The Thrive Diet

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The thrive diet is a long-term eating plan to help all athletes (professional or not) develop a lean body, sharp mind, and everlasting energy. As one of the few professional athletes on a plant-based diet, Brendan Brazier researched and developed this easy-to-follow program to enhance his performance as an elite endurance competitor. Brazier clearly describes the benefits of nutrient-rich foods in their natural state versus processed foods, and how to choose nutritionally efficient, stress-busting whole foods for maximum energy and health. Featuring a 12-week meal plan, over 100 allergen-free recipes with raw food options-including recipes for energy gels, sport drinks, and recovery foods-and a complementary exercise plan, The Thrive Diet is -an authoritative guide to outstanding performance- (Neal D. Barnard, M.D., Physician-s Committee for Responsible Medicine).

Customer Reviews:

  • Great for the non athlete too
    Even if your not into excersise that much, this is a great book for learning about nutrition. Amazing to find out how what you eat really has a big effect on how you feel. Yes, there is an exercise section if you are so inclined.

    This book is more detailed than his first book. It has a lot more detailed information on nutrition and more recipes.

    Great for UNUSUAL ways to prepare common foods, from "pizza" like dishes to smoothies. There is a couple of unusual ingredients that you would'nt find at your local grocery store, but your local coop or the internet has it. Or substitute that ingredient if you want, if its not crucial.

    I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to eat healther and feel better overall....more info
  • Couldn't have been put in simpler terms. Thanks Brazier
    I have been studying nutrition for 10 years. The ideas expresed in the book are so well explained, so simple (if you are looking for scientific terminology look somewhere else), and they are so common sense, it makes you say AHA! its like a super summarized compendium of all the modern nutrition theories, that might well be best taken as plain facts. Thanks for joining all this info for everyone Brazier....more info
  • Finally...
    Finally after a couple of years of owning Thrive and wanting more, I am able to get this book. The expanded content and amazing recipe section makes this book amazing. I hate it that I had to order from Amazon Canada. Buy it......more info
  • More energy than I need
    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. ...more info
  • You will thrive...
    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. ...more info
  • Must read for athletes
    Great nutrition plan for athletes. You can build with this plan. Great info for everyone. ...more info
  • A Vegan Athlete Must Have
    I'm in love with The Thrive Diet. Finally a book for the vegan athlete (or conscious vegan eater) that outlines what to do to get started. I've tried a few recipes and am very satisfied. Many options for the raw foodie as well.

    I read The China Study first (also a must read) and felt lost as to what I should eat. Brendan spells it out perfectly in his Thrive Diet. If you are after the optimal diet, conscious eating, and a better planet, this is definately for you!

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  • Thrive
    First raw vegan book I have come across that relates food and nutrition with strength and endurance. Loved reading every minute and have ordered his next book just published called Fitness...more info
  • The answer for healthy living...
    I have MS and it is important to me to be able to sustain energy with nutrients maximized; following this path has made this possible. I recommend following this triathletes wisdom and guidance. Minimizing to eliminating sugar, salt, fats and processed foods is a win/win combination that is no fail....more info
  • Thrivalicious
    We've tried several vegan/raw foods cookbooks in my house, and this is the only one with recipes that don't take 24 hours advance planning and hours to make. The meals are delicious, easy to make and satisfying. So far we've had the book three days and made five recipes. Everything is good. I am ready to buy this book for everyone I know. My boyfriend says, "This guy's a f-ing genius!"...more info
  • Good Information, not well organized
    I bought this book looking for some ideas on how to improve my way of eating. I am an aquatic and equine athlete who is older and trying to come back from severe auto-immune and fibromyalgia. I eat raw foods often and juice because I feel better when I do.

    The book is full of wonderful information. The recipes are quite good and some of the author's ideas are practical and useful. He includes sports gels that are brilliant because of the healthy ingredients, unlike the commercial ones full of maltodextrin and sugars and dyes.

    I only left off one star because I feel like the recipes could have better organized and indexed. Some groups of recipes has a lengthy explanation before them which would have been better served by writing about the ingredients in a chapter beforehand. Visual layout is not easy to use, I feel confused when I use the book to find recipes

    Some reviewers complain about the cost of these recommended foods and ingredients, but that is not the fault of the author. Eating well costs alot and you can spend it there or at the pharmacy and doctors later when you fall ill....more info
  • Excellent Book
    This is one of the best diet books I have ever read, it has up to date information and is right on about the proper foods to eat to get the most out of them. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about improving their health and decreasing stress in the body....more info
  • This is the Best Diet Plan
    In addition to being a part time personal trainer, I'm a full time college student. My life is pretty hectic! Last summer, I decided to become raw vegan and found myself tripping up along the way. "Thrive" provides specific information in order to properly balance your diet. Some days I start my day at 5:30am and end it at 8:00pm. I run, lift weights, rock climb, do homework for heavy duty science classes; the "Thrive" diet helps boost my stamina - not only physically but mentally! I also use Brazier's VEGA products and all of my clients love them as well. Brendan Brazier is the man!

    I tell all of my clients to buy this book!...more info
  • A Must Read for Fitness
    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....more info
  • Alkaline vegan diet proves a responsible pattern for athletes and everyday people
    In a mere coincidence, I bought this book when I just had completed the Golden Bridge Yogi cleanse, an alkaline based vegan cleanse, with a real sense of where my diet should be at. I was vegan based during my marathon trainings in the past, but had developed Hashimoto's disease a year after my last marathon, which made me quit soy products, thinking I had to go back to dairy for protein sources, only to not feel good about it physically and mentally. In addition, the skin on my arms and face getting rough, my energy levels not improving either.
    So I read about Brendan Brazier, a vegan triathlete, and wanted to give his plan a try. I love his ideas and I love the fact that his food lists are based on alkaline levels, explains how eating this way can improve muscle recovery, help endurance, and just generally make you feel really good, and it is true. I LOVE the pizza recipes and have been sprouting like crazy. My husband loves them as well. This book is great for any vegan who wants to be back to basics, and develop a real love of raw food eating with some low temp baking options. ...more info
    Thrive Diet is a relatively easy to follow program for athletes that have food allergies, are vegan, or just want to get their nutrition from whole foods. The hardest thing of going plants only is accepting you can get solid protein and nutrition. Thankfully, the author knows how to research and presents his findings dispassionately and with reason. The page on protein powders is worth the book itself. No where else have I found this information, and I've been looking through all vegan, vegetarian, and bodybuilding books. Keep in mind that this book is soy and tofu free, due to the author's concerns with allergies. That's a good thing. Tofu/Soy products are used MORE in N. America. I'm not anti-soy. Just pro-variety (and frankly soy hasn't gotten me to where I want to be anyhow.)

    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. AND THIS IS WITH ALMOST NO PRODUCE OR VEGETABLES. $227. The upside is the convenience of Whole Foods having all this stuff. Nutrition costs...

    I copied the shopping list to a pdf at orlandont dot com. Click on the Thrive link. Again, it's costly to just jump into it, so maybe transition using the energy bar recipes and grow from there. Still, this book is awesome and if you're serious about training or casually interested in losing weight or just understanding HOW your body functions, get this book. ...more info
  • Just what I was looking for
    This book is exactly what I was looking for. A whole foods plant-based diet for athletes. Usually all you can find in this category are books for losing weight but this one is all about getting the fuel you need to excel in sport and in life. It's also a great nutritional education on whole foods and the physiological effects of stress in all its forms and how good whole foods can support the body. Brendan's recipes are really creative. I was originally suspicious of how the 'pizzas' would taste what with their base being made out of things like chickpeas and ground sunflower seeds but I have already made one and can report that it was delicious! The smoothies are also fantastic and I have already seen the amazing endergy gains. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to altheletes, weekend warriors and stressed out corporates - you will feel the difference....more info
  • A must have for the health concious athlete
    I have had this book for two weeks and have shared information from it with many of my friends. I like the recipes for electrolyte and recovery drinks from scratch and look forward to the energy bars and gels as well. The first four chapters have good information about nutrition. I like the assortment of raw recipes, the almond flaxseed burger is delicious cooked or raw. I found the section about soaking and sprouting seeds, nuts and legumes very helpful. I was all ready a vegan, but this book has changed my life by adding more raw, nutritious energy packed foods into my diet. I can feel the difference especially when I am cycling or hiking. I gave it 4 stars because the 12 week meal plan looks like it will take a lot of make ahead planning and an extensive grocery list....more info
  • Healthy Advice
    I used to be a vegetarian and gave it up for reasons I am still trying to work out (though one is that I like to eat meat). After gaining 20 pounds and a high cholesterol problem (at 24 no less!), however, I have been looking for healthy, realistic and affordable ways to become healthy again. Though the plan laid out in this book is certainly healthy, it is not exactly the very definition of affordable. That being said, it is not the author's fault that we live in a world where a meal at McDonald's is often (though certainly not always) cheaper than a home-cooked vegan meal. In addition, the author does make note that while good quality ingredients cost more to begin with, the health benefits outwiegh the wallet pinch (the idea being you'll spend more later in life on medicines that only treat sympotoms of debilitating diseases rather than the causes, and eating well will prevent a myriad of these diseases). I was already leaning in the vegetarian/vegan direction when I discovered this book and was surprised when I tried a pizza recipe and loved it (so did my meat-loving boyfriend). I was so impressed at how great I felt after following his plan for a few days, that I bought his exercise book, which I have already picked through a bit (note: though this is not a review of that particular book, I would highly recommend it). In addition, once you get the hang of it, the recipes are effortless, easy and quick to prepare, and delicious. I recommend this book to anyone interested in alternative, concise, and healthy ways to feed their bodies so they can live long and happy lives....more info
  • Not an athlete or a true vegan, still found book helpful
    I think I originally bought this book because I was amazed that an athlete could be a vegan, but was skeptical as I did not want as many calories in a diet as a full time athlete would consume. I found the diet plan somewhat hard to follow for a new vegan, but the concept of how food and the way we digest it can be a form of added stress was very interesting and informative. I am hooked on the smoothies, this alone was worth the book- with in a few days I felt more energized, had fewer allergies and better mental clarity. I have tried a few of the other recipes and the buckwheat pancakes were the best- the pancakes with yam were too long to make and never formed into pancakes- burgers had the same problem- there are vegan burgers at the store from a company called just good energy- [...] that take the place of making my own. Overall I really enjoyed the book and found it a new and exciting reference for total body health.
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