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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.

Moving the Line of Extreme.

When I first decided to make some slight changes to the way I ate, people told me not to get “extreme”. This was before I went plant-strong. I had watched the movie “Super Size Me” and decided I shouldn’t eat fast food anymore. Reasonable, I thought. Mind you I was morbidly obese at the time [&hellip

Ultimate Plant-Strong Shopping Guide! Plus a Giveaway!

The final countdown has begun! Get your last minute, plant-strong gifts. We’ve put together a few of our favorite plant-strong gift ideas. *Just a note, we know we probably left a lot off of this list. Be sure to get creative and have fun. Leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you’d [&hellip

Possible.

  Recently I was discussing the way I eat with someone and they replied “Well that’s impossible! You can’t keep that up!” I know that it wasn’t their intention, but it offended me. Who are they to tell me what is impossible? I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I realized it is what [&hellip

During.

I remember the moment that I realized I was overweight. I mean, as a kid, you know you are overweight, but for me there was a specific moment. I was 11 years old, I was in school, and a boy in my grade called me “fatty” as he passed me in the hall., and kicked [&hellip

Family Time

It was a long week to say the least. Driving 30 hours, getting acclimated. You’ve probably been in the same position many times. Oddly enough it had been over a week since I had an actual home cooked meal. Lots of salads, and very quickly put together things. Which is not my normal thing, while [&hellip

On The Road Again

*For some reason I am unable to rotate some of the photos in the post, if you are having a hard time seeing what the photo is, just tilt your head for a nice neck stretch. This week I traveled half way across the country, by car. This was in part an experiment on my [&hellip

What Are You Thankful For?

Recently I was talking to  a friend of mine who lived in Uganda until a few years ago. She went through the most horrific experience of anyone that I have ever met.  She’s always smiling. ALWAYS. I never really understood this about her. She would tell me she smiles because she’s alive, and to look [&hellip

FAQ: What Can I Drink?

We get this question often: Aside from water what can I drink on a plant-strong diet? It’s no secret, we do not encourage anyone to drink calories, so are there any no-calorie, no junk added drinks out there? There happens to be PLENTY! The three Engine 2 Extra Coaches are weighing in today on some of [&hellip

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

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