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Rip Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn are the authors of The Engine 2 Cookbook, a new book that introduces more than 130 recipes emphasizing the whole foods, plant-based Engine 2 Diet.
Rip Esselstyn served as a firefighter in Austin, Texas for a number of years. In this role, he saw first-hand the culture of toxic food consumption in the firehouse, leading to serious health problems among his fellow firefighters. In March 2003, Rip introduced the Engine 2 Diet and started a healthy eating revolution in the Austin fire department.
While the stereotype exists that men eat meat and other “strong” foods, this meat can actually be detrimental as it only contains protein and fat. Rip explains that fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds are the true superheroes that allow you to be and perform at your best. Fueling the body with plant-based and whole foods are the best options for maintaining energy levels, as the cleanest burning fuel comes from plants.
Jane explains that the concept of batch cooking makes it easy to stick to the program outlined in the Engine 2 Diet. This involves planning and cooking in advance. Jane recommends buying and cooking a larger quantity of food at one time. This food can be consumed throughout the week, requiring only a few minutes of heating prior to eating.
About 80% of the recipes in the book have less than 10 ingredients. These are simple and quick recipes that make it easier to stick with the program.