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E2 Success Story from Seattle, Washington

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

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.
  • 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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