NFL legend Tom Brady keeps at the top of his game with a spartan regime that means no coffee, white sugar, processed flour or any dairy products.
Brady, 43, who recorded his seventh Super Bowl win last night as he steered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a comfortable 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, even cuts out certain ‘healthy’ vegetables – such as tomatoes, eggplant, capsicum and mushrooms – because they can cause inflammation.
The father-of-three also only eats organic, has a gluten-free diet – and tries to drink at least five litres of water a day.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has a strict no coffee policy, and steers clear from white sugar, white flour all dairy products
The father-of-three follows an organic, gluten-free diet, and tries to drink at least five litres of water a day. Pictured with supormodel wife Gisele Bundchen
Despite following rigid eating schedule, Brady said he still likes to treat himself occasionally
Brady’s former personal chef Allen Campbell said that in the lead up to the Superbowl, the football star’s meals consisted of ‘dark leafy greens, some grass-fed animal protein as well as legumes and whole grains’.
Brady and his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen hired personal chef Allen Campbell to do all of their home cooking.
Mr Campbell, who worked for Brady and Gisele from 2013 to 2016, insisted the couple are ‘very laid back’ to cook for despite their diet being made up of 80 per cent vegetables.
‘I make conscious decisions to buy local and organic, and to stay away from GMOs, and to think about the future of the planet and the future of humans,’ he said.
‘My philosophy is that a plant-based diet has the power to reverse and prevent disease.’
Brady’s dinners consist of roasted veges and chicken, while snacks include hummus, guacamole, or mixed nuts
Campbell previously told how he uses raw olive oil but never cooks with olive oil.
‘I only cook with coconut oil. Fats like canola oil turn into trans fats,’ he added. ‘I use Himalayan pink salt as the sodium. I never use iodized salt.’
On game day, Brady’s day on a plate consists of just an almond butter and jam sandwich and a smoothie.
Tom Brady’s day on a plate
6am: 500ml glass of water infused with electrolytes
Breakfast: Avocado and eggs
8am: More electrolyte-infused water, followed by a post-workout protein shake
Lunch: Salads with nuts and fish
Snacks: Hummus, guacamole, or mixed nuts
Dinner: Roasted vegetables and chicken
Game day food: Smoothie and an almond butter and jelly sandwich
His favourite is said to be made with blueberries and banana, hemp and chia seeds, walnuts, almond butter and hemp milk.
In 2000 during his rookie season, Brady’s diet was far more substantial. He once admitted to chowing down on nachos, ham-and-cheese subs with onion rings and a large orange soda before taking to the pitch for the biggest day on the NFL calendar.
Despite following a rigid eating schedule, Brady said he still likes to treat himself occasionally.
‘If I’m craving bacon, I have a piece,’ he told Men’s Health in 2020.
‘What’s changed as I’ve gotten older is now if I want pizza, I want the best pizza. I don’t eat a slice that tastes like s**t and then wonder, ‘Why am I eating s**t pizza?’
Campbell said Brady also ‘talks often of his love for a good burger and dark chocolate,’ reports The New York Post.
Specifically, he indulges in Unreal Chocolate, a brand of vegan, gluten-free, low-sugar chocolate.
According to Brady’s website TB12, the six-time Superbowl winner stops eating two to three hours before bed, and never eats fruit by itself – unless it’s bananas in a smoothie.
The 12-step guide also advises people to pay attention to portion sizes, saying a plate should include two palm sizes of vegetables and one-palm size of protein.
The NFL allowed 25,000 fans in Tampa Bay’s home stadium for the matchup with Kansas City. Raymond James Stadium normally holds about 75,000 fans.
Brady, who has competed in 10 Super Bowls, signed a two-year $50 million deal with the Bucs in March last year, after a 20-year spell with the New England Patriots.
He threw three touchdown passes to prevent the Chiefs becoming the first back-to-back NFL champions since the Patriots in the 2004 season.
In 2000 during his rookie season, Brady’s diet was far more substantial. He once admitted to chowing down on nachos before taking to the pitch for the biggest day on the NFL calendar
According to Brady’s website TB12, the six-time Superbowl winner stops eating two to three hours before bed, and never eats fruit by itself
A day in the life of Tom Brady
5.30am: Wake up, drink electrolyte water and smoothie
8–10am: Strength and conditioning training in the gym
10am: Go to the beach
11am: Review game footage
3-5pm: Team practice or surf and workout if it’s the off-season
5-6pm: Post-workout pliability (flexibility)
6pm: Dinner with supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen and three kids
7pm: Review films, discuss strategy with coach and charity work
7.30pm: Family time, including reading to kids
8.30pm: Go to sleep