Tom Brady, the NFL quarterback, is estimated to be worth $180 million and his wife, the supermodel Gisele Bündchen, is supposedly worth twice that; $360. They are the second highest paid celebrity couple in the world and because they use their bodies as moneymaking instruments, we cannot help but conclude that they are doing something right. (Beyoncé & Jay-Z are the #1 celebrity couple with a combined net worth of 41.16 billion.)
Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. was born in California, but his great-great-grandparents on his father’s side were Irish refugees who originally emigrated from Ireland to Boston. Giselle Bünchen was born in Brazil into a German-Brazilian family. She moved to New York City in 1996 to pursue a modeling career when she was only 16. The two married in 2009.
Their primary residence is in Brookline, Massachusetts, which is about a 25-minute drive from Boston and about the same driving time to the Patriots’ practice stadium, the football team that Brady is contracted to. Their next-door neighbor, Bob Kraft, is the owner of the Patriots. Just so you have an idea of how Boston society works, after Brady and Bündchen applied to join The Country Club in Brookline, it took the 100-year-old club a full two years to give them a membership. The club claimed that they were afraid that such a high-profile couple would attract paparazzi.
Their house is quite large (14,317 square feet) and it has the usual 5 bedrooms and the kids’ bedrooms are next to the staff quarters. They have a sunroom, a wine storage facility, a library and a gym, of course. The surprising addition that they also have is a barn in the back yard, where Gisele Bünchen has her home office.
But to me, the most interesting part of their home is their kitchen, which was designed in part to accommodate their personal chef, Allen Campbell. Like Brady and Bündchen, Chef Campbell believes that a plant-based diet has the power to reverse and prevent disease.
80% of what the family eats is vegetables, and Chef Campbell does the shopping, mostly local and always organic. Both Campbell and the family avoid GMOs. GMO stands for genetically modified organism, and that can mean a plant or an animal whose genetic makeup has been modified in a laboratory using genetic engineering or transgenic technology. In other words, their DNA has been modified. The Brady-Bundchen family does not eat a lot of what we think of as ordinary food because of GMOs. As an example, Tom Brady has never eaten a strawberry.
But the family does eat whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, millet and beans. Millet is something that humans have been eating for over 10,000 years, and now that sensitivity to gluten is on the rise, humans are bringing it back into their diets. It is small, gluten-free as you may have guessed, and comes in a variety of colors, such as white, yellow, grey or red. You can cook it like rice, roast it, or fix it like mashed potatoes. Millet has more dietary fiber and antioxidants than most other grains, and also provides important minerals such as zinc, phosphorus and magnesium.
And yes, the Brady-Bünchen family does eat meat, but in very small quantities. Chef Campbell buys grass-fed organic steak and chicken for them. Once in a while he buys and cooks duck or wild salmon.
Giselle, Tom and their chef believe that eating sugar and carbs makes one’s body acidic, and that causes diseases. So they never eat white sugar or white flour, and their chef only cooks with coconut oil. He does use raw olive oil, but never cooks with it, because heat causes its nourishing substances to become oxidized. And he never uses iodized salt, but instead only Himalayan pink salt. As you might have guessed, none of them drink coffee or anything else with caffeine, and dairy is also a no-no, because of lactose, which is the main carbohydrate in it. Lactose is a “milk sugar” that is made of two simple sugars, glucose and galactose. Galactose is about the same as glucose, but has a different arrangement of atoms.
Even more interesting, Tom Brady doesn’t eat anything in the nightshade family, because he is sensitive to them. Nightshades are a large family of flowering plants that include agricultural crops, medicinal plants, spices and ornamental plants. They all grow in the shade of the night, as you may have already guessed. Most contain alkaloids, which are a class of naturally occurring organic compounds that usually contain basic nitrogen atoms. Morphine, for example, comes from an alkaloid that comes from the opium *poppy.
Tomatoes, potatoes, (but not sweet potatoes) eggplant, fungi, bell peppers, goji berries, orka, chili peppers are all in the nightshade family. Some people, like Tom Brady, are sensitive to vegetables and fruits in the nightshade family, just like some people are sensitive to wheat or dairy products. People who are sensitive to nightshade vegetables most commonly suffer from muscle pain, morning stiffness, poor healing, acid reflux, insomnia, gallbladder problems, arthritis and other inflammatory problems. The scientific name for nightshade is Solanaceae, but people usually just say they are nightshade intolerant.
Chef Campbell says he is very cautious about tomatoes but does serve them on an average of once a month. Of course the family doesn’t eat mushrooms, or any other fungi, but the children do eat fruit. Tom Brady only eats fruit in the form of bananas made into smoothies. The chef makes fruit rolls from bananas and pineapples, rolled in spirulina. Spirulina is an alga that he dehydrates. As a matter of fact, he probably dehydrates a lot of things because they have three dehydrators in their kitchen. Chef Campbell also makes raw granola and gluten-free raw *chocolate chip cookies for the children.
Their chef makes vegetable sushi for the kids out of brown rice, carrots, cucumbers and avocados. But he serves it with a ponzu sauce, which is a Japanese sauce that does not contain soy sauce. Instead, ponzu uses rice vinegar and tamari to replace the soy sauce. Tamari also comes from soy beans, but soy sauce contains wheat, and the Brady/Bündchen family keep a gluten-free diet.
When the family wants a comfort food day Chef Campbell prepares something along the line of a quinoa dish. Quinoa is a gluten-free, protein-based, low-carb rice substitute and it cultivated mainly by Peru, Bolivia and Chile. Most people think it’s a grain, but actually, it’s an ivory-colored seed and a food staple in many countries. Quinoa is often called the super-food.
Chef Campbell used to smoke cigarettes and eat the fancy, creamy and breaded restaurant food in the upscale places where he used to work, but over a time developed his own lifestyle philosophy and eating habits, which include the plant-focused diet. He changed in order to improve his health and productiveness, but also because he is aware of the future of the planet and the future of humans.
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen do not use sunscreen, and it is common knowledge that he thinks that if a person drinks enough water, that this will prevent sunburn. And Brady does not drink Gatorade, although his teammates do. He drinks purified water, augmented with TB12 electrolytes, which, according to him, contain 72 trace minerals that are usually lost in perspiration. He drinks up to 10 liters of water a day. He wrote a book, The TB12 Method, and in it he suggests that we should all drink at least one-half of our body weight per day.
Gisele Bündchen begins her day by drinking lukewarm water with lemon juice, and she follows that with homemade green juice. We all know about the benefits of green juice, but we might not know about the benefits of lukewarm water. To begin with, your body doesn’t have to do any work to change the temperature of the warm water, and therefore it leaves the body sooner. The acidity in the lemon juice usually has a gentle laxative effect like coffee is supposed to, but without the caffeine. Many celebrities drink the warm water with lemon juice in the morning, and many say that it energizes them.
From what I could find out, Gisele Bündchen drinks only Blue Solar Water, or at least that is what she is photographed with. Blue Solar Water is a do-at-home thing. You buy the blue bottle, and of course it has to be glass, you fill it with spring water and then leave it in direct sunlight for one to 12 hours. Supposedly, the longer the bottle is exposed to sunlight, the more potent the elixir will be. An elixir is clear liquid that is taken orally for medicinal purposes. The color blue is important because blue is the color of the fifth Chakra, which is the throat Chakra. There are seven Chakras, and they are part of one of the systems found in Hinduism. Chakras are defined as energy centers within human bodies. They need to be aligned in order to keep our spiritual, emotional, physical and mental health in balance. The throat Chakra is important because it is the route to the top of one’s head, and also down to the heart. The color blue is often used for meditation and in the treatment of tension or anxiety, but also for sleep disorders. You can buy your own special bottle on Amazon, but make sure the lid or cork is non-metallic.
Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, and Allen Campbell all think they were lucky to have met and to work together. Chef Campbell says he is particularly lucky to be employed by two people who were already self-disciplined before he went to work with them, and who respect and appreciate food as much as he does. The bodies of both Bündchen and Brady are their assets and crucial to their work, and this diet obviously works for them. Tom Brady, born in 1977, is a professional athlete who has been working way longer than any other professional football player. Gisele Bündchen, 2 years younger than her husband, retired from runways in 2015 but still has a very busy schedule with her endorsements as a model, her environmental work, and her charitable activities.
I enjoyed reading in order to write this, and one of the things I remember was that Chef Campbell once said, “Chefs are the leaders of eating habits”. He went on to explain that planning ahead is the biggest part of staying consistent. And if we decide to change our habits, consistency is a must. He believes that life is too easy for us, and rightly so, because we are always trying to find ways to make things easier for ourselves. In Allen Campbell’s opinion, restaurants and grocery stores put a lot of food in front of us so that we don’t have to hunt and gather like our ancestors did, but we do need to change our mindset and take responsibility for our sources and quantities of food. And in order to make changes, we should focus on what we will gain by changing something, and not on what we will lose.
(went on to=past tense of go on to; continue) (consistency=uniformity, constancy, regularity, steadiness, stability) (hunt and gather=what our ancestors did before they began to domesticate animals and cultivate plants, gather meaning collecting wild fruits & plants) (mindset=an attitude that is an intention)
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