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Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life Paperback – December 23, 2008
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"I am forever grateful to Brendan...I have noticed increased energy and more restful sleep. My desire for sugar and salt is waning, and what's more, I am following these recipes and loving them."
-- 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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- Great concepts. I also believe it's very factual as he reiterates a lot of nutritional information that I've seen in other reliable sources. Opened my eyes to the value of nutrition and also how my body reacts to the foods that we intake. I really enjoyed some of the examples which I still repeat to others all the time.
- Easy to read and understand. This could be pro and con, in which you'll also read below. It was very easy to take in, and was a nice overview (in my opinion) of all the different superfoods you can have.
- Great recipes. I've tried a couple of them now, and was surprised at how easy they were to prepare. I've been really sick of buying all my raw vegan foods for lots of money, so it was nice to be able to finally make them myself. The only downside is that they require a LOT of ingredients that can be hard to find if you're in the middle of nowhere. However, I also found that once I familiarized myself with the ingredients, I felt more comfortable using them and was able to get creative with my own foods. Finally, I also like how he gives a general overview of how to cook the foods, and then apply them to all the ingredients. So you don't have to read the details of each recipe on how to prepare, and execute (which can be tedious and annoying).
- Easy to understand. This is kind of an unfair con, but I have a lot of friends that actually care about this. If you're anal about the eloquence of writing and wit (i.e. you read The New Yorker / The Economist), then you may not enjoy this read. But for me it was fine and got the message across.
- This is a gripe I had, which I felt the book was too short! A lot of the superfoods, he did a REALLY quick and brief overview. I wish he had talked more about certain foods that I was interested in, but I guess I could just Google them; which I ended up doing later on.
- Too many ingredients! I already talked about this earlier. This may be a good thing... But the reason why I haven't started the Thrive diet yet is because I haven't gotten around to making his first cereal recipe.. which consists of a lot of ingredients I don't readily have at home. That doesn't even include lunch & dinner, which require all these other ingredients that I also don't have! Buying all of them and starting really would take a lot of work (and MONEY). Plus, I live in So Cal, and even I'm having difficulty finding some of the ingredients.
BB shows two charts about stress and how there are uncomplimentary, complimentary and production stresses and the common sources of uncomplimentary stresses are nutritional, psychological and environmental (page 21).
On page 31 BB states this:
"If stimulation is used when it will not help you achieve something of value, it is an uncomplimentary stress. I consider coffee an uncomplimentary stress. I view it as a form of credit, similar to shopping with a credit card. You get your energy now that you don't actually have, but you pay for it later - when the "bill," or fatigue hits. (Simply drinking more coffee to put off the inevitable is like paying off one credit card with another: It will catch up with you sooner or later.) You'll most likely pay a high interest as well, needing more time to recover than if that energy had not been borrowed in the first place. This is the beginning of a vicious circle. In the next chapter I provide strategies to recalibrate the body, and in doing so, get maximum energy from eating natural food."
Run and get this book, you won't regret it. There is only one dessert but as BB says in his book, you won't get sugar cravings as much and his one dessert is so healthy you can eat it as a snack rather than a treat...Coconut Cream Pie...YUM!
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I dislike how much oil is in his book though.Read more