I wouldn’t say I am in bad shape – at least I’m not offensive to look at in a bikini, but I’m also not about to strut down a runway anytime soon. Of course I fuss over the 10 lbs of fluctuating weight that probably only I notice. But I’m still young so I can get away with eating a less than well-rounded diet. I’m pleasantly average, what doctors and nutritionist like to call “ideal”. Please, since when is average ideal? C’mon, every girl wants to be bag-of-bones skinny and a whole lot of them will go to any measure to get there. Again, I can’t. I won’t. I don’t know how. Inevitably, the word “diet” will come into play and I’ll be trampling people to get to the front of the line at Lolo’s Chicken and Waffles. And I’ll smother it in gravy.
So why, after proclaiming again and again that I can’t, won’t and don’t know how to diet, would I voluntarily embark on a 7-day, no holds, grab- the-veggies-by the-balls crash diet? It’s not for my health – I highly doubt a meal plan that advises NOT doing more than a week can be healthy. Ohh no, health shmealth. I am doing it as a testament to my willpower, a challenge of self control. And because I’m very, really, super bored. So I welcome you to my blog mini-series: The Cabbage Soup Diet.
Here’s what The Cabbage Soup Diet entails: one week of certain foods paired with unlimited consumption of cabbage soup. It’s a fairly popular diet, or “cleanse”, though I am beginning to suspect that word is thrown out a lot more in the nutrition world than necessary. I shopped around, looked into the “Master Cleanse” (aka the Lemonade and Cayenne pepper diet), but the pricey ingredients - $25 grade D maple syrup? - combined with the fact that there would be no masticating in the process quickly turned me away. Although they may not be my favorite foods, at lease FOOD is a part of The Cabbage Soup Diet.
I will document my experience of each day, hopefully amounting to monumental results. Of course, to calculate the results I must know my start weight so first step is the hardest- onto the scale.
Well the bad news is that I am at my heaviest this year, but the good news is the new pounds should shed quickly, giving me more dramatic results and making me feel that much more successful and awesome. I hope.
So here it is, the magic concoction:
- Olive oil
- 6 large green onions
- 2 green peppers
- 1 large can diced tomatoes
- 3 carrots
- 8 oz container of mushrooms
- 1 bunch of celery
- ½ head of cabbage
- 1 package onion soup mix
- 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
- 48 oz of V8 juice
- 8 cups water
- Dash of pepper, few shakes of garlic salt
- Slice green onions, sauté in deep pot with a TBS olive oil
- Deseed and chop the green peppers and add to pot
- Remove the outer layers of the cabbage, chop and add to pot
- Clean carrots, chop and add to pot
- Slice mushrooms (if needed), add to pot
- Chop celery and add to pot
- Add chicken bouillon and soup mix
- Add water, V8 juice, and canned tomatoes
- Cover and put on low heat, allowing it to cook for about two hours
This recipe was originally pulled from here, however this version leaves out a few steps and provides some different options. The above is exactly how I made it.
Then the last and probably most important ingredient is a friend (aww). Really though, support systems are crucial to success in diets, even if they are only ridiculous week long crash diets. You can visit my friend Denise's eerily similar account of the exact same experience on her blog.