Vegan Zucchini and Watercress Soup

from Dr Hyman’s 10-Day Detox Diet

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Dairy Free
    Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free
    Gluten Free
  • Egg Free
    Egg Free
  • Soy Free
    Soy Free
  • Blender

Vegan It is DAY 10 - the last day of Dr Mark Hyman's 10-DAY DETOX DIET from his new book that is released February 25th and I feel AMAZING. Pre-order your copy now because this book and program is a game changer, no matter where you are on your health journey. As I mentioned in my first post about the detox last week, this has been such an emotional and spiritual cleansing for me, as well as a physical reboot, and an excellent reminder of mindful wellness.

As I mentioned last week, I wasn't eating any gluten or processed foods and was enjoying nutrient-dense, alkaline plant based foods. But, I did have the occasional bit of maple syrup, yacon syrup, and alkaline grains like quinoa, millet, and amaranth. After Dr Hyman likened having "a little bit of sugar" like having "a little bit of cocaine or heroine" I got it immediately. Would you do that if you wanted to free yourself from that addiction? After the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman this week...No.

It has been scientifically proven (and Dr Hymans cites examples in his book) that sugar is more addictive than alcohol, cocaine, and heroine. Sugar is the most dangerous drug on the planet. Abstaining from any foods that convert to sugar in the body (sweeteners, high-sugar fruits, starchy vegetables, grains, etc) has made a momumental difference for me this week. As I mentioned last week, I have realized that grains are my candy of choice.

I felt like I was physically healthy, but I wasn't sleeping well indicating an imbalance of some sort. After one day on the program, I was already sleeping better, and I am now sleeping the best I have in years! I am getting a full 8 hours a night of restful uninterrupted high-quality sleep with more periods of deep sleep. This regime could be called "The Sleep Solution."

The combination of resetting my biochemistry (stabilizing my blood sugar) so that it works for me, mindfully setting my intentions and focussing on my wellness, destressing my life, spending less time on the internet, taking the supplements, eating the specially developed food in a particular way, soaking in the detox bath every night, meditating, doing the breathing exercises, journaling about my emotions and tracking the connection with food, and meditating have made such a difference to the calmness and relaxation I feel.

I realized that I don't just sit and enjoy my food. I am always eating on the run, driving in my car drinking my smoothie while I am on conference calls, and eating lunch while I am answering emails. This program reminded me to stop, relax more, and breathe, and take the time to practice self care, which is an act of self love. I need to take that time everyday. Wellness is not just about eating healthy whole foods. Intellectually I know this, and share this with my readers on facebook every day. But, it is so easy to forget this when you're busy. This program was such a lovely reminder. As a result of stopping, slowing down, and practicing this mindful self care I am feeling much more centered, grounded, and balanced, and as a result, so much stronger.

This program gives you so many tools to improve your overall health - your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness. Everything is connected, and Dr Hyman covers it all. But, how do you stay motivated? Where do you find the strength, courage, commitment, and motivation to stay on the path?

The focus for the last day of the detox is to Harness the Power Of Your Community. This is a major focus and tool in the book and program. Dr Hyman calls friends "the silver bullet for weight loss." I would totally agree with this. I participated in this program with a large group of people online. We had daily calls and shared our experiences in a facebook group. This was hugely beneficial as your emotions, stress levels, and schedule change every day making it challenging to "stay the course." Participating in the calls, reading other blogs about the program, chatting with people in the facebook group gave me nuggets of helpful information (sometimes just a thought or a line or amazing progress from somebody) and kept reframing my perspective and keeping it in a positive inspiring place.

Dr Hyman describes losing weight as "a team sport." He cites data from his own programs (The Daniel Plan and the 10-Day Detox) and other studies that show that "social threads have a bigger impact than genetics." When people participate in wellness programs in groups the success literally doubles.

If you are participating in this program or any other wellness, detox, or weight loss regime, I highly recommend participating with a friend or friends/colleagues, or family members. Create your own group and commit to daily phone calls and meetings where you can share your experiences to motivate and inspire each other. Create a cooking club, a meditation group, a recipe swap online etc. Create a plan for success. Set yourself up with an infrastructure that will support you in the best possible way for your goals. There is so much power in this.

If you can't find anybody else that will join you in your existing community Dr Hyman has an amazing online community that you can join. This community offers menus, automatic shopping lists, interactive tracking tools, cooking tips and advice, automated journaling reminders, and more. You can also find specific groups there and find people who have the same dietary restrictions, health issues, dreams etc as you. That way you can connect with like-minded people who have the same goals as you. It is just fantastic. You can find all of these resources at 10DayDetox.Com.

I am going to share my final thoughts about the detox later this week after some reflection.

But, before I do this, I just have to mention again how delicious the food is! I have made many of the recipes in the book and they have all been amazing. The recipes are very simple and easy to make too. I picked up my parents from the airport yesterday morning, and I had a batch of this zucchini and watercress soup on the stove. They found it so delicious, my mother ordered a copy of the book and they are going to participate in the program when they get back from their cruise in a couple of months.

My father is pre-diabetic and really needs to change his life. I really hope he can find the strength and courage to participate in an authentic way. I hope....I dream...

More about the detox later this week. Enjoy the soup.

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Vegan Zucchini and Watercress Soup

Vegan Zucchini and Watercress Soup

from Dr Hyman's 10-Day Detox Diet

Serves 430 MINS
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve
  • 2 cups (300g) diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 4 medium zucchinis, diced (7 cups)
  • 4 cups (960ml) vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2 cups (100g) watercress, stems removed and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to serve
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, to serve
  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil and saute the onion and celery with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Add the zucchini, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and saute for a further 3 minutes.
  2. Add the vegetable broth and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and stir in the almond butter until well combined. Increase the heat to high, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the zucchini is tender. Add the watercress and simmer for a further 3 minutes, then turn off the heat, and allow the soup to cool slightly. Stir in the lemon juice.
  3. Pour the soup into your blender in batches and puree on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. (For conventional blenders, remove the small center lid cap and cover the opening with a kitchen towel so steam can escape while you blend.) Return the soup to the saucepan, season to taste, and warm it over low heat.
  4. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and drizzle with olive oil. Pass lemon juice at the table.

Recipe from The Blood Sugar Solution 10-DAY DETOX DIET by Dr Mark Hyman
Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak


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