Day 7 of The 7 Day Diet has finally arrived!  All you can eat cabbage soup!  Lets face it, cabbage soup isn’t quite what you want in the morning for breakfast.  But what if you add a dash of hot sauce and put it in the blender?  Okay, at first that sounds even worse, but if you drink it cold its almost like having a V8, which I rather enjoy in the morning.  Make the soup the night before and store it in the refrigerator.  The soup is kind of a “One last Hoorah!”.  It acts as a final cleanse, and believe me, it works.  I read another variation of this diet where you eat at least one bowl of the soup a day to enhance the cleansing process.  I don’t know if I could have handled eating it all week, and then all day on the last day.  Not only would I be absolutely sick of it, I would have spent a lot more time in the bathroom!  The soup recipe is okay as is, but I added some basic spices too.  I’m sure you could add some other veggies, just stay away from potatoes, corn, beans, and peas!

Cabbage Soup

2 onions, chopped

1 head of cabbage, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

5 celery stalks, chopped

2 cans diced tomatoes, blended

2 pkgs. beefy onion soup mix

4-6 cups of water

Pour all the ingredients into a large pot and add the water till barely covering the veggies.  Stir together and bring to a boil.  Cover and turn to simmer.  I let mine simmer for quite awhile to really let all the veggies soften and deepen the flavor.

After spending the week on this diet, I lost 5.5 lbs.  My husband lost just shy of 10 lbs.  So, it does work!  Obviously this isn’t a lifestyle changing diet, and if you go straight back to your old eating habits, the weight will come straight back too, probably as quickly as you lost it.  It’s not recommended to stay on this diet any longer than 1 week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start a different diet, or just change your eating habits in general.  A few good tips to help keep the weight off, and maybe even loose a few more pounds:

drink a full glass of ice water before every meal (no exceptions!)

no carbs after lunchtime

cut your intake of refined flour and grains

watch your portion size, don’t stuff yourself.  you shouldn’t strive to “get full”

plan one splurge night a week

steer clear of fast food and fried food

go to bed hungry!  no late night snacks!

In conclusion, this is a fantastic “kick off” diet, or as a last ditch to drop a few pounds before vacations, or special events.  Good luck, my fellow dieters, and God speed!