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  1. Enjoying the Holidays With Friends and Family Rip Esselstyn , author of  The Engine 2 Diet  and My Beef With Meat , wrote an excellent article  for Forks Over Knives on how to enjoy the holiday season when visiting friends and family who do not eat a Plant-Strong diet. Rip writes, "Visiting friends and family who are not plant-strong can be...
  2. Staying Plant-Strong on the Road!

    Traveling while eating a whole-food, plant-based diet can be challenging at first, but once we learn a few basic principles, it becomes much easier. In the Forks Over Knives article "Plant-Strong on the Road!" Rip Esselstyn shows us how to plan ahead and offers important tips to keep in mind when hitting the road! If your road trip includes camping, the Engine 2 Diet website also provides Tips for Plant-Strong Camping. Another resource for plant-based camping include Happy Herbivore's Plant-Based (Vegan) Camping Ideas and Tips.

    If your trip involves air travel, PCRM created an Airport Travel Guide. Roll over various cities to see your options. They have also produced a video on how to make eating out not a problem.

    For those of you preferring to travel in style and are wondering how to eat while traveling in a recreational vehicle, there's an excellent blog post by Lindsay Nixon, author of the Happy Herbivore series of cookbooks.

    There's also good news for truck drivers who face serious challenges when it comes to eating healthfully on the road. Read about a kind, but macho trucker who has figured out how to eat a whole-food, plant-based diet while driving his big rig and who freely shares his knowledge. His story is covered in our blog Macho Trucker Takes Plant-Based Diet on the Road which is a great read about his entire journey into plant-based living. 

    I also have a system for preparing food in hotels which involves always checking into a room with a small refrigerator and a microwave and packing an Instant-Pot into the suitcase. Upon landing, you can find a grocery store and stock up on root vegetables, lentils, some rice, etc. and lots of fresh salad and other produce. Then cook up a storm right in your room in the evenings and in the mornings.

    You can put a lentil or other bean soup or stew on to cook just before bed. It will cook while you are sleeping. Upon waking, put it all into containers in the little fridge. Then put on some sweet potatoes, chayotes, parsnips, carrots, potatoes, etc. and steam them for 10 to 15 minutes while you take a shower. 

    It is easy to eat like a king this way. It may be simple food but it can also be very tasty and will certainly be very filling. The only preparatory work before the trip is to put together little flavor packs in ziplock bags with seasonings. Now that you know how, have a nice trip! 

    (1) Eating Out? No Problem!

    (2) Tips for Taking a Plant-Based Diet on the Road

    (3) What's on the Menu?

  3. Going Plant-Strong With Rip Esselstyn

    Rip Esselstyn, author of The Engine 2 Diet and Plant-Strong (Previously titled "My Beef With Meat"), often shows the image of a man drinking milk from a cow during his presentations to drive home the point that humans are the only mammals on the planet which consume the mother's milk of another species. Milk really is designed to be baby cow growth fluid. It's purpose is to grow a baby calf (depending on the breed) from 40-70 lbs at birth to 400-800 lbs within just six months.

    There are many great videos on the Internet of Rip Esselstyn. One I particularly like is this TED talk (embedded below) in which Rip delivers an excellent 17-minute presentation regarding the risks associated with the typical American diet. Rip's claim to fame began when he inspired his Engine 2 Fire station in Austin, Texas, to switch to what he now refers to as a Plant-Strong diet. The results were astounding. His team not only lost extra weight, but they also reversed many illnesses including heart disease. 

    A local newspaper article and a radio interview followed. He was then approached with a book deal, was hired by Whole Foods Market and has appeared on numerous television programs and movies (including Forks Over Knives) as a champion of the whole-food, plant-based, no-oil lifestyle.

    I was fortunate to have met Rip while attending the American College of Preventive Medicine which held their annual convention in 2008 in Austin, Texas. Clarence Ing MD invited me to a meal together with Rip and his parents Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. MD and Ann Esselstyn as well as T. Colin Campbell PhD and John McDougall MD (yes, I almost had to pinch myself to make sure this was real) at Casa de Luz, a famous local vegan macrobiotic restaurant. A short time after this wonderul evening Rip approached me about becoming the Medical Director for his Engine 2 Immersions for employees of Whole Foods Market. I will forever be grateful for that opportunity! 

    Watch Rip's TED Talk and be encouraged to begin your journey to better health today!

    Cover Image from Rip Esselstyn Slideshow

  4. Engine 2 Diet - 28 Day Challenge

    Are you ready to take steps towards a more health-supporting diet, but aren't sure how to begin? If so, Rip Esselstyn from the Engine 2 Diet, has combined the basic concepts of plant-based nutrition into a 28-day, Nationwide Engine 2 Challenge. This simple action plan has transormed the life of thousands of people. It can work for you and for the people you love. 

    Follow along with Rip, as he demonstrates step-by-step, how to overhaul your kitchen by removing disease promoting foods and replacing them with delicious, health-promoting, plant foods. Rip also offers meal planning suggestions, recipes, shopping lists, and a guided grocery store tour. Rip takes the guess work out of switching to a whole-food, nutrient-dense, plant-based diet, making it an easier transition. Sign up for free, download the e-book, and take the first step towards optimal health and wellness today! Rip Esselstyn's 28-Day Engine 2 Diet Challenge.

    I have closed my office seven times for a week at a stretch to work for Rip as the Medical Director for his first seven Engine 2 Immersions programs (now called Retreats) and have seen up front and personal the effectiveness of his approach. 

  5. Dr. Carney Encourages Live-in Lifestyle Programs

    Live-in Lifestyle programs are an exciting way to experience first hand the benefits of an All Plant Diet. Dr. Carney appears in this video to discusses her previous duties at a week-long local health improvement program at the time called The Engine 2 Immersion which is run by Rip Esselstyn. Look for Doctor Carney for thirty two seconds from 10:06 to 10:38.

    Dr. Carney Appears from 10:06 to 10:38 in the Below Video About the Engine 2 Diet Immersions

    We are very impressed with any progressive company investing heavily in the health of their employees! In this case, these Immersions (now called retreats) were put on for employees of Whole Foods Market as well as the general public. The results have always been spectacular. These same health education programs are now available to the public at We hope watching this video will make you excited about these type of programs which Dr. Carney recommends and also help you to understand why we closed up our office a couple times yearly (seven times) over a period of three and a half years to participate in these types of seminars.

    There are other groups also offering valuable live-in lifestyle education opportunities. As far we are concerned, the more the merrier! Click here to view some other organizations with live-in lifestyle programs. Then after completing the the live-in lifestyle program of your choice, consider joining our Starch-Smart Social Support network at

  6. My Beef With Meat Do you ever get into those inevitable discussions with your non veggie friends about why on earth you choose your lifestyle? If you're starting to feel punch drunk, this book can be your coach in the corner of the boxing ring. Rip Esselstyn used the information he put in this book to help him...
  7. My Beef with Meat Promotional Video

    Enjoy this lighthearted promotional video of Rip Esselstyn introducing his new book "My Beef with Meat". If you enjoyed reading his first book The Engine 2 Diet then you will love My Beef with Meat.  In this book he works to dispel misconceptions that most people have.

    Rips Books Include: The Engine 2 Diet and My Beef with Meat (Now renamed to Plant Strong)

    Learn in this book some of the following:

    • You don't need meat and dairy to have strong bones or get enough protein
    • You get enough calcium and iron in plants
    • The myth of the Mediterranean diet
    • There is a serious problem with the Paleo diet
    • If you eat plants, you lose weight and feel great


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