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The Thrive Diet, 10th Anniversary Edition

The Plant-Based Whole Foods Way to Staying Healthy for Life

by (author) Brendan Brazier

Penguin Group Canada
Initial publish date
Feb 2017
Weight Loss, Diets, Vegetarian & Vegan
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2017
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The tenth anniversary edition of the international bestseller The Thrive Diet—a plant-based diet followed and adored by millions of fans

One of the few professional athletes on an entirely plant-based diet, Brendan Brazier developed this easy-to-follow program to enhance his performance as an elite endurance athlete. Ten years later, The Thrive Diet still works and is more relevant than ever, as millions of people discover the benefits of a plant-based diet. This updated anniversary edition includes 25 brand new recipes alongside the Thrive Diet classic 12-week whole foods meal plan and 125 original easy-to-make recipes that are free of dairy, gluten, soy, wheat, corn, and refined sugar, including exercise-specific recipes. Inside, you’ll discover why some foods create nutritional stress and how other foods can help eliminate it, giving you a lean body, increased muscle tone, diminished visible signs of aging, increased energy and mental clarity, improved sleep quality, and a strengthened immune system to stay healthy for life.

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Contributor Notes

BRENDAN BRAZIER is the international bestselling author of The Thrive Diet, Thrive Fitness, Whole Foods to Thrive, and Thrive Energy Cookbook and is the co-founder and formulator of Vega. He is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on plant-based performance nutrition, and is head of nutrition for the Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team and nutrition consultant to a number of NHL, MLB, NFL, MLS, UFC, and Olympic athletes. He is a former professional Ironman triathlete and two-time Canadian 50 km ultra-marathon champion. Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Brendan lives in California.

Excerpt: The Thrive Diet, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Plant-Based Whole Foods Way to Staying Healthy for Life (by (author) Brendan Brazier)


When the first edition of The Thrive Diet was published 10 years ago, my hope for it far exceeded my expectation. After all, my belief in how plant-based nutrition could boost athletic performance while also reducing the strain on the environment was, at the time, considered fringe at best. A national bestselling book in North America, The Thrive Diet has since been published in several countries, benefiting the lives of millions of people. It’s been a rewarding journey, sharing the principles of The Thrive Diet and the benefits of plant-based nutrition, whether I’m talking at conferences, universities, or companies or simply having a conversation with people interested in learning more about or adopting a plant-based diet.
     Ten years later, it’s now common for people to speak of their “plant-based diet.” Even “vegan” is a familiar word, seen on the most conventional restaurants’ menus. The importance of avoiding animal products in our diet, whether for heath, physical and mental performance, environmental, ethical, or a combination of these reasons, is now well understood and widely accepted.
     As well, in the past decade a whole new generation, the millennials, has come of age. This socially conscious generation—numbering over 80 million in the United States alone (greater than one-quarter of the population)—cares about themselves and their individual health, of course, but they also care deeply about the health of the planet and how their choices and actions affect others. They care about social issues and how their food choices can sway industry. They want to know where their food comes from, and at what cost. And “cost” to them isn’t simply monetary. It extends to the environment. In other words, how much of each natural resource is expended to get nutrition? Land, water, fossil fuels, and carbon footprint are all part of the equation. I wrote about this extensively in my third book, Whole Foods to Thrive, when the topic was still somewhat new. But today, these are the questions people regularly ask, because cost and return is better understood. I believe this socially minded consumption will become of even greater value as time goes by.
     Millennials are also the first generation who understand that a greater amount of something is not necessarily a better deal. They understand that volume, weight, or amount of calories is no longer a value proposition, and they ask informed questions such as, “What’s the nutrient density?” and “What’s the cost-to-nutrient ratio?” They know that the value of food ought to be measured in nutrients contained in it, not in caloric “value,” and certainly not in weight or sheer size.
     Also, benefit is now more appreciated than ever. Millennials are less likely to aspire to owning a car, a bike, or even a song. Instead, they use car-share services and communal bike systems, and they stream music as opposed to buying it. They don’t want things per se; they simply want the benefit that things can provide.
     This way of thinking is crossing over into millennials’ view of food as well. More than previous generations, they appreciate the outcome of mindful eating, and therefore base their eating decisions largely on functional result. Will the food give them more sustainable energy? Will it improve their fat metabolism, enhance their skin elasticity, boost their ability to concentrate, improve their sleep quality, and so on? They want answers to these questions before they decide what to eat.
     I believe the Thrive Diet is more relevant now than ever before. Approaching eating as an opportunity to benefit oneself—having a desired function and a purpose in mind for the meal or snack—this is the new way. Food as a means of change and progress. Food and the way in which it’s produced as a way to affect billions of lives, human, non-human, and the planet’s.

In this 10th anniversary edition, I have left the main text of the original intact, as the principles of the Thrive Diet continue to hold true today. If you are new to the Thrive Diet, today you have access to so many nutrient-dense whole foods that are widely available in grocery stores. A lot has changed in 10 years, and it is definitely progress in the right direction for those embracing a healthier way of eating. I’ve created 25  new Thrive Diet recipes for this edition that I hope you enjoy.

Editorial Reviews

"Brendan's plant-based nutrition concepts, combined with his innovative holistic approach to training, will get you in the best mental and physical shape of your life."--Venus Williams

"I am forever grateful to Brendan ... I have noticed increased energy and more restful sleep. My desire for sugar and salt is waning, and what’s more, I am following these recipes and loving them."--Hugh Jackman

"Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Diet will increase the micronutrient density of your eating style and enable you to live longer, live healthier, and thrive."--Joel Fuhrman, M.D., bestselling author of Eat to Live
"The Thrive Diet is an authoritative guide to outstanding performance, not just in top-level athletics, but in day-to-day life ... This book sets aside the myths that have held many people back, and provides a state-of-the-art program for top health."--Neal D. Barnard, M.D., founding President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

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