Brazier is an ironman triathlete who has competed worldwide. For those of you who aren’t familiar, an ironman triathlon is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, followed by a marathon, all without a break. It’s one of the most grueling athletic events a person can compete in.
In addition to triathlons, marathons and ultra marathons, Brazier has written books on what he calls the Thrive Diet, one of which was a bestselling book in Canada, where he lives. He also created a line of drinks and energy bars for athletes based on those he prepared for himself for years while competing. Brazier has worked with celebrities like Hugh Jackman to get them into shape for roles using primarily or entirely plant-based diets.
All this, plus addressing Congress on Capitol Hill about the importance of diet on health, makes Brazier one of the leading proponents of a plant-based diet in the world.
Although he is one of few professional athletes in the world who maintains an entirely vegan diet, Brazier says all the athletes he knows eat a mostly plant-based diet, because it is the best diet for achieving top performance.
Brazier says he’s embarrassed to admit that he went vegan twenty years ago strictly because it helped him compete better. His reasons were completely selfish and he says he would have eaten anything if it would make him a better athlete.
We’re not used to hearing from top professional athletes about how veganism improved their performance, but these people are out there. People like Brazier, along with Scott Jurek, Robert Cheeke and Mac Danzig are all athletes who push themselves to extremes and who do so on a plant-based diet.
It’s hard to say how many other athletes are deterred away from transitioning to a vegan diet simply because of the perception that vegans are not as masculine, and how many of them are unwilling to try unorthodox ideas because they’re committed to more “traditional” diets.
As cultural perceptions about plant-based diets change and veganism becomes more mainstream, we can hope to lose the “sissy vegan” stereotype very quickly thanks to people like Brazier, who are incredibly successful athletes and advocates.
If you’re an athlete or just someone who wants to live a longer, healthier life, take a page from Brendon Brazier’s book and transition to a plant-based diet. It might be the best decision you ever make.