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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


The Thrive Diet – 15 January 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

Wow! I’m at a loss for words (well – almost at a loss for wordsJ) to express my excitement over a wonderful, life-enhancing new book The Thrive Diet – the whole food way to lose weight, reduce stress, and stay healthy for life by Brendan Brazier, the professional Ironman triathlete.

As I’ve mentioned before, over twenty years ago Frank and I (motivated by compassion for nonhuman animals) started a journey that would bless us with improved health and ongoing spiritual comfort beyond our expectations. This journey led us to a vegan lifestyle based on eating mostly whole, unprocessed plant foods.

So, reading The Thrive Diet by Brendan Brazier, a world-class athlete who has spent twenty years studying the effect that whole, unprocessed foods have on training and competing, furthers our knowledge in general, as well as gives us ideas that we can apply to further “tweak” our diet.

I found the chapters “Reduce Stress to Increase Vitality” and “The Thrive Diet for a Healthy Environment” particularly insightful. From Meal Plans to Recipes this book is a resource full of solid advice and detailed explanations that anyone, athlete or not, can learn from and apply for real results.

The Thrive Diet by Brendan Brazier is one book that you will want to keep handy (as in your kitchen) and refer to often. We enthusiastically recommend it to everyone – absolutely!

For the complete book review, visit:

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