So much has been made of the fact that Gisele Bundchen follows a super strict diet and encourages her husband, Tom Brady, to do the same. Yes, she is a supermodel who makes a living off of being slim and fit and he is a star quarterback. Does that automatically mean that their nutritional needs should be different?
I will admit that there were a few times when I’ve read articles about this and rolled my eyes. Initially, I even joined the bandwagon of people who implied that Bundchen is controlling and that athletes need more food and yadda, yadda, yadda.
But that was wrong of me. It’s wrong in general.
First of all, isn’t marriage about looking out for each other? Don’t we see husbands and wives influencing each other’s decisions in regular life? Why is it any different just because they are famous? Why is it a negative thing because she is encouraging him to eat healthy food? Would we be criticizing her if she was posting pictures and bragging about making him chili and Buffalo wings to celebrate game night?
Probably not… so what does that mean? Why are people so negative about people wanting to eat well? Is it because it’s taken a toll on his health and performance?
Hmmm… considering the fact that he’s a five-time champion and, this year, made history by staging the biggest comeback ever seen at the Super Bowl, it’s fair to say that he’s doing something right. His body is holding up, his mind is sharp, and he’s able to drown out distractions and doubt long enough to focus on staying in the game… he’s obviously suffering.
This is not about whether Tom Brady and the New England Patriots cheated by deflating footballs, just so we’re clear. He could have done that knowingly – that’s not the issue I’m talking about.
I’m wondering why a wife should be reluctant to admit that she’s been encouraging her husband to give up an unhealthy diet. Is it because they are rich and famous and people view this as snobbery and elitism? Is it that our own problematic relationships with food are triggering us to become defensive and critical? Why are we roasting Gisele Bundchen for wanting her husband to eat clean?
At the end of the day, what they eat (and what any of our friends and family eat) is up to them. What they feed their children (including their preference to skip Halloween candy) is up to them. Are we condemning our friends who give overweight kids ice cream and high fructose corn syrup? No? Then why are we so riled up about Gisele and Tom choosing to skip the sugar?
It’s a weird topic and I am not even going to pretend to have the answers. It’s just interesting to think about.