Elite Athletes Following a Raw, Plant-Based Diet

More Mainstream Than We Thought?

Articles and posts on raw, plant-based foods are something I’ve written about countless times here until I was blue-in-the-face, so to speak. So, in recent years I’ve tended to shy away from them.

Tom and Gisele

But all the talk about Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s super strict, healthy diet has been getting a lot of attention recently, mainly (and surprisingly) for their focus on mostly vegetables and plant-based eating. Of course, they can afford to have their own personal chef who shops almost exclusively at Whole Foods Market and can prepare the freshest, most delicious, plant-based entrées.

Allen Campbell, Brady’s private chef, recently spoke with Boston.com about the couple’s strict diet. It turns out Brady, Bündchen and their kids eat mostly vegetables—with a few exceptions—and complex carbs are strictly forbidden.

See also: Elite athletes who thrive on a raw food diet

Mostly Plant-Based, Mostly Raw Vegan

I’m just surprised, that I expected NFL veteran quarterback Tom Brady to be chomping on cheeseburgers and meatloaf instead of veggies and quinoa!

But according to this interview with Tom and Gisele’s personal chef Allen Campbell, they and their children eat a very strict, disciplined diet of mostly 80% vegetables and 20% lean meats, wild salmon and chicken during the NFL season, and Tom becoming more of a strict raw vegan during the off-season.

This all makes a lot of sense. And given the fact that Tom Brady (who’s net worth is in the millions) can eat absolutely anything he wants, he eats for a strong, athletic and healthy body to perform in the NFL.

High Alkaline Foods

There have been many articles about raw vegetables being highly alkaline and helping the body to bounce back from extreme physical effort. Well, do a Google search and many elite athletes are vegan or raw-vegan.

Veteran NFL quarterback Tom Brady revealed in a recent interview that his off-season diet is based on an entirely raw vegan diet.

No Tomatoes and Mushrooms…

In another article, chef Allen Campbell talks about foods in which Tom and Gisele avoid, in particular tomatoes, mushrooms, eggplant and peppers! They are too inflammatory to the body.

“[Tom] doesn’t eat nightshades, because they’re not anti-inflammatory,” says Campbell. “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.”

So, someone’s been doing their research for foods that are highly alkaline and helping the body recover from extreme physical effort, while avoiding foods that can cause inflammation.

And to all those naysayers who’ve been questioning my own mostly raw, 100% vegan diet?

Eat your broccoli!

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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