Have you ever walked into a messy house? Do you remember what that felt like? Things were disorganized and half put away. Unfinished projects were laying around, like half-folded laundry or dirty dishes in the sink. You probably found it difficult to feel relaxed and comfortable in that space, right? Sometimes, the mess is just overwhelming and you want to just sweep it under the rug.
Well, that should give you a good analogy for what happens in your body when your organs and digestive system are overloaded with toxins, preservatives and junk. The body has to process every single bit of food, every toxin, liquid, chemical, etc. that we put in it. Add the factors of stress from work or relationships or finances, allergens and your crazy schedule and pretty soon, your body is ready to just take a nap and do nothing else. It works very hard, just like you do and it could use some Spring Cleaning just as badly as a messy house would, if not more so.
Some think cleaning out their body means eating salads for a week or eating less sugar. While these are good things to do, they don’t actually clean out the body. That’s like buying new dishes, but leaving the old, dirty dishes in the sink. The real way to clean up your insides is with a cleanse, an inner cleanse.
Here’s a quick recipe for a veggie soup that can help get you cleaned up inside. You will need a few veggies, some herbs and spices.
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 4 cloves of chopped garlic
- 1 lemon (just the juice)
- 1/4 cup of chopped broccoli
- 1/4 cup of chopped cauliflower
- 1/4 cup of chopped green or red bell pepper
Herbs & Spices:
There are two recipes for the herbs & spices. Choose the one you like best. Remember, you can always take out the cayenne if you don’t want a spicy-hot soup.
For a Mexican feel:
- 1/4 tsp of cilantro
- 1/4 tsp of basil
- A pinch of cumin
- 1/8 tsp of sea salt
- 1/4 tsp of thyme
- 1/8 tsp of cayenne (if desired)
For something a little more mild:
- 1/4 tsp of rosemary
- 1/4 tsp of oregano
- 1/4 tsp of dill weed
- 1/8 tsp of sea salt
- 1/4 tsp of parsley
- 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper (if desired)
Use extra virgin olive oil, butter or ghee (clarified butter) at a high heat to cook the garlic and onions until they are transparent. Then add all of the ingredients to a gallon of water. Let that simmer for about 2 hours. For those of you who aren’t exactly culinary experts, “simmer” simply means to cook it just below the boiling point. Stir occasionally.
This soup can be enjoyed by the hour or just once a day, as you wish. Either way, it will give your body some relief from its built-up workload and it tastes great too! Bon appetite!