Archive for August, 2009

High fat meals burden the brain and muscles

Friday, August 14th, 2009

More evidence that high fat foods impair cognitive function as well as physical performance. Everyone who wants to be the best you can be, take notice!!

It’s already known that long-term consumption of a high-fat diet is associated with weight gain, heart disease and declines in cognitive function. But the new research shows how indulging in fatty foods over the course of a few days can affect the brain and body long before the extra pounds show up.

To determine the effect of a fatty diet on memory and muscle performance, researchers studied 32 rats that were fed low-fat rat chow and trained for two months to complete a challenging maze. The maze included eight different paths that ended with a treat of sweetened condensed milk. The goal was for the rat to find each treat without doubling back into a corridor where it had already been. The maze was wiped down with alcohol, so the rat had to rely on memory rather than sense of smell.

All of the rats studied had mastered the maze, finding at least six or seven of the eight treats before making a mistake. Some rats even found all eight on the first try.

Then half the rats were switched to high-fat rat chow (comprised of 55 percent fat), while the remaining rats stayed on their regular chow (which had 7.5 percent fat). After four days, the rats eating the fatty chow began to falter on the maze test — all of them did worse than when they were on their regular chow. On average, the rats on the fatty diet found only five treats before making a mistake. The rats who stayed with their regular food continued the same high level of performance on the maze, finding six or more treats before making a mistake.

Click here for the whole article: Well: Fatty Foods Affect Memory and Exercise

Engine 2 Success Story from Virginia (Part I)

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
Here's a big E2 shout out to Jena from Virginia. She is an Engine 2 all-star
and decided she deserved to be healthy and went for E2 gold.
Way to go, Jena!!!

Don't ever lose faith, Jena!!!

Don't ever lose faith, Jena!!!


I hope you never get tired of people telling you how much this book
and way of eating has helped them. I'm almost 51 years old and
struggling with weight and other health issues. I'd lose a few pounds
and then binge eat like a banshee and put back more then I lost. When
my doctor checked my cholesterol on 5/15/09 it had skyrocketed and
she insisted I take a statin drug. I have been resisting taking
statins for years but this last test scared me a little. These
numbers along with my heart palpitations, heartburn, and pain I knew
I had to finally do something.

I found out about your book. On memorial day I decided to give the 28
days a chance. The first week I was so tired I just wanted to sleep.
I chalked this up to my body rebooting itself or something. After the
first week my energy came back and my heartburn went away. It hasn't
returned. The pain in my chest and the heart palpitations have also
gone over the course of the 28 days. On the morning of my 29th day I
stepped on the scale and weighed 184.0. This was an 11.4 pound loss
from my starting weight of 195.4. Then I went to get my fasting lab
work done. When I got the results back it showed my cholesterol down
from 280 to 194, TRIG down from 143 to 108, HDL down from 45.2 to
33.0, LDL down from 206.2 to 139.4. All this was with hardly any
exercise. I now plan to step up the exercise to bring that HDL up and
help get the weight off. I still have 45 to 50 pounds to lose and
want to bring my cholesterol even lower. My doctor thinks I did this
with statins. I will see her in person in August and show her what I
really took, my food!!! With continued help from your book and your
father's book I look forward to my numbers being lower still by
August. I'm even planning on giving her a copy of each book at that time.

I'm so pleased with these results and never felt deprived at all. I
ate what I wanted when I wanted (E2 approved only of course). I
enjoyed eating muffins and pancakes and even cookies. The New York
Times Veggie Burger became a common lunch item. I would make them up
on the weekends and during the week heat them up on the grill. With
some salsa and lettuce on an Ezekiel bun it was a fast and delicious
meal. The pasta primavera sauce was another favorite meal with
different whole grain pastas. I personally stayed away from all nuts
and tried to get greens in every day. I also only used original oat
milk. Breakfast was always quick cooking oats mixed with oat bran.
Instead of ending a "diet" with wanting to binge on all the forbidden
foods, this time I feel so satisfied I have no plans to stop eating
this way. I no longer have the terrible cravings for sweets like I
used to. I can't thank you enough for showing me this wonderful way to be.

Jena Helfrick
Afton, VA



The smoking gun!

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Guilty as charged!!

Don't shoot yourself in the heart. Stop eating meat!!

Don't shoot yourself in the heart. Stop eating meat!!

Engine 2 All-Star Success Story

Thursday, August 6th, 2009
I receive many wonderful emails everyday from people who are doing the Engine 2 Diet and winning and succeeding in a big, big way!! Here is an email I recently received from a fellow firefighting brother in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Rip. . .
Greetings, brother, from a fellow IAFF member and Local 644 Vice-President!! I started the Engine2Diet after my wife sent me a link to The Huffington Post in regards to a story about you and what you were accomplishing with the program. The first thing I did was order the book and read it from cover to cover. Then I jumped in 100% committed and went “all in” and full bore on the program. I started the E2Diet on March 21, and I gave up EVERYTHING - I swore off caffeine, sugar, processed flour, oils, soda, alcohol, etc…and promised myself I would not cheat or cave for at least 28 days. It was hard and the first three days of caffeine withdrawal headaches were brutal, but as I said, I didn’t cave in! 31 days later I was able to get in to my doctor for blood work and cholesterol check on April 22, ‘09. My amazing results are as follows:
Cholesterol before E2Diet 191  After 31 days on E2Diet 121
Triglycerides before E2     105 After, 99
LDL before E2                  124 After, 63
HDL before E2                  46 After, 38
Total weight lost, 13lbs Age 42
My doctor was amazed and I told him all about your book and the program, as well as the website. I happened to be the person who won the first ever Engine2Diet trivia contest on Twitter (screen name FyrCapt) and I now carry my food to the station in my two bright red E2Diet grocery bags!! My department has 280 members in Lincoln, NE and most of them know my results and what I’ve been doing on the program. When I got my cholesterol results back I posted them to my Facebook status and turned even more heads!
Keep up the good work; you’ve changed the lives of many people, including mine. Thanks for taking the time to read my results and shout out some encouragement to me - I appreciate it! I’ve been a practicing martial artist for 25yrs and this has given me a renewed sense of energy while training and continuing on the path. Take care and stay safe - see you at the big one!!
Brian Giles