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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.

Eyes of Health

Soon after I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes I was told that my eyes were in trouble. I was already showing signs of diabetic retinopathy. It only got worse as my diabetes got worse. And by 30 years old I was told that I’d go blind fairly young because of the issues I was [&hellip

When Plant-Strong Feels Lonely – Plus a Giveaway!

When my husband and I first made our plant-strong change, it was a pretty lonely feeling. All of a sudden our friends and family seemed to look at us differently. We weren’t invited out as much, people weren’t inviting us over for parties and dinners. We were the weird ones. I remembered the first time [&hellip

Countdown to 2013! A Jar of Good Things.

We saw this idea and thought it was fantastic!   Let’s all start our own jars. You can fill them with accomplishments, things you are thankful for, health milestones, friends you have made, memories you want to cherish, really all good things. In a year, let’s all come back and share the great things that [&hellip

Countdown to 2013! Be Brave!

We are counting down to the new year! We want to 2013 to be a great year for you! Today’s tip for making 2013 a great one:  Be brave! Making changes requires a little bit of bravery. We want you to be brave when making changes. Be brave in the kitchen! Try new spices out. [&hellip

Plant-Strong Christmas!

Many of you are celebrating Christmas tomorrow (or today!) we thought we’d share some of our favorite plant-strong creations. Make your plant-strong dishes fun!   From E2X member, Madalyn: Christmas Wreath Salad! She used a jello christmas wreath mold.   F From E2X member, Madalyn – Snowman Salad!   Brussels Sprout Tree with Squash Star [&hellip

10 Plant-Strong Holiday Tips

    For many, this next week means a lot of stress. Traveling, finances, eating, parties, relatives, keeping the house clean, the kids being home. Whatever it is that tends to stress you out we’ve got a few tips for keeping calm through the holidays. 1. Sleep! Make sure you are getting plenty of shut-eye. [&hellip

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Hanukkah! May this Hanukkah bring you and your family much joy and happiness filled with health! We have a few traditional recipes to share! Latkes:  INGREDIENTS: 1-1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and grated 1 small yellow onion, peeled and grated 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced 1/4 cup whole grain flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon [&hellip

Fast Food: Thanksgiving Recipes

You want simple, you want fast, you want to make your Thanksgiving hassle free. What do you do? We turned to the king of healthy fast food, Jeff Novick, RD to help us come up with some great, fast, inexpensive meals this Thanksgiving. Fast Food Veg Loaf:  We took Jeff’s recipe for burgers as our [&hellip

A Plant-Strong Thanksgiving!

Worried about what you’ll be serving for Thanksgiving? We’ve got you covered! We have gathered up our FAVORITE plant-strong recipes from some of our favorite bloggers! Appetizers and Soup:  Happy Herbivore: Zucchini Sticks Straight Up Food: Kabocha Bean Dip Straight Up Food: Roasted Carrot and Fennel Soup Happy Herbivore: Acorn Apple Soup Plant-Powered Kitchen: Tamari Roasted Chickpeas [&hellip