Ayurvedic traditions believe nutrition is a big part of healing and living an optimized life. While massage is great for relieving stress and pain relief it does not address inflamation in the body. When structures in the body are inflamed they put pressure on the muscles, inflammation causes knuckles and joints to swelll, inflammation is your body on fire from the inside. To quench the fire we would like to offer 2 simple soup recipes.
Dr. Connelly’s Vegetable Soup
4 cups chicken stock or filtered water
4 tablespooons tomato paste
1 cup french beans, cut into 1-inch lengths
1 cup finely chopped celery with leaves
2-3 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwisee and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon paprika
sea salt or fish sauce and pepper
This is a tasty version of Bieler broth, recommended for increased energy and treatment of stress. In particular, zucchini with it’s high sodium content nourishes the adrenal glands. Thomas Connelly, a chiropractor from Washington D.C., recommends this soup for back pain, ligament problems and other symptoms of depleted adrenal function.
Bring stock or water and tomato paste to a boil, blend with a wire whisk and skim. Reduce heatt, add beans, celery and zucchini and simmer until they are just tender and still green, about 10 minutes. Stir in parsley and season to taste.
Makes 2 quarts:
4 Medium squash (zucchini, yellow, or summer washed ends, removed and sliced)
1 Pound string beans, ends removed
2 Sticks celery, chopped (optional)
2 Bunches parsley, stems removed (optional)
Fresh herbs such as thyme or tarragon, tied together with string (optional)
1 Quart filtered water
Maverick physician Henry Bieler recommended this broth for fasting, for energy and for overall health. He felt that this combination of vegetables was ideal for restoring acid-alkaline and sodium potassium balance to organs and glands, especially the sodium loving adrenal glands. Bieler broth is highly recommended for those under stress or suffering from stress-related conditions, such as back pain and ligament problems. Place water, vegetables and optional herbs in a pot. Bring to a boil, skim, lower heat and simmer, covered for about 1/2 hour. Remove herbs. Vegetables may be eaten whole with cooking water, or blended into a thick soup with a handheld blender. One tablespoon whey may be added to each cup of soup.