I lost 7 pounds doing this cleansing diet. Readers wrote in and said they lost between 7-11 pounds and felt great.
Going through my recipe boxes I came across 2 cleansing diets that someone had given me from a Sacred Heart Hospital years ago. I had plenty of notes of what I liked and added to the menu plan. I thought I’d do it this week and share it with you, in case you wanted to do this too.
When I started the cleanse I had presumed I would be getting a lot of headaches and would feel tired. I did NOT get one headache during the week I did not feel tired, I had a lot of energy. A matter of fact after 3 days of being off the cleanse, I felt tired in the middle of the afternoon and realized I hadn’t had that feeling during the cleanse.
A lot of it is attitude for sure. So often we automatically think of all that we’re losing out on instead of focusing on what we’re losing. I”m excited to do this this week. I”m not a big eater, but I do need to lose some weight and this is a good starter.
Eating every three hours is key to keeping your metabolism working. With this cleanse you can eat all the cabbage veggie soup you want or need. I’ve added my own variation to the cabbage soup and even the family loves it. Don’t set yourself up to fail, certainly a good attitude is key, but also know if you have to change it up a bit, then you do so. I love salad, but I can’t eat it without dressing. I added a seasoning blend of basil and garlic and did add some Balsamic, one day I had a littl drizzle of honey mustard lite dressing. A tiny bit of something that allows me to enjoy my meal is well worth it when it keeps me on it. Also make sure you drink PLENTY OF WATER!!!
Here’s the cabbage soup recipe:
- 1/2 cabbage
- 2 red peppers
- 1 medium sweet onion
- 4 carrots, peeled and diced
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
- 1 14.5oz can of stewed tomatoes (I used the brand flavored with basil, celery & garlic)
- 24 oz of chicken broth
- 2 cups of water (use less if you like less broth)
Dice all veggies up to desired bite size. I like mine cut up pretty fine. Combine all ingredients in your soup pot.
Bring to a boil then simmer for an hour. It is so tasty, you’re going to enjoy it. This is good for 2 to 3 days.
Eat your soup anytime you’re hungry and make sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water.
7 Day Menu:
Day 1-Fruit: Eat all the fruit you want except bananas. The lower calorie fruits are watermelon and cantaloupe. I made a fruit salad the night before with cantaloupe, strawberries, pineapple and a handful of grapes. Great start for breakfast. I have plenty of apples and pears handy for the day and of course the cabbage soup throughout the day.
Day 2- Veggies: Eat all the veggies you want & 1 baked potato. I start my morning with the cabbage soup. I have carrot sticks, sweet red peppers to snack on. At lunch I have a nice salad. I did add a little Balsamic Vinegrette to my salad. I’m hungriest at lunch time so I ate my baked potato at lunch too. For dinner I mash up some steamed cauliflower and top with frozen stir fry veggies. Add your favorite spices when you’re cooking such as garlic and Italian seasonings. Make sure you eat your soup anytime you feel you need to.
Day 3-Fruit and Veggies: Same as day 1 and 2 but no potato today.
Day 4-Bananas and Milk: You can have up to 8 bananas today and 8 glasses of skim milk. Bananas are high in carbs and will lesson your cravings for sweets. When I did this before, I did have a bit of a tummy ache, could be because of adding dairy to my system? Not sure.
Day 5: Protein and Tomatoes: Today have 6-8 tomatoes and enjoy some meat. I try to stick with chicken and fish, but you can have red meat as well. You can have up to 20 oz of meat today. I’ll grill my meat and add diced tomatoes on top with some Italian seasoning. At dinner I’ll add cooked ground turkey to cabbage soup. So yummy!
Day 6: Protein and Veggies: Almost like yesterday, but now I can have lots of other veggies too. Saute your mushrooms and other steamed veggies and enjoy them with your protein. (No potato though, stay away from the starchy veggies)
Day 7: Brown rice, fruit and veggies: You can have unsweetened juice as well.
When you weigh in on the 8th day, I’m sure you’ll be thrilled with your success. Take this as a great start to better eating.
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