How to Make Cabbage Soup Diet
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Add all ingredients to a large pot. Add enough water to cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Put the spring back in your step with this light yet satisfying soup. Cooked cabbage is not only gentle and sweet, it is a cleansing and delicious addition to any diet. After celebrations, social events, and "living it up" sometimes you just want to live the simple life. Cleansing Cabbage Soup is the answer!
The Cabbage Soup Diet
In the 1980s, eating a diet of exclusively cabbage soup became quite popular as more and more Americans began to struggle with weight problems. This diet was notoriously low in calories, but the fibrous nature of both cabbage and celery gave dieters the illusion of fullness, which is very appealing for those with an unruly appetite. Celery is actually a negative calorie food meaning celery contains less calories than are burned by your body trying to digest it. Unfortunately, though eating a diet of exclusively cabbage soup may be filling, it is basically a crash diet that can lead to a person into a "feast or famine" pattern. Extremely low calorie diets ultimately cause a yo-yo diet effect that ends in weight gain. As much as we love cabbage soup, and recommend it for cleansing & weight loss, we don't recommend you go on an exclusively cabbage soup diet. However, including cabbage soup in one's diet can offer a light, healthy, and gentle cleanse after too much heavy eating.
Reduce Water Weight
Both cabbage and celery have diuretic properties, meaning that they help flush excess water out of the body. Often people who have a lot of Kapha dosha, the body type ruled by water and earth, tend to retain water especially in the late spring time when the climate is rainy and soggy. This kind of weather makes Kapha people feel dull, lethargic, and low energy. Celery is a bright, crunchy diuretic that can help you say goodbye to heavy water retention and hello to renewed lightness & energy!
Getting Back on Track
If you've been off your diet and eating unhealthy foods lately, Cabbage is a safety food that can get you back on track. If you've been feeling heavy and lethargic due to excessively rich foods, cabbage is a light and satisfying option. If you've been sick lately, cabbage is nourishing and supportive fare to help you recover.
Spiced to Cleanse
Curry powder improves circulation and thins the blood, cleansing the lymphatic system as well as all vessels and tissues. Its ability to move the blood dries dampness and increases heat. Turmeric's ability to support the liver while cleansing the lymphatic system make it an ideal herb for spring cleansing (along with beets and dandelions). The laxative and circulatory qualities of garlic are useful in cleansing regimens. It is also an expectorant, which means it can help clear out the lungs.
Goitrogens & Cabbage
Raw cabbage is goitrogenic, which means that it can lower thyroid function which is not good for people who have hypothyroid. When it is cooked however, the goitrogens break down so that you can enjoy them in moderation even for those with a hypothyroid condition.
WHAT IS CABBAGE SOUP DIET?
The Cabbage Soup diet was famous in the faxlore of the 1980s. While Ayurveda does not encourage a cabbage soup mono-diet, cabbage soup can be a healthy addition to a well-rounded diet. Here is the Ayurvedic version.
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what
should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
Is Cabbage Soup Diet Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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You'll learn your body type, and whether Cabbage Soup Diet is a good fit for your body type. Time to complete: approximately 1 minute.
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICS
What is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
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Rajasic foods stimulate desire or nervous energy. Red meat, high protein food, garlic and onions stimulate desire. Rajasic foods include chili peppers, coffee, and anything that stimulates movement.
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Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Here are the herbal actions of Cabbage Soup Diet:
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
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Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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An herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
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An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
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An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.
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A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
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Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
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Cholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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Some have asked about liquid for this soup...the water in the celery and cabbage form the liquid.
Yes, you could use red cabbage. Let us know how it comes out!
I enjoyed this recipe very much. Added curry stir fried in a little coconut oil and used one cup chicken broth for my liquid. Delcious!
- Mitt, Trotwood 03-02-18
The photo has carrots in it but they are not listed in the recipe ingredients - can I add carrots?
- Janine, Erie, CO 04-01-19
You can add carrots, enjoy!
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ 04-08-19