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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.

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┬áPLENTY! 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


I’ve said it before, but starting out from a very high weight has made my particular weight loss journey seem never-ending at times. It even throws people off, when they find out how much I’ve lost, and then they look at me, clearly still overweight. On a recent trip, I was working on my Ipad. [&hellip

But, I Broke My Foot!

While I was in Sedona, at our Engine 2 7 day Immersion, I broke a bone in my foot. It was a pretty careless mistake on my part, and I learned my lesson, I should not jump down from high surfaces. I am pretty diligent about working out everyday. I don’t do anything crazy, walking, [&hellip

We are Family.

The Engine 2 team just got back from a week long retreat near Sedona, AZ. I never know how to describe these retreats to other people. It seems trite to say it was “life-changing”. Yet, really, that is what it always is. People from all over the country gather at our retreats. People of all [&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

The Last 10 Years

Yesterday, my grandfather suffered a major stroke. He has lived a good, long and fairly healthy life. He is in the hospital right now, most of his family around him, waiting for the inevitable and hoping that he goes peacefully and without pain. My Grandfather lead a good life. He was born during the first [&hellip

More Than The Blues

*Just a note before I start. Before you make any changes to medication or treatment, talk to your doctor or a healthcare professional. “There is nothing wrong with needing help” that was what was said to me in college, sitting in a counselors office. I knew something was wrong, I felt down, all the time. [&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