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The Engine2 Diet

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

I've watched the film "Forks Over Knives" more than once. It's a documentary about plant-based eating and how it not only is good for your health and for weight loss, but also has been shown to reduce and even reverse serious health issues.

Somehow I became aware of the Engine2 Diet, started by the son of a heart surgeon who is part of producing that film. I found Rip Esselstyn's new podcast about this lifestyle, which led me to their website:

I am trying out their meal planner. My weight has gone up since Christmas, and Weight Watchers seemed not to work for me. I don't want to count points. I want to be aware of the foods I am eating and what they are doing for my health.

I'm not trying to sell the lifestyle. For instance, I know many people here swear by Paleo and find it effective in losing weight. Different approaches work for each of us, and I respect that.

The approach includes limiting or cutting back on oils, for one thing. And of course, they don't like premade protein bars or shakes. I have cut out the Vega protein bars, mostly because our big box store stopped selling them. But I will continue my Vega shakes in the afternoon until or if I want to cut back or eliminate. Funny thing, how we become so attached to our eating habits. I loved cheeseburgers and gave them up. I loved cookies and gave them up. I didn't think I could "survive" without constantly (let's be honest) snacking all day.

I reduced the amount of snacks and replaced them with herbal teas and raw vegetables. I keep trying to get that water drinking in. Still have some snacks, but far less. So why did I wake up Saturday morning in a panic about not cooking with oil, or no longer eating handfuls of nuts? (I sometimes eat several handfuls of cashews. When I am not being "good".)

I had to stop and think about this. I remember cutting back drastically in a diet plan I participated in a year or two ago, and how it made me an anxious wreck. And my hair started to thin. I am not going there again. It worked, but at what cost? So I tried looking at the possibility of incremental change. Sneak up on ya' change.

So I said to myself, OMG! There are no stir-fry dishes in Engine2 Diet, at least in my planner. But I love stir-fry. So I modified it. I used vegetable broth with a dash of peanut sauce and about a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil for the whole dish:

My husband is in the habit of emailing me a photo of our Planned Overs lunches daily.
Then he sent me this:

A scallion heart. Awwwww...he is a sweetie.

I used lots of garlic and ginger, and expanded the range of vegetables in order to make more bulk. Tempeh, asparagus, red pepper, mushrooms, and zucchini. I had some leftover peas so I added them to the rice and "broth-fried" them, too. I just love using things up. My raised during the Depression mother would be proud of me.

It worked. I didn't give up my stir-fry. I think what I am trying to express is that we have to live and enjoy ourselves if we want our weight loss and health plans to be successful.

And, the meal planner I am using has a blank space for "Add your own meal". I like this.
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  • DEE797
    Love the scallion heart. So glad you found something that works for you. I've heard of the Engine2 Diet, will have to find the podcast. Thanks for sharing..
    149 days ago
    Way to eat!!!! emoticon
    149 days ago
  • LINDA!
    It is so cute that your husband sent you the photo of the scallion that looks like a heart. Little things like that make me smile.

    I am anxious to see how you like the diet.
    150 days ago
    Never heard of this Diet,be something
    to try for sure.Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    150 days ago
    Yay, you! And yay, your husband also - I love that scallion heart.

    I'm vegan, of course, and try to follow a WFPB diet when I'm not too lazy or whiny.

    But like you, the no-oil thing scares me, especially for cooking. Do you water or broth-saute? I'm very curious to follow your progress and am so glad you're blogging about it. Thank you. :)
    150 days ago
    I am familiar with the Engine 2 diet, it's been around since 2009. I remember their cookbook featured lasagna. I urged my Dad to go on this diet, but he would not. So of course, he did get diabetes. There is an Engine 2 diet cookbook for diabetics.
    So it's very healthy and very respected in the medical world--glad you discovered it. The only reason for my not doing it is that I wanted to be vegan/vegetarian but I wanted it to simple!

    restingly in the above article, the Spark Solution Diet (from Chris's book, I didn't know it had a diet plan!) ranks higher for weight loss than the Engine 2 Diet. And both these diets rank above what is classified as a vegan diet for weight loss!
    150 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/21/2019 3:23:14 PM
    There are so many things out there---and I always say, "As long as it works-and it took me a L-O-N-G time to find a plan that is right for me! .. So hope you are happy!
    150 days ago
    Fantastic you found a way to modify what you like! That's what it's all about!
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