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The Thrive Diet: The Whole Food Way To Losing Weight Reducing Stress And Staying [Paperback]

Brendan Brazier
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Book Description

March 6 2007
reduce body fat * diminish visible signs of aging * boost energy and mental clarity * enhance mood * increase productivity * eliminate junk food cravings and hunger * build a stronger immune system * lower cholesterol * improve sleep quality * stay healthy for life The Thrive Diet is a long-term eating plan that will help you achieve optimal health through stress-busting plant-based whole foods. It's an easy-to-follow diet that will help you understand why some foods create nutritional stress and how other foods can help eliminate it, giving you a lean body, sharp mind and everlasting energy. Fully researched and developed by Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathlete, The Thrive Diet features:the best whole foodsover 100 easy-to-make recipes with raw food options that are all wheat-, gluten-, soy-, corn-, refined sugar- and dairy free, including exercise-specific recipes for pre-workout snacks, energy gels, sports drinks and recovery foods.en easy-to-follow exercise plan that compliments The Thrive Diet

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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

“Thrive is an eye-opening and a life-changing book. It should replace bibles in hotels.”
-Dave Zabriskie, professional cyclist, Tour De France stage winner, and record holder of the fastest time trial in Tour De France history

'Thrive focuses on vegan foods that help fuel your way to uber athleticism.'

'The Thrive Diet feeds your body all the nutrients it needs without empty calories and with minimal stress.'
- Chicago Tribune

'Mr. Brazier's vegan principals have garnered a cult following.'
- Globe & Mail

'...The Thrive Diet, a guide to vegan diets in sports...has become something of a bible...'
- The Wall Street Journal

About the Author

Brendan Brazier is a professional Ironman triathlete, the 2003 and 2006 Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion, a bestselling author on performance nutrition and the creator of an award-winning meal replacement and energy bar formula called Vega.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thrive Diet is a Gift March 20 2007
The Thrive Diet is a gift - a gift to yourself and your commitment to live a better quality life. I am so grateful that Brendan has taken the time to share his deep experiences and knowledge with us in his new book.

The Thrive Diet is a solution for many ailments that we encounter on a daily basis from living on this stressful planet. He is keenly aware of and addresses the role that food plays in the prevention of most chronic diseases, stress, weight, and aging. Brendan has written in a very personal fashion, relating his experiences and his path to discovering the diet in which to thrive at the top level as an elite athlete - and with a plant based diet.

However, The Thrive Diet is also for you and me. It is for my mother and father, for the person who suffers with digestive issues, the person who cannot sleep deeply at night, the person who is so stressed out they don't know what to do. It is for the person who doesn't have enough energy to accomplish what they need to in the course of their day, the person who doesn't have time to cook but wants to eat better, the person who is holding extra weight and is suffering from health issues because of it.

The Thrive Diet is gratefully written by a man who is healthy, extremely intelligent, determined and sensitive enough to discriminate and find out the truth in order to reach to top of his field--both as a professional Ironman tri-athlete and the Canadian Ultra Marathon Champion for 2003 and 2007. Brendan has given a lot of answers you might have searched for your entire life- and possibly not found - and they are there for you simply by reading his book. He explains the process step by step so you can succeed. Brendan has great experiences with success and is sharing his path with us.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Change Your Health! Sept. 30 2009
What an excellent book. I got The Thrive Diet as a birthday present while camping and I read the entire book with-in three days. It was such a great, inspiring read. I was familiar with the author Brendan Brazier's main message as I had just finished his new (and free!) Thrive in 30 program offered from his website. The book has clarified and expanded on those points, where I now have a much better understanding on his approach to a healthy body (and mind).

I love his premise on reducing all types of stress (nutritional, psychological, environmental) and his explanations for his Thrive diet. Truly amazing. And definitely following his advice will get you extremely healthy! I have many books on health, and the good ones stress the same elements: eat more vegetables. Especially green leafy veggies, plus switching a plant-based diet. Of course there's so much more, which is why I recommend reading this book.

I would say my only gripe is Brendan doesn't footnote; he does mention a lot of research and science-based studies but there are no further noting/resources about these studies. I know what he says is correct as I've read other books on plant-based nutrition (like Eat To Live book by Joel Fuhrman, MD and Michael Greger, MD DVD series) who do mention similar studies and research and provide the footnotes (and/or shows the studies on the DVD). I figure Brendan is coming from an athletes perspective, not from a researcher and/or MD, so he doesn't need to provide all the medical and clinical studies.

I have tried many of his recipes and I enjoy all his smoothies, pre/post exercise, cereals, and some of his veggie recipes. I have had to adapt many of his other recipes to suit my own tastes, but the recipes are definitely a good starting point.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a Class By Its Self March 14 2007
This is far and away the best book I've ever read on the subject of diet...and I've read A LOT of diet books. Its holistic, long-term, broad-thinking approach is what appeals to me. Brazier has written a fantastic book that has given me a completely different prospective on the subject. It's exceptionally well-written (considerably better than your average diet book), is concise and remarkably sensible. I had no idea how much poor food choices caused a stress response and how that was the root cause of my sleep difficulties and ultimately my slow but steady weight gain. Thanks to the Thrive Diet, I'm already sleeping more soundly and waking up with greater energy, resulting in no desire to drink coffee or eat sugary foods. Thank you Thrive Diet! This book is truly in a class by itself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic! Feb. 4 2009
This book offers a lot of informations regarding the food we are eating. It demonstrates why sometimes we do not have as much energy as we expect even if we are eating "good things" and training a lot. The reason is stress. Everything causes stress in our life, even food. The Thrive diet explains what we should eat to obtain more energy by eating(sometimes)less. The key is to eat what don't requires much energy to digest. The Thrive diet gives simple recipes to create and that gives a lot of good energy. I did not follow the 12 weeks meal plan, but there are a lot of recipe really good. There is a couple that does not suit me, but everbody is different!
Sincerely, I really enjoyed (and still enjoy!) this book since there are lots of good tips, good recipes and interesting information.
I recommand to buy this book, you will not regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super great ideas for food
I love this book. I'm not a vegan, but I really like the recipes and I love the first couple chapters explaining the importance of fuelling our bodies with high energy foods. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Anneli J
3.0 out of 5 stars Recipe Book
I enjoyed reading this book but was disappointed with the lack of depth of it's nutritional information. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2013 by Jtawg
5.0 out of 5 stars "Do the thing and you shall have the power! for they that do NOT do...
What can I tell you? Brendan has done the work. He lives it!! You have the same opportunity as he. When you follow his lead, you too will enjoy the benefits. Need I say more!! Read more
Published on May 21 2013 by ARTURO GALEANO
3.0 out of 5 stars Good info.
Decent book on how to use a vegan diet to improve your overall health and with an emphasis on tips for athletes on the best foods to eat pre and post workouts. Lots of good info.
Published on May 13 2013 by Kathy Harding
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative and Easy to Grasp Concepts
Brendan explains the concepts behind the Thrive in a straight forward manner. He does not focus on the technical details but educates the reader at a higher level ie more... Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2012 by D. Levandier
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull !!!
This book is just amazing !! Information are well sumarize and very clear ! I love how it's written. Read more
Published on July 23 2012 by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend Read
I picked up this book because as a vegan I wasn't always sure I'm getting all the nutrients that I should be. This book is really informative and helpful. Read more
Published on July 18 2011 by Under Ether
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Thrive Diet is a great book. It's clear, insightful, and can be consulted now and again as a reference book. Read more
Published on June 21 2011 by Victor
5.0 out of 5 stars ecxcellent
For the past several summers, I have volunteered at a series of running races, The ENDURrun, which is attended by a variety of elite runners. Read more
Published on June 3 2011 by Heather Pearson
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