If you're like me and missed Rip Esselstyn's quick review of his Engine 2 Diet on the Today Show Monday morning you can catch it here! For those of you who have trouble launching YouTube videos, just click here
It was a near-death experience that inspired him to challenge his fellow firefighters to a 28-day "Get-Healthy-Lose-Weight-Lower-Cholesterol" diet make-over, which turned into his new book: The Engine 2 Diet.
When Esselstyn challenged the Engine 2 firefighters to the 28 day diet makeover the honors for the highest cholesterol level went to the firefighter with a total cholesterol level of 344. No surprise that he also had a family history of heart disease.
Since Rip's father just happens to be Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a well-known physician with the longest evidence-based experience in stopping or reversing heart disease using a plant-based diet--no one was better qualified to coach the Engine 2 firefighters. After all, Rip has been eating plant-based for over 12 years, and he was a world-class tri-athlete to boot!
After just 28 days on Rip's plant-based diet, the average cholesterol drop was 62 points. The average weight loss was 14 1/2 pounds. It's an eat until you're full diet--no counting calories here. And it's definitely a diet for "Real Men". Watch the short video to see stunning before and after pictures.
Week Two: Stop eating meat, chicken, eggs & fish
Week Three: Remove added oil
Week Four: Maintain Weeks 1, 2, & 3
As Rip explains, this is not about deprivation.
It's going from a diet of extravagance that does nothing for your health (the Western diet--where we eat like it's Thanksgiving, Christmas & a birthday party every day) --to A Diet of Excellence.
Here's what you eat: Whole Grains, Beans, Vegetables & Fruit.
Engine 2 is a big fan of Tex-Mex cooking. There are burritos, fajitas & chilis. Beans & portabello mushrooms are great subs for meat.
1. Learn to peel your vitamins! Don't take them as supplements!
2. This diet will make you as regular as a Swiss commuter train! Believe it.
GREENS. Kale, Chard, Spinach, & Collards. They're the best source of plant protein & loaded with the phytochemicals that provide the building blocks for life-giving nitric oxide. That's the stuff that will relax & dilate your blood vessels & prevent atherosclerosis. Oh, and guys, it's natural Viagra/Cialis. Save your money. It also happens to be the star ingredient in "Green Smoothies".
Gotta run, folks! I'm off to exercise before prepping to make "Green Smoothies" for a Veganfest tonight that is a fund-raiser & educational event for a local cancer support organization. The featured speakers will be Dr. Caldwell & Ann Esselstyn. (Check sidebars to links about them)
If you missed my original post about Rip, just click below:
Tri-Athlete & Fireman Rip Esselstyn's Heart Healthy Weight Dropping Cholesterol Lowering Diet for "Real Men"