Whenever I feel sluggish or realize I haven’t been making the healthiest of food choices…I always refer to the Cabbage Soup Diet for a good health recap. It gives me a leg up on eating clean and reminds me to include more produce in my meals. I try to incorporate this short term diet in my monthly routine, even if it’s just for a few days and not the entire week. Sometimes all I need are three or four days to get back on track.
There are a lot of variations of the Cabbage Soup Diet out there, but they all follow the same seven steps. Those steps are the ones that will lead to a 7 to 10 pound weight loss over the course of one week, as well as feeling less bloated by the end of the diet. I’m excited to go through the steps this week and get the boost I’ve needed since being pregnant.
This diet lasts seven days and is not intended to be a long term eating plan. The purpose of the Cabbage Soup Diet is to get a jump start on better eating habits and minimize additional bloat. Over the course of the full week, you are encouraged to eat the cabbage soup as much as you like and drink lots of water.
Follow these steps each day and you’ll be sure to see/feel results:
Day One: Only FRUIT (No Bananas). I try to stay with berries, apples and other fruits low on the glycemic index.
Day Two: Only VEGETABLES (No Corn or other starchy veggies). Stick with raw, steamed and leafy greens.
Day Three: FRUITS and VEGETABLES (No Bananas or starchy veggies). Follow Day One and Day Two details.
Day Four: Only BANANAS and SKIM MILK. Eat as many as eight bananas and as much skim milk as you want. This day is to help curve your sweet tooth.
Day Five: Only TOMATOES and PROTEIN (Fish, Chicken, Turkey). Be sure to remove all skin from chicken/turkey, you can eat up to six tomatoes and drink lots of water to flush out the uric acid. Some layouts of this diet promote eating only red meat, but I like having the flexibility that other plans offer.
Day Six: Only PROTEIN and VEGGIES (Avoid starchy veggies).
Day Seven: BROWN RICE and VEGGIES. I feel like I’m always running to Panda Express on this day to order their steamed veggies and brown rice…just a suggestion.
Ingredients (what I use) :
- Head of Cabbage
- 6 Large Onions
- 2 Green Peppers
- 2 Tomatoes (or 4 cans of tomatoes)
- 1 bunch of Celery
- 1 package of Lipton dry onion soup mix
*A lot of times the ingredients won’t all fit into my large pot so I cut some ingredients in half (half cabbage and 4 onions since they take up the most space). Also, for added flavor you can cook everything in chicken broth or add a bouillon cube into the water instead of the dry onion soup mix. I always just use water and the mix, but it does taste very bland.
COOK: Cut all produce up and place in large pot with water. Set stove on medium/low and allow to cook until vegetables are all soft (typically takes an hour or two).
I’ll be sure to post a follow up on how this week went!