The Engine 2 Diet

by Rip Esselstyn | Grand Central Publishing © 2009 · 288 pages

Rip Esselstyn is a great guy. A former professional triathlete turned firefighter who transformed the health of his fire station with a plant-based diet, he shares his passion for life and nutrition in this great book. In the Note, we take a quick peek at the Engine II diet, challenge some crazy myths about food and learn how to deal with the root causes of many of our health issues.

It’s now 2009, and I’ve been a firefighter for a dozen years. I’m more in love with this job and with helping people than ever, but it’s not enough. I yearn for more. I want to take saving people to the next level, and that involves helping them in a more fundamental way. In my mind, dragging you away from your disease-promoting diet to a better way of living will have just as powerful an impact as dragging you out of a raging fire.
Rip Esselstyn

“The most basic, profound, and powerful way to take care of your health on a day-to-day basis is to eat a healthy, plant-based diet. This regimen is the best way to fight the dangerous fires raging inside us—fires that create all the chronic Western ailments including heart attack, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes. That’s why I created the Engine 2 Diet, and why I wrote this book.”

~ Rip Esselstyn from The Engine 2 Diet

Rip Esselstyn is an amazing guy.

He’s a former All-American swimmer and professional triathlete-turned-firefighter who’s super passionate about educating and motivating people “to eat a plant-strong diet so they can enhance their lives and avoid the common killer diseases.”

His dad, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, is an Olympic gold medalist and one of the world’s leading medical doctors who literally wrote the book on preventing and reversing heart disease (see Notes on Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease). Between the two of them, they’re doing some incredible work to make a profound difference in the world. In my mind, they’re true heroes.

Packed with everything from the science behind the Engine 2 Diet to an effective exercise program plus over 125 (!) recipes, this book is a REALLY cool guide for a “normal” person to transition away from the foods that’re killing us to create a healthy, plant-based lifestyle.

If you’ve been looking for a guidebook to help you make the transition to more healthy eating but have felt overwhelmed about how to do it, I think you might really love this easy-to-read, super practical book!! So, if you’re feelin’ it, go pick it up and get your 28-Day Engine 2 Challenge on! (And lemme know how it goes! :)

For now, let’s jump in!

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Rip Esselstyn

Become bulletproof to Western disease.