Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe

As I promised here is the cabbage soup diet recipe. You can find the recipe anywhere on the internet but I do substitute different things for my own taste buds and comfort! Some of the cabbage soup recipes online are really bland so feel free to play around with it and tailor it to your liking. But remember to stay away from anything high in calories or in fat as you don’t want to jeopordize your diet with a poor choice of ingredient.

What you need:

  •  Large green onions (also called “spring” onions) I substitute garlic for onions, as I don’t like onions
  • 2 green peppers (or red, your choice)
  • 1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 container (10 oz. or so) mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 bunch of celery
  • Half a head of cabbage
  • 1 package spice only soup mix (In the US, Liptons is a good choice) this is also optional although it does give your soup a better taste and it can be healthy if you find one low in sodium and low in calories
  • 1 or 2 cubes of bouillon (optional)
  • 1 48oz can Low Sodium V8 juice (optional) I use 12 cups of water instead as I don’t like V8 juice
  • Season to taste with pepper, parsley, curry, garlic, etc. (Little to NO SALT!)

Directions:

Slice green onions or garlic (as much as you feel necessary), put in a pot on medium heat and start to sauté with cooking spray, I use pam (extra virgin olive oil). Do this until the onions are whiter/clearer in color (about 4-6 minutes) and if your choosing garlic wait until they start to sizzle and turn darker.

Cut green pepper stem end off, then cut pepper in half to take out the seeds and membrane. Cut the green pepper into bite size pieces and add to pot or red pepper your choice.

Take the outer leafs layers off the cabbage, cut into bite size pieces, add to pot.

Clean carrots, mushrooms, and celery, cut into bite size pieces and toss them in. Add tomatoes now, too.

If you would like a spicy soup, add a small amount of curry or cayenne pepper now.

For seasonings, you can use a spice soup packet of your choice (no noodles!).  You can add any spices you like instead (make sure not to add much salt, if any at all).

Use about 12 cups of water (or 8 cups and the 48 oz of Low Sodium V8 juice), cover and put heat on low. Let soup simmer for a long time – about 2 hours or until vegetables are tender.

Enjoy!

My next post will be on how the diet works and it’s seven day plan to loosing weight!IMG_8075imagesimagesCA4TJSM7

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Bikini Bod…Game On!

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As summer is approaching every girl becomes nervous about ditching  our  puffy safe guard winter coats for teeny tiny bikinis. I am one of those girls!

Lately I have been feeling extremely lethargic and low on energy due to my lack of motivation to be health conscious. However, I can be honest and say that I do have my “healthy” days where I vow to myself to eat healthy. I also always substitute crappy food for healthier choices. I always stick to skim milk, I never add sugar or aspartame to my coffee, I rarely eat white-based carbs (bread, pasta) and if I do I always take the whole wheat  or gluten free option. I used to be a health nut, but lately I am just too tired and too busy to care.

But I do start to care when I have to lie down on my bed to squeeze into my jeans! Did I mention I refuse to buy a new pair? Forget it…my only option is LOOSE THE EXTRA BUDGE!

As I sit and write this blog post I can only think to myself…oh please Diana…give it a day and you will be back in your bed eating chips after a long day. BUT, I promise to try my best to not make my health a chore, rather a priority. I always find that the healthier I eat and the more I exercise..the better I feel to carry out my day without feeling exhausted. So here are some of the tips I will follow to get myself back on track. (None of these tips are to an extreme, they can be easily accomplished) With a kinesiology background..I think I know what I am talking about, however these tips have worked for me personally.

1. Drink a lot of Water

I know ugh everyone says that, but its true. I hate juice and all sugary drinks, especially things like ice caps or highly caloric frapps..so not worth it! Those calories go straight to your butt! Also its better to save the calories for a healthy balanced meal that will actually fill you up and replenish your body. So water it is! Another good thing about water is it helps you flush out a bunch of toxins! I notice that if you eat junk for a few days..your body is only going to crave it the next day and the day after. If you start eating healthy and drink lots of water it will help you kick the habit by flushing out the toxins you have built in your body that are dangerously triggering you to want more!

2. Stop eating after 6:30 pm/ Eat dinner earlier

Don’t eat late at night. It’s a no brainer. There is no point in eating a few hours before you go to bed. This way you can look forward to a healthy breakfast in the morning.

3. Do minimum of 30 mins cardio/ 5 days a week

Just move your butt. It’s a given. You can take 30 minutes out of your day..come on. We all do it to get our nails done or meet a girlfriend for a coffee or drink. Don’t you think having a fit body overrides a cute manicure that chips in like 2 days? Yeah..I think so! I usually stick to the elliptical for 30 to 40 minutes..its a great way to burn off anywhere from 200-400 calories and it really shows you how hard you have to work your body to burn off a meal (especially a high calorie “bad for you kind of meal”)

4. Stay away from bread, pasta, etc

Even if its “whole wheat” or “gluten free” ..you still feel like shit after you eat it. There is no point and there are many other healthy food options you can eat that are nourishing. The truth is..it may seem as though these pastas fill you up…but all they do is starve your body’s cells from what it actually needs…NUTRIENTS!

5. Eat your veggies and fruits

Do I really need to explain why?

6. Cabbage Soup

And I don’t mean just the cabbage soup diet, although those are great if you are trying to lose some weight quickly for an event or to kick start a more steady/moderate diet. Regardless, its always great to  incorporate a healthy soup into your diet that can flush toxins in your body just like water. Cabbage soup is a really low calorie soup with hardly any fat in it. Plus all the veggies in it are great for your metabolism.

7. Eat eggs! (Egg whites + one whole egg)

Eggs are a great source of protein, especially if you are a vegetarian such as myself (not vegan). However, whole eggs can be high in cholesterol and calories if you eat a lot of them. My go to trick with eggs is to only eat egg whites (egg without yolk) and add maybe one whole egg rather than 2 or three. Egg white omelettes with spinach are my favourite! Spinach also helps burn fat. It’s a great breakfast option, or if you are anything like me, you can eat it for dinner with a side of veggies.

8. QUINOA

It looks like tiny pasta or even like couscous. But its not, its super healthy and provides all nine essential amino acids. It also contains twice the fiber of other grains which helps with digestion and that feeling of being full and contained. It also adds great substance to your food much like rice but is a much better and healthier option. The best thing about quinoa is it has twice the calcium as whole wheat! Plus it tastes amazing! So please..do yourself a favour and substitute quinoa instead of rice or pasta. There are several recipes I will share in my next few posts that have quinoa.

9. Ditch the alcohol

Most alcoholic beverages are high in calories and they also make you crave junk food, especially if you have a hangover. Just stay away from binge drinking and you will be fine! One glass of red wine is okay..but try not to push it!

10. Be smart

Make a bigger effort at checking labels, looking at the amount of sugar, fat, calories. Making healthier choices. Avocado as a spread instead of mayo, raw almonds instead of chips, homemade hummus instead of salsa. The little things count!

In the next week I will be trying these various tips and will also be making my cabbage soup as a detox method and from then on will stick to a healthy lifestyle for the summer.

I hope to post some of these recipes sometime soon!

xoxo DB

Spring/Summer ’13 Hottest Trends

I was really excited to do a post about my favourite summer/spring 2013 trends. Most looks came straight off the runway but the most exciting part is that they are wearable for the everyday girl. Aka those of us, such as myself that are not models!

1) The Peek-A-Boo Effect

I love this look, it’s really simple yet chic. It also allows a woman to look sexy without exposing too much. It is a definite look I will be rocking this summer as an evening outfit.

 

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2) Black and White

Another trend I adore. I hardly wear much colour, I love to stick to simplicity especially in my field of work, where I must look professional. I think black and white looks good on any girl especially if you have blonde hair it compliments it quite nicely.

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3) Crop Tops

I know…this seems a little bit risky! Most woman feel really uncomfortable wearing a short top, lets be honest not all of us even have the time to work out 24/7 to flaunt our abs, nor do we find it appropriate to wear on most occasions. However, I believe that any woman can pull it off with the right attitude and of course something high-waisted, either a high waisted long boho skirt, high waisted pants/shorts or a high waisted mini skirt. The idea is, you can wear a crop top without exposing your midriff as long as you are wearing something high waisted. Besides..is it just me or are the cutest shirts these days crop tops? So long to the overly long shirts! It’s a hot trend that came back from the good old Carrie Bradshaw days..try it!

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4) Bold Sunnies

Love this Trend! I have literally picked up a bunch of different metallic sunglasses with crazy different shapes. Of course I still love to stick to my sophisticated black sunglasses, but in the summer it just seems like a lot of fun to play around with different sunnies to spice up any outfit. I also find the wide range of different sunnies out there today really give women the option to choose frames that suit their face. Forever 21 has amazing options for fun sunnies and they are cheap. If you are anything like me and loose your sunglasses or break them all the time, go for the cheap ones and maybe stick to just one expensive pair that is basic black! My fav expensive pair of sunnies are Celine..check them out!imgres-5

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World MasterCard Fashion Week

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure and privilege to attend Toronto Fashion Week to preview FALL 2013 collections from different designers with an industry pass. Having an industry or media pass is always a big bonus because you get access to all things VIP, fantastic seats and of course the ability to get amazing snapshots of the stunning models.

I attended all 5 days of fashion week and it was HECTIC for sure. Between getting ready and running around for my job…I was walking on a fine line. However, it was an exciting week.. experimenting with different hair, make-up , outfits and photoshoots. What more can a girl ask for?

I saw tons and tons of designers collections such as: Joe Fresh, Mackage, Pink Tartan, Rudsak, Vawk, Christopher Bates (who is so handsome), Korhani Home, Soia & Kyo, Ashtiani…any many more!

The greatest part of the entire week is the networking opportunities and the ability to meet such fabulous people who do fabulous things! My ultimate moment at Toronto Fashion Week was when I made it to the TORONTO STAR under street style. It felt really good but weird to open a newspaper I read religiously and see myself on page 2 with amazing designers, models etc.

I mean come on….I’m just a twenty something year-old girl 😉

Front Row Seats!!

Front Row Seats!!

 

Front Row Action! Loving it!

Front Row Action! Loving it!

 

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Korhani Home...Simply divine.

Korhani Home…Simply divine.

 

Chloe comme Parris

Chloe comme Parris

 

Laura Siegel

Laura Siegel

 

Beautiful venue

Beautiful venue

 

Matthew Gallagher

Matthew Gallagher

 

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Can't believe this model looked my way...amazing shot!

Can’t believe this model looked my way…amazing shot!

 

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Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

 

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Still can't believe I took this picture...took a lot of focus!

Still can’t believe I took this picture…took a lot of focus!

 

Toronto Star feature!

Toronto Star feature!

 

Post-show cuddles with the boyfriend

Post-show cuddles with the boyfriend

 

My Day 3 Outfit

My Day 3 Outfit

 

At the Thompson Hotel for 7 for All Mankind Party!

At the Thompson Hotel for 7 for All Mankind Party!

 

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Me in the Toronto Star on the bottom right corner. Featured with Pink Tartan and Bustle models!

Me in the Toronto Star on the bottom right corner. Featured with Pink Tartan and Bustle models!

 

Lights..camera..action

Lights..camera..action

Hope you enjoy my personal photos of World Mastercard Fashion Week!

xoxo DB

More of Europe

Here are more photos of me throughout different places in Europe! These pictures are so dear to my heart and they hold so many memories! Every Europe trip I went on I was always backpacking so I had limited stuff on me which was so amazing. I learned that you can still look cute with little amount of clothing options! Take a look..enjoy!