The cabbage soup diet is known by a lot of names such as “Sacred Heart Diet”, “Military Cabbage Soup” and “Russian Peasant Diet”. All of these diets use cabbage as their main ingredient. As a general rule, the dieter can drink as much cabbage soup throughout the day to feel full. They can drink as much as they want because the soup is extremely low in calories. The calories are so low that even if the dieter were to consume a cupful of soup every hour, the total calories still wont be enough to fill the day’s required caloric intake.
When looking for ingredients for the diet, it is best to use fresh vegetables for the preparation. Canned ingredients are high in sodium content and will only add unnecessary nutrition in the diet. There are no fixed portions in the ingredients. You can add or subtract any ingredient you wish.
The usual ingredients included in the cabbage soup diet include the cabbage, green onions, tomatoes (should be fresh), green bell peppers, celery, bouillon, black pepper, salt, herbs (basil adds a fresh twist), carrots, parsley, garlic, and/or curry powder.
After washing and slicing the vegetables, sauté in a large cooking pot. Do not include the cabbages and tomatoes at this time. Add water or bouillon mix to the pot and bring to a boil. Next add the herbs like fresh basil, and black pepper. You can now add the tomatoes and cabbages. Make sure that you will make enough to last you for several days. Freshly prepared soup will always taste better though.
As with every diet, please consult your primary physician if you are a good candidate for the cabbage soup diet. Do not continue this diet for more than one week. It is not intended for long term nutritional support. The diet itself is low in essential nutrients so you might want to drink some multivitamins as well.