Wednesday, May 16, 2012

7 Day Cabbage Soup Detox Diet Review

As you may remember from this post, two girls from work, and I decided to try out a 7 day cabbage soup detox diet that I found online.  My husband, Jon, also joined in on the fun.  Jon and I are the only two that stuck it out until the end, and I have to brag and say that I am the only one that did not cheat all seven days!  The two websites where I obtained all the information for the diet plan are My 7 Day Diet and Cabbage Soup Diet.  The week plan goes a little something like this...
this was my reminder card and motivation throughout the week

(the links will take you to the individual day recap)
Day One- Fruit (no bananas) and Wonder Soup
Day Two- Vegetables (no beans, peas or corn) and Wonder Soup...on this day you can also have 1 baked potato with a small amount of butter
Day Three- Fruits (no bananas),Vegetables (no potato, beans, peas, or corn) and Wonder Soup
Day Four- Bananas (up to 8), Skim Milk, and Wonder Soup
Day Five- Protein (lean meat), Tomatoes (6-8 fresh) and Wonder Soup
Day Six- Protein (lean meat), Vegetables (no potato, beans, peas, or corn) and Wonder Soup
Day Seven- Fruits (no bananas), Vegetables (no potato, beans, or corn), Juice, and Wonder Soup

The beginning of this diet was very difficult, I'm not going to lie.  I had to constantly remind myself that it's only seven days and to take it one day at a time.  I drank only water all week, except day seven I had juice.  That was a big deal for me!  I love sweet tea!  I also usually drink coffee or coke at work, mainly for the caffeine, to keep me going.  I am proud to say I have been caffeine free now for a whole week!  I am going to do my best to continue to not drink so much caffeine.  I now realize I can make it through these working nights without it, so I have to stay strong and not give in to the desire.  One good thing about this diet, was that it made me cook and think about what I was cooking and how to cook it.  You can only use very little olive oil.  I feel like I became pretty creative and experimented some with spices to try to help ease the pain of limited choices.  (Although I feel that Jon will say I only used black pepper to season everything.)  I do plan to continue to branch out and make healthier and fresh vegetables more often now.  Most of the things I read online said you would lose anywhere from 5-10 pounds within the week.  One website even said 17 pounds (not sure that's too healthy)!  Of course I weighed myself at the beginning, throughout, and at the end.  I ended up losing 6.8 lbs total. I am glad I did the diet and stuck with it to the end without cheating.  I proved to myself that I can in fact stick with eating healthy if I will just make the effort to do so.  I still have a little more weight that I want to lose, but I feel this diet definitely gave me the kick start I wanted to get the ball rolling!

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