Final Cabbage Soup Diet Recap

My final thoughts on the cabbage soup diet are as follows. DO. NOT. TRY. IT.


I re-think that it is terrible and should not be followed ever. Yes, I lost a bunch of weight for a specific event. And, I lost that weight very quickly. However, I put it all back on within a week of going back to eating “real” food. In addition, I have never craved junk/sweets more than I did the week after the diet. All the weight I gained back went straight to my problem area (tummy), so although I’m back where I started, I actually feel heavier. Also, not working out for a week because of the diet is a great way to kill any motivation you have with exercise.

I don’t think it would work as a jumpstart to any diet/exercise plan because you will gain it all back as soon as you’re done. At least that was my experience. As great as it was to lose that weight, it was doubly more frustrating to pack it back on just as quickly. And my body has felt all out of whack ever since. Dropping 12 pounds in a week then regaining it in a week is not normal, and I think my body is very very confused. Despite the great results, I’ll never do it again – no matter what the event. The long-term effects are not worth the short-term gain.

Cabbage Soup Diet – Day 5

Day 4 was pretty crazy. I ended up eating 7 bananas and almost an entire half-gallon of milk. I felt pretty stuffed most of the day. Had a crab and shrimp Louie salad with no dressing at the rehearsal dinner, and took a bit of ribbing for not eating any of the peanut butter, cheesecake and lemon curd tartlets. There was no way I was going to “cheat” that much though. And I was pleased with that choice when this morning the scale told me I was down 10 1/2 pounds. I thought for sure I’d plateau yesterday given that I ate 1400 calories just between bananas and milk. On to day 5!

Day 5

Tomatoes and a little bit of beef: Start including six fresh tomatoes and between ten and twenty ounces of beef with your cabbage soup. It is recommended that you consume between a minimum of 6 glasses of water, more if you can. This will aid in removing the Uric Acid that has accumulated in your body. Take your soup at least once on this 5th day. If you don’t like beef, baked chicken may be eaten instead. However, remember not to consume the skin on your chicken only the white meat.

So, I started by chopping up 2 tomatoes and adding them to my giant 11 o’clock bowl of soup. Ugh. I had to choke it down. Not even the basil could make it enjoyable for me. Bleah. I guess I’m not a big fan of tomatoes. I’m also not a big fan of beef in such large quantities – so I made plans for chicken at dinner time.

I had another bowl of soup about 3 o’clock , but didn’t add any tomatoes to it.

For dinner I had about 10 oz of grilled chicken, a bowl of soup (still no tomatoes added) and some carrots, zucchini and asparagus. I hope two tomatoes was good enough for my tomato day. Cause I’m not forcing myself to eat any more.

I did have lots of water as suggested for today. Probably between 80 and 100 ounces. We’ll see how I’m doing in the morning. I’ve reached pretty much the maximum I thought I’d lose in this week, any more and I risk “the girls” popping out the top of my dress when dancing on Sunday. Which I certainly do NOT want. Depending on how the scale reads in the morning, I may back of my strict adherence to this diet. We’re having a bridesmaid dinner out at a mexican place. I was planning to do some carne asada (since tomorrow is supposed to be a beef day too) – if it’s looking like I need to be done with the diet, I’ll probably ease back in to real food and eat some of my beans and rice too. And I’ll probably eat a bunch of fruit tomorrow instead of just the veggies, soup and beef I’m “allowed”. Whatever I eat though, I certainly don’t want to go crazy, eat a pile of food and end up making myself sick.

Cabbage Soup Diet – Day 4

Wow. I cannot believe how much weight you lose with this thing. I am not a big person with a whole lot of weight to lose – in fact, I’m pretty much at my body’s happy weight. But I have dropped 9 1/2 pounds in three days on this cabbage soup eating plan. Zero exercise. Just the food. It kind of made me look at The Biggest Loser contestants this week and say “Um…really? You lost 3 pounds in a week training with Bob and Jillian?”. Then I remembered. I will gain all this weight back. It’s just basically water flushing thru my system. It’s not real. It’s only temporary. It’s not sustainable. Ok. I feel better now. Everyone struggling at a gym. You go girl (or guy)! Keep working hard – that’s the real thing!

Day 4

Skimmed milk and bananas: You may have to endure eating a lot of bananas on this day. Consume up to eight bananas and take as much skimmed milk as you can, eating it together with your soup.

Good thing I like bananas. I have a friend who would totally not be able to endure this day. Probably not for a million dollars.

Breakfast: 4 bananas and 16 oz of skim milk

Lunch: Big bowl of soup. Added the fresh basil again – no zucchini today as I’m not supposed to eat any veggies other than what’s already in the soup. Man, that basil rocks my world. I might even have another bowl for a snack this afternoon. Also had 10 oz of milk and a banana.

Dinner tonight is going to be after my sister’s wedding rehearsal. Yup, the rehearsal dinner. It’s my first major problem with this diet. Considering all the weight I’ve already lost, and the fact that tomorrow I’m supposed to eat up to 20 ounces of steak or skinless chicken – I’m planning to “cheat” a little tonight and have either a filet mignon and some steamed veggies, or a chicken breast and veggies. Obviously I cannot whip out a banana and glass of skim milk with the whole family to toast my sister’s pending nuptials. In one of life’s totally ironic moments, the place we’re eating dinner is called The Cabbage Patch.

Cabbage Soup Diet – Day 3

Day Three
Mix one and two: Incorporate the essentials found in the 1st and 2nd day, dropping the baked potato. Eat as much fruits and vegetables that you want to on this day together with your cabbage soup.

Hooray!! Fruit! First thing this morning I had a giant bowl filled with delicious berries of all kinds. Then I plowed thru half a cantaloupe. It was awesome. I was so craving the sweets — managing to get thru yesterday without anything sugary at all was pretty torturous.

Had a snack of an orange and some more cantaloupe. Lunchtime, I grilled up some zucchini with some salt and pepper and added it to a bowl of cabbage soup. I took the suggestion of a friend and added some fresh basil. It worked wonders! I think I enjoyed lunch’s bowl of soup more than I have any of them. Which is great because last night’s dinner bowl I had to choke down.

Additional Snacks: Bowl of pineapple, kiwi, strawberries and blueberries. Bag of carrots. More cantaloupe (it was soooo good…I couldn’t stop eating it).

Enjoyed dinner of another bowl of soup, with the basil and zucchini again. It was really good. Not sure what it is about the basil that makes it so much easier to eat, but I’m diggin it big time.

Bible study tonight while my Maddie girl was at Cubbies (Awanas for little kids) – had some apple slices while hanging with my gals.

Tomorrow is bananas and skim milk – not sure how that’s gonna play out. Thankfully, bananas are a perfect on-the-go food, because I have MOPS, preschool and a wedding rehearsal tomorrow. Totally motivated to stick with it though, as of this morning I’m down almost 8 pounds. Two days and that much weight lost — no wonder people like this plan. I keep having to remind myself that I’m going to gain it all back once I start eating normally again.

Cabbage Soup Diet – Day 2

Day 2

Make vegetables a big part of day two: You can eat any kind of cooked or raw vegetable as much as you like along with your soup. Try to pile up on leafy dark vegetables while avoiding those dry peas, beans and corn. During supper, a large potato that has been baked in the oven and lightly touched with butter may be consumed. Refrain from fruits on this day.

Breakfast: A bunch of oven roasted asparagus. Sprayed them with PAM, seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic. Baked @ 425° for about 10 minutes.

Lunch: Bowl of soup and three carrots (raw) cut up into spears

Snack: Took a nap — my head was KILLING me. Probably because I haven’t had any caffeine in the past two days.

Dinner: Baked potato (horrible irony, I could have butter on it, but I used the last butter in the house to make my daughter’s chocolate cake/frosting), sautéed mushrooms, bowl of soup

The bowl of soup with dinner did not taste good to me at all. I actually didn’t finish it. Partly because I had so many mushrooms that I was stuffed full, but also because I just didn’t want to eat the rest of it. I’m so thankful I get to eat fruit again tomorrow. The lack of sugar today was pretty rough. Especially when watching the rest of my family down a four layer chocolate/raspberry cake. I kept hold of my willpower by reminding myself that when I stepped on the scale this morning I was down FIVE pounds. I know I’ll put it all back on when I start eating “real” foods again. But that amount of weight loss in one day will (I’m sure) be my happy thought as I choke down cabbage soup the next 5 days.

Cabbage Recap: Day 1

Breakfast: Decided this morning to do the whole soup thing, but didn’t have the ingredients on hand. Ate a mondo bowl of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries for breakfast and then headed out for soup ingredients.

Lunch: So, the soup is made and I had my first bowl…two bowls actually, for lunch. Not bad. Not bad at all. I ended up adding a few red pepper flakes to give it a little zing action and I gotta say, the soup was pretty good. I’m sure I will not feel that way by the end of the week, but for today’s lunch – I willingly went back for another bowl. I also had a fresh delicious honeycrisp apple with lunch, a multivitamin and about 40 ounces of water.

Snack: An orange and a whole lotta water

Dinner: Giant bowl of soup – still good – and a big bowl of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. It was a little rough preparing steak nachos for my honey…even harder once I started smelling the cheese melting on top of the sizzling steak.

The true test today will be my small group meeting. I know there’s going to be delicious snacks. And I’m totally a social eater. The bigger test will be tomorrow – when I’ll be making a birthday cake for my daughter, using up some leftover pumpkin with a savory soup and some pumpkin gingerbread, and making (by request) blueberry pancakes for dinner. So far though, I’m feeling good about this whole soup diet thing.

Cabbage Soup Diet – Day 1

So, obviously – this is not my standard type of recipe. Get ready for the justification.

I have always disliked the whole idea of the Cabbage Soup Diet. To me it seems terrible to basically starve yourself for a week. From what I hear, you always gain the weight back after you’ve finished your week of cabbage soup. So what’s the point? I think people should lose weight the old-fashioned way – exercise, and eat a balanced, healthy diet that has fewer calories in it than you are expending. But for a variety of reasons, I have reached a place today where I just made up a big pot of Cabbage Soup and have it simmering away on my stove top. Why?

1. My sister’s wedding is in 6 days.
2. I have been unable to work out the past three days because my baby toe is swollen and bruised. I no longer think it’s broken, but still can’t get it in a tennis shoe.
3. In the past three days I have gained 5 pounds.
4. I have zero expectation of being able to workout to my normal standards at all this week. In fact, I think I’ll be lucky to even get some time on a lame-o recumbent bike. Not working out is bad bad bad news for me.
5. If in fact #4 holds true for the week, I will probably be up 10 pounds by the wedding…and that’s thinking positively.
6. Drastic measures are in order.

Insert the Cabbage Soup Diet. I have a specific event in 6 days that I’m trying to stave off weight gain for. I’m totally fine if I gain the weight back afterward because I know that as soon as my toe stops being a pain (literally) I’ll be back in the gym and eating properly…which is the correct way to manage weight long-term. Unfortunately, I don’t have long-term. I have 6 days.

Now, given my previous outspoken disdain for the cabbage soup diet, I want to just eat my 20 bowls of soup this week privately and not deal with the ridicule I’m sure to get from others for doing this stupid thing. But that wouldn’t be very honest, would it? So – you all get to share in my week of cabbage. I made the soup this morning. I added two bay leaves, some fresh chopped thyme and 2 cloves of garlic to the standard recipe. I also used fresh mushrooms instead of canned ones…those things are nasty gross. The traditional recipe calls for bullion cubes, but I’m going to hold off on those until I’ve simmered it for about an hour – then I’ll taste it and decide if I need salt/pepper/additional spices.

So, here we go. Every day, I’ll be blogging about what I’m eating on this absurd diet. Starting now. Feel free to hit me with your objections. I’m sure they are all things I’ve said to other friends on this diet. Also, for those of you concerned that you won’t be getting any “real” food/goodies blogs this week. Never fear. I still have to feed my family, so I’ll still be cooking/baking. Which, kind of seems like willingly torturing myself, but I can’t exactly have my 4 year old eat cabbage soup for her birthday tomorrow, can I?

Cabbage Soup & Fruit

Day 1 – Fruit is the objective of the first day: Eat your cabbage soup with all the fruits that you want, except for bananas. Cranberry juice, unsweetened teas, or water are the only drinks that can be taken.

Good thing I stocked up on strawberries, kiwi, apples, oranges and blueberries this morning.

Cabbage Soup

–  1 large onion, diced

–  2 green onions, diced

–  2 large green bell peppers, diced

–  2 standard size cans of chopped tomatoes (I used the no salt added variety)

–  3 carrots, chopped

–  2 C fresh mushrooms, quartered

–  1 celery stalk, chopped

–  2 cloves of garlic, diced

–  Half of a cabbage head, chopped

–  1 pack “Lipton soup mix”

–  Salt and pepper, curry, parsley, garlic powder, curry, etc. for added flavor

1. Chop onions. Place the sliced onions in a saucepan and sauté the onions adding a little bit of cooking oil spray.

2. Prepare the green peppers by taking out the seeds and membrane. Chop the green pepper into small bite sized cubes then throw them in to the saucepan together with the sautéed onions.

3. Peel off the outside layers off the cabbage and cut the leaves into pieces roughly the same size as the peppers, then add them to continue sautéing.

4. Clean the carrots. Peel and chop them and add them to the saucepan also.

5. Keep the mushrooms a good size, you can cut them in halves or quarters before throwing them in to the saucepan too.

6. Add bay leaves, thyme and garlic.

7. Add about 12 cups of water and pour inside the pot. Turn the heat to low and let the soup simmer. A two-hour period is recommended to make the soup most effective. Add additional salt and pepper for taste.

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