When I think of the word “diet”, I cringe. I do not want to be on a diet, I have been saying for the past 2 months, a person should never have to diet, as long as they are controlling their portions, and not over doing it, and eating healthier than they really should never have to diet.
Therefore, when I was first introduced to The New Sonoma Diet, I thought this was going to be like the rest of those “diets” where they say, do this and do that, and you will lose so much weight in a short amount of time. First, let me say this, these types of diets that promise weight loss in a certain time will FAIL. The reason for them failing is simple; you are not properly learning how to fuel your body.
Originally created to provide people with a satisfying, healthy, and above all, delicious way to lose weight, the Sonoma Diet was designed by leading health expert and registered dietitian, Dr. Connie Guttersen. Now, her cutting-edge plan — inspired by the sun-drenched cuisines of the Mediterranean and California’s wine country — is better than ever. The New Sonoma Diet (Sterling Publishing) features the latest in nutritional science and a feast of fresh recipes. Best of all, you can lose weight following the same principles that made the original one of the most popular plans of the decade: zero calorie counting, easy-to-follow menus, and no food category is off limits, even wine!
The New Sonoma Diet is more of a lifestyle change book, showing you how to change your eating habits, as well as showing you the power foods that will help you on your journey in losing the weight for good.
This plan teaches you how to manage your portion sizes. It also, shows you the 12 power foods that will help you get to your goal weight. The power foods include almonds, grapes, whole grains, spinach, bell peppers, tomatoes, blueberries, olive oil, beans, citrus and strawberries.
The Sonoma Diet is similar to other diets, when it comes to different stages. I personally do not like these sorts of diets. The reason being they usually always come with a meal plan. Sure, a meal plan is great, but if you are like me and have limited funding for food, these meal plans are no good. I am not saying they do not work, I am saying some people cannot afford to purchase the different items needed to make this meal plan work.
The New Sonoma Diet refers to these as waves, and there are 3 different waves, the first wave is 10 days long, and in this section of the book, it is all broke down with approved Sonoma foods and different information that will help you in being successful in this wave. It’s recommended you follow this meal plan; you will also be given a nice amount of recipes, so you will not be eating the same stuff every day. In this wave, you will lose weight at a rapid speed. When you reach wave 2 this will slow down to be more normal.
Wave 2 you will be in until you reach your goal weight, and wave 3 you will be maintaining your weight, which shouldn’t be hard since you have learned how to properly eat.
One thing I do like about the Sonoma Diet, is even though they do have a meal plan, it does not consist of bizarre products that most people do not already have in their home. I also love the “Your Sonoma Kitchen” this lists everything that you should have on hand! I also love how all the power foods, are broke down and they tell you why they are considered power foods.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Start to Finish: 1 hour
Yield: 12 servings
4 ounces good-quality bittersweet chocolate (72% cacao), in small pieces
¼ cup butter
¼ cup nonfat yogurt
1/3 cup white sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 ¼ cup finely chopped almonds
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
3 cups fresh raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with a nonstick cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and spray again on top of the parchment paper. Place chocolate and butter in a bowl. Place over a pot of barley simmering water. Gently heat until the chocolate is melted. Whisk in yogurt and set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until thick and fluffy, about 4 minutes on high speed. Stir in salt and vanilla. Add nuts; then gently fold in chocolate. Do not overmix. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with ¼ cup of fresh seasonal fruit.
* Do not melt the chocolate over boiling water or the chocolate may scorch. Gentle heat is best, and stir periodically.
* Whip the eggs and sugar until light in color and full of air. This leavens the cake and gives it a light texture.
Nutrition Facts per Serving: 207 calories, 5 g protein, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 17 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 63 mg cholesterol, 97 mg sodium, 5.8 glycemic load.
You can purchase The New Sonoma Diet, on Amazon, or at Barnes and Noble, retail price on this book is $22.95
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Disclaimer: I reviewed a copy of this book for review purposes only, this is only my honest opinion and others may vary.