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Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life Paperback – December 23, 2008
"The Book of Veganish" by Kathy Freston
A toolbox of resources, recipes, and insights to help socially aware teens and young adults interested in adopting a vegan lifestyle ease into a plant-based, cruelty-free, awesomely delicious way of eating. Learn more
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-- Hugh Jackman (from the foreword)
"The Thrive Diet is an authoritative guide to outstanding performance, not just in top-level athletics but in day-to-day life."
--Neal D. Barnard, M.D., president, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
"Brendan Brazier's Thrive will increase the micronutrient density of your eating style and enable you to live longer, live healthier, and thrive."
--Joel Fuhrman, M.D., bestselling author of Eat to Live and Eat for Health
"Thrive is a must read."
--T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., bestselling author of the The China Study
"Quite simply, Thrive is the most comprehensive nutrition and lifestyle program we've ever seen."
--The G Living Network
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.”
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An important part of this book are the early chapters on different types of stress and how nutrition can assist recuperation. The author is not a big supplement taker, and focuses on nourishment rather than calories/protein/carbs counting. The recipes are simple to prepare. It's actually, dare I say it, kind of lazy food prep, minimal tools (food processor & blender), and maximum return. These are positives. Other vegan cookbooks have 20 steps, consume an hour of time and the end result is just a side dish. Of potatoes....
Now, the book is affordable, but there's a sticker shock that comes from going whole foods whole cloth. Thankfully I have a Whole Foods within 8 miles. They had most everything on the list, except yellow pea protein powder. The clerk said the co. that made that went bankrupt, so it's put a lot of folks in a lurch. My total bill? $227.00 The protein powders are about $15 each, the oils are around that price point, and maca and chlorella cost $15 a bottle.Read more ›
I love the diet, love the food, love the philosophy. (I'm also an environmentalist)
I read the book cover-to-cover, excited by the philosophy but dismayed by the foreign foods that I needed to learn to locate, sprout and soak in order to start. This was just initial panic. I got over it.
I started with the smoothies and energy bars. I bought the Vega Complete Whole Food Optimizer he recommends and I found that making the smoothies was super-fast (throw my fruit, water, optimizer in a blender and go) and that while the energy bars took a little time, I could make a 2-month supply at a time, and then have a quick, easy snack always ready. I like them best frozen, so I'm not worried about spoilage. That was week one.
Week two I did my big shop (it was a bit pricey to start, but it's been very cheap ever since) which took a little to psych up for, washed and sanitized my fruits and veggies, and started sprouting. As soon as my sprouts were ready (a few days later) I took a full day and made pizza, burgers, crackers, sauces, salad dressings, etc. I basically made a little of everything. The joy was that I then could eat all week without doing anything but opening up the fridge. Since then, I've run out of things one by one, but since I've done it before, I had all of the ingredients on hand and it was no big deal to replenish; getting started was the hard part.Read more ›
The bad: The science and explanations behind the foods are inaccurate and lacking.
The good, in a bit more detail: If you're looking for good recipes for post-workout shakes, etc., "Thrive" is a good source. As others have noted, most of the recipes are from basic foods, if some that we may not all have in our pantries yet. Brazier's later books tend to have a lot of recipes that say "buy my Vega stuff and mix...", but this one doesn't. The recipes are athlete-tested (less likely to make you feel sick when eating them during a workout!). The mix of nutritional and "when to eat what" advice is good, and matches well with what other sources recommend, but translated into a framework that works well for the vegan athlete. The recipes have variety, and in many cases, incorporate a set of protein sources that other books don't. I haven't seen another source of recipes for vegan energy bars or energy gels.
The bad: If you're looking for an accurate and clear explanation of the science behind it, don't buy this one -- buy "Eat to Live" (Fuhrman), "The Spectrum" (Ornish), "The China Study" (Campbell), or "The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook" (Barnard), or perhaps "The Food Revolution" (Robbins). Brazier's explanations of the rationale behind his recommendations are scientifically bogus, falling back on claims about live enzymes aiding nutrition and broad categories of "alkaline" foods, and a fairly wacko theory about refined foods taking more energy to digest than you get out of them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good and very practical guide to Vegan nutrition for the athlete and average people too!Published 15 days ago by BC
If you are interested in nutrition & sports in general and the plant based lifestyle, go get it. Easy to read + Recipes Ideas at the end.
Amazing book with good information on healthy vegan eating. I would recommend this book to anyone who is vegan and/or an athlete. I only wish that it was a bit longer.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased this book to help me in adapting to a healthy eating plan. As a corporate traveler, I have to constantly eat out as I don't always have access to a kitchen. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Read this if you want to buy a lot of processed natural vegan foods. The recipes are too detailed and lengthy to follow for the average busy person. Read morePublished 2 months ago by bookluvr
This way of eating is awesome! I'm just getting into it and I can't believe how much better I feel.! I am truely amazed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer