Detox Soup, Kp Style

The day after Christmas seems like a good time to share my latest, favorite recipe… My Detox Soup! I threw all this together about a month ago and it turned out SO YUMMY!

After taking the last jar out of the freezer and having a taste, I’m ready to make it again. I’m not good at following or creating recipes, but when I create something worth sharing, that’s what I do, and THIS is worth sharing!

The word detox gets thrown around a lot and for good reason. We are exposed to so many different substances on the daily, and our body has to filter all that stuff. By stuff, I mean foods and chemicals, but also pathogens like viruses and bacteria, medications, and alcohol. It’s not just what we eat, it’s also what we’re breathing in, and what we put on our skin. Think about the fumes when you’re pumping gas, or the various scents walking through a department store, those are chemicals (aka toxins) that we ingest and our body has to break all that down and get rid of it all somehow.

Detox is a pretty complex deal physiologically. It involves multiple body systems working together in harmony. The liver, kidneys, immune system, nervous system, digestive system and microbiome, cardiovascular system, methylation and sulfation pathways, and tens of thousands of enzymes function to make it all work like a fine-tuned instrument… but only when we fine-tune it. Hence, the need to detox!

It’s important to note, that any disturbance, dysfunction, genetic SNP (mutation), in any of the above systems slows down detox in various ways; some can be quite significant and lead to life-altering disease processes. That’s info for a later post, so let’s keep going… on to the food.

One way I help my body detox is by changing my nutritional intake to help my body filter all the toxic stuff. That’s why I created this detox soup. I chronic inflammation, gut imbalances, and genetic SNPs that slow down my detox pathways, making it that much more important for me to focus on detox. So I started reading recipes looking for a detox soup. I noticed a theme in most of those recipes using basic holistic nutrition knowledge I already had, and I thought, I can do this!! So I did! And, It’s so tasty, even my picky 17-year-old son loves it. #momwin

What are the essentials for a good Detox Soup?

  • Good quality bone broth – 1 large package (24oz), I’m partial to the frozen varieties, but also like some of the boxed brands. If you have some skills you can make your own. I do both. Brands I use: Kettle & Fire, Bonafide Provisions and The Flavor Chef. I use bone broth for the gut-healing properties.
  • Veggie or chicken broth, 1-2 24 oz. boxes, I usually use both, make sure you buy organic broth that doesn’t have extra fillers like soy, yeast, wheat, etc.
  • Fresh Organic herbs: 2-3 4″ sprigs each of oregano and thyme, 1-2 4″ of rosemary, 4-5 sprigs fresh parsley. You can add whatever your preferences are. I use the above for their anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting qualities.
  • Juice of 1 whole Lemon (excellent for detox)
  • 3-4 cloves Garlic (immune boosting)
  • ~1 tbsp fresh shaved Ginger (good for GI health)
  • 1-2 tsp Black pepper (good for GI health, immune-boosting)
  • 1 tbsp Himalayan salt (good source of minerals, hydrating)
  • 1 tsp Turmeric (anti-inflammatory)
  • 3 Bay Leaves (immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory)
  • Fresh (not frozen) chopped veggies: 2-3 onions, 1 bunch of spring onions, 1stalk of celery, 1 lb. carrots, 6-7 mini sweet peppers (add some of the seeds!), green beans, 5-6 large leaves kale (I like the purplish kale), 1 pack fresh sprouted peas, 1/2 head cabbage, etc. Cruciferous, fibrous, and leafy green veggies are best for added vitamins and minerals as well as detox. **I do not recommend adding veggies w a high carb content (potatoes, corn, etc).

Note: all measurements are estimated, use what works for your taste buds.

I do think it’s important to use organic ingredients. Most of what I buy is organic, but sometimes I just can’t find organic. Sometimes I won’t buy the item (the Dirty Dozen), other times I just get over it and move on. We have to live and can’t be afraid of our food. One of the reasons it’s important to detox is exposure to chemicals. We are exposed to tens of thousands of chemicals on a daily basis, some we have no control over, so it’s important to decrease the chemicals that we are exposed to when given a choice.

Putting it All Together

Get started by adding the broths to a large soup pot turned to medium-high heat.

Add in fresh herbs, lemon, garlic, H. Salt, blk. pepper, ginger, turmeric. While I’m waiting for this to boil, I start the veggies.

Add chopped onions, carrots, celery, peppers, green beans. You want to add veggies that are going to take the longest to cook first, like onions, carrots, celery, green beans.

Once all of the above is combined and boiling, add leafy green veggies. If you’re a newbie to cooking leafy greens like me, here’s what you need to know: DO NOT cook the stems of the kale, rip off the leafy parts in 3″-ish size pieces and rub them together between your palms to soften them before putting them into the soup.

Note: I add filtered water as needed. I purposely avoid using tap water when I made this soup.

Turn to low-medium heat and cover for 20-25 min then simmer for as long as you like. I leave mine on the stove for hours, it smells so good!

There is no right or wrong here, play with it and find what you like. I’d love to know how your soup turns out! Send me a message and let me know what you put in it and how you made it just right for YOU! I can’t wait to hear!

My first try turned out pretty damn good!
Time to try it again!

More info to know: Additional Detox strategies

I’d be amiss if I didn’t share the other ways that I detox and recommend detox for my patients. Myself, my family and/or my patients benefit from these other forms of detox:

  • sweating, move your body, exercise, be active.
  • increase salt intake (Himilayan salt can help regulate BP, consult a medical provider for more information if you have high blood pressure.)
  • increase water intake (100 oz minimum!)
  • increase leafy green/cruciferous veggie intake (Goal to 8-10 servings!)
  • quality sleep (7-8 hrs for adults, more for children/teens)
  • infrared sauna
  • Epsom salt baths
  • Epsom salt foot bath
  • Herbs and Minerals that promote detox. (Always consult a professional for more info.)

What is the 3 Day Refresh?

img_0186When I first started coaching, I thought, I’ll never do that detox stuff, I’ll just exercise and try to eat healthy. I am not one to stick to a plan, so I knew the meal plans would be a challenge, let alone a whole detox.

My lack of planning causes problems when it comes to sticking to the rules. It’s not that I’m some big rebel, although, I prefer to think of it that way. hehe. The truth is I’m just a picky eater that doesn’t have much faith in my ability to follow through on a commitment like a detox. I’ve had doubts for 40+ years, right up until I finished that Hammer and Chisel program last winter. That’s when I proved to myself that I’ve been wrong. I underestimate my abilities because of my fear. Don’t we all. It’s just a little (BIG) thing I call anxiety, we all have our struggles… but this post is about perseverance, so let me move on.

The 3 Day Refresh is actually an amazingly easy to follow plan that helps reset and detox the body in a natural and gentle way. This is not your “run to the bathroom” kind of detox. Well, I did pee a lot, but no explosive bowel issues, if you know what I mean. 😉

So, what is the 3 Day Refresh? It’s 3 days of shakes, veggies, fruits and healthy fats. Oh, and LOTS of water!! I actually found that I was better at eating my veggies and drinking all of my water when I did 3DR, I’ve been slacking on my intake since it was over.

I actually had more energy and felt great on the 3DR. I don’t think I eat enough most days, most of us don’t. I talk to people all the time that tell me they are tired, irritable, have trouble concentrating, etc… then I learn that they skip meals or don’t eat much. THAT’s THE PROBLEM! Most of us actually don’t eat enough, and that is just as serious a health problem as eating too much. Have you ever heard the term “hangry”? Most of us are hangry and malnourished and it’s not a fun way to live.

Nutrition fuels us, it’s what keeps us going. Most of the people that I talk to about weight problems actually eat very little, and that is a problem. If we don’t have fuel, or if we don’t have the proper fuel, our body does not function the way it is supposed to. Period. There is no way around it. I’ve learned that the hard way.

I decided that the 3 Day Refresh was a good way to regroup and start from scratch. Let me give you the details and daily schedule:img_0236

  • Wake up: drink water
  • Breakfast: Shakeology, fruit (can be combined)
  • Mid-morning: Fiber sweep shake
  • Lunch: Fruit, Veggie, Healthy Fat, and Vanilla refresh protein shake (there are lists to follow with lots of options)
  • Afternoon snack: Veggie & Healthy Snack
  • Dinner: Vegan meal and Vanilla refresh protein shake
  • GO TO BED BEFORE YOU GET HUNGRY (I just added that last part. 😉 )
  • You can have herbal tea.
  • You can and should add veggie broth to your dinner menu.
  • There are lots of “free” add ons like spices and fresh squeezed lemon.

My go to for snack time was roasted green beans (veg) with olive oil (healthy fat) with squeezed lemon (free) and red pepper flakes (free). fullsizeoutput_2f5dI NEVER IN MY LIFE thought I’d eat green beans for a snack, and I’ve done it a couple times after finishing the refresh! They are so good!!!

I’m sure you’re wondering  what kind of results I got? Here ya go:

  • lost 4 pounds
  • lost 3.75 inches total from my waist, thighs, hips and chest
  • slept better
  • had more energy
  • enjoyed learning new recipes
  • felt detoxed (did I mention I peed A LOT!)
  • I felt a little bloated in the evenings and had my fair share of flatulence at night, (LOL) but in the morning, I felt fantastic and ready for the day.

There were 8 different vegan recipes to choose from, some are highlighted as less gas producing than others. 🙂 The first night I chose the Carrot Salad, not sure why because I don’t like carrots. I was feeling adventurous and hopeful though. Needless to say, that didn’t go very well. #failforward

The 2nd and 3rd nights I had the Veggie Stir fry, and it was SO GOOD!! I’ve fixed stir fry in the past, but I’m fixing it differently now, and it’s actually easier! We’ve even had the stir fry veggies as a side for dinner since I finished the Refresh, the whole family likes them! Always a plus with a 10 and 14 year old! #momwin

I learn so much more when I trust myself and don’t let my anxiety stop me. A year ago, I wouldn’t have gone near the 3 Day Refresh, but I’m a different person now.

This coaching thing has helped me build myself up. I’m a lot braver about trying new things and challenging myself. Who’d a thought? This coach thing isn’t a half bad way to take care of myself, and the things I’m learning about me along the way are pretty cool. I’m proud of myself for trying something I NEVER EVER EVER thought I’d have the courage to do it or the perseverance to stick it out. But, I did, and I’m proud of myself. I’m actually planning to do it again. You should join me… for the 3 Day Refresh or for the Coaching thing, they are both life changing! 🙂

This is a different part of the journey, one that I never expected, but WOW, what a great ride!!! Detox is apparently an important part of Enjoying the Journey! 

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Digestive Health Lesson #2 – It all Starts with Inflammation

Dr. Tanya Edwards, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine (Cleveland), wrote that inflammation is now recognized as the underlying basis of a significant number of diseases.

Inflammation

Inflammation 101

Inflammation defined by the free online medical dictionary: 1. A localized protective response elicited by injury or destruction of tissues, which serves to destroy, dilute, or wall off both the injurious agent and the injured tissue.  2.The inflammatory response can be provoked by physical, chemical, and biologic agents, including mechanical trauma, exposure to excessive amounts of sunlight, x-rays and radioactive materials, corrosive chemicals, extremes of heat and cold, or by infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, and other pathogenic microorganisms. Although these infectious agents can produce inflammation, infection and inflammation are not synonymous.

Dr. Edwards points out that anti-inflammatory foods have been used to combat Cancer and many other diseases, i.e.: Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, many Autoimmune diseases, asthma. Here is the abstract from her article:  Continue reading

I’ll Tell You about Essential Oils if YOU tell ME what to do with this Rhubarb?

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Every post I write is in response to a question, situation, conversation, etc. This post has 2 conversations… 1. rhubarb. 2. Essential Oils.

I need to know what to do with my rhubarb because I shared a little knowledge about essential oils. I had fun yesterday at Emily’s Produce chatting about Essential Oils. I knew I would write this post about what I do with my oils when I was preparing my handout. I have lots of friends that have asked about essential oils. Everyone wants to know more, and wants to know what to do with them. So, I hope those friends see this! 😉 Continue reading