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).
5 Stars One of the best health/nutrition reads!
I saw Brendan Brazier in an interview for “Raw For 30 Days” video. I downloaded the eBook on my iPhone from the Kindle Store. I loved it immediately; it made so much sense and really helped fill in the gaps of some issues I was having in my nutrition/workout routine. I bought the papaerback to keep in my kitchen for recipes (which are really delicious). (I couldn’t understand how I could be at the gym everyday for an hour, eat all the right foods and still not lose weight).
The trial & error method in which Brazier evaluated his training, recovery and performance is a great example to anyone to take an honest look at their own life and improve it.
I am a full time mother of three children under 10. I teach part time, run my own business and work as a full time camp counselor in the summer. In between I have to set time aside for exercise. I consider myself a professional and each day is a decathalon in my world: I need to be clear headed and patient with energy to spare. I find little time to be sick and speed of recovery is key. I also have typical modern day ‘ills’ like a slow thyroid, chronic fatigue & Epstein Barr Virus. Taking care of myself is of the utmost importance or I shut down.
I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in improving the way the live their life. The recipes are easy to shop for and prepare. The food will keep you nourished and feeling terrific.
I loved every page of this book and so will you! Enjoy-
5 Stars Awesome book, Awesome recipies
I bought this book because I was looking for a way to eat better food as a vegetarian.
I don’t need to loose weight. I just need to make better choices about what I eat. This book makes that very easy. i have bought several other books on nutrition for vegetarians. Most of the recipes take hours to prepare, and you need 5000 ingredients on hand at any given time to make even the simplest recipe. This book is different. After initially spending 2-300 on the main ’staple’ ingredients, I am happy to say that even I can follow this books lifestyle eating without complaint. Most of the recipes don’t take very long to make, and they have pancakes, cereal, soup, shakes, smoothies, energy bars, fuel bites, and LOTS more, and they all taste amazingly great. I even took a couple of cracker dip recipes to a party and everyone thought they were awesome. That sums this book up. AWESOME. thanks for reading
5 Stars Highly recommend this book!!
This is the best vegan related book i have ever read. The nutrition advice has completely changed the way i eat giving me huge athletic improvements including dramatically faster recovery time and sustained high energy throughout every day. The recipes in this book are delicious and easy to follow.
2 Stars Eat your veggies and fruits
We should be eating a diet consisting primarily of vegetables and fruits. I’d heard that, but another reminder is always good.
Beyond this basic advice, the book contains many scientific explanations about the effects of stress on the body, the relationship between stress and diet, pH-balancing the body, etc. which unfortunately are not footnoted and therefore are unverifiable. Since the author is not a scientist himself, I have a hard time accepting his explanations purely on faith.
To put it another way, in the absence of science, why should I believe this diet any more than I should believe the competing Atkins or Paleo diet books telling me to eat mostly meat? Yet another diet recommends fermented foods, and yet others swear by spirulina (not mentioned in this book). Without data, these are all no more than diet “religion.”
Maybe it’s all true. As presented in this book, it just isn’t very convincing. (Another credibility damager: this book recommends hemp powder a few times, without mentioning its completely foul taste.)
References are listed at the end, but without much explanation, making any specific claim, and the book is full of them, near impossible to check.
5 Stars Excellent Book!
Great recipes – easy to follow meal plans. It is a great complement to the Vega drink.