Book Giveaway: WIN a Copy of The Omni Diet by Tana Amen!

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the omni diet book

You may have seen The Omni Diet on The Today Show or other talk show recently…that’s how I first heard about it. The book and program are based on a formula of 70% plants including fruits and veggies, and 30% protein from lean meat sources and nuts to help you Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, Fight Inflammation, and Change Your Life Forever.

It’s a carefully designed series of three, two-week phases, followed by a maintenance plan that offers a lifetime of healthy living. Each of the three phases is detailed in the book and includes meal-planning guidelines and daily menus that feature an exciting variety of delicious recipes along with commonsense advice and simple tips. You can read my recent book review here for more info about it or jump on over to Amazon to check out more reviews and snag your own copy now.

Win a Copy of The Omni Diet!

This giveaway runs thru May 28, 2013, is open to US residents age 18+ and uses the Rafflecopter Widget for FAST & EASY ENTRY! There are many OPTIONAL entry methods to give you additional chances to win, but just choose the ones you want. Email addresses and other info are only used to verify and contact the winner. Rest assured that your information will never be sold or shared with anyone. All entry methods are subject to verification. Please make sure you provide all required information or your entries won’t count!

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Nutrisystem Update Week 31: Meal Measure Portion Control Tool

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We’re adding a great new portion control tool to our weight loss routine! If you’re just joining us, the hubby and I have been losing weight together on the Nutrisystem program. Each week, we post a new update and share tips,  info about our experiences, let you know about the program, and tell you how much we’ve lost so far.

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Easy Portion Control Tool for Weight Loss and Maintenance

As I mentioned in last week’s weight loss update, we’re preparing to transition from doing all Nutrisystem meals, to doing our own cooking at home. In addition to the great Nutrisystem Cookbook we told you about, we’re ready to test out the Nutrisystem Meal Measure. It’s an easy to use portion control tool that fits right on your dinner plate and helps dieters learn what a proper portion looks like for each meal.

With individual spaces for protein, starch, fruit and vegetables, the Meal Measure is almost a no-brainer to use…just fill to the line in each cavity (half cup line on the inside or full cup at the top) and then lift the Meal Measure to enjoy your perfectly portioned meal at home!

We’ve had such a busy week that we relied on our pre-portioned Nutrisystem meals just about every day but are hoping to sit down, get organized and plan out some meals we can cook for ourselves soon. That really is one of the biggest challenges and why the Nutrisystem program works so well for us…knowing it’s in the cupboards and freezer and that we can just grab what we want without thinking about it when it’s time to eat. Our challenge now is to use the new tools to plan and make our own meals rather than always rely on the packaged meals we’ve grown so accustomed to!

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The Omni Diet: New Book and Program for Weight Loss, Health and Well-Being

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As you may already know, the hubby and I have been losing weight and getting healthier together. We’ve been on the Nutrisystem program for the past 30 weeks and it’s been great! You can read our weekly weight loss updates for more info on that. Since our time on the plan is coming to an end soon, I’ve been doing loads of research and reading about different types of eating plans and diets, since we won’t be receiving packaged food anymore and want to stay on track with our progress so far. We also want to start learning more about eating the right kinds of foods for overall health. It turned out to be perfect timing when I received a review copy of the new book, The Omni Diet by Tana Amen.

the omni diet book

You may have seen The Omni Diet on The Today Show or other talk show recently…that’s how I first heard about it. The book and program are based on a formula of 70% plants including fruits and veggies, and 30% protein from lean meat sources and nuts. There’s no dairy, sugars, processed foods or grains permitted. The goal of the program is to help you lose weight, reverse disease and fight inflammation.

The author is a registered nurse and designed this plan based on her own health issues and experiences with chronic conditions including thyroid cancer and severe digestive issues. Her diet is based on the concept of eating real foods with lots of flavor and is NOT a deprivation diet. The focus is on eating calorie-burning proteins and illness-fighting plant-based foods rather than on calorie restriction like some diets.

The plan itself is easy to follow, although some of the recipes have a lot of ingredients…that’s just a personal observation from someone who gets easily overwhelmed by too many choices and ingredients, but the concept and overall program makes sense. It’s more of an overall well-being plan than a traditional diet book and some of the goals of the program include:

  • Decrease inflammation
  • Optimize brain function
  • Eat high-quality, nutrient-dense calories
  • Decrease feelings of hunger and deprivation
  • Balance hormones and break food addictions
  • Increase energy and overall well-being

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Nutrisystem Update Week 30: Cooking At Home + Getting Close To Our Goals!

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We’re cooking with Nutrisystem! If you’re just joining us, the hubby and I have been losing weight together on the Nutrisystem program. Each week, we post a new update and share tips,  info about our experiences, let you know about the program, and tell you how much we’ve lost so far.

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Cooking at Home with Nutrisystem

After 30 weeks on Nutrisystem we’re headed into our final month with the program. I’m sad already, and a little stressed about how we’re going to manage without having everything pre-made and pre-measured for us, but the awesome folks over at Nutrisystem have got us covered! They’ve got a great cookbook filled with recipes, ideas and helpful tips on how to cook at home. It’s designed especially for Nutrisystem members who are making the transition from program meals to cooking for themselves again, but it’s got healthy recipes that everyone can enjoy!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be alternating between the Nutrisystem packaged meals, and some tasty new meals from the cookbook that we’ll cook for ourselves as we begin to transition off the program. We’ve already gone through and bookmarked a bunch of yummy looking ideas including Vietnamese Beef Soup, Smoked Salmon and Dill with Pasta Salad, and several breakfast and dessert recipes. Each recipe looks super easy to follow, and lists everything we need to know to stay on track, including Calories, and the Nutrisystem Equivalent. For example, the beef soup is 260 calories and counts as 1 Nutrisystem Lunch Enter + 1 PowerFuel. We’re just getting started with our grocery list and organizing our schedule, so stay tuned!

We’re Getting Close to Our Weight Loss Goals!

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I was setting some new mini goals for myself including pushing myself a bit more with the exercise. I’m still doing my daily walks with Daisy but have added in some extra days of cardio using my favorite Zumba Workout DVDs and also the Walking Cardio Shape Up Max exercise video from trainer Chris Freytag. I used to do them quite frequently but the extra weight I was carrying made it really hard on my knees so I’d stopped for a while. As with most things, I’m finding these workouts to be easier now that I’m a bit lighter.  And it looks like bumping up the cardio is starting to pay off. This week’s weigh in was a great one…I’ve lost 2.2 pounds for a total of 34 pounds lost so far! I’m now EXACTLY 10 pounds from my goal…YAY!

The hubby has been running and started increasing his distance and speed using a cool phone app called Runkeeper, and is even thinking about training for his first Half Marathon! He’s lost another 2.4 pounds this week…that means he’s less than 3 pounds away from reaching his goal! I’m jealous he’ll get there first but I know I’m not far behind and will get there eventually!

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Nutrisystem Update Week 29: Cinco de May Edition

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If you’re just joining us, the hubby and I have been losing weight together on the Nutrisystem program. Each week, we post a new update and share tips,  info about our experiences, let you know about the program, and tell you how much we’ve lost so far.

Nutrisystem Mexican meals

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Mexican food, and it’s one of my favorites, but it can be a real diet-buster if you aren’t careful. Luckily, Nutrisytem has us covered, which is great because we want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo but don’t want to derail our progress! Along with a skinny margarita (or two) we’ll be enjoying some of the Mexican-inspired meals from the Nutrisystem menu. It’s part of what we love about the program…real food in all kinds of varieties and flavors including Chinese, Italian, American Comfort Food and more favorites so we never feel like we’re missing out.

We’re both pretty happy with our weigh-ins this morning. I’ve lost another .6 pounds and the hubby lost .4. That means total weight lost so far is 31.8lbs for me and 55.2 for him!

If you missed any of our previous Nutrisystem posts, just visit the links in the table below or click here to catch up! We’d love to hear about your own weight loss experiences, advice and challenges, so leave a comment and share some with us. We’re also happy to answer questions, so ask away!

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