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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Jane Esselstyn, a fresh and charismatic voice on the plant-based, whole food diet. She brings her perspective and passion as a long-time health and sexuality educator 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 with her next door neighbor and mom, Ann and also helped write recipes for Rip Esselstyn’s book Plant Strong. Together with her husband and fellow educator, Brian Hart, 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 Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kent State University.

In this episode we talk to Jane about the role a plant based diet plays in preventing and reversing heart disease and how this can be applied to younger generations, not just adults. Unfortunately, we find children getting heavier and sicker at younger ages. We discuss the role education needs to play and the role parents need to play. We also discuss the study Jane took part in at the Cleveland Clinic researching health markers in 9-18 year olds.

After the show we talked to Jane about her event, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease for Women. We encourage any women planning on attending that event to contact us at as we would love to interview you before you go and when you return. So if you’d like to get on the show, let us know!


In this episode we discuss:

  • The process
  • Born an Esselstyn
  • Children and obesity
  • Plant-Based or American Heart Association Diets Study
  • Parenting and obesity
  • The role of education
  • Curriculum
  • Paleo and awareness
  • How to get started with better foods


Links to things we mentioned:

21 Day Vegan Party

Jane Esselstyn – Website, Facebook, Twitter

Plant-Based or American Heart Association Diets on C – Article from The Journal of Pediatrics

Upcoming events with Jane

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease for Women – Special Event

The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook: Over 125 Delicious, Life-Changing, Plant-Based Recipes by Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr M.D.

Plant-Strong: Discover The World’s Healthiest Diet — With 150 Engine 2 Recipes by Rip Esselstyn

Salt, Sugar, Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

Forks Over Knives

Engine 2 Immersion Programs

Dr. Esselstyn’s Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease Program


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2 thoughts on “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease with Jane Esselstyn – PTP123”
  1. Avatar Mary

    Can you. Eat olives on this plan?

    • Avatar admin

      I guess it depends on your situation. Eating olives is definitely better than eating just olive oil. Olives is the whole food still in tact. If you have heart disease, likely should stay away from olives though.

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