Monday, February 7, 2011

Cabbage Soup As Far As The Eye Can See

So to get the year started on the right foot I decided to began the first week with the cabbage soup diet--- not so much for weight loss, but rather to get all of the crap I had been putting in my body out!--- AND IT WAS HARD! Not only are you limited to what and when and where and how you can eat, but going out with friends is next to impossible. Here is my breakdown of the diet-

Day One:
Fruit: 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:
Vegetables: 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:
Mix 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:
Beef And Tomatoes: Ten to twenty ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomatoes. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water this day to wash the uric acid from your body. Eat your soup at least once this day. You may eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef (but absolutely no skin-on chicken). If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for the beef one of the beef days (but not both).

Day Six:
Beef and Vegetables: Eat to your heart's content of 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.

I started on a Tuesday... January 4th... I began the day with some blueberries, pineapple and kiwi--- not a bad start I thought, some cabbage soup for lunch at 11, hunger hits again around 1pm, more cabbage soup... and an apple and more cabbage soup for dinner. 

Day Two- Wednesday, I start out with edamame (realizing now, that probably wasn't supposed to be eaten, oh well!) More edamame and cabbage soup for lunch. This is getting hard, there was a work lunch with Pizza and I had to sit there and eat soup... I spent most of my day dreaming about the delicious baked potato I would get to enjoy for dinner. Ha! By the time I got home from work I was so tired and cranky that I threw the potato in the microwave and nuked that sucker for 5 min, a pad of butter and within 10 minutes, the moment I’d been dreaming of all day was over and a complete disappointment! More soup, go to bed hungry...

Wake up Thursday excited- it’s fruit and veggie day! More pineapple and kiwi for breakfast, YUM! Cabbage soup and salad for lunch, boring! Thursday night got really hard- It was my friend's birthday and we were CELEBRATING! (Well everyone else will be…)  I pack up my soup, cut up some peppers, and make a large container of unsweetened iced tea, then trudge across town. I sulk through most dinner sipping my soup as the girls enjoy their wine and tacos with a fake smile plastered on my face!  I keep telling myself "you can do this, the soup tastes good, and you don't really want that wine." I made it through the night lying to myself... but I made it!

Friday began as good as any other day--- "today is skim milk and banana day, yay!" I begin the day with two bananas as I drive to work, soup for lunch and a third banana for a snack later in the day. Dinner gets tricky because we're driving up to Vermont and how do you eat soup in the car!!???! I rush home from work, grab the dog and run out side, get his business done, rush back inside and eat a big steaming bowl of soup right before we leave. Telling myself that I'll be OK with bananas for the rest of the trip, I nod confidently, grab our bags, and head out the door. A pit stop at Starbucks leaves me with a grande steamed skim milk, finished off with another two bananas! YUM! Not a bad day.

Saturday- beef and tomato day… Again- how does one eat only beef, tomatoes, and cabbage soup while on the slopes snowboarding all day, the mountain cafeteria is not going to have anything I can eat!!!!  I wake up extra early and sneak into the kitchen. Pulling the meat out of the fridge I ask myself, how the heck do I make filet mignon?!?  A quick trip to Google provides me with a quick and easy oven baked filet. I salt and pepper the three steaks and throw ‘em in the oven. SUCCESS!!! I chop up 2 tomatoes, cut up one steak and salt and pepper to my hearts content--- the true Breakfast of Champions, and a great day on the slopes (no time to stop for lunch). Home at the end of the day and starving, Cabbage Soup is my best friend. I wash it down with a nice cold unsweetened tea with lemon and jump in the hot tub. Ahhhhhhhh!  A few hours later, more steak and tomatoes then early to bed!

Sunday means another day driving in the car, so I have soup for breakfast, and cut up veggies to snack on during the 5 hour trip home. Day 6 is coming to a close and I cannot wait… (This was by far the worst day- I was tired, cranky, irritable and just plain mean- so watch out for that!) Steak and salad for dinner, one more day! I’m almost there!!!

Day 7- Monday- brown rice! I save the brown rice for lunch, I sauté some spinach, yellow squash and mushrooms in lemon and garlic powder and add them to about 2 cups of rice. For breakfast I eat my soup, and have some bell peppers and carrots. Hunger pangs around 11 force me to heat up half my rice lunch, the other half gets finished off around 3. After work I hit up the gym feeling good and healthy, one more bowl of soup and salad for dinner, and I go to bed hungry but happy and dreaming of all I can eat tomorrow.

So while I didn’t die, I definitely didn’t have the best week of my life. I supplemented my diet with a multivitamin twice a day, and most of the week was too weak or tired to work out. My pants were a little looser though, and I felt good and clean. I can honestly say that if ever in the future I fall back off my healthy little wagon, I might in desperation turn to this weeklong eating regime again, but most likely will make up my own healthy eating plan to get back on track; this was too restrictive and difficult to really make work with my lifestyle.

My plan for the New Year is to eat as our ancestors did, I will follow a Paleolithic type plan that I will edit as I go, I am beginning with the book: The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf. I’m cutting out processed food, dairy, grains, sugar, and soy and eating organic!

That’s all for today, my Paleo journey starts now...

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