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Let’s start 2010 with a plant-bold bang!

Jump in!

Jump in!

Engine 2 is wishing you all the best as the new year unfolds.

Protect your #1 asset…your health!!

Plant-strong-itude,

Rip

Merry Christmas to All and to All a Healthy Night!!!!

Fruits, Vegetables, Whole Grains, and Legumes are on my list!!!

Fruits, Vegetables, Whole Grains, and Legumes are on my list!!!

With lots of Plant-Strong love,

Rip

Check this out!!

Man Drinking Fat. NYC Health Anti-Soda Ad. Are You Pouring on the Pounds?

NYC Department of Health Anti-Soda Video Is Truly Horrifying

The New York City Department of Health released the following commercial on YouTube, and it’s one of the grossest things we’ve ever seen (and we see a lot). The print ads of human fat pouring out of bottles are nothing compared to this horrific display. Forget attempts to educate or encourage good behavior, no, the best solution is to just scare and gross people out.

Breast feed that baby!

Before babies are able to eat solid food and receive all the Plant Strong goodness that you give them, breast milk is the ultimate nutrition — providing immunologic, developmental, psychological, social, economic, and environmental benefits. I encourage all mothers who are able to breastfeed to do so for at least a year and longer if possible!

Monica Cravotta, breast feeding advocate.

Monica Cravotta, breast feeding advocate.

Please help me in supporting our friend and E2 advocate Monica Cravotta, who is working to complete an album of children’s music with eight other women singers in Austin to raise awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for donated breast milk. All profits from the album will go to The Mother’s Milk Bank. A $25 donation toward the production costs buys you a mailed copy of the completed CD. Higher donations receive advertising perks and more.

Details here: www.attachmentmama.com and here: www.mothersmilk.chipin.com/completing-sweet-songs-album

10 signs Vegetarianism is catching on

By Kathy Freston, AlterNet. Posted November 30, 2009.

Bring it on!

On Thanksgiving, I spent some time taking stock of my life and the world around me and, as we’re supposed to do over the holiday, giving thanks for all the joys — little and big — in my life. One of the larger joys for which I am giving thanks is all of the recent attention that has been lavished on a topic that is near and dear to my heart — the cruelty and environmental harm involved in raising animals for food.

I struggled to cohesively construct an article about some of the many recent and important developments on this topic, but there is just too much. Instead, I decided on a top ten list (a tip of the hat to David Letterman) — the 10 most interesting articles on the farmed animal welfare front.

So without further ado:

1. World Bank scientists conclude that eating meat causes more than half of global warming (conservatively).

World Bank agricultural scientists Robert Goodland, who spent 23 years as the Bank’s lead environmental advisor, and Jeff Anhang, a research officer and environmental specialist for the Bank, argue convincingly that more than half of all greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to our desire to eat chicken, pigs, and other farmed animals. That’s right: Add up all the causes of climate change, and you find that eating meat causes more than everything else combined.

Honestly, this was the biggest point for me: How can I possibly take the environment seriously if I’m still participating in what is — by far — the biggest contributor to warming?

Which might explain:

2. Prominent Stanford biochemist pledges to focus ALL his energy on promoting veganism.

Click here to read the whole article: http://www.alternet.org/healthwellness/144241

The “Engine 2″ Plant-Strong Diet is a hit in East Hampton

East Hamptoners Take On Challenge

442.5 pounds lost and counting

By Jennifer Landes

12/03/09

Rip Esselstyn Making His "Engine 2" Plant-Strong Diet Mainstream

For the past few years, more and more people have been extolling the virtues of a purely or mostly vegetarian diet. Recent books by Mark Bittman, a foodwriter for The New York Times and an author of several popular basic cookbooks, and Jonathan Safran Foer, a fiction writer, have been critical of the primacy meat holds in the American diet.

For seven weeks, 65 East Hampton residents (and this reporter) gave up meat, dairy, fish, and eggs to improve their health, lose weight, and just feel better in general. The results were not only positive, but will serve as a model for the introduction of a similar program to be run in Whole Foods stores around the country on a quarterly basis.

The center used Rip Esselstyn’s “Engine 2 Diet” as its model. Mr. Esselstyn, who is a firefighter and former triathlete who lives in Austin, Tex., put his own firehouse crew on a low-fat vegan diet a few years ago. The results among these largely meat-eating Texans were dramaticweight loss and significant drops in cholesterol levels. He has since broadened the program to residents of Austin. East Hampton is the first place outside of Austin that has participated in such a structured program.

The diet was modeled after the research of his father, Dr. Carl Esselstyn Jr., an endocrine surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic who put his patients on a low-fat, whole-grain vegetarian diet to reverse their heart disease and wrote his own books detailing the plan. Even Alzheimer’s disease has been connected to a high-fat diet and sedentary lifestyle in several studies cited in the “Engine 2 Diet” book.

From the traditional arguments of the cruelty and brutality of mass market meat production to new reports on the health and environmental impacts of a meat-based diet, it appears that a drive for eating mostly or all plants is becoming more and more mainstream. In New York City, Le Pain Quotidien, a popular chain bakery and cafe, has introduced vegan options and Candle Cafe and its upmarket sister restaurant Candle 79 are packed with people seeking out their solely vegan fare.

In 2006, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization issued a report stating that current levels of meat production contribute 14 to 22 percent of the greenhouse gases emitted each year — more than transportation.

Michael Pollan, the author of “The Botany of Desire” and “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” who appeared in the documentary “Food, Inc.” about the food industry, noted in an opinion piece in The New York Times in September that obesity and illnesses related to overeating junk food accounted for as much as 30 percent of the increase in health care spending over the past two decades.

Other doctors, such as Dean Ornish, have also been arguing for the benefits of diet in reversing heart disease and other illnesses, but have also acknowledged that getting people to actually follow such a plan has been a challenge.

Yet, Ms. Taylor, who led a weekly support group in Amagansett, noted that her group and most of the people who answered the questionnaires given before and after the seven-week program said it was surprisingly easy to follow the program. “I expected people to say it was hard, but there were so many things to substitute for things like meatloaf, so many bridge foods. It was not just rice cakes and tofu,” she said.

The foundation has sponsored group programs in the past, but this time they approached it more scientifically. They used thorough questionnaires that detailed each participant’s eating habits, lifestyle, weight, body mass, and general fitness going into the plan as well as a doctor’s questionnaire for medical data such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels both before and after the plan.

Mr. Esselstyn’s program included an exercise component, which was demonstrated during one of the seven support sessions. He said he preferred to call his plan “plant strong,” because even the standard vegan diet can be high in fat and processed starches and sugar.

Click here for the whole article: http://www.easthamptonstar.com/dnn/Home/News/VeganChallenge/tabid/10715/Default.aspx