Gisele Bundchen gave her kids’ Halloween candy away after they tried one piece


Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady’s two private chefs have been talking all year about Tom and Gisele’s rather extreme elimination diet. What disturbed me was that their joint diet is a permanent, ceaseless thing. It’s not the kind of thing that they do just for a month or two to get in shape. No. They never eat nightshades. They never eat anything with flour, sugar or dairy. They ever consume caffeine. Their diet is mostly “raw” plus some lean protein. And that’s how they’re raising their kids too. So now Gisele has to brag that her kids are so into their raw, half-vegan diet that they weren’t even interested in their Halloween candy, and she had to give away their candy stash. Uh-huh.

Forget eating her kids’ Halloween candy, Gisele Bündchen not only didn’t steal any of her children’s haul, but she gave it all away! The supermodel mom made an appearance at the grand opening of the Under Armour Boston Brand House in the Prudential Center on Wednesday evening, and explained that son Benjamin and daughter Vivian (who dressed as Mario and a pony, respectively) were so uninterested in their Halloween haul, they let their mom give it away.

“We don’t really have that a kind of sugar in our house,” Bündchen told PEOPLE. “I let them try one (piece), but they really only had one bite and then they didn’t want it anymore. So I told them if they didn’t like it I was going to give it away to other kids and they actually let me give their candy away,” she added of her and Tom Brady‘s kids.

But don’t feel bad for Bündchen’s kids; they still get to eat dessert every day.

“It’s a little different kind of sweets, so they’re not used to it,” said Bündchen. “I said to them, ‘You know, there are so many kids that don’t get candy and you guys got so many, some kids don’t even get one! And they’re like, ‘Oh mom, okay you can give it to them if they don’t get any.’”

[From People]

That’s some high-level passive-aggressive mom guilt right there. Imagine being that little and your overzealous mother lets you taste one mini-Snickers and she watches you like a hawk the entire time the delicious chocolate, caramel and peanut concoction washes over your taste buds. “It’s not very good, is it?” she prompts. “No, mama,” you sigh. “Good, I’m taking all of your candy away because there are so many kids who don’t even get that one piece of candy! Here, gnaw on this ginger root, it will get that horrible taste out of your mouth.” Smug Mothering 101.

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  1. blue banana says:

    good for her. i don’t believe she allowed “just one” but probably not a lot, and kids don’t need a lot. it’s not like she kept them from celebrating every other aspect of halloween, in fact she heartily participated with them. That’s better than any amount of candy.

    my kids used to eat a bunch of their candy THAT night, but then it was all given away to school drives as well or sent in to Dad’s office for the reception candy bowls.

    • LA says:

      I also believe her that the kids didn’t like it. If they don’t have sugar regularly, Halloween candy is probably overwhelmingly sweet. It happens to people who do Whole 30, Paleo diets etc for a few weeks too.

      • Betsy says:

        I was thinking the same thing. She’s still insufferable, but I haven’t eaten much sugar for a few months, had some of my kids’ candy and it does not taste like I remembered/hoped.

        I know lots of non-Americans complain about how sweet our candy is; I really seem to remember candy not being as sweet when I was a kid. Did it get sweeter or did my tastebuds change?

      • Suzy from Ontario says:

        The headline made it sound like she was a monster, but actually it was kind of sweet what they did. And I totally believe they didn’t like the taste. Candy often looks better than it tastes, and some kids aren’t fans of ultra-sweet. I remember when my oldest son was young and he was given a candy cane after a photo with Santa. Tried a taste and hated it. He’s never been a fan of candy of sweets. We just never had them around when they were little that much. I wasn’t against them, or anything, we just preferred a bowl of strawberries or fresh raspberries to candy and it stuck. It’s overwhelming if you aren’t used to it. I don’t have sugar in my coffee, for instance, and once someone put sugar in by accident and one sip… ack! All I could take was sugar and it made me sick! I also like that she encouraged empathy and generosity in her kids. We need more of that in the world!

      • Down and Out says:

        I agree. I travel out of the US for weeks at a time for work, and when I get back and have American candy it really makes me sick to my stomach. And while we’re on the subject, it amazes me how much weight I drop and how my skin clears up by not eating food that has been over-processed or with added sugar. I am NOT an organic-food-only crunchy eater and I am adamantly pro-GMOs, but traveling has really opened my eyes to how much sh*t is in the American diet.

      • squee says:

        It’s true – whenever I visit America i put on so much weight in such a short space of time. In a trip to texas I put on 16lbs in 11 days!

      • swak says:

        @squee – can’t completely blame the food for your weight gain. Just saying.

      • LoveIsBlynd says:

        I don’t eat sugary things, but come on! It’s the ONE DAY they can indulge. I let my kid go crazy on halloween and moderate with their booty. He can have about 5 bite sized things a day, they go on a plate and he can eat them after dinner. I am progressively throwing away what’s left without him knowing. Not a big deal!

      • Mel says:

        @ Betsy:

        It is entirely possible that your American sweets did get sweeter over time. Recipes are adapted to the changing tastes of the consumers – and the less refined people’s taste buds are (as they are bound to be after many decades of increasingly processed crap), the more sugar they have to dump in them.
        It is happening elsewhere, too.

    • Ariadne says:

      My son gets too much chocolate from his grandparents at times so we give him a bit and then save a few of the packets for the Christmas box appeals they do locally. It seems to be a good solution and he’s definitely not deprived; a few less sweets does him no harm at all and he doesn’t even care I don’t think. He never actually asks for the stuff unless his grandmothers are waving it at him like fairytale witches.

      • endlessendless says:

        Sounds reasonable to me, Ariadne.

        I’m not a mom, and as a bystander, the one thing that really flabbergasts me is when moms hack at each other regarding perfectionism. As if mommying isn’t hard enough.

        Frankly, I think women should leave Giselle alone. If she doesn’t want her kids to eat toxic sugar — and YES, they’ve done legit scientific studies on refined sugar’s toxicity to the body and brain — then that’s her choice.

        Jesus with the trampling all over this woman.

    • Mary Mary says:

      My niece came to visit us while she was stationed in our area, I drove her to the store where she purchased lots of candy for both herself to enjoy and share. Niece described her mom (my sister-in-law) as the food police. Yes, she is now 21 and has to have her secret snack candy binge (she is tall and slender) and even though she eats healthy meals, she cannot be without a secret candy stash. She shares her candy stash with her friends on the military base.

      My sister-in-law called up to see how see how said niece was and then spoke with us and we told her how well she enjoyed the healthy home cooked meals. We failed to burst her bubble when she began bragging about how her daughter doesn’t eat sweets :) We did not tell her you don’t know your old child who is now grown up and loves sweets now and then because the food police tried to police sweets out of her life. Extremes sometimes cause a backlash later in life, when a child grown up can change the wrongs of childhood.

      • Jennah says:

        my daughter has anxiety and her school started calling some food good and other food bad. The other parents were on board. But she developed an eating disorder, where she couldn’t eat something without her brain worrying the food was bad for her, if it had gluten, sugar, organic, etc

        Her poor brain. and it was such a relief when she was able to enjoy pizza, cake, Halloween, thanksgiving again.

        I am fine with people doing whatever they want with their kids diets, but I feel that all of this anxiety over weight and obesity and health has gone so far it’s like we forget food is pleasure too.

      • jwoolman says:

        Ha ha- I was like that with onions and Parmesan cheese. Mom was allergic to onions so none in the house. She let us order French fried onions at restaurants, though. On my own as an adult, I overdosed on onions and ended up with an allergy myself…. misdiagnosed as a mysterious stomach ailment that mysteriously was always cured by an onion sandwich (allergic addiction works like that… I would have onions for breakfast but a peanut butter sandwich for lunch, by late afternoon I was undergoing withdrawal with an odd pain in the side; the prescribed bland diet fixed it because – no onions!). I’m careful not to eat them too often now.

        We always only had a tiny 3oz container of Parmesan cheese and so there was never enough to satisfy me especially if greedy brother got to it first. Again went nuts with it as an adult. Even bought a five pound bag of it! Half of it molded before I could eat it all. Turns out there were limits even for me.

    • Gabrielle says:

      Also kids who are not use to eating stuff like that will get diarrhea. I’m not saying we never eat junk in my house, but not a lot. And a few times my son got candy, or spent some time with Grandma, and got over indulged. Then the next day, I’d be dealing with the aftermath of that.

  2. Tila says:

    Kaiser that end commentary cracked me up haha

  3. BearcatLawyer says:

    Their diet sounds exhausting and boring. I would bet that as kids she and Tom ate plenty of candy and were omnivores. Food is meant to be enjoyed. Their kids are not going to die if they eat some Halloween candy, for heaven’s sake!

    • SM says:

      Totally agree. This is so selfish. I try to balance our diet. I cook fresh meals with lots of vegetables and gains. But then the childhood os for enjoying things. I can’t deny my child pancakes or candy because he should enjoy life at least while little. Kids grow up and with growing up comes responsiblity and lots of different complicated choices, why not make a childhood a happy memory with candy and cake and milk. I am not saying the diet should not be watched over but not to that extreem so that a kid who tries candy doesn’t even enjoy one self

      • Julie Smith says:

        Sometimes it can go the opposite way: My dad drove a commercial bakery truck and every night brought home brownies, fried pies, sweet rolls, etc. I ate so much as a child, eventually I got sick of sugar. Don’t eat it today and don’t miss it.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      Minority view here. I know a mother who raised her child this way. Once he was a little older he was crazy for candy because it had always been strictly forbidden. Any time he got away from Mom he wanted that forbidden candy! His eating habits were out of whack for years, and mixed up with feelings of “you’re not the boss of me!”

      For what it’s worth my kids were allowed to keep their Halloween candy and they lost interest in a couple of days. Today they don’t eat sweets at all. They both have excellent diets – much better than mine. I still remember my mother taking away all my Halloween candy – then finding out she was secretly eating it all herself! I promise that approach is NOT a good one either!

      • Angel says:

        Exactly, making something forbidden just puts a value on the food it was never meant to have. Children cannot be controlled forever, best to let everything be in moderation and take away the fantasy of it.

      • holly hobby says:

        Yup I grew up with a gal who’s parents forbade her any sweets (dentists). Well guess what? She went away for college and inhaled everything that’s sugar. That went on for years!

        It’s ok in moderation but do not deprive your children. The first minute they are free, they will eat the candy.

      • Anners says:

        @Belle Epoch I *was* that kid!!! In the 80s my brother was diagnosed hyperactive (predated ADHD) and my mum was advised not to let him eat sugar, processed foods, or additives/preservatives. Our diet was super restricted, so whenever I got a bit of cash I’d spend it on food. I developed some really unhealthy relationships with junk and at 40 I am still struggling!! I’m not a parent, but I’m all about balance

      • Jenny says:

        @ Belle Epoch and Anners That’s exactly what I was thinking reading this story. I was that child to, to a certain degree. My mother was super-healthy in what she served the family and she wasn’t interested in enjoying food but saw it as fuel and wanted it to be as healthy as possible. Everything we ate she made from scratch and grew a lot of our food in the summer herself. As soon as I moved out to uni I went crazy with junk food and I still can’t stand overly healthy stuff. I love food and I love cooking and I try my hardest to make it as enjoyable to eat as possible. Life’s too short to diet like that. I have nothing that’s forbidden for our kids but they’re not that interested so it works out fine. Sugar and junk food is not a big thing for them. They love the food we love, home cooked and as enjoyable as we can make it. Despite my mother’s uber healthy way of life, the way she ate and exercised, she still died of breast cancer way too early and that also made me adamant that restricting and living a spartan life is so not worth it.

        Although I suspect the Bradys do not do it primarily for health but because both parents are obsessed with their looks and athletic performance.

    • jane says:

      reminds me of Joan Crawford, her kids would get a lot of Christmas gifts but were only allowed to keep one. she gave the rest away. Can you imagine your child getting about 3 or 4 gifts and only allowed to keep one,, of course she did that after all the cameras had finished taking pictures of their wonderful Christmas. but then, Giselle thinks she knows every thing, To Brady is just a puppet for her

  4. minx says:

    Oh, brother.

    • LeAnn Stinks says:

      Agreed, she is so annoying and hypocritical.

      No sugar allowed, but breast implants are a-okay. Plus, her “all natural” twice augmented nose. What a phony baloney, barf.

      • JustBitchy says:

        And the endoscopic brow lift. Not blepharoplasty or Botox lust a light pull up of the brows. If she had done the blepho she would have lost that slughtky hooded look she has always had and that would be a dead give away. But some day.

  5. juice says:

    i bet it’s exhausting to be around her.

    • Tate says:

      I was thinking the same thing. I get tired just reading about her.

    • Zimmerman says:

      Are Gisele and Goop BFFs?

    • lucy2 says:

      This. I get wanting your kids to be healthy and all, but lately I get the feeling that’s all she talks about, and probably offers her 2 cents when it’s not asked for. Very Goopish.

      • Crimson says:

        @V4Real – I agree that Gisele comes off as overbearing when speaking on how she raises her kids; she would be better off commenting less and maybe take a look at how Todd Marinovich’s parents raised him (and how well THAT turned out).

        I’m in Boston often, however, and criticism of her husband is non-existent. I’ve been told by everyone, whenever the subject comes up (because I am an unapologetic sports fanatic), that Tom Brady is one of the most considerate, humble, and kind people they’ve ever met… a straight-up good guy. He sponsors activities for kids, he’s generous to charities, he treats everyone equally. I never understand the Brady hate. And Inflate-gate was a media-driven fiasco, a real non-story that got overblown imo. (I do agree that sugar is not so great for one’s body, but I do love me some dark chocolate on occasion!) ✌🏽️

  6. K37745 says:

    Sugar is literal poison. I get it.

    Mind you I’ve been eating my kids’ candy for days, but I’ll take one for the team.

    • Amanduh says:

      Right?! Real heroes don’t wear capes, mama!! I’m preventing cavities and sugar rushes…You’re welcome!!

    • paolanqar says:

      Yes but whatever she forbids them now they eventually eat it later in life and probably in more quantities.
      I don’t believe it for a second that her kids didn’t like the taste of candies.. kids like sweets I do not see the harm in that if it is only once in a while, especially Halloween.
      It sounds like an asshole move from a controlling mother.
      Just let them enjoy Halloween ffs!

      • Jen says:

        Agreed-my mom raised us on a very similar diet-there was never sugar or candy like this in my house, ever. One of my siblings just went WILD when they started driving wth fast food, soda, sugar-it’s fine to keep things like that in very small doses, but absolutely forbidding it can have the opposite effect.

    • T.Fanty says:

      You are a true American hero. I will join you in protecting my children’s delicate systems from all of this terrible, terrible chocolatey poison. #solidarity

      • Amanduh says:

        I salute you, T. Fanty- with a fun-sized chocolate bar in hand and Cheeto dust on my shirt. They’ll never know the sacrifices we had to endure…

      • susanne says:

        oooh, spicy cheetos. This is how I will celebrate HRCs win on tuesday.
        But yeah, Giselle is annoying as heck. I do find her beautiful, and she’s had nice work done. Gluten free, I’m sure.

  7. Lora says:

    Why do some people have to be so strict and so smug about it?!

  8. KatnissforKaepernick says:

    Sugar is bad for you so I’m not sure why anyone is criticizing Gisele for this.

    • K37745 says:

      Right? Like I get that it’s easy to knock her for the way she can come across…but don’t fight to pump toxins into your babies. That’s just silly.

      I wish I had 1/100th of the ability to eat so well. (Cash, time, chefs, know-how etc. ). I bet I’d be less tired every day.

      • V4Real says:

        A little sugar every blue moon such as Halloween won’t hurt. Some people go overboard with the oh it’s so bad for you routine. No one is saying people should eat sugar as a regular part of their diet.

    • detritus says:

      Because she seems overly controlling. denying children things they are biologically programmed to enjoy because you lik being thin, it’s a good way to create issues later down the line.
      That’s why I judge her :)
      Also she’s a sanctimonious twit, so that helps.

      • Clare says:

        Are we ‘biologically programmed’ to enjoy processed candy full of sugars, E numbers and preservatives? I sure as hell hope not.

        Given that people from different cultures/backgrounds have different palates and food preferences, I’m assuming taste/enjoyment is acquired not programmed? But any geneticists lurking around here please correct me if I’m wrong!

      • idontknowyouyoudontknowme says:

        Sanctimonious twit I agree with :D But I disagree that children are biologically programmed to enjoy candy.. sugar as in fruits, maybe, but candy/chocolate? Believe it or not I never really liked candy/cake/cookies/chocolate. I dont really eat healthy or pay attention to my diet,I just never craved or enjoyed it, as much as ice cream or chicken or noodle soup. Definitely the minority but it can happen :D

      • detritus says:

        Sugar for sure, kids especially. You lose some of the taste for it as you get older, although I can’t remember why. The candy itself, not as much.

        Also variety. People in general are built to crave variety. It’s why foods with more flavour profiles are more addictive, think salted caramel and pecan brownies compared to a square of dark chocolate. Our brains, and hormone action on the gut, are wired to want MORE of the brownie. You don’t get satisfied as easily when compared to the solid chocolate.

        Anyhow, it’s more about denying kids the chance to learn to self regulate their desires, or even figure out what they are.

        It’s not the preservatives, it’s not the food colouring, it’s not the refined sugar and wheat. No one wants that. It’s the idea of restriction being more dangerous than exposure.

      • detritus says:

        @ Clare
        There are certain flavors (sweet, salty and fat) that are biologically ‘programmed’ as desirable, this isn’t arguable. This includes processed sugars and salts.

        As you age exposure, illness and culture plus physical changes impact these preferences. So you can condition yourself to dislike certain foods – through illness, cognitive effort etc.

        I have a lot of education in this area, but its cognitive psychology and microbiology based. My genetics is a touch rustier, but to my knowledge there are some epigenetic changes that can impact food preferences as well. And straight up genetic abnormalities that can increase or decrease satiety (ob/ob genes for example).

    • LadyMTL says:

      Refined sugar definitely is bad for you, and I don’t advocate stuffing kids full of it by any means. Heck, we never had candy or soda in the house except on special occasions like birthdays or Christmas; I had my first taste Coke when I was 12. But at the same time if we kids went out Trick or Treating and participated in the Hallowe’en fun, where’s the harm having some candy that night?

      By all means, give it away after, but what bugs me about GB is how holier-than-thou she sounds about it all, and I don’t even have kids. :P There’s sugar everywhere, in everything from fruit (ofc that’s naturally occurring sugar) to ketchup to bread, the key is to limit it. Everything in moderation, IMHO.

      • detritus says:

        Haha yeah, this is pretty much how I feel.

        She’s even holier than thouing with her kids.

        My kids are better and more controlled than your kids. *giant raspberry in her general direction

      • BTownGirl says:

        SAME! Even me with my zero children is sitting over here throwing side-eyes so hard that my eyebrows might just fly right off. We had very little processed food growing up (my Dad is Italian, i.e. food obsessed) and I have spent the the bulk of my adult life addicted to Diet Coke, so nothing’s foolproof ;) We once begged my Mom to buy us Spaghetti-O’s and, well, we ate one spoonful and the rest wound up in the trash, so I can kiiiiiind of buy that her kids didn’t go nuts for candy, but it’s the attitude that gets my I Can’t Award for the day. I mean, I love to bake and make occasional treats for my very active niece and nephew, but I’m not making America’s Test Kitchen-level crap, so I think that’s a-okay. Good luck to her controlling every morsel that goes in their mouths when they go off to college!

    • Carol says:

      If she believes it is so terrible, then why didn’t she toss it? She is giving it to other kids, and I am sure we will hear her judge those other kids now for their unhealthy diets.

      • RuddyZooKeeper says:

        If she believes it’s so terrible and sugar is forbidden in their house, then why go house to house on Halloween for FREE CANDY in the first place???

  9. detritus says:

    That is exactly how I see it rolling out. Her kids are either brainwashed that eating the way they do is ‘the best and only’ or she’s giving them horse eye and mom guilt until they give it.
    Her and Brady make Goop seem reasonable and permissive.

    I am now imagining her kids sneaking tomatos into the house as rebellion.

    • Ryllis says:

      Eating out must be a nightmare for them. Because I had to do some elimination diets due to when I was exclusively breastfeeding my baby (she couldn’t do any amount of dairy), and found it extremely hard to eat out. Dairy is in practically everything! Add more things to the mix, and you’re looking at having to say no to most of the menu.

      Also some people are born with a sweet tooth (my 4yo used to calm down after having something sweet), while others like my toddler prefer savoury. Trying to control what your kids eat, regardless of their preferences all the time sounds horrendous. Choice and moderation have to be learned sometime.

      • detritus says:

        Wheat is in everything. Dairy is every where. It’s rough. You basically have to be rich to eat the way they do, because cutting out tomato, on top of the other pieces would make it impossible without a personal chef.

        And to be clear on the savoury/sweet discussion, not necessarily directed at you Ryllis, I agree there is a ton of individual variation. The impact of culture and nurture further dichotomizes tastes as well.

        BUT, I’m not talking about individual variation, or really opinion in this case, but facts. I’m talking about data and peer reviewed journal articles.

        Biology supports the craving sugars, fats and salt. When you are younger the cravings for sugar are stronger, and aversion to bitter foods (high in antioxidants) is strong. I’m fairly certain its because kids have more taste buds, making sugars more intense, but also bitter flavors too, but the physiology wasn’t my strong suit so don’t quote me on that part.

      • Bitchy: crap for other kids and insulting gift-givers? says:

        @ detritus

        I remember that actually. When I was a child I detested brokkoli and cauliflower and I would always mix it with some sauce to make the bitter go away.
        Now that I am in my thirties I actually like brokkoli very much and cauliflower a bit.

    • Wiffie says:

      Her son gets a bit older, and as she cleans his room, finds an eggplant hidden in the closet.

      “Is… that what i think it is”
      “Mom no, it’s… its for home ec. I’m holding it for a friend. She’s got this parmigiano project and-”
      “Oh lovely. Nightshade with a side of dairy. What is that school teaching you? Do you know what this leads to? Bell peppers. tomatoes. POTATOES. OH God potatoes. Just wait until your father gets home. ”
      “Mom no!”
      “Enough! Not another word.”

    • Egla says:

      My niece and nephew eat EVERYTHING and I mean it. If we let them they can eat only junk food, ice cream and all sorts of candy but sure as hell we try to control them (I say we as they ambush me on top of their parents after work to get money to buy ice cream and stuff and how can I resist them all the time??). But I have noticed that when they hear no it’s ok for them and mostly they want things when they see them at the store. Yes we are used to all sorts of food. My mother bakes cakes and stuff all the time and we are perfectly healthy so far thank God. Because of that the children are starting not to ask things from the store anymore. As they get older they ask for homemade cakes from their grandmother and other cooked stuff. I think balance is what is required.
      I lived the first 10 years of my life on e very restricted food regime (it was like that for everybody) so when the first chocolates started to show up oh boy me and my sister used to live on them for days on end, I ate my first banana at 13 I think and I couldn’t get enough etc etc. So there’s a lesson learned. Let them, control them a little, teach them, don’t be over controlling

  10. flower says:

    as a childcare worker all the children I have looked after which is a lot, all the children that had really strict parents food wise would go nuts on any junk food, but the ones where their parents where more causal but healthy would only have few and actually still want their fruit.
    instead of say cant have this cants have that they need to learn to have healthy attitude toward food, so they have a healthy relationship with food.

    • Aang says:

      Yep, it has to be a balance. I never regulated my kids and by the time Easter rolled around most of the Halloween candy was still in the treat cupboard. It went in the trash and the Easter candy took its place until Halloween. After a couple cycles like this I started donating the candy soon after the holiday. My kids love home made sweets but just aren’t that interested in candy or chocolate bars.

      • Beckysuz says:

        Yes this happens at our house too. I let the kids eat a bit of their (insert holiday) candy, then it goes on top of the fridge, because we learned the hard way the dogs would find and eat it if left in rooms. Most of the time my kids forget about it and I end up throwing it away. I’m not overly restrictive with my kids, I think moderation is good. Well let me amend, our day to day diet is fresh food based and generally very healthy. But I don’t want to give them unhealthy ideas about “good” vs “bad” foods, as I had an ED growing up and am sensitive to attitudes regarding food. So as long as they are getting enough of the nutritious foods we have at meals, I’m fine with some ice cream after dinner. But honestly my kids really really love fruit, so their after dinner snack is often cinnamon apples by choice. The one thing I don’t allow in the house in pop. They are allowed a little at friends bday parties ect. But I’m not on board with them drinking carbonated corn syrup regularly. Plus my husband will not drink water if there is coke to be had. I’m surprised he didn’t die before we met he drank so little water.

    • T.Fanty says:

      I have a friend who doesn’t allow her kids any candy, and when I come over, I have to hide any sugary treats I have, because if I turn my back on those little monkeys for a minute, they actually sneak off and try and find treats in my kitchen.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      That’s the biggest problem I have with their approach. When – in the history of mankind – has the extreme approach ever been the sustainable one? Or the healthiest one? Never. Her kids grow up with chefs and a supermodel mom and star athlete father. It’s good to teach your kids about healthy food but is she doing that? Do they learn to cook? There is no balance here and that’s not a lesson less important than a healthy lifestyle. Balance is frickin’ hard. With these parents, I doubt the kids know what it means.

      • flower says:

        it was so so stress working children that have strict meals, not only on the carer but the children, eating food should not be stressful for children. they need to be support from a very young to have good relationship with food. but foods in to good and bad is not a healthy mindset for young children. Ive seen a child bring giant raw mushrooms to care and be excited to eat it!!! its a bout a good attitude towards all food.

    • trillian says:

      That’s totally true. My son had a friend when he was younger whose mother was really strict about candy (although she would eat plenty herself …). Once at his birthday party I had put gummi bear snakes over the tables as decoration. That kid actually scooped these up with both hands and stuffed them in her mouth. My son just stood staring. We have a drawer full of chocolate at our house where everyone can just help themselves and it’s never a problem.

  11. Nancy says:

    Sounds like a real party over at the Brady house. My lord, one day a year let your kids dip their carrot stick in chocolate. Lol

  12. Dee says:

    I swear I saw paparazzi pics of Gisele and the kids eating ice cream cones at a fair not too long ago.

    • blue banana says:

      as it pertains to this specific story re. halloween, ice cream isn’t the same as halloween candy.

      • Lady D says:

        She brags about keeping them from eating sugar, but gives them ice cream. Unless this ‘they don’t eat sugar’ started after the ice cream pics.

  13. Clare says:

    Not a fan of her brand of ‘ME ME ME I’m AMAZING’, But sugar and processed candy etc are literally poison for our bodies – I cant hate her for keeping her kids away from that stuff.

    Once consumption habits are formed, they are desperately difficult to kick (I say as I have my morning cup of tea without sugar -gag). If she can manage to raise her kids without some of the shit we put in our bodies, then good for her —- just stop being so bloody sanctimonious about it.

  14. Donna says:

    Everything about her annoys me.

  15. Sally says:

    Due to certain health issues , I should ideally be following a low carb, no sugar , no inflammatory foods , low glycemic index diet. Guess what ? It’s really really hard to follow that and I tend to mess up every single day. On the days that I do follow the diet , I wake the next day without join pain nor do I feel lethargic.

    I know their diet feels restrictive , but it really does seem to help them. Tom couldn’t be out there playing football if the diet wasn’t enough to sustain him.

    I wish I had their personal chef to cook me food within my diet restrictions!

    • Prim says:

      Really good luck with making the change. I had to do it for my son. For health reason’s he’s gluten and dairy free and on a low sugar diet. He’s a twin and his sister isn’t so it’s not the easiest. I know how hard it is to change a diet. It’s more expensive and less convenient. I spend a lot of time cooking from scratch and going out to restaurants isn’t that easy, but to see my son better in himself make a it all worth it. You can do it, you deserve good health.

      • Sally says:

        Thanks for sharing your experience! How has your son adjusted to the new diet? I always give into my cravings and I need to have some will power to overcome those.

      • Prim says:

        My son adapted well to it. He’s little (4) so it wasn’t too hard for him. He is so much healthier for it. I eat the way he eats a lot now purely because I am cooking everything from scratch and it’s a pain to cook twice. I noticed a big change when I stopped eating regular bread (I make my own gluten free bread now) I never thought I had an issue with gluten but I feel much better without it. Best thing I do is just not have any food my son can’t eat in the house.

    • Linda says:

      I have autoimmune health issues and digestive problems. No sugar, gluten , dairy or nightshades. I have been eating like this for a while and what a difference it has made to my health. It’s not a hard way to eat. I live on a farm and have no chefs or anything. Just me making the food. It’s not hard. Just make up your mind to do it. And amazingly cravings go away very fast. I just don’t understand why people think this is a hard way to eat.

  16. Anilehcim says:

    It’s probably true that her kids weren’t that into the candy because after cutting out a lot of sugar and pretty much all sweets from my diet, sugar tastes terrible to me now. It gets a strangely bitter flavor after you stop eating it, at least for me.

    I’m not really mad at their diet… it’s super restrictive, but they probably all eat that way because Tom does. Tom follows the diet he follows to prolong his career and it really appears to be working– he is an incredible athlete and at nearly 40 shows no signs of slowing down. He doesn’t eat foods that cause inflammation, and they probably follow that diet as a family because it makes sense to eat the same thing when you live in the same house, and also because it can only benefit you not to eat foods that cause inflammation, which is a leading cause of practically all diseases.

    I still think Gisele is a moron, though.

  17. Spaniard89 says:

    Parents should teach their kids to eat healthily most of the time but also to have a healthy, normal relationship with food that avoids any kind of eating disorder in the future. They should be taught to enjoy food instead of hating on it. The level of obsessing about everything you eat this woman is passing onto their kids will prove dangerous and wrong as years go by sadly for them.

    • Clare says:

      But what is ‘normal’? What is a ‘normal’ diet? The processed shit we eat is nor ‘norma;’ in terms of what our bodies need, right? It’s also not ‘normal’ when compared to another cultures’ ‘normal’. I agree that some people (including her) take elimination waaaaay too far – but I really don’t know where we would begin and end with defining a normal diet or a normal relationship with food.

      • Spaniard89 says:

        I’m from Spain so my way of eating fits the mediterranean diet which is one of the healthiest as doctors say once and again and it includes foods from every food group. This elimination diet these two do isn’t any healthier, it’s about calories and looks.
        I’m not saying fast food is alright but there’s nothing wrong with going to Mcdonald’s once in a while if you like it. These kids are being told to obsess over food and their weight. She does this cause she’s a model obsessed with no weight gain as most models.
        And by normal I mean a normal relationship where kids see food as an intrinsic part of their lives not an enemy that you have to live counting calories of.

      • Spaniard89 says:

        Plus is not like these 2 take away just unhealthy stuff or candy. They and their chef have listed all the forbidden foods many times including vegetables, white rice, fruit etc
        The day I read how they use coconut oil but not olive oil cause it isn’t healthy I laughed at their stupid faces and realized what this diet about health is really about. Olive oil is proven to be healthier than coconut or any other oil in many ways and they and their chefs know it.

      • Bitchy: crap for other kids and insulting gift-givers? says:

        @ Spaniard89

        These overly restrictive diets are ridiculous. There are lots of different foods with lots of different benefits. So why not enjoy all of them in moderation?

        I think that many of these restrictive diets are actually a substitute for a religion. A way of telling other people that one is better than the rest.
        In the old days you would be told off if you didn’t attend church on sunday and certain people would tell you that they were better christians than you and that you would burn in hell.
        Nowadays people tell you more or less subtly that if you don’t diet like they do then you are in hell aka in bad health … .

        And apparently Gisele doesn’t mind if other people’s children are in hell aka bad health.
        Nice attitude.

      • Gloria says:

        I lov spanish food! When I lives there my friends who came to visit always complained about all the olive oil in everything and my friend said she couldn’t believe the hot chocolate was so thick her spoon stood straight up. I told my friends there Americans think fat is bad for you (early 1990s) and they were shocked.

  18. Donna Martin says:

    Why do people act like denying candy is the ultimate child abuse? My little one has never tried it and we gave it away too. They don’t know what they are missing. When. They get older they can choose on their own. We don’t have the other restrictions she talks about but to each their own. I get she’s smug and all but maybe she’s proud of living a healthy life style – it can be challenging!

    • Anname says:

      When your kids are small it is not that hard to control every thing they eat. But once they get old enough to go on playdates and sleepovers and birthday parties and anywhere food is served, it becomes quite restrictive and controlling to tell them they aren’t allowed to eat that cake that everyone else is eating. When something is forbidden, it becomes much more enticing. A little more balance seems more healthy to me.

    • blue banana says:

      agree. what if this family chose to be a meat-free family? would they hear the same criticism for not allowing chicken nuggets?

    • CF98 says:

      Its not but I question why did you let the go trick or treating to begin with if you are so anti sugar? Just seems rather cruel.

      • Donna Martin says:

        This was the first year they went and they had a blast! We had agreed no candy afterwards bc they have an early bedtime but they can try something the next day. I put away and I guess I got lucky bc it wasn’t mentioned the next day but they talked about the costumes and their friends and how much fun they had etc. you can’t miss what you’ve never had and their smiling faces showed no cruelty act was committed ;)

  19. K37745 says:

    If Giselle said she only allowed them one cigarette you wouldn’t be so eye-rolly outraged. ;)

    Addictive crap is addictive crap. Really.

    *stuffs another “fun size” Snickers into mouth. don’t judge me*

  20. Cool Character says:

    Mini-snickers wouldn’t taste amazing if you’ve had gourmet food served to you.

    Sugary processed foods are not programmed at birth. We crave it the more we eat it.

    Good for Giselle. Her kids will be healthy.

    • jwoolman says:

      It’s very true that staying away from refined sugar fairly quickly makes you not crave it and not particularly enjoy it – candy and cookies become too sweet. We have a built-in attraction to sweet in fruits , but not actually to refined sugar which is a fairly recent food option.

      Eating refined sugar tends to make you crave more and more of it, that is probably a dysfunctional twist on the attraction to sweet fruit. Anyway, I believe her story. The kids probably were kind of meh about the candy if they don’t get it all the time. She probably isn’t anti-sugar in the sense that she wants to deny everybody’s kids from eating candy. We were always very attached to our stash from Halloween but we often had leftovers well toward Easter. My brother even used his remaining Halloween candy to buy out his friend’s share in the cat they found on our doorstep, and I think that was In early Spring.

  21. Katherine says:

    Wow this comment section though… If she can maintain a healthy food regimen for her family – good for her. I used to hate on healthy eaters when I was eating everything I wanted, and when I switched to a healthy diet myself – I started hating anyone eating unhealthy food. Now I am no longer on a diet and having lived both experiences for years, I don’t hate either group anymore – we don’t know what any of these people are going through and why they choose to eat the way they do, be it a healthy or unhealthy diet, so it’s not our place to judge.

  22. Barrett says:

    I’m just upset that sugar isn’t ok for her family but she gives it away to other kids (peasants)!!!!!!

    Is she Marie Antoinette?????

    • Itdoesmatter says:

      Barrett, I was thinking the same thing! She won’t poison her own kids but let the commoners eat it!

    • Bethy says:

      This is my problem with Giselle. Her holier than thou attitude. If you don’t want your kids to eat “poison” fine, then throw it out. Why give it to the “needy” so they can be poisoned too. Her logic is ridiculous.

      • Bitchy: crap for other kids and insulting gift-givers? says:

        Well, I think she is worse than that. She doesn’t want her children to eat poison aka sugar but she does give sugar candies as a gift to other children. Aka the poison is good enough for other children.

        Not nice.

  23. wolfie says:

    My niece grew up on a super restrictive diet like this one. As soon as she was out of her parents’ control, she alternated between anorexia and binge eating. At 30, she is very unhealthy and already diagnosed with osteoporosis. My daughter was raised on a balanced diet with a normal amount of desserts. Today, she goes nuts without her fruits and veggies and is not all that into sweets.

    • Spaniard89 says:

      Completely true. That was my point. I know kids that as your niece were raised to see food as a weird enemy and nowadays alternate eating disorders and cause of them health problems. They don’t see food as something essential to life but as something that will affect your looks and worth as a person.

    • blue banana says:

      except —— anorexia and other eating disorders are PSYCHOLOGICAL issues. not “oh i never had it! now i must over consume it!” I have news for you, the vast majority of people with anorexia or other eating disorders, grew up allowed to eat anything they wanted.

      • Bethy says:

        @blue banana Speaking as a former bulemic, whose had body issues for all of my life, it’s psychological and environmental. My father, not my mother, was the one who pushed the eat ‘healthy’ crap when I was a kid. “Only have 3% body fat! Look at me, I’m a professional body builder” (like Giselle in an extreme profession where looks matter). I was always a petite kid but when I hit puberty, I got chubby, so restrictive diets were implemented. The Grapefruit diet, the no carbs diet. It didn’t work and my self confidence went in the toilet. My father didn’t help as he thought calling me The Pillsbury Dough Boy would help MOTIVATE me to lose the weight. It did, but in a extremely poor way = exercise bulemia. I went from a size 10 to 00. I looked horrible, but my body fat was next to nothing! :(

        Maybe Giselle isn’t like that, but pushing anything restrictive and passive-agrresively forcing your kids into it is NOT healthy. As other people have said, moderation is key.

        PS I have good relationship with food and exercise these days.

      • Bitchy: crap for other kids and insulting gift-givers? says:

        @ Bethy

        I so agree with you posting and I hope you are well!!!
        I carried some parent-induced childhood issues for a while, too, and I can say it is possible to get rid of them!
        All the best to you.

        As for Giselles habits: usually you present yourself on camera in the nicest possible way. In reality people aren’t as nice as they present themselves on camera. That is often but not always the case.
        So I think you can consider Gisele to be one of these passive-aggressive mothers who pretend to give their kids all the liberties (“you can eat, whatever you like”) but who don’t mean it (“you don’t like those candies, do you, DO YOU!!!!!”).

        Additionally: the children of geniuses tend to be of average intelligence. The children of vertically challenged people (aka “small”) they tend to be of average height. The children of clinically retarded people tend to be of average intelligence. The children of very athletic people tend to be average in athletics.
        And so on and so on. In other words: whatever genes the parents have their children are genetically more likely to be average.
        Apply this to Gisele and Tom: both are physically tall and athletically gifted. There is a good chance their children will be physically average and athletically average. There is a good chance that her children will be a bit heavier than Gisele and Tom and not quite that tall.
        Now guess what this will do to a person like Gisele who believes in her own superiority (and her family’s superiority).
        I think I pity those kids. All the best to them, nevertheless. I hope that all children overcome whatever mistakes their parents made with them.

  24. Jayna says:

    I believe her. I used to crave Coca-Colas. I even would have a little in the morning. This was for years and years I craved it. I stopped drinking it, and now years later just the thought of drinking that syrupy, surgery pop drink makes me gag. No one can believe I feel that way because I was so addicted to it. But your taste buds change once you are off crap for a long time.

  25. Tiny Martian says:

    I honestly don’t understand trick or treating anymore. When I was a kid, in our neighborhood you weren’t allowed to go trick or treating unless you were old enough to go out without parents present. Once you hit the age of 13, it was all over! Each house gave out one piece of candy, possibly 2 or 3 if they were giving away something small, like pieces of bubble gum. We’d come home with a paper bag that was maybe 1/3 full, and that would last us until Christmas. Kids who couldn’t/didn’t eat candy went along for the fun of it, but didn’t actually take the candy.

    Nowadays? I have adults dressed in full costume showing up at our door with costumed infants and toddlers, who are obviously too young to be eating candy, and teenagers 6 feet tall who don’t even wear costumes. People expect to receive a handful of candy from each house, I’ve had adults stick their hands into the bowl and grab their own if I don’t parcel out their quota. I’ve personally witnessed kids bringing home a completely full pillowcase of candy, where they dump it and then go back out for more. The candy itself costs a fortune, so we spend a fair bit stocking up every year because there are lots of kids in our community.

    Then everyone goes home, and from what I’ve heard, many of the parents pride themselves on throwing most of the candy out. So what is the point anymore? And what kind of lesson is this teaching our kids? I used to love Halloween, but now it seems to be a festival of pure gluttony and waste.

    • Itdoesmatter says:

      I completely agree Tiny! We eat mostly primal/paleo and the last time we went trick-or-treating in our small neighborhood the kids each had a pumpkin-full of junk. The next day I tossed it all in the trash and we have never gone trick-or-treating again.

      Sugar is poison and causes inflammation. And one study in rats found it more addictive than cocaine! Look around at all the fat people around you, that is from too much sugar and other simple carbs (bread, pasta).

      We eat dark chocolate on occasion and I bake banana and date-sweetened treats sometimes, but why poison your kids? I see fat kids everywhere, it is disgusting! When I was a kid we had 300 kids in my grade and only ONE fat kid.

      However, you would have to pry away my morning coffee from my cold dead hands. Study after study show coffee might every beneficial to your brain and aging, as long as you don’t add sugar!

      • swak says:

        While I agree diet plays in weight gain it is not they only factor. When I was young, we ate pasta, potatoes, desserts, etc. but like you said few were overweight. But we also were outside from sun up to sun down playing, running, jumping, etc. Today’s children sit around playing all kinds of electronics and watching tv. I didn’t allow my children to sit around all day and do nothing and I don’t allow my grandchildren to do so either. If it’s a nice day out and not extremely cold they are kicked outside to play.

      • Bitchy: crap for other kids and insulting gift-givers? says:

        @ Swak

        Precisely. Kids today move much much less and that is where I see the main problem.

  26. Neelyo says:

    Joan Crawford Realness! Mommie Dearest indeed.

  27. Margo S. says:

    I actually believe this. Our family is on a strict no nuts, no egg, no dairy lifestyle. It’s to cater to my older son’s allergies. Hopefully he grows out of some for safety concerns, but that won’t change the way we eat.

    Because of this way of eating, my kids don’t like candy. I’ve tried to get “safe” candy for us to enjoy after trick or treating, and they wouldn’t touch it. I got a raw organic Chocolate bar for them. My oldest had a little square of it. It’s quite amazing to see that since they’ve never consumed any processed candy, they just don’t want it.

  28. HK9 says:

    And this is what will happen, those kids will simply make a mental list of every food their Mom said was bad and as soon as they can make their own food decisions will eat it for the rest of their lives.

  29. mkyarwood says:

    We gave out play dough this year.

  30. Anon says:

    Soooooo she’s a good parent making sure her kids don’t eat poison. I can’t believe anyone would criticize her for that. Kids eat what you put on their plate. They can’t crave junk if they’ve never had it.

  31. prissa says:

    I will say that my daughter is raised her son all vegan & all organic from birth. At this point, he will try new things but he doesn’t like them. Like he will try a piece of meat but spits it out. He’s not into juice drinks or soda. He doesn’t like cookies or cakes. But he will eat the occasional candy. Granted, he’s only 18mos so his palate may change as he gots older but for now, he’s really not into super sweet stuff. I think he’s just used to all natural snacks (fruits & veggies) rather than cookies and candies. So it’s possible her kids aren’t into lots of candy. :)

  32. lol says:

    I knew you would write an article about it. Sad. You are always saying what is right and wrong. Always judging… Your articles are so boring. Well, I will not waste my time with this article… Bye.

  33. Cherry says:

    Well said, Giselle! Let those poor suckers from disadvantaged families gorge on the junk and get obese, while your prescious little offspring preserve their svelte feagures indulging in low fat, low sugar desserts that come for 100$ a serving.
    Seriously, if you really think halloween candies are that bad just throw them away.

    • K37745 says:

      I hear you, but sounds like 75% of the commenters in this thread would fight to the death for a Butterfinger. If they don’t deem it unhealthy….it isn’t, right? ;) They’d be pissed if she ‘wasted’ all that super duper candy! “MY KID DIDN’T GET POUNDS OF CANDY YOU RICH BITCH.” She can’t win.

      It’s the way she chooses to raise HER kids. Let them eat cake. Or not.

      (Sorry to sound like an ass. Education truly is key. 50 years ago smoking wasn’t bad for you and 100 years ago you could find cocaine and morphine in OTC products. We’ll learn once we get the Reese’s out of our ears).

      • Bitchy: crap for other kids and insulting gift-givers? says:

        I think the point is rather that Giselle doesn’t mind for other kids what she strictly forbids to her own children. Her kids aren’t allowed to eat crap. But the “other kids” can have that crap.
        No good attitude because she doesn’t even try to acknowledge that all kids should have the same opportunities as her own. She makes it clear she considers her own kids morally superior.

        As for the sugar: Too much is bad. that is all.

        As for “wasting the candy”: organic garbage isn’t wasted nowadays but processed into compost / fertilizer.

      • K37745 says:

        So you’re saying she can police what goes into YOUR kids’ mouths? Um, no.

        Raising your kids and letting others raise theirs is kinda what we want, yeah? She doesn’t consider her kids ‘morally’ superior for wanting them to be healthy. That’s absurd.

        BY GIVING AWAY HER KIDS’ CANDY SHES SAYING IM AN UNHEALTHY PIECE OF SHIT PEASANT. You’re overthinking this. She just doesn’t want that crap in her house. I gave away my son’s toy guns for my own reasons. Does that mean I think you should shoot yourself if you want to give them to your son? Na. But I’ll ALLOW you to raise your own kids your own way.

      • V4Real says:

        Oh well, things change. Years ago salt was bad for you, now they say a little salt in your diet is ok.

        No one is saying that a little cocaine won’t hurt but damn a little bit of candy on one day out of the year is not going to hurt her kids.

      • detritus says:

        random fact:
        Cocaine, orally ingested is still legal in some countries. Endorsed by two popes and the queen at one point. Still sold as coca leaf tea in South America. Oral ingestion changes the intensity of the reaction though, and I would recommend against ingesting anything that can cross the blood brain barrier and make a significant impact until after 21. I include alcohol and marijuana in that.

        The real reason it is illegal is because the FDA wanted control it. Alcohol which is much more dangerous from a personal and social perspective, is legal and sold almost everywhere.

      • detritus says:


        You are ignoring the part most people are actually harping on.
        Which is that excessive controlling behaviours by parents end up producing negative psychological consequences in their children later in life.

  34. Sam says:

    “They don’t eat dairy or sugar, year round.” I call BS on this. Dairy and Sugar is in EVERYTHING. Like everything. Also my eyes don’t lie. I saw Giselle and the kids eating ice cream in cones the other day. Also Brady did a commercial for a candy they’re selling at Whole Foods. Do I believe they have strict diets? Absolutely. Do I believe that it’s year round like the chefs claim? Nope.

    Also in regards to her kids….I won’t knock her for it. Sure it’s over bearing but it’s better than her kids growing up and being obese with health issues. It’s a problem in the USA and if being strict the way she is stops her kids from being unhealthy then I can’t knock her for it.

    • Bitchy: crap for other kids and insulting gift-givers? says:

      She is rude for telling that she gave away the Halloween candy gifts. If you get a gift you say thank you. Don’t tell the person who gave it to you that you give away their gift.

      And Bundchen doesn’t have a decent attitude about obesity nor does she care about people’s obesity issues. She gives the crap which she won’t feed to her own kids to other kids.

      As for obesity: it ain’t the sweets/sugar. As long as you don’t eat too many/too much of them/that. It just ain’t the sweets. In children it is the lack of excersise/outdoor play.
      In my country there is an obesity problem, too. Impending but already there. The changes which led to these problems are rather simple:
      - children don’t play outside any more and children play less in way of physical excercise. Nowadays it is school from dawn till dust and homework and learning otherwise. That little bit of sports is usually school sport and not nearly enough.
      My grandfather’s generation lived like this: school from 8-13, mid-day dinner, then homework, then play outdoors 17-22. They lived in the countryside and there this kind of life was possible. No tv and no video games. My grandfather’s generation never got obese. They gained a bit in old age but nothing health-threatening.

      • swak says:


      • Itdoesmatter says:

        Bitchy, I agree we need more exercise and outdoor time, but our grandparents didn’t eat the crap we eat these days. They ate real food grown on family farms.

        Look at our grocery stores, full of nasty processed food. When I was a kid in the 70′s we had fruit it a piece of cheese for a snack, these days kids are shoving candy and crackers and chips in their pie-holes.

  35. Pam says:

    I wonder if Tom’s other kid got to eat all his trick or treat candy

  36. Bitchy: crap for other kids and insulting gift-givers? says:

    In other words:

    If it ain’t good enough for her own kids then she lets the “other kids” have it?
    Or even more drastically:
    That crap which she wouldn’t feed to her own darlings is what she wants other kids to eat?

    Classy lady.

    And I am thinking of those nice people who give candy to kids at Halloween. These people made the effort to buy and present some nice chocolates and candies to children and now Bundchen tells them that she gives away that crap???
    Note: you don’t tell somebody who gives you a present that you give away what was given to you. You just don’t do that. If you don’t like the present then do way with it quietly. But don’t insult the nice person who gave you a present.

    Really classy.

    Mind your Manners, Bundchen!!!

    • Miss M says:

      And if she did not give candy to other kids peiple would say she ws judging the other parents, right?! She cannot win…
      She educates her kids how she thinks health eating habits are, she is not trying to tell other parents in the neighborhood…
      My parents didn’t actively buy candy at home. My mom would bake desserts. My siblings and I are not crazy about processed candy.

  37. OTHER RENEE says:

    We all know she makes these statements because she wants you to know she’s superior in every possible way.

    That being said, my daughter asked me to watch the Katie Couric film “Fed Up” with her just yesterday. (She suffered with IBS for years and as a result eats very clean, unprocessed food.) Please watch this film. Although I know that sugar is toxic, I was amazed by the way it’s being targeted to our kids through every conceivable means. I learned a lot and now realize that the sugar epidemic is much worse than I’d realized.

  38. eggy weggs says:

    My parents did this kind of $hit to me; every year I was allowed to keep five pieces of Halloween candy. I would trade the rest in for a toy. Lemme tell you, the pendulum swung in the other direction. I am a sugar addict. I know it’s bad for me, I know it’s bad for kids and I certainly don’t hate my parents (now) for keeping me out of the sweet stuff when I was a kid, but…I think this is gonna backfire on these two.

    • Bitchy: crap for other kids and insulting gift-givers? says:

      I think Bundchen does try to install her rather superior-elitist attitude in her children. and if her children adopt that crap then they might stay of the sugar as well or they will develop some kind of hatred for their fake-elitist upbringing.

      • eggy weggs says:

        Time will tell. I should also back up and say my folks weren’t elitist about it but they also didn’t instill in me the healthiest attitude toward food.

  39. teacakes says:

    Eh. There are pics of her and the kids eating some kind of dessert so it’s not as if they don’t know the taste of sugar. It’s just the Halloween candy they weren’t into.

    Also, not all kids are ‘programmed’ to like all candy. I once brought back a bunch of Hersheys etc minis for my young cousins from a trip (we didn’t get it here at the time and it was exotic to them). When I went to their house over a month later, most of it was uneaten. They’d scoffed all the Toblerones I got them on a previous trip though!

  40. Paisley says:

    She foisted this evil candy upon other children because her children are far too evolved for this sweet mess. How cruel for the other kids. Is it not good for them, also?

    • me says:

      That’s what I was thinking. Candy is not good for her kids but perfectly fine for other people’s kids? Why even go out for Halloween then? Or they could have just got dressed in their costumes, went door to door and just said “Happy Halloween” and not collected any candy at all. I don’t get the point of collecting candy if you’re not going to eat any of it.

  41. jerkface says:

    She could not be more boring. Tell us some dirt, like how you put up with living with your moron husband. Don’t tell me what he eats, or you eat, or your kids eat. Tell me how disappointing it is to have to cater to that giant man baby after having your choice of any man who would have catered to you. I mean, thats got to be a big let down.

  42. Lalu says:

    Call me if she starts feeing the kids junk everyday. I know a lot of people that feed their kids fast food everyday.
    I don’t like her and she’s smug but she isn’t doing her kids a disservice.
    I think everything in moderation. We eat fairly healthy at our house but if we want cake for dessert… We eat it.
    My son was in 3rd grade when he had his first soft drink and that was because someone offered it to him and I told him he could have it. He’s 14 now and will occasionally have one when we are out to dinner. He has a good attitude about food and I am thankful. I just think balance. I don’t want to constantly think about what I eat or make special arrangemts.

  43. NeoCleo says:

    Food disorder galore on the horizon.

  44. Thaisajs says:

    Gisele is the enemy of fun.

  45. Nene says:

    Im with Gisele, sweets arent good. I dont buy kids I know candy, I’d rather give them a treat of yoghurt/fruit. I dont want to be responsible for people’s kids having cavities and whatnot.

  46. tw says:

    Their diet sounds like Orthorexia Nervosa to me.

  47. OrigialTessa says:

    Are there actually parents out there that let their kids eat ALL of their Halloween candy? My mom let us eat like 4 pieces on Halloween and then put one piece in our lunch for like a week, and then it got sent away to church or my dad’s office. A pillowcase full of candy is not ok for a child to eat. It’s just not. Mom’s are right to get rid of it at a certain point, imo.

    • MinnFinn says:

      In the 1970s, my parents let us keep all of our candy. But they took custody of it and parceled it out for any kid who did not responsibly manage their supply themselves. That happened to me once when I was in first grade because I ate so much on Halloween night that I vomited.

      We got a lot of Halloween candy because we lived in a densely populated suburb. House lots were .2 acres a piece so just circling two blocks easily yielded 50 pieces of candy.

      Our 1970s food habits were typical but very different than today. We did not snack between meals ever. Everyone sat down together for the evening meal which was always meat, starch, veg and a glass of milk. We had sweets only about once a month in the form of homemade dessert. Candy was a special treat reserved for vacation, Christmas, Easter and Halloween. We went out for dinner about 3-4 times per year.

  48. teacakes says:

    wow. some people really are at ‘bitch eating crackers’ stage on Gisele.

    and I didn’t know Halloween candy was a thing people were so attached to.

  49. ravensdaughter says:

    After coming back from the dentist at age 52 with a cavity, I was reminded of what sugar can do. I have two sons, 15 and 16, who don’t pig out on sugar like they used to, thank goodness. But they do drink Coke, which has a double whammy because there is phosphoric acid in there, too. I have been drinking a lot of Coke since I gave up alcohol, and it caught up with me!

    Gisele is definity being a spoilsport, but it’s never too early to steer clear of the sugar. Look at what high fructose corn syrup did to almost a generation of kids (Type II diabetes).

  50. PaulY says:

    After having read the headline, I was all set to compare her to Joan Crawford (Mommy Dearest), but after having read the whole story, I think it’s very sweet (no pun intended) that her kids are being taught to think of others less fortunate.

  51. JJ says:

    She’s not really so far from reality on this. We almost never give our daughter candy, on the rare occasion we do- she’ll have a bite or two and then move on. If you aren’t used to the sweetness and sugar, it’s a lot to take in! My daughter also saw her Halloween candy disappear!

  52. Lalu says:

    Ok. I only just now saw how young their kids are. I was a candy nazi when mine was that young too. They can barely brush their teeth at that age. They have the rest of their lives for candy.

  53. paranormalgirl says:

    My spawn aren’t all that wild about candy. They like it on occasion but used to give away most of their Halloween haul.

  54. Juluho says:

    Giselle, you’re doing it wrong. You let them have some candy and you eat the rest. That’s just good parenting.
    Sugar is our current boogey man, much like trans fat and eggs and whole milk before it. I don’t buy the hype. And we eat 80/20 clean, as dye free as possible. Still, I let them pig
    out on holidays and we have pizza on movie nights. Why? Because I grew up with kids on these wild diets and the minute they were at a friend’s house they were binging on junk. Better that my children learn the why’s and how’s of nutrition and learn to moderate themselves.
    Also, it’s very hard to get the protein you need to perform as an athelete with a plant-based diet.

    • teacakes says:

      “. You let them have some candy and you eat the rest. That’s just good parenting”

      …….that’s exactly what she did, though?

  55. I agree that the less sugar you eat the less you need, but raising kids in an environment where something is so strictly forbidden is a surefire way to get them to want to indulge in it later. Watch this space.

  56. Bee says:

    My mom raised us sugar free.
    Every single one of us (there are four kids in the family) is a compulsive sugar-eater. I really think demonizing and forbidding a substance is a bad idea.

    • KasySwee says:

      My siblings and I couldn’t have a lot of things as kids, in part due to our allergies and in part to our parents. We all have struggled with compulsive eating as adults and I understand now it’s all anxiety-based, stemming for that sense of being “deprived” and “left out” as kids. We weren’t really deprived but our young, developing selves perceived it as such. I still have sad memories of being a littke Brownie and my troop baking cookies and I having to watch all the other girls eat the cookies we baked with milk while I sat there with a little cup of orange juice. Don’t tell me that doesn’t leave a psychological mark.

  57. Sean says:

    BEcause this sort of childhood worked so well for Todd Marinovich

  58. Ramona Q. says:

    Mario is shooting his mom in the face in that picture. I think he wants his candy back.

  59. Lulu says:

    I believe her story wholeheartedly. I’m a foreigner and when I visit the US I bring my own candy. Yours are horribly sweet!

  60. tan says:

    As a Kid, my mother was pretty strict about sweets too. maybe not gisele strict but chocolate, candies, sweet food etc were not allowed much. And doctors would be forever telling my mother not to let me eat much sweet . I had some hormonal issues too.

    Even then, when I went away to another country for studies, the first thing I did was indulge in unhealthy chocolate binge and rapidly gained a lot of weight and additional health issues.

    Finally health conditions made me realise what a load of crap I have let into my body. Now offcourse I follow a strict diet ( after consulting a proper nutritionist on a regular basis), look and feel much healthy and its my mother and grandmother running after me to have the occassional sweet when I go home during holidays.

    point is I do not know how Gisele moderates her children’s intake, but it is better not to be too strict.

  61. Kassie says:

    I wasn’t allowed candy and chocolate when I was younger, only about once per year and is still not into this stuff nowadays. I have tried caramel, but it honestly does’t taste good. As an adult, I have tried almost every single type of mass-produced candy and once binged on Godiva chocolate, after which I suffered a nosebleed and became violently sick.
    I do occasionally enjoy canyon pepper with dark chocolate, and quality desserts and cakes, preferably freshly made. I have a piece of cake after dinner every day accompanied by a huge bowl of fresh fruit.

    The manufactured sugar in mass-produced candies simply give me no joy.
    Simply put, she may be bragging but this story has an element of truth to it.