Our wedding is a little under 2 weeks away, and while I did lose a few lbs I definitely slacked on planning ahead so a few of my friends and I have resorted to the Cabbage Soup Diet. At first I was hesitant because I assumed you would only eat soup, it was unhealthy and I’d be hungry all the time. Well, I was definitely wrong about that. It’s filled with really nutritious vegetables and the plan allows other types of food in addition to the soup, so you really shouldn’t go hungry. You may not be eating what you crave, but you will not be lying in bed wondering why you’re so weak.
Today is my first day on the diet and so far it’s been good. On day 1, you’re allowed to have as much soup as you like and fruit. I’m not hungry and I’ve found that I really like unsweetened iced tea, which is a drink that’s allowed. I’ll keep you updated as the week progresses, but so far the taste and energy level get two thumbs up. We’ll see how many lbs I end up dropping – that will be the real test!
>>>> Update – Total Weight loss 5.5 lbs<<<<
Here is the eating plan the 7 day diet recommends and my throughts/struggles from each day. Before beginning, I’d highly recommend planning the process out and going out and purchasing your ingredients the day before you begin. Making the soup the day before you start will also help, as i does take some time to really cook down.
Day One: On day one of the diet you are allowed to have as much as the soup and as much fruit as you like (no bananas). For drinks you’re able to have water, unsweetened teas, juices and black coffee.
I was like a superstar the first day. I loved the soup and I ate a bunch a fruit and felt full. I was like, this is going to be a BREEZE! I didn’t feel hungry or weak on day one.
Day Two: On day two of the diet you can consume all the fresh raw and cooked vegetables you like. The diet recommends sticking to green leafy vegetables and avoiding dry beans, corn and peas. At dinner you get to reward yourself with a baked potato (you get a little butter on it!), but you must stay away from fruit.
Well, I woke up on Day 2 and I felt hungry. Like really hungry. So, I popped a half a cucumber in my mouth and started to feel better. At lunch I had more of the soup and I cooked up some broccoli and zucchini. I was so excited about my veggies. That like never happens; it was an overnight miracle. By dinnertime I was dreaming about my baked potato, and you better believe I ate the whole darn thing. I didn’t feel hungry on day 2, but I was definitely starting to get sick of the soup. It’s good that the diet allows you additional options, otherwise I would’ve fallen off the wagon on day 2 if I could only eat that darn soup.
Day Three: Day 3 was kinda hard. Not going to lie. I know, I know I was only two days in, but I love food so it was hard. You can only have soup, fruit and veggies on this day. I wanted some meat sooooooo bad!!!! But, I stuck with it and got through it. On this day I’d already lost 3 lbs so I was quite pleased and that definitely kept me going.
Day Four: Welp, day 4 fell on the 4th of July. While I refrained from doing anything crazy (I kept it low key because I had to finish wedding planning), I fell of the wagon. On this day you’re only allowed bananas, skim milk and the soup. I ate like 4 bananas, didn’t have skim milk and I had some shrimp and noodles. Eeeek I couldn’t help myself. It was the 4th of July.
What I am happy about is the fact that I didn’t go full force off the tracks and completely ruin the diet. I cheated a little bit, but I did have the soup for lunch and I had the bananas. And while I did have the shrimp and noodles, it was the tiniest of Bettina portions ever. So, I made a pact to get back in the groove on day 5.
Day Five: So far this has been my favorite day. You’re allowed to have Beef and Tomatoes. So good. You are supposed to consume ten to twenty ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomatoes. It is also recommended that you consume 6 to 8 glasses of water, and of course, that darn soup. If you like, you can substitute the beef with chicken or fish.
I grilled up some beef and tomatoes and went to town. Everything was so flavorful and savory since I’d been living on veggies and fruit for the most part. I made enough beef for dinner and do not foresee cheating because it felt that good to eat it for lunch.
Update: Cheating did not occur. I stuck to the meat and tomatoes. I’d definitely say this was the easiest day yet!
Day Six: Day 6 is another good day. You’re able to have beef and vegetables. As many vegetables as you like and up to 3 steaks. Mega mega whoa! You still have to eat the soup one time and that was definitely a bleh and I did not do it. I feel like if I had, I probably would’ve curbed my appetite and not eaten as much beef and perhaps shed a bit more weight.
Day Seven: The last day of the diet. Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices and vegetables is on the menu. Carbs. AMAZING. And soup at least once, which is like I said just bland by this day rolls around. I did not eat the soup on day 7 and I ended up eating turkey because I could not stand just the brown rice and vegetables. I really shouldn’t have though, it wasn’t such a rough day but I caved. I do not recommend caving on the last day. I definitely regret it!
What I learned: The diet is a little hard at times, but you start to feel results almost immediately which makes it a lot easier to continue. The key is the soup; if you eat the soup you will not go hungry. Now, I’m not going to lie and say the soup tastes amazing. It is definitely on the blander side, but hey it’s a diet, it’s not supposed to taste like in-n-out. Overall grade is a B+ and I’d definitely do it again if I needed to cleanse or shed some pounds for a particular event. For me I did it for the wedding, and I’m really glad I did. If I didn’t stick to this type of rigid schedule I would’ve been “trying” to eat healthy and it would have been a mix and match of good and bad foods. This diet made it so it was good at ALL times and I wasn’t starving myself.
A huge lesson I learned is that the basic of healthiest foods really do taste good. I’m always reaching to eat the most savoriest and complex things, but having an apple as a snack and sautéing some onions and brocoli does actually tastes good. I learned that I like bananas a lot and I don’t need to eat carbs with every meal. These are like MAJOR break throughs for me because let’s be honest, my eating habits were not the best prior to this cabbage soup cleanse.
I definitely want to continue on the quest to be healthier and while this is very much a style blog, I do want to share that journey with you all. For me it’ll be about finding balance because I love good food, so there’s no way I can give up all that savory and sweet deliciousness that exists in this world!
I ended up losing a total of 5.5 lbs from the diet and I definitely see myself sticking to a much healthier diet and lifestyle. I would do this diet again and I recommend it for anyone who is looking to kick start a healthier lifestyle. Like I said in this post, you’re not starving yourself, you’re instead making yourself very hyper aware of what you’re putting into your body. You learn how much you really need to feel full, and that my friends was a break through for me!
In case you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to click through to read the recipe, here it is…
- 6 large green onions (also called “spring” 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 spice only soup mix (I used the onion soup mix from Lipton’s)
- 1 or 2 cubes of bouillon (optional – I didn’t use these)
- 1 48oz can Low Sodium V8 juice (optional – I didn’t use this)
- Season to taste with pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder, etc. (Little to NO SALT!)
Slice green onions, put in a pot on medium heat and start to sauté with cooking spray. Do this until the onions are whiter/clearer in color (about 4-6 minutes).
Cut green pepper stem end off, then cut pepper in half to take out the seeds and membrane. 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, mushrooms, and celery, cut into bite size pieces and toss them in. Add tomatoes now, too.
If you would like a spicy soup, add a small amount of curry or cayenne pepper now.
For seasonings, you can use a spice soup packet of your choice (no noodles!) or use beef or chicken bouillon cubes. These cubes are optional, and you can add spices you like instead (make sure not to add much salt, if any at all).
Use about 12 cups of water (or 8 cups and the 48 oz of Low Sodium V8 juice), cover and put heat on low. Let soup simmer for a long time – about 2 hours or until vegetables are tender.