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NatalaE2
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.

Engine 2 Challenge: No Recipe, Recipes.

If you’ve started the challenge you might feel overwhelmed with meal planning. There are 1000′s of plant-strong recipes out there. Websites, blogs, cookbooks, all have what feels like an unlimited options. You can definitely follow recipes and meal plans, word for word, step-by-step. But what if you are not a recipe person? Or what if [&hellip

The During

I was in my hot yoga class the other day and the instructor was encouraging us to do what we could in that moment, it was ok if we couldn’t do the entire pose, just do what we could, right then. Often when people talk about the after. It’s always before and after, it’s what [&hellip

The Oil Problem

We conducted an online poll asking E2-ers what the feel is the hardest thing to get rid of  on the Engine 2 Challenge. Here are the results: 47.58% said oil 23.58% said dairy 18.34% said excess sugar 2.01% said liquid calories and 1.61% said meat. This was a little surprising to us, and maybe an [&hellip

Prepping for the National Challenge: Grocery Shopping

We’re getting fired up for the National Engine 2 Challenge! You can download the free eBooks, get Rip’s schedule, watch videos, find out which Whole Foods Markets are participating and more on the challenge page!  Today’s question comes from E2-er, Beth. “Hi! I HATE grocery shopping!!! I always get confused and overwhelmed. I am not [&hellip

Getting Ready for the Challenge: I Don’t Like Vegetables!!

You’d really like to start the Engine 2 National Challenge next week, but one big problem, you HATE vegetables. This past week we got several e-mails from E2-ers telling us just that. So what do you do? And what do you do when you don’t like other plant-strong foods? We get it, some of you [&hellip

The Self Worth Number

Each week I am bringing you honest and real accounts from my journey from here to there in my journey of health. I’m not exactly sure where there is just yet, mostly I hope to bring you thoughts and insights on health, obesity, being plant-strong and whatever else happens to be on my mind. This [&hellip

Getting Fired Up! Your Challenge Questions, Answered: Small Town Living.

We are getting fired up for the National Engine 2 Challenge which will start on February 3rd! Stay tuned for updates, new meal plans, shopping lists and more! You can also check with your local Whole Foods Market to see if they are hosting the challenge! We are answering some of your questions and concerns [&hellip

What is in your way? QOTD: Low Blood Sugar

On February 4th we are launching a national Engine 2 Challenge! 100′s of Whole Foods Markets will be participating and offering classes, meals and more. We will be offering free eBooks for the challenge level you choose as well with new meal plans, shopping lists and recipes. To prepare for the challenge, we are asking [&hellip

Just Once More.

I went to the Doctor a few days ago and they asked if I wanted to be weighed. It’s strange to me that not all doctors weigh patients anymore, most just ask what you weigh, and they trust that you are telling the truth, kind of like on your drivers license. When I started this [&hellip