I am probably an old snake oil salesman’s dream client because I sometimes like living life without always making the changes I need to stay healthy and active. I always have great intentions, but I sometimes fall short.
|Celebrating my 45th birthday and my son's 8th birthday in December of 2013.|
I take more different types of vitamins on a daily basis than I can name. There are so many bottles in the medicine cabinet that they practically fall out when I open the door.
Will likes to say, “You know there have been some studies that show vitamins are a waste of money!”
And then there are teas for bloating and teas for mood swings in my kitchen pantry.
They are stacked high in the back with the herbal tea for a sore throat and the funky-smelling green tea to burn fat.
I am that one person that a salesperson tries to hone in on during a shopping trip to Whole Food.
Now that you know all of that, then it will not surprise you to learn now that I made a fat-burning soup last week to jump-start some weight loss.
You already know from my writing on this blog, I completed a wholesome detox in 2012, and lost weight again with Denise Austin in the fall of 2013. But like any normal person, I threw all of that hard work out the window by taking a Disney vacation, and by indulging in Christmas goodies and cocktails the last of the year. I also love my craft beer and occasional scone.
I've never been an overweight person, but last month, I felt overweight. My clothes in my closet were too small. I was 10 pounds heavier than I was in November 2013. My doctor says we all gain weight with age, but it is important to get control of your weight so that you are not adding on extra pounds yearly because you think it just comes with age.
I would try to cut back calories.I would lose a pound or two then go out to eat over the weekend, and regain the pounds by the middle of the week. I was like a rat spinning its wheels in this cage called life. Unless I followed an eating plan exactly, I would get nowhere with weight loss.
Now for the scoop on the soup. I made the soup. I liked the taste, and it helped me tremendously with bloating and portion control. Within three days, I lost about four pounds. After I stopped eating the soup, I then focused on limiting my calories. I've continued to lose weight, about seven pounds total.
Many people have asked for this soup recipe on Facebook. It is part of a medical diet that I did not follow except for two and half days. By the end of day three, I ate a small plate of spaghetti during a family dinner. I needed something more than soup, fruit and vegetables. I couldn't stand it. Day 4 was just crazy with skim milk and bananas. I said no more. I continued to eat the soup though until I ran out, but ate normal portions of food during the day.
I believe in Denise Austin's eating style, and I knew this soup diet was not the right way to lose weight long-term, but I needed this jump start. The soup is good. My opinion is that if it causes me to eat less of other foods then it helps with my goals. I have a problem with portion control more than anything. And I don't always make the time for exercise either.
Basic Fat-Burning Soup
6 large green onions
2 large cans of tomatoes
1 large head of cabbage, chopped
1 bunch of celery
shitake mushrooms for flavoring
1 hot pepper
2 cloves of chopped garlic
1/4 inch of Kombu seaweed
Vegetable broth. I used organic
Spices for flavoring: Your choice. I used a red pepper sauce, thyme, oregano, etc.
Saute veggies in olive oil. Add tomatoes. Cover with a combination of broth and water. Boil for ten minutes. Season it with items of your choice. They say the more you eat, the more you lose. Do not drink alcohol while eating this soup.
I have no idea if this soup burns fat or not, but what I do know is that I reduced my calories while eating the soup, and it helped me achieve weight loss.
Will I make another batch? Well, there is a head of cabbage in my fridge right now.