Let’s have a Monday motivational talk about something on my mind. Then let’s talk about this amazing soup. Stick with me though the first part of this blog post because the soup is worth it, I promise!
You know what I don’t get, bringing other people down instead of raising them up. I know I talk a lot about eating healthy, and taking the time to be mindful about what you’re cooking and eating. But I hope I never do that in a negative way. That’s not my goal. I don’t want you to feel bad because you ate something less healthy or because you took a shortcut or enjoyed a treat. I’m about a whole life healthy living mindset that goes through every area of your life. Not just the food you eat. But that food we eat is a foundation of our health.
We need to enjoy a treat here and there. We all take a short cut from time to time. It’s okay. As long as we are constantly still moving forward and making the better choices the majority of the time. It gets easier too. Every decision and choice you make in the direction of what is best for your body and health makes it easier the next time.
I have had negative comments, eye rolls, sighs of frustration and endless questions because I sometimes choose not to eat something everyone else is eating. And some days it doesn’t bother me, because it can springboard an open, educated and interesting talk. And that is great. That is what blogging, sharing, and sitting around the table together is for. That is when it can be fun and enlightening. But other days when I’m weaker, and it hurts on a personal level.
Because I try so hard to eat healthy, be more active, make better choices in every area of my life: personally and professionally, for my physical, mental and spiritual well being, and be the best version of myself I can be. For myself, for my husband, for my family, for others in my life. And I fail, a lot. Sometimes daily but I keep trying, and I get better though my trails and errors, and my wins and losses. So yes, someday it hurts when I feel like I’m hitting a wall with others that are being negative. Especially when it’s people in my own little inner circle.
For instance, I try to stay away from heavily processed food items, that aren’t even real food. Do I think I’m better than other people for that? NO. I just know it doesn’t make me feel good, and it’s not worth it. Why eat something that makes me feel bad, that I’m not even enjoying as much as I’d enjoy some real food item? No reason to me. Why would that even have to be a big deal, I don’t even know.
One other thing I’ve had to decide wasn’t worth it is ice cream. When I say I don’t want ice cream, I’m not being holier than thou, I’m saying it because it makes me sick. Remember that sometimes people choose to not eat something for a very real health reason, not just as a part of nutrition challenge or to be an asshole or just because they want to avoid it (although that’s reason enough to me). When I do decide I want ice cream, and I decide it is worth it to me I only eat a little bit.
That is a personal choice only I can make, if something is worth it to me or not. And it’s a choice that needs respect from others. If you come to my house, and you don’t want to eat something, I’ll respect your decision (as long as you aren’t a dick to me about it), and I expect the same in return.
Isn’t it a sad world we live in when there is so little respect out there, that we feel like we need to attack peoples food choices? What the hell is wrong with us?
So when you have someone in your life that is cleaning up their diet be mindful, supportive and thoughtful before you speak or act. Some days the journey to healthy, whole food, clean eating is harder than others. Let’s raise each other up, and encourage each other to do our best when it comes to our health. While reminding ourselves that every path is different. We only get one body, let’s take care of it. And let’s respect others choices too. Let’s discuss health and well being in a respectful, mindful way.
As we make these better choices in our diet, it can start bleeding into other areas of your life. You eat better, you feel better, once you feel better you’re happier, you have more energy, and life looks a lot better. Let’s embrace that change.
Now on to the soup. This soup is bomb:
It’s also easy, takes about 50 minutes, most of that is simmering time, and tastes awesome. I love curry and Thai food. My husband even loves this soup. The very first time I made it, he looked at me like I was crazy when I told him what I was trying to make but he is a good sport and tried it. He ended up loving this soup.
I am so excited that it’s soup season! Of course I can eat soup everyday, year round. But it the cold months its the most comforting thing, I can think of and it’s fun to try new soups out this time of year too. So try this one out soon! It’s bound to be a favorite.
Enjoy! And best wishes on your journey to be a better you!
- 1 pounds Chicken breasts or boneless skinless Thighs diced into bite size pieces
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 small head of Broccoli cut florets into bite size pieces
- 1 small head of Cauliflower cut florets into bite size pieces
- 1 large Sweet Potato or Yam diced into bite size pieces
- 1 medium Yellow Onion finely diced
- 4 to 5 cloves Garlic minced
- 1 Lime juiced
- 1 can Full Fat Coconut Milk 13.5 fl oz to 14.5 fl oz
- 2 to 3 cups Chicken Stock
- 1 tbsp Curry Powder
- 1 tsp Fine Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Ginger Powder
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes optional
Melt coconut oil in a large dutch oven or stock pot over med high heat.
Brown chicken in the melted oil, approx. 4 to 5 minutes per side.
Using a slotted spoon remove the chicken after browning the pieces to a plate for later.
If needed add one tablespoon of additional coconut oil. Reduce heat to medium.
Saute onions for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add garlic to the onions, cook for one minute. Stirring constantly.
To the onion and garlic mix, add the cauliflower, broccoli and sweet potato. Stir together.
Add chicken back to the pot, and mix. Incorporate the spices into the chicken and vegetables. Stirring like you mean it. Cook for about 3 minutes.
To the pot add the coconut milk and stock. Bring to a boil.
Once at a boil, drop the temperature to low and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.
Serve hot. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and a lime wedge to squeeze into the soup.