Or you a soup mug or soup bowl person?? Either way, incorporate this warming, delicious soup into your mind/body cleansing regimen!
Every now and then, I like to hit the reset button by spending a week or so fully committed to cleansing and detoxifying not just my body, but my mind and soul, as well. Cleansing isn't just about food and diet, and it doesn't come with one set of rules that work for everyone. It's about coming back to your personal center by tuning in to your individual needs.
Our body clicks from the inside out, not the other way around. Only you can determine what brings you healing and growth, because beauty shines from within. Think about it: when we feel happy and eat healthy, our skin glows and our hair shines. When we try to let go of anger, hurt, or stress, our eyes sparkle and we can experience less bloating and inflammation. Exercise and hydration releases toxins and increases endorphins, which can lead not only to better focus and heart health, but also to better skin, hair, and sleep. Energies impact our overall health and well-being. This reality really resonated with me when I was pregnant. I made a stronger than ever effort to live in a state of positivity, self-love, and calm, because I knew that every ounce of energy that flowed through my body would flow through Cecily, too.
My cleansing approach isn't always the same . It depends on the season, the kind of energy I've been around as an empath (I soak it all up like a sponge), and how I’m feeling overall both mentally and physically. Right now, between the delicious holiday food and drinks, the stress of these unprecedented times, the cold weather and Daylight Savings Time (hot tip: baby DST jet lag is VERY real), a lack of rest and relaxation, and daily life in general as a busy multi-hyphenate, I can feel my body telling me that it’s time to reset, rebalance, and take a step back to find my grounding. I can’t be mindful and present for myself, my family, or my career if my mind and body are out of whack.
Some constants in my cleansing process are starting the day with warm lemon water with cinnamon, drinking lots of water with ginger, lemon, and cucumber or fruit slices, eating warming foods like soups and steamed or roasted vegetables, incorporating fresh herbs into all of my meals, hot showers in the morning and at night, using my amethyst roller (which I store in the fridge) and eye patches, and getting some extra sleep if possible (#lolmomlife). I also try to do meditation, write or blog for at least a few minutes each day, commit to low intensity workouts that balance my mind and help me sweat out toxins without wearing me down (like Livestream Bar Method Hoboken classes), carrying crystals like rose quartz and amethyst and burning sage (all from my fav spot), and book a healing Reiki session with my girl Asha. I also enjoy some wine throughout the week (my friend recently got me hooked on FitVine) because it's something I enjoy after a long day. See? We make our own rules.
One thing that I also always incorporate is this Cleansing Ginger Soup. It’s warm and comforting, easy to prep for the week, filling and nutrient packed, gentle on my digestive system, helps to reduce bloating and inflammation, and contributes to good skin health. The ginger gives it a little heat, the lemon gives it some tang, and the noodles and scallions add texture. I’m obsessed with the flavor and benefits that come with bone broth and miso broth, so I bring them together in this recipe. It also takes very little time to prep, so that's always a bonus during a busy week! To avoid water retention, puffy eyes and fingers, and bloat, I always opt for sodium free broths and then add some salt and pepper myself to intensify the flavors of my soups. Cleansing doesn’t have to be dull and flavorless. IMO, some salt during a gentle cleanse is fine, while bland food, on the other hand, is just neverrrrr ok. Life should always have some flavor and spice. Trust me, this soup is a must for your winter detox plans!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 1 Quart
1 8-ounce bag tofu noodles (these are my fav for this soup)
1 1/2 cups sodium free or low sodium miso broth
1 1/2 cups sodium free or low sodium bone broth
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons grated ginger
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1 teaspoon kosher salt (a little more if preferred)
Sprinkle of black pepper (to taste)
Rinse and strain the tofu noodles.
Add all ingredients to a small pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
Transfer to a container for storage, and enjoy for up to a week.