June 3, 2014

I Overcame a Life of Meat, Junk Food
and Sickness by Adopting a Plant-Based Diet

By Craig Greene 

For years, I lived the fat life … big rare T-bones, grilled lamb chops, dirty martinis, fried calamari appetizers, large pieces of chocolate cake, and often a pack-a-day habit. By 2012 I had blossomed to 242 pounds and was sporting a 42-inch waist. Read the full testimonial here.

Lentil Vegetable Soup

By Heather McDougall 

This soup is a favorite of my boys and so easy to make. I think one of the reasons they like it, is because I chop all of the vegetables really small. And, like most of the soups I make, if you don’t have an ingredient, such as carrot or spinach, leave it out or substitute another favorite ingredient. View the recipe here.

Advanced Symposium: Food + Heath 2014
September 12-14 in Austin, TX

We invite you and your family to be a part of Food + Health 2014, the first Engine 2 Retreats Plant-Strong Advanced Weekend. The event takes place in Austin, Texas from September 12th-14th.

The weekend represents a chance to meet, interact and discuss the food-related issues of our time with leaders in medicine, policy, environmentalism, journalism and business. The presenters include:
  • John Mackey - Co-CEO and Founder of Whole Foods Market
  • Mark Bittman - Author, Columnist for The New York Times
  • Marlene Schwartz, PhD - Director for Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
  • Tony Weis - Author of The Ecological Hoofprint
  • Phillip Tuso, MD - Clinical Director for Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute
  • Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD - Surgeon, Author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
Join us for a a powerful, thought-provoking, and informative weekend. Exchange ideas with people who share your passion for the food movement and see what we can do – as individuals and a nation – to be healthier and more knowledgeable on these important topics.

Click here for more info and to sign up now!

Debunking Egg Industry Myths

While the egg industry would like people to believe that its products do not promote chronic disease, the evidence suggests otherwise. Please watch this 3-minute video from Nutrition Facts.

McDougall’s Moments: Protein and Muscles


John McDougall M.D. discusses the topic of protein and muscle growth in this short video. Please watch the video here.

30 Percent of World is Now Fat, No Country Immune

Animal-based and processed foods are taking a toll around the globe. Click here to read the article on

 Ground Beef Recall Linked to
11 Illnesses in Four States

The latest beef recall makes us wonder why there isn't more concern for the 600,000 people who die in the U.S. each year from heart disease, of which beef and other animal foods are significant contributors. Read the article in the LA Times here.

Food Shots

We made some oil-free veggie burgers for the holiday weekend. What plant-based dishes did you serve up? Please share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page.

We had this nice Garden Wrap for takeout from A Votre Sante in Los Angeles. This Brentwood neighborhood cafe offers many healthy plant-based choices ... We especially enjoy the oil-free vegan soups, which are on the menu every day.

Eating generous amounts of fruit after an intense workout sure hits the spot for us.

Fresh, sweet blueberries ... up close and personal.

So many different kinds of berries to eat. These are golden raspberries and mulberries.
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