It’s not really the time of year to be worrying about getting bikini ready but when you’re working on a magazine, you are constantly bombarded with images of beautiful bodied women, beautifully tailored garments and the desire always that you could either be the woman or fit into the clothes – or ideally both. I’m a typical woman – I’ve never been completely satisfied with my weight – more so since having a child. And I look back at photos of me – even five years back – when I was slimmer. And still. I can remember being on a fad diet or new health kick or famous last words: ‘I’m cutting out carbs’.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve made peace with my body shape. I’ll never be a skinny girl. But dammit! I will fit into the wonderful clothes that lie dormant in my cupboard. My husband is complaining about the same thing and came out looking rather deflated when he came home from a shopping spree and was surprised to find he was no longer a size 32 pants. And he’s been doing the gym thing. That’s when we gave birth to the soup diet. We don’t want to starve, we want to chew and we want to feel like we aren’t depriving our bodies of basic food groups like fruit – which is usually a no-no in these diets. I’d tried the soup diet before but never succeeded in completing it. Now we’re on Day 4 and going strong. Only three more days to go. Thank goodness I don’t have any daytime or evening events so I can eat my soup in peace – away from the temptation of white wine spritzers, champagne and canapes… and all the other deliciously decadent things that can colour a meeting or function. And my body doesn’t crave the tasty things but oh how my mind wants a glass of vino or that piece of fudge sent to us by Melissa’s – lying on the table in our office.
I’ll let you know what the end results are. And if anyone wants to try it here it is…
HOW TO MAKE THE SOUP via aboutcabbagesoupdiet.com
You can keep changing the ingredients used, so that you don’t get bored of the same 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 celery
- 1/2 head cabbage
- 1 pack Lipton soup mix
- 1 or 2 cubes bouillon (optional)
- 1 can (48oz) V8 juice (optional)
Season to taste with salt, pepper, parsley, garlic powder, etc.
- Slice green onions, put in pot and start to sauté with cooking spray.
- Cut green pepper stem end off and cut in half, take seeds and membrane out. Cut the green pepper into bite size pieces and put in pot.
- Take the outer leafs layers off the cabbage, cut into bite size pieces, put in pot.
- Clean carrots and celery and cut into bite size pieces, put in pot.
- Slice mushrooms into thick slices (otherwise they will disappear in the soup), put in pot.
- If you would like a spicy soup, add a small amount of cayenne pepper (red pepper) now (1/3 teaspoon is quite a bit as the soup will get spicier as it cooks further).
- You can use beef or chicken bouillon cubes for seasonings. They 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.
- Eat all the soup you want, whenever you want for the next 7 days.
Eat as much soup as you desire for seven days. The recipe varies slightly, but includes a variety of low-calorie vegetables such as cabbage, onions, and tomatoes, flavored with bouillon, onion soup mix, and tomato juice. Each day of the seven-day program has specific foods that must be eaten, including potatoes, fruit juice, many vegetables, and on one day, beef.
Day One Eat only fruit, all the fruit you want except banana. Drink unsweetened tea, black coffee, cranberry juice, and water. Eat as much soup as you like.
Day Two All you want – fresh, raw, or cooked vegetables of your choice. Stay away from dry beans, peas, and sweet corn. Reward yourself with a big baked potato with butter for dinner. Eat as much soup as you like but no fruit for today.
Day Three Combine days one and two, eat as much fruit, vegetables, and soup, as you like but no baked potato.
Day Four 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.
Day Five You may have 10-20 ounces of beef (300-500g) and a large tin or 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 today. You may eat broiled or baked chicken (skinless) instead of beef. If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for the beef.
Day Six Eat beef and vegetables today. You can even have two or three steaks if you like, with fresh vegetables or salad. NO BAKED POTATO. Eat your soup at least once.
Day Seven Eat all you want of brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices, and vegetables. Be sure to eat your soup at least once to day. No bread, alcohol, or carbonated beverages, not even diet soda.