Real Men Eat Plants, Heritage Prairie Farm and the Engine 2 Diet

January 23, 2012 at 11:26 am

Now that I am working at a winter Farmer’s market, I get to talk to the farmers even more about what’s going on at their farms . Heritage Prairie Farm in Elburn, Il, which is truly flourishing with projects, greenhouse farm dinners, chef sponsored bee hives, and yes, I did buy some of their lavender honey yesterday, has a hot new project on the burner(yes, pun intended) The Engine 2 diet.

Engine 2, based in Austin, Texas has selected the farm as the site for their Midwest Immersion Conference , June 30- July 1. The weekend will be dedicated to empowering people to live healthier through a plant-powered eating program.

After, I heard this, I had 2 thoughts, 1)anything that is plant based, (I do love some meats) but I think focus on a plant based diet is a great thing and 2) is this another fad diet? Maybe I live under a mushroom but I had not heard of the Engine2 Diet. The Engine2 Diet or E2 to some, is a New York Time best seller and the recent documentary Forks Over Knives, focused on 2 heart surgeons who independently of each other, discovered that a plant-based diet enables the body to heal and reverse heart disease and diabetes.

How the Engine 2 came to life, was that as a world class triathlete turned firefighter, Rip Esselstyn was used to responding to emergencies. When he learned that one of his fellow Engine 2 firefighters in Austin was in dire condition with a dangerously high cholesterol level of 344, he sprang into action and motivated the entire Engine 2 firehouse to join together in plant-strong solidarity to help save the life of their friend. Rip had adopted a plant-based diet at the advice of his father, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, chief of surgery at the Cleveland Clinic who discovered through medical research that a plant-based low fat diet could reverse heart disease and diabetes.By converting to plant-based meals with Rip as their guide, all the firefighters lost weight(some more than 20 lbs.), lowered their cholesterol(Mr. 344′s dropped to 196) and improved their overall health. The plant-based eating program is based on a diet of whole foods, including vegetables, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts and is designed to transform body and liefstyle in 28 days.

E2 Immersion Particpants join Rip and a group of leading nutrition experts(inlcuding his father, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. of the Cleveland Clinic, the dynamic and hilarious, nutrition expert Jeff Novick and renowned psychologist Doug Lisle, for an amazing, life-changing experience. Receive education about the powerful influence diet has on the body’s heatlh as well as extensive training on implementing a plant-strong lifestyle. The Immersion Program takes place June 30 – July 1 and you can go here for more information (when you go to the link, scroll down the page).

Whether you are a sceptic of just another diet or not, plants are great for you and “real men do eat plants”. To quote, Ann Flood, Editor of Edible Chicago magazine, “It is all good!!” Anything that encourages people to eat local, to eat whole foods, to know your ingredients is a great thing and to learn more stop by the Heritage Prairie booth at the Green City Market, stop by the farm in Elburn or go to their website. There is alot abuzz on their farm!!!!!!!!!