Friday, January 27, 2012

Thrive on Life

Happy Friday everybody!

I'm currently in the middle of deciding whether I want to go to two group fitness classes today or one. I should probably take it easy but I have this thing where if I take it easy I feel like I'm lazy. Can you relate?

Besides making important decisions such as that, I wanted to use today's blog post to talk about a book I recently read. You may have heard about it.

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

His website is here.

The blurb on his website is as such:

The first and only comprehensive nutrition book written for the vegan athlete. Thrive is a long-term eating plan that will help you develop a lean body, sharp mind, and everlasting energy, whether you’re a professional athlete or simply looking to boost your physical and mental health. One of the few professional athletes on an entirely plant-based diet, Brendan researched and developed this easy-to-follow program to enhance his performance as an elite endurance athlete. Brendan clearly describes why it’s easier for the body to utilize nutrient-rich foods in their natural state than refined, processed foods and how to choose nutritionally efficient, stress-busting whole foods to maximize energy and health. And because plant-based foods are more environmentally friendly to produce, you’ll also help the planet while improving your personal health.

Let me preface this by saying that I am NOT a vegan. I have nothing against the lifestyle or anything like that, but I haven't really thought that much about becoming one. I was interested in reading this because A) I'm a nerd and like to read about stuff like this and B) A LOT of blogs I read had been talking about it and I wanted to see what the fuss was all about.

I trust that this system works because this guy is a professional Ironman Triathlete. And that is superimpressive to me. The first couple of chapters describe how the diet actually works and some of the foods that are included in the diet. 

The absence of healthy food in the diet is a form of stress.
While I was reading this book, I found myself interrupting my boyfriend's game of Madden to tell him a new fact I just learned from the book. So it certainly opened my eyes and my interest.

He then goes on to provide a bunch of recipes and a twelve week meal plan that follows the Thrive Diet. I was super intimidated by some of the ingredients, but perhaps eventually I can throw some into my diet. I think one thing that is really great about the book is that Brazier says that you can NOT just throw yourself into it, you have to ease into this, just as you would any other big life change.

I would definitely recommend it if you want an interesting read and some ideas to try out. I can't exactly preach about how effective and how awesome it is because I certainly don't know myself. 

So that's just my two cents about it! Perhaps later I'll come back with a meal I tried or something like that.

Some Food for Thought

Don't worry, be happy. :)
Happy Friday! :)

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