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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.

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

Saving Time with Char: Getting Rid of the Clock

I discovered a few weeks ago that one of the reasons why I love yoga is because there is no time.  No watches.  No phones.  Just the beating of my heart and the profuse sweat from my brow.  For about an hour after leaving the yoga studio, I do not even think about time.  That [&hellip

Merry Yoga/Happy Yoga 2014

Saving Time with Char Merry Yoga/Happy Yoga 2014 By the time you read this, your holiday tree may be history.   Most people who know me are still in amazement that I am taking yoga.  Yup, three-four classes per week, it has become a saving grace for me. On the day of my last birthday, [&hellip

Saving Time with Char: Crisper Soups for the Winter Holidays

“Crisper” Soups for the Winter Holidays As we turn the corner into the holidays that take us to the end of another year,  friends are calling to invite us to holiday parties.  The number one question I get from my friends is, “What can  you eat?”  And then, that question is usually followed by, “Oh, [&hellip

Plant-Strong Thanksgiving Number 5

This is my fifth Thanksgiving living a plant-strong life. I’ll be honest, in the beginning, I was a little jealous of those around me, because I was remembering what I thought was the great flavor of the turkey. That year, I even cooked the turkey. Press that fast-forward button, and I have become distant with the turkey, don’t [&hellip

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