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03 Feb The Engine 2 Challenge Bloggers!

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Today is the official start of the Engine 2 Challenge! Throughout the month there will be a group of amazing bloggers talking about their plant-strong journey. We will be featuring some of their blogs through the month, but you can follow along with them on your own on their daily adventures of the E2 Challenge.

Here is the list: 

I attended the Farms 2 Forks Immersion in New York in 2012 as well as completing T. Colin Campbell’s ECornell course on whole food, plant based nutrition.
I also own a gym on Staten Island (Monkey Bar Gymnasium) and part of the gym’s philosophy is to encourage our clients to eat whole food, plant based to achieve optimal health.
In addition to running my gym I am a firefighter in NYC

All Squared Up
About our attempts to live a simple and healthy life in Northern California. While eating plant-strong, we are working to turn our suburban lot into a fruit producing, veggie growing, low-water, dog friendly place. Exercise is my weak link, so here I go revving up for my Engine 2 Challenge!


For the past several months I have been transitioning from vegetarian to vegan to plant strong. I recently had the opportunity to attend a screening of Forks Over Knives in Portland and heard Rip speak and I was inspired to make the final push to a completely plant strong diet. I will be participating in the challenge both online and at the Pearl District Whole Foods location Portland. Follow my adventures during the challenge at www.chrisalanjones.com.

Dandelion Wishes 

 My name is Laura. I have been vegetarian, mostly vegan/mostly plant based, since February 2012.  I decided to start the blog in December 2012; after receiving a number of cookbooks for Christmas I set forth to challenge myself to try at least one new recipe a week throughout 2013.  I’ve continued the weekly blog for 2014 and this years challenge was to start creating my own recipes while continuing to try new things from the cookbook collection.  Whole Foods Devon PA is my local whole foods and is participating.  I plan to try to attend some of the events .
My name is Christine and I blog at Our Homeschool Reviews.  I’ve been blogging since 2010 and write about homeschooling and family life, as well as menu plans and recipes.  I’m excited to be taking part in the Engine 2 Challenge and hope I can not only challenge, educate, and motivate others, but also stay motivated myself.  
Choose Wellness Not Illness: 
I will use this for the challenge.  I am hoping to also include my husband in this as well.  We are already pretty darn plant strong (kids are great too).
I’m just a girl trying to eat a whole food, plant-based diet in a processed, genetically-modified world. I hope that doing the Engine 2 Challenge online will keep me accountable and encourage others to eat more plants.
I’m a blogger living and loving life in Los Angeles. I hide behind the title “vegetarian” with lots and lots of sugar, which results in very little energy. But not anymore –  I’m ready to truly make healthy eating a lasting lifestyle!
My name is Charity.
I am a 34 year old mom to a 5 year old boy.  The past few years I have battled Thyroid Cancer and other illnesses. By participating in this challenge I am hoping to achieve a new level of health and well being! I look forward to sharing my journey on the 28 day challenge with you!
About Me: I started working on my plant-strong journey in 2013 and have had many ups and downs with it. Success is never a straight line but I have learned a lot along the way! I don’t need to lose weight but I want to get healthier both physically and mentally. I want to change my health destiny because I have diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, cancer, and Alzheimer’s in my family history.
Anwar and Laura have a blog that focuses on shopping at Whole Foods Market on a budget.  A husband and wife filmmaking team, they have experienced great ups and downs with their weight.  While they have eaten vegan diets before, they have never taken on the 28 Day Engine 2 Challenge!  They are hoping that it’s one giant step in the right direction for their health!
My name is Lydia  I have two little girls,ages six and eight and am married to a professional artist. I like to paint,write short stories and read.The reason that I am interested in this challenge is that I started eating vegan last year after watching Forks to Knives and I’ve loved it so far. I’m determined to go for a more plant strong lifestyle now though,I want to give up things like oil,soy creamer and cheese substitutes. I’ve already started working out more often but I want to be more consistent about it. I look forward to spreading the word about a plant strong lifestyle.
Firstly, I love food!  My personal plant-strong journey (initiated after some scary cholesterol numbers and a bad family history of heart disease) led to me create my blog to show others that healthy cooking can be so fun and a beautiful part of life!  I live in beautiful Portland, OR and am a busy working professional so I know how challenging eating a healthy, plant-strong diet can be when we are so busy!  I love running and am looking forward to getting back into road racing this year, fueled by a plant-based diet!
Hi, I’m Devin ! I decided to do the challenge because I am passionate about health and also because I am pregnant with my first child. There seems to be a great deal of misinformation out there about how women need animal products while pregnant (even a lot of vegan celebrities ditch the diet while pregnant) but that is just not true. I hope others can see the benefits I will inevitably enjoy from doing this challenge and be inspired to make the change themselves.
I just turned 49.  Lost a lot of weight 10 years ago on Atkins.  Kept it off!  But am more into animal activism and don’t want to or enjoy eating fleshes.  But I do like dairy.  Especially, due to my Indian heritage, we love our ghee and cream for the coffee!  My wife Jane also has weight to lose.  We eat too much, of the wrong foods. We want to avoid cancers and cardiovascular issues. . Living in DC, where our Whole Foods stores are so active to help their shoppers be healthy, we are constantly reading and hearing about things to make our lives better.  A new us in a new year!
We are participating thru the Whole Foods market in Silver Spring, MD.
A few things about me: I have mostly cut out meat and dairy from my diet. I say mostly because I don’t always ask if the broth in a soup is vegetable, or if the oatmeal is made with milk or water, that sort of thing. And every once in awhile I have sushi or some other type of seafood.  I’ve lived this way on and off, mostly on for the last 2 years.  I was hoping to lose weight (need to lose about 15 lbs) but have lost nothing! I have exercised and really tried to choose healthier non-animal foods. I am hoping cutting out sugar and oil is what I need.  Regardless of weight loss, I do feel this diet is the healthiest and want to do it.
My name is Heather.  I’m 41 years old and I’ve been a vegetarian for 14 years but not always the healthiest eater.  I lost 10 lbs last fall but already gained it back because I got lazy with my diet.  I’m trying to make some permanent changes.
 I’m Morgan and I exclusively blog Plant Strong recipes (whole food, plant based & no oil) that I cook for my cute little family of 3! I love simply prepared meals as well as making awesome healthy versions of junk foods that we all once loved.
 Heather Jean is a team member at Whole Foods Market in Franklin, TN (McEwen location).  She is a singer songwriter originally from Wisconsin, but has grown a bit self-conscious to perform in the recent months due to a weight gain.  Now, she’s ready to get back on track, learn more about nutrition and inspire other folks who want to look, feel and BE healthy with the Engine 2 Diet 28 Day Challenge!  Follow along and see if Heather Jean really CAN Engine 2!
I’ve read The China Study, Forks Over Knives (and watched the documentary), The Engine 2 Diet, and My Beef With Meat, and am convinced that the path to health and well-being is by following a plant-strong diet.  Heart disease runs in my family and I work hard to eat well and exercise.  I am excited to participate in the challenge as a way maintain a plant-strong lifestyle, challenge myself to try new recipes and foods, and motivate others to get them on board with plant-strong!
I am from Upstate NY and am happily married. The gluten free menu was adopted by choice but two years ago we had a serious medical wake up call that brought us to find Engine 2, which helped us embrace a healthier diet.
Why am I doing the Engine Two Challenge?  Why not?  We only have one body and it’s wasn’t created to be a garbage disposal.  Why not take 28 days and try something that is based on nourishing your body and give your body a break from working to process junk.
Catherine Trestini graduated from Rutgers University in 2011 in Comparative Literature and Visual Art. She is a creative social media strategist building brands that rock. Catherine loves blogging, photographing, and eating vegan.
Follow her @CatTrestini on Twitter.
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  • Our Homeschool Reviews
    Posted at 10:15h, 03 February

    Excited for the challenge!!

  • trennie
    Posted at 12:55h, 03 February

    I’m looking forward to the challenge!

  • Mattye Lee Thompson
    Posted at 13:13h, 03 February

    Awesome! I’ve just begun a blog too as my husband and I embrace this challenge from a gluten free angle. I look forward to reading how everyone is doing!

    • Jessica Evans
      Posted at 22:11h, 18 February

      Hi I was diagnosed about 3 months ago with celiac disease. Are you finding it hard to do the gluten free angle. Some of the recipes call for whole grain tortillas and bread. I was just wondering how you are adapting ?

      • Mattye Lee Thompson
        Posted at 07:24h, 19 February

        I’m doing well! I have a blog on blogspot that I am putting my E2 inspired recipes on. I tried to load pics on here to do that and had difficulties. Do you have a Whole Foods near you? We found that some of the E2 products are gluten free, such as the brown rice wraps and the frozen veg burgers – very good too! Another thing I like to do for wraps is use organic collard leaves.

        I am gluten intolerant, which, I have read is a precursor to Celiac. Are you able to do certified gluten free/organic oats? You can easily make your own oat flour in a dry blender or food processor. What about organic corn? I have found that making my own gluten free flour is the best route. I have a Korean market nearby that has a whole aisle of alternative flours and starches such as: brown rice, white rice, potato, sweet potato, tapioca, and numerous bean flours. Indian markets carry chickpea and lentil flours, which I use in my gravies. You can also make bean gravies using canned beans or beans cooked from dry, nutritional yeast, veg broth, water, or wine.

        The gluten free all purpose flour blend I make is used in a 1:1 replacement ratio. What I like to do with recipes that call for whole wheat flour is use a mix – 1/2 of my GF flour blend and 1/2 oat flour to give it the heaviness of the whole wheat flour. If you cannot use oats, then other alternative flours would be coconut flour or almond flour.

        • Jessica Evans
          Posted at 08:03h, 19 February

          Yes I can do oats! And I do have a whole foods nearby. I’m new to all of this so thank you so much for the helpful tips. Looks like my free time is going to be in the kitchen having fun with all kinds of new things I never thought to use.

  • Sunny
    Posted at 16:29h, 05 February

    Hi everyone, I’m excited to have gotten started, on Super Bowl Sunday no less! Of course they served meatballs and BBQ ribs! But there were lovely trays of fruits and veggies thank goodness. I’ve never been a vegetarian and have always been a cheese adict. So all this is so new to me. I’m a little nervous! I’m going cold turkey (or tofu) with everything and so far feeling great. Is this the best place to check in now and then for advice? There’s so many great resources out here. Looking forward to the next few weeks!

  • Jessica Evans
    Posted at 22:09h, 18 February

    I just joined the 28 day challenge and I am very excited to do this. Although I’m doing this alone and I live with a meat loving boyfriend that thinks I’m crazy…I’m doing it anyways and hope to be an inspiration to him. I love fruits and veggies and am excited to start this new journey! Best of luck to everyone that just started I hope to make new friends and support groups.

  • Jessica Evans
    Posted at 11:06h, 19 February

    So I have a question?? This may seem silly but do I need to worry about calorie intake ? Or should I just eat until I’m full and not worry about calorie intake? Help please…

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