My HOT soup recipe for the soul…and for the lungs in cold!

It’s beginning of spring I have noticed a change in the weather and the effect it is having on people’s health. The air has become dry and the wind very sharp and cold here on the Gold Coast. The sun is still hot, but the nights are slightly cold and windy and that can be a challenge for our body to adapt. Many of my friends, clients and people that are sharing my life with have experienced similar effects and some sort of side effects from this climate change.

This week I had a little challenge myself with my lungs and throat. I felt a bit congested, cold, dry and had irritated airways so I decided to do my on healthy recipe to fix this health challenge. What I have observed is that my lifestyle and body in the last few days is in ‘excess’ of cold things, therefore my body was starting to getting the side effect of it which is: feeling cold. I had the impression that I was having to many cold foods and beverages lately besides I was around cold places, cold nights and cold winds. Yes, even my food was cold, and that is what I want to talk about with you today. I don't mean the temperature of the food hot or cold though, like you are probably imagining right now. I was talking about the effect that each food has in our body and why some foods are considerate hot and others cold. Knowing the difference between them can help when you are trying to balance yourself and get healthy again.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda Medicine (Indian), Japanese Medicine and many other oriental medicines have similar concepts when it comes to food and all of then agree that each food has a significant impact on general health. Unbalanced diet and lifestyle with an excess of some foods and deficiency of others can lead to an unbalanced body which will consequently cause side effects on health and possibly disease. Oriental medicine sees the patient as a whole, or holistic as we say, and food has an essential role in the treatment of the same. Ancient medicine teaches that food is ‘the medicine’ therefore we can cure with it. And that is the beautiful part of my job as an educator, I teach natural therapies, nutrition and healthy cooking to people and help them to understand the ‘superpowers of nutrition’. I teach them that, if you want, you can be your own “Doctor” by using simple and easy key ingredients to prevent, regenerate and rejuvenate yourself from home, everyday and get awesome results.

As I mentioned earlier, in nature we have certain foods that can have a heat and cooling effect on the body. Any excess or deficiency will effect on the body’s energy. Here it is a good recent scientific article about it: The relationship between cold-hot nature and nutrient contents of foods. Article first published online: 28 FEB 2012 by Nutrition & Dietetics Volume 69, Issue 1, pages 64–68, March 2012

HOT SOUP recipe for the soul…and for the lungs:
4 L filter water, preferably alkaline pH
2 medium onions cut in quarters
1 medium green capsicum cut into chunk pieces
½ cabbage cut into chunk pieces
4 or more garlic gloves, smashed
6 dry red peppers
6 bay leaves
1 handful of coriander stalks and leaves chopped
2 kefir lime leaves
2 tablespoon of organic honey
2 tablespoon of coconut oil
2-4 tablespoon of soy sauce or tamari
1 tablespoon of ginger grated or chopped
1 tablespoon of black pepper

Simple! Add all the ingredients in a big pot pan. Bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and let boil on a low heat for at least 2 hours or until it has reduced the liquid volume by half. Do not mix or stir. Let the vegetables sit at the bottom of the pan. Serve only the liquid ‘consommé’ nice and warm, not too hot. Enjoy


Ronaldo Fulieri