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The Daily Beet: Tips, Advice and Stories

About the author

As a firefighter for the Austin Fire Department, he helped people and saved lives. As a friend to other firefighters, he transformed the way Austin ’s Engine 2 firehouse ate in order to save a firefighting brother’s health. Now, as the author of The Engine 2 Diet, Rip is teaching people the irrefutable connection between what they put in their mouths and their ability to reach their ideal weight and their ideal health.

How I reversed my Heart Disease by Robert Cross

Here is a personal disease reversal story by Robert Cross. This comes from Dr. John McDougall’s website, www.drmcdougall.com.  John is one of the great pioneers of plant-based lifestyle medicine and is a big, big, hero of mine who I mention numerous times in my book.  Robert changed his dietary ways after reading my father’s book, Prevent and Reverse [&hellip

Heart Disease fells another Firefighter

My heartfelt prayers go out to family, friends, and fellow firefighter’s of James Hall, from Canton, Ohio. Heart disease kills more firefighters and Americans than any other disease with instant death being the first symptom 50 percent of the time . This is brutal and incredibly sad given they will never get another chance. A [&hellip

An Engine 2 Success Story from Marion, Iowa!!!!

Below are two emails I received from our featured Engine 2 success story, Kathy Hogan from Marion, Iowa. Here is a big, rocking, e2licious shout out to you for taking control of your health. GOOOOOOOOOOO Kathy!!!!!  I am so proud of you for making the decision to drop the contaminated and disease promoting animal based foods [&hellip

Bariatric Surgery; Gastric Bypass, Gastric Band, and Gastric Endoluminal. Or you can eat plant-strong.

In an effort for people to be saved from themselves they are turning to several different types of bariatric, or weight loss, surgeries, which are the various procedures performed by surgeons to treat obesity by modification of the gastrointestinal tract to reduce nutrient/caloric intake/absorption. This is absolutely ludicrous. As I’ve gone around the country promoting [&hellip

Grilled Zucchini & Avocado Panini's!!!

Here is my office mate, Adam Butler, of The Butler Brothers Ad Agency in East Austin preparing and then getting ready to chow down on a steaming hot grilled zucchini and avocado panini on whole grain hemp bread. Adam was one of my original Engine 2, plant-strong, pilot study guinea pigs and has been plant-determined [&hellip

Medical Bills responsible for 60% of U.S. bankruptcies

Incredible as it may seem, 60 percent of U.S. bankruptcies are due to medical bills. This is distressing and makes a seminal statement on the health of individuals, families and the whole health care system. While listening to NPR yesterday I heard that health care now accounts for a WHOPPING 18 percent of America’s GDP. [&hellip

Watermelon Salsa, perfect for summer!!!

A hearty thank you to Judy from Independence, Ohio for sharing this E-2-licious Watermelon Salsa. Down here in Austin, Texas the temperatures are already in the mid-90′s and it’s gonna get close to 100 by the weekend. This cool and light salsa will be a real winner as a complement to healthy chips, breakfast tacos, [&hellip

S'more E2 Food Logs

Here are s’more (no, not s’mors) Engine 2 food logs. I have a sense June will be a popular month for people to jump on board the Engine 2 plant-strong fire engine. Here’s to everyone who’s keeping a food log and staying strong…plant-strong!!! Rip Results From: Food Log Submitted By: Toni K Submit Date: 6/01/09   Breakfast: 1/4 C oatmeal, with added bran, [&hellip

A Soup Recipe from New York

Thank you, Rich Tarpinian for sharing this very special veggie soup with the Engine 2 community. We hope you are doing extremely well in Long Island and staying especially plant-strong!!!! Go Rich !!!!! A VERY “SPECIAL” VEGGIE SOUP Ingredients: ½ cup chopped onion ½ cup water & ½ cup white wine 3 Tablespoons of Liquid [&hellip