If you are anything like me, the idea of dieting can make me run a million miles in the other direction but I have finally found a recipe for success. I don’t believe in dieting for the mere fact that diets generally tend to stop us from eating certain foods and I really do believe in eating things that we enjoy in moderation. I used to be very good at the moderation thing until this year when I kind of threw away all the good habits and replaced them with awful eating habits.
I have finally reached a point where I was able to be honest with myself and have taken the necessary actions to kick start my healthy lifestyle into high gear. I have been searching for an affordable, simple detox program that I could do that would help me kick my sugar addiction and get my metabolism working again. Most detox programs are overly complicated and use a lot of very expensive ingredients that are not readily available so I am very pleased to say that I took Mom in laws advice and have been following the cabbage soup diet for the last 7 days with my husband who is being so supportive of my efforts to get me back to my normal weight and healthy lifestyle. My husband has lost 4.5 kg in the 7 days and I have lost just over 2 kgs. We have both also been doing a bit of exercise in the mornings to boost the initial wight loss. There is nothing better in cold winter weather than a hot soup that is not only delicious but healthy as well. Another added benefit is that you don’t have to think about meals for 7 days, its all laid out for you here.
I know what you are thinking….cabbage…..gross! That is the reason I have never tried this before but when I looked at the recipe more closely, cabbage is only a small part of the ingredients that go into what has turned out to be a very yummy, easy to make vegetable soup. You can adjust the recipe to your taste by keeping a few important key ingredients present and adding a few flavorful things except for salt. NO SALT
I always prefer using fresh ingredients as they taste better and I know exactly what I am putting in my soup but in some cases you can use some tinned veggies.
Stay away from corn, beans and bananas as they are high carbohydrate fruits and veggies unless otherwise stated in the 7 day eating plan that is shown below.
- Half head of hard cabbage chopped
- 1 Bag of Spring Onions / 3 large white onions chopped (I mix the spring onions with the white onions)
- 400- 500 g of fresh baby tomatoes chopped (Or two cans of tomatoes)
- No more than 4 stalks of celery chopped
- 2 Green Peppers Chopped
- 500 – 750 ml of water
- 1 Vegetable stock cube
- 1 Clove of Fresh Garlic Crushed
- 1 tsb of freshly grated ginger
- 4 slivers of red chili
- 1 tsp of mixed herbs
- 1 shake of cayenne pepper
- You can add carrots if you like (I don’t as I prefer to eat carrots raw)
- Boil water and add the vegetable stock in a large pot (Divide into two pots if your pot is small)
- Add the chopped ingredients to boiling water
- Boil for about 10 minutes
- Simmer at medium heat for two hours
- Using a blending stick, blend and serve hot
- Refrigerate or freeze for later use
7 Day Eating Plan from http://www.cabbage-soup-diet.com/eating-plan/
Remember: This diet should only be followed for 7 days at a time, with at least two weeks in between.
Fruit: Eat all of the fruit you want (except bananas). Eat only your soup and the fruit for the first day. For drinks- unsweetened teas, cranberry juice and water.
Vegetables: Eat until you are stuffed will all fresh, raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. Try to eat leafy green vegetables and stay away from dry beans, peas and corn. Eat all the vegetables you want along with your soup. At dinner, reward yourself with a big baked potato with butter. Do not eat fruit today.
Mix Days One and Two: Eat all the soup, fruits and vegetables you want. No Baked Potato.
Bananas and Skim Milk: Eat as many as eight bananas and drink as many glasses of skim milk as you would like on this day, along with your soup. This day is supposed to lessen your desire for sweets.
Beef And Tomatoes: Ten to twenty ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomatoes. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water this day to wash the uric acid from your body. Eat your soup at least once this day. You may eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef (but absolutely no skin-on chicken). If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for beef on one of the beef days (but not both).
Beef and Vegetables: Eat to your heart’s content of beef and vegetables this day. You can even have 2 or 3 steaks if you like, with leafy green vegetables. No Baked Potato. Eat your soup at least once.
Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices and vegetables: Again stuff, stuff, stuff yourself. Be sure to eat your soup at least once this day.
Day 8 and Beyond:
The Cabbage Soup Diet is not suitable for long-term weight loss. The Diet is a low-fat, high-fiber diet that will help you get into shape fast before you embark on a more moderate long-term eating plan. Many struggle in long-term plans due to lack of willpower. If you need that extra push in the right direction to not only lose those extra pounds, but keep them off for good.
I would love to hear from you if you are planning to try the cabbage soup diet and let me know how it goes for you. I love reading your comments and thoughts.
Till Next Time