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Char Nolan
Char Nolan is a blog contributor and Engine 2 Extra Coach. She's been plant-strong for almost five years. From Philadelphia, she works in the plant-based whole foods arena, and is also the "vegan features writer," for the "Town Dish." She's lost a great deal of weight from being plant-strong, practices yoga, and is always dabbling in her kitchen to create new, plant-strong recipes. Armed with a degree in public health, Char also holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from e-Cornell.

Ann and Jane’s New Book

My dance card to following a plant-strong diet started by reading Rip’s first scribe, THE ENGINE 2 DIET (Grand Central Life & Style, 2009). If you saw my copy five years after its purchase, it is dog-earred, has sticky notes on many pages, and best, is that it has inscriptions from Rip, Jane, Ann, and [&hellip

Where Did the Summer Go?

  Vacation is over. I am not sure where my summer went, but it evaporated. I’d like to bottle a summer from my third-grade, where little did I know that I was a triathelete-in-training, because I swam, rode a bike and ran every day. One of the things that I scoped out during the summer [&hellip

Summer’s End

If you’re a teacher, the summer really ends the first week of August. As a former teacher, I always looked forward to the return of school because it meant the beginning of a steady routine, both in my home and the classroom. And, it also meant lots of great discussions in the Teachers’ Lounge. I [&hellip

Praise the Potato

  For a long time, potatoes have gotten a bad rap and mainly because they’ve either been fried, or slathered in fattening dairy. But, the reality is that potatoes pack a punch…loaded with potassium, fiber and Vitamin C., you can’t go wrong with a delicious, baked potato. They are very versatile and are a great [&hellip

Air Travel in the Plant-Strong Mode

The first time I ever boarded an airplane, my mother insisted that I wear a navy blue, linen suit. It was a time in air travel when family and loved ones could actually board the plane with you. And when the captain announced that the plane would soon take off, non-passengers vacated the plane. It [&hellip

Finding Engine 2

We all have a back story to the beginning of our own plant-strong-journey. Mine began in a Whole Foods Market when I saw a copy of The Engine 2 Diet sitting on a bookshelf through the corner of my eye. Always desperate for a quick fix and an easy diet, I remember thinking, “Gee, maybe [&hellip

Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn

How We Met Four years ago, I went to Austin, Texas, to the inaugural Engine 2 Retreat.  It was a weeklong event that featured speakers like Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD , Chef AJ, Jeff Novick, RD, and it was all new and foreign to me.  One of my fondest memories was that Rip was [&hellip

Get Your Grill On

With summer here, you might think I am talking about your big, outdoor grill. But, let’s face it, everyone talks about the heat and humidity, then why, oh, why, would anyone want to grill outdoors in 95 degree heat, without the heat-index? I prefer to stay in my air-conditioned home and grill away…on my waffle [&hellip

Brussels Kabobs

Brussels Kabobs. I am having a love affair.  With Brussels sprouts, my favorite vegetable.  They are a cultivar to the same species as cabbage, and also in the same family as collards, kale, broccoli, and kohlrabi.  They grow on beautiful stalks that can get three feet in length. I’m not sure how my fondness for [&hellip