In Episode #77, I sat down with Rip Esselstyn to talk about his journey as a PLANTSTRONG athlete, health activist, and author. Rip is well known for The Engine 2 Diet, a book he authored in 2009 on a whole-food, plant-based diet, which was inspired by his father’s work (Dr Caldwell Esselstyn Jr) and his time as a firefighter. If you are looking for inspiration from someone who has been a long-term whole-food, plant-based athlete, then look no further than Rip – in fact, just this weekend at age 56, he set another world record in the 200m backstroke!
In this episode, Rip shared the inspiration that led him to change his diet in 1987, his experiences as a swimmer, triathlete, and firefighter, the inspiration behind the Engine 2 Diet, what his kids eat, and much more.
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