New Sonoma Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

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The New Sonoma Diet is a mediterranean diet from author and dietitian Connie Guttersen. The name “Sonoma” comes from a region in Northern California, USA, that has a prominent wine industry.

UPDATE: The new edition – The New Sonoma Diet has revised over half the content of the original. Highly Recommended.

Principles


The principles of the Sonoma are based around the Mediterranean Food Pyramid. Enjoyment of food, gourmet cooking, and moderate portion sizes are the keys of this diet.

The weight loss program has 3 stages (called waves). Wave 1 is a more restrictive phase lasting 10 days. The idea is to break ties and addictions with sugary and fatty foods – however this is not a severe induction phase.

Wave 2 is the primary weight loss phase where each meal is created with appropriate portions. There is no calorie counting or special foods or supplements. Wave 3 is a lifelong eating pattern for weight management.

The New Sonoma Diet comes with a wine guide to assist in selecting the appropriate wine to accompany the evening meal.

Power Foods

The Sonoma Diet singles out a selection of foods that it calls “power foods”:

  • Almonds
  • Bell peppers
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Grapes
  • Olive oil
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Whole grains

Sonoma Diet Plan

Breakfast
Whole grain cereal and milk

Lunch
Wild Rice Salad with Chicken
1 cup raw baby carrots and celery with 2 tbsp. hummus

Dinner
Pork Chops with Rosemary
Brussels Sprouts with Prosciutto
1 slice of rustic whole grain bread
1/2 cup fresh fruit of choice

1 glass Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Syrah (optional)

Snack
Whole Wheat Pita with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Dessert

Apple-Blueberry Tart

Look here for more Mediterranean recipes.

Sonoma Diet Online

The Sonoma Diet online program is fee-based and contains the following tools:

  • Meal Planner
  • Recipe Search
  • Message Boards
  • Printable Shopping Lists
  • Eating Guides
  • Weekly Q A
  • Over 500 Recipes
  • Wine Guide
  • Exclusive E-mails
  • Food Diary
  • Portion Guide
  • Online Dietitians
  • Weight Tracker

Summary

The Sonoma Diet is a healthy and balanced diet from an author well-versed in the Mediterranean style of eating. Whilst growing popularity may cause some to see the diet as a fad, it remains an excellent diet none-the-less.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: August 6, 2014
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