Well one day of my soup diet is under my belt and I went really well. Didn’t suffer from any real hunger pains and the soup that I ate satisfied me.
Breakfast – naval orange
Lunch – pumpkin soup
Snack – pear
Dinner- tomato, capsicum and bean soup
Chuck a couple of coffees in there too (can’t break all of my habits in 1 day!), and that was my day.
So, as that is a radically different diet to what I’m used to does anyone think it will affect my mental health? I am pretty good mentally right now but I am hoping that an improved diet and some weight loss will make me even better. My self esteem will definately get better. I can’t see any reason why my mental health would suffer from eating this way, so as us aussies say, she’ll be right!
I have red lentil and bacon soup for dinner tonight, doesn’t look the best, rather like a brown sludge, but I think it tastes ok. Hope so anyway or I will be down the take away! (Joking lol). Maybe I should eat it with my eyes shut!
Yesterday, I got a Kambrook soup maker in preparation for my soup diet. I am so happy with it.
Today I made pumpkin and bacon (smooth) and tomato, capsicum and bean (chunky). It was so easy, I just cut up all the veggies etc, put them in the soup maker with the stock and 21 minutes later out came the most delicious soups. it was no effort at all.
The machine was really easy to clean too, nothing stuck to it. I washed it out with warm soapy water, rinsed and dried, it only took a couple of minutes.
So we are having soup for lunch and dinner all next week to try and lose a couple of kilos. No snacks or naughty stuff, just a piece of fruit to go with our smaller lunch time serve of soup. Surely we will lose some weight just eating wholesome soups made out of fresh veggies, beans and grains.
We will of course be walking most nights too. We committed to that when we got our new Fitbits a couple of weeks ago.
I have to remember to weigh myself in the morning, I always forget then could kick myself because I don’t know how much weight I lose, if any. I am sure I will remember because I am excited about it! I think I will measure myself as well.
I watched a show about juicing a couple of weeks ago and the guy who was doing it cured his auto immune disease by cutting out processed and junk food. I am hoping by eating clean and wholesome veggies I can help my auto immune disease (scleritis). It would be so great if I could reduce the symptoms or get rid of it completely just by clean eating.
I can highly recommend the Kambrook soup maker, I am really happy with it.
We are going to be eating a lot of soup next week. I have been thinking about weight loss and I reckon that soup for lunch and dinner would be a great way to lose a few kilos.
So I will be making light and healthy soups full of fresh veggies, beans, lentils, barley, maybe some chicken etc. No creamy indulgent soups and certainly no crusty bread and butter!
When you think about it soup is the perfect diet food (as long as you don’t add the cream etc). We will be getting our 5 serves of veggies a day and eating clean and wholesome foods that are packed full of nutrients and vitamins.
I am actually feeling quite excited about trying this, it helps that my family and I really enjoy soup so I reckon it’s worth a go. I can make the whole weeks dinners and lunches on the weekend and freeze it. Oh joy, no cooking in the week after work!
I want to get one of those new soup makers that are like a blender but cook and blend the soup automatically for you. A friend at work just got one and they are only about $80. See how I go this week and if I want to continue with the soup I will invest in one next week.
Anyone done a soup diet before? Would love to hear if you had success, and if you want to share recipes that would be great.
We are halfway through winter and on the cold dark nights we crave comfort foods. Although I am in sunny tropical Queensland we still feel the cold in winter as we are acclimatised to the heat. It’s a real challenge to find a warming winter food that isn’t loaded with fat, carbs and calories. We have found a hearty soup that really hits the spot.
We made a great slow cooker chicken and vegetable soup yesterday. It’s really tasty, easy to make and low fat.
All you do is chuck all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and leave it for 3 hours, it doesn’t get much easier than that.
2 cups dried pearl barley
500g frozen winter vegetables
1 litre chicken stock
1 litre water
1 teaspoon white pepper
I think that’s everything, I’m going from memory here.
After the cooking time season to taste and serve with rustic sourdough bread, yum!
We got 6 decent sized serves from the recipe.