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February 06, 2013



A question for you. Rip has a new book coming out soon. Any advice on what will be covered in the new book? Is there any reason to buy it if we already have Dr. E's and the Engine 2 book (apart from recipes)? Thanks.

The Healthy Librarian

KathyD: I haven't seen it yet. I thought it was a cookbook--but, honestly, I'm not sure. I know I have a couple recipes in it. But, that's all I know. Stay tuned.

Cherie Dover Perkins

Thank you so much for this. I am sharing it all over the place.


Thanks for posting these awesome ideas. I have a question. Last night I made Lynn's meatloaf from the Engine 2 cookbook. As a part of my cleaning out the freezer and cupboards resolution I had some vegetarian meat crumbles to use up. When Rip says to "spray the pan" I'm afraid that if I don't spray lightly with Pam the meatloaf will be stuck in the pan for good. Sounds like the vegetarian meat crumbles and spraying the pan wouldn't qualify for the plant-perfect standard. I will say that the meatless loaf was super. Any suggestions on avoiding "spraying the pan.?"


What's Ann say about tofu?


Can you explain why Ann says:
"Better to chew your fruits & vegetables, & eat them whole, rather then blend them into a drink."

These days, so many people recommend smoothies as an easy way to cram more fruits and veggies into one's diet. Why does she say it is better to chew them?

wendy (healthy girl's kitchen)

Great post. I know how much work goes into these things! Miss you girlfriend!

Cindy Marsch

Excellent post I'm saving, and I'll enjoy the talks later. One detail, though, for those who don't have sweet daughters who will buy them tortilla accessories -- you can do the same thing by baking tortillas draped over an upside-down muffin tin! :-)


Great post. I like to use polenta instead of pasta to serve red sauces over - it's a great hearty winter dish. Is polenta considered a whole grain?
Also, love that both of you and Ann are wearing bright jewelry - you match!


Thanks for the entertaining and inspiring post, as usual....and I loved the tippy toes photo. Either he's very tall, or she's no bigger than a minute!


I really appreciate this post. Thanks so much for taking the time to pull the info together for us. I am curious too about the no smoothie thing. I can understand no juicing, but am curious why adding something like a green smoothie loaded with leafy greens and some fruit (including the fiber) wouldn't be a good idea. I actually don't do smoothies only because I don't have a vitamix (they're over 3x the price here in Singapore!), but I daydream about owning one someday when we're back in the U.S. It seems like a nice way to get my young kids to have more greens in their diet. They eat a lot of vegetables, but leafy greens are challenging with a 5 and 8 year-old.


Rachel, I use my blender rather than a Vitamix because all the fiber stays in the smoothie that way. and a banana covers up any taste you may be concerned about in a smoothie. Any possibility you can convince your kids that an ugly green smoothie that tastes like bananas was beamed down by Scottie? (that reference shows my age!)


I would like to know why you recommend NOT drinking smoothies. Smoothies get my day started with a BLAST of easy on the body (to digest) nutrients, are filling, are EASY to consume on the road or at work. Imagine taking a ginormous bowl of kale, banana, pineapple, spinach, cinnamon, frozen blueberries, frozen mango all sprinkled with cinnamon and turmeric to the office! Is there a reason you say don't drink soothies? I would not be getting this many nutrients if I didn't.


GOOD JOB on summarizing Ann Esselstyn's 19 January 2013 Nova Scotia talk!

Suggest an article on juicing FROZEN broccoli and Kale. How inferior (if at all) is juiced Kale and Broccoli compared to the same greens in a salad? In Ann's talk she displayed some very sad looking wilted kale. I assume that with modern technology, broccoli, kale and other greens are frozen when fresh. Lately, as a simple strategy to getting more greens in my diet, I process greens in a Vita-Mix and drink a pound of each (in the course of a day). When alone, where no social dining protocol is involved, over the course of a day, I consume a pound each of broccoli and kale after juicing in my Vita-Mix. This would be very difficult if not impossible to eat this in a salad.

The effect on fiber benefits is an open question. HOW GUILTY SHOULD I FEEL ABOUT JUICING? Another open question for those of us with finite funds deals with salad dressings. At leaset one renowned guru on my "short list" of nutritional excellence experts sells VERY expensive dressing.

Thus, at first blush, it's nice seeing ideas on how to make your own oil-free dressing.


How about Macadamia nut oil? I understand this is high in Omega 3 and does not breakdown with heating.

I am looking at changing to this diet along with my husband. He wants to get a Vitamix, so I am curious about the issue of smoothies not being as good as chewing.

What do people do when going out? Suggestions for chain restaurants that cook without oil?



Susan, I've had some success by asking the waiter to tell the chef to not add any oil when sauteeing my veggies. There may be a slight sheen when they arrive, but very little, since the grills retain enough seasoning to finish the job. It even works in my local Chinese restaurant if I stand and watch where the chef can see me looking at the grill...Dr Essslstyn even describes a friend who rinsed his veggies at table to remove the oil..I haven't quite reached that level of dedication, although I probably will soon. Rosemary


I am trying to figure out what to eat after scoring very high on a CT Calcium score. It seems like every bread I come across, even the ones mentioned as heart safe have some oil in them as a listed ingredient. Also, if eating all nuts is off limits, how come drinking almond milk is OK?


I know you won't post this because I reversed my heart disease and eat anything I please, in moderation.

Two-time Nobel laureate Linus Pauling and his German associate, Matthias Rath, MD, were awarded U.S. patent #5278189 in 1994 -- for the prevention, reversal and cure of coronary artery disease. I was led to their work in 2007 after my heart doc said, "There's nothing more I can do for you." I followed their protocol and in 2011 an angiogram revealed "no obstructive disease."

Details are on my website, WWW.AWorldWithoutHeartDisease, and in my book, A (Patented) Heart Disease Cure That Works, What Your Doctor May Not Know...What Big Pharma Hopes You Don't Find Out. Pauling died six months after receiving the patent -- at age 94 -- and the pharmaceutical industry made him out to be an old fool.

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