Snowshoeing requires a lot of energy no matter your level of fitness. Proper training and recovery are vital to each outing. The food we ingest should nourish and provide energy—not drain it from our bodies. The quality of your diet is paramount to your snowshoeing endeavors.
Plant-based whole foods represent the future of optimal health. Alkaline foods neutralize acid in our diet and promote proper pH balance. The major detriment to recovery is stress. The difference between average and breakthrough snowshoe experiences hinges on recovery.
The Thrive Diet was created by vegan Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier to speed cellular regeneration after training and improve as an athlete. The Thrive Diet is based on nutrient-rich whole foods. The principles of the Thrive Diet are applicable to snowshoers and anyone interested in optimum wellness and sport performance.
The Thrive Diet is a long-term nutrition plan with a difference. It is a lifestyle focused on why it is necessary to assimilate foods in their natural state rather than refined, processed, acid-forming foods so prevalent in our society. The lifestyle teaches you why to choose nutritionally efficient, stress-busting whole foods to maximize your energy, health, and reduce your carbon footprint.
The Thrive Diet is a lifestyle about gradually including more natural, plant-based, whole foods to the point where your body has no tolerance for less healthy foods. Stress is reduced through improved nutrition. The Thrive Diet is about recognizing the symptoms of stress and addressing the cause through a better diet. Removing stress from the rest phase will enhance your recovery. A recovery pudding [page 126], for example, is easily assimilated and vital for cellular reconstruction.
Stress is anything that causes strain on your body—regardless of its origin. Snowshoeing creates stress. The recovery phase is vital to how often you repeat the process. Brazier discusses what he terms ‘uncomplementary,’ ‘complementary,’ and ‘production stress’ in relation to your diet and what you need to do to reduce nutritional stress. The Thrive Diet is about getting to the root of the biggest threat to our well-being—uncomplementary stress.’
Brazier identifies why implementing ‘high net-gain’ nutrition ought to be the cornerstone of your diet. His ‘one-step nutrition’ recommendations fine tune the foregoing precept. The Thrive Diet provides the path to nourishment versus stimulation. Refined foods, sugar, and caffeine, for example, temporarily stimulate the adrenal glands only to zap your energy in short order. This unhealthy spiral can be broken by the suggested foods in what Brazier terms ‘recalibration.’
Next-level foods offer a host of far-reaching benefits beyond those in a healthy diet. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, and numerous other health-promoting qualities. They reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, and speed recovery. They are easily digested and have a neutral or high pH balance. These include chlorella, coconut, maca, acai, rooibos,and a host of others. These concentrated whole food sources are extremely beneficial to overall health.
The Thrive Diet is a result of 15 years of trial and is backed by research and science. Results you can expect include:
-improved ability to burn fast as energy;
-better quality of sleep;
-elimination of junk food cravings;
-less joint inflammation;
-improved mental clarity;
-elimination of stimulants for energy;
-improved ability to build lean muscle;
-quick exercise recovery;
-better skin quality;
Brazier formulated an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called VEGA. These include but are not limited to a Whole Food Health Optimizer, Whole Food Energy Bars, Whole Food Smoothie Infusion, and an Antioxidant EFA Oil Blend. In addition to being completely plant-based, The Thrive Diet and VEGA products are free of all common allergens: wheat, gluten, dairy, soy, and corn.
The Thrive Diet includes a 12-week meal plan for long-term results, 100 easy-to-make plant-based, whole food recipes, and a section on vitamins and minerals. There are tips for the traveler, sport-specific recipes, It is safe for children, diabetics, and more. A blender and a food processor will get the job done.
Nutrition has a profound effect on our lives. The Thrive Diet is the whole food way to lose weight, reduce stress, enhance your snowshoeing, and stay healthy for life.