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29 Feb Leap day!

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We loved Lani’s post about tiptoeing or jumping in yesterday, and loved reading all of your comments! We are happy to announce that the winner of the giveaway is Shannon! We will be sending you an e-mail Shannon!

Since it is leap day we thought we’d talk about 5 ways to leap into the plant-strong life!

1. Have a plan! Planning is key to making the switch to plant-strong. Before you leap, PLAN! Clear out your kitchen, make a shopping list, have a food plan. The best way to come up with a food plan is to make a huge list of EVERY plant-strong food that you do enjoy and then come up with meals based on that list. You can also go through the recipes in Engine 2 or cookbooks like: Forks Over Knives, Happy Herbivore, Every Day Happy Herbivore, Jeff Novick’s “Fast Food” DVD or The New McDougall Cookbook.

In addition be sure that your day is structured in such a way that you will be successful. Have your meals ready to go the day before if you can. We do things like mix our dry big bowl ingredients in the beginning of the week so we have a quick breakfast ready to go every morning. We also do things like cut up our fruits and vegetables, cook a bunch of sweet potatoes and potatoes so we always have the base to a quick and health meal (sometimes if we’re really busy we’ll just have a few potatoes and salsa!). The key though, is making it a priority to plan out your next steps so you don’t have a lot of surprises.

2. Know how to handle the critics. Some of you handle critics by simply telling people who criticize your new plant-strong life by simply telling the person to back off. We find that a good approach is the “seem strategy”. This approach is the one that Doug Lisle, author of “The Pleasure Trap” talks about and we have found it to be very helpful. When people seem to criticize your plant-strong ways, just tell them “It seems to be working for me” or “This seems to be working right now”. Often people will back off and not feel as threatened by your new healthy eating. Having a go-to answer that does not spark an argument will lighten the stress of being criticized about the way you are eating.

3. Get active! Just like it is important to have a plan for your food, it is important to have a plan for how you will get active. Trip over your gym bag in the morning! Make plans to meet a friend for a walk, make sure that you have your workout clothes washed and ready to go. Make it hard to have an excuse as to why you cannot be active that day.

4. Find support. Be sure to follow us on facebook, twitter and pinterest. Ask your friends and family if they would be interested in joining you for a 28 day challenge. Check with your local Whole Foods and see if they have any in-store 28 day challenges coming up. Start a meetup group! Check out meetup.com and start a Engine 2 meetup in your area! If you do, please be sure to send us an e-mail: engine2family@gmail.com and we will share it on our social media sites.

5. Know that you might encounter pitfalls along the way. Success is often not a straight and narrow path, but one filled with lots of ups and downs along the way. If you have a slip up, do not let it deter you, instead make a plan for the very next meal you will be eating and leap right back in!

What are some of the ways you have leaped in to the plant-strong life?


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Engine 2 Team
Engine 2 Team

The Engine 2 Team is dedicated to helping you become plant-strong! Each of us are on the plant-strong journey right along side of you!

  • BklynHeart
    Posted at 12:35h, 29 February

    Had a pitfall as late as yesterday (still vegan, but I’m trying to be a healthier one for sure). I liked your other post as well, and will do as it suggests, I’m re-starting my chain!

    This is a great post for getting (and keeping) plant strong!

  • Sheila
    Posted at 14:17h, 29 February

    Success by the loopy method… I can do that!

  • Miriam Francis
    Posted at 15:26h, 29 February

    My husband and I leapt in last year on Valentine’s Day. We chose V-Day because we wanted to do the best we could for ourselves, to show how much we love each other and want to stay healthy longer. I am not a jump in kind of person (my husband is always game for anything!) so this was a huge LEAP for me. Combined we have lost 70+ pounds this past year, have both lowered our cholesterol and are medication free. It was great meeting everyone last night at CCSU here in Connecticut, and have the reinforcement and encouragment of the Esselstyn family.

  • Sara Wescoat
    Posted at 17:26h, 29 February

    I am really excited bc the last two times I have gone to the grocery store I have somehow randomly struck up 5 different conversations about the benefits of being a vegan. I even helped out a store clerk with a dating prospect bc he didn’t know where to take her to eat. I suggested watching The Engine 2 on Netflix, go online to the website, and actually cook for her! He loved the idea.

    Today I was also able to take my Mom to Whole Foods. She knows we have been doing the Engine 2 diet, and has heard me rave about the recipes. Little does she know I am actually trying to convert her. I think you just need to realize how important your health is to you, and once you realize that, you know you need to share the message with those you love!

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