Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life

Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life

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by Brendan Brazier, Hugh Jackman
     
 

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The thrive diet is a long-term eating plan to help all athletes (professional or not) develop a lean body, sharp mind, and everlasting energy. As one of the few professional athletes on a plant-based diet, Brendan Brazier researched and developed this easy-to-follow program to enhance his performance as an elite endurance competitor.

Brazier clearly describes

Overview


The thrive diet is a long-term eating plan to help all athletes (professional or not) develop a lean body, sharp mind, and everlasting energy. As one of the few professional athletes on a plant-based diet, Brendan Brazier researched and developed this easy-to-follow program to enhance his performance as an elite endurance competitor.

Brazier clearly describes the benefits of nutrient-rich foods in their natural state versus processed foods, and how to choose nutritionally efficient, stress-busting whole foods for maximum energy and health. Featuring a 12-week meal plan, over 100 allergen-free recipes with raw food options—including recipes for energy gels, sport drinks, and recovery foods—and a complementary exercise plan, The Thrive Diet is “an authoritative guide to outstanding performance” (Neal D. Barnard, M.D., Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine).

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Dave Zabriskie, professional cyclist, Tour De France stage winner, and record holder of the fastest time trial in Tour De France history
Thrive is an eye-opening and a life-changing book. It should replace bibles in hotels.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738212548
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
12/22/2008
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
309
Sales rank:
108,908
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.86(d)

Meet the Author


Brendan Brazier, a professional Ironman triathlete and creator of Vega nutritional products, was named one of the 25 Most Fascinating Vegetarians by VegNews Magazine in 2007. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

www.brendanbrazier.com

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Thrive 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
PureEnergyLLC More than 1 year ago
I bought this book & was pleased to see what a sound nutritional & health resource this is. I came across this book as I searched for RELIABLE, ACCURATE information (written by an active person who is in good apparent health) for a vegan client. The book is very well written. Brendan does not take the stance that you HAVE to be a Vegan, which is refreshing. Everyone can learn from this great book & implementing the information will benefit you- vegetarian, vegan, or meat-eater. The only thing that would make this even better, would be to add MORE Raw/Living food recipes (the recipes I have tried so far have been delicious), versus cooked recipes.
scrubjay1 More than 1 year ago
This is the best of all vegan diets for me. Even though there is no scientific evidence, the ideas are all logical. I don't really like his recipes and would rather eat the whole food rather than processing it, but you can easily take the principles and make up your own recipes. The hard part is finding local fresh fruit and veggies in season. Most of the food will have to be imported which is hard on our economy.
icebergOH More than 1 year ago
Considering the book, I should start out by saying that I am a vegetarian, and that I do a fair amount of running, cycling, etc. I saw the book recommended in a number of places, and it understandably piqued my interest. On the whole, I am glad that I read the book. I would recommend it for other vegetarian or vegan athletes -- and it might well be worth a look for anyone who is interested in exploring a more organic or just simpler diet. The book includes very clear, strong sections on different types of grains and produce and a pretty thorough discussion of how to time your nutrition with your workouts. These sections -- as well as the recipes -- are material I think many people will use. I did not give the book a higher rating, because the book is largely one, rather eccentric person's view of nutrition and overall wellness. There are sources in the back, but references are not used throughout and it is clear that the author is primarily relying on his own experience for determining what should be the way. As the author points out, one person's experience with a given nutrition/exercise regime is not necessarily generalizable. Some people may not have a problem with this approach -- but it is a definite hurdle to my appreciation, and acceptance, of much of the content in the book.
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Gypsymom4 More than 1 year ago
After reading the China Study my husband changed his diet to vegan.  There were not many books that covered a vegan diet and lifestyle out there and he was thrilled to find Thrive.  He loves the recipes and this book is always close at hand.  Anyone following a vegan diet needs this in their library - full of lots of information and recipes, you need to buy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of good info. Lots if great recipes, but many of the ingrediants would require trips to a specialty store. I liked that it encouraged the reader to start with small changes to move towards a healthier lifestyle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Actually changed my life. I went from constantly being tired & in pain everyday to feeling like I did years ago. I have energy to work out daily and feel great. I made small changes each day and after one week I had several people comment to me that I looked healther. Amazing....I highly recommend this book to anyone.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Books on nutirion usually get technical and bore me but Thrive was a book I could not put down. Even though I finished it some time ago, I carry it with me because it is so easy to reference when I am shopping. Now that I'm transitioning into the Thrive lifestyle I've never felt better!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
super read! great recipes! very informative! if your a vegetarian or vegan looking to get out of the soy rut this is the book for you. if you thought animal protein was the only place to get your vitamins and minerals this book proves other wise.
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