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Tom Brady’s Insane Diet Extends to His Children

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Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady with children, Vivian Brady, John Moynahan and Benjamin Brady (Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady with children, Vivian Brady, John Moynahan and Benjamin Brady (Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

 

Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Tom Brady is in better shape than most 29-year-olds—let alone most 39-year-olds like himself. He credits a lot of that to his very limited diet, and a recent Boston Globe article indicates that his kids eat pretty much the same way he does.

This diet, according to Brady’s personal chef, is 80 percent organic vegetables and whole grains, and 20 percent lean meats (specifically “grass-fed organic steak, duck every now and then, and chicken”).

That all sounds fine, but it’s what Brady and his kids don’t eat that’s truly impressive. “No white sugar,” his chef says. “No white flour. No MSG. I’ll use raw olive oil, but I never cook with olive oil. I only cook with coconut oil … I use Himalayan pink salt as the sodium. I never use iodized salt.

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts during the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts during the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Considering what Brady does for a living, he sticks to an “anti-inflammatory” diet, which means “no tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, or eggplants” for him or his kids.

It’s one thing for a professional athlete like Brady to eat this way, but it does seem a bit Spartan and joyless for his kids. His chef would dispute that, though: He makes sushi for the kids a lot, as well as homemade fruit roll-ups made with dehydrated “bananas, pineapple, and spirulina,” and the occasional batch of raw chocolate chip cookies.

It’s tempting to call this diet overly strict, but what’s the harm, really? It makes sense for Brady’s entire family to follow the same basic diet (his wife Gisele Bündchen is as much of a health nut as he is), and his kids are going to grow up knowing a lot more about basic nutrition than most of us do as adults.

—RealClearLife Staff