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29 Jun Sam I am. Sam I am. Do I like greens and beans? Yes I do!!!

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Here is a huge Engine 2 shout out to Sam who went on a cruise and lost 13 pounds!!! He is an inspiration and is living proof that you can take a cruise and get healthier and lose weight while living the life of luxury. Thanks, Sam for sharing your E2 story!!!!

Sam went on a cruise and lost 12 pounds!!!!

Sam went on a cruise and lost 13 pounds!!!!


Thanks for the awesome book. While I’ve always heard you shouldn’t eat this or that, and totally understood why, no one ever gave a GREAT “do this and eat this” option. It was always “just don’t eat the bad stuff!” So besides the great science and suggestions you shared, your menu options and grocery list IS THE STUFF! Seeing that, had me sold and I jumped on board “cold turkey” (or cold asparagus if you rather)!

So the real kicker is this…I downloaded your book to my eBook before jumping a flight to Europe for a 10 day cruise. You know, one of those “I don’t know how I put on 20lbs in 2 weeks?” cruises! So instead I ordered and ate as directed, had a fantastic cruise and in 10 days dropped 13 pounds and feel like a million bucks. A funny note there, when I landed in Barcelona I went for my, what’s become my normal laboring 3 mile run…after the cruise and 10 days and losing 13 pounds, I did the same run and felt like a whole new person! (Duh I’m not carrying what’s equal too a backpack filled with 13 steaks on my back!)

I’ve got 1 more week to go, and then will definitely keep up most of the practices…with the exception of an ice cream splurge when necessary! 🙂

Interesting note….besides the cholesterol drop, I wouldn’t consider it a weight loss diet, but rather a weight normalization diet. After my 13 lbs. which took me to my normal weight I had been for years, there has been no more loss. It is the correct weight for my height and age. Obviously I didn’t have that much to lose weight-wise but for some this diet could be shocking! (in a good way)

All the best….GO GREEN!
Sam Stanton

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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.

  • Dana
    Posted at 00:48h, 04 July

    It would be helpful to hear more details on what and how you ate on the cruise. I am scheduled for a cruise in a couple months and am worried I wont find anything to eat that isnt covered in salt, fat, or sugar.

  • samIam
    Posted at 20:10h, 07 July

    Honestly I started on day 1 of the cruise and for the first 2 days i was all skitz’ed out as to what i could eat. (granted i was on an all inclusive) Anyway after 2 days i got into a groove!
    So breakfast was:
    -Decaf hot tea
    -Oatmeal with fresh fruit (and soy some days)
    -Whole grain toast with honey or peanut butter
    -Fresh Fruit
    -Veggie burger with avacado and sprouts…salad with vinegar dressing
    -whole grain pasta with red sauce and mushrooms…no cheese
    -veggie sandwich (cucumber, avacado, tomatoe, sprouts, mushrooms on whole grain bread)
    -bean burrito on whole wheat tortilla (no cheese)…add some green pepper for a crunch
    -cheese-less pizza with mushroom, artichoke, pineapple, asparagus!
    -spinach salad with walnuts and strawberry and balsamic vinegar
    -killed the salad bars whenever they were set up!
    -guacamole tacos no cheese
    substitute rolls (oh those evil processed rolls that are begging for slabs of butter on them) with rye krisp crackers…great for soaking up red sauce
    Snacks & Dessert
    -baked chips and salsa
    -celery and peanut butter
    -super super dark chocolate…funny thing there is that two little pieces talk all dessert craving away

    Actually the hardest part was I also gave up my addiction of 10 diet cokes a day as well.

    Hey if you are going to do it….DO IT TO IT, no halfways, no “maybe this wont hurts”….do it….you feel good if you do!

    Hope that helps!

    *”In a couple months”….what are you waiting for….go ahead jump in!

  • Dana
    Posted at 23:29h, 08 July

    thanks for your added comments.
    I also found out that if you give the cruiseline notice they will go above and beyond to prepare vegan dishes for you.

  • Mary Jo Urbani
    Posted at 12:37h, 16 June

    I just got back from a Royal Caribbean Cruise. Our cruise was not as healthy as “Sam I Am” or things have just changed in 5 years! Needless to say, neither my husband nor I lost 13 pounds and we worked out 4 or 5 of the 7 days. But Rip’s advice on what to pack when traveling really saved us and we definately did not gain more than a pound (or two).

    For breakfast, I mostly had Rips big bowl (which I brought on board). You can ask for soy milk ( not organic) and fruit (other than berries) was easy to find. For a mid-morning snack, we brought raw nuts with raisins and cranberries from target.

    Lunch was the most engine 2 meal available. There are lots of salad green choices and veggies. While some were probably soaked in butter, others were not. There was always rice (never brown) and beans. Once there was even couscous! Next time, we will bring our own prepared grains. There were seeds and corn can always substitute for a whole grain. By day three of our excursions, we had wised up and started putting rice and beans from breakfast in coffee “togo” cups to take off the ship with us for an easy protein-filled lunch. We tried to take fruit off the ship in Mexico, but they confiscated it. We did get off with our nuts and fig bars, so that served as lunch on day one and day two excursions. By dinner we were generally starving!

    Dinner was the most difficult. We were generally very hungry and the rolls come out first. They were white, no whole wheat or even partially wheat anywhere! They are hard, and almost stale, but when you are starving you dive in. Even though we told the travel agent we were vegan, she said they had option and maybe they did, but they were not that great and almost never on the published menu.

    White rice or white pasta became our standard grain at dinner, if we had a grain. We ended up with veggies and rice most every night. No beans, no tofu, little protein if at all, not a very balanced dinner overall. Desert was always the same fruit plate.

    Lessons Learned:
    Bring your own food, bring organic soy milk if that is what you prefer. On day one, hand the head waiter at dinner some menu suggestions that are more balanced with good protein and less fat.

    Happy Cruising.

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