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Zucchini and Watercress Soup from Dr Hyman’s 10-Day Detox Diet

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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. 

Watch my interview with Dr Hyman here

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Zucchini and Watercress Soup from Dr Hyman’s 10-Day Detox Diet

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 4 cups (I quart) reduced sodium vegetable broth 
  • 2 cups watercress, stems removed and chopped
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. In a medium soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook for 5 minutes, until translucent. Add the zucchini and saute another 3 minutes.
  2. Add the almond butter and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, until the zucchini is tender. 
  3. Add the watercress and cook for 3 more minutes, then turn off the heat. 
  4. Allow the cool slightly and transfer the mixture to your blender and add about 1 cup of vegetable broth. Puree on high for about 1 minute until smooth and creamy. 
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Drizzle each bowl with 1/4 teaspoon olive oil and serve with a salad and protein of your choice.

Serves 4

*Recipe from The Blood Sugar Solution 10-DAY DETOX DIET Activate Your Body's Natural Ability to Burn Fat and Lose Weight Fast by Dr Mark Hyman, MD, copyright © 2014. Published by Little, Brown and Company. 

Published here with permission from the author and publisher. 

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Photo: Katy Townsend

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I rarely use watercress! Time to do so. Zukes are one of my fave veg, always have them on hand. Liking the addition of almond butter in this soup, I can almost imagine how creamy this is!


Me too Dreena. I don’t use watercress as much as I should. It adds a lovely nuttiness to smoothies and so is a perfect blend with the almond butter in this soup. It’s so creamy and has a rich depth of flavour.  YUM!

Thanks for sharing this information and recipe, Tess!  I’ve been grabbing a few more healthy sweets lately and this article really spoke to me.  I will give it a go and check out the book.  Look forward to your final thoughts about the detox next week. Have a great weekend!  xoxo


I have been doing that lately too Kibby, so participating in this program was such a great reboot for me. I think you would really enjoy this book. It is just amazing.

I can imagine the flavors already - such a vibrantly beautiful soup! We have been juicing here, when we complete I will be making this!


Love that you are juicing! Awesome. Yeah, this soup is a winner. My parents went absolutely nuts for it when they were staying this week. It was a huge hit and SO SO easy. Enjoy :)

How interesting that almond butter is included in this! I am having a hard time figuring out what it might taste like, which is why I may just have to try it!


I know! I didn’t know what to expect from this combination either. All I can say is that it is absolutely delicious. SO easy and SO yummy. We have made it 3 times already. Not to be missed.

We made it last night. It was awesome. The almond butter adds such a great creaminess. I want to use it in other soups.  I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for posting it Tess.

I am so glad you tried it. The almond butter is just wonderful in this soup.

Sounds like a lovely and delicious recipe but aren’t almost all zucchini on the market today GMO zucchini?  I am worried about the health effects of eating GMO food.


I don’t touch any GMO foods, I agree that they’re problematic. But, you can get organic zucchini.

Trader joes has organic zucchini


Thanks Kathy, yes, and health food stores, and mainstream grocers also have organic zucchini.

hello hi how r u. my name is Rukshana i am trying to loose weight. i am 43 . staying in canada,i go in depression when i see my self .and i want to know do u have any juice to loose weight and some good fruits face cream ,waiting for your reply thank u


Hey Rukshana, so sorry to hear about your health problems. I am just catching up on comments and messages this week. Please fill out the contact form on my site, and I will be happy to help you with some recipe ideas.

Never see watercress in stores.  Where can it be found ?


You can find it in the produce section with the other lettuce and herbs. Ask the store attendant.

Hi, I live in Trinidad in the Caribbean.  Almond butter is very difficult to find here, or if it is available it is very expensive.  Do you recommend a substitute?


You could blend in 1/4 cup raw cashews or blanched almonds into the soup.

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