I just finished reading Brendan Brazier's "Thrive: The Vegan Nurtitional Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life". Brendan is a professional Ironman Triathlete who fuels his body with a 100% plant based diet for training and competing.
Brendan relates that our bodies are affected by several types of stress, be that environmental, physical activity, and the foods we eat. The typical American diet of processed, low nutrient foods actually causes the body stress as it uses all of it's resources and energy to break down these complex foods. Instead of fueling the body for repair and recovery, it is working on digesting foods that give us very little to no nutrition at all.
The Thrive Diet consists of eating clean, whole foods that are nutrionally high/dense that the body can easily breakdown, absorb the needed nutrients, and properly fuel the body. Brendan has spent many years researching and perfecting the Thrive Diet, and the book contains all of the information he has gained on nutrition over the years.
I can't wait to get started on some of the recipes included in the book and the Thrive Diet Meal Plan. I will be posting the recipes and pictures here on the Nourish blog and the Nourish Facebook page. Check out the book if you can!