Before I get into the subject of this blog I’ve got to ask, have you ever typed a long document, whether it's a blog, a letter, or just an electronic journal
entry, only to hit the wrong button and *POOF* the whole thing is gone? That happened to me a couple hours ago with this blog. I hit the wrong button on my super high-tech mouse and it activated the "back" button on my browser, effectively erasing my entire
blog entry. I almost lost it, but then I told myself "Walk away, Keri. Just walk away!" Now I can (almost) LOL about it, but you can bet I'm typing this into a Word document with auto-save every 60 seconds and then I'll copy and paste the finished product
into my blog!
Several people have asked me to blog about the different things I did last week to keep from getting bored with the Cabbage Soup Diet eating plan.
I now wish that I had written everything down as the week went by, because I’m sure I’ll forget at least one or two things I did.
I’ll try my best to remember at least the ideas that turned out really great.
A few people have asked me where to find the soup recipe(s) and the 7-day eating plan.
Here you go:
HERE for the soup recipe.
HERE for the eating plan.
Check out the other tabs at that site. There’s lots of good information as well as an alternate recipe for the soup that you might prefer.
Ways to Jazz Up Your Soup
1) Puree the soup.
You’d be surprised at how much different it is to drink a mug full of the pureed soup compared to eating the chunky soup out of a bowl. On the days where you eat a baked potato, try topping the potato with some of the pureed soup with a little hot sauce
added. It's really delicious AND it helps you resist the temptation to go overboard with the butter!
2) Add a little hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or balsamic vinegar to your bowl or mug.
It’s incredible how much you can change the flavor of the soup by just adding a little bit of one of these.
3) On Days 5 & 6, add some of the meat to your soup in addition to the other seasonings.
A couple combinations I tried were:
~Taco seasoning and shredded baked BLSL chicken breast = Taco soup!
~Worcestershire sauce and cubed, seared steak, cooked with soup in small crock pot on low for 4-5 hours = Delicious veggie beef stew!
On Days 1 & 3, you’ll be eating lots of fruit.
Don’t limit yourself to plain old raw fruit! Here are a few things I did to make it great:
~Frozen grapes or berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc.)– They’re seriously just like eating candy!
~Crush some over-ripe (translation – “super sweet”) strawberries and mix with a little lemon juice, then freeze for an incredible sorbet-type treat!
~Grilled peaches – If you’ve never eaten a grilled peach, you’re missing out!
Sprinkle with a teeny bit of cinnamon after grilling.
On Days 2 & 3 you’ll be eating lots of veggies (Day 3 is Fruit & Veggies together).
I didn’t eat tomatoes until Day 3, because I wasn’t sure if they would count as a fruit or a vegetable on this eating plan.
Just like with the fruits, don’t limit yourself to bland, raw veggies!
Cook some of them! Here are a few ideas:
~Steam some asparagus in water with a little lemon pepper, then sprinkle with Kosher salt.
~Make a big salad with leafy greens, cucumber, celery, carrots, and whatever other veggies you
like, then toss it with some balsamic vinegar.
This is SO good!
~Slice tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers together.
Dress with salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, and a little fresh basil.
~Sautee diced onion & minced garlic in a teeny bit of EVOO (about a teaspoon) until tender. Add a couple of diced Roma tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes
become a sauce (smoosh them with a spoon if necessary to help this along).
Then add a sliced zucchini or crookneck squash, some balsamic vinegar, and whatever seasonings you like (I used salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder), cover the pan and let it simmer until the squash is tender.
I ate a HUGE bowl of this on Day 3.
Day 4 - Bananas and Skim Milk
At the beginning of the eating plan, I was convinced there was no way I would make it through Day 4.
I don’t really like eating bananas except occasionally and I HATE, HATE, HATE milk!
I had almost decided to skip the bananas and milk and just do another Fruits & Vegetables day, but then I remembered that I really like smoothies.
I froze four of the bananas a couple days ahead of time. In the morning on Day 4, I used 2 bananas and about 1 cup of skim milk along with a splash of vanilla.
I whirled them around in my Magic Bullet until they were blended well.
When I opened the Magic Bullet, I got a surprise – ICE CREAM!
The frozen bananas thickened the mixture up to the consistency of soft serve ice cream…and it was fantastic!
I ate two fresh bananas during the day while at work and choked down a cup of milk at lunch time.
After my dinner of Cabbage Soup that evening, I made another mug of “ice cream”, this time adding a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder instead of the vanilla.
Chocolate banana “ice cream” – what more can a girl ask for when she’s on a diet, huh?
Days 5 & 6 – Meat days
Like I mentioned above, on Day 5 I diced up a raw steak and seared it in about a teaspoon of EVOO.
Then I put it in my little 2-quart crock pot with some of the Cabbage Soup and a splash of Worcestershire sauce.
I stashed the crock pot under my desk at work and let it cook on low all morning.
By lunchtime I had a delicious beef stew! For dinner that night, I did the chicken taco soup I described above.
I only made it through Day 5 of the eating plan and then I decided I needed to go ahead and transition into my new healthy eating regimen.
See, my body didn’t like it when I re-introduced meat into the picture on Day 5.
I felt “icky” that evening and the next day I was “stopped up”.
I got to thinking and realized that I really don’t EVER feel good after eating any significant amount of meat, except fish or other seafood.
Since I didn’t do Days 6 & 7, I can’t really offer any tips for the rice on Day 7 except this:
Mix your veggies into it and add seasonings! Don’t let it be boring.
I am now on day 5 since deciding to transition out of the Cabbage Soup eating plan and into my new healthy lifestyle…and I’m still going strong.
I’m finding new, healthy recipes that my kids and I are loving.
And the best part is that I feel very optimistic that I WILL do it this time and I won’t slip back into my old, unhealthy eating habits.
I’m really enjoying this journey so far!
Thanks for coming along for the ride!