Will Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady Cheat on Their Diets This Holiday Season?

NFL star Tom Brady and his supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, both have careers that require a healthy body. In order to maintain their figure, the couple notoriously follows a rigid diet with several rules and restrictions. But how does that impact the biggest eating day of the year: Thanksgiving? Do Bundchen and Brady cheat during the holiday or do they remain devoted to their diet? 

What do Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s diet consist of?

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen
Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen | Matt Winkelmeyer/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

The whole Brady-Bundchen family, including their two kids, eat a totally organic, vegetable-heavy diet. Allen Campbell, a private-chef who used to work for them, reported to Boston.com that 80 percent of what Brady and Bundchen eat is vegetables.

That also means lots of whole grains, brown rice, quinoa, millet, and beans. The other 20 percent of their diet is lean meats. According to Campbell, he cooks with coconut oil, Himalayan pink salt and uses lots of nutrient-dense foods. 

The football star and his model wife also follow several food restrictions: Absolutely no sugar, white flour, dairy, MSG, coffee or caffeine. Surprisingly, Brady also stays away from nightshades because they’re not anti-inflammatory. That means no potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, or eggplant.

The list of foods that Brady and Bundchen avoid is rather long. It would be a challenge to follow a diet like this. So it’s no surprise that they enlisted a private-chef to help. 

Brady’s diet is a little stricter than the rest of the family. For example, the kids will eat fruit, but Brady tends to avoid it except for his morning smoothie. However, for the most part, the entire family eats the same foods so that they’re able to sit down to a meal together. 

One aspect of his diet that Brady takes very is water. According to Business Insider, he consumes 2.5 gallons of water every day. Brady described his hydration routine in a book detailing his diet, which he called TB12.

“Drink at least one-half of your body weight in ounces of water every day,” Brady wrote in his book. “That’s the minimum. Ideally, you’ll drink more than that, and with added electrolytes, too.”

Can Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen eat regular Thanksgiving food?

With a career in the NFL, sometimes Thanksgiving means game day — not family meals. But this year, the Patriots are playing the Sunday before. So Brady will be able to spend Thanksgiving day with his family. 

But many of the traditional Thanksgiving meals are off the table for Brady and Bundchen because of their strict diet. For example, don’t expect to see mashed potatoes or pie on the menu. The former is nightshade and the latter usually has plenty of sugar.

However, turkey is lean meat that Brady shouldn’t have a problem with. Other favorites — like roasted vegetables, salad, whole wheat bread — would be fine as well.

In fact, most Thanksgiving favorites can be made in a healthy way with a little creative thinking. Just don’t count on any marshmallows for the sweet potatoes. 

Will Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen cheat on their diets for Thanksgiving?

Campbell is no longer working with Brady and Bundchen, so he won’t be preparing the holiday meal. But considering that they have a combined net worth of $580 million, they certainly could hire one to cook their Thanksgiving dinner since it’s such an important meal. 

However, they may also decide to just make it themselves. It seems that’s exactly what the family did in 2016. According to a social media post from Bundchen that year, the couple is very capable of cooking for themselves. In fact, she shared a photo of Brady with a pan of biscuits and wrote that it was “Grandma’s biscuit recipe.”

The biscuits seem to imply that the couple may occasionally cheat on Thanksgiving since white flour wouldn’t normally be allowed. When Brady spoke with Men’s Health, he admitted that he used to be pretty strict about his diet, but has relaxed a lot in the last couple of years.

“If I’m craving bacon, I have a piece,” Brady said. “Same with pizza. You should never restrict what you really want. We’re humans, here for one life.”

According to Bundchen’s post, the whole family participated in the meal. In another photo, the kids were shown helping with food prep. They seemed relaxed and laid-back, and it’s likely that 2019 could be the same way.