Immune-Healthy Cauliflower Maitake Soup

Something happened when I finally started cooking for myself. I stopped resisting…you know, resisting taking time for myself. To wash, peel, cut, cook…the time I always used to short-cut with opening boxes and buying ready-made food. So many years of buying ready-made food that I didn’t even realize that “savings of time” was robbing my energy, my enthusiasm for life (moods).

I was losing life-force with every decision to short-cut time in the kitchen. And I was reinforcing the belief that I wasn’t worth the time. That everything and everyone else was more important. And over the years, that belief seeped into other areas of my life. Anything that couldn’t be hacked, sped up, short-cutted was too slow, not good enough. I fell right into the marketing trap, exactly where the corporations wanted me. Tired, stressed and looking for anything to keep my energy going for the next thing to speed through.

Not anymore. Today, I honor my shift. Today, I took 4 cups veggie broth and 1 cup bone broth, added 2 cups cauliflower (has cancer preventative properties, high in antioxidants and choline — good brain food, great DNA support, helps with metabolism), 1 cup maitake mushrooms (aids immunity, helpful for diabetes, cholesterol and cardiovascular health), 1 baby bok choy (cancer preventative, promotes heart health, anti-inflammatory), 2 inches fresh ginger (powerful anti-inflammatory and digestive aid). Then I added healthy fats (metabolism, blood sugar balance, brain food), and antioxidant-rich spices:

I gently heated these until the veggies were soft and the spices released their aromas and healing properties. Then whizzed it up in a blender to make this delicious, health and energy-producing food.

As I sit in gratitude for making this time for myself to create alchemy and well-being in my kitchen, I realize why so many people before me have said that food is love.

Yes, I used to have a terrible, dysfunctional relationship with food. I craved it, felt sick from it, abused myself with it, and ultimately, lost myself in the processed food world that is devoid of life and love. Food was once my enemy…but that was the dead food. Today, as I reconnect to the true food that my Mother, the Earth provides, I realize that this is the fuel of life, love, and happiness.

Let’s all affirm:

I love myself, therefore, I take time to create healing, nourishing, delicious meals. I am worth every minute it takes to replenish and renew myself. I can do this, even if it seems hard at first. With each meal, I feel my energy and joy for life growing. With each meal, I heal. And so it is.

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As a coach, writer and recovered former executive, I understand the challenges of creating a balanced, healthy lifestyle when over-scheduled. In my journey to radiant health, I created a whole health system of eating, exercise, renewal and recharging -- a roadmap toward health & vitality. I empower clients to create their own whole health systems, in their own unique ways. I have seen amazing results in working with my clients!