Posts Tagged ‘Engine 2’

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

Thursday, December 31st, 2009
Jump in!

Jump in!

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

Protect your #1 asset…your health!!



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

Friday, December 25th, 2009
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,


Breast feed that baby!

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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: and here:

Join us this Wednesday, October 28 @ 6:30 PM

Sunday, October 25th, 2009


We have accepted the generous invitation of Whole Food’s CEO John Mackey to host this month’s potluck on the 2nd floor outdoor plaza of Whole Foods Global HQ (on 5th & Lamar), to coincide with a food science seminar that Whole Foods is hosting that day. We have invited some of the nation’s great plant-strong leaders to join us for dinner, thoughts, and to meet the Austin plant-strong community. Featured potential guests will include Colin Campbell (author of The China Study), John Robbins (author of The Food Revolution), John McDougall, Antonia Demas, Caldwell & Ann Esselstyn and Neal Barnard.

So SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, October 28th, 6:30pm at WFM 2nd floor outdoor patio. Bring your best dishes - the world will be there eating your masterpieces! Your children are welcome, and there is an incredible outdoor playground immediately next to the Potluck.

In addition, Rip will be showcasing his powerful & compelling Engine 2 “Plant-Strong” presentation at 5:30 in the Southwest Conference Room (accessible off of the upstairs plaza) inside of Whole Foods. If you have never seen what America is seeing from Rip each and every time he hits the road, come and find out what YOU are already a part of.

Join us!

The Engine 2 Team

The White Elephant in the Room

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Michael Pollan does a terrific job connecting all the dots in this op-ed article which appeared in the NYT last Friday.

I think we all know what the white elephant in the room is! It's the food!!

I think we all know what the white elephant in the room is! It's the food!!


Big Food vs. Big Insurance

Published: September 9, 2009

Times Topics: Michael Pollan

TO listen to President Obama’s speech on Wednesday night, or to just about anyone else in the health care debate, you would think that the biggest problem with health care in America is the system itself — perverse incentives, inefficiencies, unnecessary tests and procedures, lack of competition, and greed.

No one disputes that the $2.3 trillion we devote to the health care industry is often spent unwisely, but the fact that the United States spends twice as much per person as most European countries on health care can be substantially explained, as a study released last month says, by our being fatter. Even the most efficient health care system that the administration could hope to devise would still confront a rising tide of chronic disease linked to diet.

That’s why our success in bringing health care costs under control ultimately depends on whether Washington can summon the political will to take on and reform a second, even more powerful industry: the food industry.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three-quarters of health care spending now goes to treat “preventable chronic diseases.” Not all of these diseases are linked to diet — there’s smoking, for instance — but many, if not most, of them are.

We’re spending $147 billion to treat obesity, $116 billion to treat diabetes, and hundreds of billions more to treat cardiovascular disease and the many types of cancer that have been linked to the so-called Western diet. One recent study estimated that 30 percent of the increase in health care spending over the past 20 years could be attributed to the soaring rate of obesity, a condition that now accounts for nearly a tenth of all spending on health care.

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From Miserable Man to Ultra-Distance (Plant-strong) Man!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

My plant-strong ultra endurance buddy, Rich Roll is making headlines again. A few months ago he got voted one of the top 25 fittest men on the planet by Men’s Fitness magazine. He just wrote an article for CNN Health yesterday that was the #1 emailed article on CNN. Here it is!! Go, Rich!!

(CNN) — I can still remember it, vivid as yesterday. It was the eve of my 40th birthday, and I walked upstairs to take a shower. And I was winded. I mean very winded. As I was trying to catch my breath, I took off my shirt, looked in the mirror and tried to convince myself that I was still that fit guy I had always thought I was.

Somehow, I had been able to skate by on this delusion for all too many years. But the denial had finally caught up to me. I saw my true reflection, and I couldn’t lie to myself anymore. I was in the worst shape of my life. I was fat, unhappy and fed up.

It’s the typical story. First it’s the career. Then comes marriage, followed by kids. Your time is no longer your own, and you resign yourself to “maturity,” “filling out” or whatever euphemism for middle age that soothes that idea that you are simply overweight, unfit and unhealthy.

I’m here to say that it doesn’t have to be that way. I don’t care how busy you are. I don’t care how old you are, how many kids you have or how little time you think you have. The power rests within yourself to enact any change in your life you desire. And I can say this because I have seen it happen in myself and countless others.

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Bariatric Surgery; Gastric Bypass, Gastric Band, and Gastric Endoluminal. Or you can eat plant-strong.

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

In an effort for people to be saved from themselves they are turning to several different types of bariatric, or weight loss, surgeries, which are the various procedures performed by surgeons to treat obesity by modification of the gastrointestinal tract to reduce nutrient/caloric intake/absorption.

This is absolutely ludicrous. As I’ve gone around the country promoting the Engine 2 Diet book, I’ve run into many people who have undergone these expensive and invasive procedures, and who tell me that they initially lost many pounds, but within two to three years they often gained their weight back . Still, with more than 33 percent of America considered OBESE, the medical field will continue to come up with more and more costly procedures so we don’t have to look in the mirror and take responsibility for our erroneous ways.

Below is a list of the different bariatric procedures so you can decide if any sound appealing. I have copied and pasted these from the website cited in case you want more information.

THE BYPASS (from In gastric bypass, the surgeon creates a small pouch at the top of your stomach and adds a bypass around a segment of your stomach and small intestine. He then surgeon staples your stomach across the top, sealing it off from the rest of your stomach. The resulting pouch is about the size of a walnut and can hold only about an ounce of food. The pouch is physically separated from the rest of the stomach. Then, the surgeon cuts the small intestine and sews part of it directly onto the pouch.

THE BAND (from Gastric banding limits food intake by causing you to feel full after eating a small amount of food. During gastric banding surgery, an adjustable band is placed around the uppermost part of the stomach. The band divides the stomach into two portions: one small and one large portion. Since the stomach is divided into smaller parts, most patients feel full faster, thereby decreasing their need for large amounts of food to satisfy their hunger. No part of your stomach is stapled or removed during surgery. Likewise, the intestines are not rerouted and can continue to absorb nutrients from food.

THE GARDEN HOSE THROUGH THE MOUTH ( “This dramatic advance is the future of bariatric surgery,” says spokeperson Dr. Garber. “The endoluminal technique introduces the instrument that reduces the size of the stomach through the mouth, reducing the risk of infection from surgical incisions, preserving future treatment options, nearly eliminating pain for the patient, and requiring less recovery time than open or even minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedures.”

Or, you can chose THE ENGINE 2 DIET (  or Here you do nothing but eat delicious, nutritious foods that are filled with fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals - as many and much as you want - and enjoy a healthy, long, and disease-free life.

S’more E2 Food Logs

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Here are s’more (no, not s’mors) Engine 2 food logs. I have a sense June will be a popular month for people to jump on board the Engine 2 plant-strong fire engine. Here’s to everyone who’s keeping a food log and staying strong…plant-strong!!!


Results From: Food Log
Submitted By: Toni K
Submit Date: 6/01/09
Breakfast: 1/4 C oatmeal, with added bran, ground flax seeds, raisins and sunflower seeds covered with 1/2 C soy milk. 1 Med banana cup of decaf coffee
Lunch: Large bowl of home made veggie soup with slice of quinoa bread water
Dinner: boca burger on a w/w hamburger bun (lettuce, tomato, dill pickle, ketchup, mustard) decaf iced tea
Daily Activity: not today work, work, work The school year is almost over!
Snacks: peach
Daily Observation: 1 week + 1 day - easier than I thought to eat like this. My hubby brought home fudge last night - not tempted at all.


Results From: Food Log
Submitted By: judy b
Submit Date: june 1, 2009
Breakfast: oatmeal, flaxseed, wheat germ, fiver 1 apple, 1/2 cup skim milk
Lunch: black beans, brown rice, salsa, cantalope
Dinner: vegetarian sloppy joe on whole wheat pasta, steamed squah, peas, yellow pepper, onion, quinoa, cantalope
Daily Activity: walked brisk 2 miles, 15 min lifted weights, 4 hours gardening
Snacks: 10 almonds, handful walnuts
Daily Observation: felt energic most of the day


Results From: Food Log
Submitted By: cavanaughmm c
Submit Date: Sun 5/31/09
Breakfast: Cantaloupe Sm bowl wheat flakes w/blueberries & almond milk
Lunch: Salad & cantaloupe Whole wheat flakes w/banana & almond milk
Dinner: Vegan chicken salad Pita chips (a few, store-bought, not oil free. Too salty!) Tabbouleh salad (store-bought, not oil free. Too oily!). Roasted sweet potato salad (not oil free. why the oil, it just masked the flavor!) Cantaloupe
Daily Activity: AM - Walked from coffee to office - 17 mins, fast AM - Walked circle plus Eloras - 32 mins, hard PM - Swam 2 hrs (est 60 mins lite exercise).
Snacks: Dessert - homemade fudge sauce over wine sorbet. Oh yeah, also 1/2 pc vegan carrot cake (WAYYY too rich & sweet, gotta stop doing that!).
Daily Observation: I feel great when I eat like this, except the oily stuff. DANG I WISH THESE DUMB HEALTH FOOD STORES WOULD MAKE OIL FREE FOOD TO GO! And the dessert really was too much.


Results From: Food Log
Submitted By: Ashley H.
Submit Date: 5/30/09
Breakfast: kashi cereal with rice milk
Lunch: black bean burger on a whole wheat sugar free bun with tomatoes, pickles and ketchup. veggie chicken nuggets
Dinner: brown rice with chili beans, grillers crumblers, tomatoes, and ketchup
Daily Activity: played an hour of basketball with the guys before shift
Snacks: carrot sticks and a pear
Daily Observation: Awesome day! We started playing basketball again before shift and it is sooo much fun! Too bad we all suck.. haha But still feeling great and looking forward to tomorrow too


Results From: Food Log
Submitted By: David A.
Submit Date: 6/31/09
Breakfast: coffee, T Flax seed, Banana, 1/3 C strawberries, 1/2 C oatmeal, t maple syrup, 1/4 C organic soy milk, home made ww toast w 1 T honey and 2 T organic peanut butter
Lunch: C hp lentil soup w/wild rice.
Dinner: Large avo, tufo fajitas, grilled onions-green & red peppers, 2 central market flour tortillas, 15 home made corn baked chips w/hp hot sauce.
Daily Activity: biked 6 miles, kayaked 4 miles, lifted weights.
Snacks: No Response Given
Daily Observation: losing weight and feeling stronger!

An Engine 2 Winner

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Every day I receive wonderful emails from people who are doing the Engine 2 Diet, and who are succeeding in a big, big way!! Here’s a note that just came in 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