Thanks to the lovely people at Sequal Naturals, all the attendees to the Healthy Living Summit recieved a copy of Brendan Brazier's book "Thrive". I had been wanting to read this book for a very long time and was so excited when it arrived in the mail
Brendan is an ironman triathlete and a high raw vegan. In this book he explains his "Thrive diet" which is entirely plant-based and its goal is to reduce stress and recovery time. He shows how its not only possible to be active as a vegan, but to accomplish more due to the reduced about of stress on the body and more nutrient dense diet he promotes. He draws on science and physiology to explain why this way of eating will allow you to reach a stage of optimal preformance-not only in life but in your sport. This lifestyle does not simply treat the exterior symptoms of stress and ailments, but gets to the root of the problem. Instead of just being free from illness, this book is about thriving-going above and beyond average health.
By following this diet he says you can expect to see:
Improved ability to burn body fat,
better sleep quality,
less joint inflammation
improved mental clarity
reduced cholesterol level
and better skin.
Vegetables are the base of the "Thrive diet" Then fruits, sprouts, raw nuts and seeds. It is not a 100% raw lifestyle, and is quite flexible. Pseudograins (Amaranth, quinoa, barley) can be sprouted or cooked.
While all the foods in the book can be made from things you find at Whole Foods or your natural food store, Brazier created the Vega line of protein blends and bars with Sequal Naturals for those without a lot of time. I have not tried the bars but I love the taste of the chocolate and original smoothie, as well as the new "Smoothie Infusions" But i really dislike the flavor of the Mixed Berry. Just putting it out there.
The second half of the book is filled with recipes. I have so far only made the marinara, but they all look delicious. He has a lot of meals that are geared specifically towards athletes-pre and post workout snacks, etc.
I also liked how each chapter wraps up with an "At a Glance" summary. It really reinforces all the key points in the chapter and freshens up your memory.
There is an appendix of all the vitamins; their importance and how the Thrive diet supplies a sufficent quantity. I really enjoyed that.
I have been living a whole food vegan lifestyle (i hate the word diet) year now, and I love it. I feel great-I need less sleep, I accomplish so much everyday, and last year this time I would have never thought i could run 16 miles without feeling fatigued at the end! I may not have lost a lot of weight, but I have gotten much stronger. This girl runs on plants!
So what are you waiting for??? Join me over at the Thrive Challenge -an online community of people implement one lifestyle change and then sharing their tips and recipes on the site for a chance to win Vega goodies. This month – in honor of back to school (TOMORROW ugh)– the focus is on healthy snacking.
My favorite snack?? Any type of fruit!!!!
I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the book: