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29 May ” I do not want to have my chest opened ever again so I am 100% dedicated to heal everything in my body, mind, and soul.” 10 Questions for E2er, Frank

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Today we have 10 questions for E2-er, Frank.

1. How long have you been plant-strong?

June 2011

2. What was the hardest thing to get past?

Nothing actually, just the initial organization of food purchase, looking for alternatives, and kitchen. I worked as a professional chef for a while (have not degree) but I cooked since I was ten years old and have managed also entire resorts. So I am not your typical guy in any means of handling a household and beyond.The hardest thing I noticed is the social aspect when going out in a group etc.
3. Did you have any fears?

Not being told the entire medical story of what is all happening from my heart surgery. I have been finding out more and more by now. I do not want to have my chest opened ever again so I am 100% dedicated to heal everything in my body, mind, and soul.
4. What did you do to overcome those fears?

Gaining insights and knowledge. Find the degrees for freedom and its end members. It positive and negative sites to build my personal opinion and apply that to my daily need for my healing. I am educated scientifically and well read in two languages.

5. What was the one thing you were afraid to give up? Nothing. It is what it is. Period. No fuss, just do.
6. How did you give it up?

I hung it on a wall within 24 hours. For example, dropping oil happened in a blink of an eye.
7. How did you learn to adjust to eating out and cooking?

I know eating and cooking, and other stuff well. Eating out is by planning ahead and don’t trust anything and just ask. If nothing is available I rather do fastening. A hunger sensation is not a bad thing and nobody dies from waiting an additional hours. Salads, steamed veggies, and some other items are fairly easy to get oil, salt, dairy, etc free when eating out.
8. How long did it take to get past it?

One day.
9. What would you tell people who are in similar situations to you?

Be open-minded and get an awareness of your habitual eating behavior. You have to answer to yourself only and research alternatives. Most importantly, nothing happens overnight and get a sense about how your body feels overtime on change. Learn about the food industry and study ingredients. Start by replace a bit to that you will end up to consume no processed food down the road. Then tell others about it.
10. Did you have any positive results?

Every day! More savings in $$$. Life simplifications. Weight lost, all day long not tired, energetic living and working, when it gets tough sometimes remember the essentials, lean body mass reduction, overall feel younger and better, and more …

Thanks Frank!

How about you? Did you just decide that plant-strong was it and jump in?

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  • Marck
    Posted at 09:42h, 29 May

    Yep!! I dove right in and have not looked back. It’s been over three months, and as the days pass I am increasingly committed to sticking with this way of eating forever. During the first month I would think about maybe eventually going back to my BBQ hobby, to cook for friends once in awhile, but not anymore. I still love to cook for friends, but instead of smoking a brisket I’m excited to introduce them to fantastic plant based foods! The weight loss and resulting energy (and compliments!) CERTAINLY help keep me plant strong. Oh, that and way better bedroom time :=)

  • Cynthia
    Posted at 11:10h, 29 May

    woo hoo! Love that “get ‘er done” attitude.

  • Karen Beckman
    Posted at 12:30h, 29 May

    After watching my husband go thru a double by-pass & prostate cancer at the same time, and then watching my mother battle RA, I started reading on how to avoid these things. Last year I started out as a vegetarian, my vegan friend made the comment “Well, that’s a start” I didn’t understand that comment at first. Kept reading, 2 weeks later became vegan, but about a week later I ran across Engine 2. Bam, immediately went oil-free raw plant based. I love it. Easy, simple, great tasting, what’s not to love about it.

  • vic
    Posted at 12:32h, 29 May

    On Feb 1st 2012 a friend sent me the link for ‘FOK” the next day i dropped all meat dairy and oil.. and that was followed by an information avalanche effect.. the E2 diet, the China Study, Dr Esselstyn, Dr Greger.. Jeff Novick, Dr Klaper, Dr Mcdougall.. etc.. after eating the SAD for 58 years because of a lot of wrong info.. i’m 20 pounds lighter.. feel better than ever.. more active physically.. seem to have a better memory.. and i’ve noticed a cut or scrap heals very fast.. my friends seem to have a lot more trouble with the idea than i do.. they ask, “Well how long are you gonna do this..”.. like they’re expecting me to say two weeks or a month.. I ask them to try it and see for themselves.. most say no way.. but one person jumped in totally and is loving it.. so i intend to be plant strong the rest of my hopefully long life.. thx vic..

  • Barbara
    Posted at 12:43h, 29 May

    The beginning of April 2012 I discovered E2. I have been thinking of retirement and the cost of the medications I take for high blood pressure and high cholesterol have been bothering me. So I decided to take the 28 day challenge and see what this vegan no oil life would be like. Well, after 28 days I decided to go for another 28 days. BP has been in the low normal range and have lost 10 pounds. Needless to say I cannot imagine not eating this way. I still have a hard time getting over how easy it is to prepare meals that are fresh and healthy. Here’s to another 28 days!

  • Lisa S
    Posted at 12:48h, 29 May

    Last January after watching my FIL die of prostate cancer my husband wanted to cure him and kept coming across how our pH levels are so important and eating vegetarian/vegan is the way to go- we started slow – reducing processed foods and eating out which we did A LOT. We started juicing and eating a low-fat semi-vegetarian diet. I went 100% vegetarian in June 2011. We also exercise daily. I just recently cut out dairy and coffee as well. I cannot give up eggs for some reason I love them. I have been trying a lot of RAW recipes and liking them – In this past year I lost 78 pounds and many inches I look and feel better than I have ever felt! I plan on never turning back. People ask what I did and they seem so disappointed when I tell them it’s a lifestyle change. Their is no magic pill or formula – just making simple, healthy choices and they don’t want to do it. But they will go get slim fast and all that other garbage…instead of trying veggies from the farm or a juice…WHY? So I try not to preach – just live by example.

  • Eleanor Lebrecht
    Posted at 13:40h, 29 May

    I saw FoK on Dec. 1, 2011 and starting eating vegetables which I can say I had almost none previous to this. I weighed 218 lbs.
    I cut way back on meat, using it as a condiment rather than the main course. I stopped drinking cows milk and use some soy milk. We made up a lot of vegetable soups with chicken and beef broths and froze them in portions and eat a salad a day at least, occasional juicing. I walk the dog about 40 minutes a day.
    In April 2012 I went to a health fair and got blood tests done. My blood pressure reading was 122 over 60. My blood glucose read 86, My TSH was at 4.23, I had weaned myself off of Levothyroxine which I started a few years ago when my TSH was at 6.4. My cholesterol is 220 and triglyceride 209.. For most of this I am very well pleased. Now I stopped eating processed cereals. My weight is at 215. I was hoping to get that lower with the significant changes I made but I have a more firm and a bit smaller body now. I seem to want to eat too much and for fellowship I still eat out occassionally. :o( Time to watch FOK again..

  • Kate
    Posted at 18:14h, 29 May

    I jumped right in, too. I don’t want to end up with cancer, heart disease, etc, etc, etc. I am absolutely loving learning to cook all over again. Remaking old favorites plant-perfect, no-cholesterol, no-oil, nutrient-dense, high-fiber, non-gluten, non-soy, and disease-preventing, as well as satiating is a fun and challenging venture. Buuuuutttttt….after doing this for 2.5 years, I know my body needs more starch ala MacDougall. I could not maintain my weight on just greens, fruits, and beans. Now that I eat potatoes, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and corn along with my greens and beans, I can maintain a perfect weight and have a high energy level. Using plants to heal and build my body has been one of the most awesome journey of my life.

  • Charlotte Engelhart
    Posted at 20:29h, 29 May

    It’s been 3 months & everything about these changes is amazing! We cut meat, dairy, all sugar, caffeine & most processed foods the day after watching FOK. I won’t lose the weight while still eating any meat and dairy so it’s gone. Yeah! We had energy this weekend to take 3 5-mile walks and bicycle 10 miles! THAT’s from healthy food. THANK YOU! No turning back-ever. (Maybe just a few more little things to get rid of…baby steps now.)

  • Cindy Jewell
    Posted at 10:48h, 30 May

    We have been doing this since October 2010. I started by telling myself I would just try it for 3 weeks–but by then the hard part was over and I was figuring out how to make most of our favorite recipes without oils and animal protein. (I think it really helps to not be the only one in your family doing this.) Traveling is a little tricky but going to grocery stores instead of restaurants helps. Staying in a hotel with a little fridge helps. I just wish the whole world would eat this way–we would all have more choices (in restaurants) and everyone would be so much better off! Thanks to Dr. Esselstyn and Dr. Campbell for publishing their books!

  • Linda Nash
    Posted at 15:55h, 30 May

    I’ve been a yo-yo dieter for over 30 years. About 5 years ago I tried Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live diet, but never fully committed. I would stick with it for a few weeks, then go off. When I discovered the Engine 2 28-day challenge this last January, I jumped at the chance to do a plant based diet with a support group. This was exactly what I needed. I have stuck with the plant-strong way, and will never go back. My weight loss has been slow (18 pounds), but my cholesterol is down 50 points, and I feel so good.
    Many thanks to Rip and his Dad!

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