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The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds [Hardcover]

Rip Esselstyn
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Feb. 25 2009
"I've known Rip for more than 20 years. In that time, he's been a great motivator for so many people. This terrific book will inspire all who read it to change their lives and optimize their health." -Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor, seven-time Tour de France champion

Lose weight, lower cholesterol, significantly reduce the risk of disease, and become physically fit--in just 4 weeks.

Professional athlete-turned-firefighter Rip Esselstyn is used to responding to emergencies. So, when he learned that some of his fellow Engine 2 firefighters in Austin, TX, were in dire physical condition-several had dangerously high cholesterol levels (the highest was 344!)-he sprang into action and created a life-saving plan for the firehouse. By following Rip's program, everyone lost weight (some more than 20 lbs.), lowered their cholesterol (Mr. 344's dropped to 196), and improved their overall health. Now, Rip outlines his proven plan in this book. With Rip as your expert coach and motivator, you'll transform your body and lifestyle in a month. His plant-powered eating plan is based on a diet of whole foods, including whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. This invaluable guide features: **Dozens of easy, mouthwatering recipes-from pancakes to pizza, Tex-Mex favorites to knockout chocolate desserts-that will keep you looking forward to every bite **Pantry-stocking tips will take the panic out of inevitable cravings and on-the-fly meals **Guidelines on menu choices that will allow you to eat out, wherever and whenever you want **Rip's simple, firefighter-inspired exercise program that will boost your metabolism and melt your fat away.

Medically approved, easy-to-follow, and amazingly effective, this diet is designed for anyone who wants to make heroic strides in his or her health, weight, and well-being-all without heroic effort.

"Want to be as strong as a Texas firefighter? Or as healthy as a professional triathlete? Then follow the wonderful advice of Rip Esselstyn, who is both. His book can save your life--whether you're a man or a woman. Highly recommended!" -Dean Ornish, M.D., Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Clinical Professor of Medicine, U of California SF, author, Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease

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About the Author

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

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes sense.... March 12 2009
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Okay, so I admit - I need to lose a (clears throat) few pounds! But what really caught my eye of Rip Esselstyn's new book was the subtitle - "The Texas Firefighter's 28 Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds."

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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn May 19 2009
This is a fabulous book. It condenses the information that I have read in both The China Study by Colin Campbell and The Food Revolution by John Robbins in a very readable and convincing manner. There are a lot of simple and great recipes in the last third of the book which will help you on your way to eliminate meat and dairy from your diet. Rip has done a remarkable job with this book. He has a website which will help keep you on track as well. Check it out at [...] If everyone followed what he so eloquently wrote about in this book we would be much healthier and less of a strain and drain on our healthcare system. More importantly you will feel the best you have felt in your life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This past February the 12th, Rip Esselstyn appeared on the Dr. Oz show in a segment promoting vegan nutrition. Three Chicago firemen carrying excess body fat, and elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels, will return to the show in sixty days so viewers can see the effects of Rip's "plant strong" dietary intervention on these markers for chronic disease. Dr. Oz seems pretty confident that these firemen will be able to lose the weight they need to lose, and eliminate any future need for these types of medication, by continuing to embrace Rip's nutritional approach long-term.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars terrific news!!! Oct. 3 2009
By betts2
well written and i appreciated every page!!! am now reading it for the second time because i was so anxious to get thru it first time i skipped a lot of
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............!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bok Sept. 16 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really great information in this book. Recipes are good too! Inspirational and has inspired my husband and I to change our lifestyle. Hasn't been difficult either!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book July 9 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have learned at lot from reading this book. I am definitely more aware of reading food labels as well as ingredients. I better understand how companies can manipulate food labels to make products appear healthy when in fact they are not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recipes! Feb. 22 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have been asked by several "carnivore" friends for recipes from this book especially the one for meatless meatloaf! Use this cookbook in my kitchen several days of each week and have been very happy with it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very clear and easy to understand explanations of everything. Looking forward to starting the challenge!
Published 9 days ago by Wilsoncd-Dartmouth
5.0 out of 5 stars Délicieux et simples à faire! Espérant vous lire...
Délicieux et simples à faire! Espérant vous lire en français! Au Québec aussi ont a les même problèmes qu'aux U.S.A.
Published 12 days ago by Line Plante
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Phenomenal! I wish everyone would give themselves the gift of this read!
Published 2 months ago by Shannon Milson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love firefighters!
I do enjoy this. I had a hard time convincing my son, who is also a firefighter that the entire platoon went plant based. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Hahn
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat the way the maker designed us all to!!
Our Creator , Jesus Christ tells us to eat a certain way - Engine 2 is just listening !!
Published 3 months ago by Barry Radoux
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Eating Plan to Follow
The book and the whole food eating plan it describes is so easy to follow. It talks to us average folks who would like to eat more healthily in simple language and the recipes use... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dianne Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite Recipe Book
I have tried several 'vegan' or 'plant based' diets in the past and the hardest thing for me is keeping to the meal plan because the recipes are time consuming and sometimes,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pyrilamine
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!
i have given away two copies of this fabulous resource so ordered yet a third to keep for us!
We love all the recipes and refer to it constantly for favourites the whole... Read more
Published 9 months ago by victoria
5.0 out of 5 stars Engine 2 Diet review
This book is fun to read, a book you can give to those who made a New Year's resolution to start eating more healthy, but don't know where to begin! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Pauline Parlee
5.0 out of 5 stars well written
The book is well written and has a variety of options for everyone. Overall before diving into any lifestyle change, do your research and make decisions that are right for you. Read more
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