It is Monday, the first day of my Cabbage Soup Diet. The internet site, where I found the information and recipe, warns that one should only be on this diet for a week, not longer. Other caveats are that some people feel a little light headed on this diet and many people grow weary of eating cabbage soup every day. I am approaching this with a positive outlook. It is only five days and I should be able to do this...hopefully.
Last night I did not sleep well. I woke up in the middle of the night dreaming of deprivation. This is not a good sign. Finally, very early this morning, I fell asleep and slept very soundly until my husband came in asking why I was not yet up.
Normally, I start the day off with a cup of plain hot tea and a slice of sprouted grains toast with butter on it. But alas, there will be no toast today or any day that I am on this diet. Day one consists of at least one bowl of cabbage soup plus all the fruit I want, except for bananas. So this morning's breakfast was a bowl of cabbage soup. My husband was grossed out that I could even eat this stuff early in the morning. Heck, I was hungry and would eat almost anything. Surprisingly, it was not bad for breakfast and 8 ounces of the soup filled me up. I am thinking to myself that this diet may not be bad afterall.
For a mid morning snack, I had a half an apple. Originally, I had planned to eat a whole apple, but I was not that hungry. Lunch ended up being more cabbage soup and the other half of my apple. Wow, now I am cruising along and not feeling hungry. This is going to be a piece of cake, figuratively, not literally.
By mid afternoon, suddenly I was craving some bread and for the first time today, I was feeling hungry. I made some stewed prunes which helped fill the hole that was starting to form in my stomach. Since tomorrow will not allow fruit, I planned the rest of my fruit for today which emded up being a small amount of cantaloupe that I had in the refrigerator along with some strawberries and leftover stewed prunes.
As much as I first liked the cabbage soup, it is already starting to get old. But I will have another bowl tonight for dinner while I watch my husband eat the chicken parmesan that I will be making for him. Along with my soup and fruit, I will be drinking unsweetened herbal tea. Big comedown from the beef roast, potatoes au gratin, and red wine from last night.
Hopefully, I will not wake up dreaming of deprivation again tonight. Only four more days to go if I can stick with this. I hope it works to jump start my weight loss.