7 Day Soup Diet (My Version)

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“This is my version of the famous (and effective) 7-Day Soup Diet. The secret of this soup is low(er) carb veggies—like kale, watercress, turnips, pumpkin/squash, carrots, chayote, chards, chicory, okra, rutabaga (very low carb), brussels sprouts, chiles—use your imagination! Day 2: the potato seemed like a blessing from God. Day 4: mashed bananas with milk + honey/splenda. Day 5: the combination of steaks and tomatoes was divine. To salads or fresh veggies I added a little bit of extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. (Servings reflect only the days you eat the soup.)”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Coat pan with nonstick spray. Over medium high heat add carrots, celery, onions, and garlic. Cook stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling. Reduce to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.
  2. Day 1. Soup + fruit: all you want—EXCEPT banana. (Juice)
  3. Day 2. Soup + fresh vegetables (salads, etc): all you want. One large baked potato + butter for dinner. NO fruit.
  4. Day 3. Soup + fruit + veggies: all you want. NO potatoes.
  5. Day 4. Soup + bananas (at least 3) + skim milk: all you want.
  6. Day 5. Soup + beef (up to 20 oz) + 6 tomatoes.
  7. Day 6. Soup + beef (2, 3 steaks) + green leafy veggies: all you want. NO potatoes. (Veal, beef, chicken).
  8. Day 7. Soup + brown rice + unsweetened fruit juice + veggies: all you want.
  9. - I found this French version in the Net: 1 cabbage (green, purple, frisé, Chinese), 4 garlic cloves, 6 large onions, 2 boxes of tomatoes (peeled), 2 bell peppers, 5 carrots, one celery, 1 bunch of parsley, 3 L water, spices. Blanche cabbage 25 minutes. Cut everything in small pieces. Bring to a boil. Close and cook on low until soft.
  10. - The recipes are just guidelines. I don’t like leeks and they’re a bit too expensive too, so don't use them. I added lots of garlic and onion (sautéed in a bit of olive oil), and herbs. Sprouts are a great addition, sprinkled just before eating. Once I added 1 tbsp of my favorite bottled salsa (Herdez) and a handful of chopped cilantro to my dish. When I was desperately hungry I ate some nuts (they do fill you up and are “good” fat) and once a thin slice of Mexican fresh cheese (low on fat). After the diet I kept carbs low, ate only sprouted bread, tortillas and chapatis (Ezekiel, Genesis, etc), or whole grain/brown rice bread. I use Splenda and try to avoid cane/beet sugar. When you think you might kill for a taste of chocolate, try this “Low Carb 3 Minute Chocolate Cake”: 1/4 cup soy flour; 1 tbsp cocoa powder (Nestlé Toll House); 1/4 tsp baking powder; 5 (1 g) packets Splenda; 2 tsp melted butter; 1 tbsp water; 1 egg. Blend flour, cocoa, baking powder, splenda in a 2-cup baking dish. Add water, butter and egg; blend thoroughly with fork. Cover with plastic wrap and cut a small vent in the top. Microwave on HIGH 1 min, until knife comes out clean. Cool or eat warm with whipped cream. (This does NOT taste like soy!) Try also the “South Beach Muffin”: 1 large egg; 1 1/2 tsp Splenda; 1 tsp cinnamon (I mix cinnamon + nutmeg); 2 tsp plain fat-free yogurt; 1/2 tsp baking powder; 3 tbsp ground flax seeds. Spray microwave safe ramekin/bowl with cooking spray (or use muffin liner). Mix egg and splenda with fork until well combined; add yogurt, blend well. Mix in flaxseed, cinnamon and baking powder until well combined. Pour in ramekin; microwave on HIGH 1:30 minute (Note: dish should be no more than 1/2 full; these rise a lot.) Best served hot. Then, there is the “South Beach Diet Flax Cracker”: 4 tbsp flax seed meal; 2 tbsp chicken broth; 2 tbsp water; spices; salt. Mix flax and liquid. Add spices + salt. Spread thin on parchment paper. Microwave 2-3 minutes. Serve with Hummus bi Tahine, low fat/carb dip or cheese. If you like chapatti-like breads, you will love this.

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