Ok, there is nothing pretty or cute about the Cabbage Soup Diet except how cute you'll be, according to those who have tried the diet, when you're done.
What's so crazy about cabbage? Well really nothing, but you can't help by think of it's noisy reputation.
The Cabbage Soup Diet is a great stand-alone diet, or even just use the soup as a snack on other diets. Chock full of veggie, the high-fiber soup fills you up, you can eat as much as you want, and it can be modified within reason for your own particular tastes.
As always check with your doctor before starting this or any diet!
The basic cabbage soup diet itself goes as follows:
Eat as much of the soup when you want.
Drink at least 8 12 oz glasses of water daily
Day One: Eat all of the fruit you want (except bananas). Eat only your soup and the fruit for the first day. For drinks- unsweetened teas, cranberry juice and water.
Day Two: Eat until you are stuffed will all fresh, raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. Try to eat leafy green vegetables and stay away from dry beans, peas and corn. Eat all the vegetables you want along with your soup. At dinner, reward yourself with a big baked potato with butter. Do not eat fruit today.
Day Three: Days One and Two: Eat all the soup, fruits and vegetables you want. No Baked Potato.
Day Four: Bananas and Skim Milk: Eat as many as eight bananas and drink as many glasses of skim milk as you would like on this day, along with your soup. This day is supposed to lessen your desire for sweets.
Day Five: Ten to twenty ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomatoes. . Eat your soup at least once this day. You may eat broiled or baked skinless chicken or broiled fish with lemon instead of beef you wish.
Day Six: Eat as much beef and vegetables this day. You can even have 2 or 3 steaks if you like, with leafy green vegetables. No Baked Potato. Eat your soup at least once.
Day Seven: Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices and vegetables: Again stuff, stuff, stuff yourself. Be sure to eat your soup at least once this day.
EXTREME Cabbage Soup Diet for the truly CRAZY!
Day 1-7 Breakfast 1 small piece of fruit, including a banana, 8 oz of milk
Day 1-7 Lunch and Dinner--All the Soup you can eat. Plus as much steamed veggies and raw veggies as you like. No butter. No potatoes, turnips, or any other root vegetable, nor avocados. No corn or beans!
Everyone and their mother has their own version of the actual soup. If you're not into cutting up all the veggies, go for the bagged veggies in the produce aisle, even bags of shredded coleslaw cabbage mix and shredded broccoli can be used.
Here's one of mine:
Please note, you're going to have to eyeball the amounts according to the size of your pan.
1-2 heads of cabbage or two bags of shredded slaw mix
1 head of broccoli florets and stems cut up (or one bag of shredded broccoli)
1 medium or large bag of baby carrots
2 cans of crushed tomatoes (it is best to use salt free, or low sodium, especially if you use boullion or soup mix)
3-4 onions diced in large pieces
1 package of sliced mushrooms
Optional: sliced zucchini or summer squash, green beans, spinach, anything EXCEPT potatoes, corn, or beans
1-2 chicken, beef or vegetable bouillon cubes OR 1 package onion soup mix (remember these are high in sodium which will make you retain water)
Black pepper and/or red pepper to taste
Optional: crushed garlic, oregano
In a LARGE Dutch Oven (Tall Stock/Sauce Pot) dump all the veggies except the tomatoes. Leave at least an inch on top. Pour cans of tomatoes on top, drop in your bouillon cubes or soup if you wish, dilute with a can or more of water. If there is no room, you can add some as it boils down.
Bring soup to a boil and stir as it gets going. When it is boiling, cover and put on low and let simmer. Check periodically and stir soup completely each time, make sure to get to the bottom of the pot. As it cooks, you may want to skim the foam off the soup, and if it is too rich or too heavy dilute with water.
This is truly a do-it-yourself job. If you like spicy foods, by all means liven it up with hot peppers. If not, don't bother. Garlic is always great. If you have problems with the acidity in the tomatoes, use half the amount and water.
Once all the vegetables are tender, let the soup cool. You may now store it in your fridge, put it in containers, whatever you wish.
Other versions of this recipe use V8 or tomato juice instead of tomatoes. Remember these too are high in sodium.
For more in depth information and details on the cabbage soup diet, I recommend you check out this cabbage soup diet book!
Here is some other info on the csd as well:
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