Though a few guidelines for cardio workouts are given and some special attention paid for those brand new to running, most of the focus regarding endurance and cardio workouts is on what to eat before, during and after them. See the end of the post for a sample recipe. My favorite part of Thrive Fitness, though, is what makes it unique in a sea of other fitness books—the focus on energy, sleep, stress, and non-physical benefits of exercise, such as creativity, active meditation, and the effects of endorphins. I found that reading about these added perks, rather than the standard fat-loss, muscle-gain fare of other exercise books, motivated me more than anything has in a while to hit the gym or to get out for a run. So would I recommend Thrive Fitness?

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How can you be sure that you are receiving the nutrients you need? Thrive Foods also features nutritionally complete, easy-to-make recipes that utilize the power of super- foods such as maca, chia, hemp, and chlorella, and that avoid common allergens, such as wheat, yeast, gluten, soy, dairy, and corn. Putting information into clear and relatable terms, he effectively illustrates the easiest, most immediate, and dramatic form of activism we can all participate in: choosing our food.

A must read. As Brendan Brazier so convincingly shows, a plant-based diet is better for the planet and better for human health. His wonderfully inventive vegan recipes give us food that is both nutritious and inviting. As one of the few professional athletes on a plant-based diet, Brendan Brazier researched and developed this easy-to-follow program to enhance his performance as an elite endurance competitor.

Brazier clearly describes the benefits of nutrient-rich foods in their natural state versus processed foods, and how to choose nutritionally efficient, stress-busting whole foods for maximum energy and health. Barnard, M.

I have noticed increased energy and more restful sleep. Colin Campbell, Ph.


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More While racing ironman triathlons professionally, Brendan developed a plant-based smoothie formula, that, over the course of a decade, morphed into what would become Vega One. All organic, plant-based, made of whole foods, and delivered to your door, anywhere within the continental United States. Consisting of over 40 videos, meal plans, and recipes, it has become the go-to resource for beginners and elite athletes alike. Synching with an activity tracker, it tells the user what and when to eat and drink before, durning and after exercise to optimally fuel for peak performance and expedited recovery.


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At the onset of eating, we begin spending digestive resources in an effort to convert energy stored within food—also known as calories—into usable sustenance to fulfill our biological requirements. And, as we know, whenever energy is transferred from one form to another, theres an inherent loss. However, the amount of energy lost in this process varies greatly and depends on the foods eaten. If there were such a calorie guarantee, people who subsisted on fast food and other such calorie-laden fare would have abundant energy. And of course they dont. This is a testament to the inordinate amount of digestive energy required to convert such food into usable fuel. By the way, its no coincidence that the cultures that have their largest, heaviest meals for lunch are the same ones who have afternoon siestas.


First, there is a disproportionate number of them; that is, the percentage of well-known endurance athletes who are vegetarian is much higher than the percentage of vegetarians in the general population. Brendan Brazier is one such example. Thanks Kelly! See my later complete review of Thrive, with sample recipes here. According to the intro, this way of eating can reduce stress levels by 40 percent! When I think about this stuff, I become completely inspired by this vision of myself taking in only the food that energizes me and totally supports an active lifestyle. Lots of raw food, almost no dairy, little or no alcohol and caffeine.



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