Souping 101

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Last week I tried one further way of fasting: souping.
Until then I had only tried alkaline dieting and juicing. As the intermediate season like between autumn and winter is really suitable for doing a cleanse, I decided to do one again, but in another way. Read here how souping works, how I felt during these days and what foods and drinks I had.

First of all: What is souping and how does it work?

What souping and juicing have in common is, that a big aim is to let your stomach and digestive system rest and to get rid of undigested particles. Just as the name tells it’s mainly soups you eat – but not only! Still, it’s important that your foods are smooth, in order to have your gut and stomach rest.

An example for a souping day’s meal plan:
Breakfast: Porridge (oat-soup), either plain or with grated and cooked fruit
Lunch: Creamy vegetable soup
Dinner: Creamy vegetable soup

in between: tea, veggie juice, unsweetend fruit juice, coconut water, water, plant-milk
plus: For my sweet tooth I had some yoghurt with cooked and then blended fruits and enjoyed it loads.

You should leave out the following:
– luxury foods like coffee and alkohol
– firm foods
– raw foods, except juices

The soups don’t have to be vegan, by the way. If you like, feel free to add some organic cream or else. My soups were all vegan, but this is not a must.
You can find recipe ideas for creamy soups on my blog. Click here to see the full range of posted recipes.

Soups I made for souping:
creamy tomato soup (without dried tomatoes though)
creamy pumpkin soup
– sweet potato and coconut soup
– creamy mixed vegetable soup (potatoes, carrots, zucchini, carrot greens)
– creamy carrot and ginger soup

…all of these soups I had multiple times because I often made big batches. I have to admit I had pumpkin soup almost each and every day, just because I love this taste. And no: even after the fifth day I wasn’t bored really. Haha.

What if your craving for firm foods gets bigger and bigger?

No worries. Remember, it’s your soup clenase, only yours and nobody else’s. This means you don’t have to proof anything to anyone. You are taking care of your own wellbeing and feeling well. There were days where I found it really hard not to have anything with a bite. When I grated and cooked apples for porridge at breakfast, I sometimes left a piece and ate it raw and chewed it very slowly. Also some almonds for breakfast were not forbidden during my souping. I know, both is firm food, but especially in the morning I felt better with having something to chew. If you feel way better, do what it takes. I think, fasting should never be a torture or force. It should make you feel good and free. Some nuts and a piece of apple won’t destroy anything of your souping-intention. But, watch out: make sure it’s really that you’re uncomfortable because your body needs something and not just because of habit. Fasting can be a key to break with bad habits, so always be certain about the motives of your food choices.

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Some tipps & tricks for before, during and after souping

Before souping:

Plan your soup cleanse. Prepare mentally and physically by a) using up all fresh foods in the fridge you will not use during souping first and b) shopping fresh vegetables for your soups. This way it will be much easier for you to start with and stick to souping.

I started my souping – just as juicing – with glauber’s salt to get rid of everything heavy that was hard to digest.
For this, you take 2 teaspoons of glauber’s salt and mix it with 200-250ml of warm water. Stir well and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes so that crystals can dissolve. Stir again and drink. The taste is aweful, really, so add some fresh lemon juice. One further trick: try not to breath in through your nose while drinking. In this case the activity of your sense of smell will be reduced and the taste will be less intense too.

During souping:

Take your time for yourself and take care. Do your souping on days that are not as busy and where you don’t have a lot of appointments. On those days that were stressful, it was difficult to stick to souping because I felt hungry very easily. There also was a day when I had a (sugar-free) bliss ball, because I felt kind of weak and needed something to give me energy.

After souping:

Allow your body to take time to get used to firm foods again. For example simply reduce the amount of soup you eat and replace it with something more firm. During souping I had 2 bowls of soup. On the following days I’ld have one bowl of soup only and have some crisp break or steamed veggies with a spread on the side.

Short summary of my souping experience

I felt really good, all the way through. Ok, despite that one more stressful day. I didn’t really feel more hungry than usual and I felt very balanced and from the second day onwards somehow freed and lighter. I also wasn’t freezing as much as during juicing. I truly felt that souping is a very gentle way of fasting.
And: from the second day onwards I could see that my skin got better and cleaner.
Also, I did experience how nice it is to have soup for lunch and/or dinner because it is satisfying but really light at the same time.
All in all it was a very positive experience that I’ll be happy to make again.

Have you ever done a fast? How did you feel?
Have you got any further tipps? I’ll be happy if you share them with me and the other readers down in the comments!

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