Rip Van Esselstyn: Plant-Strong Triathlete + Firefighter = Engine 2 Diet. Plus: “Vegan Sid” and a look behind factory farm walls. ~ July 12, 2011 ~ All Things Vegan

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.

We also bring you a woman-on-the-street interview with 38-year vegan “Vegan Sid” during the Mercy for Animals Farm to Fridge Tour in Portland. She tells her story of a look behind factory farm walls.

All Things Vegan airs on KPOV, Bend Community Radio.

Listen to the July 12, 2011 show. For complete show notes, see All Things Vegan Radio.

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