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Whether you’re a Patriots fan or not, quarterback Tom Brady is an American hero.

How many more Super Bowls will he win? It really doesn’t matter (except to millions of New Englanders, including my cousins), because his greatest achievement is that he is using his fame and power to help Americans become healthier.

Modern medicine is beginning to understand what the ancients have known for centuries: all disease begins in the gut. The discovery of the microbiome has made scientists aware that our gut health is able to dramatically affect every aspect of our well-being, including our mental health and our relationships. Food is medicine, yet modern (read: Western) health practitioners have largely neglected the importance of diet and lifestyle—and as a consequence, we are faced with a growing epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and other serious conditions.

Can Tom Brady help us make a comeback from chronic sickness and disease? We are in the middle of a diet war. Many of us live on fast food, ignoring advice from both conventional or alternative diet experts. Even those of us who are trying to improve our health through diet often cannot decide with certainty which one is best—Mediterranean? PaleoVeganKetogenic?! My family is constantly experimenting with variations of these diets, and even we don’t have all the answers.

Who will win the diet wars? Well, maybe we are thinking about this the wrong way. Maybe instead of seeing this as a conflict, we can view it as a path to self-discovery. Each of us must discover what is right for our own body.

Tom Brady has won his own Diet War. He and his wife Gisele have found a diet that is right for them—a diet that he has found to reduce inflammation, which we know is a main contributor for every illness, from heart disease, to arthritis, to Alzheimer’s. He is showing us—not only by his words, but by example—that a 40-year-old can play in the Super Bowl. This is a powerful message.

Here’s a sample of what Tom and Gisele regularly eat:

>> 80 percent organic vegetables and non-gluten whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, millet, beans)
>> 20 percent lean meats (grass-fed organic steak, lamb, skinless turkey and chicken, and certain fish)
>> Eggs (organic, cage-free, omega-3 enriched)
>> Fruit (Tom likes blueberry smoothies with bananas, protein power, almond milk, and nuts)
>> Extra virgin olive, coconut, almond, and sesame oils

The couple limits or avoids:

>> Dairy
>> White sugar
>> Refined carbohydrates
>> Unhealthy fats (hydrogenated oils)
>> Caffeine
>> Alcohol
>> Iodized salt (use Himalayan pink salt)
>> Nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants)
>> Genetically modified ingredients

In Tom’s new book, The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance, he also recommends regular probiotics and supplements.

Brady says, “You know why I love to eat good? ‘Cause it makes me feel better. And if I feel better, then I can work out more. And if I can work out more, I go play soccer with my kids on a Saturday in the backyard, and then play a football game on Sunday.”

Share the news: eat better to feel better.

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References:

Brady, Tom. The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance. Simon & Schuster, 2017.

Wallace, Robert Keith and Samantha Wallace. Gut Crisis: How Diet, Probiotics, and Friendly Bacteria Help You Lose Weight and Heal Your Body and Mind. Dharma Publications, 2017.

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Author: Robert & Samantha Wallace
Image: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr
Editor: Callie Rushton
Copy Editor: Catherine Monkman

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Robert & Samantha Wallace

Robert Keith Wallace is a pioneering researcher on the physiology of consciousness. His work has inspired hundreds of studies on the benefits of meditation and other mind-body techniques, and his findings have been published in ScienceAmerican Journal of Physiology, and Scientific American. After receiving his BS in physics and his PhD in physiology from UCLA, he conducted postgraduate research at Harvard University.
Dr. Wallace serves as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physiology and Health, Director of Research, and Trustee of Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa. He helped create the first fully accredited Masters of Science degree in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine in the United States.

Dr. Wallace is the author of several books, including Gut Crisis: How Diet, Probiotics, and Friendly Bacteria Help You Lose Weight and Heal Your Body and Mind. Visit his website and Facebook page to learn more.

Samantha Jones Wallace is a former model, featured in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Look Magazine. A lifelong practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, she has also gained a deep understanding of Ayurveda and its relationship to health and wellbeing.

The coauthor of Quantum Golf, Samantha is an editor of Dharma Parenting, and the coauthor of Gut Crisis. She is presently finishing her own book on inner and outer beauty, which introduces Ayurveda with a special emphasis on Essential Oil Skincare.

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Robert Keith Wallace Feb 11, 2018 4:57pm

I agree that Tom Brady may have made mistakes, but many ancient heroes were warriors whose morals were questioned and who fought in senseless battles. Tom Brady’s book was only mentioned for authenticity, and I understand why people may not agree that his is the best diet. But how many celebrities and athletes do you know, who are promoting soft drinks or fast food? And how many are promoting organic, non-GMO, healthy foods? Our country is in a spiraling epidemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. People need information about healthy diets and lifestyle. Food can either be a poison or a medicine. It doesn’t matter if we like a football player or hate him. We all need to begin our journey towards better health, which includes understanding the benefits of yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation. The pen of the Elephant Journal is mightier than the sword.

Cold Bern Feb 10, 2018 11:51am

Calling a cheater like Brady a "hero"? And even if he weren't a scumbag, he's a fucking football player, not a hero. This whole article reads like an advertisement for his book and EJ should be ashamed for printing this.

Ron Laswell Feb 5, 2018 4:46pm

Robert, yes, I have been told quite frequently that I am very different ... weird ... exceptional, even by doctors. I've been doing yoga since I was 21 (almost 70 now) and like to amaze people by doing the splits with ease, and still get up off the floor. The body is a temple.

Robert Keith Wallace Feb 5, 2018 3:59pm

Dear Ron, Thanks for your very kind and interesting comment. You must be an inspiration to everyone you meet.

Ron Laswell Feb 3, 2018 4:23pm

Dear Robert and Samantha - Wow! What a great article! It is so funny how you can dislike someone because of his association with a certain team, and then find out he lives a lifestyle very similar to my own. Gives me a whole different perspective on the young man! In 1972 I was motivated by the book, "Survival Into the 21st Century", by Viktoras Kulvinkas. So, for the past 46 years, I've been living basically the same lifestyle as Brady has been doing. Like you, I assume, Robert, discovering Ayurveda was a big life-changer for me. I must commend you for your work on creating a program for Ayurvedic studies. I have also been practicing yoga and doing meditation daily since 1972, so praises for Samantha also in developing the meditation studies. Congrats to both of you!