Unlike the rest of us, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen have to eat well. Like, really, really well—he’s the championship-winning quarterback god of the New England Patriots, and she’s the highest-paid supermodel in the world. So it’s no surprise that these two—worth an estimated US 480 million together—hired a personal chef who has studied plant-based nutrition. That lucky man’s name is Allen Campbell, and he was recently interviewed by Boston.com about his background, his relationship with Brady and Bündchen, and what he cooks for them and their small children every single day. According to the interview, it’s lunches and dinners plus fancy dehydrated spirulina “fruit rolls” snacks for the kids. He reveals that 80 percent of what they eat is vegetables and that he uses only fresh, organic ingredients. And while the rest of us don’t necessarily have to be so strict, Campbell’s menu of veggie sushi, quinoa bowls, and raw lasagna actually sounds pretty delicious. It’s also good motivation to get it in gear and at least try to eat right in 2016. Below, some food and cooking do’s and don’ts, as preferred by two pillars of health-consciousness, Tom and Gisele.
“So, 80 percent 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 percent is lean meats: grass-fed organic steak, duck every now and then, and chicken. As for fish, I mostly cook wild salmon.”
Say no to the sugar high.
“Tom recently outed Frosted Flakes and Coca-Cola on WEEI. I love that he did that. Sugar is the death of people.”
Healthy add-ins and mind the oil and salt.
“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 sodium. I never use iodized salt.”
Lighter is better.
“[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.”
More no’s . . .
“No coffee. No caffeine. No fungus. No dairy.”
Fruit in moderation.
“The kids eat fruit. Tom, not so much. He will eat bananas in a smoothie. But otherwise, he prefers not to eat fruits.”