Even if you are not a football fan, you’ve probably heard of Tom Brady. He is the current quarterback for the New England Patriots and one of only two players in NFL history to have won five Super Bowls, and the only to have done it while playing for the same team. At the age of 40 years old, he gets a lot of flack that he might be at the end of his game – mind you, the oldest NFL quarterback retired at 48 – but you would be hard-pressed to find the signs of age or diminished performance with Brady.
In fact, Brady’s athleticism and overall ability to stay in tip-top shape is the inspiration behind the TB12 Method, a whole training program developed based on his holistic approach to “achieving sustained peak performance.” As laid out on the TB12 website, the entire method includes recommendations for different types of strength and endurance training, gear, supplements, brain exercises, hydration regimens, and even nutrition. The idea is that using a combination of these things, athletes can work toward their best performance and excel in their desired field.
Now, this might seem like a pretty standard training program – but what is possibly a bit surprising to some is Brady’s choice to feature only plant-based snacks and meals. Yes, you read that right: one of the best athletes in the U.S. recommends eating plant-based to help reach optimal performance.
While it goes against popular conceptions of what “athletes eat” (i.e. steaks on steaks on steaks), a plant-based diet has actually been scientifically proven to speed up recovery time, improve blood flow to muscles, and increase overall energy. Keep reading at One Green Planet »
I think it is safe to say that Brady’s wife and Vegan, Gisele Bündchen might have something to do with it.