How an Athlete Can Succeed on the Vegan Diet with Brendan Brazier : The Renegade Health Radio Show #4

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A lot of athletes are experimenting with the vegan and raw food diet…

In this episode, I talk with Brendan Brazier who’s done more than experiment – he’s been doing it for years.

We also talk about training, eating, and how to be your best whether your a vegan athlete or not.

In this Renegade Health Radio Show, we’ll cover…

  • What Brendan Brazier eats for optimal athletic performance.
  • Some of the challenges he’s experienced and how he faced them.
  • What can happen when you over-train.
  • What other athletes are doing to get better results.
  • And more…

To listen to the program, just click the “Play” button below…

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Kev and Jonathan

Brendan Brazier

Brendan Brazier

Brendan Brazier is a former professional Ironman triathlete, a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion, the creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called VEGA, and the bestselling author of Thrive. He is also the developer of the acclaimed ZoN Thrive Fitness program and the formulator of the new (September, 2011) award-winning, 7-product natural VEGA Sport system. His latest book (September, 2011) is called Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health. Read more about Brendan at his website.


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  1. Julia says:

    Ever hear of the copper personality? I just learned about this. Excessive copper/copper toxicity is common in vegetarians/vegans. I encourage people to research it further and take steps to prevent it. For example, soak all your grains/legumes/nuts/seeds to remove phytate. Get plenty of zinc, calcium, vitamin C, etc., in your diet. I just ordered a hair mineral analysis test and a copper blood test for myself.

  2. Veronika says:

    Just letting you know I made it through the full episode, since there aren’t many comments yet. Interesting thoughts toward the end there. I think what we’ve learned is that the bottom line is to eat your fruits & vegetables (including lots of greens), and the other details (vegan, raw, etc.) can be individualized, as long as you watch your blood tests. I don’t think humans will ever completely agree on the details since we all have slightly different physical constitutions and philosophies. There seem to be health pluses and minuses with all food (natural toxins in veggies, acidity/toxicity of meat, etc.) so I think the key is food balance, stress-free living, good community, and laughter. The universe seems to promote flow and not getting stuck on any one thing (or any one vegetable – interesting how that works!).

    I happen to choose a vegan diet, because I don’t enjoy eating animal products at all, for many reasons. If eating animal products brings you anguish, then it’s probably better to find a way to eat a healthy plant-based diet. If not, then maybe it’s fine for you to eat a little bit of meat (it’s when meat intake is high that you get health problems).

    Regarding vegan raw foodists having emotional/mental issues like you mentioned – I haven’t seen that myself but you have a lot more exposure to raw foodists than I do so I trust your observation.

    I think there are 2 separate issues here. One is a physical nutrient imbalance that could cause mental issues. The other is a psychological/spiritual awareness issue, such as when someone goes on a meditation retreat, becomes present with themselves, and it brings up intense emotional/mental discomfort…until you get to the other side and experience joy.

    The first problem might be solved with getting the right nutrients, like the omega 3 you mentioned.

    The second problem is a lot more common and it doesn’t matter what your diet is. If you don’t have a way to deal with the awareness you gain by learning about yourself, you’re going to be moody and irritable.

    My theory is, the healthier you eat, the more present you become and the more ‘in your body’ you can be. At first you might experience mental & physical discomfort due to detox, but after your body has healed considerably, you’ll probably feel more comfortable in your body. The thing with any new awareness or ‘presence’ is that if you don’t have a way to deal with the emotional/mental stuff you find, you might flip out. A solution might be meditation, talking to a friend, exercise, etc.

    Healthy eating, such as high raw, is just one way that some people gain more connection to their body, but they need to learn how to manage themselves. I’ve seen many people at intuitive/meditation schools go through emotional times, and it didn’t matter what there diet was in that particular case. In fact, the majority were meat-eaters with a S.A.D.

    On another note, it makes sense that athletes would be able to eat more fruit with out trouble, since they’ll burn the glucose quickly. I’m guessing Brian drinks water throughout the day when he’s working out, which helps wash away the sugar from the teeth. And maybe he brushes his teeth well too. =)

    Have you considered doing a “Question of the Day” for the radio shows?

  3. Sheralee says:

    Thank you so much for this show Kev. Having someone like Brendan to give his methods for fueling while performing physically is so helpful. This was a stumbling block for me and others who were doing high level fitness and we would compromise our aim of eating a high raw diet as we didn’t trust the process or ‘know’ how to handle our nutrition for high energy gains! Great comments after also. I love that you put it on the line and let us all know what needs to be done if we want results!

  4. Maya says:

    Great interview! I read his book Thrive diet and I must say it is one of the best book I read about good nutrition and I am not vegan. He has so many good thoughts, that everyone can incorporate in his everyday life.

  5. Debbie says:

    Dear Kevin,
    Thank you so much for having Brendan Brazier on. He is one of my heroes, and I credit him with my healthy vegan diet. I am not an athlete but I am vegan and early on I was lucky enough to pick up Brendan’s book the Thrive Diet, which really led me to the right information and complete nutrition, instead of a long period of trial and error. I am grateful to him for his research and his book. It has been invaluable to me.
    So there you go, 2 of my heroes together Kevin and Brendan! What a nice way to start my day! Thanks!
    Have a beautiful day!
    Love and light,
    Debbie :o)

  6. Dianne says:

    1. Peanut butter cups!!! Just in time for Halloween. PERFECT. 🙂

    2. Voted. 🙂

    3. Brendan Brazier – one of my favs. I met him this summer as I’ve been a fan for a couple of years now (The Thrive Diet). ANTOTHER “down-to-earth” guy who loves what he’s doing. Kevin, you’re the other one, lol!

    It was good to hear about cortisol levels again, as that was a HUGE key for me in getting my health back.

    Thank you again Kevin!


  7. IdaFish says:

    Great show! Both you, Kevin, and Brendan are such inspirational and enlightening people! Thanks for the show.
    As a longtime non-meat eater I have to say that all the people thats come in to my life over the years (short amount of, I’m only 28) have said that theyve never met a happier person or a more energetic person than me.
    This is always a delight to hear, and when they ask what my secret is I say healthy, whole foods & compassionate living – also getting enoguh sun, being loving and caring, spending alot of time in the great outdoors, being positive and optimistic and always wearing a solid smile & greeting all with an open mind.

    Actually, yesterday mums coworker asked me what I did in highschool and when I told her I’m actually on my masters she was dumbstruck and said I looked so young.
    Yes, being raw/vegan is the fountain of youth isnt it…

    Recommend Brendan’s books to everyone – THRIVE is highly educational yet an easy read, and it will reward the reader in so many ways!

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