Tom Brady’s vegan secret

Tom Brady, Quarterback of the New England Patriots and Vegan athlete, winner of 5 Super Bowls. Photo: Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Tom Brady, Quarterback of the New England Patriots and Vegan athlete, winner of 5 Super Bowls. Photo: Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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.

RELATED READING

http://people.com/food/gisele-bundchen-tom-bradys-diet-plant-based/

https://www.vogue.com/article/supermodel-diets-gisele-bundchen-lily-aldridge-miranda-kerr

https://www.purplecarrot.com/

https://veganuary.com/starter-kit/

https://vegancuts.com/offer/vegan-starter-kit

https://thrivemarket.com/p/vegan-starter-kit

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Black-eyed pea burgers recipe

Black-Eye Pea Burger by Del Sroufe via One Green Planet.
Black-Eye Pea Burger by Del Sroufe via One Green Planet.

FORKS OVER KNIVES — A neighbor tried this out and shared the results with me and it was staggeringly good. I don’t know if I can reproduce it by myself but I am going to give it a go. You should too and let us know how you like it. Oh, yeah. It’s vegan.

Black-Eyed Pea Burgers

by Del Soufe

INGREDIENTS

½ cup cornmeal
1 (15-ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 small yellow onion, minced
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 whole-grain sandwich buns, for serving (optional)
Lettuce leaves, for serving (optional)
1 large tomato, sliced, for serving (optional)
Mustard and ketchup, for serving (optional

INSTRUCTIONS

Place the cornmeal on a shallow plate and set aside. Have a nonstick baking sheet ready or line a standard baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the black-eyed peas in a medium bowl. Using a potato masher, smash the beans, leaving some of them intact for texture. Add the onion, celery, carrot, garlic, arrowroot, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, mix until well blended; the mixture will be very crumbly.

Divide the mixture into four equal portions. Press each portion into a patty about 4 inches across and dredge in the cornmeal to coat completely. Transfer the patties to the baking sheet and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Remove the patties from the refrigerator and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Turn each patty over and bake for 15 to 20 minutes more, until the burgers are lightly browned and hold together well when moved.

If desired, serve on a whole-grain bun and top with lettuce, tomato, mustard, and ketchup.

Lady Gaga partners with Starbucks to release new Vegan drinks for charity

For every Pink Drink, Ombré Pink Drink, Violet Drink, and Matcha Lemonade sold, Starbucks will donate $0.25 to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and the Channel Kindness project.
For every Pink Drink, Ombré Pink Drink, Violet Drink, and Matcha Lemonade sold, Starbucks will donate $0.25 to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and the Channel Kindness project.

ONE GREEN PLANET — What’s better than enjoying an iced beverage on a hot summer day? Knowing that part of the proceeds is going to charity! Lady Gaga has partnered with Starbucks to promote four vegan iced drinks in the name of a great cause. For each drink sold, the company will donate $0.25 to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and the Channel Kindness project. Founded by the pop icon, the Born This Way Foundation has a mission to create a more compassionate world that fosters mental wellness and self-care for youth. The sales will specifically benefit the Channel Kindness project, which empowers young activists to report and recognize acts of kindness that all too often go unrecognized.

For this special promotion, Starbucks will offer its now-iconic Pink Drink and Ombré Pink Drink (their Cool Lime Refresher mixed with coconut milk and a splash of Teavana Shaken Iced Passion Tango) along with two all-new flavors: Violet Drink and Matcha Lemonade. The Violet Drink (just looking at the color, we know it’s gonna be Instagrammable) is a blend of blackberries, hibiscus, and coconut milk and Matcha Lemonade combines matcha green tea and lemonade.

Genesis Butler — A 10 year old’s vision for healing the planet

Remarkable and encouraging especially for us old-timers. Go Genesis!

Go Vegan in 2017

Have you joined the vegan revolution yet this year? 2017 has been declared the year for it.
Have you joined the vegan revolution yet this year? 2017 has been declared the year veganism takes off.

Dr. Oz the television doctor and magician of self promotion married to traditional medicine has declared “The Vegan Diet is the single biggest movement of 2017”.

Nice to see him on board. The man knows a trend and how to work it.

Hooray for the animals and the planet, and yes okay human beings (she says laughingly).

What is a Vegan? The dictionary sums it up this way:

veg·an ˈvēɡən/ noun — a person who does not eat or use animal products

That’s it in a nutshell. It’s a no brainer really.  Everyone can prove the efficacy of it. Plus it is fun, ever so tasty and kind.

What’s not to like? The fanatics, right? So what? There are fanatics in every movement or societal change. I don’t like them either. They bore me too. Ignore them.

Instead check out the seemingly endless happy, healthy and awesomely talented Vegan chefs, cooks and lifestyle gurus. Then get out there and start experimenting.

Go all out if that is how you typically approach life, or start slowly by making changes a bit along the way. It won’t be long before you will want to do it all.

Don’t care about the animals or the planet or your fellow man? You love to eat good food don’t you? Put down your shotgun and simply do it for the food. It is that fab. Truly.

Look at the dudes at Crossroads Kitchen.

This is made with a buckwheat blini, smoked carrot lox, cultured almond milk crème fraîche and kelp caviar. Are you kidding me?

I am not sure what people think they are losing out on by sticking to a diet full of animal derived products, but the medical profession and Big Pharma are quaking in their boots at the very thought of a Vegan Nation.

You don’t have to pontificate about it to be a Vegan. Just get on with it like it’s normal. Because it is. Perfectly normal.