Saturday, October 29, 2011

It's Diet Time

Since it's practically taking a shoe-horn to get me into my jeans these days, I figured it was time to go on a diet. Not a "let's lose 5 pounds" diet, but a real attitude-changing lifestyle shift. It's going to be tough because I love my bread and sweets and pasta. I'm a carbs girl all the way and in order to get where I want to be, the carbohydrates will have to take a back seat.

To give myself a kick-start on the weight loss, for the first seven days I'm doing the Cabbage Soup Diet. You know the one...it's been called a lot of names (the Sacred Heart diet, the General Motors diet, the Russian peasant diet) and no one really knows where it comes from but it's been around since the 1980s when everyone was sneaking around and faxing it to their friends from work.

But I've done the diet before and even though the ten pounds or so you can lose in a week are probably only water loss, seeing the bathroom scale popping up numbers you haven't seen in a while is a mighty good incentive to keep going.
This is my Taylor Body Fat Analyzer and Scale.
It is an evil machine.
After the first week, my plan is to segue into the Paleo diet. Haven't heard of it? Basically, you eat like a cave man; pretty much only meat, vegetables, and some fruit. No grains, dairy, nuts, processed foods...or anything else that a cave man wouldn't have found.

Hubby is a meat and salad kind of guy, and he loves cabbage soup, so neither of these diets will be a hardship on him. He'll just supplement with desserts so that he won't lose too much weight and we should be fine.

If you'd like to try the Cabbage Soup diet, I've listed the concepts below. The soup recipe differs from source to source, but the main ingredients are onions, green bell peppers, tomatoes, celery, cabbage, onion soup mix, and water. If you hate cabbage (like I do), it's no problem. You can substitute other vegetables like zucchini for the cabbage, and even add vegetables that you really like to the recipe. Just avoid adding potatoes, corn, or beans.

Cabbage Soup Recipe
  • 6 large green onions or one yellow or white onion
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 1 or 2 cans of tomatoes or several fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 bunch celery, sliced
  • 1/2 head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 package (Lipton) onion soup mix
  • 48 ounces of water
  • Season to taste with salt, pepper, spices
To make it easy, I simply mix all of the ingredients together in stock pot and simmer for a couple of hours. After cooling, I like to transfer to canning jars and store in the refrigerator. That way I can warm up one jar at a time when it's meal time.

The Diet
Every day you'll eat as much of the soup as you want. You'll also need to drink several glasses of water a day to flush out your system...make an effort to drink at least four glasses of water per day. It's fine to add lemon or lime to the water. Plain unsweetened coffee and tea are fine to drink as well. No sodas (not even diet!) or alcohol are allowed.
  • Day 1 - Soup, plus all the fruit you want except bananas. Melons are great!
  • Day 2 - Soup, a baked potato with one pat of butter, and all the vegetables you want.
  • Day 3 - Soup, plus all the fruit (except bananas) you want, and all the vegetables you want.
  • Day 4 - Soup, plus up to six bananas, all the skim milk you want.
  • Day 5 - Soup, plus 10 to 20 ounces of lean beef, several tomatoes, extra four glasses of water.
  • Day 6 - Soup, plus all the beef and vegetables you want.
  • Day 7 - Soup, plus brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices, and vegetables. 
Be smart with your fruit and veggies. Stick to fruits that aren't sugar-laden like strawberries and are more water-filled (like melons), and avoid bananas until you're told to eat them. Eat vegetables that are low in carbohydrates, which means avoiding potatoes (until you're told to eat them), beans, and corn. It's okay to eat your vegetables in a salad, but limit your salad dressing to a tablespoon of vinegar and a tablespoon of olive oil. Don't go dumping on a half cup of Thousand Island dressing and thinking that you're doing good!

Hubby and I went grocery shopping yesterday and picked up all the extra produce that I'll be eating. I'll also be taking a multivitamin every day to be sure that I get the vitamins and minerals that I might be missing for the week.

The diet starts tomorrow and to keep me honest, I'll be putting a little status box at the bottom of my posts each day to let you know how I'm doing. It will look something like this:


Pounds Lost
0

Wish me luck!

Hugs,

2 comments:

  1. I truly and sincerely wish you luck Pam....Me and diets aren't exactly the best of pals....Don't know if I could do one if really, really, had to....If I crave something, a two-ton truck of salad (even with Thousand Island dressing) or gallons of cabbage soup aren't gonna satisfy me.....I know I should eat better - I'm addicted to carbs too; but oh, don't know how I would. Luckily, so far, the jeans still fit!! Like I said - best of luck!!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

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  2. I remember this diet! Love the soup! I have no problem eating this all day, every day! I might try this. I can't believe all the weight that I have gained since breaking my cast.

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