Dieting in the colder months can be hard! We tend to want comfort and actively seek it out but there is little to beat a good soup to warm us from the inside out so if you are trying to lose weight, why not let soup form the basis of your diet for 10 days, add in a few juices, smoothies, warm salads and light snacks and watch the weight melt off!

Research continues to indicate that the inclusion of soup in our day leads to us eating less, avoiding hunger and cravings and losing weight effectively and healthily. This cleansing diet follows the principles outlined in my Soup Can Make You Thin diet book and there are even more soup recipes to experiment with in my Soup Can Make Your Thin Cookbook (which also includes the 'bones' of the diet) so if, after 10 days you wish to continue for another 10 days (or longer), you may wish to consider buying the paperback or eBook of one or other or both! 

here's how it works!

have 3 bowls/mugs of soup every day plus 1 non-soup meal and/or snack 

TOP TIP: work out which soups suit your tastes and your timetable, put aside a few hours whenever you can and make them in bulk, refrigerate or freeze in portions (small soup bags are great, easy to transport and microwave-friendly) or heat your soup through before you head out for the day and flask it (a soup flask is a great - and inexpensive - investment so I urge you to get one - you won't regret it!)

click on the images in the gallery to download/save all the recipes you need

 

every day

Start the day with a mug of hot lemon and ginger (add lemon juice, grated fresh ginger, a pinch of sea salt crystals and a teaspoon of Manuka honey to boiling water)

Other drinks throughout the day: still and sparkling water, black, red, green or white tea (no milk or sugar), fruit and herb teas, black coffee (espresso-style) 

breakfast choices

  • Bowl/mug of soup
  • Ham and Eggs
  • Overnight Muesli
  • A filling Juice/Smoothie

mid morning or mid afternoon snack choices

  • Mug of soup
  • 1 x rye crisp bread with suggested toppings
  • A Mixed Warm Salad
  • A small pot of natural cottage cheese or hummus with raw vegetable sticks
  • A filling Juice/Smoothie

lunch choices

  • Bowl/mug of soup and/or
  • A Mixed Warm Salad

evening meal choices

  • Bowl/mug of soup
  • Parcel-Baked Fish
  • Poached Egg Special
  • Sweet Potato Curry

soup choices

  • Parsley Soup with Chicken Nuggets
  • Quick and Tasty Chicken Broth
  • Apple Almond Leek and Celery Soup
  • Lamb and Bean Soup
  • Pea Mint and Lettuce Soup
  • Spicy Turkey Soup
  • Very Quick Tomato Soup
  • Spinach and Watercress Soup

juice/smoothie choices

  • Essential Smoothie
  • Cherry Berry Booster
  • Anti-inflammatory Smoothie
  • Super Green Smoothie
  • Mixed Berry Juice

try a soup and juice day occasionally!

If you know certain days are going to be 'full on' and you are going to be well-strapped for time, you can simply have a soup and juice day. Once you have prepared your soups and have the ingredients to hand for a quickly-thrown-together juice or smoothie, you can sup on soups and juices all day with perhaps an occasional handful of fresh nuts and a piece of fruit, should energy levels dip. 

IMPORTANT! I don't recommend you do this too often as it's vital that you include foods that require 'chewing' on a regular basis to encourage the action of the digestive and fat burning enzymes but once every 3 or 4 days won't do any damage and may well encourage a metabolic boost and prompt a bit more weight loss!

you may wish to consider a supplement

You won't go hungry on this diet but if your diet has been rather rich in sugar, starch and overly-fatty takeaway foods etc you may struggle with 'cravings' which can be hard to manage. Chromium and magnesium can be real allies here as these minerals help to counteract blood sugar imbalances. Whilst there are many products on the market which can assist, I particularly like Blackmores Sugar Balance which delivers an excellent mix of nutrients that may help.