Cabbage Soup Diet (stop laughing!)
by Wendy, Retirement Enthusiast/Coach
7-Day Cabbage Soup Diet
This is the first time in my LIFE that I've tried a diet... and yes, I chose the Cabbage Soup Diet! I am amazed that I had the discipline to make Mom lunches daily and not eat.
I am at my all-time high of 152 pounds, not bad for a tall gal, but I wanted to lose a few pounds before the holidays (even though it is unlikely anything is happening)!
A friend at work, Rich, used to do this once a year... lost ten pounds in seven days. I was always amazed at his discipline to stick with it!
I mean -- cabbage soup for seven days! :)
So COVID and 2020 hits -- and after seven months of being mostly indoors and eating to soothe my tired soul, I suddenly remembered good ole Rich and his diet. Googled it and found many sites about it, ok, so it is a real thing!
I told Terry that I was dieting on Cabbage Soup for five days (yeah, seven sounded like a bigger challenge) and he chose to do the same. This was BIG for us. Fun fun, something to focus on for a week!
Day 1: Cabbage soup tasted fantastic! Delightful. Beef stock with lots of tomatoes, carrots, onions, beans. Great day -- ate it three times and nothing else. I felt empowered. :) I didn't even eat any fruits which were allowed.
Day 2: OK, we were a little tired of cabbage soup this morning... sheesh, already! But -- we were having fun all day, joking all day about the Baked Potato we were getting for dinner! :) We did have soup for lunch and it really was good, then a baked potato for dinner... it was a good day!
Day 3: Fruits, Veggies (no bananas). Fine. Terry went and got oranges, grapes, strawberries (monster-sized), and fresh pineapple. We ate soup for lunch. My sister suggested a veggie stir fry -- and Terry had also picked up a bag of stir-fry veggies so that worked and was so good for dinner. Oddly enough, it was yummy! like veggies, but usually with meat and potatoes/rice/pasta. :)
I spent the night at Mom's and took 5 big grapes, 2 monster strawberries -- to assure I wouldn't grab the chocolate, or her cookies, while there. I will admit, it was a bit of a mental struggle, they had gone to bed, and I kept thinking -- Dark Chocolate! Nobody would know! Just one! BUT I am happy to report, one bite of that sweet strawberry and I was fine.
The odd thing -- it was sooo freakin' sweet! Like I had never tasted a strawberry before.
-- Were they particularly good strawberries (winter in Michigan?) -- or -- did my taste actually change in three days?
-- Did my lack of sugar products (oh, I love my sweets) really change my palate in only three days so it tasted as it should, much sweeter than my old loving-sugar palate thought it did?
Day 4: Bananas, Milk and Yogurt -- Terry, who never ate yogurt in 40 years of marriage, ate yogurt and liked it! :) Too funny! Yes, I had a few too, and, of course, our cabbage soup. Terry also had a banana and was surprised how much one simply banana filled him.
Day 5: Tomatoes and Meat (protein) -- we had meat and fresh sliced tomatoes for dinner. Again, so delightful!
Day 6: Meat (protein) and veggies -- oops! We ate pineapple last night. I guess I forgot, innocent error.
We had soup for lunch and I will admit - I am sooo over cabbage soup. I can't even stand smelling it! :)
Chicken and salad for dinner, and pineapple at night. The salad was so refreshing too, we both totally enjoyed it.
Day 7: Woot!
I am amazed that I had the discipline to not cheat at all.
I am amazed that food is more appreciated and abundantly better tasting, more than before.
I am amazed at how fruits taste much sweeter than they ever did.
I am amazed that I truly feel triumphant -- my mind won. Woot!
I can do whatever I want to do, sweet success!
Terry lost 8 pounds (he also exercises at the gym daily).
I lost 4 pounds, no exercise, just mental discipline.
Fun Exercise in Mindfulness if anyone else wants to try!
You could lose up to 10 pounds in a week, as Rich did... or less, like us, but either way, it's a great mental challenge!