Something about the name “Sonoma Diet,” sounds relaxing to me. Maybe it’s the fact the diet is named after the Northern California region. I’m picturing sun-drenched cuisine – not just cardboard diet foods. And perhaps red wine?
Californians are definitely some of the most fit people in the country so I’m willing to try the Sonoma Diet for my “five days on a diet” experiment – hoping I’ll lose weight without losing my mind.
Connie Gutterson authored the book, “The Sonoma Diet,” an eating plan that is supposed to be inspired by the Mediterranean diet.
The philosophy behind the Sonoma Diet is that healthy food makes you happy. I’m all about being happy. Similar to the Mediterranean diet, the Sonoma diet is more about losing weight. The Mediterranean diet is more of a heart-healthy way to eat.
I kept a diary of my five days on the Sonoma Diet – making sure to test out the different components for weight loss results.
Day 1: One of the principles of the Sonoma Diet is to savor your food. Today I made sure to sit down to eat. I gave up all fast-food (not even stopping at Star Bucks for green tea. I made hot tea at home and relaxed.
Day 2: Another part of the Sonoma Diet is portion control. Today I tried using a smaller-sized plate for my lunch. I had a piece of salmon the size of a fist; a spinach salad with strawberries, walnuts, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and feta cheese.
Day 3: For my third day I made healthier substitutions. Instead of eating any butter, I switched completely to olive oil all day. I chose lean cuts of meat. I nixed any processed foods such as so-called diet crackers, diet desserts and had whole fruit.
Day 4: Since the Sonoma diet is neither low fat or low carb, I spent a day adopting the idea of a balanced meal with fat in the form of olive oil or nuts, protein in the form of chicken or fish and carbohydrates in the form of brown rice, sweet potato and green vegetables.
Day 5: For the fifth and final day, I indulged in a glass of red wine with my dinner. I decided having red wine just once a week should suffice. For antioxidants, I will increase my consumption of grapes during the week.
Since I am more of a gluten-free girl, I chose gluten-free products for my sandwiches and wraps. However, the Sonoma diet does not require anyone to go without wheat products. They just emphasize whole grains. The main key to the Sonoma diet is to savor and enjoy healthful foods.
Results after five days on the Sonoma diet: I lost 1 pound.
Bottom line: Thumbs up.