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The Daily Beet: Tips, Advice and Stories

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.

Getting Ready for Bathing Suit Season.

*An old advertisement to put ON pounds for swimsuit season. I’ve had this love hate relationship with swimming and bathing suits in the past. Mostly, I hate it. There has not been much love. This started in the 4th grade. I was chubby. Super chubby. And I had this blue glittery bathing suit. When you are 10 [&hellip

Engine 2 Retreats Day 1: Friendships

On Saturday we embarked on our 9th week long Engine 2 Retreats week. 100 people came in from all over the United States and Canada, and we had someone from Scotland and another from Kuwait. Men, women, people from their early 20′s through their early 80′s. An extraordinary cornucopia of beautiful people, all who showed [&hellip

10 Tips on Dealing with Depression

I don’t remember when I first started to feel sad. It was pretty early on, and I knew when I was young that it wasn’t a particularly good feeling to have, at least not as often as I felt sad. Later I’d come to find out this was depression. There have been a lot of [&hellip

Plant-Strong Easter Menu

Easter is around the corner and many of you are preparing for your Easter brunch or dinner. We have some tips, recipes and suggestions on how to make this Easter a healthy one. Plant-Strong kids: Easter egg hunts do not have to include eggs filled with candy. This year change it up and fill your [&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