So, the 30 days is over and I definitely will be incorporating parts of his program into my life.
I think that all the lessons Brendan gave make so much sense for our health. I recommend everyone sign up for the free 30 day program. It doesn't cost you anything, you can choose to spend money on some of his products or not, either way. The lessons are free and really informative.
If you want to get the book, Amazon has a great price on it right now, Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life.
I am finding it a bit difficult to follow all the guidelines. Some of his recommended products are difficult to find near me or extremely expensive if I can find them. D has been out of work for over 6 months and financially I am struggling. That is not to say that these items are difficult to find everywhere or expensive everywhere. Some locations are much better for healthy food options than others.
Also, I am ashamed to admit that I have always relied heavily on processed foods. It is a big adjustment for me to stop using processed foods. I will be phasing them out, but I need to do this slowly. Especially since A is so damn stubborn on what she will and will not eat, I have a hard time getting her to eat anything new. But I will be incorporating more fresh foods and less processed, it will just take time.
I am also planning on rereading the book. Since my Grave's disease (mostly because I lived with it for a long time before being treated), I have some trouble with my cognitive thinking and have a harder time grasping new information. This is a frustrating aspect for me. I used to be able to hear a million things one time and instantly know the information, now it takes me several times to get it. UGH!
I will say that the fatigue is still bad, I am still having issues with falling asleep at inappropriate times, like dozing off while driving (so I don't drive anywhere far now). But I have noticed that I don't feel as much pain with the fibromyalgia.
I am also the kind of person who likes to do things all or nothing. So I have a hard time changing one thing at a time. I do it all, get overwhelmed and quit. So, I will try to do a little here and a little there to make it easier to change it all over time. Like right now, I will be doing the smoothies and salads. Later on, I will start incorporting something else, like more raw foods or soaking nuts and seeds or something.
So, in conclusion, I highly recommend the program. I just recommend you do it at a pace that is comfortable for you, and even Brendan says this. He tells you not to do it all at once because he doesn't want you to get overwhelmed and give up. (I need to listen better, LOL!) And, no, I don't make any money if you sign up for the free program, so I am not financially motivated to recommend it.