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  • Author: Brendan Brazier
  • ISBN#: [ISBN-10] 0738215112, [ISBN-13] 9780738215112
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books
  • Publication Date: September 2011
  • Jacket: paperback

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The Vega "Thrive Foods" Book applies Ironman Brendan Brazier's "Thrive" wellness philosophy to the fuel that we ingest while training. Using what he refers to as a Nutrient-to-Resource Ratio, Brazier explains the benefits to both our bodies and our world by using a plant-based diet to maximize the "health-boosting micronutrients from food while expending the smallest amount of each natural resource to do so." "Thrive Foods" puts your health first in this equation, with a dietary philosophy designed to increase energy and strength while promoting healthy sleep and mental acuity. The book maps the nutrients your body needs and provides 200 nutritionally complete, super food-laden recipes to give you a strong base and teach you how to create your own "Thrive" recipes.

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141 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Matt Frazier on September 1, 2011
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Brendan's previous two books, Thrive and Thrive Fitness, were groundbreaking, must-reads for plant-based athletes who wanted to maximize energy from their diets. But what these books were missing, as far as the less-serious athlete is concerned, was approachable food -- food you could cook for your family, or meals that a reluctant or tentative new vegetarian or vegan would be likely to enjoy.

But right in the introduction of Thrive Foods, Brendan explains how this book is different: he enlisted the help of his favorite chefs (some of them very well-known among vegetarians and vegans) to come up with recipes far more flavorful and approachable than those in Thrive and Thrive Fitness, while still focusing on foods that provide the maximum amount energy at the lowest digestive cost. As a result, this book will appeal to massively wider audience. (This includes my 16-month old son, who I was shocked to discover actually enjoyed the Shanghai rice bowl recipe last night for dinner.)

The first few chapters of Thrive Foods explain Brendan's philosophy on food, and why he believes a plant-based diet is the best possible diet both for our bodies and our planet. Where he improves again on the previous books is in including several graphics and charts that make this information easy to assimilate, even to those just skimming through it.

The rest of the book comprises 200 vegan recipes. The handful that I've tried have been delicious, and as a non-raw-foodist, I was happy to find that hot, traditionally-cooked dishes like red lentil dal were included. But there are still many raw meals, with most of the non-raw dishes featuring raw components, in a nice compromise between health food and hot, comforting meals.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By RLH on August 31, 2011
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I love this book!
Great information, great recipes all in one book!I really appreciate the way Brendan explains how our food choices affect our environment in such a clear way. It was interesting to see how plant based foods vs animal based foods have such a different impact.Then on to the food....you will not be disappointed! My favorites so far have been Chocolate Raspberry Chia Pudding, Eggplant Rollatini, and the Cool Coconut Orange Squares. Some people may have a harder time than other finding things like Maca or Yacon powder and Sacha Inchi seeds which I haven't even heard of, but most things can be found at a well stocked health food market or co-op. Also so far it seems none of the recipes require a dehydrator so the recipes don't take hours to prepare. I also like that you don't need to be 100% raw to enjoy this book, as it also contains some cooked recipes for those that like to include them in their diet.
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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Jayme Timbol on August 27, 2011
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Brazier is an innovator: he formulated his now famous Vega plant-based protein shake at age 15; reinvented himself from a champion elite athlete to a nutrition and fitness expert; and then a best-selling author and public speaker. And this 3rd book in the Thrive Series does not disappoint and shows why he is a game-changer.

He introduces a breakthrough concept called Nutrient-to-Resource Ratio which ties nutrition, fitness and the environment together (you read it here first), and clearly illustrates how one seemingly small buying decision can have an industry changing effect, and potentially tip our food habits in a massive way.

Imagine you are in your favorite grocery store and as you check out food labels, you do not only see the amount of calories, but also the amount of nutrients and the environment resources used to produce that food. What a shock to find out that it takes 2900 times MORE land to produce the EQUAL amount of micronutrients from a pound of beef than from kale! Wouldn't you think twice about having steak for dinner? To take it a step further, as we start comparing brands to see which are more responsible than others, companies will start changing the way they do their business to meet the needs of the market place, and it is our buying power that will drive what they offer moving forward.

Even if you have not gotten into the plant-based lifestyle yet, are curious about it or in the process of transitioning, you will find that this is not one of those highly theoretical and abstract books - it is a very practical one infused with humor and fun examples which make the ideas come to life.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Vegalicious on September 7, 2011
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Brendan's writing style is easy to read, even for those who don't love reading. The book is packed with information and illustrations, which help readers, who love visuals, to further comprehend the topics discussed.

I found the book intriguing and important for my personal growth. Every other line that I read, I wanted to share with everyone I know... but it is better to actually buy the book instead. However, there are a few things worth highlighting.

Nutrient Density

Brendan's background in sports pushed him to look into not only quality of foods to improve his performance, but foods' nutrient density-getting most out of each meal. Brendan dissects the topic of foods' Nutrient Density importance, which will lead the reader to understand why organic foods are so much more superior to their counterparts. I eat 99% organic already, but having read the book, I appreciate it so much more--I am getting higher return on my investment nutritionally by going all organic.

Organics deliver MORE for each penny we spend on them-they are nutritionally dense, filled with minerals, and natural bacterial fighters, which won't be found in conventionally grown foods.

Brendan show how the "self-protecting compounds plants would have naturally produced to make them undesirable to the insects are in fact powerful phytonutrients." In addition to that, conventionally produced foods lead to poverty of micronutrients. If we lack micronutrients "our hunger signal remains active; overconsumption and weight gain are likely to result."

I love the Five Thrive Guiding Principles, laid out by Brendan:

1. Eliminating biological debt: acquire energy through nourishment not stimulation.
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