I’ve been vegan for some time now, vegetarian for even longer, but I feel like I’ve stalled – my weight is steady, but I clearly could shed more than a few pounds. Part of it is overeating and drinking too much wine, but a big part of that comes from my approach. Rather than embracing a plant-based lifestyle, I’ve taken a meat-based meal plan and simply replaced the meat with healthier options. I’m still eating too much processed food, still thinking about how my meals fit within a typical American diet. It needs to change.
Reading Rip Esselstyn’s Engine 2 Diet, this is what most struck me. My body won’t change until my approach changes. To follow this diet, you must give up meat and dairy, no problem, but also all processed foods (bye bye bagels). More difficult for me is giving up extracted oils – we love our olive and grapeseed oils! Rip writes that you can make the change in 28 days, which is how long new habits take to ingrain. The book claims that a fully plant-based diet will:
- Help you lose weight;
- Lower your body fat;
- Increase your lean muscle mass;
- Improve your cardiovascular health;
- Will make you more disease-proof; and
- Give you many more positive benefits.
As a vegan already, I completely concur with this. I truly believe a plant-based diet is the way to go. It definitely is not easy in our society, but I think it’s worth the effort to gain the benefits.
The book is decently written, motivational, and goes behind many typical diseases and how they can be prevented using this plant-based diet. Is the book perfect? No. One of the glaring, to me, contradictions is the statement that to be successful, one must follow a whole foods diet, but then Rip suggests soy milk instead of dairy, and Boca burgers instead of beef. While theyare definitely healthier, they are not whole foods, but rather processed foods. No biggie, still a step in the right direction.
The book also includes an exercise regimen to follow and a whole lot of recipes to try out. I purposefully did not try any of the recipes, as Laima had said she wanted to try out the 28 Day Challenge. If she’s up for it, so am I and we’ll use these recipes if we can’t get things going on our own.
Disclaimer: This product was advanced to me for review purposes, courtesy of Hachette Book Group. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give it a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.
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