Lifestyle excellence in action: Tom Brady credits his success to healthy living
05/11/2019 // Lance D Johnson // Views

Six-time Superbowl champion Tom Brady is one of the most revered athletes in the world. He will turn 42 years young just before the start of his 20th NFL season. At age 41, he led an underdog New England Patriots team to a wild overtime AFC Championship title win, before heading to Superbowl LIII, where he led a successful 4th quarter drive that capped his record-breaking, sixth Superbowl crown. Along the way, he remained poised under pressure, outwitted entire defenses, and outperformed a young MVP quarterback half his age.

Because Tom Brady has shown remarkable durability, discipline, and vitality on and off the field over several years, trainers around the National Football league should take notice and adopt his methods. What sets Tom Brady apart from other athletes is not luck; the secret to his success is found in the unique way he prepares his body and his mind. Tom Brady has been able to perform at such a high level for many years because he focuses on muscle pliability in his workout routines, instead of bulking up his body and shortening his muscles. He also focuses on maximizing cellular energy using a whole food, plant-based diet while mitigating foods that cause inflammation. What we allow into our body and mind has a huge impact on our performance over time, and Tom Brady is a shining example.

Legend NFL Quarterback shares his diet, lifestyle, philosophy, and training regime

Tom Brady published a book in September 2017, revealing the secrets behind his mental, physical, and dietary preparations. The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance is an insight into the strategies that have contributed to his success.


Tom Brady’s diet is generally 80 percent alkaline, 20 percent acidic, which means he eats a lot of vegetables and has a properly working digestive system. He doesn’t consume sugar, white flour, iodized salt, alcohol, dairy, or addictive food chemicals like monosodium glutamate. He chooses an organic diet and avoids foods that cause inflammation in his body, which includes the elimination of all genetically modified foods. He regularly consumes whole grains such as millet, beans and quinoa. When he eats meat, he chooses organic grass-fed steak, duck, and wild salmon. He drinks purified water, going to great lengths to avoid fluoridated water, which is proven to hinder cognition.

Tom Brady’s eyes were opened after experiencing a season-ending knee injury in 2008. During his rehabilitation process, he began to learn about nutrition, muscle pliability, and Eastern healing wisdom. Today he focuses on making his muscles long and soft, instead of short, tight, and dense. He regularly uses resistance bands during his training practice. Notwithstanding, the practice of Yoga has given Brady a template to become more flexible and durable over time. His personal trainer and friend, Alex Guerrero also uses massage therapy to keep Brady’s body and his throwing arm in top condition.

Brady is diligent about the details and takes recuperation seriously. He is known to shut off all lights and devices long before his bed time, and he keeps WIFI signals away from his bedroom. This allows his brain to naturally produce enough melatonin to promote deep, restful sleep. Brady regularly meets with a neuropsychologist to improve his memory and his peripheral vision, to ultimately increase the speed at which he can process information between plays.

The great thing about Tom Brady is that he is not withholding the valuable information he applies. Instead, he actively reaches out to fellow athletes, trainers, and the public to improve knowledge on nutrition, holistic lifestyle habits, and training methods. Don’t be surprised if Tom Brady plays well into his 40s and comes home with a seventh Super Bowl title before his career is over. Tom Brady is doing more than winning football games. He is leaving a legacy.

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