I assume by now, everyone has heard about what Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady eat (via their personal chef). But just in case…
Bündchen and husband Tom Brady‘s personal chef, Allen Campbell, recently sat down with boston.com to talk about what the couple and their family eats and doesn’t eat in a typical day, and let’s just say if you want to follow their meal plan, you can say goodbye to pizza, pasta, cheeseburgers, and lots of other indulgences.
To start, most of their diet consists of vegetables and whole grains. “80 percent of what they eat is vegetables,” Campbell says. “[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 percent is lean meats: grass-fed organic steak, duck every now and then, and chicken. As for fish, I mostly cook salmon.”
And while that on its own seems restricting enough, there’s also a long list of things the Bündchen-Bradys don’t 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.”
“What else? 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.”
Head over to boston.com to read more about Tom and Gisele’s diet, plus find out the treats Campbell cooks for their kids and how Bündchen packs her son Ben’s lunchbox.
Every client I saw over the next few days asked me if I had read about their diet and what I thought about it.
I had a few thoughts…
First of all, they have a personal chef who would be skilled at making restrictions like this tasty, innovative and seem less restrictive. And let’s circle back to the whole “they have a personal chef” thing (and, it goes without saying, but…of course they do) – which means that they don’t have to worry about finding or preparing these difficult to locate ingredients. Also, it is worth noting that Mr. Campbell is referring to what HE prepares for them. He does not mention what they do on their own.
Truthfully though, most of what he is talking about preparing is totally aligned with the way I eat and the way we talk about food on this blog. Whole foods. Mostly plant based. Anti-biotic free, organic meats and eggs. Sugar = no-no. I just hope we don’t come off sounding as preachy and pretentious.
And that is what this came down to and why it stuck a nerve with people. The chef comes off sounding super pretentious and doesn’t mention things like “most of the time”. Furthermore, he doesn’t explain what things like nightshades are (and why SOME PEOPLE – certainly not all – might want to look into avoiding them) or the potential benefits of some of the items he says they absolutely never eat (for example, certain types of dairy and the veggies and fruits he mentions eliminating – all of which have wonderful antioxidents).
Look – the fact is, these are people who are compensated handsomely for looking and performing a certain way – so this might actually be the way they eat ALL of the time. If you were receiving millions and millions of dollars to stick to this level of restrictiveness, you would probably find it MUCH easier to do so. And, while you shouldn’t go around feeling bad for Tom and Gisele (poor moguls don’t get a cheat day?!?), you also don’t have to make it your goal to look like a supermodel or a professional athlete. I appreciated that for once, real information on how difficult it is to maintain the physique these two have to maintain really is. If I read one more article about a supermodel (or movie star) saying that they hike a few times a month and really love dessert (and don’t diet), I am going to scream. Because it simply isn’t true. Anyone you see plastered in magazines and on billboards goes to extreme measures to look the way they do. That means lots of money spent on multiple personal trainers (Molly Sims’ admits to having four), personal chefs who prepare restrictive meals, personal meal delivery plans, facialists, in demand dermatologists, some work here and there, etc. etc.
But the real reason I disliked the article is because I am not sure what was supposed to be gained from it. This type of eating and way of preparing food is not realistic for most people. And frankly, most people do not need this level of restrictiveness to maintain a healthy and balanced diet and lifestyle. If you are in a position (and have a platform) to really help people struggling with committing to a healthy diet or struggling with obesity, why not use that platform to reach across the aisle and really help. This article would inspire most to give up and reach for that third slice of pizza. Because there are so few real world suggestions in this article, it reads as though Mr. Campbell is telling people that if they can’t have a personal chef and commit to eating like Gisele and Tom Brady, than they are all doomed to be unsatisfied with the way they look and feel. What if you don’t have access to only organic fruits and veggies? Are you destined to keep those extra 10 lbs? Raw Olive Oil not readily available by you or fit in your grocery budget? You might as well give up?
In conclusion, let’s stop worrying about what Gisele and Tom are doing, and focus on the changes you can adopt and stick with to make 2016 healthy for you and your family.