The Practical Lesson We Can All Take From Tom Brady’s (Yes, The 4-Time Superbowl Champion) Diet

Have you heard about Tom Brady’s diet? Actually scratch that–have you heard of Tom Brady himself? He recently won his fourth Super Bowl at the age of 39 and has no signs of slowing down.  How does he do it?  The NY Post, Men’s Fitness, and even Forbes dug deep to figure out his “secret” and guess what: it’s in his diet. Tom Brady’s diet is so important that he even has a personal chef who is heavily plant-based.

So, what’s “in” and what’s “out” for Brady?

  • Veggies make up 80% of what he eats.
  • All, organic, non-GMO, lean protein like grass-fed beef and wild salmon make up 20%.
  • Zero white sugar.
  • Zero white flour.
  • Zero dairy products.
  • Zero caffeine.

On board so far? There’s more.

  • He only uses raw olive oil for salads, but never for cooking with (coconut oil is his choice for a cooking oil).
  • Salt-wise, Brady uses only Himalayan pink salt.
  • He doesn’t eat tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, or eggplants because they aren’t anti-inflammatory.
  • Lastly, he eats no fruit, except for bananas in his smoothies.

Regardless of whatever you may be thinking at this point, this diet plan seems to be effective for him. Tom Brady has dated two super models, married one, and went from a mid-round draft pick to one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

Association does not prove causality. While a lot of what Brady and his chef do is backed by science, a lot is not. This article isn’t to point out what to do or not do, or determine whether or not we should copy Brady’s diet.

I want to point out a different lesson.

Tom Brady and other successful people pay attention to details. They are mindful of what they do. Should we care about what we put into our bodies as much as Brady does?  I think so. The bulk of health and weight control boils down to diet.

Also, for the parents out there –should we care what we put into our children’s bodies? That’s not even a question, but many of us mindlessly allow clearly unhealthy food into our house and give our kids unrestricted access to it. We can do a better job than that.

I’m not recommending a “very Brady diet” for anyone, but I do recommend being as detailed as him when it comes to your all-important health. How? Start with the following:

  • Actively examine at what you are using your hard-earned money to buy.
  • Only buy the things that you determine to be healthy.
  • Don’t mindlessly buy and eat things that you know are not good for yourself or your family.
Harvey Hahn, MD, FACC

Dr. Hahn graduated from Loma Linda University in 1994. He is currently the director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Program at the Kettering Medical Center in Kettering Ohio.

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