Today Trisha and I are starting a 7-day cabbage soup diet. What started as a discussion for how to lose 5 lbs, turned into an “I’ll try it if you will” challenge.
And yes I said cabbage soup.
Sounds great huh?
I can’t wait to eat something made from a food that smells like FEET.
I gained 70 lbs when I was pregnant with my daughter in 2007. I’m actually around 7 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight, which was on the high end of healthy when you looked at the charts. I know how to eat right and exercise to lose weight, mostly thanks to Weight Watchers and good old-fashioned common sense. But these last 7 lbs have been eluding me for the last few weeks. The scale won ‘t budge. On top of that, I actually want to lose 15 more lbs to get to my college weight.
The cabbage soup diet isn’t just about eating cabbage soup for 7 days. You also incorporate fruit, veggies, baked potato, brown rice and beef during the course of the week. And lots and lots of that smelly soup.
This morning I have to make the soup. I hoped to have it ready last night, but we had a big party and I didn’t get around to it. I did, however, get a call from Trisha who made hers yesterday and she claims it’s not stinky…we’ll see about that. I am convinced that I will know the answer to “what’s that smell?”.
In addition to eating as much cabbage soup as we want, today we also get to eat as much fruit as we want (except no bananas), so I doubt I will go hungry. I bought enough fruit to keep me full. The hard part will be avoiding the goodies we have left over from our party yesterday.
Here is the recipe for the soup:
Cabbage Soup Recipe
- 6 large green onions
- 2 green peppers
- 1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
- 3 Carrots
- 1 Container (10 oz. or so) Mushrooms
- 1 bunch of celery
- half a head of cabbage
- 1 package Lipton soup mix
- 1 or 2 cubes of bouillon (optional)
- 1 48oz can V8 juice (optional)
- Season to taste with salt, pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder, etc.
- Slice green onions, put in a pot and start to saute with cooking spray.
- Cut green pepper stem end off and cut in half, take the seeds and membrane out. Cut the green-pepper into bite size pieces and add to pot.
- Take the outer leafs layers off the cabbage, cut into bite size pieces, add to pot.
- Clean carrots, cut into bite size pieces, and add to pot.
- Slice mushrooms into thick slices, add to pot.
- If you would like a spicy soup, add a small amount of curry or cayenne pepper now.
- You can use beef or chicken bouillon cubes for seasonings. These have all the salt and flavors you will need.
- Use about 12 cups of water (or 8 cups and the V8 juice), cover and put heat on low. Let soup cook for a long time – two hours works well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
And these are the instructions for today:
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.
Now, I know we are going to hear from everyone that this “diet” does not change habits, it is not a healthy long-term option and numerous other things related to fad diets. But, I have a few facts for you to consider:
- I have lost 37 lbs this last year. I eat healthy and KNOW how to eat healthy in my regular routine.
- Trisha eats healthy and has maintained a nearly ideal weight for a long time. She gained a few lbs and wants to lose it to fit back in her clothes.
- It’s for 1 week (7 days). We don’t plan on making this a regular event.
- You can eat mass quantities of fruits and vegetables and drink an unlimited amount of water. It also incorporates some grains and some protein.
- It’s not starvation, and it’s not diet pills with who-knows-what in them.
- We’re not expecting miracles (although it would be nice to see some), we just think it will be an interesting week! We want to see if the cabbage soup diet really works.
So sit back, relax and enjoy the adventure.
Just don’t sit too close to us…..