Making health a habit in 2013—Rip Esselstyn

Rip Esselstyn, former professional triathlete and firefighter

Rip Esselstyn, former professional triathlete and firefighter

As old man 2012 drags himself off the stage, now is a great time for a resolution to “make health a habit” in 2013. And that is the title of a recent TEDx Talk by Rip Esselstyn, author of the best-selling Engine 2 Diet.

This 17-minute video is a great summary of what we should be eating if we want to make health a habit. Rip uses superb graphics as he deftly answers all the questions that people have about a shift to a plant-strong diet—and shows many delicious foods that you can enjoy for the rest of your life.

You’ll especially like the way he moved from slaying dragons (fires) as a firefighter to slaying a completely different kind of dragon:

The five-headed dragon of chronic disease—accounting for 75% of our health care costs. Heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes and obesity.

Slaying the 5-headed dragon of chronic disease

Slaying the 5-headed dragon of chronic disease

The Bottom Line. This is the video to share with your friends who’re thinking about taking charge of their health—whether as a New Year’s Resolution or simply a sound decision anytime of year.

This former professional triathlete illustrates that his plant-strong diet-style can be a very manly way of eating. As for heart disease, he says that the canary in the coal mine—the first sign of heart disease—is an under-performing penis.

Watch this video, then share it with everyone you care about. If you want to watch it in full-screen mode, you’ll need to click on YouTube in the lower right hand corner after clicking the Start button.

Mr. Rip Esselstyn, son of the great Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., of The Cleveland Clinic

Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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1 Response to Making health a habit in 2013—Rip Esselstyn

  1. Dan Liese says:

    Great video puts a positive spin on taking care of your health.

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