Updated: Feb 25
A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.- Abraham Maslow
If you didn’t already know, soup is a universal language of love & a healer that can rival your shaman. Like art, music, or any other form of expression, the process of making & eating soup has so many benefits. Soup is beloved all around the world, to name a few:
Clam Chowder from New England
Pho from Vietnam
Ramen from Japan
Thai Curry Soup
Spanish Bean Soup
West African Peanut Soup
French Onion Soup ..... AND HUNDREDS MORE!
No matter where soup is from, at the heart of each dish are healthy, nutrient dense ingredients designed to heal. No wonder we turn to soup when we are feeling under the weather! But what happens when you eat soup on a daily basis as a replacement for greasier, fattier, starchier, heavier foods?
3 months ago, Sarah, owner & creator of The Soup Troupe (unknowingly) started on that journey. Sarah used to eat whatever she wanted. Most meals were bought out, many included high carbs and lots of starch (she is a french fry & chicken wing fiend). She really didn’t track her consumption and while her tummy was happy, she experienced an overall lack of energy and motivation. She knew some sort of change was necessary, but could never find any diet that left her satisfied or that she could maintain.
For the first two months, she started cooking her own creative soups for fun. She quickly noticed how much better she felt after eating homemade soup vs. other foods. In a few weeks time, the benefits became so noticeable that cravings for other food & unhealthy behavior decreased.
Over the last month, Sarah has eaten at least one bowl of soup everyday and her cravings for unhealthier foods have diminished significantly. Soup has inspired mindfulness in Sarah’s life and wellness through consumption has become a main intention during her meditation and yoga practices. Sarah no longer drinks alcohol & has a much healthier/balanced routine & sleep schedule. Not to mention, she has cut her food budget in half, providing more stability and financial freedom!
Whenever something went wrong when I was young - if I had a pimple or if my hair broke - my mom would say, 'Sister mine, I'm going to make you some soup.' And I really thought the soup would make my pimple go away or my hair stronger. -Maya Angelou
Sarah’s anecdotal experience is in line with University research on the benefits of soup. Looking at the diets of 10,500 Americans, Iowa State University researchers found soup‐eaters had higher intakes of fiber, vitamin A, magnesium, iron and potassium. Overall, they got more servings of vegetables (notably, more dark greens, orange veggies and legumes). The same study found soup consumers had lower body weight, lower waist circumference, and lower energy intake.
A similar study out of Penn State specifically looked at energy intake and found that consuming low-energy-dense soup reduces subsequent food intake, leading to significant reductions in total energy intake at the meal. Basically, this means you burn a lot less energy when eating soup & it is much easier on the digestive system. Leaving more energy for you to burn at work, the gym, or whatever hobby you need that energy for!
Soup is one of the most POWERFUL ways to consume food! It heals the body with rich nutrients, the mind by good consciousness, and the soul through sensory experience. Soup is shared by communities, and unites people from all walks of life with its delectable flavor & warmth.
We hope you will make a soup of your own & experience the joy for yourself!
The Soup Troupe posts weekly blogs on wellness, healthy lifestyle, and of course many new delicious & creative soup recipes. Subscribe today to receive updates when we post (every Monday & Thursday)
If you are interested in collaborating with The Soup Troupe, please contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
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