By now, you’ve probably realized that we’re always on the lookout for good cleansing rituals.
Whether it’s a whole foods or juice cleanse, there’s nothing like the weightless, clean energy your body is able to generate after a few days of ridding your body of poor food choices, toxins, and the other things that bring us down.
While juicing is often our go-to cleanse, it loses its appeal during the winter. Who wants to go home, cuddle up with a blanket and enjoy a delicious, cold-pressed juice? More importantly, why drink juice when you can have soup?
A bowl of soup is the ultimate comfort in the wind, rain, and snow, but to turn it into a cleanse, we need to focus on ingredients with detoxifying elements.
Much like detoxifying smoothies and drinks, warm soups can be just as beneficial to helping your body get rid of the toxins that you do not want. If you are new to the world of detoxifying soups, then we have a treat for you. Today, we are going to go over the best types of detoxifying soups that you have to try out.
The Benefits of a Cleanse Soup Detox
The right cleanse for you depends on your health and how each individual cleanse makes you feel. With that being said, it should be noted that not all soup detoxes are a one size fits all deal. What may work for one person may not work for another. Any regimen that makes you well and truly miserable isn’t the right cleanse for you regardless of the promises it makes.
With that in mind, there are some benefits in a soup detox that you don’t get in other cleanses.
Why make a soup cleanse? Here are four good reasons.
Low Glycemic Score
Compared to a juice detox, cleansing soups tend to be lower on the glycemic index. Because juice very often includes some form of fruit juice, it includes more sugar than a vegetable soup. The low level of sugar makes a soup detox great for someone who wants to detox with the goal of limiting their sugar intake and controlling the highs and lows that come with it.
Because soup tends to be lower on the glycemic scale, you’re unlikely to see the hunger pangs some of us experience during juicing, especially with morning or snack juices made solely from fruit.
Getting rid of sugar also improves your focus by preventing the crash associated with sugar intake.
Juicing does its best to keep the fiber the drinks, but some nutrition is lost through processing even when the juice is cold-pressed. Because many fruits hold a majority of their fiber in the skin, it is easy to see why juicing fruits (without their skin) will cause you to use the fiber in your drink.
Cooking tends to remove some of the live enzymes you’d find in raw vegetables. But because soup is more focus on vegetables and doesn’t need to be pureed to a flawless liquid to be edible, you’re likely to enjoy more fiber and other nutrients from the soup. If you are in need of a boost of fiber in your diet, then a soup detox is a great way to get it in.
It’s Low Maintenance
Unlike other cleanses, the soup cleanse can be prepared in a day and then stored for days or even weeks if you freeze it. This allows you to have easier access to healthier meals. And, if you meal prep, it is easier than ever to plan out your meals for the day.
While juice needs to be consumed within three days once it’s opened, it’s possible to freeze and store soup for weeks or even months to protect both the soup and the nutritional value.
Additionally, it’s easier to throw in frozen vegetables to soups to prevent additional trips to the store or farmers market. We all have frozen veggies in our fridge that we are not quite sure how to use. When you throw them into a soup, you can get your nutritional fix all while saving on your food budget!
Although fresh is best and more sustainable, farmers pack frozen vegetables when they reach peak freshness. Not only will frozen vegetables taste good in soups, but if you’re not buying locally, they’ll also be more nutritionally dense than fruit and vegetables imported from further afield. Lastly, throwing in frozen veggies gives you access to veggies that may not be in season. This too allows you to have varied soup detox options.
Whole Foods Without the Hassle
A cleanse should do more than support your gut; it also needs to provide the nutrition you need to function if you want it to be successful.
While juice cleanses are effective, it’s harder to sneak whole foods into a juice. It’s possible to add grains or powders, but you’ll often sacrifice texture or taste by doing so.
And let’s face it, life’s too short for a cleanse that doesn’t taste good.
It’s far easier to create a soup based on vegetables that also includes other whole foods like beans.
How to Do a Soup Cleanse Detox
One of the most common mistakes made by those who participate in cleansing detoxes is thinking that a detox begins on the day you begin ‘souping’ and ends when the program is over.
The most effective cleanses are those that include three phases:
Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your detox:
Preparation (2-3 days)
Whether you eat consciously or have a standard American diet, your detox should begin two or three days before you begin your soup detox. (The same applies for all detoxes, especially soup and juices.)
During this period, you’ll prepare your body for what’s coming with a diet free from ingredients that cause inflammation.
In most cases, this means eating a clean diet free from processed foods, grains, and anything that you find irritates your stomach or the rest of your body. Filling your diet with organic vegetables and fruits low on the glycemic index as well as whole grains, beans, and healthy oils will prepare your stomach for the cleansing phase.
Here are things you should not consume during this phase:
- Artificial sweeteners
- Hydrogenated fats
- Processed food
- Refined sugar
- White flour and associated products
You’ll also focus on hydration, particularly if you struggle to drink enough water on a normal day.
In addition to preparing your body, you’ll also need to prepare your mind.
It’s far harder to approach a cleanse without a clear goal in mind. Setting a goal or intention allows you to measure your success and encourages you to keep going if you miss solid foods or find yourself tempted to skip a day due to social pressure.
Cleanse (1-5 days)
Once you’ve prepared your mind and body for the journey, it’s time to begin the cleanse.
There are two ways to perform a soup cleanse: DIY or on a paid program.
The method you choose is highly personal. If you’re not sure what way to go, ask yourself the following questions:
- How much time do you have to cook?
- How much time do you have to shop?
- Is this your first cleanse?
- What do you anticipate will be your biggest struggles during your cleanse?
If you have the recipes and time to put together a DIY cleanse, then there’s no reason not to use that method. After all, soup is relatively easy to make, and you’ll have the opportunity to make soups that perfectly fit your tastes while controlling all the ingredients.
New to cleansing and short on time? You might find it easier to go with a pre-packaged cleanse. Many of the available products are put together based on the guidelines of a relevant nutritionist. You’ll be able to order 1, 2, or 3 days’ worth of soup directly to your home or office, leaving you with the task of warming up the soup if necessary.
Sometimes choosing a pre-paid cleanse also helps those who struggle with hunger or who aren’t confident in their willpower. Because you’ve already purchased the soup, you don’t need to go to the store and won’t find yourself tempted by all the other food.
While you’re on your cleanse, do your best to support your pursuit in ways that fall outside the kitchen. Use your free time to meditate, enjoy the outdoors, or spend time practicing relaxation and mindfulness. After all, a cleanse doesn’t just have to be physical: your nutrition can set your intentions for your whole sense of well-being.
Here are a few ways to support your detox:
- Start your morning with light stretching
- Journal your experience
- Incorporate other treatments like steams, saunas, and/or acupuncture
- Relax in a detoxifying bath
Finally, limit exercise during this period. A soup detox supports exercise like stretching, walking, and yoga. But you might notice your energy levels change during this period, so it’s important to respect your body’s limitations.
Post-Cleanse (1-3 days)
Ideally, the end of your cleanse will leave you feeling rejuvenated rather than ready to reach for a donut. But regardless of what solid foods you’ve missed, be sure to dip your toes in first rather than diving in head first.
Start by incorporating whole vegetables, fruits, and nuts back into your diet to accompany the soup. Once you’re ready, it’s okay to consider heartier options. Protein should be one of the last nutrients added back into your diet.
You should also avoid diving right back into your exercise routine. Be sure to ease in before
The post-cleanse phase is a good opportunity to make the healthy dietary changes you’ve been considering for a while. You’ll have spent several days without caffeine, refined sugar, and processed foods, so you’ll likely feel it is easier to let go of the problematic foods you used to love.
Start Your Soup Cleanse Detox Today
Cleansing soups for detox are a warming way to rid your body of toxins while providing it the nutrients it needs to thrive.
A cleanse detox soup has less sugar, more fiber, and offers more nutrients than other detoxes because it’s versatile – and you can even make them at home.
Are you preparing for your first cleanse? Maybe it’s your tenth round. Share your stories and recipes in the comments below.