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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.

Why Is The Most Simple Diet So Hard?

Everyday I get a lot of e-mails about how complicated eating plant-strong is. I think for most of us (at least who live in the US) our perspective on what constitutes complicated is really skewed. I have a friend that did not grow up in this country. She grew up in some of the most [&hellip

Keeping it Simple

When I started this way of eating I was very sick, life threatening kind of sick. I remember reading my first book on plant-based nutrition, and I remember immediately starting the bargaining process. Well, what if I only ate oil a little bit, here and there? What if I had treats once a week? What [&hellip

Plant-Strong Learning

When I started on my plant-strong journey, all I wanted was to absorb as much information as possible. I think most of us have been there. We feel as though a huge door has been opened, and an entire new world is staring back at us, ready to learn. Today I wanted to go through [&hellip

Our Weekend

It’s a chilly Monday morning at the Esselstyn Family Farm. I’m looking out the big window in the dining room out to a field with tables, chairs, and a big tent. All weekend the field was filled with hundreds of people, all at the farm sharing in plant-strong food, learning from the brightest minds in [&hellip

Emotional Eating?

  *Artwork by http://www.matirose.com/ I always had this belief, I was an “emotional eater”. I was told this by various “experts”, TV show doctors, magazines and Oprah. And I believed it. It seemed to make sense, every time I got upset, I would eat, and make some bad choices. But I looked around, I had thin [&hellip

Is it Judgment?

I’m one of three coaches on our support site, Engine 2 Extra. Everyday we guide and help people through the ups and down of changing to and sticking to a plant-strong diet. We make a point to meet everyone where they are, and never to judge. I got this e-mail a few days ago, and [&hellip

Finding TrueNorth.

One of my favorite places to be is TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, CA. The center has helped me in so many ways with my health and well being. I decided to come up to TrueNorth for a few days, get some appointments in with the MD’s (check ups). It’s always a great stay, [&hellip

Swimsuit Ready.

*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

Keeping it Simple.

I am sharing the following e-mails with permission, but the person asked for me not to use their real name. This exchange is from last month, and then picks up a few days ago. E2X member: “Hey E2 Coaches! I have a problem. I HATE vegetables. I mean, I gag when I try to eat [&hellip

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