Firefighters at Engine Company 2 in Austin, Texas enjoy a meat-free diet. (CBS)
If you were like me, you were out exercising at 9:00 am on this summer-like Sunday. Which means you missed seeing the Sunday Morning CBS Show segment: Going Cold Turkey From Meat. Austin Firefighters Are Powerful Advocates Of A Vegetarian Diet, But Some Have A Beef About Giving Up Meat.
I got the "news" tip courtesy of my good friend Babs. Too bad the video isn't on the CBS site yet!
UPDATE: I now have a link to the video, click here.
It's too nice outside to spend another minute working on my computer--but for fans of Rip, Ann & Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and for fans of eating to stay healthy, here's an excerpt from the show's transcript--at least I'm guessing it's the transcript--since I haven't seen the show! For the complete story, click here.
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"Every once in a while, I'll get a whiff of barbeque, you know, of a cheeseburger, something like that, and it takes me back. And I'm like, 'Ooh, yeah, that smells good!' But I can leave it at that. I have no problems leaving it right there."
That may have been a very wise move: According to a 2007 study in the New England Journal of Medicine, heart disease actually kills more firefighters than fire itself.
Esselstyn put the station's diet and exercise regimen into a book, appropriately titled "The Engine 2 Diet" (Grand Central Publishing). Besides no meat, it also means little or no dairy, no fats and no oils … no kidding.
"Do you honestly think that every American could eat this way?" questions Tracy Smith.
"I don't think, I know every American could," Esselstyn said. "Now, it's a matter of how do we get them to do that. I think in less than five years, there will be such a stigma attached to eating meat and dairy, that it will be similar to smoking cigarettes today."
"In less than five years? If you want to eat your cheeseburger, go outside?" Smith said. For the complete story click here.