On Tom Brady’s “Unscientific” Diet

March 18, 2017

I don’t know why this bugs me so much, but I cringe every time I run into people talking shit about Tom’s diet. I see these types of articles & videos while I do my own research into various diets and eating styles.

Some people say Tom Brady’s diet is “bullshit.” Other articles say that “Tom Brady’s Diet is Unscientific.”

First thing first.
I never want to hear the words “science” associated with diets ever again. There’s no such thing.

There’s nothing scientific about these “experts” and their theories. They’ve been flip flopping on their stances for decades. Fat is bad. Fat is good. Eggs are bad. Eggs are good. Cholesterol causes heart disease. Cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease. On and on. At best, their “scientific” work is like predicting the weather. Iffy at best.

Just remember that everything in the grocery store, convenience store, and fast food restaurants are “scientifically” approved for human consumption, including donuts, big macs, mountain dew, and twinkies. “Science” approves those foods!

“Science” approves hormone filled cows and milk. “Science” approves us eating pigs and chickens stuck inside cages all their lives, surrounded by filth and pumped full of drugs. Even “pink slime”, which is basically bacteria-filled meat that’s around an animal’s anus, treated with ammonia gas to kill bacteria, and used as a meat filler in burgers, is scientifically approved for us to eat. (Banned in Europe).

So stop trying to discredit someone’s diet by using the word “science.” There’s no such thing as a scientific consensus on what we should eat.

The most one can surely say is that eating as many plants & whole foods seems to be the best option. This everyone agrees with, except maybe the soda & junk food companies.

So Tom Brady.
His diet is influenced by his personal chef, who studied integrative nutrition via T. Colin Campbell. Campbell is a proponent of whole-foods, plant-based nutrition and wrote The China Study.

Tom eats 80% plants and 20% lean meats and fish.
Everything organic, grass-fed, and wild-caught.
So far so good.

He avoids dairy, processed food, white flour, white sugar, msg, bad fats & oils. Again, this is perfectly sane for a health-conscious person.

He avoids nightshades, because they may cause inflammation.
Some people disagree with this, but it’s not a big deal. He avoids tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, and bell peppers. I bet most people in the country don’t even eat eggplant or bell peppers anyways. I personally dislike tomatoes.

No mushrooms.
Some people are against eating fungus foods. That’s fine. I bet the average american barely eats any normal vegetable, let alone mushrooms. I never did when I was eating solely junk food back in the day, unless it was on top of a fast food burger. Also, some people just don’t like mushrooms. So what?

He doesn’t eat fruit, except bananas in a smoothie.
This seems to be a personal choice. Some people like fruit, some don’t. Who cares. Again, most people probably don’t eat fruits either, out of ignorance or trying to be low carb.

And he doesn’t drink coffee, nor drink alcohol.
Alcohol can lead to bad decisions I’m sure, and he wants to have a long productive career. If he’s already energetic and productive, he can skip the highs and lows that come with caffeine.

Seems pretty clean and normal to me.
Eat as many plants as possible and add some clean lean meats and fish as needed.

There are so many plants one can eat, it doesn’t make a big deal if you avoid nightshades or mushrooms.

Like rice, oats, broccoli, spinach, lentils, beans, squash, carrots, celery, kale, cucumbers, lettuce, artichokes, onions, sweet potatoes, ginger, garlic, sea vegetables, collards, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, quinoa, green beans, peas, corn, avocado, coconut, chick peas, swiss chard, arugula, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, macadamia nuts, pasta, flax seeds, hemp seeds, pistachios, bok choy, millet, … (you get the point).

And most people just like to repeat certain few favorite meals over and over. We don’t have to eat every plant and animal, just the ones we like.

What would they rather have him eat?
50% meat and 50% plants?
Drink slurpees and eat taco bell?

Some of the haters are from the Paleo camp.
These folks are into high meat/high fat/low carb and are feeling slighted that Tom chose the other camp. Paleo folks are also against T Colin Campbell’s work for various reasons (he apparently cherry-picked data in his book). Also, T Colin Campbell is an opponent of eating meat/fish/animals while Paleo folks love their bacon.

The last thing is that Tom Brady gets results.
He’s winning and in great shape. Playing at the top level in the NFL. At that high level of achievement, if he chooses to drink goat urine, we shouldn’t be saying that’s “unscientific.” Just point me towards the nearest goat!

Resources:
Meet the chef who decides what Tom Brady eats—and what he definitely doesn’t