Forks Over Knives Presents The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue with Rip Esselstyn
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Join Rip Esselstyn, former Texas firefighter and author of the national bestselling The Engine 2 Diet, as he guides the White and Wally families through an "Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue." Watch Rip teach these families how to take control of their health through:
-Undertaking a top-to-bottom pantry clean-out
-Showing them how to navigate the grocery store aisles to not get burned by misleading nutritional labels.
-Cooking lessons to make family favorite dishes tantalizingly plant-strong with the life-saving tips in the "Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue." It's easy to own your health - join Rip and learn how to rescue your kitchen today!
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If you've already read Rip's book, this DVD will offer you a solid refresher in cooking and shopping for eating plant-strong. I found a few great recipes and demos really helpful as well.
If you're new to the diet, this is a fantastic quick start on what to clear out of your kitchen, what to buy in the grocery store, and how to cook for true health and wellness. I'm giving this as a gift to family members who are just getting started and I think it will really help them.
If you've seen Engine 2 (original) and other whole food, plant based presentations, in fact, if you've done any research at all, this DVD wont improve your knowledge. It's a somewhat high-level, low-info hands on guide to transforming your home and shopping habits to plant based with a couple of recipes thrown in.
Save your money on this one.
The instruction given to the families is minimal and the long term outcome is never addressed. Rip shows the families how to prepare only three daily meals. Four children stand by as Rip discards their "Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Cereal" but then this program never shows how they fared months later. How much of what he advocates did they really find success with and what remained a challenge? Did the children really go from Froot Loops to fresh fruit for breakfast so easily? Can they transition from the "meat lovers pizza" to a "broccoli and nutritional yeast pizza" without complaint? This kind of superficial "reality" seems hard to swallow. One of the more convincing elements in the "Forks Over Knives" documentary is how quickly the effects of this diet can be observed in the blood tests of the subjects. Even this kind of follow up is not seen in "The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue". It simply feels like the producers wanted to spend days not months or years on this project.
Another interesting aspect to revisiting these families would be Rip's reaction to the changes they did not make. For example, he threw out the commercial hummus that one family had in their fridge because of the fat and sodium content. If the busy housewife managed to stop buying milk and meat, but returned to store bought hummus, would Rip be sympathetic? He seems intolerant of variations to the "Engine 2 Diet" even when those modifications are so superior to the average American diet.
As an amateur chef and 20+ year vegetarian, I am critical of Rip's approach in the kitchen. He seems to advocate throwing as many vegetables as possible at every dish with minimal regard to taste. Take his "signature" lasagna with tofu, frozen broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, corn, peppers, onions, tomatoes and sweet potatoes. In my mind, this could easily be 4 meals: traditional Italian (eggplant, zucchini, garlic, onion with lasagna noodles), a tex mex lasagna (roasted peppers, corn, beans, onions layered with corn tortillas), an asian noodle dish (tofu, broccoli, carrots, cashews, asian greens with rice pasta) and then a harvest lasagna (sweet potato, mushroom, caramelized onions, whole grain lasagna and pecans). Not only would this provide 4 meal variations, I would expect any one of them would taste better than the hodgepodge of flavors that Rip seems to endorse in many of his dishes.
The DVD does offer some benefits. Learning to read food boxes carefully and the basics of low fat vegan cooking (with 6 meals) are shown. It is certainly worth the price of the digital rental here on amazon.
I am a fan of the Engine 2 Diet and want all the success for this "plant strong" movement in America. I believe heart disease, diabetes, obesity and many other illnesses are preventable. As a teacher, I see the effects of students who eat poorly vs. those who eat well in the children's attention, attitude and test scores. I just wanted a DVD like this one to do a better job spreading the message.
I would have like the DVD to include follow up visits with the families to learn more about their challenges and successes after implementing the new life style.
I found the video enjoyable and informative. I'm not sure that there was anything new for me, given how much reading I've done about vegan/plant-based eating, but it was great to see it in action. Two families who were ready to make changes and take charge of their health get a personal lesson in their own homes, and it was fun to watch. The only thing I'd hoped for was a follow up, to see if they were able to make the transition and stick with it, and how they benefited. Even so, it's a very good video and I do recommend it.