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Tom Brady usually follows a strict diet, which excludes foods like dairy, and even some fruits.
But the 44-year-old NFL quarterback reserves one day per year to say "screw it" to his diet.
He said Thanksgiving is the day where he can "eat like everyone else."
The 44-year-old NFL quarterback said that he enjoys the holiday by saying "screw it" to his diet, during an episode of his podcast "Let's Go! With Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald, and Jim Gray."
During the podcast, Oprah Winfrey, who appeared as a guest, asked Brady what kind of food he can eat at the Thanksgiving table.
"Just like everyone else," Brady responded. "That's the one meal where I'm like, screw it, let's go for it. And we all get to enjoy it."
Brady's regular diet rules out most holiday treats
Brady has earmarked several major food groups as completely off-limits, including dairy, sugar, gluten, refined carbs, caffeine, processed meats, and some fruits and vegetables like strawberries, eggplant, and tomatoes, according to his 2017 book "The TB12 Method," which he spun off into a health and wellness brand alongside his long-time body coach Mark Guerrero.
Brady's regular approach to food involves eating "alkalizing" foods — which have naturally low pH levels to help decrease inflammation.
Brady is looking forward to loosening up his lifestyle more
Brady has said his strict lifestyle and the TB12 Method have helped him to play at an elite level well into his 40s, as he's on pace to have statistically the best season of his career at the age of 44 this year.
For Brady, the chance to do more holiday indulging is one of the things he's looking forward to once he retires, because even on Thanksgiving he said he only gets four hours to enjoy food with his family.
"Practice usually ends about 1 or 2 p.m., you eat about 3:30, and then you're getting ready for the next day of practice," Brady said during his podcast. "And then, same thing with Christmas. So, you know, I'm looking forward to the time when I'm done playing football so that I can have some of those more normal holidays that I had growing up that were important where the family's all together."
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