May We Recommend: Souping
Fresh juice may be a rejuvenating way to start the day but claims that juicing will detox your body are overstated. According to the National Institute of Health, ““There isn’t any convincing evidence that detox or cleansing programs actually remove toxins from your body or improve your health. Weight loss on a detox diet may be because these diets are often very low in calories.”
Juice cleanses can cause dehydration, dizziness, and nausea. Drinking large quantities may be harmful to individuals with kidney disease since some juices are high in oxalates which can worsen a condition and are associated with the formation of kidney stones. Also, the pulp sitting at the bottom of your juice contains all the good fiber. Drinking freshly-made juice in moderation is still better than consuming artificial soda, but some juices contain just as much sugar and calories. It’s important to read labels on the bottled juice you purchase or make your own.
A better option is souping which delivers more nutrients, has less sugar, and is hydrating. Making your own soup offers myriad options to create flavorful, nourishing versions using seasonal ingredients and leftover bits and pieces from your dinner. Like juicing, souping is not for those with kidney disease and you can overdo it. Recently, I developed terrible belly bloat from sipping broth all day; you still need to chew fiber-rich food!
However, making homemade soups beats canned soups which are often high in sodium and contain heavy creams and preservatives. International journalist and mother of two, Elina Furhman started making organic plant-based soups after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. "Spending time in the kitchen was meditating and healing on so many levels: it gave me an opportunity to nourish myself, to love myself and to find myself. The food I cooked and especially the soups connected me to myself and reminded me who I was when I least felt like myself,” she shared,
Furman writes in her cookbook, Soupelina’s Soup Cleanse: Plant-Based Soups and Broths To Health Your Body, Calm Your Mind and Transform Your Life, (Da Capo). “Like a mad scientist, I would spend hours in the kitchen, injecting sparks of my newfound culinary creativity and healing juju into souping, creating my one-of-a-kind blends with nothing more than fresh veggies, herbs, spices and occasional legumes.”
Today, Fuhrman remains in good health and owns Soupelina in Los Angeles. Her all-natural soups have clever names like Thai Me Up, Thai me Down Gazpacho and Kale-ifornia Dreamin.’ You make a pot and can sip them all day. Here is one of her recipes:
Melanie Young is a certified integrative health coach who writes about food, wine, and healthy living. She is host of the weekly national radio show, Fearless Fabulous You! on the Women 4 Women Network and iHeart.com