Thrive: A Guide to Optimal Health & Performance Through Plant-Based Whole Foods Paperback – Apr 2005
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"Brendan has written a remarkable book, both in its simplicity and insightfulness." -- Swim News Magazine, March, 2005 (review by Canadian Olympic swimmer Nikki Dryden)
"The information that Brendan shares in THRIVE strikes at the very heart of the major health problems faced by North Americans." -- Zolton P. Rona, MD, MSc Medical Editor, Encyclopedia of Natural Healing
"You dont have to be a high performance, competitive athlete to benefit from the excellent advice in this small book." -- VegNews Magazine, Jan / Feb, 2005
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The first edition of Thrive: A guide to optimal health and performance through plant-based whole foods launched in September of 2004. By February of 2005 it had already become a Canadian bestseller. Coming off the success of the first edition, now sold out, Brendan added 32 more pages, 9 new recipes and an appendix of resources. The second edition was born!See all Product Description
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If any of these descriptions fits, then skip this book and go directly to Brendan's Thrive Diet. It incorporates most of the material here and adds recipes. The Thrive Diet
If you're not sure, go ahead and get this book to check it out first. Brendan is amazing!
I have to comment on Dustin's comment on this page. No scientific information? He has 4 pages of references citing scientific studies supporting is personal findings. Maca, chlorella, all the studies are there, referenced in his book. Also, with the amount of time Brendan has spent training and racing, I'd personally much rater learn from a self-tough professional who actually lives the life than someone who simply goes through school. In my opinion, this book provides the best of hands-on accounts backed by science.
First, while the author's athletic success provides good anecdotal evidence of the accuracy of his claims, the book only rarely rises above conjecture and things "nice to think." His arguments would have been substantially strengthened by concrete evidence drawn from medical studies (an appendix would suffice), but instead the reader is expected to take on faith assertions of the efficacy of substances like maca, chlorella, etc. These may indeed offer powerful benefits, but it is hard to find any convincing reason in Brazier's book to integrate them into a vegan diet.
Another, though more minor, gripe is that much of the book reads like extended advertising copy for the author's (rather expensive) drink mix, Vega. Again, it may be a perfectly good product, but I would prefer that the author provide alternatives to using his pre-packaged mix in many of the recipes he presents.
Thus, if you are looking for reliable nutritional advice, I would recommend other books such as "The Vegetarian Sports Nutrition Guide" by Lisa Dorfman (despite it not being exclusively for vegans). However, Brazier's book is contains many intriguing suggestions and is worth a skeptical read.