Book Review: Thrive Foods

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
~Benjamin Franklin

Proactive health insurance begins with the food you consume each day.

Caloric needs vary per person based on a number of variables but snowshoers and other endurance athletes should be eating more than most people. The majority of your daily caloric intake should come from nutrient-dense foods.

Nutrient density is the ratio of nutrients per calorie [unit of energy]. It is the ratio of micronutrients per macronutrients. Micronutrients represent the measure of food value. Your goal is to achieve the most nutritional bang for your caloric buck – make each bite count!image

Thrive Foods is Brendan Brazier’s latest gem and builds upon the stress-busting, energy-boosting approach to nutrition first introduced his his acclaimed bestseller The Thrive Diet.
Brazier deciphers the undeniable connection between personal and planetary health through food. He establishes the Nutrient-to-Resource Ratio, which introduces a new form of health insurance and environmental preservation initiative in one dynamic package.

The ratio merges nutritional and environmental sensibility by showcasing what foods use the least amount of each mineral resource to produce yet yield the greatest amount of nutrition in return.

Thrive Foods clearly explains how nutrient-dense, plant-based whole foods represent the best choice for personal and planetary health. Brazier believes that application of the Nutrient-to-Resource Ratio will ignite significant declines in sickness and disease while reducing our environmental impact.

The laborious process of converting natural resources into edible sustenance creates inexcusable environmental drain. The Nutrient-to-Resource Ratio reveals the amount of arable land, water and fossil fuel necessary to produce food and its respective carbon footprint.

The author expands on the significant divide of micronutrient gain versus natural resource waste when comparing animal-based foods to plant-based foods. Brazier is adamantly pursuing that a food’s nutrient-to-resource ratio should be included on all food labels.

Brazier explains the staggering and far-reaching nutritional and environmental advantages of consuming plant-based, whole foods through exhaustive studies conducted by the department for Environment and Rural Affairs [DEFRA], the World Health Organization [WHO], the United Nations [UN] and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC].

This work of art will guide you to food choices to maximize micronutrient gains and reduce natural resource expenditure. The plethora of charts, graphs and inconceivable formulas will depict utterly mind-blowing results as to why the Nutrient-to-Resource Ratio  matters respective to personal and planetary health.

Brazier pinpoints why your health and the well-being of Mother Earth are linked to your food choices. The first chapter examines what nutritional characteristics to consider to obtain optimal health. Brazier focuses on the North American epidemic of nutritional stress being the rule versus the exception. He proposes a set of guiding principles to use when making food choices and delves into the importance of  micronutrient content of food.

Chaptimageer 2 scours the environmental toll levied in the food production process and the considerable amount of natural resources used in return for food.

Chapter 3 outlines the progressive action taken by innovative businesses and governments to create environmental and health solutions through food.

Chapter 4 details the the implications of the Nutrient-to-Resource Ratio respective to environmental strain. The author showcases the profound differences in strain involved in producing a day of meals based on the Standard American Diet [SAD], what is perceived as the ‘Healthy American Diet,” and a nutrient-dense,  plant-based diet. The sharp contrasts will be an eye-opener for the reader.

Chapter 5 is loaded with suggestions for foods promoting health-boosting and environment-preserving attributes. A list of kitchen staples with essential ingredients for whole food meals is included. Recommendations are provided to stock your pantry with whole food essentials.

The book culminates with 200 indelible recipes created by some of Brazier’s world-renown chef friends. All the tantalizing and diverse recipes are made with nutrient-dense, plant-based, whole foods that promote optimal health and are light on the planet.

A list of his favorite restaurants and cafes is provided along with extensive resources committed to health, nutrition and environmental stewardship – books, blogs, films, foundations, web sites and more.

Snowshoers break down muscle tissue at an extraordinary rate. Nutrition – whether good or bad – plays a vital role in the regeneration process. The quality of the food you choose to fuel your body will provoke nutritional stress or invite cellular regeneration. Brazier outlines for readers what to eat and why.

Your body needs premium building blocks to regenerate in a timely and thorough manner.  Reducing your nutritional stress with appropriate food choices will benefit your snowshoeing, your long-term health and the planet upon which you frolic.

Thrive Foods will inspire you to examine your own food choices to enhance your snowshoeing and re-shape planetary health in the process.

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imageBrendan Brazier is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on plant-based nutrition. He is the bestselling author of Thrive and Thrive Fitness and the creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called Vega. Brazier is a former professional Ironman triathlete and two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon champion.

Brazier is a guest lecturer at Cornell University respective to “The Plant-based Diet and Elite Athleticism.” He was chosen as one of the Most Fascinating Vegetarians by VegNews Magazine and named one of the Top 40 Under 40 most influential people in the health industry by Natural Food Merchandiser. He has been nominated three times for the prestigious Manning Innovation Award for the creation of the Vega Nutrition product line. He lives in Los Angeles.


  • Jeff Kildahl, Wellness Editor

    Jeff Kildahl is a writer, author, wellness consultant and philanthropist advancing preventive health care by synthesizing primary source nutrition and fitness as the principal components of the practice of medicine. Kildahl is a sponsored vegan ultra-endurance athlete credentialed in bioenergetics, biomechanics, metabolic efficiency™ testing, sport nutrition, and natural medicine. He is a dynamic member of CUBE™ ~ a professional speakers group ~ empowering others to harmonize the "Keys to Living in the Song of Life." He is the wellness editor at Snowshoe Magazine, United States Snowshoe Association columnist, and contributor to health, fitness and wellness sites, blogs and publications. He is a US-based ultra-endurance athlete and philanthropist for the 100 FOR 100 Movement ~ Kildahl is the creator and president of The Wholistic Edge® ~ a visionary firm providing synergistic solutions to transcend health, performance, and potential in life and sport from the inside out via the principles of Performance Medicine™ ~

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