Go Plant-Strong!
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.

Food Allergies: Gluten

Natala here, reporting for allergy shopping duty! Why am I writing about allergies? Because I once, almost killed my husband before we even started dating. You would think that almost killing someone would be some kind of warning sign, but my husband looked past that and married me anyway! My husband is severely allergic to [&hellip

Grocery Shopping on a Budget.

One of the questions we get the most is how to eat plant-strong on a budget. We’re happy to say that not only can you eat this way on a budget, many people report back that they save A LOT of money this way. Here are some tips on how to save money, eating plant-strong: [&hellip

How to Become a Plant-Strong Shopping Rock Star!

(this is how Rip walks into the grocery store) Monday we learned all about how a shopping trip could end in tears and disaster. Today we’re going to start with the basics of how to shop, with out losing your mind. Let’s start with lists. There are a few ways you can make a list, [&hellip

Grocery Store Melt Down.

A post by Engine 2 Team member, Natala… There I was. Ready to go, I had my good sneakers on, my reusable bags in hand and a list. A giant big grocery list, separated into columns, organized by colors, I was ready for my first plant-strong shopping trip. I pulled into the Whole Foods parking lot, which by [&hellip

5 Tips for Small Town Living

(a photo of Jerome, AZ: population 400 and one of my favorite places to live) The following post was written by E2 team member, Natala. We get a lot of questions from people who live in small towns asking if they can be plant-strong even if they don’t live near a Whole Foods. You will [&hellip

A plant-strong generation?

I graduated HS in 1996, which seems forever ago now. I’m in this generation in which we all seem to really get angry about the wrongs that have been committed by various establishments. Be it the government or companies or private industry.  We’ve seen a lot of wrong happen since that first time we voted [&hellip

Plant-strong holiday survival day 4: Stress

Aunt Mildred gave little Tommy 15 bags of candy and 3 mugs of her famous caramel hot chocolate with marshmallow cream topped with sprinkles, Uncle Swanson gave him a bb gun, the cat is missing, Tommy is now throwing up the chocolate, the marshmallow creme is somehow in his hair, the bb gun now is missing, [&hellip

Plant-Strong Holiday Survival – YOU EAT WHAT?!

*Uncle Swanson wants to know why there is kale on your plate! The audacity! We are probably picking on Aunt Mildred too much these days. She means well, she just wants you to be happy and she just wants you to EAT. Goodness, is that so bad? It’s the holidays, you should treat yourself, you [&hellip

Plant-Strong Holiday Survival – Planning!

(cookies at Aunt Mildred’s) Often people make the mistake of believing that they have a lack of will power when it comes to staying plant-strong. This notion can really come out around the holidays, all of a sudden you are surrounded by food and you feel like you can not say no to the cookie, [&hellip