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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.

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

Thin Before Tomorrow.

I have a good friend that recently lost weight after going plant-strong. She asked that I not share her name, but is allowing me to share part of her e-mail to me. “I’m finally at my goal weight, fitting into a size 4, I thought it all was supposed to feel better than this, all [&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

Lies I told Myself

I should clarify something before I start this post. Not everyone is in the same situation as I am or I was. I dealt with very severe and life threatening food addictions for a very long time, and still deal with battling them every single day. So this might not apply to everyone, but if [&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

Breaking up with my Scale.

I was around 11 years old when I became obsessed with the scale. It was the year I really started to put on weight, and I was not only obsessed with the scale, but what the scale said. At 11, I began this relationship with the scale. It wasn’t a healthy relationship, it was more [&hellip

All Change is Grief. (Plus a Giveaway)

I had a good friend who told me that “all change is grief”. Since then, anytime I’ve gone through a major change in my life (good or bad) I think about that, and how it always fits. When I changed my diet, there was definitely a grieving period. I went through all of the stages: [&hellip


When I started this way of eating I was in a desperate health crisis. My health had gotten so bad, that I was planning out how to end my life. That is how bad it was. Often the subject of perfection comes up. People tell us all the time that what we suggest for people [&hellip