TB12 Diet Diary: What it’s like to live like Tom Brady for a week

As a Patriots fan, it’s going to be a weird, uncomfortable and somewhat bitter experience watching Tom Brady compete in his 10th Super Bowl — the first not in a New England uniform. I’ll forever be grateful for Brady’s contributions to a dynasty that spanned nearly my entire childhood, and of course I want the best for him … he’s provided so much joy for me as a sports fan. Still, it’s always hard to see an ex thriving after a separation, you know?

But since Brady is Super Bowl bound and one of my strongest personality traits is an ability to punish myself at any given opportunity, my bosses here at CBS Sports thought it would be a good idea for me to embrace this personal crisis. What better way to prepare for the uncomfortable experience of watching Brady in Super Bowl LV than by living the TB12 lifestyle for a week leading up to the game?

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For those unaware, TB12 is Brady’s lifestyle brand built around his method of living that has allowed him to find an unparalleled level of sustained success at the NFL level. Exercise, nutrition, expensive pajamas … it’s all part of the Brady method. For this experiment, we’re going to focus on the diet and pliability aspects of the TB12 method, and I’ll be documenting my experiences along the way. 

And for the record: I used to live a somewhat respectable lifestyle of my own before the world shut down last March. I used to work out frequently, attempt to eat well and at least make a casual effort to pretend that I take care of myself. However, over the last year or so, my brand has essentially become cigarettes, cheap beer, frozen pizza, marathon video game sessions and deteriorating hygiene. This project from my bosses may very well be an intervention masked as a “work assignment,” so let’s see how it goes.

The guidelines

There’s a good chance you’ve already heard about Tom Brady’s absurd diet. The checklist of things he can’t/won’t eat is seemingly longer than the things he can/will. Here’s a glimpse at the insanity from Brady’s personal chef:

“No white sugar. No white flour. No MSG. I’ll use raw olive oil, but I never cook with olive oil. I only cook with coconut oil. Fats like canola oil turn into trans fats. … I use Himalayan pink salt as the sodium. I never use iodized salt.

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

What else? No coffee. No caffeine. No fungus. No dairy.

The kids eat fruit. Tom, not so much. He will eat bananas in a smoothie. But otherwise, he prefers not to eat fruits.”

Yeah, so it’s safe to say I won’t be following Brady’s diet exactly as the quarterback does — I’d rather decline the assignment and be unemployed. However, I’ll be following the loose outline provided by the TB12 website. Here’s a basic outline of the rules:

80% fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes 20% protein (chicken, red meat, seafood)Eat until you’re 75% fullNo dairy or nightshadesHalve your body weight in pounds and drink that many ounces of water (70 ounces for me daily)Max 2 cups of coffee / No caffeine after noonNo food within 3 hours of going to bedDay 1
Pete Blackburn

As I mentioned off the jump, this a drastic change from my natural way of living, so I had to knock out a quick food shopping trip in order to prepare. I figured my local Trader Joe’s would be the best play for a lot of the organic meats and vegetables, and then I filled in some of the blanks with a trip to Stop & Shop. 

We’ve hit an annoying road block already, as I figured yogurt & granola would be a good way to make the nuts and seeds bearable. Turns out I’m an idiot who forgot that yogurt is dairy, and also an idiot who didn’t realize that granola has a ton of sugar in it? God, this sucks already. I also decided to try some “green juice” simply because it looked healthy and seemed like something I’d be involved in while on this diet. It tastes like rain water collected in a yard waste bag and I will not be doing that ever again.

I had a palm-sized portion of chicken (cooked in coconut oil) for dinner along with some spinach, carrots and cucumbers for dinner. Not exciting but, honestly, it was solid. The bigger issue is that I got hungry again and sort of broke the rules on the first day already, as you’re not supposed to eat anything within three hours of going to bed. I had celery and almonds as a late night “treat” to settle the hunger. You know your life is in a pretty lame place when you have to feel guilty about eating celery and almonds. 

Also, this is so much water to drink. I can’t stop peeing.

Published: 2021-01-26 17:42:46

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