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The Sonoma Diet

Contributed by: Dr. Connie Guttersen of The Sonoma Diet

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 statement.

Sonoma Diet
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. Set aside.

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 cilantro.

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 pro.

*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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