The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds Hardcover – Feb 25 2009
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Born in upstate New York, Rip Esselstyn grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and studied speech communciations at the University of Texas, Austin, where he was an All-American swimmer. After spending 10 years as a professional triathlete, Rip joined the Austin fire department in 1997. He now travels year-round lecturing and giving seminars on the Engine 2 lifestyle. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Engine 2 Diet. Visit his website at www.engine2diet.com.
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Okay - cholesterol is a major concern for many North American adults and who couldn't stand to lose a (clears throat) few pounds?
The basis for The Engine 2 Diet is Esselstyn's belief that "...the most basic, profound and powerful way to take care of your health on a day-to-day basis is to eat a healthy, plant-based diet."
As a firefighter and dedicated athlete, Rip was concerned about the health of his fellow firefighters. He convinced them to join him in his plant based diet and all who participated saw profound results, both in weight and health improvement.
He has two plans - Fire Cadet - which slowly weans you off meat, eggs, dairy, oils and refined products. And the Firefighter - you're off all the above at once. There are numerous studies and facts presented to back up his belief that this is the way to live the rest of your life. Results can be seen in four weeks.
Of course, it needs to be combined with physical activity, muscular and cardiovascular. Rip uses a method called functional training - using your own body weight, no equipment needed. There is a full section on stretching and exercise, complete with descriptive pictures. He advocates having a number of medical tests (ie blood work, BP etc) done so that you have a baseline to measure your progress against. The book is peppered with testimonials and anecdotes, giving it a personal feel.
The second half of the book cover recipes and meal plans.Read more ›
When the vast majority of North American seniors are on prescription drugs for the rest of their lives, usually related to some degree of cardiovascular disease, Dr. Oz quite bluntly states to one firemen, "Thirty-seven year old men should not be on medications for things like cholesterol! Unless they've done everything else possible. Just because you don't want to be on anything for your whole life." When mainstream television shows start promoting vegan nutrition to their viewers, and mainstream doctors start discouraging people away from prescription drugs, I guess the (health care) sky really must be falling.
For those not already on-board with the message, this book can be a valuable resource for implementing a dietary transition to plant-based eating, and will be particularly helpful for those North Americans who have difficulty dispelling some widely held cultural notions. Such as our perceived need for cow's milk to prevent bones from becoming fragile and frail, and animal protein for building and maintaining strong muscles.Read more ›
only negative is that i want more, more more receipes.....even though i have lots of vegetarian books it seems that the receipes r not the same, Rip's r more "substantial", simple and nutrious!!!
put me on the list for the next tome............!!!
Most recent customer reviews
Great info in the front and includes recipes that are not so intimating for a non cook.Published 6 months ago by Sean
Good read. Some good tips on lifestyle changes to help make you healthier. Would recommend as a book to read.Published 9 months ago by Sailor925
I bought this for my husband in the hopes of getting him to eat a healthier diet. He read it in a couple of sittings and it made such an impression on him that he hasn't eaten... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joeann Millard
Loved the lasagna recipe and orange cranberry loaf! Only criticism is I would like to see recipes indexed for quick reference.Published 13 months ago by Rachel Rose
Very clear and easy to understand explanations of everything. Looking forward to starting the challenge!Published 16 months ago by Wilsoncd-Dartmouth
Délicieux et simples à faire! Espérant vous lire en français! Au Québec aussi ont a les même problèmes qu'aux U.S.A.Published 16 months ago by Line Plante
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