Thrive by Brendan Brazier
Brendan Brazier is one heck of an athlete. He also excels at being a vegan athlete, and an all around great author. He has a trilogy of Thrive books-
Thrive Fitness: The Vegan-Based Training Program for Maximum Strength, Health, and Fitness
Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life
by Brendan Brazier and Hugh Jackman
Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life [THRIVE]
He also has a wonderful vegan cookbook…All it is lacking in my situation is a macro breakdown – but all three of these books outline very simple ways to not only convert to a vegan lifestyle, but also use this lifestyle to your advantage to achieve optimal health.
He provides extensive information on all of the foods that are available, how they help you in your quest, how to cook them, and even where to find them. His workouts are broken down into easy to follow pictures, with directions, repition numbers, and sets.
In his book on fitness, he supplies a lovely section on injuries and how to treat different injuries with stretches and exercises. He also writes about something that I engage in with a love/hate relationship- pre and post workout fuel for your body. He suggests for normal workouts that the best source of pre-workout fuel is fruit and sprouted seeds, and that for longer ones that you also add a small amount of protein, soluble fiber and fat. “When seeds are sprouted, their starch component converts to sugar. The sprouting process does it for us, saving our body energy and significantly improving ability.” When talking about adding the protein, fiber and fat, he writes “This will help slow the rate at which carbohydrate will be released into the bloodstream, thereby allowing its energy to be spread over a longer period of time.”
Brazier is a long distance athlete- running and triathlons. He is quite amazing, without even adding his long distance athletic performance and veganism. He is also the founder of Vega- plant based whole food products..give it a look!
For now, he has convinced me to look into different aspects of training and has enhanced my superfood knowledge. I am also using some of his stretches on a client who has some injuries he needs to care for…. I am working on reading the last of the three books I have of his, which is the nutrition guide….Stay tuned.