As you guys know, I did the Cabbage Soup Diet a couple of weeks ago and lost 5 pounds after the seven days. I was afraid that after getting off the diet; I would immediately gain the weight back. The good news is that I kept all of the weight off last week AND I lost another 2 pounds. I basically focused on keeping my calorie range between 1200-1500 per day and I ate mostly lean protein, veggies, and fruits. I did splurge on Friday night with pizza, but it was homemade pizza made with whole wheat flour and topped with veggies and cheese. What I loved and I completely attribute to being on the Cabbage Soup Diet the previous week is that I didn’t really have any cravings and I was also able to stay away from nighttime snacking, which is always my undoing. I think the Cabbage Soup Diet helped me to “detox” so to speak. So, anyway–today I wanted to share some of the things that helped me get though the seven days of the Cabbage Soup Diet.
Cabbage Soup Diet Tips:
Make your soup the night before you are beginning the plan. Make a batch that’s big enough to get you to the halfway point of the week (Day 3 or 4). Take your time making the soup (Cabbage Soup Recipe). When your first batch is finished, make the second batch a little different. Try using different spices, vegetables, or anything that will make the soup more palatable because at this point; you will be sick of the soup. One thing I did was to blend the soup. This really helped change the texture and felt like I was eating something a little different.
On Day 1 you can have cabbage soup and all the fruit you want except bananas. Make sure to have a good variety of fruits that you like on hand and ready to eat. Another thing is that you can spice it up by roasted or grilling fruits like peaches, nectarines, pineapple, etc.
On Day 2 you can have cabbage soup and all the low-calorie vegetables you want (except beans, peas, or corn) and a baked potato with butter for dinner. Get creative with your veggies. The same goes with Day 3, which is fruit and veggies day (no starchy vegetables or bananas allowed though). I made a huge stir fry and added a little low-sodium soy sauce.
Another idea–spaghetti squash topped with a homemade tomato sauce. Or, roast a variety of veggies for lunch or dinner.
I really liked Day 4, which is cabbage soup, up to eight bananas, and two glasses of skim milk. At night, I made myself a banana smoothie as a treat. I did cheat a little by adding a tablespoon of cocoa, but it only has 10 calories so I didn’t think it was a big deal. The smoothie was really thick, which really made it the consistency of ice cream instead (even better!).
Banana Chocolate “Ice Cream” Recipe
2 large frozen bananas, broken into pieces
1 cup skim milk
1-2 Tbsp cocoa
1-2 packets Stevia or zero calorie sweetener of your choice
Directions: Put all of the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth and the consistency of soft serve ice cream.
The key to this diet is to be creative or you will quickly become bored! Good luck!