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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada; 1ST edition (2007)
  • ASIN: B000P0RCS8
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Brendan Brazier is the creator and host of the Thrive Forward web series, based on his bestselling Thrive book trilogy (Thrive, Thrive Fitness, and Thrive Foods). Brendan is a former professional Ironman triathlete, and the creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called Vega. He is also a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion.

Brendan is recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on plant-based nutrition for athletes. In an online Cornell University certificate program, Brendan presents a lecture based on his best-selling books entitled: Plant-Based Diet and Elite Athleticism. It is part of a new course presented by eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Foundation. www.ecornell.com/brazier

Brendan was chosen as one of the 25 Most Fascinating Vegetarians by VegNews Magazine, the Top 40 Under 40 most influential people in the health industry by Natural Food Merchandiser and has been nominated for the prestigious Manning Innovation Award twice for creating Vega.

Brendan's intentions of spreading the word of an ethical, environmentally friendly, and healthy lifestyle through plant-based foods have taken him across North America, speaking at events such as the Chicago Green Festival and the United States Humane Society Gala. Brendan was also invited to address US Congress on Capitol Hill, where he spoke of the significant social and economic benefits that could be achieved by improving personal health through better diet. The focus of his speech was to draw attention to the role that food plays in the prevention of most chronic diseases currently plaguing North Americans.

Spanning the whole month of October of 2008, Brendan was a keynote presenter on a cross-Canada university speaking tour called "Students for Sustainability." Speaking at 21 universities, along with others such David Suzuki and Stephan Lewis, the tour went coast to coast offering practical environmental preservation solutions to students. It was Canada's largest environmental tour.

Aimed at helping individuals and companies improve productivity through greater fitness Brendan's second book, Thrive Fitness: Mental and Physical Strength for Life, was published by Penguin in January, 2009. And was published in the United Sates by Da Capo in January, 2010.

Brendan's latest book (September, 2011) is called Thrive Foods and includes 200 plant-based whole food recipes. It also includes three chapters dedicated to assessing the environmental resources used in food production. In June of 2012, it won the an International Book Award for "Best Health Book." You may view video trailer on this page for more info.

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So much great info and great recipes.
Eileen J. Tomaro
I appreciate learning from his experience - especially when it comes to endurance which is critical for a participating in triathlons.
Lisa
I have been following Brendan's diet, and taking some of his supplements... And still feel good and energized with a clear mind.
Adrian

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 5, 2007
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Having been told by several personal trainers that it is impossible to obtain all the necessary nutrients (especially protein) from a vegan diet, I eagerly anticipated the publishing of this book. Some of the pluses of this book include:
-balanced nutrition
-yummy food
-increased energy
-info on what pre- and post-exercise foods to eat depending on your level of exercise
-info on food allergies and digestion

One big but: some of the food has a LOT of calories, and the recipes do not indicate how many there are. I included many of these recipes in my diet and actually gained weight. I'm training for a marathon and some of these high calorie meals are great for consumption after a long run, but not for daily use. The serving sizes should be halved in most cases, like the 600-calorie serving of recovery pudding and 700-calorie burgers.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By S. Garza-hillman on July 4, 2007
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This is an excellent book all the way around. I lift weights, run, and do the elliptical. This diet provided me with an immediate increase in energy coupled with loss of fat. I also loss my general taste for coffee and was able to decrease my caffeine intake with barely any effort at all due to the increased energy I felt from this diet. For those who excercise an hour or less per session to those training for triathalons, this is a great read.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Clements on June 21, 2007
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This cookbook handles all my concerns and interests: vegan, food sensitivities, whole foods, super foods, fueling my body for weightlifting. The recipes are quick to make, super-nutritious, and vegan. My body is feeling awake again after feeling lethargic for a long time. I understand now why my body would simply rebel after two months of intense activity, and I understand how to feed my body for steady energy and plenty in reserve.

Bravo Brendan! Your reasoned approach to nutrition is long overdue!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. Carr on June 30, 2007
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Brendan Brazier has followed up his last book, Thrive: A Guide to Optimal Health & Performance Through Plant-Based Whole Foods, Expanded Second Edition, with a substantial and satisfying work. Brazier writes clearly and cogently about the need to reduce different types of stress, starting with diet. He offers many important insights throughout the first half of the book, with the latter primarily consisting of (mostly quite tasty and simple) recipes which give the reader some very pratical insight into how to apply the more abstract ideas he introduces earlier in the book.

Although this book has many good points, I found myself constantly wishing for more concrete evidence about many of his assertions. Raw foodists may take it as dogma, but I need some convincing that a (mostly) raw diet is the right way to go. The author need not give us a full defense of his ideas, but I would certainly have appreciated some reference to more concrete medical literature that might bolster his claims. I felt this even more when he talked about food/body alkalinity, maca, chlorella, etc. The few references in the bibliography left me unconvinced. Throughout the book, Brazier's "objective" sample size is consistantly exactly one--himself. Although he is clearly a stellar example of a sucessful vegan athlete and person, his book would have a lot more cogency it revealed a slightly more stable scientific basis.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Argonaut on August 6, 2007
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Brazier's is a well-written informative book. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding (in this case a delicious banana recovery pudding). I have gradually been working the the thrive diet principles(and recipes) into my daily diet and have seen noticeable improvements in a matter of weeks. I am consuming a fraction of the tofu and other soy products than I used to, feel less hungry in general, and have seen a significant reduction in cravings for sweet processed sugary foods. Most of the recipes I have tried are surprisingly delicious.

I would give the book 4 and a half stars if I could. The only small quibbles I have is that:
- the recipes are not that well organized, and it can be frustrating to find the section you need,
-some of the quantities in the recipes need to be double-checked or adjusted (eg. tsp vs tbsp.),
-guidelines on adjusting the diet for those who are less athletically inclined are lacking-this diet seem to be vary high in nuts/oils and heavy on the omega fatty acids.

Overall, though, these are minor issue and I strongly recommend it to everyone who want so improves their well-being.
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34 of 44 people found the following review helpful By chungking on August 25, 2010
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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.
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