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Thrive: A Guide to Optimal Health & Performance Through Plant-Based Whole Foods [Paperback]

Brendan Brazier , Zoltan P. Rona

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April 2005
Thrive: A guide to optimal health and performance through plant-based whole foods, second edition (112 pages, Oceanside Publishing) is a concise and practical guide to reducing nutritional stress by incorporation more plant-based whole foods. The reduction of nutritional stress provides the body a platform for improved overall health which includes; a reduction in biological age, improved athletic performance, better sleep quality and reduced sugar cravings. Thrive also provides the athlete a sound strategy for transitioning to a high performance plant-based diet. It includes a sample meal plan and 15 unique, nutritionally balanced, delicious whole food recipes, all gluten free.

Dr. Zoltan Rona, medical editor of the Encyclopaedia of Natural Healing and author of the foreword of Thrive, highly recommends the book, and writes in the foreword, "I think that after reading this book, you will no doubt be convinced that a plant-based whole foods diet is the true future of optimal health."

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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 don’t 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!

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skip this book, go right to the Thrive Diet June 21 2007
By D. A. Clements - Published on Amazon.com
If you want to be a super athlete and stay healthy, or you want endless stamina, ever-increasing strength, and a healthy body, or you are vegan and want to lift weights or other intense workouts, then Brendan Brazier has designed a diet plan for you! If you are already vegan, have food sensitivities, and love whole foods but just haven't been able to put it together so everything works, then this diet plan is for you.

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!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The advice works! BIG! July 24 2006
By Andrew Trensik - Published on Amazon.com
The advice in this book has helped me tremendously. I've been a healthy eater for a long time, but the nutritional advice in Thrive has made me actually FEEL health. Full of energy, it's great!

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.

Great book!
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars guarded enthusiasm June 26 2006
By K. Carr - Published on Amazon.com
I was very happy to see that Brendan Brazier's book was a best seller in Canada and had high hopes for the second edition. However, I found the book disappointing on a number points.

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.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy recipes! July 31 2005
By Ashley Sinclair - Published on Amazon.com
The recipes are Awesome! I eat the Toasted Apple Cinnamon cereal everyday, I make it once a week and it keeps me going! Complete protein and EFSs make it filling and so nutritious, plus it tastes great!

Highly recommended!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative book March 22 2007
By PammieK - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a struggling lacto-ovo vegetarian for 16 years. Busy career/life made me take the easy route...whatever you can lay your hands on to eat that was meat free. PU! This book helped me in my search for a better way to eat, especially on the run.

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