Cabbage soup diet

I have this thing coming up… you know… an event where you just wish you had dropped 5 pounds to look a touch better.  Well, for the first time in my life I am trying out a “fad diet”.  It is the famous Cabbage Soup Diet, also known as the Sacred Heart Diet.   On this diet people are supposed to lose 10 to 15 pounds in 7 days.   I must admit that I am slightly embarrassed about attempting this diet plan because everyone knows that these diets do not work, and what  is loss is mostly water weight.  The only person that I told about the diet is Jesse. He has been supportive but has reminded me multiple times that all weight I lose will come back when I take a bite of bread. 

Here is the recipe and diet plan that I found on the oh so wonderful Wikipedia site:


  • 6 large green onions
  • 2 green peppers
  • 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
  • 1 bunch celery
  • 1/2 head cabbage
  • 1 package dry onion soup mix
  • 1 or 2 cubes bouillon/stock cubes either chicken or beef (optional)
  • Salt, pepper, parsley, garlic powder, curry powder or soy sauce to taste (or any other seasoning you like).

Spray a large pot with cooking spray and sauté all vegetables except cabbage and tomatoes until tender. Add cabbage and about 12 cups (2.83 litres) of water. Toss in bouillon cubes, soup mix, and seasoning. Cook until soup reaches desired tenderness. Add tomatoes.

To keep the recipe interesting you can make a base soup and then add seasoning/herbs each day for different flavours.

Note: There are a number of variations to this recipe.


Beverages are limited to water, and unsweetened fruit juice on days when fruit is allowed. This is a typical outline of the diet:[4]

  • Day 1 – Cabbage soup plus as much fruit as you like, excluding bananas
  • Day 2 – Cabbage soup plus vegetables including 1 jacket (baked) potato with a little butter
  • Day 3 – Cabbage soup plus fruit and vegetables excluding potatoes and bananas
  • Day 4 – Cabbage soup plus up to eight bananas and as much skimmed milk as you like
  • Day 5 – Cabbage soup plus up to 10 ounces of beef and up to six tomatoes
  • Day 6 – Cabbage soup plus as much beef and vegetables (excluding potatoes) as you like
  • Day 7 – Cabbage soup plus brown rice, vegetables (excluding potatoes) and unsweetened fruit juice

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