The Sonoma Diet
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The opening paragraphs in the "Welcome To Your New Lifestyle"
chapter of the Sonoma Diet read: "The Sonoma Diet is like no
other. You will lose every ounce of excess weight that you need
to. But at the same time, you will enjoy eating more than you
ever have in your life. It is a way of eating where meals are a
celebration, not deprivation." Wow! That is quite an opening
After reading that I was, quite frankly, a little sceptical. It
does sound like Dr. Connie Guttersen (author of The Sonoma Diet)
is padding the truth a bit but after reading further I too
started to believe this diet could work for anyone. The biggest
benefit of this diet over any others I have seen to date is that
there are no point systems to memorize, no calorie counters to
lug around, no scales needed to weigh each morsel of food. The
Sonoma Diet actually allows you to eat the foods you love, you
just do it in the healthiest way possible.
The book itself is divided into two parts. First is The Diet,
with chapters explaining each aspect of the diet. After the
Welcome introduction you learn "What Is The Sonoma Diet", "The
Top Ten Sonoma Diet Power Foods" then you get "A Food and Taste
Tour of The Sonoma Diet". "Wave 1" is the first section of the
diet, for 10 days you will be introduced to the diet and the fine
but simple meals. Then you continue with Wave 2 which is the main
part of your diet. Wave 1 will have given you a head start on
your diet, Wave 2 will keep you losing at a steady pace.
Because this is the real world and sometimes you just can't keep
the enthusiasm for steady weight-loss going indefinitely, The
Sonoma Diet continues with a section "Fast-Track Your Weight
Loss" complete with tips which can help you accelerate your loss
if you feel you are getting the "diet blues". After some great
tips to help speed up your process, you are ready for "Wave 3:
The Sonoma Diet Lifestyle". After all of this there is even a
section entitled "Diet Survival 101" for those emergency "What Do
I Do Now?" situations which seem to always pop-up mid-diet.
Part 2 is dedicated to "Meal Plans and Recipes". Enjoy a wide
variety of recipes and meal plans for each wave of your diet
experience including an entire section dedicated to Seasonings
(which I feel is sadly neglected in most other diet regimens but
is happily well covered here).
As the cover claims, It's satisfying. It's simple. It's
delicious. And it works. What more need be said but enjoy this
recipe from the book.
Shrimp with Serranos
Start to finish - 25 minutes
Makes 4 servings
1 pound fresh or frozen peeled and deveined medium shrimp
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped shallots-
3 cloves garlic, minced (1 ½ teaspoons minced)
1/4 cup chopped red sweet pepper
2 to 3 fresh serrano or jalapeño chile peppers,
seeded and finely chopped*
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Rinse shrimp; pat dry with paper towels.
In a large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add shallots
and garlic; stir-fry for 1 minute. Add peppers. Stir-fry for 1
minute more. Add shrimp; stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until
shrimp are opaque. Drizzle with lemon juice. Sprinkle with
Nutrition Facts per serving: 195 cal., 9 g total fat (1 g sat.
fat), 172 mg chol., 171 mg sodium, 5 g carbo., 0 g fiber, 24 g
*Note: Because hot chile peppers contain oils that can burn your
skin and eyes, wear rubber or plastic gloves when working with
them. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your
hands well with soap and water.
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