Have Your Carbs and Eat Them Too… In Moderation! {Wellness 100 Review & Giveaway}

So how much do we hear about carbs? Good carbs, bad carbs, no carbs. If you are a Weight Watchers member, you know that with the advent of the new PointsPlus system in 2012, carbs now play much more of a role in the points calculation. More carbs = more points! Things like pasta, bread, and rice went up a lot in points!

This was no surprise to me, as back in my 20’s, I had great success with the Protein Power diet, which revolved around a high amount of protein (a specific amount based on your weight, gender, and activity level), low carbs (starting out at 20g and and then going to 55g), and moderate fats. From this success, I knew that it was the protein and the fats that kept me fuller, longer! (So why didn’t I just go back to that, you might ask? Well, I think I found the carb count a little too restricting. I tried low carb dieting several times again, but for some reason it never seemed to work.) In addition, my mother has Type 2 Diabetes, and has been able to control it with a low carb lifestyle and no longer has to take medication. I knew there had to be something good about limiting those carbs, but just how much?

Enter Wellness 100. It’s got that other word we hear a lot: Moderation. Wellness 100 is an eating and lifestyle plan that lets you have carbs, but more like 100g a day. There is more to this plan than just the carbs though. This basic premise of this plan stresses the importance of what kind of carbs you eat, based more on the glycemic index rather than simple vs. complex, as well as the importance of eating natural, unprocessed foods (another thing we hear about a lot these days!), and focusing on eating healthy fats and a minimum of 70g of protein a day. Throw in a few more easy rules, and you have yourself a fairly simple new way of healthy eating.

Many of co-author, Dr. Amber French’s patients have achieved weight loss and health success on this program. She also explains the science and the studies behind this plan. Being a serial “dieter” for many years, I actually already knew quite a bit of it, but she managed to put a lot of scientific mumbo-jumbo into layman’s terms! It was refreshing to hear that Dr. French is realistic in knowing that this is not the perfect diet for everyone, because I don’t believe there is such a thing either!

Not only will you get a detailed explanation of the plan, but 100 easy recipes are included to start you off. I cannot wait to try the Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin, Creamy Lemon and Artichoke Chicken, Fish with White Wine and Garlic Sauce, and Tart Lemon Feta Dip, to name a few! I can easily see being able to apply many of the principles and the recipes to my Weight Watchers way of life!

So, even though I am on vacation, I wanted to make sure you knew that Wellness 100 was released today! (There’s a kindle edition too!) It’s a great companion to a healthy lifestyle! To celebrate, you have the chance to win a copy of Wellness 100 signed by the author! Use the rafflecopter form below to enter 5 times! Contest ends 12:01 am on Friday, July 27, 2012. Good luck!

I was provided with a pre-release copy of Wellness 100 for review. I was not given any compensation and all opinions are my own.

  1. Julie, 23 July, 2012

    Great post, thanks for sharing! There is also a paperback version available too: http://www.amazon.com/Wellness-100-Carbs-Recipes/dp/1937084574/ref=sr_1_2_title_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1343058388&sr=1-2&keywords=wellness+100

  2. gene @boutdrz, 23 July, 2012

    wow! how could i NOT want this book??
    1) healthy eating OPTIONS!! 100 of them??? yes, please!
    2) signed by author. i am a SUCKER for that…..


  3. Larisa Dixon, 23 July, 2012

    I am always looking for ways to make myself feel better about the carbs I eat. love reading books that can back up my thought process. great giveaway

  4. Beth Vickers, 23 July, 2012

    Hoping I win! I really need some help with dieting/healthy eating!

  5. Louise Cunningham, 23 July, 2012

    I’m not much of a cook, and I am on weight watchers, so this is perfect!

  6. Melanie T, 24 July, 2012

    I’m intensely interested in this book because about three months ago, I discovered an intensely no/very low carb diet that resulted in a state of ketosis (do NOT confuse with ketoacidosis, a serious threat to health). The diet is aptly named Keto. Basically, low carb and no carb dieting that forces your body to burn fat (even with a sedatary lifestyle- in fact, it’s perfect for those stuck behind a desk for 8 hours a day) instead of carbs. Transition into Ketosis can be difficult, 2-3 days of the ‘Keto flu’, but after transition, most dieters have felt better, fuller longer, and eaten less naturally while losing weight quickly. Paired with cardio exercise and weight lifting, the fat can be turned to muscle. I’m going to stop rambling now and just say, I want this book and long live the BACON! (those interested in keto can find more information in the FAQ at http://www.reddit.com/r/keto)

  7. Stephanie Bondlow, 24 July, 2012

    I need to lose weight. I’m carrying way too much these days.

  8. McKenzie Mcclanahan, 25 July, 2012

    I would love to win because I could use help with staying healthy and fit!

  9. Lesley F, 26 July, 2012

    On Weight Watchers and I am always looking for new recipes!

  10. Becky Miller, 26 July, 2012

    I hope I win this book… carbs are my weakness & I’m in desperate need for new cooking tips/ideas!!

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