1.04.2011

Cinch! Review and Cinch! Giveaway - CLOSED!

A few weeks ago I was asked if I would be interested in reviewing Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds, and Lose Inches by Cynthia Sass (I LOVE her last name). She is also the  coauthor of The Flat Belly Diet and a registered dietitian. I did a little poking around and liked what I saw and agreed to review Cinch!

In the past I have struggled with my weight...in fact on Monday I pulled a long, lost post out of the archives to tell you my weighty story. The one thing I strive to be is honest and real here and I feel like you should know where I am coming from...I have tried many plans and menus that are considered to be healthy. I am open to new ideas, but I firmly believe in eating real food and conquering with my mind, body, spirit - not a quick fix.

On to Cinch!
When I first opened the book and started reading, two things jumped out at me. Early in the book there is a section entitled "What's Different - Cinch!"
The first two points (and I am paraphrasing) are:
#1 - An emphasis on portion control and balance instead of counting calories. YES - Score #1 for me - as soon as you tell me to count calories I feel deprived...my successes in the past have all been based on not counting calories.
#2 - A strong emphasis on whole foods and local and organic foods. YES - Score #2 for me - this is huge in my belief system on food. I am striving to do away with processed food in our house, and have switched over the pantry to include whole and organic foods (an occasional junky-something makes it in there however).

Cynthia's approach, as also descried in the book is one of a "whole person perspective" - physical, emotional, social, occupational, intellectual, spiritual, and environmental. Because of these and many other statements in the book, I was getting excited and completely on board with trying this plan. 

So, I made the decision...I am doing it. I am doing the 5-Day Fast Forward to jump start my results (I am an instant gratification type of person...results keep me going). You do not have to begin with the 5-Day Fast Forward...the meals are the same for the 5 days and the food choices are limited to 5...but it is only 5 days...and I happen to like all the food choices.

For the first five days, you eat combinations/meals of these 5 foods:
  • Spinach (fresh of frozen)
  • Raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Almonds
  • Organic Eggs
  • Nonfat plain yogurt (I am using Greek yogurt...YUM!)
  • (You can substitute tofu)
There is no soda (even diet) and only one cup of coffee - that is hard for me (I rely on my mochas way too much!). I have actually cut back on the coffee by not purchasing my special Coffee Bean No-Sugar Added Mocha Powder - it is just not as good without it, so that makes it easier to not drink it. Tea, water, flavored calorie-free seltzer water, and flavored calorie-free flat water are all OK.
Cynthia is lucky enough to have a cool last name - SASS - that also translates into Slimming and Satiating Seasonings, which include citrus juice or zest, vinegar, hot peppers, tea, and herbs and spices you use to dress up your meals. In our house we use these on a regular basis anyway! Another huge SCORE!

So, I am starting my 2nd day of the 5 Day Fast Forward tomorrow...I have practiced for a few days...I simply decided that to start while the kids and hubby were all on vacation and we were all over the place was not ideal.

The menu for the remaining 25 days - the Cinch! Core - is much more diversified and sounds fabulous. It also include vegetarian and vegan options - HUGE points there!
Some of the recipes include:
  • Open-Faced Pesto Egg Sandwich
  • Strawberry Vanilla Hazelnut "Ice Cream"
  • California Sunshine Salad
  • Spinach Walnut Feta Pizza
  • Chilled Herbed Chicken Pasta Salad
So, as you can see the variety of meals is immense...it is only if you do the 5-Day Fast Forward that you are limited (for only 5 days)...after that it is all about eating like clockwork and eating from the 5 pieces of the puzzle:
  • Produce
  • Whole grain
  • Lean protein
  • Plant based fat
  • Seasonings - SASS)
My family will easily enjoy many of the meals, and I will feel good preparing and serving them as they are wholesome healthy meals. There is even a 5-piece puzzle cheat sheet to assist you with planning the meals.

Additionally...you get to enjoy some chocolate with Cinch! Yes, you heard me...find some time and some dark chocolate and enjoy it, really enjoy it.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the fact that while I know a decent amount about nutrition, Cynthia covers a lot of information about nutrition and also touches on emotional eating and how food issues begin when we are young (yes, I have given my kiddos a lollipop to sit in the shopping cart...I am guilty). I enjoyed these sections very much, because I do believe this is where the root of my issues lie and I am trying to not pass that on to my kiddos.

In my opinion, Cinch! it is a sensible, healthy, approach to getting on track and conquering the scale. It is definitely a book I would pick up at the book store. It is a plan that works or appears (cannot tell you for sure until I am done!) that it would work for me and my family (I just cannot prepare multiple meals at dinner time).

As I go about this plan, I am hopeful...I am ready to conquer this little demon of mine. This plan gives me flexibility while providing quality guidelines...I can live with that! I'll keep you posted!

UPDATE: I think I left this out and feel it needs mentioning....I know the only way to get and maintain the results I desire are through a lifestyle and attitude change. So, I am incorporating the good habits into my life and workign on staying on track.

Now...how would you like to win your own copy on Cinch!?
There are multiple ways to enter...You must leave a comment for each entry. If your email is not visible in your profile or linked to your profile, you must leave it so I can contact you. Giveaway ends 1/11/10 at 12:00 am PST. Winner will be announced on this blog.
1. Mandatory---Be a follower of 504 Main via Google Friend Connect.
2. Like 504 Main on FaceBook.
3. Like Cinch! on Facebook.
4. Follow 504Main on Twitter and Tweet the giveaway. "Win a copy of Cynthia Sass's Cinch! @504Main." Leave url in comment.
5. Post on your Facebook wall.

Here is a little taste of Cinch! from The Early Show.
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Disclaimer: I was provided with a proof copy of Cinch for review. The opinions here are my own.

COMMENTS OFF----GIVEAWAY CLOSED!

63 comments :

  1. this sounds like a really good book & a great way to start off the New Year. As usual, eating healthier & losing weight are on the resolution list. Thanks for taking the time to review & blog about it.
    threetxns2luv@yahoo.com.sg

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  2. I am a follower, and I would love to win this for the New Year!! Thanks for the opportunity! :)

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  3. This sounds like a sensible approach to eating and getting healthy, which is at the top of my priority list right now!

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  4. I started a diet back in early November. I figured if I could diet through the holidays, I could probably be successful. So far, I have lost about 10 pounds! This sounds like a fabulous way to start the new year as I am always looking for healthier ways to eat now.

    I am a follower on GFC

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  5. I like 504 Main on FB

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  6. I like Cinch on FB

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  7. I tweeted the giveaway
    @NotJustPaperGlu

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  8. This really intriques me. I am not looking to lose weight in 2011 but I am absolutely looking to eat healthier. I would like more energy and to feel better about from where our food comes.

    Really great review, Holly!

    Happy New Year.

    :-)
    Traci

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  9. I debated about reviewing this w/ O2O and have since picked up and put down copies of this in the bookstore so I would love to win it! It sounds like a lot of this would work for me and not be so restrictive as to be defeating. I have been making green smoothies since the New Year ( I remembered you tried these) and they're not too bad!

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  10. Sounds like a good plan. I'm a follower. I need all the help I can get!

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  11. I am a follower & would LOVE to win this book! What a great way to start the new year. Here is where I am coming from: about 70 lbs overweight, Type 2 Diabetic, Fibromyalgia & Sarcoidosis. Would love to feel better in 2011.
    Thanks for taking the time to review this book.
    Pam
    cookn4famfriends@gmail.com

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  12. I "Liked" 504 Main on Facebook.
    cookn4famfriends@gmail.com

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  13. I "Liked" Cinch! on Facebook.
    cookn4famfriends@gmail.com

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  14. I am already a follower!

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  15. I like you on Facebook.

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  16. I follow you on Twitter.

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  17. Sounds great! Wanted to let you know that I awarded you with the Stylish Blogger award! Details are on my blog.

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  18. I so need something new to try, The older I get the harder I find it to lose weight and the more I need to eat healthy. I am a follower, I tweeted and like both 504 Main and Cinch on Facebook. I also posted the giveaway on my facebook page. I think that covers it. Now I will read more about Cinch. Thanks, Pam

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  19. I'm a google friend follower

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  20. Just tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/abalancedday/status/22511452225015808

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  21. So glad I was able to find you again. The hard drive on my laptop fried a while back and I lost a lot of my blogs. This book and plan sounds great. I don't do resolutions anymore because I usually fail, but I want to focus on better eating choices. Thanks!

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  22. I'm a follower!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  23. I gained 10 lbs over thanksgiving/christmas.. and I vow to do less food blogs... but I wanted to tell you I would love to win...the book.. but I miss you too..
    happy new year Holly

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  24. I'm in! Can she just come over and just "CINCH" up my SASS? See what I did there??? :)

    Miss you!

    I got featured on Pint Size Social...gave you a shout out in there...go see!

    http://www.pintsizesocial.com/famous-foodies/

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  25. This sounds really interesting! I love the realistic approach she's taking - and the emphasis on non-processed foods. I'd love to win!
    (And I'm a follower. :)

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  26. Following on Twitter too with my brand new baby Twitter account. ;) I tweeted too. That sounds weird.

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  27. I just read the word tea and now I am enjoying a nice cuppa!
    My coffee/me time is scheduled in for 4:30. haha
    Mmm coffee is the best!

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  28. Following 504 Main via Google Friend Connect.

    kikipatterson@gmail.com

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  29. Following 504Main on Twitter @kikipatterson.

    kikipatterson@gmail.com

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  30. Liked Cinch! on Facebook.

    kikipatterson@gmail.com

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  31. http://twitter.com/#!/504Main/status/22224019096862720

    kikipatterson@gmail.com

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  32. I'm a follower.. and I would LOVE to win this for my MOM!

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  33. I like 504 main on Facebook!

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  34. I saw her on Racheal Ray earlier this week! Awesome giveaway! I follow on GFC!

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  35. hey girl, following 504 and cinch on FB... i'll post about this giveaway on sunday if it't not too late!
    xo Malia

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  36. I follow 504...hubby and I could totally use this!

    Just Another Day in Paradise

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  37. I am a follower and would love this book.

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  38. I am a follower! This looks like a great book!
    Lacieleigh@live.com

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  39. I liked Cinch on Facebook!

    Lacieleigh@live.com

    Lacie

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  40. I liked 504 Main on facebook!

    Lacieleigh@live.com

    Lacie

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  41. I tweeted about this giveaway on Twitter

    URL: twitter.com/#!/lacieleigh

    Lacieleigh@live.com

    Lacie

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  42. I'm already following you via GFC.

    anestazia{dot}brace{at}gmail{dot}com

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  43. I can't believe I didn't already like 504 Main on Facebook! But I do now! ;)

    anestazia{dot}brace{at}gmail{dot}com

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  44. & Now I like Cinch! on Facebook


    anestazia{dot}brace{at}gmail{dot}com

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  45. So funny that I was just watching Cynthia Sass talk about this book on our local news this morning. I wrote it down to go check out at the bookstore. And then I stumble upon your blog through a craft blog and see you mention this book. That's two mentions in one day... I think I'm meant to have this book! ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway! Off to enter!

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  46. 1. Mandatory---Be a follower of 504 Main via Google Friend Connect.

    DONE!

    smbogan2001@yahoo.com

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  47. 2. Like 504 Main on FaceBook.

    DONE!

    smbogan2001@yahoo.com

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  48. 3. Like Cinch! on Facebook.

    DONE!

    smbogan2001@yahoo.com

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  49. 4. Follow 504Main on Twitter and Tweet the giveaway. "Win a copy of Cynthia Sass's Cinch! @504Main." Leave url in comment.

    DONE!

    smbogan2001@yahoo.com

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  50. 5. Post on your Facebook wall.

    DONE!

    smbogan2001@yahoo.com

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  51. follow by GFC
    Carole
    gram122@comcast.net

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  52. I'm a follower through GFC...of course! :)

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  53. Just 'liked' you on facebook.

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  54. i'm a new follower of your blog :)

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  55. i like you on facebook

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  56. i like Cinch on FB

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  57. i posted a link on FB to the give-away.

    stephbenson5@msn.com

    *forgot to post email address on other comments - hope i win!

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  58. I am a follower of 504 Main via Google Friend Connect.
    tshaw6580@yahoo.com

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  59. I liked 504 Main on FaceBook.
    tshaw6580@yahoo.com

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  60. I liked Cinch! on Facebook.
    tshaw6580@yahoo.com

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  61. I follow 504Main on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway.
    http://twitter.com/#!/Terri6580/status/25057346002616320
    tshaw6580@yahoo.com

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  62. I shared this giveaway on facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=175042699197971&id=100000813204601
    tshaw6580@yahoo.com

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