Resources & Gear

Here you find a collection of useful resources for the different topics. Some of the links are affiliate links. If you buy something through one of them, I get a commission. I only recommend things that I personally believe in.

Books

Brendan Brazier - Thrive

Brendan Brazier – Thrive

Brendan Brazier is a former professional ironman triathlete from Canada and follower of a strictly plant-based diet. The book contains his accumulated nutritional knowledge, gathered on his quest to formulate a diet that would speed recovery and keep him at peak athletic performance. It is chock full of recipes, contains a 12-week meal plan, and even a grocery list.

Main Takeaways:

The tenets of the Thrive diet are as follows:

  • High net-gain nutrition – Whole foods that gives the body more energy than it needs to digest and assimilate
  • Raw and low-temperature cooked foods – For high enzyme content to enhance digestibility and bioavailability (rate at which food is absorbed by and has an effect on the body)
  • “One-step nutrition” – This is Brazier’s name for nutrients that don’t have to be broken down again (amino acids, fatty acids, simple carbs)
  • Alkalizing food – To balance the body’s pH
  • Avoid common food allergens
Eckhardt Tolle - The Power of Now

Eckhardt Tolle – The Power of Now

According to himself, until he was 30 years old, Eckhardt Tolle spent most of his life “in a state of almost continuous anxiety interspersed with periods of suicidal depression”. It was shortly after his twenty-ninth birthday that he experienced an “inner transformation” which freed him of his misery and led to the writing of The Power of Now.

Main Takeaways:

  • Your thoughts and emotional reactions are not you. They are not your identity or true self. You can distance yourself from your thoughts and take on the role of an observer and watch what is going on in your mind without judging it.
  • Most emotional pain and stress comes from reliving the past or projecting into the future. Both are illusions, phantoms that only exist in our mind. All we ever have is the present moment.
  • Any emotional pain is resistance to what is at the present moment. Stop judging and accept every moment as it is. Don’t make the present into an enemy.
Josh Waitzkin - The Art of Learning

Josh Waitzkin – The Art of Learning

Learning is an art in itself and Josh Waitzkin has mastered it. He holds several world titles in such diverse disciplines as chess and the martial art of Taiji Quan. Currently he is working on another one in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. A book about learning, mastery, and the psychology of high-level performance.

Main takeaways:

  • Almost everything in life that matters is accomplished the way you run a marathon – step by step.
  • Losing is an investment in the learning process.
  • There is no perfection. Be at peace with the imperfect. Work on being comfortable in chaos.
  • Adopt a flexible mindset and just roll with it. Welcome change.
David J Schwartz - The Magic of Thinking Big

David J Schwartz – The Magic of Thinking Big

Lack of motivation is often a result of inadequate goals. What would make you bust your ass more: Three weeks of surfing in the Caribbeans or a weekend of half board in Kansas? The Magic of Thinking Big urges you to take on big challenges in order to celebrate big victories.

Main takeaways:

  • If you believe in success, the ways and means will develop. Striving for big goals produces big solutions
  • Action is the ultimate cure – indecision and postponement are a breeding ground for fear
  • Build yourself a success-inducing environment

Gear

Vibram FiveFingers Komodo Sport

Vibram FiveFingers Komodo Sport

These shoes are one of the main reasons I am looking forward to spring. If you have never worn barefoot shoes during sport, you are missing out. The “Komodo Sport” model is a great allround shoe by Vibram. I use it for sprint training and running as well as during weight lifting and kettlebell training. Vibram shoes are also available at avesu.

adjustable kettlebell

Sport-Tiedje Adjustable Kettlebell

If you are curious about kettlebell training and already own weight plates, you should contemplate this piece of equipment. It is not too expensive and the weight is adjustable, so it’s like getting multiple kettlebells in one. The adjustable kettlebell is especially suited for beginners. I am absolutely satisfied.

Links

veganz – Vegan supermarket and online shop with a wide product range. I know Jan Bredack, the founder of veganz, personally and have nothing but respect for what he is accomplishing.

avesu – Vegan shoe store in Berlin and online shop. Thomas and Dirk from avesu really give it their all. Highly recommended!

VeganActive – Online shop that has everything for the active herbivore.

Strength Shop – Has everything you need for professional power lifting. Joni, the man in charge, is a vegan strongman.

beVegt – Daniel and Katrin’s wonderful blog about vegan running and living.