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Tom Brady’s ‘body coach’ says one of QB’s ‘treats’ is avocado ice cream


The biggest storyline emerging from a lengthy profile of Tom Brady in The New York Times Magazine by self-professed New England Patriots fan Mark Leibovich revolves around Brady’s father saying he believes his son’s time with the Patriots “will end badly.”

Entitled, “Tom Brady Can’t Stop,” the writeup also features several other interesting stories, assorted asides and compelling anecdotal nuggets about Brady that makes it well worth a read.

Among the enlightening information that can be gleaned from the piece is the tremendous influence Alex Guerrero has upon Brady. He is described in the piece as Brady’s “body coach,” as well as the quarterback’s “spiritual guide, counselor, pal, nutrition adviser, trainer, massage therapist and family member.”

In fact, Guerrero has become such a significant and constant presence in Brady’s life that it is noted that he did not join Brady, wife Gisele Bundchen and their kids on a Bahamas vacation during the offseason.

Guerrero attends each and every Patriots game, home and away — earning a spot on the sideline, even — overseeing many aspects of Brady’s life, workouts and whatnot, working with him seven days a week most of the time. He even works in conjunction with Brady’s personal chef in the planning of the quarterback’s meals.

Leibovich asked Guerrero at one point if Brady is ever allowed to go off his heavily regulated training and lifestyle regimen, such as sneaking in something unhealthy like a cheeseburger every once in awhile.

Guerrero said that Brady does in fact get “treats,” but stops short of saying a nice and greasy cheeseburger is an acceptable part of going off the clearly rigid program.

“Yes, we have treats,” he said. “We make them.” Like what? “Usually raw desserts, like raw macaroons.” Ice cream made from avocado is another favorite, Guerrero said.

While avocado ice cream and raw macaroons hardly would be considered a treat by most folks, given that Brady’s typical breakfast apparently consisted of a “protein shake that was also high in electrolytes and included greens like kale and collards” ( and sometimes even blueberries!), perhaps something like avocado ice cream could be viewed as a scrumptious indulgence.

After all, Brady is the same guy who once revealed in a magazine interview, when asked what he considered his “guilty pleasure,” to which he replied, “A frozen margarita. Oh my God.”

Oh my God, indeed.

[H/T The Big Lead]