#ThriveFWD with Vega: Becoming a Plant-Based Athlete #spon

Disclaimer: Vega contacted me directly to assist in promoting Thrive Forward Sport Edition. I was also given a Sport Package containing Vega Sport nutrition products as a thank you. Though I purchase Vega on my own, I happily accepted these additions to my sports fueling pantry. All opinions are my own.

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I think one of the biggest misconceptions when I tell people that I’m in the process of switching over to a fully vegetarian/plant-based diet is that I won’t have the energy or the calorie intake to sustain the level of training I’m currently doing in preparation for all my running races this year. If you read my prior post, you’ll know that I was also a believer in this theory. I simply assumed that to sustain the miles I need to run, I needed animal based proteins to keep my body moving and my endurance building.

I’ve since completely reversed that thinking after experimenting with plant-based nutrition and fueling last year and coming out feeling stronger and more energetic than ever before. Given that I had 2 kids under 3 at the time, that says a lot.

I’d been aware of the Thrive program and when the opportunity came for the Sport edition to come out, I was very eager to sign up and learn more.

 

For those that may not know, Thrive Forward is the creation of former professional Iron Man Triathlete Brendan Brazier and is a FREE online program designed to help you transition your sports nutrition to include plant-based tips, information and recipes. I’ve currently gone through about half of the videos (again, all free and under 10 minutes each so you can easily watch them as time permits) and some of the supplemental reading and recipes and I’m completely hooked on it. What I like is the versatility and variance of the information to meet you wherever your athletic needs are. From MMA athlete Aaron Simpson to P90X creator Tony Horton, there is information for everyone, even those who aren’t interested in adopting a plant-based diet.

I’m most excited about trying out some of the recipes detailed on the program as well. Particularly the homemade electrolyte drinks. Here is a teaser from the program and the recipe for a base electrolyte drink:

 

 

Used with permission. Source
Used with permission. Source

BASE ELECTROLYTE DRINK

2 cups coconut water

1 tea bag of yerba mate, green tea, or herbal tea
(your choice)
Sweetener of choice
(dates, coconut sugar, or agave for use during
exercise, Stevia if used to boost fluid intake when not working out)
Sea salt or dulse to taste
 
Let yerba mate or tea of choice steep
overnight in the coconut water, either in
the fridge or room temperature. In the
morning, add in sweetener, and sea salt
for a complete electrolyte beverage.
 
 
HOW TO USE IT
1 Combine all ingredients with the basic
electrolyte beverage
 in a blender and blend until smooth.
 
2. As you pour the liquid
 into your drinking bottle, strain the pulp
 with a fine mesh strainer.
 
 
 
Have you tried the Thrive program yet? If so, what did you think?
 
 
 

 
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Stephanie

Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

One Response to #ThriveFWD with Vega: Becoming a Plant-Based Athlete #spon

  1. Great information, especially as many people can’t comprehend that you can live this way on a vegetarian diet. Personally I like to test on myself and have ran numerous half marathons and other races completely fasted (24 hour period). This goes against what the mainstream media tell you but I felt fine, and even improved on my times :)

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