Vega's Brendan Brazier
Talk about accomplished.
Vancouver-born Brendan Brazier began competing in professional ironman competitions in 1998. In 2003 he wrote a book based on his plant-based diet, a way of life that fueled him to elite status in the triathlete community.
Since penning The Thrive Diet, Brendan has written several more books including his most recent, Thrive Foods. Perhaps Brazier's greatest coup is the formulation of Vega, an award-winning line of whole food, plant-based products that have become a mainstay in the lives of athletes, vegans and omnivores alike.
We had the opportunity to chat with Brendan on the secrets of his success, PLUS, we'll be giving away a Vega prize pack! See below for details.
What are your top tips for getting or staying healthy?
1. Start to look at things long term, instead of quick fixes. People tend to get very motivated in the beginning, but their goals are often not long term or sustainable. This can set you up for failure - so think realistically.
2. Try to predict what life will be like down the road and plan for that. People are reactionary to short term events but don't tend to react - or plan for - what might happen in the long term.
3. Start slow. People will get enthusiastic and jump right in, but they don't allow their mind or body to adapt. It can take time to adjust to new foods and new routines. When you switch from a bad diet to a good diet, the symptoms of cleansing might not be so fun in the beginning. This can be discouraging because you're eating better but feeling worse. Your body just has to adapt.
What is your number one health goal?
I just really enjoy things that complement my health. It's lucky for me that I like running, swimming and being outside! So I hope to continue that, and to continue learning, which is good for mental health down the road - keeping curiosity alive. It's good for your brain to keep processing new information.
What's been your biggest challenge?
When I was racing triathlons full-time, becoming a better swimmer was a big challenge cause I started swimming later in life. I was practicing so much and not improving, which was frustrating - whereas running and cycling would improve relative to the work that I put into it.
What's your biggest accomplishment?
Being able to race full time as a profession for seven years was big! It was my goal as a teenager. Then making the transition from professional triathlete to author, and formulating Vega. Moving from one thing to something completely different - something I didn't know much about - I've been enjoying the whole process.
What is your personal tip for Canadians?
I live in LA, and there are a lot of Canadians here. I've noticed that Canadians tend to have this idea ingrained in their psyche that we're at a disadvantage. It's like it's almost encouraged in our culture to be self-depreciative. Don't believe that! It's time to level the bar!