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Kristen’s Incredible Story (Plus a MBWM Giveaway!)

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Early Feb 2013 I had just seen my doctor after a terrible health year in 2012 with 7 lung infections that sent my asthma off the charts and put me on steroids much of the year along with back to back antibiotics causing the fluora in my gut to be completely out of whack so everything I tried to eat came out FAST and OFTEN to the point I started avoiding eating at all which had its own health problems in slowing down metabolism and so much more. I went on probiotics to help myself in some way get control of my health but after my appt. in early Feb 2013, I came home in tears, so sad, feeling like a failure and wondering how to change my appearance, how I felt, everything when I could barely stay healthy long enough to do anything about it.

I happened (now I think it must have been fate) to hear from a friend at work about Forks Over Knives and watched it the night of 2/7/13 on Netflix – she also directed me to your site (Engine 2) for additional information – there was just no going back! I just knew this was real information that explained so much. It clicked and all the dots were connected. I switched the NEXT day (2/8/13), no hesitation, nothing – went full whole food plant based and it was so much easier then I thought. I actually LOVED all the food and explored the FOK and Happy Herbivore sites as early info for data and recipes. I bought cookbooks from your site and theirs and went from a woman hating to cook to a woman even after a long day at work dying to come home and make a delicious meal.
I am a divorced mother of 2 kids who I adore and for them, I also needed to change and to live to see their weddings and grandkids and so much more! I have noticed in the 63 days I have been doing this so much – asthma, GONE! Got sick once this year – MILD requiring no antibiotics and for the first time I had a swollen lymph node in my neck during the cold that I never had before – I know we all have them but for years I had no immune system because of how we ate growing up and how I ate as an adult not knowing all I know now. So to feel a lymph node swollen and knowing oh, this is how the body is supposed to fight disease and infection, was NEW and thrilling!

My skin was always pretty clear but it is absolutely baby soft these days – simply flawless in every part of my body and glowing! I had a slight improvement already in vision when I went for my yearly eye appt. and an enormous 16 pound loss in weight in just 63 days. My digestion issues resolved now with NO probiotics anymore and I truly can tell my body now knows it can hold on to the food for nutrition and burn off the excess. I am on no asthma medications any longer as well. I feel light and airy on a daily basis, sleep like a rock where before I was up tossing and turning every night and got very little sleep and rarely am I tired at work during the day anymore.

The transformation in just 63 days is amazing, absolutely astonishing. In June of this year I plan to have the doctor re-run my BW – they were never bad numbers before but always in the high normal range so I am curious how the numbers will compare to last August of 2012 in the height of steroids and medications and poor nutrition.

In the meantime, as a tool to stay motivated and really SEE the results, I am attaching a before and after pic from my day 5 early on start date to my day 63 mark which is today (4/11/13) – the difference is astonishing and my smile says it all as I looked so unhappy in the 1st before picture! Many said they are sure the pounds will keep dropping especially with my body re-learning to have a healthy metabolism but in the meantime to pay attention to my shape and take measurements as well as side by side pics – the pics really put it all in perspective for me today and I wanted to email you my small success story “in progress.”
You have opened my eyes to good health, the only healthy way to eat for LIFE and have given me invaluable tools through your movie and your continued work! Thank you for telling us as patients what many doctors will not – how to obtain fantastic health in the simplest way and see such dramatic results AND feel amazing in the process. This did not start, nor is it now, a “diet” – this is a true lifestyle change and anywhere I go, I speak with excitement about eating WFPB and all the wonderful things it has brought me! – Kristen

To celebrate the release of “My Beef With Meat” on TUESDAY, we are giving away a copy of the book today! Please leave a comment and tell us why you’d love the book!

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106 Responses to “Kristen’s Incredible Story (Plus a MBWM Giveaway!)”

  1. I would love to have the book to read myself but then also to hand it out to others.

  2. I have already preordered the book but I would love another copy to give to my daughter and her husband. Going plant-strong has made such a positive difference in my life and I want to share it!

  3. Sally D says:

    I would love a copy of the book to keep me focused. After being plant-strong for over a year now, a new read would really re-energize my focus.

  4. I started E2 on Feb 11, 2012 and got rid of over a hundred pounds, higher than I would have liked BP and cholesterol. I have had one of the best years of my life but this winter I slacked a little and put on 5 pounds and let a little oil creep back into my life, its gone for good now and am back on track but need this book to increase my knowledge.

  5. Sarah Haldeman says:

    This is a wonderful and inspiring story. Thanks so much for sharing! I’d love to win the book to continue on my plant strong journey. My partner and I both have type 1 diabetes. What a difference a lifestyle change can make with diabetes maintenance!

  6. jed1219 says:

    I “devour” healthy eating literature, so I would love to have this book.

  7. Sheila says:

    Lost 60 pounds in the past year. Have stalled for several months and still have more than 100 pounds more to lose. Would love to have this book with some new ideas to help keep me motivated.

  8. joel says:

    My family and I have been E2 for a couple of months and have seen great results. I would love to have a copy of the new book not only for the recipes, but also for the knowledge to help us continue on with our plant strong way of life.

  9. Such a great story!

  10. Michael says:

    I would love a copy of the book to gain perspective on the arguments
    necessary to better explain my own beef with meat whenever I am asked.

  11. Melody says:

    I would love the book to have something to read on the road that would
    send a positive message to my community and inspire them to pick up
    copies, too.

  12. Debbie says:

    I’d love the book because I’m almost done going through all my library has on plant-strong living and I’d love to read more, plus have something to KEEP. The preview recipes have me really, really curious!

  13. NicT says:

    I always love food policy and recipe idea books to stay plant-strong!

  14. SSHobbs says:

    We absolutely love the recipes in the E2 book! My favorite is Rip’s Roasted Salad, which tastes so “meaty” without any meat!

  15. Karli Boe says:

    I would love the book because I am just getting interested in this and need excellent resources!

  16. Fold truly is medicine for body, heart and soul!

  17. Tami Anderson says:

    This is amazing! Keep these stories coming.

  18. paulette says:

    Happy to know you’re off the steroids!
    Here’s to continuous good health ~ thank you for sharing your story.

  19. Pam says:

    I’ve become worse than an ex-smoker telling everyone about Engine2Diet! My hubby and I have been on this for five weeks and feeling awesome. Love to get more recipes to keep this engine moving forward!!

  20. Leslie Conn says:

    I need new recipes too! I cured myself of asthma also. Plants have given me my life back.

  21. Dawn Martin says:

    I’ve been working on going plant-strong for a year now. I’m mostly there but my guy is still very resistant!!! I need him to see that manly men are plant strong!!!!

  22. Amy O says:

    I would love the book because Jonny O Goes Vegan needs some fresh inspiration… he has been slipping off the wagon a little bit :(

  23. Kristin says:

    I’m a stay at home mom with two young children, both adopted, one suffers from SPD. We have just switched to plant based living and I would love to have a resource to help me help my family. Thank you for this opportunity!

  24. I would LOVE a copy to help me get started in being plant strong!!! I just made the banana peanut butter oatmeal cookies and they were FABULOUS!!!!!

  25. karen says:

    Almost 1 week for me!! Enjoying the fact that I’m not feeling crappy about eating crap all day!! Thanks all!!

  26. Heidi says:

    Congratulations to Kristen and please enter me for the book.

  27. Sharrie says:

    Plants are amazing! Love them!

  28. Love seeing the stories. I am trying hard to be plant based, I have changed my way of eating ALOT, and I know it takes time to fully change it, but I know it will happen soon.

  29. Coral says:

    I want this book so bad i can taste it! I watched forks over knives to keep me motivated on my 30 day juice fast, today is day 28! After that i watched the engine 2 documentary where you go to two peoples homes and help them cook plant based food! I love it! I am now addicted to your website and watched a lot of your videos, loved the toronto one where you and the other two guys danced! Very sexy! Lol i have soo much more to say but am writing from my phone, so its difficult. Suffice to say i am your new biggest fan, thank you so much fpr sharing your passion and enthusiasm with the world! Please pick me to receive your new book! I just went to amazon and added your first book to my wish list, so when i am able i am getting it! You rock!

  30. Sinful Nutrition says:

    This community has been such an inspiration to living a more balanced, plant-based diet. I am on my way to eliminating animal products from my diet, and taking it one step at a time. It is a positive change in my life that is reflected in all aspects. Thank you for the support, resources, and encouragement for this monumental life change!

  31. Sherry says:

    What an inspiring story!
    I’d love to win the book not only to read it for myself, but to add to
    my “lending library”. Alot of people at work know I am vegetarian,
    and I loan stacks of many plant-based books & DVDs to encourage
    them, when they ask me for information.

  32. Terry B says:

    Congratulations to Kristen for sticking to the plan and seeing results.

  33. Go Kristen! Inspire and be inspired. Books and other peoples stories are so important to stay motivated on this journey of health.

  34. dutchdoll says:

    I love the plant based way of eating, and need more ideas of what to cook and eat. I have lost weight since last year (20 lbs.) and kept it off. I am trying to convince my Atkins diet friend that this is healthier. Perhaps the book will help. Henny.

  35. Christina says:

    Kristen great job, and I’m sure you feel wonderful. I’ve been flip flopping on the plant based way of eating. It can be hard because you need to prepare, instead of reaching for the packaged food item.
    Best of luck for a happy healthy new you.

  36. I’d love to have the book for the recipes and the inspiration.

  37. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been full plant strong coming up on 6 months now and want more facts, stories and recipes!

  38. I NEED to read this. Did very well on E2 for about six months then began to slip because I hate to plan…..need a kick in the azz.

  39. Joan says:

    I would love to win your new book because I am trying to regain my health and lose (a lot of) weight…I was laid off last year and the past 15 months have been very stressful…and of course I gained weight, too, during the year…but I just watched Forks over Knives again and I am committed to add my name to your “success stories” sometime this year! Money is tight due to not having a job so I could really use a free book to help me on my journey. Thanks for all that you do, Kristen’s story was inspiring!

  40. Needing a re-boot too. Thank you for this!

  41. Karen Doyon says:

    Great inspiration … I already love the hummus and sweet potatoe bowl recipes that I picked up from the Engine 2 blogs and Pinterest so the book would truly add VALUE to my eating. Thanks for the consideration!

  42. I would love to win the book! Even though I eat plant-based now, I still need to tweak a few things in my diet. I am always looking to learn more about plant-based eating and eating better in general.

  43. Vicki says:

    What an encouraging story! I would love to win this book! I bought the Engine 2 Diet book not too long ago and we are starting the plant based diet next week (my new month for grocery $$$). I have a son with asthma and I would love to see this help him. Thanks for your work!

  44. Hillary Dickman says:

    I can’t wait to try all the new recipes in the book!

  45. Jane says:

    I can relate to your skin being soft…I was worried no oil would make me one big dry flake…I don’t understand it but wow I’m as soft as a baby…my health is also
    amazing since March…feeling so well. Thanks for your story.

  46. Rileen says:

    Congrats on the great transformation!

    I already eat a plant based, vegetarian style, but am yet to be convinced of the need to give up dairy and eggs, esp. fat-free dairy and egg whites, as Dr. Dean Ornish and some others say it’s ok to have them.

    Maybe MBWM has some new convincing arguments?

  47. Kate Wassel says:

    I would love to win the book for my parents. They have become so unhealthy and I want them to feel better and live to see their grandkids grow up. I am still working on going all plant-based but I already feel much better.

  48. Good for Kristen to choose health! I would love a copy of the book!

  49. Susan Hagen says:

    My journey was similar only I had 10 years of fibromylsia and the last 3 years of weight gain. Had my gallbladder removed, multiple sinus infections and sick all the time. I cut gluten out of my diet and now only eat a plant based organic diet. I feel and look wonderful. The aches and pains are gone. Engine 2, Forks over knives to name a few were a great help in getting me where I am today.

  50. Deb says:

    I would love the book for all of the (amazing I’m sure) recipes and also to hear about Rip’s “Beef with Meat” :)

  51. I love how sometimes a great things comes out of a bad things! I have the book on pre order but I would love to give a copy to my sister who is on the verge of some bad health issues if she does not see the light.

  52. Mary R. says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book. My parents, husband, and myself took on a plant based diet approximately 3 months ago. My dad has heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. He is already off all medications except Insulin. He is doing GREAT!!!! My mom and husband have severe chronic sinusitis. Both are seeing marked improvement. I suffered from severe indigestion and acid reflux, which has resolved since about 2 weeks into the plant based diet. We would really use this book, as we are still newbies at this, it would help out so much.

  53. Bob says:

    I would like a copy of the book to continue to follow Rip on his health
    revolution and learn as much as I can to support his efforts.

  54. Anjanette says:

    GO Kristin! We watched FOK a year ago Feb. and have been 100% plant-based since- glad to hear you are doing great!

  55. I loved the first book and I’d like to read this new one!!

  56. Melissa says:

    I’d love the book to help me on my healthy, plant-strong journey and the inspire others to do the same.

  57. suzieq says:

    Great job! I’ll be entering a new decade next month and would sure love to see 50 in a healthier body.

  58. I would love this book to help me stay on track with my plant based journey and to inspire my family to join me

  59. Nicole says:

    Congratulations! Your story is inspiring.

  60. Elaine Kean says:

    what a great testimonial …I want to share this new book with my womens group ..my goal for this year is to really pass on the info to these women that I care about . So many of them are just not eating for health !!

  61. Tim says:

    I’d love a copy of the book to learn more about the evidence surrounding
    a plant-based diet, so that I can be comforted in knowing I am making
    the best decision for my health.

  62. Nita says:

    I would love to win a copy of the book! I have multiple chronic & serious health issues & although I am following the plant-based program about 75%,I would like to go 100% & feel the book would be of great benefit. Also, it would be a wonderful gift for my Mother’s 90th birthday (on the 24th) – she has been following a 75% plan-based program as well.

    Congratulations to everyone who has shared their story!!

  63. Caroline says:

    The E2 Diet book sits on top of my fridge so I can have easy access to the fabulous recipes. I would love to have a copy of My Beef With Meat because of both the recipes and getting reliable info to pass along to my friends, relatives, and co-workers who ask me about my food choices.

  64. Maggie Fout says:

    What a wonderful story! I would love a copy of the book to help me learn more about plant based living, I currently have a total cholesterol of 400 and am looking to a plant based diet to save my heart.

  65. L Girl says:

    Inspiring story!I would love a copy of My Beef with Meat. It would help me continue on my Plant based path!

  66. MrsCousin says:

    Good job! You are an inspiration!

  67. Debbie says:

    Great Story – congratulations on your transformation. I would love to have a copy of the new book – I lost 30 pounds and felt wonderful but trying to do this alone has its challenges. The encouragement to keep on keeping on would be greatly appreciated.

  68. Veronica says:

    Can’t wait to read the book! Plant based since Oct 31 2012 and love it!!

  69. Stacy says:

    Fantastic story! You look so much happier and healthier. I am loving my plant strong lifestyle as well and can’t wait to get my BW done next week. I’ve already gone from a total chol. of 237 to 190, and am looking to break the 150 barrier. Of course I’d love a copy of MBWM, to read then share, so that I can help others regain their health like I have.

  70. I’d love the book for more whole food plant based recipes. I want to get myself healthy & lose weight. Also if I improve my health maybe my brother & his family will get interstead in healthy eating.

  71. lisakirtright says:

    I’d like to have a copy to share with my sister in law who struggles financially and is already vegan. I’ve pre ordered mine already on Amazon so it’s only logical to share :)

  72. About a year ago, Forks Over Knives gave our family tremendous impetus to go plant-strong and live (and eat) a much healthier lifestyle! I’d love a copy of the new book to get that motivation high and keep working hard to do better!

  73. I would love the book because although I have been taking baby steps, I’m headed in the right direction and I know the book will be so inspirational and informative.

  74. Bonnie says:

    63 Days. Wow. Way to go Kristen. I can hardly wait to read Rip’s latest book. The Engine2 Diet was one of my mainstays when I adopted a plant-strong lifestyle.

  75. Awesome job. =) I would love to get a copy of the book because I am trying to get myself and my sons healthy, I am using nutrition to treat there adhd and autism. so far it is working, grade and behavior it much much better but having new recipes at hard would a great help. I can now outlasted my four year outside playing. A copy of your book would a great help on our way to medicine free, happy, healthy household.

  76. Susan H says:

    I would love to get a copy of the book to help my husband be more committed to eating plant strong so he could reverse several health problems.

  77. Robin Holliday Bennett says:

    I love her story!!.So happy for her getting healthy. I started January 7th along with my son that is still at home. My husband didn’t want to give up meat but he is slowly changing. If he wants to eat at home he really doesn’t have a choice. I would love a copy of your latest book. Pretty soon I guess I need to write my story out!!

  78. Alisa says:

    I tried some of the recipes at Farms 2 Forks… now I want to make them!

  79. I need more recipes to try! My dh is also eating with me, I’m feeeling the energy!!!

  80. Stacey Clune says:

    Way to go, Kristen! Glad you’re taking back your health and getting awesome results, the best of which is realizing how much better life FEELS when you eat right!

    I’d love to get a copy of “My Beef With Meat” so I can expand my go-to recipes for my family as we try to convert to a 100% WFPB diet. We sometimes default to less healthy options because I don’t have a big enough recipe base of favorites yet, and with a toddler in the house, it can be a challenge to convince him something is worth trying when I’ve run out of ideas. The teasers for the chocolate section in the book have definitely gotten my attention, too! My husband and I have both impressed our doctors with the weight we’ve already lost and my husband’s blood work (which was previously in the “high risk” zone) has improved enough that he’s able to use himself as an example of how diet can combat even a family history of heart disease despite the deeply ingrained idea his family has that “everyone ends up with high blood pressure/cholesterol when they get older, so medicine is the only way to fix it.” If we can make that final switch to being 100% WFPB by getting some more recipes in our hands and improving our health even more, it would make it more difficult for our other family members to disregard the benefits we’re seeing and might possibly entice them to give it a try. I’d love a copy of the book!

  81. First, rock on with your bad self Kristen!!! I would love to have a copy of My Beef With Meat to help keep me on the right path. I have been vegan a little over one year, but I’m struggling with eating super clean. I have lost 40 lbs. but I need to lose another 60-70 so I could use some inspiration to stay oil and sugar free!

  82. I would love to win the book :)
    I have been working on a plant based diet and juicing. Planning ahead my meals and prepping the night before really helps. My son has Aspergers and ADD; I make him green juice before school and he feels it is helping. We are weaning off all medications as school is ending for Summer and my hope is that a plant based/juicing diet will get both him and I off our medications.

  83. Kricky Dominy says:

    I would love to have this book! I’m always looking for more inspiration, and definitely more recipes!

  84. It all starts with one step…..

  85. Susan Fisher says:

    Kristen, you are looking fantastic! :) I too, am following a Plant-strong diet, but with no nuts or avocado as I have heart problems. I would love to add “My Beef With Meat” to my collection – it is so important to keep learning and increase our information base so we can help ourselves and others who may be interested in saving their own lives. :)

  86. Dave says:

    A wonderful inspiration to all of us, just as that new book would be to my wife and I! Thanks for sharing that.

  87. mangopaco says:

    I teach at PS244Q, the first vegetarian public school in the nation. I would love this book to help bolster my arguments for a plant-based diet in my personal life, as well as my professional life.

  88. Jennifer says:

    I really feel inspired by your story. All the health improvements and just feeling better! I’m 24 and have had fibromyalgia for 10 years already, the dr. currently thinks I have multiple sclerosis, which scares me. I suffer from chronic migraines, IBS, numbness and tingling in all my limbs, nerve pain, major depression and anxiety. I’m on 12 prescriptions which add their own side effects. All these things make it so hard for me to support myself. I’m 24, but the only people I can relate to are in their 70s. They understand all my health problems and my fears. I’m so afraid of living the rest of my life like I am now. Miserable. I can’t imagine my entire life like this and probably worse with my family’s medical history. All my aunts and uncles and both grandparents are type 2 diabetic. I have had 3 immediate family members with cancer. On both sides of my family are heart disease and strokes. My maternal grandfather had a heart attack at age 50 and needed a SIX-way bypass to save his life. EVERYONE on both sides of my family have high cholesterol and high B/p and are overweight. I want to change my life now. I’m so determined to be the change in myself and hopefully inspire my family. I will not give up. I have no support from my family or friends in my plan to become plant strong. I rely on online communities to keep me going and encourage me. I don’t have access to netflix to watch any of the food documentaries as I had in the past. I have the FOK book, but would really love more recipes and more knowledge.

  89. Tammy C. says:

    Good job Kristen!!! I love hearing all these success stories. And happy Teacher Appreciation week to you Rip, your father and all those who have taught us all how to take our lives back through simply changing the food we eat. You have touched so many people with your teaching, keep spreading the good news.

  90. Loved you from your visit with Dr. Oz and would love to see where you went in your 2nd book. Keep up the great work!

  91. Terri Field says:

    The results from eating plant strong are amazing!! Congrats! Looking forward to checking out the new book. I love the first one!

  92. Stan the Man says:

    Keep up your outstanding eating habits, thank you for sharing

  93. Marty says:

    I would love to win your new book, because I love your first and can’t wait to see more! Being vegan is easy for me (5 years), gluten-free is the difficult part. I’m hoping you have some GF recipes in your new book.

  94. knittern says:

    That is awesome! My husband and I have cut meat out of our diet, but need to make more adjustments! Would love to win a copy of your book!

  95. Wisconsin fan says:

    Have been eating plant strong just over a year. I feel great but have not lost the weight I would like. A new book could be added inspiration. All of the comments and stories are your site are very helpful.

  96. mary says:

    For the great recipes!

  97. Brooke says:

    Thank you for sharing your progress, Kristen! Your sorry is so inspiring. I love Engine 2 recipes and am looking forward to trying out the new recipes in My Beef with Meat.

  98. Ellen Knolls says:

    So, Dan and I have been on this life changing plan, (can’t call it a diet anymore) and Wow!! amazing…we both reached a point in Feb. of this year, where we were both over weight and miserable. We watched Forks over Knives and then Engine 2 on Net flix. As many times as I have tried diets, research other, poo pooed so many. All I did was say, ” Let’s try it” and we were hooked. Cleaned out our Kitchen, and I started chopping. It was crazy, all we kept saying, meal after meal, was OMG, this is sooo good, there is soo much food. I can’t believe this is a diet…and so on and so on. It is now the middle of May and we couldn’t be happier. Dan has lost 30lbs, without working out
    !! I have lost 15…increased my running and we both feel amazing. We have traveled a couple of times and I am honestly proud to say, we managed to pretty much stick to our meals and not waiver too much…we fit in a run each day and when Dan has traveled he has taken a cooler filled with healthy choices. This truely has been wonderful. I think the only thing we really have to work on, is finding other things to talk about with our friends. ( We tend to go on and on) Thank you for teaching us how to enjoy real food and chuck all the junk dragging us down. And yes, I would love to win the book.

  99. Bev H. says:

    Need book 2 for myself because I love information and need to continually saturate my head with plant-based passion; and in order to make rockin recipes for skeptics!

  100. The Peace Patch says:

    I’d love to gift the book to my brother who wants a healthy plant-based change in direction for his life. :)

  101. Skinny healthy girl says:

    Boy would I love this book. I have been total vegetarian since 1985, but use a lot of processed foods. I would love to get away from them and go totally plant based.

  102. Cecilia says:

    I would like to win the book because I need all the inspiration and encouragement I can get!

  103. Elissa says:

    I’d love the book because so many of my friends ask me, why? As well as other questions like, where’s the protein and what exactly do you eat? I’ve already read the good reviews about the book and would love to red it on my own. Then, I’d loan it out!

  104. priya says:

    I would really love this book to kick start my path to better health. I fee like I start off on a food diet but always fall off. I saw forks over knives and really want to begin the plant base way of eating.

  105. Nova Van Scyoc says:

    I need this book I have the first book. Need new reciepes.

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