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Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life

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A book by Brendan Brazier

"The Thrive Dietis a life-changing book! The nutrition approach that Brendan lays out for you is amazing in its own right, but he has backed it all with powerful facts. If you want to reduce stress, feel great, eat well, and attain your healthiest … see full wiki

Author: Brendan Brazier
Genre: Health, Mind & Body, Cooking, Food & Wine
Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books
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Fitness- The Vegan Way

  • Feb 1, 2010
Thrive Fitness- The Vegan Based Training Program
for Maximum Strength, Health and Fitness

by Brendan Brazier

Reviewed by Dr. Joseph S. Maresca

This is an excellent reference for a holistic-based diet
and exercise program. The author combines an incremental
workout plan with superfoods and 30 vegan recipes with
strategies to boost performance.
He discusses the refined food mess in great detail. Perhaps,
a defining moment in the health care debate will be taxing
bad food into oblivion.

Vitality is defined as high return exercise, nutrition,
efficient sleep and stress reduction or elimination.
After 4 training days, the incremental benefits start to
level-off substantially like the Economic Law of Diminishing
Marginal Utility.

Specific sports are championed for benefits in continuous
training movement. Examples are basketball, hockey and squash.
The author describes the basic principles of a thrive diet.
These are as follows:

o raw food or food cooked at a low temperature
o alkaline-based foods
o high nutrient-rich foods

I've incorporated these steps into my regimen with
significant results. For example, juicing provides the
benefit of consuming raw food. Alkaline foods; such as
avocado are high in nutrients with an alkaline pH ( 7.1 to 14).
The pH approaches zero with significant acidic bias when we die.
Other foods; such as salmon and deep sea fish are high
in nutrients.

The author spends some time discussing the benefits of
high quality sleep. The quality of sleep, deep relaxation
and a prolonged sleep (in my experience) helps
to relax the body, repair musculoskeletal tissues and
reduce caloric intake. Time spent sleeping is time not spent
in eating- particularly consumption of junk foods.

The book depicts a variety of performance building exercises ; such as,
o light weights
o stretches
o the exercise ball
o upright row and pull ups

I would add to this the use of the Chinese roving platform
and exercise metallic balls to relieve stress in the hands
and forearm. Walking is another good exercise to
relax the body and de-stress. Yoga provides a similar
benefit for stress reduction.

Classic recipes are provided for quick energy and nutritional
purposes. These are banana ginger, carob strawberry energy bars,
green apple almond,lemon-lime drink and the papaya ginger smoothie.

There is an extensive glossary and reference section for
science buffs and academicians. Overall, the book is an excellent
value for consumers.

Dr. Joseph S. Maresca

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