As long as I make a giant pot of soup on the weekends and eat it for lunch and maybe a couple times for dinnerduring the week, I lose weight. Alicia mentions eating soup every day so this is coming from the book.. When I didn't make a pot week before last I think I might have actually gained a little. But I made one last weekend and it;'s coming off again. And THIS week is my PMS week so I should feel fatter than last week so I KNOW it's working.
And for about the last 2 or 3weeks I have been having a love affair with salad with mixed baby greens, sprouts, maybe some carrots, flax oil and Goddess dressing drizzled on it.
So I have found what works for me in the weight loss department. I hope this helps some of you.
Today's was leeks, carrots, cabbage, nappa cabbage, broccoli, kale, rutabaga, brown rice, cannelloni beans, garlic and rosemary in a vegetable broth base. I usually add some kind of sea vegetable or miso but I didn't this time. Almost always wakame. But I discovered I like Arame the way it is prepared for the Hijiki and Green Beans ( Alicia says to alternate hijiki and arame but I haven't found hijiki yet).
Last week it had the Arame and wakame, udon noodles, tempeh, collards, green onions, carrots, daikon, nappa cabbage, portabella mushrooms, bok choy, and fresh minced garlic. I might be forgetting something.
I try to make sure it contain mostly vegetables. I try to make sure they are balanced. You know some roots, some greens, etc. And about 1/4 whole grains, sometimes brown rice, bulgar wheat, barley or udon noodles. And some type of bean or tofu or some other protein but I'm not really particular about this since reading The China Study. And I'll usually throw some type of herbs in and sometimes some miso.
But yeah it's always different but it follows the same formula more or less. I make the soup heavier or lighter depending on what I feel like my body needs at the time.
I really think the daily consumption of this stuff is the key. Plus it is SOOO good for you. I also think TONS of greens help a lot.
I just remembered and I couldn't edit, last week I put the daikon greens in the soup too because I looked it up on-line and they are good for you too. And I put celery in this weeks AND last weeks soup. The celery leaves went in too because people actually BUY dried celery leaves for flavoring.
To answer another question, I eat until I am full. I eat lots of soup and salad. I almost stuff myself with it. But I am more moderate at my other meals. I can really eat some collards though. I used to hate them but now that I am not cooking them to death or overseasoning them they are incredible. My point is I NEVER hold back on the vegetables unless they are heavily seasoned or have a lot of oil, then I take the moderate approach.