In part two of her interview, ASM Wellness contributing Writer Mycah Kirkland sits down with Carol Venclik as she explains how she embarked on a life-saving journey following the Engine 2 Diet.
MK: So, how did you show her?
CV: That day we booked an appointment for four months out – February 4th. After I left I called my daughter and she said: “Mom, you know what to do. Read that book you won and watch Forks Over Knives and Engine 2 in the Kitchen!”
MK: Your daughter also mentioned a book that you won?
CV: Yes. Last year, my family did a vigil for my brother-in-law when he passed away from cancer… one of those 24-hour walks. My daughter, who had started the Engine 2 diet, decided to have a booth there. She wrote Rip Esselstyn and told him what we were doing. He sent the book as a door prize, and that night I won the book. Of course, I didn’t get motivated to read it until I was told that I needed to get on meds.
MK: Amazing. You had it the whole time.
CV: Do you know the expression: “When the students are ready, the teacher appears”? Well, it was like that. I felt I needed to wait until after the Holidays to get started. In January, Whole Foods had an “Engine 2 Challenge” that I signed up for. Not long after that, I was speaking with a woman who told me that I should go to the Seventh Day Adventist Church because they were doing the “Daniel Challenge”. All of a sudden, everywhere I went people were telling me how to cook. I also got DVDs by Jack Novak, Dr. Freeman, and Neil Bernard
MK: And Forks Over Knives and Engine 2 in the Kitchen are documentaries?
CV: Yes, Engine 2 in the Kitchen is on Netflix, and so is Forks Over Knives. I started watching Engine 2 in the Kitchen every single week to show me that I had options and that I could do this. Then, before I noticed it, my clothes started fitting in a different way.
1 14 oz. can no salt added kidney beans
1 14 oz. can no salt added garbanzo beans
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup cooked brown rice
½ cups cooked sweet potato
4 TBS medium salsa
2 TBS Curry powder
Mash beans by hand with a potato masher (do not use a blender or food processor)
Add in the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly
Divide into 8-10 equal parts and shape each part into a burger
Let sit for a few minutes in the refrigerator to set
Grill or broil on each side till golden brown
Burgers freeze well