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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.

One Day Worth of Recipes!

Need some new ideas of what to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner? We’ve got you covered ! Breakfast Barley Oat Pancakes Ingredients: 1 cup barley flour 1/2 cup quinoa flour 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 cups oat, almond, or nonfat soy milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions: Mix dry [&hellip

10 Plant-Strong Halloween Ideas

Halloween is around the corner! We are getting ready for our Halloween potluck in Austin in a couple of weeks. Bring the kids, they can dress up and enjoy a healthy night out with you.  Please join us if you live in the area. How can you have a healthy Halloween for your family? We asked on facebook how [&hellip

One Week

A lot can happen in a week. This week we have been running a 7 day immersion program in Texas. People from all over the country have come to learn how to become plant-strong. It is always hard to describe these experiences to others. The week is jam packed with riveting lectures by the top educators in [&hellip

The Buzz Word Trap (plus a giveaway)

(don’t buy into the buzz word trap!) First the winner from our giveaway on Monday! Fawn! She wrote “I get that comment a lot. “You don’t get to eat anything fun anymore”. I promptly invite them to eat with me or I make them something. I have yet to have anyone turn me down. My [&hellip

Obstacles to Plant-Strong: Middle of Nowhere

You live 4 hours to the closest Whole Foods. The nearest grocery store is 45 minutes, and is not that great. What do you do? My husband and I have been traveling for 3 1/2 years, full time. We have had no official home base. We have lived in large cities like San Francisco and [&hellip

When People Give You a Hard Time.

*Natala here* When my husband and I went plant-strong you would have thought, given our terrible health and suffering, everyone would have been 100% supportive of any healthy change we made. Instead we got a lot of back lash from friends, family, mean comments, and tons of questions. Funny, when you are eating  S.A.D. no [&hellip

Home Salad Bar!

Our “Great Salad Challenge” is still underway on facebook! A few days ago we saw this GREAT idea by E2-er Karen, and we asked her to write about it. A few months ago, we visited a Whole Foods & loaded up on garden fresh goodness from the salad bar.  My husband & I both remarked at [&hellip

Obstacles to Plant-Strong: When there is no support at home

Winners of yesterdays giveaway: (picked from random number generator): Erin, VeganGrrl, Jeffrey, Jessica G, Chris, Abigail, Matthew, Vanessa M! Please e-mail info@engine2.com We still have more gift certificates to giveaway! Check twitter today! (when trying to spread the plant-strong message, don’t use the Sue Silvester approach) You watched Forks Over Knives, you read Engine 2 [&hellip

Interview with Sue Davis from Counter Culture! Plus a giveaway!

We are fortunate to live in Austin, TX. The community, the music, and the food! You might be surprised, but Austin is a wonderful place to get healthy, plant-strong food! One of our favorite places is Counter Culture. This funky, cool 1960′s inspired diner is a great part of the plant-strong food scene in Austin. [&hellip