Tuesday, March 20, 2012

THRIVE Book Reviews

Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life was Brendan Brazier’s first book, bringing vegan know-how to the endurance sports world. In this title, Brazier’s program promises the following results: lower fat/increased muscle tone; aging signs reduced; better sleep/rest; increased energy; better mental clarity; and a stronger immune system. The book includes a whole foods meal plan with recipes, making it easy for anyone to follow.

Brazier followed up with Thrive Fitness: The Vegan-Based Training Program for Maximum Strength, Health, and Fitness, a book that shoes how a vegan diet can enhance performance in any endurance endeavor. Following the program will reduce sugar cravings, enhance sleep and recovery, increase energy and build strong, lean muscles.

Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health is his most recent effort, and makes the connection between personal and environmental health. Brazier’s “Nutrition-to-Resource Ratio” reveals which foods use the least natural resources not only help conserve the environment but are healthier for us as well. From breakfast to dessert, 200 recipes make eating and snacking easy.

I’ve been an off and on again vegan for many years (25?), and it’s great to see a high-level endurance athlete espousing the diet, but also going further. Not only are these books chock full of great nutritional advice, it’s tied in to training and also to the environment, important things to all of us. One of the best things about these books is that there are so many options offered, pretty much everyone can find something to like. It is often said that if most American consumers switched to a vegan diet for one day a week, it would make a bigger difference than driving less or other suggested ways to preserve our environment. These books make it easy for endurance athletes to try the vegan lifestyle without worrying about impacting their performance.

While the triad of books makes for a complete reference, all of the titles stand on their own.

About the Author: Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathlete and creator of VEGA, an award-winning plant-based nutritional line, is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on athleticism and plant-based nutrition. He lives in Los Angeles, California, and Vancouver, British Colombia.

(Disclaimer: I was sent this book for free to review on my blog, courtesy of Da Capo Press. I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)

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  1. Though not my cup of tea I admire people who are dedicated to alternative diets and have the discipline to insure they thrive on them.

  2. I am a big Brendan fan and use their sports products. Being vegan-ish has totally made a difference in my training.

  3. I recently read "Thrive" and Brandon touches on some good points. I've only tried a few of his recipes - a hit! Even with my meat eating hubby.


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