All Things Vegan ~ Show Notes ~ July 12, 2011

Listen to the July 12, 2011 show  (or download the archive):

Rip Van [Winkle] Esselstyn: Plant-Strong Triathlete + Firefighter = Engine 2 Diet. Plus: “Vegan Sid” tells of a look behind factory farm walls.


Rip Esselstyn

We catch up with Rip Esselstyn, author of The Engine Two Diet. Rip, unlike his namesake, is a very industrious man.

A world-class triathlete turned firefighter, Rip Esselstyn learned that one of his fellow Engine 2 firefighters in Austin, Texas had a life-threateningly high cholesterol level. During his 10+ years as a professional triathlete, Rip had adopted a plant-based diet at the advice of his father, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, chief of surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. (Dr. Esselstyn discovered through medical research that a plant-based diet, low fat diet could reverse heart disease and diabetes.) Rip put this knowledge to work in helping to motivate the entire Engine 2 firehouse to transition to a healthy “plant-strong” diet. Out of this experience, The Engine Two Diet was formed.


In this interview, Rip shares with us…

  • How to be healthy on a plant-based diet
  • Why he prefers the term “plant-strong” to vegan
  • What percentage of calls the Engine 2 station received that were actually related to fire
  • The origin of his unique first name

We also talk with 38-year vegan “Vegan Sid” during the Mercy for Animals Farm to Fridge Tour in Portland. If you’ve listened to the show and want to hear the rest of Vegan Sid’s undercover story, please email her and let her know that you heard her interview on All Things Vegan.


Vegan Spotlight:

Henry Salt: English writer, campaigner for social reform and animal rights, ethical vegetarian, anti-vivisectionist, biographer, classical scholar, and naturalist.


Vegan Bite, recipe of the month:

Engine 2 Diet Portobello Mushroom Burgers


Veg Out ‘N About (in Bend)

Cafe Yumm!, a uniquely Oregon franchise, has many vegan menu items, or items that can be easily modified to be vegan. There are many Yumm Bowl variations, which can made vegan by omitting the cheese and sour cream toppings. (Note, they have Vegenaise available as a condiment.) The Tempeh Reuben sandwich can be made vegan by omitting the cheese. And Cafe Yumm’s own Ginger-Garlic Veggie Burger (with sourdough bread) is, as they say, “unbelievably vegan.” Baked & glazed tempeh or tofu skewers are available as well, along with a Ginger Spice vegan cookie. There is generally a vegan soup or chili available, along with a salad selection. Cafe Yumm! also sells their egg & dairy free Original Yumm! Sauce in stores locally. The Cafe Yumm in Bend is located at the Old Mill and is open 7 days a week.


News from the Vegan Frontier


News around Town:

Engine 2 Diet 28-Day Challenge, Whole Foods Market – Bend, August 1-28, Orientation July 31. Whole Foods Market and VegNet Bend are teaming up to host an Engine 2 Diet 28 Day Challenge! Follow a Plantstrong™ diet for 28 Days and experience the health benefits! For four weeks in August, participants will follow the Plantstrong, nutrient-dense diet developed by Rip Esselstyn. The challenge will be supported by a series of Supper Club events, Guest Speakers, and cooking lessons, all hosted at Whole Foods Market in Bend. For more information, see

VegNet Bend monthly potluck, 6p, July 27, The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend. This month: Luau! Bring veggie burgers, hot dogs, or veggies to grill and/or a vegan side dish, along with a place setting. For more information, see VegNet Bend on Facebook or



Theme song and musical clips courtesy of Paul Seymour. To learn more about Paul or his music, please visit

Paul Seymour


All Things Vegan airs on KPOV, Bend Community Radio.


2 Responses

  1. […] July 12 show notes and uploaded […]

  2. […] The Engine 2 Diet. He came to Whole Foods to speak to the 28-day challenge crew plus the public. We interviewed him about a month ago by phone, and it was so nice to meet him in person. We got to chat, we got photos, he signed a book […]

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