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The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds

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As a fireman Rip Esselstyn has helped people and saved lives, but with his ENGINE 2 DIET plan he will help save lives on a much larger scale. A world-class professional triathlete-turned-fireman, as well as the son, grandson and great-grandson of renowned physicians, Rip Esselstyn knows how to live a healthy lifestyle. So, when he learned that one of his fellow Engine 2 fi ...more
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Jenn Hovis
I think a plant based diet, or at least incoperating veganism into meals on a weekly basis is an important step towards health, healing individually and even environmentally. I found this book to be more geared towards dieting and weight loss. His stance differs than many vegans in that he advises no oils, no fats-including fats from avocados and nuts. He states that when his clients aren't losing weight he usually finds out they are still consuming oils/nuts, and when they stop they lose weight ...more
Corinne Severn
Nov 04, 2012 Corinne Severn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second "diet" book I have read about the vegan lifestyle. The first was "Eat to Live" by Joel Fuhrman. This book by Rip Esselstyn is very good for providing information about health benefits of following a "plant-strong" diet, but does not overdo the preachiness. In addition to laying out two options for following a 28-day vegetable-based diet (one with meat-based protein allowed in the early portion of the diet), he also provides a good set of exercises that require no special equip ...more
Linda B
Aug 27, 2009 Linda B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Engine 2 Diet is written by a firefighter who, following studies done by his medical doctor father, did a study of 13 firefighters and 2 civilians with the twenty-eight day plant-based Engine 2 diet. All were able to reduce their cholesterol, some significantly.

The book covers food myths, case testimonials, target BP & BMI, and how to read food labels. There is a section with basic cardiovascular exercises such as jumping jacks and step-ups. The exercise section is short, but covers all
Just finishing up Day 5 of a 28 day Engine 2 Challenge that I am doing with Whole Foods--employees and customers and read the book to get familiar with the concepts. Author Rip Esselstyn is a firefighter and triathlete and came up with the plan after a fellow firefighter had dangerously-high cholesterol levels. The Engine 2 shift went on the "plant strong"(basically vegan) diet/plan for 4 weeks and had dramatic changes in their weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc. Although he is not a docto ...more
Apr 04, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE ENGINE 2 DIET is NOT another fad! It's not a diet either. It's an eating regimen that promises to prevent and/or reverse heart disease;
prevent and/or reverse cancer; prevent and reverse obesity. Watching FORKS OVER KNIVES introduced me to this information while this book drives home the emphatic realization that I must now decide...

do I choose the final third of my life (currently 66) to be vitally healthy and active right up through 100 or do I choose to spend these next 25-30 years ingesti
Mar 01, 2015 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this book 5 stars for the message, 3 stars for the writing. My brother, who is a fireman, did the E2 diet at his firehouse and got hooked. After a very stressful year where I didn't take care of myself at all, I decide that I was ready to give this a try. I had read a lot of Michael Pollan's books and Fast Food Nation, etc and this book shows you how to transition to a healthy vegan diet that those books also, more or less, promote. I feel SO much better and am going to stick with this wa ...more
3 and a half stars and rounding down even though I know it's not mathematically correct....3 for the "diet" part of the book; 4 for the recipes, which are pretty good. I really enjoyed the mac n no-cheese recipe and the quinoa and kale recipe. I got this book out at the library so I copied a few more recipes for later use :)

I don't think this book does a very good job of explaining how to lose weight. If you are currently eating McDonalds everyday, yeah, you'll lose weight using this book. The a
Carrie Nepstad
Dec 28, 2011 Carrie Nepstad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love it! I'm encouraged to continue with my veggie ways. What an uplifting book. I feel good just reading it. I think the recipes look reasonable in terms of my limited cooking abilities as well as tasty, which is important to me and to my family. I really like the phrase "plant-strong" rather than vegan or vegetarian or flexitarian or whatever. By saying I eat a plant-strong diet it helps me to keep the emphasis on all the good veggies, fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds that I love to eat. I've ...more
Caryn Boyd
Aug 21, 2010 Caryn Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mother is a vegetarian and we both decided to try this diet after seeing it on Thee recommended diet changes have had a positive impact on her cholesterol levels and insulin requirements plus we're both losing weight.

My only critique is specific to a few recipes we didn't care for, however, we like most. Also, the portion size on many recipes is too large but we simply cut it down. We like to eat 5-6 times a day so Rip's snack recommendations are incorporated.

We may not stric
Mar 07, 2010 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the China Study, which changed my life. Since I stopped eating animal products, many people have been skeptical about whether that is the healthiest thing to do. This book is a reaffirmation to me that a person can be super-healthy and enjoy life and health even more without unhealthy foods. There are lots of easy-to-follow recipes, and I love Rip's quick-read style of writing. I feel like there are tons of people out there trying to live life without eating animal products - Rip includes ...more
Sian Lile-Pastore
I would imagine that Rip would appeal to loads of people - and I guess his aim here is perhaps focus more on men who perhaps don't ever think about diet... as a firefighter Rip is fighting fire and bad health!

I like Rip, he seems delightful, and possibly quite forceful and also strong.... his recipes tho seem kinda unappealing (haven't tried any so could be way off) and seem aimed more at people that don't cook, as a recipe for pizza goes something like - buy a pizza base, buy pasta sauce - put
Linda Hart
May 10, 2010 Linda Hart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for anyone who wants to lower cholesterol, build strength and endurance, lose weight and improve overall health. The recipes are very short, with some new but easy to find ingredidients, and I have prepared several of them which we've enjoyed and which I'll prepare again. Even if you don't want to do the 28 day diet, you can still use the basics to eat healthier every day.
Rori Rischak
I volunteer at my local fire department, and ironically, we had some required training regarding firefighter health and eating habits that I went through at the same time that I read this. The training emphasized how firefighters over the age of 40 had large waists and an average BMI of 29, and the doctors suggested that firefighters needed to do a better job of controlling portion sizes.

The reason I mention the training is because it gave me a new appreciation for this book. The suggestion to
I think this book would be a great start for anyone interested in losing weight. Unlike a lot of diet books, the recipes included are very short, with ingredients not too difficult to find. I didn't get a chance to try out any of the recipes because I checked this out from the library in NC and will be headed back to FL soon; however, the simplicity of the recipes was appealing. They aren't too intimidating for new cooks or people cooking on a budget.

I definitely want to try some of these recip
Sep 10, 2009 Wendi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect for : Personal Use

In a nutshell: This is a great book for anyone who needs to lose weight or lower their cholesterol. It is a pretty strict diet, eliminating dairy, processed foods and meat, but the author has provided explanations and the science behind why this diet works (this helps provide encouragement). He even says that if you don't do the entire diet, you can still use the basics to eat healthier every day. In my case, that is what I am trying to do. With two adults and a toddler
Kate Lawrence
Nov 17, 2010 Kate Lawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-issues
In case there is any lingering doubt that vegetarianism is for guys—and not only average guys, but tough athletic guys--here’s a book to dispel it. Esselstyn, an All-American swimmer and long-time professional triathlete, became a firefighter over ten years ago. To help his fellow firefighters reduce their life-threatening high cholesterol and overweight, he developed his Engine 2 Diet plan, based on research about plant-based diets done by his father, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D. and Dr. Colin ...more
Feb 22, 2013 Emmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had been wanting to read this book since seeing the author in Forks Over Knives, but when I found out he was coming to speak nearby I picked it up and read it up to the recipes. I've read a ton of books on a plant based life, and while I liked this book, I'd say it was a little too beginner for me. This book would be excellent for someone considering removing animal products from their life and want something simple to tell them how. He doesn't get too involved in the science involved, just gi ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, health
Rip Esselstyn is a former professional triathlete, now a firefighter in Austin, Texas. He is also the son of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, who studied the relationship between heart disease and diet. When Rip began cooking plant-based meals at the firehouse, his fellow firefighters began to lose weight and lower their cholesterol and blood sugar.

This book provides a 28-day plan to change to a plant-based diet. It also contains recipes and success stories. The plan is fairly strict - it is a total pla
Picked this up because it was referenced in a New Yorker profile of the CEO of Whole Foods, who apparently lives by this book but doesn't stock his stores by it.

The E2 diet plan turns out to be, like Skinny Bitch, secretly a vegan diet plan, though it rarely, if ever uses the term. Author Rip Esselstyn (is Rip seriously his real name?) prefers to describe his plan as "plant strong," and emphasizes the diet's compelling benefits for personal health and athletic performance rather than dwelling o
Apr 10, 2011 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess you might say this is a book that proves that veganism really is for "people just like you and me." Rip Esselstyn, is a firefighter and athlete who took vegan cooking into the firehouse and dramatically and forever improved the health of many firefighters at his station. Rip, whose father--Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., who famously has done research on the benefits to the heart of plant-based diets--has now gone full-time into health education.

This book, E2D, is direct, easy-to-read,
Sep 25, 2011 Nadine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After having read The China Study, The Omnivore's Dilemma, Skinny Bitch, Fast Food Nation, The Veganist, The Kind Diet, and watching Forks Over Knives, this book is similar to these titles. What made this book unique was the fact that it was written by a firefighter who offers plenty of firsthand accounts of how many health-related emergencies he witnesses appear to be related to a bad diet. The author, son of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, is very knowledgeable and hopefully this book might persuade s ...more
Beth Gordon
I don't think I was the target demographic for this book, which likely swayed my review. I don't have high cholesterol; my cholesterol is in the low end of the normal range. I like meat. *gasp* So if I like meat and don't need to lower my cholesterol, I'm not sure why I'd start an exclusively plant-based diet.

Sure, he gives all sorts of reasons why a plant-based diet is good for you, but let's admit that he focuses on lowering cholesterol. He also states that humans don't need that much protein
May 08, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 01, 2011 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The clothes don't fit, I'm tired, my blood pressure is still good despite family history, so it's time for a change before that changes. Also, I've had the benefit of having had genuine Southern BBQ very recently. Delicious, and I'm happy to say that I've had it.

I thought this was good, contained the basic information, and I think it would have been perfect for my brother (oh yeah, I sent it to him, but it didn't work out). Anyway, I can't believe that cutting out ALL animal foods (including egg
Lori Lakin Hutcherson
The plant-based diet advocated in the book is absolutely sound and the recipes included seem do-able and very much based on typical American cuisine (meatloaf, pizza, pasta, sandwiches, stir-fry). The way the information is presented is an incongruous mix of plain "blue collar" style anecdotes and technical health jargon, so it doesn't flow so simply as a read. But the bottom line is it's a good book, it stresses health, good eating and exercise, and doesn't present itself as a "get slim quick" ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, and simple recipes. Phil and I plan to do a few weeks of vegan food for Lent. Any of my friends here want to join me?
Sep 24, 2014 Cynthia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't necessary. So many other books have covered the same topic(s) and have done a far, far better job. If Rip weren't the son of the famous Dr. Esselstyn, this book likely never would have been published. I will attempt to list the more obvious problems and deficiencies.

A dearth of information. Only the first 60-odd pages discuss the eating plan, which, by the way, is simply VEGAN. Vegan. Vegan vegan vegan. Rip uses this word only a couple of times in the entire book, as if trying t
Wandoo Ityavyar
May 05, 2014 Wandoo Ityavyar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Engine 2 Diet is an incredibly easy read. The author RIP Esselytn is the son of Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn who is prolific in the whole plant food based front. Rip Esselstyn's message is simple: eat a whole food plant based diet and avoid free oils.
The Engine 2 Diet starts out with RIP(who is a fire fighter by profession) narrating a rather dramatic night where he accompanied his fire fighting colleagues to put out a fire and the life changing events that ensued. On that night RIP had an epi
Mar 16, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plant-based-diet
This is a decent introduction to the benefits of a plant-based diet, particularly for those who may not have been exposed to such an approach to nutrition in the past. It is aimed at a general audience and lacks the in-depth scientific research offered by other proponents of this type of diet such as Joel Fuhrman, T. Colin Campbell, and Caldwell Esselstyn (the father of this book's author). The nutritional approach outlined here is more lenient than those of the aforementioned experts in that it ...more
Dec 20, 2011 Katheryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best nutrition books I have read in a while. Rip pulls together all of the latest research by all of the best modern nutritionist out there and ties it all together in a nice neat package. For him to nail down the exact numbers that our cholesterol needs to be to accomplish certain health goals is very helpful. There are some recipes in the book too and those are nice. I like the workout and fitness goals he proposes as well.
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Rip Esselsyn was born in upstate New York, raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and educated at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a three-time All-American swimmer. After graduation Rip spent a decade as one of the premier triathletes in the world. He then joined the Austin Fire Department where he introduced his passion for a whole-food, plant-based diet to Austin’s Engine 2 Firehouse in orde ...more
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“Serves 10 to 12 1 onion, chopped 1 small head of garlic, all cloves chopped or pressed 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced 1 head broccoli, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped 1 can corn, rinsed and drained 1 package Silken Lite tofu ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon basil 1 teaspoon rosemary 2 jars pasta sauce (see E2-Approved Foods) 2 boxes whole grain lasagna noodles 16 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained 2 sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed 6 roma tomatoes, sliced thin 1 cup raw cashews, ground” 0 likes
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