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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"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 you ever, get this book." --Jon Hinds, founder/owner of Monkey Bar Gymnasium, former NBA Strength Coach, advisor to MLB and NFL teams, and Hollywood trainer
"The Thrive Dietis an authoritative guide to outstanding performance, not just in top-level athletics, but in day-to-day life. Written by one of the world's leading authorities on nutrition for professional athletes, it brings sports enthusiasts to their peak and helps everyone--athlete or not--to recover from stress and feel their best." --Neal D. Barnard, MD, president, Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine
"The Thrive Dietis an inspiring read not just for athletes but for anyone looking for more energy, vibrancy and just to feel and even look better. Brendan legitimizes this way of living with easy to understand research, common sense and most importantly through his own trial and error. This is a great book!" --Sarma Melngailis, cofounder of Pure Food and Wine restaurant and coauthor ofRaw Food Real World
"The Thrive Dietis packed with invaluable information that can assist anyone at any level." --Bruny Surin, third-fastest human ever, Olympic gold medalist--4 x 100 meter relay, Atlanta 1996