My acupuncturist suggested I try eating this vegetable soup for the next two weeks--seems a little drastic, but I have an extremely hard time losing weight, and she did some tests and said that my liver and spleen are "too hot" which means I probably have inflammation, and my digestive system is not working as well as it should because of the cholesterol medication and some other medication I'm taking.
So, this is day 5 of my vegetable soup flush, and so far, not so bad. Hardest the first two days, and I did cheat a little--the first night I had two apples with peanut better after the soup, and then a bowl of oatmeal (no milk). The next night, I stole one of my daughter's lunchables (cheddar chesse, ham and crackers, 150 calories). Still, my calorie count for the day was still pretty low. The last few nights I've been doing okay with the soup thing, and I finally lost two pounds (water weight I'm sure, but that's okay). When I look at my nutrition readout, it's much healthier than it's ever been, for calcium, magnesium, maganese, etc., so I'm going to keep eating the soup, even while adding other foods into my diet plan. The vegetables/spices she told me to use in whatever combination I want are: avocado, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots (sparingly), eggplant, garlic, ginger, kale, mushrooms, pumpkin, onion, spinach, and other spices except salt, because this is a cleanse. The soup is pretty bland, but for those of you who are not trying to give your liver and spleen a break, I know people add onion soup mix, or salt, to make it tastier.
The soup has cut my cravings, amazingly, and if you can get through the first two days, you start to feel better. My skin looks much nicer--has a glow, and I don't feel hungry all the time the way I used to, I guess because of all the natural fiber in the vegetables. I'm also drinking lots of water--I'll let you know if I make it to week two!