The Thrive Diet is a philosophy about nourishing the body for health and for high level athletic performance with a plant only based diet.
A large amount of the book focuses on how food can be used most efficiently to prevent and recover from various stressors.
How I heard about The Thrive Diet
Last week, Cierra from Sequel Naturals emailed me about Brendan Brazier’s new book, Thrive Foods. This was the first I’d heard about the book and I was able to sit down and read the first couple of pages when it arrived a few days later. Without having had the opportunity to read the first several pages, I don’t think I would have chosen to read this book. I like meat and I wasn’t interested in reading a 300 page sales pitch about how a Vegan diet will make me a better athlete. I love to read books about running and nutrition, so I’m really glad I gave this book a chance!
The cookbook contains 200 plant-based, often raw, recipes.
Inside, you’ll find everything from drinks to breakfast cereals to salads to salsa and even some deserts. The recipes are a combination of Brendan’s own as well as chef created delights from renowned restaurants like Blossoming Lotus, Candle 79, and Gorilla Food.
What makes this “cookbook” standout from others is that Brendan Brazier feels so strongly about why eating a certain way can improve your health.
The first 100 pages of Thrive Foods is actually a nutritional bible based on five guiding principles that Brendan Brazier feels are essential:
- Gain energy through nourishment, not stimulation (less coffee, sugar, ect…).
- Less food more energy.
- Aim for a high percentage of raw and low-temperature cooked foods.
- Chose alkaline forming foods.
- Avoid common allergens (wheat, dairy, soy, etc…)
Honestly, this diet isn’t for me.
Although I know for a fact that it wouldn’t work for me, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t work for you. I recommend that you read this book just to see what it has to offer. Trust me, it’s worth it.
I believe that food is meant to be enjoyed and you shouldn’t follow any sort of diet based solely on improving athletic performance.
I eat the way that I do because my body feels best eating a little bit of everything. Cutting out a food group that I enjoy eating doesn’t work for me.
Brendan Brazier may thrive on a Vegan diet, but I thrive on a little bit of everything.
Read this book if…
- You want to incorporate more plant-based food into your diet.
- You’re beginning a healthy eating journey and want to educate yourself about nourishing your body (even if you do not want to give up animal products).
- You are an athlete or fitness enthusiast who’s sick of buying “so-called” health food to support your active lifestyle, only to find that it is full of sugar, wheat, soy, corn, preservatives, and other unpronounceable ingredients.
- You’re looking for a crash course on sustainable eating.
- You’re looking for new ways to live a healthy life.
Although I have no plans on pursuing a Vegan diet, this “cookbook” opened my eyes to a new way of eating. I highly suggest you pick up a copy!
*Sequel Naturals provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.*