Author Tana Amen is a registered nurse, and the wife of Dr. Daniel Amen, founder of The Amen Clinics and "The Daniel Plan", a weight loss program created for Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Church. Tana Amen, whose interest is primarily nutrition, states that she created her plant-based, anti-inflammatory Omni Diet as a way to manage and successfully overcome health issues she herself was suffering from, including severe digestive problems, chronic infections, and thyroid cancer.
The Omni Diet: The Revolutionary 70% Plant + 30% Protein Program to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, Fight Inflammation, and Change Your Life Forever is a 6 week nutrition plan designed to detox you, get you healthier, cause you to lose 12 pounds in two weeks, and convince you irrevocably that you must, and you can, eat this way for the rest of your life. Amen instructs on what she deems healthy food, and what is not, specifically highlighting nutrient dense foods that feature in her diet, calling them "Omni Nutripower Foods." The diet consists of organic fruits and vegetables, grass fed beef, free range poultry, wild caught fish, beans, whole grains and nuts. It is dairy free with the exception of organic eggs, and bans sugar, vegetable oils, and all refined and processed carbs and other foods. The book contains 126 recipes (Amen has published two cookbooks as well), though bear in mind that many of the recipes contain a large number of ingredients, and may be unwieldy and or too time consuming for some people.
Amen advises that for the Omni Diet to work, you must commit to at least 5 lifestyle changes in the first two weeks. These are her first five:
At least twice weekly you must drink a green smoothie.
Weight training at least one day a week.
Share your goals with a friend or family member, so you'll stay accountable.
Twice a week, go to a sauna to detox.
List 5 things you are grateful for each day.
Amen also advises that regular exercise is a crucial component of success on the Omni Diet, and she provides a suitable exercise plan in the book for those who don't already have a preferred method, or plan in place.
Be advised that while Amen recommends dietary supplements like fish oil as a component of the diet, and that is solid advice on its own, she does so within the context of hawking her husband's rather expensive line of supplements as the preferred choice. That aside, what you have here, overall, is a nutrition plan that mimics most other clean eating guidance widely available today (what we at Dietreviewpost call a "Whole Foods Diet"), peppered with some impracticalities (go to a sauna twice a week?) and some Saddleback Church-style good intentions thrown in for good measure.