The Omni Diet was designed by Tana Amen after she managed to solve her health problems only with an appropriate diet. After escaping from digestive disorders, recurrent infections and even thyroid cancer, Tana (highly respected health and fitness expert, speaker and media guest) found that healthy food, a positive attitude and being honest with yourself are the only valid solutions. Learning how certain foods affect the body, she developed a weight loss plan based on plants. This is when the Omni diet appeared.
Tana says that weight loss is just one of the effects of this diet. The health benefits are many and among them are healing certain ailments and treat inflammation, all while enjoying delicious and natural foods, with plenty of good nutrients. Tana managed to defeat all the health issues she had been facing ever since she was a child, due to a genetic predisposition for obesity and cardiovascular disease. How does losing 13 pounds in just two weeks sound?
The basis of this diet is a program that lasts six weeks and has a fundamental principle of proportion: 70/30, meaning 70% plant and 30% protein. The diet doesn’t contain dairy products and includes only organic foods without hormones. A serving of protein means a serving size of your palm and you must choose lean meats, with no hormones or antibiotics, preferably from animals that lived in traditional conditions (outdoors and fed on grain and grass).
The Omni diet allows you to eat seafood and wild fish without hormones or antibiotics and include protein powder as a dietary supplement. Alcohol consumption should be limited drastically, especially since many drinks contain gluten, but you can drink two glasses of wine or cocktails a week.
Other rules of the Omni diet
- Eliminate animal produce, except meat and organic eggs
- Soy-based produce are removed
- Vegetable oils with Omega 3 are not allowed
- No refined sugars and carbohydrates allowed
- No fruit juice
- Food should be very little processed
- Look for good quality organic produce
The first two weeks of the Omni diet
Tana says that in the first 14 days of the diet your taste buds get used to the taste of new foods and your body will remove accumulated toxins from unhealthy diets. Dietary supplements are recommended, especially fish oil. In the first two weeks, you should follow the five most important rules of the weight loss plan developed by Tana:
- Drink a green shake at least twice a week
- Add an extra workout each week using weights
- Find someone whom you have to tell about your progress
- Go to the sauna twice a week to detoxify
- Every day think about five things you’re thankful for
Foods allowed: vegetables, whole grains, nuts, organic red meat, organic chicken, tuna, wild salmon, organic eggs, coconut oil, cocoa, lentils, beans, stevia, xylitol, spices, herbs, wheat grass, hemp, almond milk, coconut milk, green tea, vanilla extract.
If you’re familiar with the paleo diet, you’ll probably notice some similarities, but this diet seems to be the next level of dieting. Natural foods are favored and one should exclude sweets and dairy products. If you are craving for something sweet, you can enjoy a fresh green goji shake, a few slices of apple with peanut butter or a square of dark chocolate, organic of course. Tana says that after the two weeks, culinary cravings disappear completely and you tend to eat less, naturally.
All the principles, along with delicious and satisfying recipes, easy-to-follow exercises are all available in Tana’s book, The Omni Diet: The Revolutionary 70% PLANT + 30% PROTEIN Program to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, Fight Inflammation, and Change Your Life Forever.
Sample menu for a day with Omni diet
Here’s how a menu should look like if you decide to follow the Omni diet:
- Steamed vegetables (bell pepper, garlic, chilli, onions), fresh fruit, green tea
- A green shake from green vegetable and you can add nuts, fiber, flaxseed, almond butter, goji fruit.
- A large vegetable salad
- Hard boiled organic egg
- An apple
- A handful of nuts
- Organic steak, seasoned with garlic, pepper, thyme
- A sweet potato with steamed broccoli
Before following a weight loss plan, make sure you do not suffer from diseases that can put your health at risk and ask your doctor’s opinion. It’s also a good idea to have some blood tests done in order to check if your body isn’t missing some important nutrients that could be affected even more by the diet (calcium, iron, glucose, cholesterol etc).