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28 May E2 Success Story from Seattle, Washington

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It’s time for an E2 shout out to Laurel Disbrow who has taken control of her health one bite, one meal, one day, one week, and one month at a time.  You go get em, Laurel!!!!!

Laurel Disbrow, plant-strong teacher

Laurel Disbrow, plant-strong teacher-librarian!!

I bought the book and started the eating plan on Mother’s Day. I’ve been plagued by sinus problems and asthma for years. My body was producing so much mucus that I was always coughing and my chest was always congested. A friend once said I sounded like I had a 3-pack-a-day habit.

I noticed a marked change in my body’s mucus production by the 3rd day. It was so dramatic I thought it must be a fluke but after 17 days, I’m sold on this eating lifestyle! I’m still wondering about what I was eating
specifically that made me so sick. Whatever it was, I’m not going back. I cough very, very little and my chest is clear.

I really think that one of these days I’m not going to need my asthma meds at all. I’ve been able to cut down on the amount I take. I can work in the yard and I’m no longer huffing and puffing!! I have energy. I feel clear
headed.

I’m an obese, 58 year old female. I’ve dropped 5 lbs and feel like I’m
actually going to beat this weight problem without starving.

The food plan is easy. I still don’t like to exercise.

Thank you!!!
Laurel Disbrow

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Rip Esselstyn

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.

  • Essie

    Dear Laurel, it’s probably cutting out dairy that’s help your respiratory problems so much! (As well as the immune-boosting power of the rest of your plant-strong diet.) The same thing happened to me–poof! Years of terrible hayfeverlike allergies & seasonal colds, regular sinus trouble–all gone. :)

  • Mary Fox

    Hi Laurel! Congratulations on a job well done! I’m just starting!! We are “almost neighbors”! I live north of you in Lake Stevens!Both my husband and I are starting tomorrow, June 1st. At 83 he is doing well, but no matter what I do his cholesterol continues to stay high and all the docs want him on statin drugs which we refuse. Though I am a seasoned cook and have cooked from scratch my whole life, I am “slightly overwhelmed” with everything, have totally read the book and am now planning the foods I need for this week! Keep in touch
    Mary

  • Laurel

    Mary – Best of luck to you and your husband. I don’t like to cook but I haven’t found that a problem so far. I like veggies, beans, rice & fruit. I like wraps. Quinoa isn’t bad, I’m developing a taste for it. I’m surprised at what a good dressing I can make from just balsamic vinegar and djon mustard. I’ve never been a fan of tofu so haven’t tried it yet on the E2diet. I love Rip’s big bowl for breakfast. I only put one fruit in it because it’s big! It sticks with you. Last week there were a couple of days at work that I only had time to eat a piece of fruit for lunch. And I guess I forgot to eat when I had time. That’s shocking for me! Since you have always cooked, I think you’re going to enjoy this plan. Just follow the book, take Rip’s suggestions, like having cooked rice in the fridge. You’ll do great. ~Laurel

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