Last summer I read The Thrive Diet by Brendan Brazier and was quiet impressed by his knowledge of the human body and what is needed in terms of nourishment to achieve (one's) optimal energy. It also made me realize that I am what I eat. I mean, really: my body is made of what I eat. My cells regenerate with the help of the food I consume. Enough said.
What I REALLY loved about The Thrive Diet was all the raw food and smoothies I made from scratch. I definitely felt better when I ate that type of food, especially mentally (my concentration was better and I felt less "shaky").
Brendan Brazier first started exploring foods when he realized that his maximum training efforts weren't getting him that extra performance during sports. Through his book, he explains how his thorough research on food led to his discovery that a better performance could be achieved by eating certain foods
(breaking through the plateau he had reached with training).
His book is detailed with recipes and example menus but is not overwhelming with information. I found it extremely useful and even lent it to an omnivore friend who said she really enjoyed reading it and learned a lot about nutrition. She and I are always interested in learning about new progressive food and nutrition information; this has to be the best book on nutrition that I've read yet.
My personal experience with food is not the best. I love my chips! And I love cheese. I've been going back and forth between a vegetarian and omnivore diet
for the past few years. I ate a full vegetarian diet for 2 years awhile back, then
went back to eating meat (totally normal for a lot of people trying to go vegetarian). After
reading The Thrive Diet, I tried a plant-based diet for about a month last summer. I
enjoyed it and didn't feel deprived except for when I went out to
restaurants. But this was also during my wedding season so I didn't keep it
up (although I have maintained a vegetarian diet with vegan meals here
and there during the week.)
So now that my wedding season has come and gone, and that Mr. Brazier is offering a free 30-day on-line program (with free eBook), and a new year is starting, I have decided to give this a try! 30 days is only 30 days. It doesn't mean I have to change my life forever. If I can gain energy, and healthier food-prep tricks, I truly have nothing to lose.