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For the past few days, the internet has been a-buzz over the recently released diet of Tom Brady, NFL quarterback of the New England Patriots, and his super-model wife, Gisele Bündchen.

To say that Tom and Gisele do not eat the standard American Diet would be quite the understatement––no sugar, white flour, caffeine, MSG. In a recent interview, their personal chef outlined many of the rules he follows when planning the meals for the celebrity couple and their family. Allen Campbell states that, “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…. As for fish, I mostly cook wild salmon.”

He goes on to list more foods that are off limits; excluded foods include tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms and eggplant. Campbell says that Tom, “… Prefers not to eat fruit.” He also says that the family sticks to gluten-free everything, meaning many grains are excluded from their diet, as is dairy. For most of America, there went nearly their entire diet!

Adherents to the Phase One Diet will recognize much of this as sound advice.  

 

Tom, “… Prefers not to eat fruit.” He also says that the family sticks to gluten-free everything

Much of it, in fact, sounds like the Phase One Diet! No sugar, limited fruits, no grains or white flour––these are all tenants of the Phase one and Two Diet. The exclusion of fungus and yeast from their diet is also notable, in terms of its relationship to Phase one. 

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The Phase one Diet certainly takes contention with the whole grains aspect of the diet. While it is generally recognized that whole grains are healthier than processed grains, one key piece to the puzzle is missing. According to published research, certain foods in our food supply, including grains, are susceptible to mycotoxin contamination. 

These mycotoxins are fungal byproducts, and some are rated among the most toxic, naturally-occurring chemicals on the planet.

The Phase one Diet seeks to prevent exposure to these poisons, and for that reason, grains––including whole grains––are eliminated from the diet, along with legumes, pistachios and peanuts.

So is Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen’s diet perfect? In light of what many Americans eat, it is certainly pretty stellar––a diet that would promote health rather than detract from it. One must wonder though, if they or their chef knew about the research done on mycotoxins in our food if their might be a few changes made to the family’s menu.


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