Watching the Superbowl yesterday was pretty exhilarating, with Tom Brady leading the Patriots to victory after a seemingly unrecoverable score. Love him or hate him, we all have to admit that Brady is a magnificent athlete. He is now being called the best quarterback of all time, with 5 Superbowls under his belt. Although we can’t all be pro-football players, we CAN eat like Tom Brady. Admittedly, not all aspects of Tom Brady’s diet are realistic and are questionably healthy (the man has never eaten a strawberry), but here are 4 healthy and realistic ways to incorporate Tom Brady’s unique diet.
1. Cut That Sugar!
Brady has a famous beef against processed sugars and products like Coke and Frosted Flakes. While these sugary foods may taste good, they destroy your body. According to the Journal of American Medical Association, processed sugars lead to the “highest blood triglyceride levels and the lowest HDL (good) cholesterol levels” which are ALL leading factors for heart disease.
Instead of processed sugars, try natural ones instead like agave honey and fruits (even though Tom may avoid many of them).
2. Lean Meats and Fish
20% of Brady’s diet is composed of lean meats and fish. These foods offer a strong source of protein as well as iodine, iron, zinc, vitamins, especially B12, and essential fatty acids (eatforhealth.gov). By eating more of these and less of fatty meats, you can improve your health significantly by finding a healthy source of protein.
3. Whole Grains
Trade out that wonder bread for some whole grains! Whole grain is high in “protein, fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium)” (WebMd). A diet rich in whole grains has been shown to decrease risks of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer.
4. Avocado Ice Cream?
Craving Ice Cream? Swap out your regular sweet treat with Avocado Ice Cream. Brady’s favorite treat is the unconventional sub and for good reason. It cuts out the dairy and replaces it with Avocado which is a good source of naturally good fats, is cholesterol and sodium-free, and great for decreasing risks of heart disease (https://www.avocadocentral.com/nutrition/avocados-good-fats-heart-health) .
With these four tips, your ready to take a play from Tom Brady’s book. Good luck!
~Written by Ruby Liu