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The Abundance Diet by Somer McCowan, Review

Reinvent your health, lose weight thru the power of plant based foods

The Abundance Diet

The Abundance Diet by Somer McCowan offers a 28 day weight loss plan to help you lose weight quickly and safely while eating abundantly and never counting calories.

The key is a whole food plant based diet of mostly fruit and vegetables with no added fat.

You might say, "I've heard all that before, and why should this book help when other whole food diet plans have not?"

The Main Reason for success with The Abundance Diet, the Big Difference in this book, is that most of Somer McCowan's recipes are freakin' delicious versions of what most of us consider 'normal' satisfying food.

That's as it should be.

Of course, it is true that the first recipe section is 20 or so green smoothies. I couldn't quite grock that I could actually live on smoothies for breakfast.

As it turned out, my husband and I have thrived on green smoothies for breakfast for the last 3 weeks. Likewise huge daily salads, and Somer's salad recipes are amazing!

We didn't need to lose weight (especially Ed), but we both needed the powerful daily nutrient transfusion which has given us a big energy boost.

We've found that the smoothies have reduced our desire for processed snacks such as tortilla chips and cookies. We sleep better and feel better. Ed's psoriasis has improved - that's a miracle all by itself!

Part One of The Abundance Diet, Getting Started prepares the reader for beginning the diet, offering encouragement and support for overcoming any negative conditioning or food addictions you might have.

We All Know By Now: If weight loss was just a matter of overcoming bad habits, we'd all be thin, or at least more of us would be. The topic merits its own book, perhaps along with therapy and counselling??

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If you are in the right mental place for transforming your diet NOW, The Abundance Diet cookbook will help you do it easily.

If not, don't wait for the right time. It could take years, so jump right into the Abundance Diet. The recipes and results will change your thinking quicker and easier than years of book reading and therapy.

I smiled at Chapter Three, Reinventing Your Kitchen. It is necessary for success, but for me, getting rid of the unhealthy foods happened over a period of years, through a process of attrition, as my diet evolved. I didn't have to purge my kitchen overnight.

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I can imagine the howls of pain and outrage when Somer says "remove from your home any items that contain: white sugar, white flour, artifial colorings or flavorings, ingredients that you can't recognize or whose sources you don't understand, anything with trans-fats or that is hydrogenated, anything with more than a dozen 'real' ingredients."

The purging process gets tricky when you share your kitchen with others who are not AS committed to a whole food plant based diet with no added fats. The howls will multiply 10 fold, unless you can get your house mates and significant others to share your diet.

In that case you'll be OK, because everybody will LOVE Somer's recipes! Who wouldn't salivate over Carrot Cake Waffles, Chocolate Buttermilk Pancakes, Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad, Creamy Ranch Dressing, Chipotle Corn Chowder, Tomato Basil Bisque, BBQ Tofu & Avocado Spring Rolls, Cheesy Cauliflower & Potato Bake, Chocolate Orange Silk Mousse, etc etc?

I sampled many recipes from The Abundance Diet book, as they fit well with my husband's anti-psoriasis diet (veggies and more veggies, heavy on the greens, sugar free, gluten free, low added fat, healthy fats, etc). They were all wonderful.

No Bake No Stovetop Cookie Bites

We especially adored the No Bake, No Stovetop Cookie Bites, and the BBQ Roasted Chickpea Snack. They are ideal munchies, which are of course ALLOWED on the abundance diet because abundance means LOTS of food, right? As long as it's lots of plants.

When I made the Cookie Bites, my dates were very moist and I used too many, so my bars were a bit gooey, but tasted amazing. If I'd added some coconut, they would have been perfect. I know I should have followed the recipe exactly, but I'm not sure I'll ever be able to do that with any recipe - I don't even want to!

BBQ Roasted Chickpeas

E.G. The BBQ Roasted Chickpea Snack: The first time I made these, I accidentally added way too much liquid, and then added it to the pan with the chickpeas, so they took much longer to get crispy and became quite chewy - but still very tasty.

The second batch of roasted chickpeas turned out much better, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. I used only 1 tsp liquid smoke and subbed 1 tsp apple cider vinegar for the dry sherry which I didn't have. Instead of garlic and onion powder, I added 1 tsp of Spike. I drained off most of the liquid before baking them.

All bases are covered in the Abundance Diet. To satisfy your ice cream cravings, banana based soft serve Nice Creams are included in the dessert section. Juice feasting recipes are included for times when you need a nourishing cleanse.

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Fitness is covered too, as the perfect partner for a healthy plant based diet. Exercise rewards you "with feel-good endorphins, strengthens your muscles and your bones, and wards off many illnesses and diseases." Somer includes a suggested exercise schedule and 10 Ways to Get Motivated. I needed that!

The Abundance Diet by Somer McCowan will help those who want to lose weight quickly and safely while eating abundantly and never counting calories. Her recipes and advice are also perfect for maintaining your healthy weight, as in Chapter 15, Success Beyond 28 Days.

Somer's recipes not only do all of the above, but they'll satisfy your taste buds in a most delicious way. Who could ask for anything more?

I higly recommend The Abundance Diet for anyone who'd like to lose weight and get healthy & energetic.

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