After trying the Special K Challenge filled with carbs, sugar, sugar and more SUGAR, I have a constant craving for anything healthy.
The Cabbage Soup Diet is filled with vegetables. In fact, I’ve been eating loads of veggies for three days now, and that beats eating strawberry Special K bars any day.
The Cabbage Soup Diet is a low-fat, high fibre diet that promises you will lost 10 pounds in seven days.
If you have a special occasion coming up or you simply need to lose weight fast, this could be the perfect diet for you.
There’s no need to worry about going hungry on this diet. You can eat as much soup as you want at any time of the day. Yes, that’s right- you could have 20 bowls of soup if that’s what it takes to make you full!
The recipe looks tedious but bare with me- it gets easier after you make the first time.
- 1 green pepper
- 1 large can diced tomatoes
- 6 stalks celery
- 1 large onion – chopped
- 1-2 cubes of bouillon (if desired)
- 1 head cabbage. A nice, big green one.
- 48 oz. of V-8 juice (low sodium)
- 4 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil (no more)
- 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
- Season to taste with salt, pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder, etcetera
- Cut all of the vegetables into small pieces.
- Saute the onion in the olive oil for two minutes then add the celery and peppers and saute for four more minutes.
- Then cover with the water and V-8 juice. If you want the bouillon add it now. (I recommend using spices that don’t contain a lot of sodium like bouillon does).
- Add the hot sauce and tomatoes.
- Bring the whole mixture (which now includes everything but the cabbage) to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and continue cooking until vegetables are tender (about 30 minutes to an hour depending on how large you cut the celery).
- Take the stem out of the cabbage.
- Shred the cabbage and then add the cabbage and cook for another 10 minutes. (Adding the cabbage near the end preserves some of its nutritional content and keeps your kitchen from smelling up your whole apartment building).
The diet planDay One:
- Eat all of the fruit you want except bananas.
- Eat only your soup and the fruit for the first day.
- Drink unsweetened teas, cranberry juice and water.
- Eat until you are stuffed will all the 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.
- Eat all the soup, fruit (but not bananas) and vegetables you want.
- But don’t eat a baked potato.
- Eat as many as eight bananas and drink as many glasses of skim milk as you would like, along with your soup. Eating bananas will lessen your sugar cravings.
- 10 to 20 ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomatoes.
- Drink at least six to eight glasses of water to wash the uric acid from your body.
- Eat your soup at least once this day.
- You can eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef (but no skin-on chicken!). If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for the beef one of the beef days (but not both).
- Eat to your heart’s content of beef and vegetables this day. You can even have two or three steaks if you want, with leafy green vegetables.
- NO BAKED POTATO.
- Eat your soup at least once.
- Eat as much brown rice and veggies as you want.
- Be sure to eat your soup at least once.
- Drink unsweetened juice
Avoiding the dreaded side effects
Cabbage is the main culprit for these troubles because it is hard on the digestive system and can lead to gas.
- spinach leaves
Did you know carrots are named after the organic compound beta-carotene? It converts to vitamin A in the body which helps improve vision.
Popeye didn’t just eat spinach because it creates big muscles.
Spinach leaves are low in calories yet very high in vitamins and minerals like vitamin K, A and C, potassium and iron.
They also taste great and are much easier for the stomach to handle.
Be careful- the Cabbage Soup Diet can also lead to dizziness, fatigue and headaches.
This diet is only meant to last a week because it lacks carbs and protein. Although it’s relatively healthy, it’s not nutritionally balanced so don’t stay on it for too long.
I haven’t experienced any of these side effects yet but I’m watching for them. I’m taking a multi-vitamin while on the Cabbage Soup Diet to help me stay healthy.
How I’m doing so far
I’ve been on the Cabbage Soup Diet for three days now and feel energized and content.
It’s comforting to know I can reach for a bowl of soup whenever I get hungry.
I slipped up though. I realized I didn’t have anything to put the soup in before leaving for school.
I brought some fruit but I was forced to eat a cream-based soup from the cafeteria at school. That’s definitely not part of the diet.
The baked potato was the highlight of Day 2. I thought about it all day and picked the biggest one I could find at Save-on. I’m missing it a lot today on Day 3.
I can’t wait to eat the eight bananas tomorrow. I really need a sugar fix. I think the only way to get a sugar high off bananas is to scarf down all eight of them at once really fast. That’s the plan.
What the experts say
“The only good thing about the diet is that you’re eating vegetables all the time. The rest of it is certainly unbalanced,” said registered nurse Karen Bracken. “A safe, healthy weight loss is one to two pounds a week. The cabbage diet definitely doesn’t promote this.”
The Cabbage Soup Diet is very low in protein, carbohydrates and other nutrients we need to feel healthy, according to Bracken.
“With any restrictive diet you can get tired easily, leading to being moody and irritable,” she said. “Soup usually has a lot of sodium so be careful not to add any unhealthy spice like vegetable stock or anything else unnatural.”
I’m using low-sodium V-8 for the soup base which has six per cent of the daily recommended intake of salt per eight ounces. Regular V-8 contains 20 per cent of the salt you should have per day.
Check back next week to see how I fared on the diet. Did I lose any weight? Or is this just a waste of time? Only time will tell!