Feel Stronger With a Plant-Based Diet

Professional Ironman and Ultra Marathon runner Brendan Brazier relies on a plant-based diet to sustain him through his rigorous training regimen and physically exhausting competitions. While very few of us need to push our bodies to ultra-marathon levels, there are many lessons we can learn from athletes who rely on their bodies to be in top condition. In his book Thrive Fitness, Brazier designs a plant-based training program to help people achieve maximum strength and health. Plants are arguably the healthiest foods to eat because they are rich in essential nutrients and minerals. Here are a few of the building blocks that are essential for peak performance.
Fibrous Vegetables
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Bok Choy
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Beans and Peas
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini
  • Onions

Dark Greeny Leafy Vegetables
These are a rich source of chlorophyll which cleanses and oxygenates for endurance and stamina.
  • Beet Greens
  • Mixed Greens
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Collards
  • Dinosaur Kale

Sea Vegetables
They have 10 times the amount of calcium than cow's milk and several times more than red meat.
  • Nori
  • Kelp
  • Hijiki
  • Kombu
  • Wakame
  • Arame
  • Dulse

Starchy Vegetables
  • Potato
  • Turnip
  • Yam
  • Parsnip
  • Squash

High in protein, fibre, and many minerals. Absorbs indigestible sugars that can cause gas.
  • Alfalfa
  • Beans and Peas
  • Lentil
  • Carob
  • Soy
  • Peanuts
Nuts
  • Almonds
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Walnuts
  • Cashews
  • Filberts
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Peacan Pine Nuts
  • Pistachios

Seeds
  • Flaxseed (Omega-3 Fatty Acid)
  • Sesame Seeds (Calcium)
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds

Pseudograins
Gluten-free sources of nutrients
  • Amaranth
  • Buckwheat
  • Quinoa
  • Wild Rice

Healthy Grains
  • Brown Rice
  • Millet
  • Spelt
  • Teff

Fresh Fruits
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Berries
  • Cherries
  • Dates
  • Dragon Fruit
  • Figs
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Kiwis
  • Mangos
  • Melons
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Papayas
  • Pears
  • Pineapples
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates

Other Nutritious Foods
  • Agave Nectar
  • Apple Cidar Vinegar
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Ginger
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Stevia Herb
  • Hemp Protein


Source: Besthealthmag.ca, Thrive Fitness by Brendan Brazier


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2 Responses to “Feel Stronger With a Plant-Based Diet”

  1. Dr Eric Berg says:

    eating more vegetables and green leafy veggies can also be off good help and good health.

  2. HCA Toronto says:

    Thanks Dr. Berg!

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