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Cabbage Soup Cleanse

...I have finally made the decision to revive my monthly cleanse. Cleanses can be tricky and not every cleanse is *perfect* for everyone but this cleanse is for me (mainly because I developed it myself, for myself and myself's specific needs).

I'm sure you've all heard about the fad diet, Cabbage Soup diet. I did this diet a few times growing up with my mom, mainly because I LOVED the soup; in experimenting with this soup I realized how amazing it made me feel; thus the discovery of (insert cool name which is yet to be determined) Cleanse!

First, I am going to just explain the cleanse and follow up with the recipe. It's super simple and if you don't like my recipe you can use any search engine on the internet to find one that suits you a bit better.

This is a seven day cleanse that will leave you feeling GREAT because the soup has no saturated fat or cholesterol. Its very high in dietary fiber and vitamin C and A. It is also high in potassium, riboflavin and vitamin B6.

Day 1: I usually only eat the soup, nothing else. This gives your body a jump start with flushing out all the yuck!

Day 2: 1 small piece of fruit  for breakfast and soup the rest of the day.

Day 3: 1 small piece of fruit for breakfast soup for the rest of the day with salad at lunch time (the salad is typically romaine lettuce any extra veggies (no olives) and balsamic vinegar for the dressing or salsa)

Day 4: I continue to build on my meals adding a small sweet potato at dinner time (at this point it would be good for a meat eater to have a 2-4oz cut of fish or chicken with their soup)

Day 5: Repeat Day 3

Day 6: Repeat Day 2

Day 7: Repeat Day 1

Some of the rules:
You must drink AT LEAST half the weight of your body in oz (ex. I weigh 130 pounds; 130lbs / 2 = 65oz; I must drink 65 ounces of water a day)

No beverages other than water, black coffee or plain tea. NO SODA; NO ALCOHOL.

No dairy and NO PREPACKAGED FOODS. Avoid canned vegetables in your soup. Eat clean. Eat green.

This cleanse will flush your system. If junk food is a staple in your diet or you eat at least one prepackaged food a day you might experience a bit of a sugar withdrawal. Stay strong.

I do this cleanse on the 1st of every month.

The recipe:
1 head cabbage
10 oz of baby carrots
6 green onion
1 onion
48 oz V8 juice
1 orange bell pepper

I chop these ingredients (I leave the baby carrots whole and I tend to leave my veggies in large chunks) and toss them into a slow cooker on low for 8-10 hours. I like my soup REALLY spicy so I will add some curry, cayenne, hot sauce etc. with each serving that way my daughter can have her soup with no spice. Feel free to add in any veggies you love. I typically use whats in season and again never canned.


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