My office had lunch at a restaurant in DC today. The food was good, although overpriced in my opinion. While we were there, we were treated to every cell phone in the restaurant simultaneously going off at once. There was a tornado warning, and everyone’s phone urged them to take cover. No one did.
While the storm raged outside, one of my co-workers commented on my healthy diet. For a moment I was like “huh? me, healthy?” and then I looked down at my food. I was eating a salad with water to drink. This was usual fare for me now, to the point where I didn’t even think twice about ordering it.
I’ve struggled a lot with my eating habits. I loved sugar, and fat, and grease and all sorts of completely delicious things. This is why I gained so much weight.
Back in July, my coworker told me about the Cabbage Soup diet. We decided to try it together. For those who don’t know, the Cabbage Soup diet is a pretty extreme diet, based on high fiber items, but you can eat as much of them as you want. There’s a fruit day, a veggie day, a banana day and a meat day. I don’t remember what comes after that because on meat day I was so grossed out by the food I couldn’t continue.
But it worked, I lost 7 pounds. And I didn’t feel hungry, since I could eat as much as I wanted of whatever food item. Of course I gained the weight right back when I started back on my old ways. It was like a light bulb went off. I need to eat high fiber items. I know this sounds basic to some people, but it really never clicked with me, even after reading about proper diets.
I decided my new diet would consist of mainly high fiber food, and I would eat lots of it. I decided to incorporate lots of cabbage into it.
It was really hard at first. It’s so tempting to decide that just one meal you’ll cheat a little… and then decide the day is ruined, so you might as well cheat again. Oh well, diet starts tomorrow! But it’s like a switch that won’t be flipped off. There’s so much tempting food everywhere, and it’s so easy to get some. The rest of the week is then ruined.
It took straight up willpower to resist. It was super hard at first, but it gets easier. I’m not perfect about it yet, in fact, today I was eating caramels off my boss’s desk, but I’m getting better. It’s really become more of a lifestyle than a diet. Now that I’m in the rhythm of this diet, if I have a little treat, it’s not a huge deal. I’m still able to stick to it.
The pride of my diet is my cabbage dinner. It’s cabbage, stir fried with whatever vegetables were on sale. Here are tonight’s vegetables.
Cabbage, of course, with cauliflower, carrots and mushrooms. All chopped up, and thrown in the pot with some seasonings.
It’s so filling, it doesn’t take that long to make, my husband eats it, and I usually have plenty left over for lunch. I usually make this three or more times a week.