So last night I ate at a Vegetarian Thai restaurant and had my favorite soup of all time: Tom Kha. The base of this soup is coconut milk, and it is traditionally and usually made vegan (you could ask if you’re not sure at a particular restaurant).
When I do eat some cooked food, this type of soup and some other Thai dishes are top of my list!
So now that cold weather is coming upon most of us- although no sign of that here in Southern California- soup sounds awfully tasty. It just calls to us on cold days, doesn’t it! And non-cream based soups can be great!
I don’t recommend having any soups with any dairy (so be careful of even seemingly innocent old tomato soup), but clear soups like vegetable and miso can be great, easily digestible options.
But here’s the thing with soup: Make absolutely sure that you eat it at the beginning of your meal! If you haven’t already, you should check out my blog called, “The Easiest Weight Loss Tip Ever.”
It discusses how consuming liquids and water with your meals only serves to dilute the hydrochloric acid in ours stomach, as well as other digestive juices. What does that mean?? It means that our food doesn’t digest as easily, and it encourages weight gain. Yikes!!!
So while we often remember this with drinks, sometimes we might forget that it also applies to soup. But it absolutely does!
So have your soup be the first thing that you eat at a meal as an appetizer, and ideally there will some at least 10 minutes before anything else goes down the old hatch.
So, along with that…
– Don’t eat a salad with your soup as an appetizer. Be clear with your waitress that you want your soup delivered first.
– If you are having a soup and sandwich lunch, have all of the soup before you eat the sandwich! Don’t go half and half as far as a bite of this, a bite of that. Uh uhh!
– If you’re going to have a big entree soup, like a huge Thai Tom Kha soup, it would be best to skip the appetizer altogether. Otherwise you will get bloated and not feel so great.
So happy soup eating!!! And remember soup on an empty stomach is best. Oh and try out my cauliflower soup recipe when craving soup at home!
Hi there Kimberly!
Hope all is well with you. I am very interested in beginning a yoga practice and would actually LOVE to (eventually) begin teaching yoga. I have done yoga a few times, but am in NO way “fluent” in this wonderful art.
I was wondering …. how would you recommend for me to get started with this? I want to learn “real” yoga, not cheesy, “popular” yoga. I live in Santa Monica and am moving to Reno, NV in a few months…. any tips for me!
Thanks Kimberly – you are amazing as usual 😀
That is great and sometimes you know that you will teach even before you are a student. 🙂
Your teacher training is key. You want to pick one that stresses the ancient philosophy, as yoga is so much more than physical exercises. I have a really hard time in Santa Monica and LA in general with yoga, because so much of it is physically-based. There is a LOT more spiritual yoga in NY. My teacher is Dharma Mittra and his trainings are very spiritually based. A teacher training would ideally discuss the Bhagavad Gita, have classes on Sanskrit, and the Sutras of course.
I also recommend reading a couple of books right away that will give you a good foundation: Light on Yoga, The Yoga Sutras (commentary by Swami Satchidananda) and Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramanhansa Yogananda.
Thank you so much for the tips Kimberly!! I am going to check out those books as my stepping stone 😀 I will be moving to Tahoe next year … so maybe there is a more spiritually based yoga teacher I can find out there!
Great! And let me know if you come to NY to do any yoga!
miso + kombu = happy people. 🙂
What are some good recipes you talk about soups a lot bu tnever any recipes?
I want to make a batch of your Raw Red Pepper and Tomato Soup for lunch. However if I store in the refrigerator over night, is it ok to warm up the following day? Want to make sure I’m not zapping/killing any of the nutrients. Thanks!
Hello Kimberly! I’m confused! 🙁 In your book, in the meal plans, you say “Large serving of Dharma’s Kale Salad Followed by Raw red pepper and tomato soup” (page 180), In this article you say that we should always eat our soup first. So When do feel is the best time before or after? Thank you!