancakes” made out of eggs, protein powder, flaxseed, and almond oil
  1. It's mid-morning and you're a little peckish. What are you thinking for a snack?
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    1. Handful of raw cashews
    2. A whole avocado sprinkled with Himalayan sea salt and black pepper
    3. Decaf almond milk herbal tea latte (unsweetened)
    4. Carrots, celery, and almond butter
  1. What are you thinking for lunch?
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    1. Clear broth vegetable soup (broccoli, peas, cauliflower, carrots)
    2. Swiss chard summer rolls (raw veggies wrapped in steamed Swiss chard) with dipping sauce made from almond butter and coconut sugar
    3. Raw gazpacho with pineapple and cucumber
    4. Brown rice bowl with steamed spinach, rainbow chard, baked wild-caught salmon, lime-cilantro cashew sauce
  1. And how about a little something to tide you over till dinner?
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    1. Almonds and a glass of water
    2. Green juice (kale, spinach, celery, parsley)
    3. Raw cacao goji energy squares (dates, sunflower seeds, raisins, cacao powder, goji powder)
    4. White bean hummus with raw flax crackers
  1. Dinnertime! What'll you have?
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    1. Black bean bowl with garlic wilted greens in a ginger lime cashew sauce
    2. Quinoa, avocado slices, kale, pea shoots, beets, and roasted sweet potato wedges
    3. Chicken with brown rice and snow peas
    4. Cauliflower crust pizza topped with cashew “cheese” and spinach
    1. Raw dairy-free ice cream (made from avocado and cacao)
    2. Mostly raw vegan cheesecake (made from cashews, dates, almond milk, whole grain oats, pure maple syrup)
    3. Butternut squash muffin made from bean flour, coconut oil, agave
    4. Black bean brownies (made with flaxseed meal, coconut oil, cacao, agave)
  1. You made it through the day! What did you miss most?
    1. Coffee. Please don’t let them take my caffeine.
    2. Dairy. This food wouldn’t be so bad if you could melt cheese all over it.
    3. White sugar. For the love of god, can I please have a normal brownie?
    4. Alcohol. If I’m going to eat like this I’m going to need to wash it down with a beer (or four).
    5. White flour. A life without bagels isn’t a life.
    6. Soda. Ice-cold, fizzy, sweet, delicious, life-giving soda.
    7. Fruit. Look, I eat a lot of fruit, OK?
    8. My favorite go-to snacky stuff like Cheetos, chips, etc.
    9. Fast food. Sometimes you need Taco Bell amirite?
    10. Nothing; this diet looks pretty delicious and satisfying!
    11. I can’t choose. I miss everything. This is the stuff of nightmares.
    12. I missed something you didn’t mention here. I will explain in the comments.
  1. Would you follow this diet religiously if it would turn you into a Super Bowl–winning quarterback?
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    1. Definitely! On balance it’s a small sacrifice to be so talented, rich, and famous.
    2. Absolutely not. I have my limits.
    3. Yes, but only till I retired from the NFL. Then it’s all bagels, all Buffalo wings, all boozy brunch all the time.
    4. You shouldn’t have a laugh at the expense of the way people eat no matter what it is they do and/or why. Please be more respectful.

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