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An Overview of the Thrive Diet Meal Plan

written by: Sylvie Colette • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 12/17/2010

The Thrive diet meal plan is a comprehensive lifestyle change that will optimize health and wellness. Following the strict vegan plan can be difficult at first but will produce numerous benefits in a short amount of time.

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    Overview of Thrive Diet Plan

    Brendan Brazier's Thrive diet meal plan is essentially a 100 percent plant-based plan. It can be a difficult transition but will produce a host of healthy benefits. Weight loss is not the only purpose of the meal plan. Expect both decreased weight and stress. The meal plan takes you through 12-weeks in a detailed orderly fashion to make the transition to long term healthy habits, and achieve peak athletic performance.

    The man behind the Thrive Diet, Brendan Brazier, is a professional athlete and uses that background to optimize your body's health. Even current vegans can benefit from the Thrive diet plan since it gives a balanced approach to those looking to change their health for the better.

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    Thrive Diet Meal Plan Foods

    The Thrive diet focuses mainly on raw, organic foods with their natural enzymes intact. Dr.Brazier says that cooking food causes stress on the body and makes digestion harder on the body. The thrive diet plan has outlined exactly what to eat through the first 12 weeks on the plan. Basically these include;
    • Raw plant-based foods
    • Green salads provide the bulk of the meals. The leafy greens help the body repair itself on a cellular level and helps to build new blood cells.
    • Water

    Eliminate the following;

    • Stimulants and processed foods
    • Meat
    • Starchy vegetables
    • Most grains
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    Benefits of Thrive Diet Plan

    Following the Thrive diet meal plan overtime will produce a variety of healthy side effects including;

    • Increase energy levels
    • Improves sleep
    • Decrease stress
    • Shiny hair
    • Sharp mind
    • Eliminates sugar cravings
    • Clear skin
    • Weight loss
    • Reduces inflammation
    • Regenerates on a cellular level
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    Disadvantages of Thrive Diet Plan

    The lifestyle changes the Thrive Diet Plan calls for are all healthy changes if followed correctly. Follow the suggestions in the book and record the foods that you eat so that you are sure that you are getting all the nutrients you need.

    During the transition expect some negative side effects, especially if your former diet was full of sugar, processed foods and caffeine;

    • Intense cravings
    • Withdrawal symptoms like headaches, nausea

    While the nutritional benefits of the Thrive Diet are clear, the diet may not be for everyone. The plan is strict and requires not only giving up animal products but also requires giving up processed food.

    Another disadvantage to transitioning to the Thrive Diet is that while the recipes are tasty, many of them are rather labor intensive to prepare and take more time than many people want to donate to preparing meals. Time is not always a luxury people have and learning to take the time to create wholesome whole food dishes is a process.

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    References

    Brazier, Brendon - The Thrive Diet: The Whole Food Way to Lose Weight, Reduce Stress, and Stay Healthy for Life

    Thrive Weight Loss - http://thriveweightloss.com/

    No Meat Diet - http://www.nomeatathlete.com/thrive-diet/