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Brendan Brazier, Author and Creator of Thrive

Brendan Brazier is a former professional Ironman triathlete and two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion. He is now a successful performance nutrition consultant, the bestselling author of the Thrive book series and formulator of the award-winning Vega line of plant-based nutritional products.

Recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on plant-based nutrition, Brendan has dedicated his life to spreading the word about an ethical, environmentally-friendly, and healthy lifestyle through plant-based foods. Brendan currently works with elite athletes all over North America, including athletes in the NFL, MLB, NHL, UFC, PGA and several Olympic athletes. He has appeared on CTV and CBC in Canada, and NBC, ABC, and FOX in the United States.

Thrive Forward, Brendan’s latest endeavour, is the next generation of Thrive in 30— his original free online program that helped over 70,000 people harness the power of clean, plant-based nutrition to feel their best.

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Peggy Kotsopoulos, Health Educator, RHN

Peggy Kotsopoulos is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and culinary consultant focused on teaching real health through lifestyle and dietary choices that are easy and delicious! She is the host of Peggy K’s Kitchen Cures on the Veria Network, author of Kitchen Cures (Penguin/Random House 2013) and Must Have been Something I Ate. Peggy is also a nutrition correspondent on CBC/ABC’s Steven and Chris Show, a spokesperson for Vega, and is an advisory board member for the Veria Television Network.

Peggy has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBC’s The Talk, Martha Stewart Morning Living, CBC news, CTV news, CityTV news, CosmoTV and Virgin Radio. She also writes for and has been featured in various publications including Shape Magazine, AccessHollywood.com, Fitness Magazine, Today’s Parent Magazine, Yahoo!Shine, LIVESTRONG, Redbook Magazine, Health Magazine, Alive, and Chatelaine.

Peggy obtained her RHN designation from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, completed her Health Educator Certification from Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach Florida, graduated from Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in California, obtained her Commerce degree from the University of Toronto, and is the founder of beVibrant wellness consultancy.

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Matthew Kenney

Matthew Kenney is the world’s leading raw food chef, bestselling cookbook author, culinary educator, and an entrepreneur specializing in the plant-based lifestyle. The recipient of several awards—twice nominated as a Rising Star Chef in America by the James Beard Foundation—Kenney is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute with years of experience in upscale New York City kitchens.

Along with founding and operating his namesake Academy and restaurant brand (complete with highly regarded restaurants from coast to coast), Kenney is involved in raw food and plant-based projects around the world. He travels extensively to forward his mission to show others that food can be delicious and vibrant, while still healthful. matthewkenneycuisine.com

Curious? Explore Raw Food Further

Love the Thrive Forward lesson Demystifying Raw Food featuring Chef Matthew Kenney? Explore raw food further through his books, iPhone apps—or even the Matthew Kenney Academy!

Raw Food Recipes

In addition to his many cookbooks, including Everyday Raw Express, Everyday Raw Desserts, and Everyday Raw Detox (co-authored with Chef Meredith Baird), Matthew Kenney also has two iPhone/iPad apps to help you explore raw food recipes on-the-go:

Matthew Kenney’s Raw Express Featuring 50 delicious, healthy and quick raw food recipes you can make in 30 minutes or less, this app also includes 12 full-length videos demonstrating raw ingredients and techniques.

Everyday Raw Detox This app teams Matthew Kenney with Chef Meredith Baird bring you 100 recipes to support a healthier lifestyle.

 Matthew Kenney Academy

The world’s first—and only—classically structured raw food culinary academy focusing on raw and living cuisine, the Matthew Kenney Academy has graduated students from over 30 countries. Students can explore whole, organic, unprocessed, plant-based food in the online academy to learn the fundamentals of creating healthy, aesthetically refined and flavorful raw cuisine, or enroll in classes at the academy’s kitchen in Santa Monica, CA.

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Susan Feniger

Susan Feniger is a celebrated chef, author and successful restaurant entrepreneur, known for her globally-influenced cuisine showcased at her solo venture STREET in Hollywood and the Border Grill restaurants in Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles, Las Vegas and LAX, with longtime collaborator Mary Sue Milliken. A classically-trained graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she was a trailblazer from the start, landing a job at Chicago’s famed Le Perroquet as one of the first women in the all-male kitchen. Susan further honed her culinary skills on the French Riviera before opening City Café in 1981, which forever changed the culinary landscape of L.A. by offering eclectic dishes from around the world. This led to a much larger CITY restaurant in 1985, a pivotal year in which the tiny space was transformed into the first Border Grill, a “taco stand” serving authentic home cooking and street foods of Mexico.

A natural teacher, Susan has co-authored six cookbooks, including her latest, Susan Feniger’s Street Food. Susan is a veteran of 396 episodes of The Food Network’s popular “Too Hot Tamales” and “Tamales World Tour” series and competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” in 2010.

Susan’s restaurants delight omnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike. Both Border Grill and STREET participate in Meatless Mondays because she believes in the health benefits and sustainability of plant-based nutrition. Throughout her career, Susan has been committed to green principles by shopping organic at Farmers’ markets, by recycling and using sustainable materials. Of her support for Thrive Forward and encouraging plant-based choices, Susan says: “18% of greenhouse gas emissions come from livestock—more than from transportation and in terms of health, Americans eat about twice as much of the daily protein recommended by the USDA. When you cut meat, you reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity, as well as make room for more veggies, whole grains, and beans packed with vitamins and fiber.”

To learn more about Susan, visit eatatstreet.com, like her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @SusanFeniger

Mareya Ibrahim

Mareya Ibrahim is The Fit Foody—an award-winning entrepreneur, chef, author and inventor and the creator of eatcleaner.com, the premier lifestyle destination for fit food. Her book The Clean Eating Handbook is touted as the go-to guide for achieving a balanced approach to eating clean. She is a featured chef on ABC’s Emmy-nominated show Recipe Rehab and is a clean food expert for eHow.com, Livestrong.com and San Diego Channel 6 News. Her backpage column, The Fit Foody, appears in Edible Orange County Magazine.

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Sadie Nardini, Yogi

To be in Sadie’s presence is to ignite your inner fire. Sadie is a fierce Ultimate Wellness and Anatomy of Yoga expert who translates eastern concepts of transformation and fitness into today’s real life challenges.

She is the host of Rock Your Yoga, a daily yoga and lifestyle national television show on the Veria Living Network. Sadie travels internationally, infusing her teachings with a real-world mix of eastern and western techniques that clients can immediately apply to gain empowerment and success on all levels.

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Emma Cutfield, RHN

Emma Cutfield is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Education Manager for Vega, speaking and writing for audiences across North America. She specializes in clean, plant based nutrition to enhance energy, longevity, and athletic performance. Emma empowers her audiences to be proactive about their health through approachable recommendations and advocates sustainable changes. Her motto? Be anything but average!

Elizabeth Jarrard, RD LDN

Elizabeth Jarrard is a Registered Dietitian who believes that a plant-based lifestyle, movement, and a healthy relationship with food is the secret to optimal health. She specializes in medical nutrition therapy and is particularly inspired by the connection between mindful eating and optimal weight. In her spare time, she can be found running, or sweating in hot yoga.

Megan Wollenberg, RHN

Megan Wollenberg is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and specializes in digestive health, body-typing, and individualized nutrient dense diets. She is passionate about incorporating slow food back onto the dinner table, and encourages getting back to basics when it comes to food. When she’s not tending her herb garden, she can be found doing long endurance bike rides and hiking rugged terrain.

Andrew Raines

Andrew Raines is an advocate for clean, plant based sports nutrition, and is a former competitive kickboxer and soccer player. As a coach and trainer, Andrew thrives on seeing people boost their performance with plant-based power. He’s a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and has a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Foundation.