Detox Veggie Soup

October 24, 2019

All these good-for-you vegetables, coupled with ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper, will keep your metabolism revved up and help the pounds melt off. You can add or subtract vegetables based on your personal preferences.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 cups Chicken Bone Broth
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup broccoli or cauliflower florets, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup kale, stems removed, cut into ribbons
  • 1 cup cabbage, cut into ribbons
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup parsley or basil, roughly chopped
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 tsp fresh or ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch or more of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp Celtic or pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

In a large stockpot, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onion and sauté for 3-5 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Add the bone broth, carrots, celery, broccoli, kale, cabbage, tomatoes, parsley, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cover, stirring occasionally, for 20-30 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Ladle the soup into a bowl and drizzle with 1 tsp of olive oil.

The Plight of Modern Medicine

We know how to save lives in modern medicine with drugs and devices, but we are not very good with preventing disease. We have more and more chronic disease at younger and younger ages. I see kids earlier and earlier with what used to be adult diseases like obesity, anxiety and depression, irritable bowel syndrome and the like. We are also seeing more developmental disorders such as speech delay, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and oral aversions. This is not just something that I’ve read in a textbook. This is real life. Something I’ve experienced personally. My own child has suffered from some developmental delay. I counsel more on more patients on the above disorders; much more than I did almost 10 years ago when I began primary care. These problems are certainly much more prevalent than they were say 20 years ago when I began my medical career. This is a systemic issue across the board.

Why I’m Passionate About Alternative/Holistic Medicine

As a physician, we constantly need to be learning and growing. Medicine is constantly changing and evolving so if we stay the same, then we’re behind. I am a life-long learner and I love it! I learn not only for my patients, but for myself. My passion for alternative/holistic medicine stems more from my experiences as a patient than from being a doctor. I remember last year after I was in a car accident I had a post-concussion syndrome. It was really bad! I was really “Off”; I felt like I was drunk early on and could hardly walk straight. I saw a couple of physicians, one of whom literally blew me off and in essence tried to tell me that I was fine. “I am not fine!” I wanted to scream. This physician was ignorant of the brain’s response to trauma and so she couldn’t help me. I understand her ignorance because at one point, I was there. Her lack of compassion made it inexcusable in my mind. It’s one thing to be ignorant; it’s another to be casually indifferent in addition to ignorant. This is why I empower patients to seek answers. My ideal patient is always an educated one.

Beginnings

My desire to start this blog stemmed from my struggle to lose weight. Some called it baby weight! I called it annoying! Whatever the source of the excess weight doesn’t matter at this point. My goal is to demystify weight loss and help as many people as possible reach their ideal weight goal and wellness goals. As a physician, I learned a lot about health on a cellular and molecular level in medical school. As a mom, my desire is for wellness for myself, my husband and my kids and others around me. I see too many people around me struggling with weight. Some of them are some of my dearest friends and family. Most of whom are really disciplined and hard working. They are not slobs! They try to eat healthy, but the options and information that are available can be confusing. I will use this blog to try to shed some light along the wellness journey. Come along with me! As we journey together