Brendan Brazier is the creator and host of the Thrive Forward web series, based on his bestselling Thrive book trilogy (Thrive, Thrive Fitness, and Thrive Foods). Brendan is a former professional Ironman triathlete, and the creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called Vega. He is also a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion.
Brendan is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on plant-based nutrition for athletes.
In an online Cornell University certificate program, Brendan presents a lecture based on his best-selling books entitled: Plant-Based Diet and Elite Athleticism. It is part of a new course presented by eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Foundation. www.ecornell.com/brazier
Brendan was chosen as one of the 25 Most Fascinating Vegetarians by VegNews Magazine, the Top 40 Under 40 most influential people in the health industry by Natural Food Merchandiser and has been nominated for the prestigious Manning Innovation Award twice for creating Vega.
Brendan’s intentions of spreading the word of an ethical, environmentally friendly, and healthy lifestyle through plant-based foods have taken him across North America, speaking at events such as the Chicago Green Festival and the United States Humane Society Gala. Brendan was also invited to address US Congress on Capitol Hill, where he spoke of the significant social and economic benefits that could be achieved by improving personal health through better diet. The focus of his speech was to draw attention to the role that food plays in the prevention of most chronic diseases currently plaguing North Americans.
Along with David Suzuki, Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Stephan Lewis, Brendan was a keynote presenter offering practical environmental preservation solutions to students on Canada’s largest environmental tour, called “Students for Sustainability”.
Aimed at helping individuals and companies improve productivity through greater fitness Brendan’s second book, Thrive Fitness: Mental and Physical Strength for Life, was published by Penguin in January, 2009 and was published in the United States by Da Capo in January, 2010.
Brendan’s latest book (September, 2011) is called Thrive Foods and includes 200 plant-based whole food recipes. It also includes three chapters dedicated to assessing the environmental resources used in food production. In June of 2012, it won the an International Book Award for “Best Health Book.”
Brendan Brazier is available to give the following talks:
- Increasing productivity by boosting fitness: In an easy step-by-step system based on Thrive Fitness, learn how to build strength that will increase muscular efficacy and therefore boost energy and vitality. Find out how building fitness can reduce the amount of sleep required, stimulate creativity, decrease the need for downtime and cut the risk of sickness and disease
- How to significantly reduce your carbon footprint by adopting a plant-based diet: (talk given on Students for Sustainability university tour): The production of food contributes to climate change more than all of transportation. Learn how you can significantly reducer your carbon footprint by having just one plant-based meal a day. For example, switching out a standard American breakfast for a nutrient-rich, plant-based smoothie for one year will save the equivalent in greenhouse gas emissions as driving a midsize car (26mpg) from Vancouver, BC to Tijuana, Mexico.
- Stress reduction through plant-based whole foods: North Americans are chronically over stressed and as a result are experiencing poor-quality sleep, general fatigue, and are developing sickness and disease in record numbers. While it is common practice to merely treat the symptoms, lean how to address the underlining cause and significantly reduce overall stress, without a loss in productivity.
- Vegan sports nutrition: how to boost athletic performance on a plant-based diet: Based on Brendan’s proven method, learn how to successfully transition to a plant-based diet that will significantly boost athletic performance. How to avoid the common pitfalls and ensure all nutritional needs are met.