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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.

Swimsuit Ready.

*An old advertisement to put ON pounds for swimsuit season. I’ve had this love hate relationship with swimming and bathing suits in the past. Mostly, I hate it. There has not been much love. This started in the 4th grade. I was chubby. Super chubby. And I had this blue glittery bathing suit. When you are 10 [&hellip

Keeping it Simple.

I am sharing the following e-mails with permission, but the person asked for me not to use their real name. This exchange is from last month, and then picks up a few days ago. E2X member: “Hey E2 Coaches! I have a problem. I HATE vegetables. I mean, I gag when I try to eat [&hellip

Peace With Food.

I sat outside of a sandwich place, soon after I changed my diet, crying. All I wanted was a tuna-melt. That’s it. For three weeks I had eaten really healthy, my blood sugar was coming down, my weight was dropping, I was feeling better than ever, less depressed, less anxious, and in that moment? All I wanted [&hellip

Plant-Strong Camping!

For you E2-ers who love camping we’ve got some tips for you on what to take with you to keep your camping trip plant-strong! (some of these depend on what kind of camping you are planning on doing) 1. Rice and Beans by Eden Organics: These are fantastic for camping trips, we’ve even had them cold [&hellip

Meals For Health: Oakland.

     Rip is on the board of a program called “Earth Save“. Earth Save is committed to helping and serving families in need through the “Meals For Health” program. Over the weekend, Meals For Health started up in Oakland, CA and I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of it! I wanted to [&hellip

A Product That Never Changes.

My husband and I have been watching the series, “Mad Men”. Thank goodness for Netflix! I have a fascination for this time in our history. Some of the people I admire the most in life were young adults during that time, and I loved listening to their stories. I would ask my Grandfather tons of questions about [&hellip


There I was, minding my own business, walking to the metro. Suddenly, a car comes to a rather abrupt stop, right in the middle of traffic. A lady gets out, waving her hands at me, as though there was something urgent. For a moment I thought I might be in  danger, maybe someone was behind me, about [&hellip

Keeping It Simple. Plus a Giveaway!

Today we are giving away a ONE YEAR membership to Engine 2 Extra! One year of support, coaching, Ebooks, 28 day challenges, live chat, interviews with the top names in plant-strong education and more. Be sure to read this post, and find out at the end how to enter! If you are on Engine 2 [&hellip

The Long Haul

When I started this plant-strong journey I was a mess. Seriously, a mess. I was somewhere around 450 pounds, who knows really, the doctors scale didn’t even go up that high. I was wearing a very stretched out 8X. My T2 diabetes was so out of control, I thought I might as well end my [&hellip