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About the author

Natala is the director of communications for Engine 2 Diet, she is also one of our coaches on our support site, Engine 2 Extra. A few years ago, Natala was at the end of her rope. She was on almost 15 medications daily, had out of control Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, issues with nerve damage, and was morbidly obese. She was just over 30 years old. She decided to take her life back by becoming plant-strong. She has lost over 200 pounds, got off of all of her medications and now has great health numbers. Natala plays the violin and studied music therapy. She became passionate about plant-strong nutrition, received her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, a certificate in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is currently pursuing a degree in nutritional sciences. Natala is also a featured speaker at our Engine 2 Retreats she talks about the reality of our nations obesity epidemic as well as providing practical steps to becoming a healthier person.

A Bag of Potatoes, Microwaves and Being Kind

A few weeks ago I got this e-mail: “Hello, My name is Nancy I am 74 years old. I live on a fixed income and I am disabled. I have diabetes (type 2), and a bad heart. I am very limited in what I can do. I can’t cook anymore, or cut up vegetables. I [&hellip


Starting down the plant-strong path can often seem daunting. Sometimes the thought of changing every thing at once is a little overwhelming. So what if you just changed breakfast to start? Change breakfast, and that’s a third of your day that is suddenly plant-strong. You start off your day on the right foot, and maybe [&hellip

Missing Out

“Everything in food works together to create health or disease. The more we think that a single chemical characterizes a whole food, the more we stray into idiocy.” – Dr. T. Colin Campbell I really hate cilantro. I mean, really, really hate it. Rip loves cilantro, so does most of my team. I can sniff [&hellip


I’ll be the first to admit, when I feel stress I want to eat. More so, I want to eat food that is definitely not healthy. More so, we’re talking about chocolate, probably some soy ice-cream, and more than likely some kind of cupcake with icing, also, possibly, veg. pizza. I’m guessing I’m not alone [&hellip

Have a Piece of Cake.

I got an e-mail last week from someone who told me they were celebrating their birthday and that they have a very long family tradition of getting a slice of cake out at the same place every year. They were worried about what to do, if they should skip this tradition, if they were going [&hellip

The Power of Momentum

I hate ruts. I had managed to get myself in a rut when it came to working out last month. Things were just so busy, and I used that as an excuse to not workout as much as I had been. I’d justify this with the thought, I’d workout the next day, put in more [&hellip

Redefining Restriction.

I despise the word restriction. Absolutely despise it. I have since I started making healthy changes. The word restriction carries this heavy weight. A weight to me that is judgmental in nature, and does not give me (or anyone else for that matter) nearly enough credit for their ability to overcome certain obstacles and figure [&hellip

Choosing Grace.

This past week has been filled with so many ups and downs it is hard to know where to begin or how to make sense of it all. Last week was the anniversary of the day my mother gave birth to me (her words). I was so busy with getting ready for the retreat, work [&hellip

Engine 2 Retreats: Phoenix

   Every time we have a Retreats Weekend or Immersion it takes us a few days to process the event afterwards. You would think that being our 4th year doing events we would get tired or even bored but that is not the case at all. Each event we get this huge surge of plant-strong [&hellip