Really Good Mushroom Soup

I started making this soup a year or so ago and then made it again several times recently. I don’t know if you all like mushroom soup but if you do, this is a great recipe. You can make it dairy and grain free, or not. Its quick and easy and very satisfying.

I found this on the internet (of course) but changed it up a little. Hope you all like it.

1 onion, chopped
1 pkg. white mushrooms, chopped or sliced
1 pkg. baby portobello mushrooms, chopped or sliced
6 or 8 fresh thyme stalks (remove the leaves by running your fingers down the stalks and pulling the leaves off)
1 cup organic chicken or vegetable stock
1 tbs. tapioca flour or regular flour
1 cup almond, regular or coconut milk (I use canned coconut milk)
1 bay leaf
1/2 tbs. liquid aminos or soy sauce (you can use coconut aminos of you don’t eat soy)
salt and pepper to taste

Add your chopped onions to a large saucepan and allow them to sweat for 5 minutes or so. Add your chopped mushrooms to the pan and allow them to cook another 5 minutes, uncovered.

Add thyme leaves and keep cooking at least 10 minutes.

You will have quite a bit of liquid cooking out of the mushrooms and they will reduce down to about half of what you started with.

Add the bay leaf, salt and aminos or soy sauce.

Stir the flour into the broth and mix. Add to your mushroom and stir. Continue to stir as you add in your milk.

Allow the mixture to cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and season again with salt and pepper. Enjoy!!

It’s great the next day too!!

January 8 Yoga Classes

Looks like we might have bad weather tomorrow morning. I’ll post the status of class by 8:00 am. Check the Facebook group or here at fixmebruceblog.wordpress.com before you leave for class.

In reference to the College Football Championship game tomorrow night; if you normally come to Yoga at 7:00 feel free to come to the earlier class.

We will finish the 5:45 class right on time so we can start the 7:00 class a few minutes early. We’ll finish at 7:45 so we can get home for kickoff.

If you’re not a College Football fan please understand our excitement over an all SEC Championship game!! 😃

January 4th Yoga Classes

Because of the cold, cold, cold temperatures we are going to move the 9:00 class on Jan. 4 to 12:00 noon. I know this won’t work for everyone but hopefully this will work for some in that class.

The 5:45 and 7:00 classes will be held as normal.

If it’s just too cold tomorrow for you to get out, please don’t feel any pressure to attend! Looks like next week the temps will be closer to normal winter weather.

Happy New Year and stay warm!

Detox Helps and Hints

It is best to get all the “nos” out of your pantry.  (If it is not on the shelf then you can’t eat it.)  If you can’t purge the cupboard because the other folks in your house are not participating in your detox and they’ll cause a big stink when the candy is missing, then you will have to figure something else out.  Bag up all the snacks and put them out of sight or ask all those other folks to move out for the next 3 or 4 weeks.  (little levity just to get us started)

You will feel great the first day but not so good the third day.  If you have been depending on sugar to give you a pick-me-up during the day then you are going to feel fatigued.

Most of us do not like to deprive ourselves, especially when it comes to food!  Prepare to feel agitated at times for the first week or so.

If you are eliminating caffeine you will have headaches.  Prepare yourself by weaning off gradually.  Start by slowly decreasing the amount you drink.  Begin to add decaf into your regular grind.  Go all decaf until you are completely off.  However you detox, it will be much easier if you give yourself several weeks to “get clean” before you actually start your cleanse.

Prepare to be hungry!  Have healthy “snacks” available when you have to grab something quick.  Carrots, celery, boiled egg, 1/2 of an avocado, coconut oil etc.  Something that will get you over the hump until lunch or dinner is fixed.

Drink plenty of water!  It will help to give you a sense of fullness.  Water also helps to facilitate the “cleanse” part of the detox.

Drink herbal teas.  Most do not have caffeine (read the label) and they’re a good change when you want something other than water.

Read your ingredient labels!!!  Sugars and preservatives lirk in the most unsuspecting places.  Your best bet is to just stay away from as much packaged food as possible.  Make your own salad dressing, mayo and seasoning mixes.

Keep a log of what you are eating.  Write down when you are taking your supplements.  Mark off the number of glasses of water you are drinking.  You will be surprised at the end of the day how easy it is to forget those details.

Hang in there!  These first couple of weeks shall pass and you will begin to feel much better.  You will have better looking skin, clearer thinking, less bulge around the belt and a new sense of “I’m in charge of what goes in my body!”

Here’s to a great detox!!

Lisa

 
Don’t forget the question and answer meeting on Jan. 2 at 6:30.
 

 

 

Detox Choices

There are numerous established detox/cleanse plans to choose from.  For the upcoming group detox (starting January 2018), we suggest that you decide between The Standard Process 21-Day Purification Program or The Whole30.  Both of these programs are doable and are proven to work.

If you have never participated in a cleanse and are concerned about “going all in,” you can still join us.  Just decide what you are willing to “give up” and “add in,” then focus on that.  No one can really detox without giving up processed sugar, so that must be one of your eliminations.  We also suggest nixing grains and dairy.  If you have gut issues or suspect that you have food allergies then you need to give these up and see if they may be your problem.

Nothing else needs to be said about sugar being bad for you.  We all know that needs to be eliminated.  Grains and gluten often lead to “leaky gut”, joint pain, fuzzy thinking and increased autoimmune disease symptoms.   Dairy can lead to sinus issues, diarrhea, gas etc.  Now is a good time to let go of these foods and see how you feel.

The Whole30 plan focuses on Whole Foods for 30 days.  It consists of NO diary, grains,  sugars (real or artificial), legumes, baked goods, processed foods or alcohol. For more information on this plan, click here.

The Standard Process Program eliminates caffeine, processed sugars, artificial sweeteners, grains (except what is considered pseudo-grains), nuts, dairy and processed foods.  Also, no meat is eaten the first 10 days.  Protein shakes and several supplements that aid in cleansing and add increased fiber are also part of the program. This 21 Day Standard Process Detox can be purchased in our office. For more information on this plan, click here.

If you chose Whole 30 or plan to just eliminate certain foods, then we recommend that you consider using some of the supplements in the SP program (cleanse capsules, fiber capsules, and/or green food capsules).  These allow your system to better cleanse itself of toxins.

Prior to making your detox decision, be sure to do your research by visiting the websites listed above. These are great websites that will give you all the details.

If you are interested in participating in the group detox (starting January 2018), plan to attend our question and answer meeting on Tuesday, January 2 @ 6:30.  We’ll meet upstairs in the Yoga Attic (directly above Bruce Chiropractic).  Come join us!

-Lisa

 

***Information contained within this blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.***

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Ready!

Anytime we want to change things up, we have to get “our minds right”.  To me this is the most important step!  We have to decide what we want to change, what steps we’re going to take in order to make those changes and what we’re going to do when the “going gets tuff”.

A PLAN is especially important when we want to make changes in our eating habits.  The majority of us love to eat.   Because I’m a Southerner I can attest to the importance of food and tradition and to the “hold” that it often has on us.  A meal is not just a meal, it’s a way we share our day with others whether its cooking together or “fellowshipping” together.  Food is a big part of our lives.  If we are going to make some drastic changes in the way we eat and in the way we view the importance of food then we are going to have to alter our relationship with it.

As I have said in previous posts we have to decide that certain foods are not as important to us as we now think they are.  That may be sugar, flour, dairy, potato chips or whatever holds us hostage.  If we want to be healthier then we need to focus less on certain foods and more on movement and exercise.

If you have never gone through a detox then you can expect to feel deprived.  To most of us giving up certain foods can cause us to feel anxious.   But if you think of 14, 21 or 30 days in comparison to the whole year of 2018, then that time period doesn’t seem so long.  Most of us can do anything for a month.  If you will hang in there for the first week or so, you will begin to feel so much better that you will want to continue to eat “cleaner” after the detox period is over.

Also when you participate in a detox, you are not saying that you will never eat another cupcake or piece of bread ever again.  You are saying that you are willing to get your diet under control in order that you are not always craving things that could be keeping your body from being in its healthiest state.

Sometimes just a few changes will allow you to get off medication, to help lessen any joint or gut pain you may have and to have a newer brighter mental focus.

A cleanse/detox is not easy but it can be a new start for 2018!

Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

Detox… I’d Like To, But I Don’t Know If I Can

Participating in a cleanse or detox may sound overwhelming to you if you have never tried one.  But if you give yourself time to think about what you want to accomplish, then you are well on your way to starting.

Do you want to lose weight, find out what you might be allergic to, take back control of your eating, or just become healthier?  All of these can be a few reasons to try a detox, but only you can decide what your goal is.

Personally, I think that if all you want to do is lose weight, then there are easier ways to accomplish that.  A detox  is not “going on a diet”.  It is cutting out groups of food and adding fiber and probiotics in order to get your digestive system back in shape.  At the end of the cleansing period, slowly adding food groups, one at a time, may help identify what might be causing your digestive issues or food sensitivities.  If you are “addicted” to any foods, it also helps to reset your taste buds so that you won’t crave those foods.

Ultimately, the desire for better health is usually the best motivation for a successful detox.  Typically, you will lose weight during this time period but feeling better on a day to day basis will help give you the motivation to “stick to it”.

Last year I did the 21 Day Purification by Standard Process.  If you are interested in reading about that, then you can read each post here: post 1, post 2, post 3, and post 4.   Those posts will give you some information concerning this particular detox and what it involves.

If being healthier in 2018 appeals to you, then think about trying a detox.  Several of our yoga participants will embark on the detox journey in January. Throughout the month, we will be posting info concerning different detox plans, why cleansing your gut is important, how to prepare, detox recipes, and more. Be sure to sign up to receive our blog posts so you don’t miss out on the journey. Maybe you’ll consider joining our next group detox (dates to be announced).

Lisa

 

*** These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Information contained within this blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.***