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Jane is a fresh and charismatic voice on the plant-based, whole food diet. She brings her perspective and passion as a woman, nurse and mother to creating on-ramps to the plant-based way of life. Jane is an avid and inventive designer of plant-based recipes and the co-author of The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook (Avery, 2014) with her next-door neighbor and mom, Ann. And she created the recipe section of Plant-Strong, and The Engine 2 Seven Day Rescue by her brother, Rip Esselstyn. Jane presents her work, research, and recipes across the country. Her presentations, food demonstrations, samples and food parties bring clarity of understanding and a can-do attitude to the power of plant-based eating. The Journal of Pediatrics recently published the study she worked on with the Cleveland Clinic observing the effect of a plant-based diet on pediatric obesity and hypercholesterolemia. Jane met her husband and fellow educator, Brian Hart, while working as a field instructor for Outward Bound. They have three plant-based children. Jane graduated from the University of Michigan, where she competed nationally as a recruited swimmer and rower, and earned a B.S. in Nursing from Kent State University.
Today we talk about her journey into plant based eating, her family and their involvement, we will dig into one of the studies she was part of based on childhood obesity and whole food plant based eating and the remarkable results , we talk about how to get started and simple ways to eat more plants and also a sneak peak into the new cookbook she and her mother just completed coming out in late 2021. If you think plant based eating is boring just check out her YouTube channel and that belief will go right out the window.
This was a really fun conversation, Jane’s energy is contagious and fueled by plants so take a listen and I will see you on the other side.
Links from the episode below:
Jane’s website: https://janeesselstyn.com/
Jane and Ann’s Youtube channel! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkVtuE3WR0NhNnDiP5d_pAA
The Esselstyn Foundation: https://esselstynfamilyfoundation.org/
Books: Plant Strong with Rip Esselstyn – https://www.amazon.com/Plant-Strong-Discover-Healthiest-Diet-Recipes/dp/1455509353/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=Plant+strong&qid=1623025112&sr=8-3
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook: https://www.amazon.com/Prevent-Reverse-Heart-Disease-Cookbook/dp/1583335587/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2ND13R6E6Q811&dchild=1&keywords=prevent+and+reverse+heart+disease+cookbook&qid=1623025174&sprefix=Prevent+and+reverse+%2Caps%2C198&sr=8-1
Engine 2 Cookbook: https://www.amazon.com/Engine-Cookbook-Lip-Smacking-Rib-Sticking-Body-Slimming/dp/1455591181/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2V02I2BJ38TVU&dchild=1&keywords=engine+2+cookbook&qid=1623025283&sprefix=Engine+2+cookbook%2Caps%2C186&sr=8-2
Journal Of Pediatrics Research study: https://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476(14)01227-X/pdf
Movie “What The Health”. https://www.whatthehealthfilm.com/