This diet is intended for the short term. Please check with your doctor before starting any diet. Drink as much water as you like. This soup is easy to make and can be served hot or cold. I remember this soup from the 1980’s. I have lost weight successfully on this diet. I also took a vitamin supplement.
You will need a large soup pot to cook this recipe or 2 smaller pots. You will have to divide the ingredients between the two pots.
1 medium head of cabbage 1 small bunch of celery 1 small bag of carrots or 6 medium loose carrots 4-5 medium size brown skin onions 1 bunch garlic cloves 1 large green bell pepper or 1 large red, yellow, or orange colored pepper 14.5 oz. can green beans 16 oz can chopped tomatoes, any flavor or plain 3 cups of vegetable stock or water Chopped fresh herbs, like parsley, cilantro, oregano, or any herbs that appeal to you Black pepper to taste Small amount of salt or no salt
To Prepare the Soup:
Assemble all the raw vegetables and wash them thoroughly. After chopping each vegetable put into the pot.
Cut the green pepper carefully and toss the seeds away. Cut into 1 inch pieces. I have included a link to a video that will instruct you how to cut the peppers and other vegetables.
Chop the cabbage into 1 inch squares or similar size. Peel the carrots and cut into ¼ inch circles.
Cut ¼ inch of the dry end of the celery off and toss in the trash. Chop the celery and the leafy part of the celery into 1 inch pieces.
Peel the bunch of garlic. I cut the top of the bunch across and peel each clove away from the bunch. I use a can of green beans to smash the clove just enough to make the peel easy to remove.
Chop the onions into small pieces. I breathe through my mouth only when chopping onions. It keeps me from crying. I also rinse the onion under cold water to diffuse the histamine that makes your eyes tear. Rinse the cutting board right away.
Add the can of tomatoes, can of green beans and 3 cups of vegetable broth or water to the pot.
Add the packages of soup mix to the pot. Add the chopped herbs or dried herbs. Add some pepper and salt if you like.
Bring the vegetables to a boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Then lower the heat to a low setting and simmer the vegetables for 2-3 hours. Cover the soup while it is simmering.
In addition to the soup it is recommended that you include the following foods into your diet for the week if you choose to go it for 7 days. You can do a 3 day, 4 day, or 5 day version. At first I always enjoyed being able to eat as much as I wanted to feel full. After a few days of this soup I would get a bit of a belly ache and cabbage issues.
Here's what else you can eat, and when:
DAY 1: All fruits except bananas. No bananas on day number one.
DAY 2: All vegetables, raw or cooked. This includes baked potato with a LITTLE butter. I need more vegetables in my diet and this will definitely get me to my goal.
DAY 3: Fruits and vegetables, but no potatoes or bananas. This day was fun, except for the sugar cravings that turned me into the grinch.
DAY 4: Bananas and skim milk--eat as many as 8 bananas and drink as many as 8 glasses of skim milk. I made banana milk shakes with some vanilla extract and artificial sweetener on this day.
DAY 5: Beef, skinless chicken, and/or fish--as much as 20 ounces, total. You can also eat 6 tomatoes. And you must drink 8 glasses of water. Don't forget at least one bowl of soup. Remember that the beef, chicken and fish must be broiled. No oils or butter today. If you get this far you will make it to day 7 with no problem.
DAY 6: Beef, skinless chicken, or fish and vegetables. Drink 8 glasses of water and eat at least one bowl of soup. Today is the day that I can only stand to eat one bowl of soup. Perhaps some of you can eat two. Be brave, carry on.
DAY 7: Brown rice, vegetables, and unsweetened fruit juice. This day felt like Thanksgiving to me. The brown rice was so comforting. The fruit juice was heaven. My taste buds were heightened and the juice tasted sweeter than it ever did. I chose pineapple and orange juice. Make sure the juice is totally unsweetened.
Congratulations, if you made it to day 7. Hopefully you have reached your weight loss goal. Now the trick is to continue to eat healthy, moderately, and eat more soup. Happy New Year to everyone and may you have a healthy 2008.
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This sounds like a winner . It has to work after all that slicing and dicing and it all make good sense.