Notice the wording. Rescue, Challenge, and Free. This is a gift.
I'll be doing this. It will be a piece of cake. Admittedly an oil free, salt free, sugar free, dairy free, meat and egg free piece of cake but a piece of cake nonetheless. Anyone can do this for a mere seven days. It will reset your body. Give you the springboard you need for the balance you deserve. You will likely feel so much better after 7 days on this strict program you just might continue. The rules can be relaxed a bit if you are kinda healthy but you may wish to continue with it anyway.
This is scary stuff to the uninitiated. Believe me I know. I've been there. But now I'm here and you can be too! What do you have to lose other than a few pounds, some cholesterol, and hypertension while eating all fresh and natural plant based foods. Your tastes will begin to change. Your entire body will begin to change and it will thank your mind for talking itself into this.
You won't be hungry. I guarantee this. But you must make the effort. You must commit and learn as you go. You may make a few mistakes. You may stumble. But you can always jump right back up on that horse that you so sorely need. Take responsibility for your own health and get off the pharmaceutical merry-go-round. Tell your doctor "See ya next year" instead of "See ya tomorrow".
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. EVERYTHING.
Check with your doctor first.
Last Edit: Jan 10, 2018 16:27:51 GMT -5 by gracoman
Get ready! We are gearing up for the Seven-Day Rescue Challenge. It all starts January 3!
Let this be one for the ages. A week that will go down in your personal history book as the most life-changing, life-affirming seven days you've ever experienced. And it all starts with the food.
During the Seven-Day Rescue Challenge you will:
Consume no meat. Consume no dairy products or eggs. Use no added oil (and read labels to ensure you're avoiding added oils in products). Limit nuts (and avocados). Eat greens at every meal. Consume minimal salt. Consume minimal sugar. Consume 100 percent whole grains. Drink lots of water. Exercise - move that body every day!
Watch your inbox each Challenge morning starting in January for quick insight into the seven pillars of the challenge and be inspired by daily videos offering simple recipe solutions to your new lifestyle. In the meantime, download the official Seven-Day Rescue Challenge guide booklet for next steps, resources and everything you'll need to rock the Challenge (and beyond) and join our private Facebook group for incredible support and resources to help you on your journey.
There is an incredibly active group on the 7DR Facebook page with a mountain of support and advice. I started posting there myself in the hope that I can help somebody through the transition. You don't have to join to look. Give it a look see and check out the enthusiasm. It is contagious. Maybe you'll decide to give this a go. The national challenge begins Jan 3rd but, like a surprising number of others, I started early.
Does the challenge work? What can you expect from this challenge? The results are well documented and extraordinary. This diet has been around since the early eighties. Dr Caldwell Esselstyn's groundbreaking book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease was published in, if I remember correctly, 1984. None of this is new stuff but the Engine 2 Rescue diet shines is how easy it has made this for everybody.
The first nation wide rescue challenge begins tomorrow Jan 3rd but anyone can begin at any time.
Whole Foods has partnered with the 7 Day Challenge and created a line of diet compliant products. None of these are necessary or required but for the lazy or confused among us they are a Godsend to help get you started. These foods are only available at Whole Foods. ALL ENGINE 2 FOODS are 25% off the entire month of January 2018! Now is the time to make the trip to your nearest Whole Foods Market and stock up on all your favorites, including our brand new frozen Engine 2 Ravioli and Squarito Burritos!
So just what does a compliant 7DR look like? No meat, no dairy, no eggs, No nuts (except a small handful of walnuts each day for Omegas), 1 tablespoon per day dried fruit, 1 tablespoon per day ground chia or ground flax seed, enough plant milk to wet compliant cereal but no more, whole grains only, no sugar, greens at every meal (yes breakfast too), no oils, no creamer in coffee or tea. What is left to eat? I'll post a few Engine 2 Seven Day Challenge compliant dishes as I make them. I missed quite a few pix but that's okay. Better late than never.
My "normal" SAD diet son Kyle, has agreed to be a guinea pig for a few of these so we'll get his opinion
Pasta Fagioli with Cranberry Beans and Kale
There is a boat load of garlic and spices in there along with diced tomatoes and whole wheat pasta Dried cranberry beans are from Rancho Gordo.
I made this in a stove top pressure cooker. It was very good. The broth was fantastic. Next time I will make it brothier. Probably also add mushrooms and carrots. I had a kale salad along with it. I'm not a big fan of raw kale but a spicy 7DR dressing changed it all around. I'll post the recipe for that later. Kyle did not eat the kale salad. There was a lot of it in there already but he did give the hearty soup gave a thumbs up and would eat it again.
A bowl of kale and spinach sparked by a drizzle of Sweet Fire dressing along side two servings of oatmeal made with 1 tablespoon ground flax seed and a handful of blueberries. This is a lot of food. Eat until you are comfortably full and watch the pounds drop and your blood work numbers improve. There is no calorie counting here. It is all nutrient dense low calorie foods. Greens at every meal takes a bit of getting used to but not much. I am over it half way through the first breakfast.
Sweet Fire dressing from top engine 2 recipes
½ cup plain oat milk (or any unsweetened plant milk) ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper ⅛ teaspoon smoked paprika ¼ cup Dijon mustard or spicy brown mustard ¼ cup pure maple syrup
Combine the plant milk, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, mustard and maple syrup in a bowl. Stir well and serve.
Servings: 1 cup (about 6 to 8 servings)
This recipe is public information so there is no copyright violation. I will only post Engine 2 publicly released recipes.
This bowl may look like a mess (it was) but I didn't feel like cooking and this fell within the guidelines . Who doesn't love hash browns. It was tastier than you might expect. And simple.
An entire bag of air fried hash brown potatoes topped with an entire bag of microwaved frozen broccoli dusted with nooch (Nutritional yeast) and sparked with sriracha. Now I know I'm never going to convince anyone that nooch is a very tasty condiment but I'm going to throw it out there anyway. You won't know if you don't go. That said, I'm pretty sure I can convince folks this is again a lot of food. That is a big bowl.
My breakfast greens bowls are growing as my tastes reset. This one is kale, spinach and baby arugula sparked with balsamic glaze. The other bowl is Grape-nuts with banana, blueberries and almond milk. I haven't eaten Grape-nuts since I was a kid. My mother used to eat Grape-nuts. So did Euell Gibbons. Along with his shoe. Thing is, I'd forgotten how intense this cereal is. My eyes were way bigger than my stomach on this one. It tasted great but I could only eat half of it. I won't make this mistake again.
This morning I tried one of the Engine 2 breakfast recipes. I made the spelt, oat, flax, blueberry pancakes. These were fantastic. No syrup please. It's not necessary with the amount of blueberries in these. Make a bunch because they can be frozen and heated up at any time by putting them in your toaster. Just like a nasty sugary, eggy, fatty, frozen Eggo waffle.
Engine 2 Spelt-blueberry pancakes
2 cups spelt flour 2 cups oat flour 2 tablespoons baking powder 4 tablespoons ground flaxseed (also sometimes labeled “flax meal”) ½ teaspoon salt 3 ½ cups low fat soy or almond milk 4 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 cups blueberries
Whisk the flours, baking powder, flax meal and salt together in a large bowl. Combine the wet ingredients in another bowl. Form a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Stir the batter just until the dry ingredients are thoroughly moistened: it will seem very thin, but it will thicken.
Let the batter rest for 15 minutes (spelt flour takes a little longer to absorb the liquids). If you don’t wait, your pancakes won’t be as crisp!
After the batter has rested, fold in the blueberries. Heat a dry, nonstick skillet (ceramic-coated skillets work especially well) until a drop of water dances on its surface. Ladle a large scoop of batter into the pan. Several pancakes can be cooked at once if you’re using a large skillet.
Cook until the batter begins to bubble and the bottom of the pancake is golden. Flip and cook on the other side until both sides are golden.
Servings: Makes 25 to 30 pancakes
I also had a bowl of cooked spinach sparked with pineapple vinegar. No pic.
Why do we eat greens, cooked or raw, at every meal and even between meals? Because the simple act of chewing greens produces nitric oxide that is absorbed and released into the blood stream through the tongue bathing our damaged arteries.
Eat your greens
Last Edit: Jan 6, 2018 13:27:28 GMT -5 by gracoman
A bowl of steamed kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts and walnuts sparked with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. There is a lot of kale in there. It cooks down just like spinach. To the right, a bowl of oatmeal with blueberries, 1 T ground flax seed and applesauce sprinkled with Grape-Nuts for some crunch.
Imagine a diet that allows you to eat as much as you want, cleans out arteries, normalizes blood pressure, kicks type II diabetes's butt, lowers your cholesterol, quickly melts the pounds away, and makes you heart attack proof.
What the heck are you waiting for?
Talk to your doctor. Take the challenge. If you don't feel better at the end of these 7 days I'll eat my hat. Remember when people used to eat their hats when they failed. That'll be me.
Go for a walk. Stuff your face. Eat your greens. Feel better.
This was supposed to be several pre made breakfasts for the week but the house smelled so good I had to give it a go This stuff has the consistency of bread pudding. Excellent!
After an overnight rest
This morning's breakfast. Steamed baby kale & steamed spinach topped with baby arugula and doused with banana vinegar.
Baked Berry Oatmeal
A 7DR breakfast recipe
4 Cups old fashioned oats plus more before baking 3 Cups unsweetened applesauce 2 T cinnamon plus more for sprinkling 2 cups unsweetened almond milk or water 3 cups fresh or frozen berries or cherries 3 T ground flaxseed
Pre heat oven to 400 stir ingredients into a 9x13" baking pan until well combined top with a few handfuls of oats and a dash of cinnamon bake for 45 minutes let cool for 10 minutes before serving
So how exactly does a diet without eating restrictions work? How does one lose weight eating as much as one wants? Calorie Density
Traditionally deep fried, gateaux piments are a traditional snack food on the island of Mauritius off the coast of Africa. Ingredients are yellow split peas, cumin seed, cilantro, green onion, turmeric, and chopped chili peppers. I like a little heat so I used a jalapeño, a serrano, and a fresno but a mild anaheim will work. Lets' make them in the airfryer.
I mixed my daily tablespoon of ground flax seed (I grind my own) with 3 T of water and let it gel before adding to the mix to help hold the piments together. When the balls were finished I rolled them in aquafaba. These finished up a little dry so next time I will also add aquafaba to the mix before airfrying.
I airfryed these for 10 minutes at 390ºF and got a nicely browned crispy exterior. I plated them on a large green spinach, baby arugula salad along with unsweetened applesauce as a dipping sauce to tone down the heat.
Gateaux Piments also work baked in the oven but things like this are why I picked up an airfryer.
Plated on a large spinach and baby arugula salad and served with natural unsweetened applesauce as a dipping sauce to tone down the heat.