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The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet: Eat Plants, Lose Weight, Save Your Health Hardcover – December 27, 2016
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"More than thirty years ago, when I was a general surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, curiosity led me to pursue the value of plant-based nutrition for halting and reversing disease. In time our entire family became plant-based, including our twenty-two year old son Rip. Little did I know then that not only would Rip embrace my studies with his usual unrelenting enthusiasm and spirit, he would become a leading proponent of my research and clinical strategies. As a doctor, I could not be more proud. As a father, I am even prouder."―Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
"More than 1,000 Whole Food team members have had incredible results going on the Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet. You can, too!"―John Mackey, co-CEO, Whole Foods Market
"Rip Esselstyn makes it even easier to lose weight and improve your health - give him seven days and he'll give you your life back."―Neal D. Barnard, MD, FACC, President, Physicians Committee and New York Times bestselling author
"Give yourself the gift of this process and see yourself transformed. Seriously... it works if you work it, and you are so worth it."―Kathy Freston, New York Times bestselling author The Lean, Veganist, and Quantum Wellness
"As the author of How Not to Die, I promise you that Rip's seven-day program will teach you how best to live!"―Dr. Michael Greger, New York Times bestselling author of How Not to Die
"Rip has done it again! He provides the latest science-backed research on conventional versus plant-based nutrition and he presents plant-based eating in an easy, fast, and tasty way, with a side of fun. Go, Rip!"―Suzy Amis Cameron, Plant Power Task Force and MUSE School
"A plant-based lifestyle is the healthiest choice you can make for yourself, the environment, and animals. So why not make everyone happy by following this remarkable seven-day diet?"―Gene Baur, author of Living the Farm Sanctuary Life
"Give yourself the gift of health, starting with just seven days that will change your life forever."―Alona Pulde, MD and Matthew Lederman, MD, co-authors of Forks Over Knives Plan and Forks Over Knives Family
"Rip's The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet is perfect for someone who has yet to be inspired by the power of plants. Anyone can do it - and at the finish line, you'll never look back!"―Scott Jurek, New York Times bestseller author of Eat and Run
"Rip to the rescue! This book is a sure-fire way to jumpstart our journey to health and well being through the healing power of plants."―Joy Pierson and Bart Potenza, owners of Candle Cafe restaurants in NYC
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 bestsellers The Engine 2 Diet and Plant-Strong. Visit his website at www.engine2diet.com.
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If you decide to follow the seven-day plan, you won't be eating dairy, eggs, meat, or any oils (including oil and coconut oils) or drinking any alcohol, and you'll be limiting your fats to just walnuts, small amounts of avocados, and the fats that exist naturally in plant foods. You're also meant to minimize your salt and sugar intakes.
The recipes are based on the foundation of building oatmeal-based bowls or waffles for breakfast, and then bowls, soups, or open-faced sandwiches for lunch and dinner. Since one of the rules is to not drink your calories, there are no smoothie or juice recipes.
Part I of the book (which comprises the first 176 pages) is where the author outlines the programs, and he draws upon the latest studies to explain why a plant-based diet is so healthy. He takes the time to de-bunk the myths that you can't get enough calcium or protein from plants. Although I knew most of this information, it was a helpful review, and if you're new to plant-based eating, I think that the information can help alleviate any worries you might have about meeting your nutritional needs from plants.
Part II (pages 177-279) contains a more detailed overview of what you can eat during the seven days, as well as quite a few recipes to get you started. So far, all of the recipes I've tried have been great -- and they are so easy to put together.
If you're worried about having to cook a lot, in Part II, they explain the idea behind batch cooking, where you can spend a few hours on the weekend roasting veggies, cooking quinoa, making oatmeal, etc. I've found that this method really helps keep me on track for the week, and the book makes it very simple and easy to do.
They also give you a sample template of their recipes for seven days, so you have three meals a day that you can eat from the book, without having to put too much time into outlining what you'll be eating this week.
If you're on Facebook, definitely check out the support group. Several nutritionists check in there, and everyone who posts offers great tips, especially if you're new to this way of eating.
Although, as I mentioned at the start of my review, I've been vegan for almost four years and am a health and fitness nut for the most part, I have a bad sweet tooth, and so this book has given me a much-needed way to re-boot my eating and cut out excess sugar and processed food. I've only dipped my toe into the eating plan, so to speak, and have just been trying a few recipes, but my hope is to be diligent about following the plan for seven days, and, when I do, I will be sure to update my review with my results.
This is an excellent book and a great program. Even though it's called a "diet" you could do it long term just fine. This is a life changer, folks!