Ever wonder how to have a long, brilliant career in the NFL? Well, thanks to a Tom Brady interview with New York Magazine to promote fluffy shoes, now we know. The secret is: Eat like a finicky child raised by bad parents.
“Do you need to eat a cheeseburger every day to realize that you love a cheeseburger?” the four-time Super Bowl champion replied when asked if he ever misses junk food. “Or could you eat it once a week … or once every two weeks … or once a month … or once every two months?”
Great questions, Tom. Maybe all of the above? But the real key to his success became apparent later in the interview, when Brady made a startling confession.
“I’ve never eaten a strawberry in my life. I have no desire to do that.”
Huh. Add strawberries (and coffee!) to the list of foods—“tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and eggplants”—that Brady and his wife, super model Gisele Bündchen never eat, according to Alan Campbell, their personal chef. So what do they eat? From Campbell’s recent interview with Boston.com:
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.
It’s very different than a traditional American diet. But if you just eat sugar and carbs—which a lot of people do—your body is so acidic, and that causes disease. Tom recently outed Frosted Flakes and Coca-Cola on WEEI. I love that he did that. Sugar is the death of people.
Success in the NFL might be cool and all, but it sounds really hard. Sugar and carbs are so delicious!