Health is wealth: what Tom and Gisele do and don't eat
What Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen eat is hugely important to their careers. Meet the chef who calls the shots.January 24, 2016
You can forget David and Victoria Beckham. When it comes to sport and fashion power couples, there really is no comparison to Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen.
Brady – the legendary New England Patriots quarterback, four-time Super Bowl champion, and one of the world’s highest-earning sportsmen. Bundchen – the world’s top-earning fashion model, an actress, and general envy-magnet for most women everywhere. Together, they are worth $480 million.
With both of their bodies so crucial to their individual careers, what these two finely tuned specimens eat is hugely important. So it’s fair to say that their personal chef has a huge amount of responsibility in the kitchen.
Allen Campbell, their cook in question, spoke recently to Boston.com, about what the couple eat and, more importantly, don’t eat.
“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 GMOs,” said Campbell.
“My philosophy is that a plant-based diet has the power to reverse and prevent disease.”
What do Tom and Gisele eat?
“80 per cent of what they eat is vegetables. [I buy] the freshest vegetables. If it’s not organic, I don’t use it. And whole grains: brown rice, quinoa, millet, beans.
“The other 20 per cent is lean meats: grass-fed organic steak, duck every now and then, and chicken. As for fish, I mostly cook wild salmon.
“I’m all about serving meals in bowls. I do this quinoa dish with wilted greens. I use kale or Swiss chard or beet greens. I add garlic, toasted in coconut oil. And then some toasted almonds, or this cashew sauce with lime curry, lemongrass, and a little bit of ginger. That’s just comfort food for them.
“For snacks, I make fruit rolls from bananas, pineapple, and spirulina. Spirulina is an algae. It’s a super fruit. I dehydrate it. I dehydrate a lot of things. I have three dehydrators in their kitchen. I also make raw granola and raw chocolate chip cookies.”
And what don’t they eat?
“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.
“[Tom] doesn’t eat 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.
“No coffee. No caffeine. No fungus. No dairy. The kids eat fruit. Tom, not so much. He will eat bananas in a smoothie. But otherwise, he prefers not to eat fruits.
“It’s very different than a traditional American diet. But if you just eat sugar and carbs – which a lot of people do – your body is so acidic, and that causes disease… Sugar is the death of people.”
Campbell also said that he keeps a menu in the Brady family kitchen, running one or two days in advance so they can see what’s coming up, and also sticks to the same food plan for Brady and Bundchen’s kids.
What does Tom eat before a game?
“I always have it in mind, if [Tom] has a game – but it’s never dictating what I would cook. It’s really not different. The only real difference [in terms of the kinds of things I cook] is seasonal.
“In the wintertime, it’s going to be more red meat and more soups and root vegetables. And in the summer, they eat lighter, so I’ll make raw lasagna and more salads.”
So there you have it. A detailed insight into how one of the world’s most athletic and envious couples fuel their chiseled bodies.
Looking to get fit and healthy? You could do a lot worse than mimicking the Brady-Bundchen diet.
Read the full interview at boston.com