Should You Try the New Sonoma Diet?

Should You Try the New Sonoma Diet?

You may have been hearing a lot about the New Sonoma Diet, a diet that boasts a lifestyle of drinking wine and eating dark chocolate.  But what is this diet really about?  What can you eat and how often?  Can you actually drink wine every day?  We’re here to answer all of your questions about the Sonoma Diet, so you can decide if it is the one for you. 

Overview
The New Sonoma Diet is similar to the Mediterranean Diet, but it is modeled after the eating habits of coastal Californians.  The diet was created by Dr. Connie Guttersen, PhD., a dietician and culinary professional.

How it Works
The New Sonoma Diet is made up of three distinct “waves.” 

The first wave lasts ten days and is focused around changing your eating habits. Whole grains will replace refined flours and sugars, you will start consuming many of the twelve “Power Foods” (listed below), and you’ll learn about proper portion sizes.

The second wave is the primary phase of the diet, lasting until you’ve reached your target weight.  This wave allows you to consume a larger variety of foods, including wine and some sweets.

One you have hit your goal weight, wave 3 begins.  Its primary goal is to help you maintain a healthy weight.  At this point, you will have learned healthy eating habits and lost your cravings for unhealthy foods. Now, all that’s left is keeping up with these habits and staying slim.

Here is a list of the Twelve Power Foods that your diet will be centered around:
Almonds
Beans
Bell peppers
Blueberries
Broccoli
Citrus
Grapes
Olive oil
Spinach
Strawberries
Tomatoes
Whole grains

Our Evaluation
The Sonoma Diet seems to be a well-rounded diet.  It doesn’t attempt to cut out entire types of foods (i.e. carbohydrates) and it doesn’t deprive you of occasional treats.  These are wonderful characteristics, as this means you are less likely to ditch the diet or overindulge.  Its focus on portion control and whole foods is refreshing; you won’t find any gimmicky power bars or super smoothies here.  As a whole, this diet looks promising.  Incorporate regular exercise into the program and you’re off to a good start.

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