I’m excited to be joining in the Nationwide 28 day challenge for the Engine 2 diet! Engine 2 is not a weight loss diet, a gimmick, or a quick fix. It’s a whole foods, plant based diet and a team of supportive people who can help you learn to “cook, eat, and live in a way that’s truly healthy and will allow you to be your best you!” –Rip Esselstyn
I think the thing that attracted me to the Engine 2 plan is that it’s for real people who live in the real world. It can be tailored to your needs. If you like to eat simply, and make easy, no recipe meals, they have tips for you. If you love to cook and make great looking dishes to impress your friends and family, they have recipes and tools for you. If you are not even sure you like to eat vegetables, they will help you with how to ease into plant based eating and focus on foods you do like. You can eat out but need to learn to ask for what you need and yes, you can even have chocolate. However, I am still learning that treats are for special occasions, not for everyday.
If you don’t have any friends or family in your area who eat plant based and you need support to learn how to get started and how to maintain a plantstrong diet over the long term, Engine 2 even has an online support web site called Engine 2 extra. You can join for only $5.00/month and you can meet new friends who are just as excited as you about your new lifestyle, get coaching from knowledgeable and friendly support staff, share your journey in your personal blog and get meal ideas and tips on how to navigate social situations. It also gives me a place to go when my family tires of my plant based ramblings!
If you would like to learn more about 28 days spent learning to love plants and how they can help you be your best you, stroll on over to Engine 2 and download the 2015 eBook with recipes, exercises, guidelines for easing into the plan or diving in headfirst!
I will be journaling my food for the next 28 days, the good, the bad, an the ugly, so here goes!
Breakfast: Steamed kale with blueberry banana oats, topped with grape nuts, a tsp of maple syrup and almond milk , and apple cinnamon herbal tea
Snack: 1 1/2 bananas
Lunch: Sweet potato topped with leftover rice and beans, salsa, and chipotle Tabasco, spinach with strawberry balsamic, and a honeycrisp apple which I ended up eating after supper
Supper: Engine 2 roasted red pepper hummus with 365 brand woven wheat no oil crackers, Happy Herbivore inspired Thai soup with veggies and tofu (Thanks to Annabelle and Rob for helping me make supper!), 4 cherries dipped in chocolate from a local shop. I think my excuse for buying these cherries was celebrating wedding dress shopping with my daughter. I had been doing well avoiding sweets but they crept back in. Time to start over!