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Trying the Cabbage Soup Diet 
Jul. 20, 2010 10:15 am 
Updated: Aug. 30, 2010 10:25 pm
As always, thanks for stopping by to read my blog!

I wish I didn't feel like I have to do this, but before I begin, I need to say this:
I am not a nutritionist, doctor, diet expert, fitness guru, etc.  I am doing this for ME, with the approval of my doctor.  If anyone else decides to follow this eating plan, that is their own choice.  They should research the plan themselves and should not choose to follow it simply based on my experiences.  I am using this eating plan as a jump-start into a more healthy lifestyle, so at the end of seven days, I will begin eating a more balanced diet.  If anyone disagrees with this eating plan, I will respect your opinion if it is stated tactfully, but please remember that my doctor has approved this plan for me.  If you attack me, my opinions, or other commenters, I will be forced to delete your post and ban you.

About a week and a half ago a couple of us ladies got to talking on the Recipe Exchange about the Cabbage Soup Diet.  Jaxmamma, another member here at AllRecipes, found information about the seven-day eating plan you're supposed to follow while eating the soup and we decided to try the diet together last week.  It turned out I wasn't able to do it last week because my family had Vacation Bible School every evening and the church ladies would be serving the evening meal as part of VBS.  Because I couldn't see any way to bring my own meal every day without hurting the ladies' feelings, I decided to do the eating plan this week instead.  Since we couldn't do the eating plan together, I cheered Jaxmamma on last week (she lost something like 9 pounds!) and she's cheering me on this week.

I had planned to make the soup on Sunday so it would be ready to go on Monday, when I wanted to start the seven-day eating plan.  As usual, though, "Life Happened" and I didn't get the soup made.  It was a pretty cool "Life Happened" day, though!  My parents had brought three of my brother and sister-in-law's kids to spend a couple weeks with them and their mom came to pick them up on Sunday, bringing their twin baby brothers and her sister with her.  My cousin, who I haven't seen in at least three years, found out about their arrival on Facebook, so he called my parents and arranged to bring his wife and their eight kids, too!  So...I got to see my twin nephews, who were born April 21, 2010 and whom I haven't seen since April 28th, AND I got to meet my cousin's new baby daughter, who was just one week and five days old!  My parents' little three bedroom house was crammed jam packed with people...a total of 23 of us...and it was one of the happiest times that house has ever seen!
Brayden & Zachary          Elizabeth Renee

I was convinced I was going to have to wait yet another week to start my Cabbage Soup Diet, but I was afraid my ingredients wouldn't last another week in the fridge.  So, I set my alarm to get up early yesterday at make my soup.  I started out with a four-quart pot, but after pouring all the liquid and tomatoes into the pot, I knew I was going to have to go bigger if I was going to fit all the vegetables in there.  I don't own a stock pot and it was too early in the morning to call my parents and ask if I could borrow one of theirs, so I went on a scavenger hunt in my kitchen cabinets.  What could I use as a vessel to make this soup???  HEY!  I have a covered roaster that I bought on a whim when WalMart had them for 10 dollars back around Thanksgiving last year!  I wonder if it's safe to use on the stovetop.  Well...there's only one way to find out!

Thankfully, that roasting pan IS safe to use on the stovetop and it turns out it's just the right size for a batch of Cabbage Soup.  While the soup was simmering, my 14-year-old woke up and asked "What smells so good?"  She already knew I was planning to do the Cabbage Soup Diet this week, so when I told her it was the simmering soup that she smelled, she was shocked that it smelled so delicious.  I told her she could have ONE bowl of it for lunch that day, but then she had to leave the rest for me.  She had that one bowl and then sent me a message on Facebook saying I "HAD" to buy ingredients to make more of the soup so there would be enough to share.  YAY!  My kid likes something that's chock full of vegetables and is good for her!!

Yesterday was Day 1 of the seven-day eating plan.  It was pretty difficult for me to stick with the eating plan, but I did it!  I never realized before how much I "pick" during the day...a pretzel here, a few sunflower seeds there, a piece of candy later.  Not being able to just reach for those things really made me aware of how much I do it during the day.  I did screw up a little bit, because I got mixed up and thought yesterday was a vegetable day, where you eat as much vegetables as you want in addition to the soup.  It was supposed to be a fruit day instead, so I just stuck with my soup while I was at work and then rewarded myself with a big bunch of grapes in the evening.

Today is Day 2 and I'm already finding it much easier!  I pureed a big mug full of the soup and added a little hot sauce to it for breakfast this morning.  I drank it on the way to work and it was really good!  I'm not craving the "pickings" I longed for yesterday and, since today IS a vegetable day, I'm looking forward to a big salad dressed with balsamic vinegar with my soup at lunch time.  I also get a treat at dinnertime - a big baked potato with butter!  I'm thinking about pureeing more of the soup with hot sauce and using it as a topping for the baked potato, too, so I'm not tempted to go overboard with the butter.

Tomorrow is a combination of Day 1 and Day 2, but no baked potato.  Then Thursday is what's called Banana and Skim Milk Day.  I can eat up to eight bananas and drink as much skim milk as I want that day.  This is supposed to lessen the cravings for sweets.  I've been trying to figure out how in the world I'm going to down more than one banana in a day and how I'm going to drink ANY skim milk, because I'm not a huge fan of bananas eaten straight up and I really hate milk...especially skim milk.  Last night I had a brainstorm...I could make sort of a banana milkshake!  I put four bananas in the freezer so they'll get good and frozen by Thursday.  I can whirl the frozen bananas with some of the skim milk, a packet of Sweet 'N' Low, and a little vanilla and I'll have a really delicious treat.  Now I'm looking forward to Banana and Skim Milk Day!

Days 5 and 6 are gonna be great, because I get to have beef or chicken those days and I can have fish one of the days if I want, with a baked potato on Day 5 and leafy green veggies on Day 6.  I'm already planning ways to jazz up my soup using the meat and some extra seasonings.  I'm thinking of adding some taco seasoning and chicken to the soup one day for a chicken taco soup and grilled steak and Worcestershire sauce the other day for a really great vegetable beef soup.  Day 7 is kind of a wind-down, where I get as much brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices, and veggies I want, in addition to my soup.

At the end of this seven-day period, I'm hoping to have more control over my cravings so I can transition into a more moderate diet/eating plan for weight loss and hopefully a little more energy so I can start getting more exercise.  Wish me luck!

Here's to getting healthy!
My twin nephews - 13 days old
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Elizabeth Renee, my newest second cousin
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Jul. 20, 2010 10:23 am
Good for you, Keri! and your week long diet is very healthy and great way to jumpstart your healthy lifestyle plan! but thanks for going to your doctor first. I wish you the best and hope you have great success!
Jul. 20, 2010 10:24 am
Beautiful babies, BTW! good thing you didn't start last week cuz they do look good enough to eat!
Jul. 20, 2010 10:31 am
Thanks connorsmom! I agree...those babies are simply edible :-)
Jul. 20, 2010 10:32 am
Saw you and Jaxsmamma discussing soup, I thought the cabbage soup diet was what you were doing. Glad to know it is just to jumpstart and not a continuing thing. Good luck!! Babies are precious!
Jul. 20, 2010 10:34 am
Good Luck Keri!I would really be intrested to see how you are feeling later in the week. I have heard some experience really bad gas pains and such due to so much cabbage. But sounds like you have the right attitude and I hope you get the results you are looking for. The soup does sound good too and the few ways you are changing it up will give you a nice variety. Hey by the way, the flan worked out really great on Saturday. It took more like 4 hrs 15 minutes in my slow cooker. Thanks again for the link. Take care...
Jul. 20, 2010 10:37 am
Great to hear Keri, are you feeling any different?
Jul. 20, 2010 10:38 am
Good luck Keri!! I'm going to be glued to your blog this week, I hope your results are as great as Jaxmamma's...9 pounds? Wow! The babies are too cute...I just wanna pinch their cheeks! :D
Jul. 20, 2010 10:41 am
I love the cabbage soup that is used for this diet. Although one tip for you: stay away from the Sweet 'N' Low...the point of this week long diet plan is to cleanse your system and Sweet 'N' Low is one of the worst things for you IMO.
Jul. 20, 2010 10:43 am
Good luck! Sounds like you're off to a great start! The babies are beautiful!
Jul. 20, 2010 10:44 am
This sounds like a weird and insane start. Ever thought of eating a well-balanced diet, stop buying snacks and going for a walk? Learning to lose weight is the hardest part. Keeping a journal is essential. Once you get used to eating healthier and once you understand what it is you're eating every day, a healthy lifestyle becomes second nature. No special food for you and other foods for your family. I lost 115 lbs 8 years ago and I've kept it off. My secret? I put down my fork, took smaller portions, ate slower, I quit eating too much food that wasn't good for me (no one needs to tell us what is bad for us, right?) and I started walking. Every day, rain or shine. That's it. No whacky diets, no denials, no excuses for what I was doing, no blaming someone else. If I knew we were going out for Pizza that night, I "saved" my calories for the day and munched on carrots, celery, etc. I ate mini meals throughout the day but every single day I started off my day with a bowl of oats, or cereal and fruit, or a poached egg, or just a yogurt and piece of toast. That was the key to my success - a light breakfast in the morning. On days when I passed on breakfast, I caved and ate things I shouldn't have. It was all dependent on me. People that make excuses are doomed to fail.
Jul. 20, 2010 10:45 am
Those babies are adorable! How lucky you got to see them and it sounds like you guys all had fun! Good luck on your diet as well! I don't think I'd ever have the willpower to eat that while the rest of the family had "normal" food. Hurray for you!
Jul. 20, 2010 10:48 am
I have known several people that have great on this diet. I would love to try - wish there was a substitute for the bananas, which I absolutely can not tolerate in anything - bread, cake, pie, etc. Good luck to you!!
Jul. 20, 2010 10:59 am
@sassyoldlady - yes, definitely just a jump start. Thanks! **** @Noemi - I wondered the same thing about gas and perhaps other...uh...intestinal issues from all that fiber LOL! So far, so good on that front ;-) You should give the soup a try, even if you're not using it with the eating plan. It's really good! So glad your flan turned out!! **** @Skoo - not much different yet, but it's only Day 2. I do feel a little less tired, though! **** @Abbey - I'll try to keep it updated, even if it's just a few sentences every day! My weakness on babies is their ears. For some reason I love to suck on babies' earlobes LOL! **** @Anita - I wondered about the Sweet 'N' Low. Would regular sugar be better or is there a natural sugar substitute I could try? I'm just thinking the "shake" won't be sweet enough without something extra. Maybe honey? **** @Nurse Ellen - Thanks! We think the babies are precious, but we're biased ;-) **** @Queenpin - Thank you for your opinions. I was a little skeptical, so that's why I checked with my doctor first. The purpose of this eating plan is to help cleanse the body of toxins and help get over cravings. I'll be doing all the things you've mentioned after this initial seven-day period. **** @Mother Ann - Thanks for the good luck wishes! I'm battling the temptation of "normal" food by having my 14-year-old cook dinner for her sister and herself. It's easier to resist the food if I don't cook it myself.
Jul. 20, 2010 11:00 am
@maggie7211 - Before I decided to try the banana "shake" idea, I had pretty much decided to skip that day and do another fruit and veggie day, so maybe you could do that.
Jul. 20, 2010 11:01 am
Aahhh.... so there's also a lesson involved for the 14 yo! LOL! She will learn to be a good cook, great idea!
Jul. 20, 2010 11:07 am
Hey Girl, here is your "support"mama! I still feel good, still eating healthy and I actually miss the soup. For those that say WOW to 9 pounds, you must remember that you are getting rid of alot of water :). But.... you ca really see a difference in my big toes, Just Kidding ;). I'll be here to cheer you on thru the rest of your week and then next week we can start the healthy lifestyle support! Cheers to anyone who decides to do this! Did I mention I miss the soup?
Jul. 20, 2010 11:13 am
ohhhhh and those babies! How cute!!! I just love babies and their little sounds and their little smells and their little.... oh heck, don't get me started. I like you ears comment.
Jul. 20, 2010 11:28 am
The babies are all precious!! The jump-start diet, I just don't see the need for. Your body will rid itself of toxins as you eat healthier. But, this is your diet and your body! Good luck :-)
Jul. 20, 2010 11:32 am
I'm not knocking it because I haven't tried it. I don't think that plan would work for me, though. The soup is great, and there are plenty of different ways (using other veggies) to make it! If it works for you, it will be wonderful!
Jul. 20, 2010 11:43 am
Oh! The babies are just so adorable! How nice you got to have some time with them - and EVERYONE else too! Sounds like a good time at your parents house! Good luck with the jump start plan. I think you have all your bases covered especially your doctors approval. I will be interested to see how you make out! Bonus points to have your daughter loving the soup! Good luck Keri!!!!!!
Jul. 20, 2010 11:47 am
@Jaxmamma - make more soup! It's way healthy for you, so you can go right ahead and continue eating it as part of your regular healthy lifestyle! @Lynna - I'm kind of using it as a jump-start for my willpower, too LOL! I'm finding that I really do pick at food throughout the day a lot more than I thought I did, so this is helping me break that habit. @sueb - It probably wouldn't work for me, either, if I had to follow it for more than seven days. Thankfully, though, I really LOVE veggies, so that makes it a lot easier.
Jul. 20, 2010 11:54 am
Growing up I was skinny as a rail, but my Mom, not so much. I fell in love with that soup when she joined WW way back then. I really like your ideas of changing the flavorings up a bit so it doesn't get too tedious. You got it going on girl!! Great job and good luck!!
Jul. 20, 2010 11:56 am
Oooh, also there are many studies that prove that eating a small portion of hot BROTHY soup before any regular meal, will reduce the amount you want to eat. The soup helps trigger your brain that you are getting full.
Jul. 20, 2010 11:59 am
Go Keri! I really love the way that you are finding ways to enjoy the foods on the plan (especially the banana milkshake part)! I never thought of doing stuff like that and I'll definatley try some of the things your doing next time!
Jul. 20, 2010 12:12 pm
Keri - congrats! seems like a great plan - to jump in on the sweetener convo above - you can try agave nectar - it doesnt spike your glycemic level. Honey is good too. Sugar is better than sweetnlow or any of that stuff. I heard that Stevia is a natural sweetener, but I don't know anything about it.
Jul. 20, 2010 12:19 pm
I am new at reading blogs, but I wanted to say good luck to you and I think it's great that you are doing something positive to lose weight. I hope after the one week kickstart you can incorporate healthy eating into your diet and lose the weight you want. Looking forward to reading about your progress :)
Jul. 20, 2010 12:21 pm
Great blog, Keri! I loved your disclaimer paragraph at the beginning. It's really a shame we have to do things like that, but there's always some do-gooder who has to come along and tell you what you're doing wrong and how it's going to kill you. I would really like to try this plan and think I may do it soon. I don't think it would be hard for me at all - I'd just still have to cook for everyone else because they WON'T eat the soup. I had to laugh when you started writing about the bananas and milk. My first thought was "puree frozen bananas with milk". Great minds really do think alike, huh? I hope this works for you! Oh, pureeing the soup is a wonderful idea!
Jul. 20, 2010 12:22 pm
good luck Keri!! Hope all goes well for you on this jump start diet!!
Jul. 20, 2010 12:35 pm
The babies are awesome! And Keri - you go, Girl! I think it is great that you are really into it and got medical approval too. Sometimes we need a jumpstart - maybe a little instant gratification - and if that's what works, it works!! I also love the soup and probably will make it again soon. Wishing you all the best. Maggi
Jul. 20, 2010 1:05 pm
@WFDM – Thanks! We did have a great time with the family on Sunday. Even though the house was crowded, it never felt like there were too many people there. And with three babies to pass around, nobody felt left out on the baby cuddling front. I was really surprised that my daughter liked the soup, because she usually complains if there are chunks of carrots or celery in anything I cook. She’ll eat them raw, but doesn’t like them cooked. **** @mimosa – I did WW several years ago, but they never told us about this soup. I wish they had! Thanks for the tip about broth before a meal. I’ll have to make a habit of doing that! **** @Lovin Spoonful – I think it was you who gave Jaxmamma and me the instructions for the eating plan originally, right? Thanks!! I’m glad to have inspired you to try new ways to eat the foods! **** @MK! – Thank you for the tip about the agave nectar. I wondered about using it. I think I’ll have to go with honey right now, because agave is a little expensive, but I’m going to get some when I go grocery shopping next weekend so I have some on hand for future needs! **** @rachmaree – Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m honored to be one of the first you’ve read. I think I just finally got to the point where I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. It’s really a drag when you can’t keep up with your kids. Thanks for the encouragement! **** @Pam – Be sure to let us know if you decide to do the plan, because we’ll be here as your cheering section! I decided to puree the soup this morning on a whim, because I knew I needed to eat some for breakfast, but didn’t have time before leaving for work, so it had to be portable. Pureeing it worked perfectly! **** @DeniseY – Thank you for the good luck wishes!! **** @Maggi – Thanks to you, too, for the encouragement! I’m looking forward to continuing on the path to healthier eating after this week. You’re right…I did need a little jump-start.
Jul. 20, 2010 1:10 pm
Keri, I packed on 40 pounds by not watching my diet by 2000, got it off by trying a jumpstart diet but that didn't work for me. Reduced portions, slowly weeding out bad stuff-pop, chips etc and making what food I was eating from scratch & the best tasting I could. That made a difference. Oh yeah and exerecise! Hated that part, I'm lazy. But you get started and stick with it, it grows on you as your waistline shrinks. For a giggle go check out my new blog and see what food issues I'm now facing. I wish you the best of luck with your diet and exercise program. Good health is a gift we CAN give ourselves!!
Jul. 20, 2010 1:33 pm
Good Luck on your endeavour Keri! I too am starting a diet this week but unlike you I am just jumping in feet first with the whole new way of eating - I hope we are both successful in this! I have often wondered about the whole cabbage soup diet. But I was not sure about how I would handle it. Keep up the good work!
Jul. 20, 2010 1:42 pm
@Cat Hill - I've been working on weeding out the junk lately, too. I used to buy (no kidding) 20 cans of Pringles at the beginning of every month, plus CASES of Diet Coke, 24-count boxes of Ding Dongs, etc. No more! I'm down to one or two sodas a week and no Ding Dongs. Now if only I could get away from the chips! I don't buy 20 cans of them each month anymore, but I can sure down an entire container of them by myself if I'm not careful! That was part of the reason I experimented with wheat crackers a few days ago...I needed something crunchy and salty to satisfy that craving. I was pretty happy with what I came up with. For exercise, I REALLY wish I could get my hands on a treadmill! My neighborhood is not safe enough for me to go out walking in and my bad knees and lower back make it hard to do most other kinds of exercise. A treadmill would be a godsend. I laughed my way through your blog the other day! Thankfully, I don't have "whatever" people in my house, but that's probably because I don't ask what they want for dinner. I just cook what I want to cook and they can eat it or not :-) Thanks for the good luck wishes! **** @Carrie C. - Thanks for the encouragement! Good luck to you, too!!
Jul. 20, 2010 4:37 pm
Keri - it is a bit expensive - but I found it at my costco - 2 big containers (maybe 11oz? I have no idea lol) for about $6 (usually 1 of those size containers is around $5)
Jul. 20, 2010 5:20 pm
Babies are adorable.....I have made the cabbage soup before, but I would eat it for lunch and dinner. It got to the point that everyone in my household would want some too because it tastes good. I also make a pretty mean cabbage soup that has ground beef in it. I should submit this and my family all love it on a cold day. I did lose a few lbs. on this and I only did this to jumpstart to eating better. It maybe what you need to get you motivated.....My sister in law joined weight watchers with her fellow office employees and she has lost a lot of weight by making the cabbage soup recipe and their 4 point chili recipe...... I think if it works for you that is all that matters and you can introduce portion controlling and make healthier choices once you have accomplished your jumpstart. I think it will actually make you want to eat better after you get going. All the best.
Jul. 20, 2010 6:25 pm
I think the soup sounds wonderful & it's full of things that are very good for you. I might make some for the time my hubby is out of town, as I don't cook much when he's gone, & tend to just grab & graze. I want to get my diet much healthier, too, & it's pretty good to start with, but there are number of things I should cut out. I am studying some anti-cancer diets, to help motivate me. I'm feeling pretty good now & will try w/all my might to avoid a recurrence. I do have to stop the Sweet N Low. I found some honey powder & might try the agave from CostCo as that is the cheapest place to buy it. For someting salty & crunchy pretzels do it for me-I especially like the little "waffle " squares.
Jul. 20, 2010 6:36 pm
@MK! - Thanks for the tip about getting the agave at Costco. I don't have a membership, but my parents do, so I'll ask them to pick some up for me. **** @Janet - Thanks for the encouragement! You definitely should submit that soup recipe and then come tell us about it on the Exchange so we can try it even if AR doesn't publish it! **** @goodeats - Definitely make yourself some of the soup if it will help you keep away from the junk foods. It's definitely nice to have the pot of it in the fridge where I can just scoop out a mug full whenever I'm feeling a little hungry. That honey powder sounds interesting. Where did you find it?
Jul. 21, 2010 5:52 am
So excited for you! Hang in there, you can do it. I can't wait to read how big your weight loss success will be by the end of the week. Please, keep all of us posted.
Jul. 21, 2010 6:33 am
Keri, even though I couldn't embark on that diet, I wish you luck. I do hope you are quickly off of this diet though and onto a healthy regime that works for your entire family. It's hard isolating them while you have to eat something different.
Jul. 21, 2010 6:37 am
I agree with Belles, Keri. Healthy food for the whole family will benefit everyone. Chips and pop are huge dieting downers-I rarely drink pop, but am so glad there are no calories in my coffee and MANY glasses of water that I inhale everyday.
Jul. 21, 2010 7:05 am
@graves600 - Thanks for the encouragement! I don't own a scale, so I won't be able to post about actual pounds lost, but I can sure say if I'm feeling better, clothes fitting better, etc. **** @BellesAZ & redneckgramma - Thanks for the good luck wishes! Fortunately, my daughters already make pretty good choices food-wise. I think the biggest problem is portion control, so that's something we're working on. I had already cut out the majority of junk, like chips and soda. We do occasionally have those things, but nowhere near as often as we used to. Gramma - I WISH I liked black coffee or plain water! I try so hard to get myself to drink a lot of water, but I just can't make myself do it. Water has to be ice cold for me to drink it at all and I have to be really thirsty to drink more than a sip at a time. I'm trying, though, because I know water is so important! Right now I'm using those sugar free drink mix packets you add to a bottle of water, but I'm diluting it to half-strength. Hopefully soon I'll get myself onto straight water and actually enjoy drinking it.
Jul. 21, 2010 7:09 am
This sounds great!! I'm jumping on the bandwagon :) I don't think I'll do the whole 7-day diet because I know I have a tendency to "reward" myself after finishing a diet by going WAY overboard with junk food - it would totally defeat the purpose. However, I appreciate all your tips on mixing up flavouring and I will definitely be making this soup as part of my new lifestyle! Thank you and GOOD LUCK! Sounds like you have everything under control - congratulations on your new lifestyle :) I will definitely be following along!
Jul. 21, 2010 7:15 am
Thank you for this post! That recipe really helped me out w/ our dinners this wk. I had these exact ingredients and now this Am the house smells amazing. Continuing on MK's train of thought: I like stevia. Unconcentrated its supposedly 10x sweeter than sugar, but no sugar! we grew some in the yard & it took OFF without much help. Tied sprigs and dried it in a window, then pulverized in the blender for storage in old spice jars. Works great... you just have to ignore the green bits in your food haha. It also has a slightly licorish taste that takes some adjusting (but its not that bad, especially counterbalanced with the knowledge that its natural and sugarless). Can't speak to the safety of the granular extractions in stores, but I’d wager its fine. K, I'm done blabbering. I really just had to thank you for sharing about this recipe. Seems like something they used to make in "old times" you know? Very basic, and so garden-frugal. This was such a help!
Rita A. 
Jul. 21, 2010 7:40 am
I came accross your blog by accident. Good luck with the cabbage diet this week. I have thought about trying it in the past for the same reasons you are trying it. I've always ended up talking myself out of it. I will be curious to read how it goes. Maybe I'll be more encouraged to try it. I hope it goes well for you.
Jul. 21, 2010 7:48 am
Hi Keri, I just want to say that there is a way of eating called the weigh down diet, it is well worth reading. I found out about it on yahoo one day when they showed some very overweight people and different diets they tried and their success. it was not an ad, just an article about it. I am mentioning it cuz it sounds like it would work well for your lifestyle. You dont have to eat weird, you can cook the same meals for the whole family, and not be afraid to eat out. I would definitely check it out, its not about killing yourself with excersize, or deprivation....its about understanding hunger, and learning how to follow your bodys signals. I would also urge you to have your thyroid tested, and read up on that as well, doctors dont know everything. I know from personal experience. Good luck
Jul. 21, 2010 8:07 am
Keri, you are a stronger woman than I. I graze all day. My big downfall is soda pop, and to think all I ever drank up until my daughter was born, was water! Those babies are just the cutest....I just want to put them in my pocket and save 'em for later! Good luck!!!!!!
Jul. 21, 2010 8:52 am
Hi Keri, I've never read your blog before but I stumbled upon it today and I had to chime in with a big Good Luck!! I am looking forward to reading your experience this week because I want to try it too. I'm sorry you have pain in your back, but from experience I know that the pain will go down as the weight comes off. Stick with it, we're rooting for you!
Jul. 21, 2010 9:12 am
hey Keri , positive attitude is the key ,and u doing a great job , and when u see those pounds melt and ur clothes fitts u better ,thats the reward , iam thinking about starting this myself , go keri go keri !!!
Jul. 21, 2010 9:32 am
Keri, I made it Sunday and I'll do it with you. If you want a buddy, post to me on the RE and I'll exchange stuff with you. The first time I made it I lost 6 lbs in a week. Going for second time this week.
Jul. 21, 2010 9:37 am
@PolkaDot – I’m glad to have inspired you to change to a healthier lifestyle! Thanks for the good luck wishes, and the same to you!! Be sure to post over at the Recipe Exchange so we can cheer you on! **** @BiscuitBaby – You’re welcome! You’re right…that soup smells SO good! It’s what woke my 14-year-old up that morning and now she’s loving the soup, too. I’ll definitely take a look at stevia. Did you grow it from seeds or did you find a plant somewhere? I’m not too fond of the flavor of licorice, but I could get past it pretty quickly if it’s mild. **** @Rita A. – Thanks for the good luck wishes! Even if you don’t decide to try the Cabbage Soup Diet (it’s not for everyone, obviously), you could still incorporate the soup into a healthy eating lifestyle. I’m definitely going to continue making it after this week, but I’ll be adding proteins to it and perhaps some kind of grain like quinoa or barley so it’s a more balanced meal. **** @Cj – Thanks for the tip about The Weigh Down diet. I’ll definitely be looking it up online to learn about it. About my thyroid – I had thought I must be hypothyroid, too, so I asked my doctor to do a full thyroid panel. She wanted to do a simple TSH, but I said no, I wanted the full panel. All the levels came back normal. **** @1gdcowgrl – Trust me, I’m NOT very strong! I’m still finding it pretty difficult to avoid some of the temptations. Soda is a big one for me and I never realized that diet soda will actually cause you to gain/retain weight! You figure anything that’s virtually calorie-free should be okay, right? NOT! Thanks for the good luck wishes! **** @VadoSarah – I’m glad you stumbled onto my blog today! I don’t post with any regularity, but I’ll be trying to post something about this journey at least once a week from now on. Thanks for the encouragement!! **** @Pat – Good for you! And thanks for the encouragement! Remember, before starting any kind of diet plan, you should check with your doctor first (do I sound like the disclaimer on the Jenny Craig commercial yet? LOL!). I’m definitely looking forward to better fitting clothes! **** @Kathy – I’ll definitely catch you on the Exchange! It’s good to have a support person (I have Jaxmamma this week), but having someone doing the plan at the same time is even better! Good luck to you!!
Jul. 21, 2010 10:33 am
Kerri, I put the celery, carrot and onion in my processor and blended till smooth. Added all the rest of the ingredients and it made it very hearty, not watery with veggies added. Just a helpful hint. Way more tolerable than the first time I made it.
Jul. 21, 2010 10:40 am
@Kathy - I pureed a mug full of the soup yesterday morning so I could "drink" it on the way to work. It was fantastic that way! I also added a little hot sauce. YUM! I found myself wishing I had some cauliflower to steam so I could puree the soup again at dinner time and serve it over the cauliflower for sort of a pasta-less macaroni and red sauce.
Jul. 21, 2010 11:15 am
I could use a buddy to help me thru this. Hot sauce, great idea! How about over spaghetti squash for a spaghetti like meal?
Jul. 21, 2010 12:50 pm
That would be really good! I have been staying away from squash, though, because I wasn't sure if it qualified as a "fruit" or a "vegetable" or neither one LOL! I bet my kids would like that, too! I could add some Italian seasoning and garlic to the soup when I puree it so it's more like spaghetti sauce and my kids LOVE spaghetti squash. Thanks for the idea!
Jul. 21, 2010 12:57 pm
I see it listed as both so you can eat it either day.
Jul. 21, 2010 1:38 pm
Keri, you have some good ideas for the diet, I have tried this diet before but I can only get to day 4, and I do loss some wt., but I think I will try again using some of your ways, Thanks :) you have some strong will power, good for u.;)
B L 
Jul. 21, 2010 1:58 pm
Hi Keri, I am glad you decided to blog about this - makes it handy to check on your progress :) I will enjoy reading all the comments when I have a bit more time. I would have liked to join you this week, but as you said, 'life happens' so not just yet. Hope you will keep blogging about how it goes - I am already inspired! So glad you got to see those babies and have that wonderful family time.... Love your disclaimers lol. Good times. Have an awesome week!
B L 
Jul. 21, 2010 2:05 pm
I was just going to mention that the only time I am great at drinking water is when I open the pocketbook and buy Ozarka. Have tried faucet filters, pitchers and other ways to save money but nothing is as good. If I have Ozarka I will drink water. I have decided soda is evil lol. I drink very little soda, but for a summer treat we got some and after having it just a few times I can feel myself craving it. Amazing.... must really have 'cocaine' in it or something (kidding). But no more soda around here!
Jul. 21, 2010 2:29 pm
Hey, Keri, just stopping in to wish you luck with your new lifestyle and weight loss. I saw above that you said you have trouble with your knees and lower back. After I lost 20 pounds, mine are soooo much better. I am also walking 4 miles a day now. My energy level is way up. I also don't crave sweets like I did. I find smoothies so satisfying now. And the best part, I can still feed my AR addiction :) I love trying new recipes and even making them low cal and more healthy. Last ramble, my sister bought a treadmill for a reasonable price off Craig's List. Good luck to you!
Jul. 21, 2010 2:33 pm
Ok, another ramble. I really think you would do well on Weight Watchers after you finish your soup diet. You seem to like so many different foods. Weight Watchers is not really a "diet." I don't cook any differently for my husband or grandchildren. It's just normal food. Read up on it and check it out.
Jul. 21, 2010 2:44 pm
@yolieA - I'm glad to have been an inspiration. The soup is so easy to "change up", so you can avoid the tediousness of eating the same thing all day long for an entire week. I'm really looking forward to beef and tomato day (Friday), because I LOVE tomatoes with a little salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar...YUM! **** @B L - Thanks for the support, and be sure to let us know on the Exchange if you decide to do the 7-day plan. We'll be your cheering section! I'm like you with the soda. I can stay away from it pretty easily, but all it takes is one can/bottle and I'm hooked again. It's the caffeine. We don't crave 7-Up, right?'s COLA we crave, or for some people it's Mt. Dew (that stuff has like twice the caffeine of Coke!) **** @Paula - I'm positive that my back and knee problems are made worse by my weight. My knee problem is because of an old horse injury from 1991, so it'll never be perfect again, but carrying around 100 pounds extra weight is definitely making it much worse. Thanks for reminding me about Craig' List. I always forget about that site! I'd love to give Weight Watchers a try, but my budget (time AND money both) just don't allow for it right now. One of my co-workers suggested watching for a free sign-up period and then pay the meeting fee to go for the initial orientation where they give you all the program materials, then quitting the meetings, because then I'd have all the info to follow the eating plan without the expense of the weekly meetings. Do you think that would work?
Jul. 21, 2010 2:53 pm
Yes, I do think that would work. The main thing the meetings do is motivate, make you accountable, and help with extra recipes. Check out Weight Watchers online. Not sure what the cost is, but I am certain it is cheaper than weekly meetings.
Jul. 21, 2010 3:23 pm
Just dropping by to say HI and good luck with your diet...i'll drop back by tomorrow when i have time to read through the entire blog and comments! I bought the cabbage a few days ago, and although i'm not going to 'exactly do the diet' i am going to cut back and supplement the soup for lunch. (eating this soup instead of spending 7-8ish bucks a day in the cafeteria on lunch AND eating fewer calories is a win win situation for me) Talk with ya soon!
Jul. 21, 2010 5:27 pm
Good luck to you. I think if you stay positive about this you will do just great. It's all about the lifestyle change, and you seem to be so realistic about the challenges. One thing I wanted to mention is that agave has some mixed reviews out there as to whether it's actually better than sugar. For that reason, I prefer stevia. You can get bottles of it that are a liquid form (added to water) and it only takes a couple of drops to sweeten some herbal tea. I can't drink plain water either. Herbal tea has no calories or caffeine, plus you get all of the antioxidants. Those sugar-free drink packets are handy, but they contain the same artificial sweeteners in diet pop, so I would steer clear. You could try plain Kool-Aid packets (without sugar) and add Stevia if you need. Good luck!
Janell Vincent 
Jul. 21, 2010 6:28 pm
Great job cutting back on the sweets! That's my problem too. I find that if I keep busy, I won't crave them as much. Also, I just took a nutrition class and found out that High Fructose Corn Syrup is very sweet and highly addictive. I think there might be soda out there that does not contain it, Hansens maybe? But it also is in those Ding Dongs and Oreos that we have come to love so much. Good luck!
Jul. 21, 2010 8:48 pm
@Paula - Thanks! I'll check it out! **** @helzbelz - Thanks for the good luck wishes! Same to you on changing your eating habits to be healthier AND less expensive! **** @NLDUCKY - Thank you for the tip about the liquid stevia. I'll look for it when I go grocery shopping on Saturday. I've read the same thing about agave nectar, so maybe stevia is the way to go. **** @Janell Vincent - Thanks for the encouragement!! I'm doing really well not craving the sweets. It's salty/crunchy that I'm craving. I have some really good ideas for salty/crunchy snacks for after this 7 days is up. One is roasted chickpeas and another is air popped popcorn with seasonings and nutritional yeast. The yeast has a flavor similar to Parmesan, so I'm really anxious to try it on popcorn!
Jul. 21, 2010 8:59 pm
I have done the cabbage soup diet, and it worked temporarily, but I HIGHLY recommend a book called The Perfect 10 diet. It will seem to go against everything you've been taught, but it works like nothing else I have ever tried and I fee awesome. No cravings anymore. I lost 12 lbs in 2 mos. and am less than I weighed in high school a total of 115 lbs.
Jul. 21, 2010 9:38 pm
Congrats on making the change. Your positive attitude will take you a long way toward reaching your goal. I'm like you with the salty crunchy, so I have 2 suggestions. Make sweet potato chips yourself, Slice the potato paper thin, spray with olive oil and bake @400 until crisp. Salt with kosher salt while hot. There is also a recipe on here for zucchini chips, I haven't tried it but it may be worth looking at. Good luck and keep us posted.
Jul. 21, 2010 11:02 pm
wow good for u.I wrote the recipe down three months ago but never tried it. Now I will.
Jul. 22, 2010 5:08 am
I'm with you on the salty/crunchy thing. My weakness! My daughter and I like the flavored rice cake snacks--they are bite sized and taste good. The plain ones are like styrofoam but the cheese ones-YUM! Good luck!
Jul. 22, 2010 6:30 am
Hi Keri, Stumbled across your blog, you asked about sweetener for the bananas...I make smoothies every morning w/ protein powder. The base is always very ripe bananas, thrown into freezer whole, then run under warm water when I need one and skin slips right off (fibers take a little rubbing) and chunk into my majic bullet mixer. Almost too sweet. The sucrose really developes when they are very ripe. Ever notice gorillas etc eat the skin and all? I like my bananas for just hand-eating with a little green on the stem area, so it made sense to me to toss into freezer to preserve and not waste them. Always intended to make muffins or bread, but started the smoothie thing first. Good luck with the jump start. That sort of start is motivating, easier to deal with psychologically than seeing .5-1 pound after a week of what feels like sacrifice to not see any real results. But of course you know slow and easy wins the race. Bless you.
Jul. 22, 2010 7:33 am
keri, I know god led me to this site. I was looking for diabetic recipes. I have never been part of a blog before. I hope my postings are apropirate if not please let me know. In short lost 50 lbs last year on low carb. Reducing sugar is a good way to go for me because I'm a food addict. I went from 283 to 230's. I have slowly put back most of the weight. I teach school and was wantinig to get back to losing this summer instead gained 20lbs. I'm in a bad place physically and mentally. I'm going out of town on Sun. Will be back next Thurs.Starting the soup then. Good way to reduce those ravishing cravings. Start school 8-16. Hope I haven't waited to late. I'm embarased about the weight gain. Good luck!
Jul. 22, 2010 7:33 am
You know, the 'cabbage soup' was a Weight Watchers idea at first. Anyway I use it weekly for two or three days in a row along with my veggie or fruit drinks I make in the emulsifier I bought via facebook and Montel Williams. Love that thing... I only use for drinks, not for the sorbets and/or ice creams etc. Just fresh foods... seasonal... sometime it is difficult to eat seasonally and locally. I live on an island off the coast of Los Angeles, and it is difficult to get really fresh food here. It has to be barged, unloaded, trucked, delivered to store, stocked, etc... That usually takes 72 hours minimum AFTER it is in transit to the barge in Wilmington, CA. , to be ready to buy. Lots of wilting on the way... I go overtown to local farmer's markets and Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. Cost Co is a good one for bulk items, but the farmer's are the best... Well, heading overtown Saturday... have a good weekend all you foodies.
Jul. 22, 2010 8:42 am
@Cindy – I do realize the Cabbage Soup Diet is a temporary thing, so I’m using it to launch myself into a better, healthier eating lifestyle. I’ll definitely check out that book you recommend. In fact, I’m going to the library today at lunchtime, so I’ll see if they have it. Thanks! **** @BSM – Thanks for the encouragement! I LOVE sweet potato chips! I’ll give your recommendation a try. The only problem is that I don’t have a mandolin or even a decent box grater, so it’ll be difficult to slice the potato super thin. Maybe I can pick something up this weekend. I DREAM of owning an oil spritzer! I should go look at the kitchen outlet store and see if they have one that’s in my budget. **** @samsam – Thanks! I definitely recommend trying the soup, even if you don’t use it as part of the seven-day eating plan (remember…if you’re going to try the Plan, check with your doctor first!). The soup is super delicious and it’s way healthy for you! **** @DensHag – I do like those rice cake snacks. I’m with you – the cheese ones are fantastic! BUT…I have the same issue with those that I have with potato chips. I’ll eat the entire bag of them in one sitting! I guess that’s still better than eating a whole bag of greasy, fried potato chips, though, huh? **** @RebeccaTRose – I did try the banana smoothie this morning without any added sweetener and it was too “milky” for me. I seriously hate milk, so I had to go ahead and sweeten it up a bit. I do want to get some protein powder and start having smoothies every morning, though. I’m sure it would be a great kick-start for my day! I, too, like bananas to still have the teeniest bit of green on them for eating out of hand. That way they’re sweet enough, but they’re not mushy yet. Also, I don’t own a scale, so I won’t be weighing myself regularly. That way I won’t be discouraged by a small amount of weight loss or, worse yet, weight gain because of gaining muscle while losing fat. If I just go by how I feel and how my clothes are fitting, I’ll see the results without worrying about numbers on a dial ? **** @nedfrinds – I’m so glad you found my blog! Do yourself a big favor before starting this plan, though, please. Go see your doctor. Ask him/her to give you the Zung questionnaire. It is a series of questions that you answer as HONESTLY as possible, in the privacy of the exam room while the doctor waits outside the room. The doctor then scores your answers and uses the final number to determine your depression level. It sounds to me like you might need a little help on the mental side of things before the physical side of things can get better. I know I did! I take an antidepressant every morning and it has worked wonders. There’s no way I could handle making this change with the mental state I was in before I started on antidepressants. **** @islandsage – I hadn’t been aware that the cabbage soup was a Weight Watchers thing until I started on this journey. Then people started mentioning it and I was surprised! I did Weight Watchers several years ago and they never mentioned the soup. Maybe I was going to the meetings before they came up with the soup idea. I have a Magic Bullet that I use for smoothies and such. I used it this morning for the bananas and skim milk. They actually came out more like ice cream…YUMMY! I seriously feel for you with the lack of availability of fresh produce. I LOVE vegetables and I’ve been SO lucky this past couple of weeks. One of my co-workers has an over-abundant garden and his family isn’t eating the veggies fast enough, so he’s been sharing here at the office. I’ve been completely loving his generosity! Trader Joe’s is a really great place for you to pick up some good, quality produce, along with the farmer’s markets. I WISH we had a farmer’s market near me! Thanks for the encouragement!!
B L 
Jul. 22, 2010 8:44 am
I just looked up the Perfect 10 Diet book at Amazon and it looks interesting... I may give it a whirl. I have always known that hormones play a big role in fat storage and appetite, among other things.
Jul. 22, 2010 8:57 am
I am also on this diet and it is very hard. I just added a new recipe called Spicy Cabbage Stir-Fry. I find it much more bearable then all the soup! Any other suggestions you have would be great. On day 4 and have already lost 6 pounds!!! After this I plan to do as you, and start a normal low cal diet! I was really tired the first two days but the last two I have actually felt GREAT!
Jul. 22, 2010 9:09 am
I'm not much of a dieter, but I used to do this diet every January to reset my system after all the holiday eating. After the 7 days, I always felt great, returned to my normal weight, and got rid of the cravings. Good luck!
Jul. 22, 2010 9:12 am
I have not done the CS diet, but I had roommates who did it and swore by it in the 80s. Best to you! You are lookin' good!
Jul. 22, 2010 9:17 am
Hi Keri, Congrats on your jumpstart on healthier eating! :) I also think it's great that you've checked with your doctor with this diet, and he's given you the thumbs up. I checked this out (via the link here) and I have to say, it looks like it's not too bad! I just might give it a shot myself! the soup looks yummy, and the only day I could see that would be an issue would be the banana's and milk one.. however, I thought, maybe I could make frozen popcicles with them in addition to the milkshake idea! (lots of great ideas on here as well! ) Anywho, I just wanted to give you well wishes, and good luck with this jumpstart! :) Please let us know what the outcome is!
Jul. 22, 2010 10:11 am
@B L – I’m definitely going to look into that book, because I’m convinced that hormones and/or genetics are playing a HUGE roll in fat storage in my body. I was talking with my mother the other day and we both agree that I don’t eat like my body looks like I eat, if that makes any sense. Meaning, I weigh almost 300 pounds, but I don’t eat the kinds or amounts of food that you would expect a 300 pound person to eat. There simply HAS to be some other factor(s) in play here. Sounds like that books gonna be great for me. **** @Heather – I would love to see your recipe for the Spicy Cabbage Stir-Fry! Could you please give me a link to it? For some reason your name isn’t “clickable”, so I can’t get to your recipe box to look at it ? Good luck with your new healthy lifestyle!! **** @amyover – I’m definitely feeling good already! I was pretty tired the first couple of days, so I ended up adding a small turkey patty at the end of one of the days and that really helped. The best part is that I’m not craving any of the stuff I would usually reach for during the day anymore! Thanks for the good luck wishes! **** @JOYKENNEL – Thanks for the encouragement! I’m thinking this is gonna be a really great thing for me that I might repeat every few months! **** @LISA3267 – Thanks!! The soup is really great and you’re right, there are so many things you can do with the bananas and milk if you stop and think about it. I actually ended up looking forward to this day. I’ll definitely keep everyone posted!
Jul. 22, 2010 10:59 am
Keri...I just stumbled upon your blog today and wanted to wish you the best of luck! It's great that you are mixing it up and trying the soup in new ways. That will help keep you on track for the week. Hang in there! :)
Jul. 22, 2010 11:16 am
Hi Keri, You deserve an award for coming up with some great ways to make this Cabbage Diet work for you. I am going to follow your guidelines - you found ways to make it work for you but I am sure, also inspired many others to try it as well. I need to lose some pounds but have to be careful what I am eating. Thank you for your great ideas and hope this continues to work for you.
Jul. 22, 2010 11:26 am
I really love the taste of this soup, even just to have soup. A friend and I did this diet together also as a jumpstart once. We loved it, but by Thursday and Friday, we both would giggle and say, "Boy this would be even better with some beef or chicken in it" . Good luck Keri!
Jul. 22, 2010 11:34 am
Hi Kerri! Here is the link
When I'm done with the diet...I plan to make it with some chicken YUM! I'm not sure if I will be able to eat 8 bananas! Hope you are doing great and best of luck! If you come up with any great veggie recipe let me know! I am about "souped out". I LOVE to eat and the only way I'm gonna make it is to stay full. I love to cook for my family every night, and while I have to sit at the table and watch them have pork loin, it is nice to have my own meal as well. I even invented my own own salad dressing! Not sure what all I put in it but its great! Just started with lemon juice and vinegar and kept tweeking it with herbs and such until I liked it. Have an awesome rest of the day...and pray I make it without cheating at the dinner table tonight...last night my hubby waved a piece of chedder around and I almost bit his hand off :-)
Jul. 22, 2010 11:50 am
I'm thinking about doing the seven day run as well, but HATE green peppers. Do you know if anything I can substitute for them in the soup?
Jul. 22, 2010 11:52 am
This sounds like an awesome diet to jumpstart weight loss!!!
Jul. 22, 2010 1:14 pm
Alright! One question: CABBAGE soup: What about all the farts?!
Jul. 22, 2010 1:53 pm
@margiesdaughter – Thank you for the good luck wishes! I’m actually enjoying playing around with the “allowed” foods and making them really delicious! It’s incredible what you can do with a little vinegar and some herbs and seasonings, isn’t it?! **** @SARI1960 – An award? Wow…thanks! I’m so glad to have been an inspiration to others to get on the road to healthy eating. As I’ve said, though, please check with your doctor first to make sure whatever eating plan you want to try won’t do more harm than good! **** @KarenB – I agree! This soup is really tasty. My 14-year-old was so happy when I told her there was enough soup for her to have another bowl today for lunch if she wanted to LOL! I do agree with you about the soup “needing” some meat. That’s why tomorrow and Saturday I’ll be adding some of my allowed meat to the soup rather than eating it on the side. It’ll change up the soup and make it heartier. YUM! Thanks for the good luck wishes!! **** @Heather – Thank you for the stir fry recipe! I’m going to give it a try after the seven days (no more veggie days left!). I love your idea for the salad dressing!! I’ve been dressing my salads with plain balsamic vinegar, which I LOVE, but I’m going to give the lemon juice, vinegar, and herb mixture a try! BTW – your DH deserved to get his hand bitten by waving that cheese around LOL! **** @cmm52 – Good luck with your own seven days! Remember to ask your doctor first!! For the bell peppers, you could just leave them out if you don’t like them. I actually forgot I needed two and only bought one, so I subbed a red bell pepper. SO…if you like red bell peppers, go ahead and use those! They’re the same thing, really…just at different stages of ripening. **** @RoxanneLee – Thanks for stopping by! It seems to be doing a good job for me so far! **** @BallewTheBare – No problem on that front so far! I was honestly a little worried about that myself, but nope. Guess the old digestive system is just chugging away like it should without any unwanted “byproducts” ROFL!! Thanks for stopping by!
Jul. 22, 2010 2:48 pm
Hey Keri boy are you lucky! I tried that diet years ago and my hubby told me if i ever did it again he would divorce me! Gas was a major problem... But i did love the diet.. I think i will try it again if i can come up with a substitute for the cabbage.. LOL
Jul. 22, 2010 2:55 pm
@Joan - I'm thinking it's probably because I already eat quite a bit of veggies that are known to cause gas, so my body's already used to them. Maybe you could use kale instead?
Jul. 22, 2010 3:05 pm
I recently looked up the Good Housekeeping Soup Diet. Not quite as "hard-core" as the Cabbage Soup diet...but delicious. I made the big batch of soup, froze it in appropriate portions for my family, and have made 5 of the 7 variations. I'm tracking my weight loss on because it's a FREE calorie and exercise journal. I've lost 8 lbs. since starting and I find the community on there is really supportive (it's kind of like FB for weight loss).
Jul. 22, 2010 3:28 pm
Baring a medical issue, I truly think that for any of us to lose weight, eat healthier, or make any major life change we need to find our own way to self control/willpower. We can't all do it the same way and need to find our own motivation. I'm finally succeeding at portion control and have lost 7 lbs, albeit slowly. I put my salty snacks in a small fruit bowl, and try to leave danger foods(like casseroles) in the kitchen rather than put serving bowls on the table, etc. I wish you luck, we all have to find our way to healthy.
Jul. 22, 2010 5:13 pm
Congrats to you!!!! I have successfully made it through this particular diet a couple of years ago and am happy to hear some of your innovative ideas for eating the soup. When I did it, I didn't realize it could be altered or seasoned :( However, I did the banana milkshake like you are wanting to do and I wanted to mention to you to try the bananas and milk blended just the way they are as it was very tasty. You didn't notice that it is skim milk!! If you don't like it than of course alter it up, but I just wanted to give you a heads up its good! Good luck to you and keep thinking outside of the box as the soup gets very redundant by day 5. I am sure if you want to get through it you will and as some motivation I had lost 7 pounds in 7 days!!!
Jul. 22, 2010 7:16 pm
@tn2010 - Thanks for the tip about myfitnesspal. I'll check it out! Congrats on your own weight loss!! Keep up the good work :-) **** @linda2d - You're absolutely right. Everyone has to find their own way of making it work. Congratulations on finally getting a handle on your own eating habits!! Slow and steady is the best way to lose weight. Remember, we didn't put it on overnight, so it's not going to come off overnight. Keep going! **** @teralynn823 - Thanks for the congrats! I figure that adding some herbs and spices isn't really going to change the calorie or fat content of the soup, so it should still have the same results. I agree about the banana milkshake. I made one this morning (check out my follow-up blog!) and it turned out almost like ice cream. It was really good! Thanks for the encouragement!!
Jul. 22, 2010 8:19 pm
My doctor said the best thing to me the other day. One of my medications has weight gain as a side effect and my doctor reminded me that it's food that's making me gain weight, not the medicine. The medicine causes a change in appetitie but I am still in control of what I choose to eat.
Jul. 22, 2010 8:30 pm
Hello, I have been reading your blog today and just wanted to say Congrats to you!! It sounds like you have a very good mind-set about this. I'm curious now to try making the soup myself, not just for me but to also have it here for my husband. Shhh I won't tell him it's diet! I've recently joined weight watchers and have not heard about the soup, will have to ask the leader next time I can go to a meeting. About you not having a scale. Sometime if you're really wanting to check your weight, just step on one thats someplace like walmart etc, years ago I didn't have a scale but could check my progress when I went shopping!
Jul. 22, 2010 9:27 pm
@goosegreetings - that's great that your doctor pointed out to you that the med is changing your appetite, NOT causing you to gain weight. That way you can really keep an eye on things. That's a great doc! **** @jailhousecook - Thank you for the congrats! I definitely recommend the soup, even if it's just eaten as a part of a healthy lifestyle. It's SO yummy and you can change it up tons of ways while still keeping it super healthy! About the scales, my mother has one that I can weigh myself on if I want to. I've heard it's not a good idea to weigh yourself on different scales, because they're all calibrated a little differently. But, as an occasional quick little "check-up", that would be a good idea!
Jul. 23, 2010 12:14 am
hello i think this is great good for you healthy choices are always good. ok so my hubby has a cabbage soup recipe from work that is really good how would one go about getting that to you? just post it here? email me (if your not looking for the soup recipe just don't spam is annoying) ok you kick i hope this is working out good for you
Jul. 23, 2010 6:19 am
I am ignorant and unknowing......can you tell me which cabbage soup recipe you use? is it one of the ones here in Allrecipes? Sounds wonderful!! Enjoying your blog, thanks
Jul. 23, 2010 6:47 am
Keri, good luck with the diet. Just wanted to tell you that a small trampoline (found mine at Walmart) is much cheaper and better on your knees than a treadmill! You won't believe how much exercise you can get just by walking on it during TV commercials!
Jul. 23, 2010 6:48 am
I hope this works for you and gives you the jumpstart you need but I can tell you from experience and from having tried just about every fad diet you can name that what really makes the difference is the overall healthy eating and lifestyle changes, like many women above have suggested. As long as you follow up with that you will be able to it! :) Small things like eating on salad plates instead of dinner plates so portions are smaller make a big difference. (One of my favorites that really works for me) What finally helped me was being able to practice at changing the way I choose foods to eat, and how much I eat. It's taken a year but I have lost 65lbs and I'm still counting. Best of luck to you, this is a great site for it too, I came on to this site to get more healthy recipes!
Jul. 23, 2010 7:21 am
Good luck honey!!!! I went one month with No bread, butter, cream base dressings, mayo, ketchup, red meat, or wine. So I know you can do it. I lost 20 pounds working out twice a day. (It's mind over body) Just because we LOVE food doesn't mean we should let it rule our life. Take care!!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!
Jul. 23, 2010 8:11 am
Be careful. I was hospitalized due to dehydration. I almost fainted while driving... You have to DRINK a lot water.
Jul. 23, 2010 8:20 am
@moca_pie – I’d be very interested in seeing the soup recipe your husband has! You could post it in your recipe box here as a personal recipe if you like and then put the link here in the comments section. Thanks! **** @Caj – Thanks for reading my blog! The soup recipe I’m using is here at AllRecipes. You can get to it either by clicking on the blue “Cabbage Soup” up near the top of this blog, or by searching for it by name – “Cabbage Fat-Burning Soup”. It’s VERY delicious! **** @FLSara – Thanks for the tip about the small trampoline. I remember having one when my siblings and I were kids. I need to go to WalMart tomorrow, so I’ll take a look at them! **** @jomerritt – Congratulations on your 65-pound weight loss!! I’m like you in that I’ve tried so many fad diets, pills, and eating programs. I’ve done Weight Watchers, Deal-A-Meal, Xenadrine, the grapefruit diet, and some kind of capsules that supposedly expand and fill your stomach so you don’t eat as much, just to name a few. I think the biggest thing this time around is that I am now READY. That’s what it’s all about, I’m finding. We have to be ready to do this for ourselves and no one else. I’m making plans for next week’s menu and they include healthy, low-fat options with lots of veggies. I’m also looking at ways to make some of our favorite higher-fat dishes more healthy, like subbing evaporated skim milk instead of cream, nonfat plain yogurt instead of sour cream, etc. I’m really looking forward to eating healthy and helping my kids eat healthier, too! I just knew that I needed some kind of kick in the rear to get over my cravings and temptations. I honestly didn’t think I would make it past Day 1, but here it is Day 5 and I’m still going strong! Thanks for your encouragement! And good luck to you in your continued weight loss!! **** @setticasi – WOW! A whole month with none of that stuff??? I could handle doing without wine, cream based dressings, and red meat, but the bread and butter part would just about kill me LOL! I’m definitely looking at ways I can get some exercise in. I’m definitely going to check out the small trampolines that FLSara mentions above. That would be awesome if I could get something like that and be able to exercise in my house. Thanks for stopping by!
Jul. 23, 2010 8:22 am
@Kate - Don't worry, I'm being very careful about not getting dehydrated. I'm still struggling to drink plain water, but I am making up for it by drinking weak teas and diluting those sugar free drink packets to half-strength. Thanks for your concern! I'm glad your situation turned out okay!! That had to have been scary :-S
Jul. 23, 2010 8:44 am
I've never been much of a water drinker myself. Something that helps me is to keep a pitcher of water in the fridge and also to add a little lemon juice to it, you could also add lime for a change up. Buy a fancy glass to make it more attractive for you, I have a waterford crystal glass and it just makes it better.
Jul. 23, 2010 9:09 am
As I said on RE you inspired me, but just realised, have to wait 1 week to start, as its my birthday next week...Just a ? Can I subb ricemilk for the milk? Thanks again for an inspiring blog!
Jul. 23, 2010 9:20 am
@jailhousecook - Thanks for the idea about using a fancy glass for my water! I'll give that a try. They have some really pretty glasses at the 99-cent store, so I can pick one up without breaking the bank. I'm not really into lemon or lime in my water, but a couple people recommended orange or cucumber slices, so I'm going to give that a try. **** @love to cook - Just in case you didn't see my reply on the Exchange, I'm pretty sure you can sub the rice milk on Banana and Skim Milk Day. Just make sure it's fat-free and the sugar content isn't significantly higher than what's in cow's milk. Good luck and Happy Birthday early!!!
Jul. 23, 2010 9:39 am
re: stevia. ours were from plant starts, but it would be fun to try seeds. It did good in a container and "in the wild" of the garden bed. The licorice after taste usually isn't there when other powerful flavors are present... banana might be one of those, but I guess you’d have to see :) Keep up the great work!
Jul. 23, 2010 10:00 am
I basically hate most vegetables in general, even though I still choke them down. But I very clearly remember doing this diet often in HS when my EDs were at their worst. It is a wonderful jumping off point for most diets, you definitely feel better by the end of the week. Good luck with your weight loss!! Oh, another good one to "start" or start back or just whatever is the lemonade diet. Saltwater flushes are brutal, but again, it's so amazing how good you feel after a week of being on it.
Jul. 23, 2010 10:01 am
What an great incentive. My mom tried the Cabbage Soup Diet 20 years ago and I can remember how good it smelled. I'm going to give it a try. I work 9 hour days and when I get home I wan to eat anything in site, so maybe this will help me get rid of cravings for the bad stuff. If I'm remembering correctly, can you eat the soup whenever you feel hungry? I'm new to this site and hope that I can get some encouragement to start cooking healthier and lose weight in the process. Thanks.
Jul. 23, 2010 11:20 am
@BiscuitBaby - Thanks for the info! I'm going to start checking at local nurseries to see if anyone has stevia plants. **** @mamakittyto3 - One good way to get your veggies in is to hide them in other things. For example - puree carrots and zucchini and mix them into things like spaghetti sauce and chili. You'll never know they're there, but you're getting the nutrients from them. You don't have to see or taste them for them to be good for you! Thanks for your good luck wishes!! I think I know what you mean by the lemonade diet. It's called Master Cleanse. I could never do that one, because it involves maple syrup and I can't even stand the smell of maple LOL! **** @Vada - The soup is delicious! Yes, you can eat it whenever you feel hungry and you can eat as much of it as you like. I've been really stuffing myself with the other allowed foods, so one recipe of the soup is lasting me all week. However, if you eat it several times a day, you'll need two recipes for the week. Even as part of a healthy eating plan, though, the soup is wonderful. Good luck!!
Jul. 23, 2010 12:23 pm
good ideas but I wanted to say, in myopinion, Sweet and low is POISON... try something natural like agave nectar, maybe? Good luck. I have had much success with the lemonade diet...just remember natural, natural, natural. I get a grade 3 organic maple syrup and fresh lemons, filtered water... during a recent stressful period I lived off that stuff for three days (and lost 10 lbs!) Healthy eating and exercise are the spice of life ;p ever tried yoga? Has also done wonders for me. Peace and love!!
Jul. 23, 2010 1:00 pm
Good luck Keri! I started a healthy diet kick a few weeks ago and feel so much better. I've been taking my vitamins on a regular basis and started taking fish oil. I feel great...until I got the stomach flu a few days ago. While it is a great way to lose weight (completely sarcastic right there) I have lost a little more than I planned because of it and can only hope it stays away! HA! I'll be checking back to see how you do. Can't wait to hear the results!!
Jul. 23, 2010 1:28 pm
@Kohaku - I do realize Sweet 'N' Low isn't good for you, but I also don't use excessive amounts of it...maybe 2-3 packets in a day and not every day. The problem with agave nectar is that it still makes drinks "syrupy" like sugar does. That's the part about sugar sweetened drinks I don't like. Also, I was reading recently that most agave nectar you can purchase at the store has been found to have exactly the same effect on blood sugar as regular old white sugar does, because there's no standard for the amount of fructose it can contain. That lemonade diet is one I definitely could not do. I can't stand to even get close to the smell of maple, much less put it in my mouth. I'm so glad it works for you, though! I know it works for lots of people, so that makes me a little bummed that I really can't stand maple. I'm looking forward to my new healthy eating and exercising lifestyle! I have tried yoga a couple of times, but unfortunately I have an old knee injury and most of the poses really aggravate it :-( Thanks for the words of encouragement! Have a wonderful weekend!! **** @K-Dub - Thanks for the good luck wishes! And congratulations on your own weight loss and healthy eating!! I'm definitely going to pick up some vitamins this weekend and I was already planning to pick up some fish oil for my daughter (in relation to the ADD & Fish Oil blog recently), so maybe I'll get the super economy sized jar and we can both take it! I'll keep you posted!!
Jul. 23, 2010 1:31 pm
Thats exactly why I started taking the fish oil....that blog really opened my eyes to a few things. I also plan on picking up some B12 vitamins as well. I already take a multi vitamin but when you combine everything what a difference! I've noticed it in my hair the most so far. :)
Jul. 23, 2010 1:56 pm
Good for you!!! I did the cabbage soup thing in march for about a month(got me down by 20 lbs). Then i treated myself to joining weight watchers. As of july 21,2010 I am down 41.8 lbs. I finally realized that I was worth it!!! You go girl and good luck with finding the treadmill.
Jul. 23, 2010 3:23 pm
@K-Dub - Yes! I need to get some B-12, too! My energy level really sucks, so anything that will help that is worth every penny in my book. **** @cathsinc - Thank you!! Congratulations on your weight loss!! That's fantastic! Keep up the good work!
Jul. 23, 2010 4:21 pm
Good job, Keri - I've done the cabbage diet before with good results, but didn't follow through. We're doing South Beach now and it is working well for us. Hang in there, Babe.
Jul. 23, 2010 4:21 pm
...and like you, I can play around with the allowed foods and make it more interesting.
Jul. 24, 2010 2:38 am
Great blog, Keri! Your enthusiasm and inventive ideas for your diet are interesting and fun to read. BTW, Vit.B-12 is fairly useless taken by mouth -- it's excreted almost unchanged in the urine. To get therapeutic effects from Vit.B-12, it must be injected... just a little nursing info. :) Keep up the good work!
Jul. 24, 2010 5:48 am
Hey Keri! This diet sucks! I'm loving the weight loss but I'm HUNGRY! I quit eating the soup and substituted my stir fry to change things up a I feel like I am still "cooking dinner". I've lost 7 lbs now and I'm so glad I can finally eat some MEAT! How are you hanging in there? I'm actually looking forward to my low cal diet now. At least on it I can eat anything I want as long as I don't go over my calories. I did it once before a couple years back and its much slower, but a lot easier to stick to. It took years to gain the weight back due to me not eating right (pizza, french fries). This diet works, but I must say its hard to stick to! We watched a movie last night and my hubby was eating potatoe chips :-( He is one of the freaky people who consume their weight in food everyday and never gains a pound..aaarrrggghhhh! I snacked on a peice of celery. I'm gonna have grilled fish for lunch today and grilled chicken for dinner! YAY ME! I know it says beef and tomatoes but it said we could substitute and I figure these meats will have less fat? What do you think? Are you on that day yet? Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for posting this blog! It's helped me a lot! Please keep in touch we can share recipe ideas and help each other stay on track! I'm with just have to be ready.
Jul. 24, 2010 7:21 am
Hey Keri, where is the recipe for this cabbage soup diet? I did this years ago and really liked it, but I can't find my recipe. Thank you and God bless.
Jul. 24, 2010 8:56 am
Wow! You make the CSD sound delicious and it sounds like you've come up with some great ideas that will make it fully enjoyable. Great job and best wishes!
Jul. 24, 2010 8:57 am
P.S. Maybe you can share and photograph some of your yummy customize recipes. They really sound good. lol
Jul. 24, 2010 10:56 am
Keri, this diet has worked better for me than anything else. It give you a great jump start to eating more conscious and makes you motivated to keep off the pounds. Try to squeeze in some 30 min. walks in addition to boost your metabolism. Good luck!
Jul. 24, 2010 2:38 pm
Keri, just saw your blog for the 1st time. On March 1, this year, I weighed myself and was 298 lbs. I knew I had to change, to get healthy..I remebered being in WW 20 years ago, and a cabbage soup, I found the recipe on line. I ate the soup for my lunch and dinner every day for a week. I ate a healthy breakfast. I had more energy, so started wanlking, and swimming. Now, I'm down to 255 lbs, tons of energy, and eating really healthy. Every once in a while I splurge, but I go right back to healthy eating. Way to go, Keri!
Jul. 24, 2010 2:41 pm
Oh, and by the way, I still "crave" the soup, and always keep some in my freezer. I can't tell you how many times I've had it when the Hubby wanted pizza, burgers, whatever.
Jul. 24, 2010 4:34 pm
Yikes! Congratulations on trying to get healthy... but that sounds like a terrible way to do it. Weight loss is only meaningful if you can make it last - and depriving yourself for a week is not a good way to make weight loss stick. I hope you find on your own that consistent diet and exercise are the only way to lose weight and keep it off!
Jul. 24, 2010 8:22 pm
I don't think this sounds terrible at all. The soup sounds really good. I'm sure it gets old after a few days of eating it over and over but for a week I think I could do it. I really need something to get me snapped out of the snacking and carb mode so this may be a good idea for me. I'll ask my dr. just like you did and see what she says. I think we all know that consistent diet and exercise are the only way to lose weight and keep it off but sometimes we need something to get us going. A week of strict eating like this will probably make WW seem like I'm cheating again!
Jul. 24, 2010 9:23 pm
Hi! 50 years on and off of this diet. #1Prepare everything the very first day while making soup. Vege's cleaned, peeled, destring(celery,brocolli,etc)and cut. Use gallon size ziplock bags for your favorites. Mine are carrots and celery. Kids and dogs love carrots.#2 Only fresh melon (and soup of course)the first day loose 3 lbs. I find watermelon season the best time to start this diet.Kids love watermelon this way. I cut up and deseed a large one,put it in plastic container. Drink my milk on ice and eat the smallest closest to green bananas I can find. And I don't worry about eating all the banana's. They are to help satisfy our cravings. #3 This diet is a reminder that I can eat and drink all the water, fruits and vege's I want and not die from it. It reminds me that I can control myself. Exept.... 1 time in the store with my 8 year old son(now 28). He pulled on me so I would lean down and he could whisper, tearfully in my ear,"mom, people are going to think we're vegetarians". I laughed so hard I almost lost control. Best Wishes
Jul. 24, 2010 10:55 pm
I remember my mom making this when I was a kid. I loved it then and I should try it again as an adult! I bet using farmers market super fresh veg will make it even better! I remember it being called the Dolly Parton diet though. No idea why, was she ever fat??
Jul. 25, 2010 5:21 am
Keri, have tried this cabbage soup diet with success many years ago (20). Lost my recipe for the 7 day plan, so good to see it here. Am going to start it Wednesday and will keep checking your progress. Pastamama
Jul. 25, 2010 8:05 am
I’m so sorry for neglecting to respond for a couple days! As always, “Life Happened” LOL! I’m planning another followup blog soon, so keep watching! **** @swchef – I’m glad to hear that the South Beach Diet is working well for you! That’s the most important part of eating healthy and losing weight – finding something that works for YOU and is something you can stick with! Creativity with the allowed foods really makes it so much easier, doesn’t it? I see in the comments here that some people are being very restrictive with their allowed foods, thinking that “veggies” means only carrot and celery sticks. I hope I have inspired people to think outside the box with their eating plan’s allowed foods so they can enjoy those foods more. That will make staying with a healthy eating plan a whole lot easier! **** @pip-emma - Thanks for stopping by my blog! Thanks, also, for the info about B-12. Unfortunately, I can’t go to my doctor regularly for a B-12 injection, so I’m going to have to hope the oral supplements are going to at least provide SOME help. Even if it’s just a placebo effect, that’s better than nothing, right? LOL! **** @Heather - You’re almost done!! I know it’s difficult, but check out some of my posts about how I’m using the allowed foods and making them interesting. One thing I never was on this 7-day plan was hungry, and that was mostly because I changed things up and made them interesting enough that I was willing to eat a lot of them! On Beef and Tomatoes day, I cubed up a very lean steak, seared it in a teeny bit of olive oil, and then put the meat and some of my soup in the crock pot. I added a dash of Worcestershire sauce and let it cook on low all morning. I had that for lunch and dinner that day. I actually decided yesterday that I was going to quit the eating plan early and just transition into my healthy eating. I’ve also decided to switch my eating to almost vegetarian. I’ll explain why in a followup blog either today or tomorrow, so keep watching! **** @Cool Breeze - I hope you see this reply to your question!! Just click on the blue “Cabbage Soup” near the top of this blog and it will take you to the recipe! If you’ve lost the 7-day instructions, you can click on the blue “seven-day eating plan” and it will take you to the site where I found the eating plan instructions. Good luck! **** @anamneses - Thanks for the encouragement! I really did enjoy this past week and I’m looking forward to moving on into a regular healthy eating lifestyle! I wish I had thought to photograph some of the ways I’ve changed up the soup and used the allowed foods! I’ll have to sit down sometime soon and see if I can remember everything I did so I can blog about it. Thanks for the suggestion! **** @Jessi – Thanks for stopping by! I’m definitely looking for ways I can start exercising. Unfortunately, I don’t live in a neighborhood where it’s safe to take walks and right now it’s just too dang hot to walk during my lunch breaks at work. Once the weather cools off, I plan to take walks during lunch and one of my co-workers is going to walk with me! **** @Rusty – Congratulations on your weight loss!! Losing 43 pounds in four months is awesome! I’m really looking forward to the weight coming off, too. Thanks for the encouragement! I’m planning to keep some of the soup in my freezer, too, because it’s SO good and it’ll make great lunches at work (instead of the dreaded ramen soup I always seem to have!).
Jul. 25, 2010 8:06 am
@Hannah – Thank you for your concern, but I would encourage you to go back and read this blog again, along with my comments and a followup blog I wrote. You will see that I’m not depriving myself and that I am only using this 7-day plan as a jump-start into a healthy eating lifestyle. In fact, on one of the soup and veggie only days, I felt like I needed some protein, so I ate a turkey patty. I’m listening to my body and giving it what it needs. I am transitioning into a consistently healthy diet and looking for ways to get exercise into my daily routine. Thanks for stopping by and I do hope you continue to read about my progress! **** @Rainlady – honestly, I didn’t get bored with eating the soup day after day. I was able to make changes to it every day by adding different seasonings to it, so it was like something different all the time. It was REALLY good pureed with a little hot sauce and then served over my potato on the days I got to have a baked potato! Turning it into a chicken taco soup on the meat days was a success, too! I just added some taco seasoning mix to taste and put in my shredded baked chicken breast. YUM! Good luck on your own efforts! I’m glad to hear you’ll check with your doctor first and I do hope she gives you the go-ahead. Keep in touch about your own progress!! **** @Lucinda – Thanks for the tips! I’m actually done with the eating plan, but I did use some of the things you had suggested. I went a few steps farther, though, in that I cooked up the veggies in different ways so they wouldn’t get boring. I was very careful not to introduce too much fat into the mix when doing that, using only a tsp of olive oil at a time and allowing the juices from the veggies to provide the rest of the moisture. I made smoothies with my milk and bananas and actually enjoyed that day more than any other day! I had to LOL when reading about your son’s reaction. Isn’t it funny how “in” vegetarianism is now compared to20 years ago? Have a wonderful week! **** @Jualie – I’m so jealous of all of you who have a farmers’ market nearby! The closest one to me is a good 2 hours drive, so it’s not someplace I get to go to. A couple people have told me they remember this eating plan being called the Dolly Parton diet. I can’t remember her ever being fat, but maybe this diet is the reason why! Thanks for stopping by! **** @pastamama – I’m glad to have re-introduced you to the eating plan! Thanks for your encouragement and good luck in your own efforts! If you need encouragement yourself, please come over to the Recipe Exchange (the tab at the top of the page will take you there)!! There’s a great bunch of people who hang out there and we can give you all the pep-talking you need! Have a wonderful week!
Jul. 25, 2010 8:19 am
All these fad diets are the same. Moderate portions, avoiding sugar and processed foods, exercise and being active are what works...change your lifestyle.
Jul. 25, 2010 9:18 am
My husband & I did the cabbage soup diet last week in order to jump start our weight loss. Although it was impossible to stick to completely because of unexpected guests we did manage to loose weight. He lost 14 lbs. while I lost 10. Of course he was doing some manual labor in his "man cave" for 3 days. lol
Jul. 25, 2010 9:19 am
Kpitt, I think everyone knows that but a jumpstart gives encouragement.
Jul. 25, 2010 11:55 am
I am a copyeditor. I am working on a book written by a dietician. I applaud your decision to be healthy, but strongly urge you to find a dietician to work with. Note that Lucinda has been on and off this diet for 50 years!!! You want a permanent plan that will see you through your whole life, not a "quick fix." Good luck!
Jul. 25, 2010 12:46 pm
I agree about staying away from the Sweet N Low. If you let the bananas ripen past their prime (till they're turning brown) the shake will be pretty sweet on its own. It might not seem sweet enough at first but you'll get used to it fairly quickly. Apparently I've gotten myself used to extremely low sugar treats since I make all my desserts at home--I'm obsessed with the frozen banana thing, it makes amazing shakes & ice cream. Now it's at the pt where I can't even enjoy those sweet fruity cocktails when I'm out, never mind desserts! Everything is too sweet! But it's a good problem to have, because it makes you stay away from all things, which are nothing but trouble for a somewhat weak willpower against sweets like I have!
Jul. 25, 2010 1:30 pm
Hey, here's a helpful growing guide: I agree with Katie. You know you've done good when a PBJ sandwich tastes like a dessert. I love how the body adjusts like that!
Jul. 25, 2010 2:05 pm
Concerning your comment about farmers market. You might post on craigslist or a local group list that your willing to trade labor for veggies. Some gardeners might need help picking in exchange for you getting veggies or work plus some cash. I know a couple of gardeners that I get veggies from in exchange for picking and weeding.
Jul. 25, 2010 2:19 pm
I had a comment/suggestion about making the Cabbage Soup - I know you are done with the diet, and with the amount of posts, this may get lost, but, here goes... My Mom did this diet in the 80's and my Dad couldn't stand the smell of cooking cabbage. Turns out my husband can't stand it either.... Her trick? _*_*_*_*_*_*_Get the tomato juice and spices hot, then add the cabbage. _*_*_*_*_*_*_ This cuts the 'smell' and if you like crunchy vegetables, you can wait with the rest of the vegetables, too. Also, I cheat and use a bag of cole slaw chopped veggies, but they aren't as fresh as cutting them yourself! I pull this recipe out every once in awhile and make it up - since my husband won't touch it, I can a few quarts of it for another time I crave a nice, healthy soup/snack. Thanks for sharing your journey through this, and good luck with your IBS (I peeked ahead) :)
Confederate Rose 
Jul. 25, 2010 2:24 pm
Browsing by and saw your blog..good luck and hope all works as planned.. or as close as humanly possible :) Wanted to mention.. I have bad back and ankles so walking outdoors is not for me..I found Leslie Sansone Walk@ Home DVD's (they start 1 mile and go up to 5 miles!) and I'm loving them!!! I find that doing her walking routines are easier on my back than the tredmill even (guess the incline maybe).
Jul. 25, 2010 4:19 pm
can you please post the recipe and diet instructions so we can try it. thanks
Jul. 25, 2010 7:09 pm
I hope it all goes well for you. My body can't handle tomatoes, cabbage, milk or bananas. Though cabbage soup is yummy! With summer here it's a great time to start eating healthier, so many fresh things are available!
Jul. 25, 2010 8:41 pm
Wow!! this was quite fun to read! You ladies have encouraged me to give this a try, mysisters and even my father did it (it think) but it never sounded so appetizing as you sort of make it!! Perhaps I'll see if my sis wants to do it too because it would be great to cheer each other on like Kerri and her friend did. I'm going to check out the diet off of this site and of course find the right time to do it, as I tend to fall off the deit wagon a lot because I'm always craving stuff, even bran muffins?? Thanks Kerri for blogging, this has been fun to follow and I hope I can find my way back to this blog so I can hear about your progress!! Good Luck, it's almost over!! Charleen
Jul. 25, 2010 9:44 pm
The banana and milk day is to help replace potassium, calcium and other minerals that you lose with all the water your losing. If you skip, might want to take extra potassium. I did this diet 2 years ago. I also miss the soup. I make up a batch every now and then just to eat for pleasure. My husband liked it also, and he dosen't like veggies (other than potatoes). Cute babies. Good luck to you.
Jul. 26, 2010 9:54 am
Keri, I was searching for recipes and came across your blog. I hope things are going well and you are on the right track to a healthy future. A little info on Sweet-n-Low: It is saccharin, which has been tested and studies have shown that is can cause cancer in the rats it was tested on. Then there is Equal and Nutra Sweet. They are aspartame, this is a poison( you can go to for more infomation on this). There is not an artificial(which means fake) sweetener out there that is good to put into your body in my opinion. I use a product called Stevia. It is an extract from the stevia rebaudiana plant. No chemicals, No aritficial anything. There are 0 calories and 0 carbs with great taste. You can check it out on Hope this is helpful and I hope and pray for your future health!
Jul. 26, 2010 9:59 am
Good luck Keri! I also struggle with weight loss and have incorporated cabbage soup into my weight loss initiatives many times over the past few years; the soup is tasty and definitely a big calorie saver. My problem is lack of long term commitment-- I am great for a short time, but the old habits persist and I find myself mindlessly doing the same old things time and time again. But, if I may, I see SOME (not a lot) of the same accountability excuses with you as well. Again, I applaud your efforts and ingenuity, but please remember to hold yourself accountable. Number 1-- you need a scale. Period. To keep yourself accountable and on track, you need a scale to measure your progress. It will be quite a while before you need to worry about the additional muscle mass offsetting any weight loss. At this point, you need to be showing steady weight loss --slow and steady is just fine, but there should be some focus in seeing consistent weight loss each week. And expense shouldn't be an issue, if we can afford 20 cans of Pringles each month, we can afford a $30 scale from Amazon, with free shipping to boot. Also, you should be doing some kind of exercise (ugh- I know). The bad neighborhood excuse is just that. I know a woman who lives in a bad area of Brooklyn, she also was very overweight when she decided to make a change. She walked up and down the same 3 flights of stairs in her building 40 times in the morning, and another 40 times at night. The pounds fell off. Hope I don't sound too preachy-- I am so proud of your strong mindset and committment to GET HEALTHY! I also want to share with you my (very wise) doctor's advice, who told me to eat less and move more. But more importantly, he reminded me that exercise was not as important as NOT PUTTING THE FOOD INTO MY MOUTH. He is right. Good luck again, and thanks for sharing!
Jul. 26, 2010 10:13 am
I'm sitting at work bored to tears so I thought I'd do some recipe searching and ran across your blog. Very inspiring! Last year on June 1, I woke up and decided to get on my bike (had it for months, but not the exercise type). I rode 2 miles that day and thought I was going to die. I weighed myself and realized I had ballooned to 245 pounds and truly wasn't aware it had gotten that bad. You would think that moving up in clothes sizes from an 18 to a 24 would have given me a clue, but I had convinced myself otherwise (I'm 5.6"). Anyway to make a long story short and not take too much of your time, something happened to me that day that I still can't explain. I suddenly became a woman with a mission to exercise and lose weight. I actually enjoyed riding that bike and before I knew what was happening I was riding 10 miles a day and couldn't wait to get home to get on it every day. I was eating right and the more I rode, the more I lost. Within 6 months I was riding 20 miles a day, eating only for nutrition instead of "because it tasted so good" and I'd lost 70 pounds. I quit riding over the winter because it was unusually cold here last year. I still did some riding on a trainer indoors (too much like exercise) and kept up my other routine with 10# weights and gut busters on an exercise ball. I slimmed my body down to a size 12. Unbelievable since I hadn't been a 12 since about the 6th grade. My problem now is that I can't seem to find that drive to get back on the bike. I want desperately to finish what I started and get down to 150 (I was down to 175 and now back up to 186). It really makes me mad at myself that I have put 11# back on and now I'm further from my goal. Reading your blog has given me the idea to jumpstart my weight loss goals again. I started on my bike again last Monday the 19th and rode 5 of the last 7 days. I can only do about 11 miles now since it's kind of like starting all over and my butt hurts so bad from the seat (I remember how hard that was to get used to before). I'm going to ride today and tomorrow when I get home from work. I got on vacation from the 28th thru the 31st (diet sabotage, for sure). I'm thinking as soon as I get back, I start this cabbage soup diet on the following Monday and if I can lose some of that weight I put back on, maybe that will be a way to motivate me back into my healthy exercise routine. Thank you for posting your thoughts during this week. It's been a real pleasure to read and possibly just what I needed to get myself back on track. Many, many blessings to you and best of luck on your weight loss journey.
Jul. 26, 2010 10:13 am
Hey, it's me again. Just thought I'd add this helpful hint. The stevia I use is Stevia Clear from SweetLeaf. It comes in liquid, tablet and powder(in packets or bulk)form. I get mine from a grocery called Krogers. Any health food store would carry it or you can get it online at They have a store locator on their site too. Thanks again for your blog and God bless.
Jul. 26, 2010 10:16 am
@Kpitt – Please understand that this was a JUMP-START. I used it to curb cravings and give me some quick results as an incentive to keep going. I feel INCREDIBLE! And the best part is that I saw how much my body liked a low-fat, low-carb diet, so I’m eager to continue. Now that the 7 days are up, I’ve transitioned into a balanced diet, sticking with the low-fat, low-carb part of it and I’m looking forward to continuing to lose weight at a moderate pace and continuing to feel more and more incredible. **** @JD – Congratulations to you and your husband on your success with the Cabbage Soup Diet! I found out last night that I, too, lost 10 pounds last week!! Keep up the good work with eating healthy! **** @MISSDARCY – I would love to work with a dietician, but unfortunately finances don’t allow for that. I have a pretty good working knowledge of nutrition, though, and I’m listening to what my body’s telling me it needs. Don’t worry…I’m not using this as a “quick fix”. It was just a jump-start into a healthy eating lifestyle with a more balanced diet. **** @Katie – Your “problem” with sugar sounds a lot like my “problem” with salt in most foods. I don’t add much salt while cooking and I almost NEVER add salt at the table. I often have a hard time eating foods that other people have cooked, because the amount of salt they add is just too much for me. The only time I like something salty is when I’m eating potato chips. But guess what! I had some potato chips yesterday and I didn’t even want very many of them! The 7-day plan really DID help with my cravings!!
Jul. 26, 2010 10:16 am
@BiscuitBaby – Thanks for the link about the stevia! I’m still looking for some of the plants. If I can’t find them locally, I’m sure I could at least find some seeds to order online. *luv2cook – That’s a great idea! I’ve been SO fortunate lately in that one of my co-workers has a garden that’s been very prolific and nobody in his house will eat the veggies except him! He’s been bringing in tons of fresh tomatoes, squash, peppers, and carrots every few days, so I’ve been reaping the benefits. He’s not growing anything leafy and green, though, so I might try your Craigslist idea. Thanks for the tip! **** @amnesiacaj – Thanks for the tip about cooking the cabbage. Fortunately, it’s just me and my two daughters and we all LOVE the smell of cooking cabbage LOL! I AM interested in learning how to can the soup, though! My freezer is so full that there’s no way I could freeze an entire batch of the soup, but if I could can it, I could store it in my pantry. **** @Confederate Rose – Thanks for the good luck wishes and the tip about the DVDs! I’m definitely going to look for them!! **** @chickybaby – Look up towards the top of the blog and click on the blue “Cabbage Soup” to go to the recipe and then click on the blue “seven-day eating plan” to go to the plan. Remember, check with your doctor before starting! **** @chowsr – Thanks for the encouragement! You’re so right about this being a great time of year to start eating healthier. The fruits and vegetables that are available right now are amazing! **** @CharRN – Thanks for the good luck wishes! Good luck to you and your sister if you decide to do the eating plan together! It’s so much easier if you have someone else cheering you on and even that much better if you’ve got someone close to you doing the eating plan right along with you. Like I said to chickybaby, though…ask your doctor’s first! Keep watching for another blog either later today or sometime tomorrow. I plan to blog about the ways I changed up the soup and the things I did with the allowed foods to keep the eating plan from getting boring. **** @MaryAnn56 – Thanks for the info about what banana day is for. I did do really well that day, eating 5-1/2 bananas thanks to my smoothies. I will definitely eat the soup on a regular basis just for pleasure, especially since my kids liked it, too! Thanks for the good luck wishes!!
Jul. 26, 2010 10:32 am
@Judy – Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m starting to use stevia instead of the Sweet ‘N’ Low for sweetening my drinks and I’m getting away from prepared “diet” drinks because of the aspartame. I’m certain that these things are actually causing me to retain weight. I do know about the studies that have been done that show these things to cause cancer in lab rats, but we also have to realize that the amounts of these substances that are fed to the rats are thousands of times the amount a human would ever consider ingesting (for example, one study fed the rats the equivalent of a human eating 10,000 packets of Sweet ‘N’ low a day). As part of my “get healthy” plan, though, I’m trying to get completely away from using artificial sweeteners of any kind. Thanks for your words of encouragement and thanks for the info about Stevia Clear!! **** @LucyMarz – Thanks for the good luck wishes! I’m ashamed to admit it, but the 20 cans of Pringles each month were paid for with food stamps. I no longer qualify for food stamps, which is a GOOD thing, because I was buying a lot of junk food with them because I could afford to. Now that I’m on a very limited grocery budget, the junk food is out of the question…something I’m VERY glad about! Even so, I do have the scale at my parents’ house available and I can weigh myself once a week or even more often (they only live about 2 miles from me) until I can get a scale of my own. Maybe I’ll ask for one for my birthday in October! For exercise, I’m parking farther away from things, going down the stairs at work instead of using the elevator (can’t go UP the stairs because of my knee, but going down is still exercise!), and I’ll be getting the DVDs mentioned by Confederate Rose a few comments above yours. Trust me, I do acknowledge that I got myself into this condition and I have to get myself out. My biggest problem has been that I wasn’t ready to change my lifestyle before. Now I am :-) **** @MShayinJax – Congratulations on your weight loss and exercise accomplishments!! I’m glad to have inspired you to get back on track with that! Don’t go into your vacation assuming it’s going to be diet sabotage!!! It’s still possible to make healthy choices, even when you’re eating out. One HUGE tip that someone offered me recently was this: When you go out to eat, ask your server to have the kitchen staff automatically box up half of your food before it’s brought to the table. If it’s already boxed up and they hold it in the back until you’re ready to leave, you won’t be tempted to eat the entire thing just because it’s sitting there. Take the rest home with you (or back to your hotel room) and save it for lunch or dinner the next day. Good luck!! YOU CAN DO IT!
Jul. 26, 2010 11:39 am
Keri, I'm glad I came across this blog this afternoon while extremely bored at work! I'm actually on day one of this diet myself and so far so good!! My boyfriend and I are actually doing it together to get that jump-start into a healthier lifestyle. A few years ago I was really good about watching what I ate and I still am but it's like you said - you don't realize how much you're snacking on junk throughout the day!! I'm definitely going to stock the fridge with some good snacking veggies and get rid of the doritos :) I'm hoping this will also be the kick in the a** I will need to get back to a regular gym routine. Either way, thanks for your blog and I will for sure be referring back to this during the course of the week for ideas (btw, I love your banana shake idea!! I've been dreading Day 4 but since reading your blog, I've got renewed faith in myself that I can muddle through all the bananas!!) Thank you!
Jul. 26, 2010 12:17 pm
I am in love with Tosca Reno and her eat clean "diet" I hate to call it that , as it is just a way of life. Clean food = a clean body ! Since you love the veggie soup so much and really it isnt bad and def good to keep in your diet at all times I think you might like this too. I haven't jumped full force in, but am making baby steps and it is going well. Incorporated more veggies and clean foods every day . Which means for you .. NO more ramen soup for lunch for sure LOL!! Good luck on your journey to a healthier way to eat.
Jul. 26, 2010 12:18 pm Opps forgot to post her site for book. She also has a facebook page too, which has lots of hints and people on to high five you along the way ;).
Jul. 26, 2010 12:52 pm
@MUFFINZ411 - Try adding about a Tbs of unsweetened cocoa powder to your banana shake. It's SO good! Good luck this week and after!! If you need any encouragement, come on over to the Recipe Exchange and we'll cheer you on!! **** @ilovejack02 - I'll take a look at Tosca Reno's site and see about getting her book at the library. I'm looking at lots of different healthy eating plans and combining bits and pieces from each of them to fit in with my day to day life and my preferences. I'll check her out on FB, too. Thanks for the tips and the good luck wishes!!
Jul. 26, 2010 1:41 pm
I loved reading this. What I really found inspiring was the kick start week you really did have before starting the soup.... starting this week on such a positive note is the best kick off anyone can have when starting something new. The family get together, the "what smells so good" comment. . . . all very powerful devices to keep you positive this week. By the time you figure out what sweetener to use in the banana shake, the bananas are going to be overripe and SO SWEET anyway. . . .(smile, wink) cheers.
Jul. 26, 2010 2:42 pm
@yum-o - Did you get your screen name from Rachel Ray? I LOVE her! I know lots of people are really turned off by her, but I think she's great :-) I'm actually done with the 7-day eating plan! Yesterday was to be the last day, but I ended it early. You can read more about that in my followup blog called "An Ending? Nope! It's a New Beginning!". The banana shakes were awesome! The first one turned out almost like ice cream, because I used two whole bananas with only about a cup of milk. It tasted so good. For my evening shake, I added a Tbs of unsweetened cocoa powder and that made it even better! Thanks for the encouragement!
Jul. 26, 2010 2:54 pm
Keri, this was amazing to read, i came across your blog on accident and never read one before, this was inspiring, i have been sort of dieting for many many years, and finally gave up and just started eating healthy,lol, that was hard,to this day i still dont step on a scale(unless i am at doctors) it took me 6 years but i went from a size 24 to a size 12 and i am still not done, but i am also now not making a big deal of dieting i just think of it as healthy changes and seeing all the things i can do now helps alot, i cant wait to try the soup,best of luck to you and all who are becomming healthier.
Jul. 26, 2010 6:50 pm
Hi missy! Congratulations on your healthy lifestyle change and weight loss! That's a huge accomplishment!! I look forward to achieving size 12 (I'm currently wearing 4X shirts and 3X pants, whatever numbers those equate to). You've done amazing and I can only hope to have the success you've had. I agree...when you make a big deal out of "dieting", it becomes a negative thing. Just concentrating on eating healthy and enjoying the good-for-you foods makes it fun!
Jul. 26, 2010 6:53 pm
my mom introduced this to me when I was a teenager.I have always done this diet for 2 weeks that way when your done you can really appreciate being able to eat other things, lol. I love the jumpstart and after a week or so you can really notice the weight reduction, yes it's mostly water but you do feel alot more empty and energetic. I have had healthy eating habits for years and I do credit it to this diet. The most weight I have ever lost was 60lbs (lots on my small frame) without any extreme diets and have been able to keep that off for years with exercise and smart eating. Good luck to all that wish to do the same. It gets easier with time and the crazy candy cravings do go away my words of wisdom, don't tell yourself you can't have that piece of chocolate, indulge occasionally you won't feel so restricted and won't think about it ALL the time
Jul. 26, 2010 9:46 pm
Good luck Keri!! My boyfriend likes to do the Cabbage Soup diet ALOT! He goes on it once a month and feels great! Right now he is "on the soup" (lol) and I am into my 2nd week of Induction on Atkins. I've lost about 6lbs so far..yeah me! Best of luck to you!
Jul. 27, 2010 12:30 am
Best of luck to you Keri:-).... I've cut out lots of things mainly pop and chips, only red meat on occasion.I've incorporated more veggies and fruits.... The husband and I both are trying to loose a few pounds:-) I will try this soup!
Jul. 27, 2010 8:08 am
I know of doctors who recommend this week-long diet inc ases of needing surgery but want patient(s) to drop a few pounds first so your doctor was right to say it is ok to start here. Don't be discouraged if you pick back up a pound or two when you start eating regularly. Good luck! P.S. Babies are adorable! Your family has truly been blessed.
Mel K 
Jul. 27, 2010 8:36 am
Keri,Good job on getting started with getting the extra pounds off. I am so proud of you and will be praying for your success. It sounds like you have the motivation to do this for yourself and that is the most important part.Glad that you checked with the doctor,great to know that you are having the doctor keep an eye on you. I hope this pathway will take you right down the road to better health.You mentioned difficulty with exercise and not being able to walk in your community due to safety. There are so many chair exercises that you can do while sitting at home.Google chair exercises and you will be surprised at what you can find.I watch the patients at a long term care faciltiy work out with the therapist and always join in.It is surprising what you can achieve in a few minutes while sitting and not putting any stress on knees or having to go outside.As posted in the blogs Stevia is a good choice to sub for sugar and Agave nectar.I wish you all of the best and I will be following your progress. You can do it!
Jul. 27, 2010 8:43 am
@Kelti - I'm not sure I could handle two weeks of the eating plan! You're amazing if you do it on a regular basis! Congratulations on your weight loss and healthy lifestyle!! Fortunately, I don't crave sweets too much. It's the salty/crunchy that I crave and I've been given so many great suggestions about ways to satisfy that craving without destroying my healthy eating efforts. I do plan to allow myself a small treat now and again when I'm craving them and I feel like I now have the self control to resist the urge to over-do it with those treats. Thanks for the encouragement!! **** @Melanie - It's great to hear about other people who use this eating plan on a regular basis! I am planning to use it once every two months or so, just to keep myself on track and possibly to get myself over any plateaus I will hit. Congratulations on your own weight loss!! I do want to say please be careful with the Atkins diet and only use it for the brief amount of time that is recommended. My aunt didn't pay attention to the instructions and stayed on the diet for 9 months. She ended up in the hospital with kidney damage. Our bodies need carbs and the Atkins diet (at least the ORIGINAL Atkins diet) severely restricts carbs of any kind. I don't mean to discourage you from continuing with the diet. Just please be careful and follow the instructions. Good luck with future weight loss!! **** @sillasmiles - Thanks again for the good luck wishes! I definitely recommend adding the soup to your regular healthy eating plan. It's delicious and it's SO good for you! Good luck to you, too! **** Rhonda - I hadn't known that doctors recommend this eating plan for quick weight loss before surgery. That makes me feel even better about my doctor giving me the go-ahead! I figured I'd probably gain a little weight back, so I'm being very careful about moving back into "normal" eating. Thank you for the good luck wishes and the compliments on the babies! We think they're pretty awesome, but then again, we're biased :-) Have a wonderful week!
Jul. 27, 2010 8:45 am
@Mel K - Thank you so much for your kind words!! You know what? I haven't told myself this yet, but I'm proud of myself, too!! I need to remember to tell myself that, don't I? Thanks also for the tip about chair exercises. I'll look some up and probably even get my daughters involved. They'll think it's hilarious!
Jul. 27, 2010 11:52 am
Where can i find this diaet rezepis and waht veg.use you to go with the cabbage
Jul. 27, 2010 1:05 pm
Good luck is right!!! Tried that "Diet" years ago, & the only thing I "lost" was the desire to EVER eat cabbage again!!!!! Any weight I lost, came right back on. Hope you have better luck. Atkins was the only diet that EVER worked for me- its been 10 yrs. & have kept off 60 lbs.
Jul. 27, 2010 2:51 pm
@hausfrau - Look up near the beginning of the blog and click on the blue "Cabbage Soup" for the recipe here at AllRecipes and then click on the blue "seven-day eating plan" to get to the web site where I found the directions for using the soup in the week-long eating plan. The soup is very delicious and you can change it up many different ways so it doesn't get tedious. **** @bimba711 - I'm sorry this eating plan didn't work out so well for you. Of course the weight I lost last week (10 pounds) would all come back if I slipped back into my old eating habits, but I used the "diet" to jump-start myself into a healthier eating lifestyle. The seven-day regimen helped me get over cravings and learn to stop reaching for bits and pieces of food all day. I am now on day 4 post-"diet" and I'm feeling great about the food choices I'm making so far. My kids are very supportive, too, and they're LOVING some of the new, healthier recipes I've made for dinner. I'm glad the Atkins diet worked for you! That's the whole point of my doing this...finding what works for ME. I would never say that this is the right eating plan for everyone, but it seems to have done what I wanted it to do and I will probably repeat the seven-day plan at least every couple of months just to keep myself on track. And, for the record, I didn't end up hating cabbage. In fact, I sauteed more cabbage and tomatoes, then added some butter beans for my lunch yesterday :-)
Jul. 27, 2010 10:02 pm
My mom does this diet usually after winter to get into her beach shape. She always loses a lot of weight. I was under the impression that in order to lose the maximun weight you couldn't add any extra seasoning, etc. The cabbage soup has 0 cals and that is why you can eat as much as you want, but it's not so great tasting. I thought there was a day of eating tomatoes? My mom made sure Bananas and skim milk day fell on a Saturday because she would spend the day in the bathroom. She said the combo was made to clean out your system. lol
Jul. 27, 2010 11:26 pm
My mom does this diet after every winter to get beach ready. She always loses a lot of weight. I was told that you could not add addtional seasonings to the diet in order to get your maximun weight loss. The cabbage soup is 0 cals that's why you can eat as much as you want, but the taste is something you have to get use to. lol I also thought there was a day to eat 8 tomamtoes. My mom would usually make bananas & milk day came on a Saturday because she would be on the potty all day Sunday! lol
Jul. 28, 2010 6:54 am
Good Luck! I tried it and got sick just smelling the soup by day 3!!! But really, I do wish you good luck!
Jul. 28, 2010 10:18 am
@ToDieFor - Yes, the tomato day is actually first meat day...Day 5 of the plan. You eat 10-20 ounces of beef and up to 8 fresh tomatoes. That was the day that caused me to realize my body cannot handle beef! I can understand why your mom made Bananas and Milk Day to be on a Saturday! **** @Meagan621 - Thanks for the good luck wishes! I actually really enjoy the soup, so even though I'm done with the 7 days, I'm still planning to make another batch of it and freeze it in individual portions so I can have it whenever I want. But, like I said to some other commentors, eating healthy is all about finding what works for YOU. I hope you have success finding that something that's right for you!! Have a great day!
captian dan 
Jul. 28, 2010 4:25 pm
This sounds like a great soup and I going to try that and actual do the 7 day thing. does hamburger count as the meat item
captian dan 
Jul. 28, 2010 4:30 pm
This is dumb but How do you start a blog? Im searching and cannot find and its not screaming "here I am "
Jul. 29, 2010 8:44 am
@captian dan - If you are going to use hamburger, you want to make sure it's the very leanest hamburger you can get. I would look for at least 93% lean/7% fat, but I've even seen hamburger as lean as 96% lean/4% fat. In order to have a blog on AllRecipes, you have to be a supporting member. If you're interested in writing a blog of your own, you might check to see if they're running a special on supporting memberships right now! Sometimes they have really good deals for new supporting members. Thanks for stopping by!
Aug. 23, 2010 1:24 pm
Hi, I love to cook and was trying to make cabbage soup for my children. but unfortunately it was like hell. Thanks for giving recipe.


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Aug. 30, 2010 10:25 pm
This recipe is very nice. I tried it and everyone of my family enjoyed it. Thanks for this recipe. ------------ Healthy Diet
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I have loved cooking since I was a young girl helping my mother make dinner or bake cookies during school vacations. My favorite class in elementary school was "Nutrition", because we cooked almost every day. I have two daughters who love cooking and baking as much as I do and my husband is even getting interested. He recently started making bread from scratch and he's doing an awesome job of it! We share our home with pets of all different kinds, including birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, a rat, snakes, frogs, a tarantula, and a turtle. We also provide foster care for a local dog rescue, taking in abused, neglected, abandoned dogs and giving them a safe, loving environment to live in until they find their "fur-ever" homes.
My favorite things to cook
Rosemary garlic roasted chicken with roasted garlic gravy; Skillet cabbage; Almost any baked goods; Anything I can make in my slow cooker! Somewhere around September 2008 I decided I was going to start baking all the bread my children and I eat. I'm COMPLETELy loving it and my kids like to brag that "my mommy MADE this bread!" Their favorite is when I make bread items that aren't your traditional loaf of bread, like hamburger buns, bagels, and soft pretzels.
My favorite family cooking traditions
For several generations, my father's family has made a "family tradition" dessert item at each major holiday. At Easter, it's Italian Cheesecake, made with ricotta cheese and anise flavoring (published as "Italian Cheesecake II", if you'd like to check it out). At Thanksgiving, it's "Roly Polies", which were invented by my great grandmother when she had leftover pie crust dough she needed to use up. My absolute favorite, though, is Christmas, when we make Birds Nests. These are made out of walnut-sized balls of a sweet pie crust type dough rolled out very thin. Then we cut slits in the dough without cutting through the edge, gather every other strip, twist them up into a jumble, and then deep fry the pastries. When they are cooled, we sprinkle them with powdered sugar. It doesn't matter how many we make, they all get eaten!
My cooking triumphs
I managed to make decorated sugar cookies for Christmas 2008 that turned out awesome!! I've NEVER gotten sugar cookies to turn out good looking enough to warrant decorating them. They always turn into shapeless blobs. This particular time I reduced the amount of butter in the recipe by 25% and chilled the cut-outs for 15 minutes immediately before baking them. They turned out beautiful!
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at making Fairy Food candy (also called seafoam candy) was a disaster! I tried cooking it too quickly over too high of heat, so it burned, smelling up the entire house for DAYS. Thank goodness I still had enough ingredients (and courage!) to try again, and everyone at my family's Christmas gathering was impressed with my second attempt. I conveniently "forgot" to tell them about the first batch :-)
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