Testing the Cabbage Soup Diet – Day 1

Today, as promised, is my first day on the legendary cage soup diet. I've been meaning to try it for many years, but somehow the time was never right (translation: I was unable to find excuses). It's a short-term crash diet, based on eating unlimited quantities of a cabin-based soup which costs more calories to digest than it provides, so you can eat enough to feel full but keep losing weight quickly.

The diet is augmented by different added foods on each day. You eat as much of the soup as you want, and as much as you want of the other foods for the day – in my case, Day 1: Fruit (except bananas). In theory the selection of additional foods is carefully chosen to maintain your levels of vital chemicals so you do not get sick. I'm told the diet was originally developed by doctors to cleanse the system and reduce weight before heart surgery, but I have not been able to find evidence or a listing of the "original" diet. There are a whole bunch of variations floating around on the basic recipe and schedule.

So this morning I went down to my fantastic Italian greengrocers, and came back with a carrier bag stuffed full of green things. After a lot of chopping, peeling and simmering, here's what it looks like: The bulk of my diet for the next week.

Actually, it's not bad at all. With loads of onion, celery and tomato in, it's got the base of a good stock mixture (and some of my own vegetable stock cubes in for a boost), and it's well seasoned with thyme, basil, bay and black pepper. It's really pretty tasty, although I've quickly found myself adding a bit of salt to each bowl or it really is bland.

Obviously there's not much in the way of effects today, though I have felt a bit up and down energy-wise, particularly as I missed breakfast (since I did not have anything allowed by the diet in the house to eat) and then ate a lot at lunchtime. With heavy-digesting foods like this, it's important to spread them out through the day rather than eating big meals, as anything hard to digest brings your energy levels down for a while (the reason why people get sluggish in the afternoon when they eat big lunches).

My brain is already at work trying to screw things up, and I keep imagining that I'm craving chocolate or meat, very unilaterally since my last "normal" meal was last night and that's really not time for your body to feel deprived. I have been enjoying the fruit enthusiastically, experiencing the intense flavors and sweetness much more than I normally would have, but I think that's very much psychological too. I've been drinking a lot of water and green tea, and the digestive workout seems to be making me quite stormy. Otherwise I feel as good as ever, really. I'm even looking forward to a supper of fruit tonight when I settle in to watch a new episode of House.

Obviously, a crash diet is not a longterm solution to weight loss. Right now my normal diet is pretty good – I'm mostly off the overprocessed rubbish foods, I eat a fair bit of veg and fruit, very little out of the freezer (except things I've cooked and frozen myself) and I'mm reasonably good about sweets. Week on week I am losing a little bit of weight. It's just that the mountainous task (and stomach) ahead of me are making me feel pretty demotivated. Hopefully this quick boost will help me feel more motivated to be strict with myself and stick with the exercise.

Soupsong's page for the Cabbage Soup Diet

The version of the cage soup diet I'm using this week. There are various other versions floating around.

Adding “wild” foods to your diet

Ready to “eat wild?!”

Audrey Barron, Ezra’s Enlightened Cafe, explains how to could add a variety of wild plants into our diet!

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Studies have shown that fruits and vegetables tend to lose both vitamins and minerals as they age.  Don’t get me wrong, we should still be consuming a large variety of plants in our diet (the more local the better!).  But when we add wild foods into our regular routine, we are adding another level of mineral, nutrients that we’re probably missing in our “non-wild” diet. 

Eating wild does not need to be hard or scary.  In fact, it’s probably much easier than you might realize.  And when you harvest it yourself, it’s not only extremely fresh, it’s FREE!

So let’s talk about our three wild foods we’re working with in today’s recipes.


You might have heard about nettles. They’re often called “Stinging Nettle” and considered an unwanted weed!  They can be found fresh growing in wooded areas. You can also purchase seeds and grow it yourself if you have the yard space (beware, it will take over). They get their name because they do in fact have stinging hairs along the stem and under the leaves. Those stings bring with them a medicinal quality that acts as an antihistamine as well as an anti-inflammatory.  The fresh leaves can be eaten as a green in soups, pesto and you can even eat them raw in smoothies. You can use dried nettle to make a highly nutritious tea. Nettle is extremely rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium and even protein.


It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t know what dandelion is. It grows seemingly everywhere!  You can use the leaves in salads, smoothies, pesto and even soups. The root can be used as a tea or coffee replacement and the yellow flowers can be used to help with skin issues. When taken internally, dandelion helps the body naturally detox. It’s also high in antioxidants and promotes healthy skin.

Black Wild Rice:

Black wild rice is the most nutrient-dense of all the rice available. It’s extremely high in antioxidants, protects the heart and it’s naturally gluten-free. It’s also very nourishing to the adrenals, helping the body fight fatigue. This one is not quite as easy to harvest yourself in the wild, so look for it in your local health food store

Chef Audrey’s Nettle Rosemary Pesto

Yields approximately 1 ½ cups of pesto

3 cups fresh nettle leaves

5 garlic cloves, diced

1 cup walnuts

¼ cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

To make your pesto, add your walnuts, sea salt, nutritional yeast and garlic and process until coarsely ground. 

Now add your nettle and rosemary and process again for a few seconds.

As the processor is going, stream in your lemon juice and olive oil and watch as it becomes a beautiful emerald pesto before your eyes.

Store in your refrigerator for up to a week in an air-tight container.  You can also freeze this pesto!

Wild Rice & Veggies with Nettle Pesto

Serves 6

My family absolutely adores this dish. It’s comforting, fresh and vibrant all at the same time. And it makes me feel so good knowing we are eating wild food that brings in a level of nourishment that supports our well-being on a higher level.


You will use the nettle recipe above. You can actually make the pesto as the rice is cooking.

Rice and Veggies

6 cups cooked black wild rice

1 cup diced red pepper

4 cups fresh ramps (wild garlic) – chopped (or use green onion)

2 cups quartered brussel sprouts

3 tablespoons olive oil

Sea salt to taste

To cook your wild rice, you want to first soak over night if you can. Drain the water and then cook.  To cook, add 1.5 cups water per cup of rice in your pot and allow it to come to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium low and allow to cook with the lid on. I like to add sea salt and fresh turmeric root to my rice as it cooks.

When rice is cooking, sautee your ramps (or green onion) and Brussel sprouts in your olive oil and sea salt until tender.  Don’t overcook – you want them to be nice and bright green.

When rice is finished cooking, add your red pepper, ramps and broccoli and allow to sit.  The red pepper will warm and soften with the heat. 

After a minute or so, add about ¼ cup of your pesto and stir until everything is coated.

Serve with a sprinkle of hemp seeds and allow your cells to soak in the goodness.

Wild Dandelion Fruit Smoothie

Makes 1 smoothie

Smoothies are an awesome way to sneak wild foods into your life. I love smoothies because they make eating healthy so easy! In the Midwest, we are blessed to have wild dandelions everywhere in the Spring and Summer. When you don’t spray your yard, you can literally walk outside and grab your greens for you smoothie! (or salad, soup, etc)

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 frozen banana

1 ½ cup fresh almond milk

1 tablespoon almond butter

2 kale leaves

5 leaves of dandelion

It doesn’t get much easier than making a smoothie.  Just add your ingredients and blend!

I like to have smoothies in the morning for my breakfast.  They are easy for the body to digest, easy to make and filling.  And you can add your wild greens, superfoods and anything else you want in before you blend. 

Cheers to your wild health!

Would you like to take a class with me?  Check out our class lineup and more about Ezra’s Café at www.ezrasenlightenedcafe.com.

Want to follow me (Chef Audrey) to see what I’m up to at our farm and behind the scenes at the café?  Find me at @GaiaChef or www.gaiachef.com.

What Do I Do If I Receive a Notice of Deposition?

If you have just received Notice of Deposition, it is important to take it seriously. There are certain responsibilities expected of you, under law. Continue reading to learn what it means to receive this type of notice, what is expected of you, and what you need to do. Take comfort in knowing that you are not in any trouble, and you are already in the right place.

Understand the Meaning

A Notice of Deposition is simply a legal phrase that describes a formal meeting that involves a recorded interview under oath. If you received one, it means that you are being asked to provide answers under oath as a witness to a case. It is an official interview session that is used for two primary reasons: to learn what you know pertaining to the case in question, and as evidence for later use. Even if you have nothing to do with the lawsuit or parties involved, you can still be asked to come in for a deposition. The Indiana Rules of Trial Procedure allows it. Either parties in a lawsuit can have anyone provide a deposition 20 days after the lawsuit is filed.

What to Expect

During a deposition, you will be asked questions by a person called an examiner. They will ask you a succession of questions to see if you have any useful knowledge that they can use as evidence to help their client win their case. This part may feel uncomfortable since some people describe it as an interrogation, but with the right knowledge, you can get through your deposition smoothly. Here are some important tips to remember to help you with your upcoming deposition date:

Get Prepared – You may want to think about hiring an attorney to protect your rights during the deposition. Even if you are not part of the lawsuit and simply a witness. They can also give you a mock session prior to the meeting that will help you prepare for what's to come.

Stick to the Truth – Since you are under oath, it is important that you remain entirely truthful during the entire deposition process. Furthermore, be sure to only answer the question asked, and only answer what you know. Sticking to the truth will also make it easier to answer the examiner's questions and reduce any anxiety.

Remain Calm and Cooperative – Never get defensive, combative, angry, or emotional during a deposition. Remain calm and professional, and refrain from raising your voice or arguing with the examiner.

Feeding your dog raw meat instead of dog food can make you sick — Quartz

Just as many people are trying to eat less processed food to improve their health, some dog owners are turning away from conventional pet food. Instead they’re trying to get back to what they see as a more traditional “butcher’s dog” diet of raw meat, albeit with pre-prepared products that can be served easily and frozen for convenience.

A recent study has raised concerns about the health risks of these raw meat based diet products as possible sources of some bacterial and parasitic diseases. But just how big a problem is this, and who is really at risk?

First it’s worth pointing out that the evidence for the health advantages of raw meat-based diets is limited. Some research suggests they may enhance an animal’s overall digestion (and so the size of their poos). But robust comparative studies are rare and there are still concerns about whether some of these diets provide enough nutritional value.

Domestic dogs aren’t like wild carnivores. They have been evolving alongside humans for approximately 30,000 years, and their diet has been shaped by our own food and environment. They can easily survive on a mixed diet, often on waste from human settlements, and have even evolved to digest starch.

Traditional dog diets would have included raw meat but also table scraps and other homemade foods. And unlike most human processed foods, manufactured pet food is often tailored to provide a key range of nutrients. After all, the move to commercial pet food coincided with increased research into the nutritional requirements of the dog.

The recent study in the Veterinary Record analysed 35 commercial frozen raw meat products from eight different brands. It found E. coli in 28 products, Listeria monocytogenes in 19 of them and Salmonella species in seven. Several products also contained parasites. Other studies have previously highlighted similar contamination of raw pet food in Canada, North America and New Zealand.

By comparison, unprocessed raw meat from the butcher is less likely to be an issue than the products in the study, in the same way it is safer to eat rare steak than raw mince. The problem is that there is no study comparing commercially produced raw dog food with small batches of raw butcher’s meat, so we can’t be certain about how much riskier these manufactured products are.

For dogs, the bacteria and parasites found in food aren’t actually that much of a problem. Dogs are pretty resistant to many of the possible bugs that can be isolated from raw meat and they rarely become ill, though they can suffer gastric illness as a result of Salmonella.

But dogs can become carriers of these bacteria and spread them through their feces, which can lead to serious illness in humans.

What is especially significant is these food products’ level of contamination with bacteria that are resistant to treatment with antibiotics. This is a concern for both pet and human health. Infections with these bacteria are increasingly difficult to treat, and the spread of antibiotic resistance is a critical public health issue.

The parasitic pathogens found in the products can cause significant health problems, but aren’t as common and can mostly be inactivated by freezing the food at -20℃.

Minimizing the risks

For all the threat that this contamination poses, it’s worth remembering that many human food products are full of similar bugs. The UK Food Standards Agency recently reported that antibiotic resistant superbugs were found at record levels in supermarket chickens. Even bags of salad can contain Salmonella.

The same guidance for storing and preparing food for human consumption applies to raw meat pet food. Wash hands and surfaces thoroughly and often. Separate different foods to prevent cross-contamination. Defrost frozen items in the fridge, ideally in sealed containers and on the lowest shelves. Handle pet food bowls with care to prevent bacteria spreading to other surfaces and utensils.

Where the dangers from pet food differ is in the fact that pets can pass on bugs after they’ve eaten. Owners can become exposed in a range of ways such as direct contact via touching, petting, exposure to saliva and faeces and even sharing sleeping spaces. Bugs can also be passed on indirectly through contact with contaminated surfaces such as floors and toys.

The ConversationBut sensibly handling, cleaning and caring for your dog should minimize the risks. Wash your hands with soap and hot water after handling your dogs’ food and after poo picking. Store human and pet bowls and utensils separately and, if possible, keep your dog out of human food preparation areas. With a little education and awareness, it is possible to go for raw food and minimise the potential risks.

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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HS Foods From the Beyond Calories Diet – How Do They Work?

The new 10 day diet plan from the creators of the famous Fat Loss 4 Idiots diet is called Beyond Calories. This diet is based on HS foods.

What are HS foods and how can they help you lose weight?

HS foods are High Satiety foods, that is foods which naturally make you feel full after you eat a small portion of them.

You see, one of the reasons so many people become overweight is that they eat a lot of low satiety foods. These are foods which make you crave more and more foods both physically and mentally when you eat them. This leads you to eat more and more food, much more than you need, and you end up gaining fat and excess pounds.

There's more to creating a High Satiety menu than simply sticking a bunch of HS foods into it. That's where the Beyond Calories diet comes into play in a most effective way. This is a 10 day diet based on HS foods and the correct combination of them. By combining

HS foods in an optimal way, which is what the Beyond Calories diet does, you create a high satiety menu. In this way, you eat nutritionally rich food which keeps you full through the day.

By eating a high satiety menu, you naturally consume less empty calories. HS foods diet makes it easier to avoid food cravings and binging. It also makes your weight loss much more easy to attain.

Beyond Calories can only be gotten by ordering the Fat Loss 4 Idiots diet. These 2 diets are highly effective either together or by themselves. They both produce a fast and continuous weight loss.

Ad of the Day: Danone gently ribs the constant cycle of food fads in the Konfusion Kitchen

Rigged with hidden cameras and a company of actors, an undercover film of Danone’s pop-up restaurant – the ‘Konfusion Kitchen’ – highlights the current absurdity of ever-changing healthy food trends.

Vice creative agency Virtue Scandinavia created the Copenhagen pop-up to test just how much foodies are willing to put with in their plight to sample zeitgeist dishes. Diners are first presented with a menu serving ‘holistic, organismic, biodynamic, low carb, raw food’, yet with a ping of the bell the chef declares the fare of offer is changing to ‘paleo, high protein, slow food’.

Customers are presented with food such as an ostrich egg slowly cooking under an infrared light, before this is whisked away as the menu changes once again. The process continues (at one point the eatery turns into a ‘Kombucha Rave’) until the waiter reveals to the diners that they are, in fact, the subjects of an advertising experiment.

“We knew that the guests were going to look the restaurant up online so we had to do a full website, a Facebook event and an Instagram account with followers and community management to make sure it all seemed legit,” said Emil Asmussen, associate creative director at Virtue Scandinavia.

Aurèlie Patterson, brand marketing manager at Danone Brand Strategy and Equity, added: “Right now the world is overflowing with do’s and dont’s in regards to paleo, raw food, juicing intolerance, dairy and so on and so forth. The list seems never-ending and even more trends continually appear.

“We thought that we’d help make everything easier by creating a product so simple that you’d never doubt its beneficiary abilities. The film underlines the absurdity of the ever-changing food trends in a fun and inclusive way.”

The film, which includes the end line ‘Healthy eating can be simple’, will be distributed across multiple European markets including Spain, France, Belgium, Romania and Hungary.

Important Plastics Used in 3D Printing

In the last few years, we have witnessed the magical world of 3D printed clothing. From high-fashion to high-technology, the 3D printed clothing is amazing to marvel at. More than the marvellous design capabilities available under 3D printing, the engineering used behind printing fabric like materials is simply astonishing.

Most of the 3D printed clothes look interesting but many of them are less comfortable and much less wearable. However, this does not mean that all 3D printed products are non-wearable. The 3D printed textiles made from FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D printers can be worn. Some pretty good 3D printed neckties are already available in the market.

The basic thing that makes 3D printing so amazing is the material used to create designs. Although now we have metal, ceramic, sugar or styrofoam to virtually create anything in 3D printing, it all started with the 'plastic', which is still the prime raw material in 3D printing. So, here we describe the main plastic used in 3D printing in the textile industry:

PLA (Polylactic Acid): This is a bio-plastic that is dominating the world of 3D printing. PLA is made from a renewable organic resource such as cornstarch or sugarcane. In the textile industry, the PLA-based filaments show great adhesion to PLA fabrics. As it can be reinforced with all types of materials, it is used in the manufacturing of smart fabrics that helps in enhancing the functionality of the textile products.

This is a tough resistant material with a matte and opaque quality. There are no toxic vapors or odours when heated. This bio-plastic is great for 3D printing because it is environment-friendly, available in a variety of colors and can be used as a resin or filament. The material does not get shrink after 3D printing. All these properties make PLA a good component for developing sustainable textiles.

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene): It is a terpolymer made by polymerising styrene and acrylonitrile with polybutadiene. This is another widely used bio-plastic in 3D printing. It can form filaments easily and is durable, strong, heat-resistant, flexible and cost-effective. A drawback if ABS is that it creates a slightly unpleasant smell when heated and its vapors contain nasty chemicals. Therefore, one needs good ventilation to get off these irritating fumes. Because of this drawback, 3D hobbyists prefer PLA over ABS.

PVA (Polyvinyl Alcohol): This is a synthetic polymer and is water-soluble. PVA is a new class of 3D printing materials that are used to make supports that hold 3D prints in place. This is not used for making finished products but create support for portions of a product. Once the product is finished, you can immerse it in water and PVA support structures will dissolve leaving rest of the insoluble print behind. In 3D printing, this is mainly used as glue, thickener or a packaging film.

Although the range of materials used in 3-dimensional printing technology may evolve with time and rising interest of customers, these are the three mainstream plastics currently popular for all 3D printing applications.

Truth About Food Addiction on Raw Food Diet

Let’s get real with the truth about food addiction on a raw food diet. Contrary to popular belief, there are so many options on a plant based diet. If you progressively get your body cleaner and cleaner, you will find the raw vegan lifestyle very satisfying!

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Negative Calorie Diet Review

You may have heard of a new diet plan called the negative calorie diet plan . What is a negative calorie, you might ask? Is that supposed to be the opposite of a calorie, you might wonder?

As you go through each day, your body expends energy in measurable units of calories . So if you eat a slice of bread, your body now has seventy calories more of energy at its disposal to use. As you go through the day, every activity you perform, whether it is something active like walking, talking, jumping, running, working, or playing, your body will burn those calories. If you burn more calories than you intake, you will lose weight. If you burn fewer calories than you intake, you end up gaining weight. If you burn as many calories as you take in, you will maintain your weight.

But did you know that your body burns calories passively, even when you are not doing anything? Even when you are sleeping, your body is burning calories. That is because your body expends energy even to perform the passive, involuntary bodily functions like breathing, digesting food, and pumping blood through your veins and arteries.

Once you grasp this concept that your body consumes energy in order to perform passive activities, it becomes very easy to understand the concept of "negative calories".

What if you could eat a food that takes more energy for your body to digest than the actual number of calories itself ? For example, if you could eat an apple that contains sixty-five calories. But your body may expend one hundred calories just to be able to digest it . So, these results in a "negative calorie intake" of thirty-five calories. By eating an apple, you actually burned thirty-five calories

On the other hand, a slice of pie that contains five hundred calories that takes your body one hundred calories to digest results in a four hundred calorie gain for your body.

The negative calorie diet plan involves integrating these negative calorie foods into your daily intake. You do not need to starve in order to follow this diet. When followed properly, you can lose at least fourteen pounds in two weeks on the negative calorie diet plan.