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The Sonoma Diet: Trimmer Waist, Better Health in Just 10 Days!

 The Sonoma Diet: Trimmer Waist, Better Health in Just 10 Days!  



  • Connie Guttersen 
  • Stephanie Karpinske


  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Meredith Books (December 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0696228319
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.32 pounds




Book Description

Top 10 Sonoma Diet Power Foods for weight loss and health.

Portion sizes made easy with The Sonoma Diet Plate and Bowl guidelines.

Detailed meal plans for surefire weight loss success.

Smart Food Combinations that make each food even healthier.

The science behind the diet—learn why it works!

Mouthwatering recipes, rich in flavor and nutrition.

Bonus: Diet guide pullout to make following the diet a breeze when on the go.

From the Inside Flap

Stop Starving and Start Enjoying Food Again!

Inspired by the sun-drenched foods and vibrant lifestyle of California’s breathtakingly beautiful wine country, The Sonoma Diet is a surefire weight loss plan based on wholesome, satisfying, flavorful meals.

Here’s the perfect answer for diet dropouts frustrated by low-carb and low-fat diets. Instead of depriving you of the balanced nourishment you need, The Sonoma Diet emphasizes readily available Power Foods (like whole grain breads and sweet berries) that deliver heart-protective nutrients with a minimum of calories. And you’ll eat these foods in smart combinations that boost their health benefits, their flavor, and your weight loss success.

Best of all, The Sonoma Diet is designed for real people who live in the real world. No time-consuming calorie-counting at each meal. No need to keep track of any points. No measuring. No weighing. Just a great selection of flavorful, everyday foods, easy-to-follow diet instructions, and plenty of mouthwatering recipes.

Your days of struggling with those extra pounds are about to end. Welcome to The Sonoma Diet, where eating for weight loss and pleasure is a satisfying lifestyle.

About the Author

Connie Guttersen, R.D., Ph.D., is a leading nutritional and dietary expert on the health benefits of diets inspired by the eating styles and influences of Mediterranean, Latin American, and Asian cuisines. As a registered dietitian and nutrition instructor at the world famous Culinary Institute of America, Dr. Guttersen has spent her career focusing on developing flavorful and nutritious approaches to healthy eating and weight reduction. Her many accomplishments include developing the Standards of Care for the Obesity Treatment Center in Bellevue, Washington, as well as serving as a nutritional and dietary consultant for a broad range of corporations and Fortune 500 companies, such as Kraft, Nestlé, Sodexho, Marriott Hotels, Radisson Hotels, and Panera Bakery Café, among others. In addition, her background includes serving as an instructor on nutrition and food science at Texas Christian University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in nutrition and dietetics. She has also been a guest lecturer for international food and dietary conferences around the globe. Dr. Guttersen is a resident of Sonoma, California, and a contributing author to the Techniques of Healthy Cooking from the Culinary Institute of America.


Next Stop . . . Sonoma, January 5, 2006

Re-fasten those already snug-from-the-holidays seat belts and prepare to touch the weight loss cavalcade down onto a new and fertile dietary landscape—-California’s wine country. It comes as no surprise that after the last few years of scarfing down the best triple creams and dark chocolate with the French, powering up on miso soup a la the Japanese and low-carbing while salsa clubbing in South Beach (albeit with author recommended statin drugs to offset the cholesterol surge) our world diet tour’s newest destination would showcase the good life lived amongst lush rolling hills, vineyards, and orchards reminiscent of an idyllic Tuscano agriturimo. No need to endure that long uncomfortable overseas flight, or contend with the lack of quality food stuff necessary to "eat just that little bit" for that satiate rush of unforgettable flavor touted in books like "The Martini Diet" or "French Woman Don’t Get Fat"; you can replicate this romantic Mediterranean lifestyle right here in the US complete with very accessible California produced wines, vegetables and fruits available from your neighborhood grocer and a copy of "The Sonoma Diet"

Unfortunately, all that great wine, fresh fruit and those certain dreaded starchy vegetables must be put on hold for at least 10 days—-author Connie Guttersen, our guide for this segment of our dietary world excursion, suggests that Americans — still stuffed to the gills with over-processed foods replete with refined sugars and white flour even after countless condemnations of such items from other nutrition gurus—– must purge themselves of their unhealthy addiction to the taste of anything sweet, fake or refined. After cleansing your kitchen of the usual weight loss juggernauts containing refined "anything", sugar, white flour and full fatted dairy and restocking your cupboards with 7 and 9 inch diameter dishware to accommodate a portion size smaller than that adopted by the "average" American, Guttersen provides a 10 day Wave 1 menu guide complete with recipes and operating instructions. This component of the plan relies on plate diagrams marked a la the Zone and Dr. Phil into protein, vegetable and grain proponents. Fat is limited to 3 Zone-ish teaspoons of olive oil or canola oil or of an avocado. Unlike most initialization phases, Guttersen points out that "unlike `low-carb and other diets, you’ll still be eating bread and cereal" while recalibrating the body to a new and healthy sugar and white flour free level.

But for those of us who have already eschewed these unhealthy food choices, Guttersen offers no alternative fast start. If I am white flour, hydrogenated fat and sugar free, can I eat fruit? Can I include a moderate amount of wine with my meal? Can I substitute nut milks for dairy? Should I fast forward into Wave 2? Without the wine and fruit, The Sonoma Diet sounds suspiciously like South Beach gone Californian without the statin drugs. . .

. . . And remains so after the first 10 days. Wave 2 portions stay the same for breakfast, gains a 25% partition of fruit and include some starchier vegetables like butternut squash, corn and peas, but never white potatoes. Six (6) ounces of wine are allowed per day. Like Michel Montignac in "the French Diet", Guttersen stresses the need to be creative with nutrient rich choices, to "mix it up" going back to the old adage that "a pretty plate is a healthy plate – urging the ample consumption of her 10 power foods —almonds, bell peppers, broccoli, grapes, strawberries, whole grain, extra olive oil, blueberries, spinach and tomatoes—-by providing enough vitamin and protective nutrient information to excite whole food aficionados around the country as well as vegetable, grain, nut and fruit farmers everywhere. Once goal weight is obtained, Wave 3 activates and you can tweak the diet a bit by adding more fruits and vegetables and perhaps a forbidden goodie every once and a while. The usual disclaimers exist that if the weight creeps back on, a backup to either Wave 2 or Wave 1 would be in order.

Sounds good? Why not? Eating deliciously fresh REAL food without a meal supplement bar or shake in sight definitely works for me. What I don’t understand is for all its methodology, the "Sonoma Diet" fails to clarify why entire nations like that of the French and Italians enjoy consuming full fat dairy and daily dark chocolate without gaining weight. The European guilt-free consumption of white bread along with gelato and ubiquitous patisserie style sweets remains a mystery even though Guttersen comments about small portions and a lifetime of good habits helping to offset these dietary luxuries. In the Sonoma Diet, dairy is relegated to morning grains in Wave 1. Even though Waves 2 and 3 include a 25% quota for lunch and dinner, full-fatted dairy is never allowed even as a condiment. Mireille Guiliano’s (French Women Don’t Get Fat) luxury artisan cheeses are re-banished into the forbidden realm of conventional dieting. Alas, the so-called French Paradox remains just that-a nutritional mystery that this Americanized version of the Mediterranean diet only half explains. Sadly, I found the FTC’s most wanted bad boy Kevin Trudeau’s explanation more feasible and definitely more extensive.

Bottom line: The Sonoma Diet is a great diet. It provides extensive nutritional information about good wholesome food along with actual menu plans and recipes that will certainly at least jumpstart you into a better healthier way of eating. The smaller plate idea — done before in other recent real food dieting books — will essentially make you feel like you are getting a full plate American style rather than an actual quasi European portion. Shopping tip sidebars and testimonials help facilitate and validate the dieting experience for more flavor, psychological support and an overall better dieting experience. Guttersen has instituted a full-blown website with Weight Watcher style cyber-weigh-ins for the usual $5 per week fee to supply all the dieting support and suggestions one can imagine. Recommended with the caveat that seasoned health nuts will find this leg of the dietary world tour familiar but still insightful.