Grounding Cauliflower Apple Soup 

My instructor was talking just the other day about how she defines foods in two separate categories: “noisy” (inflammatory, irritating, disruptive) and “quiet” (peaceful, nourishing, easy to digest). I love that concept. When life is crazy (often) , I am drawn to the quiet foods. The foods that nourish and give, and hardly ask for anything back. The foods that are easy on my gut, and make my soul feel good.

If that’s what you need today, then this recipe is for you. This Cauliflower Apple Soup is earthy, smooth, and mellow. It also requires very little work to throw together, perfect for those low-energy days.


Ingredients: 

  • 1 Large Head of Cauliflower, cut into like-size pieces
  • 1 Apple, diced (I leave the skin on)
  • 1 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 TBSP organic coconut oil
  • 1/4 TSP turmeric
  • 1 container organic chicken broth
  • 1/2 TSP himilayan salt

Optional toppings

  • Chives
  • Sour Coconut Cream – plain coconut yogurt mixed with a squeeze of lemon

Directions:

Warm a large pot on medium-low heat and melt coconut oil. Add onion and stir occasionally as they soften. Once they begin to turn translucent, add garlic and stir for about two minutes. Then add the apple, cauliflower, coconut milk, and chicken broth. Mix in the 1/4 tsp of turmeric and 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt. Allow all the ingredients to slowly simmer as long as you can, ideally an hour or more. When you just cant wait any longer, blend all the ingredients using a hand blender. Top with an easy sour coconut cream (see above) or chives. Green onion or chickpea croutons would also work well.

 

This recipe is great for a couple reasons – one being that your stomach doesn’t have to work too hard to mechanically break it down. The coconut milk supports increased mucus lining in the stomach, and given the stars of the show (cauliflower and apple) there is a generous serving of fiber here as well. From a more mind-body-soul aspect, a hot soup has a way of forcing you to slow down and eat more mindfully. Warm, soft food is especially comforting when you feel the need to be nurtured, or vulnerable.

I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe! If you just can’t get enough of me you can always find me on Instagram (standingstrongwellness) or Youtube (Standing Strong Wellness)

Have a great weekend everyone.

 

Why are you Depressed? 

Like many other things in mental health, depression is multifaceted – there are many signs, symptoms, explanations, and origins behind depression. It cannot be explained simply. It can’t be encompassed simply, and it shouldn’t be treated simply.

So why are you depressed? A lot of the stigma that still has a stronghold on mental health reiterates the narrative that people who struggle with depression are just “mentally weak”. Another common misconception is that it only affects the “have-nots” of society, that is, those of lower economic status. (because what could people with money possibly be sad about?)

What’s interesting is that as a society we still haven’t full acknowledged and absorbed just how prevalent depression is. It’s simply not talked about. Well, let’s put a little dent in that today shall we, and talk about it.

So, what is it? Are depressed people weak? Ungrateful? Poor? Messed up? Under difficult circumstances? Negative? Let’s unravel it a little.

There is no one factor that has been indicated in “causing” depression, in fact, there are several things that could be linked between you and your depression.

For example:

  • Food intolerances or allergies
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Traumatizing experiences/ Grief/ Difficult life circumstances
  • Neurotransmitter malfunctions
  • Hormones

Any single factor or combination thereof could be contributing to your depression. I realize this is a small, albiet generalized list – but the point I’m trying to drive home is that there are any number of reasons why you might be depressed.  

This is why I have such an issue with the fact that we treat depression in such a blanketed way: by suggesting antidepressants to treat depression – for everyone. First and foremost: did you know studies have never definitively found a link between serotonin and depression? Yet SSRI’s , which increase serotonin in the body, are the most often prescribed antidepressant.

So, in essence, people with depression are encouraged to take a drug that has not actually been scientifically supported to work. Some studies do say that SSRI’s do show small improvements in some people; other studies chalk that up to a placebo affect.

I know some people personally who take SSRI’s for depression, and they really feel that these drugs work for them. I can’t argue with another person’s experience. And without definitive answers, it is plausible that these drugs could very well improve symptoms for some. I am not anti-drug , I’m just pro-whatever works. What I worry about treating depression with such a “one-size-fits-all” approach is that people might ignore the other factors that could be contributing.

For example, did you know that depression is a symptom of low testosterone in men? Or that hypothyroidism can look like depression? Or that low dopamine correlates with a decrease in motivation, which is a symptom of depression? Or that untreated food allergies and sensitivities can lead to chronic inflammation, leading to fatigue and a host of other symptoms, all of which could contribute to depression? Or that magnesium deficiency has been linked to depression?

Some depression is also circumstantial, you can be optimally healthy and still struggle with depression (you can also be rich and depressed – myth busted). 

So why are you depressed? If you’re not sure, I encourage you to dig deeper. Emotionally and physically. Get whatever test you need to get done. Get in tune with your body. Talk to your doctor, spiritual adviser, your chiropractor, and figure out what’s getting you. And as always, advocate for yourself.

Lord knows – I’m not saying it’s easy. Having had my own mental health struggles for over ten years, I know it takes a lot of work – sometimes years – to get to a good place. All I want for you is to channel that energy into productive ways of figuring it out – when you’re feeling up to it.

Any comments or questions? Please leave them down below, I would be interested to hear about your experience with depression!

 

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Favourites Giveaway ! 

I’ll show you mine if you show me yours…

Favourites, that is!

To celebrate reaching 500 followers I’ve decided to do my very FIRST giveaway! When I first started this blog, I had no idea how much I would fall in love with it – and how much I would enjoy connecting with all of you.

I would have to say that the community built with my readers and other bloggers is easily my favourite part of the entire process. So I want to celebrate each and every one of you and YOUR favourites too!

To enter the giveaway, here are the rules: 

First and foremost, follow me! If you do already, awesome. If not, just press the follow button on the side bar and subscribe either through email or through wordpress!

Then in the comments below, send me the link to one of your favourite bloggers, and tell me why you love reading their posts! I will be visiting each and every one – and I can’t wait to be inspired and enlightened by the bloggers that you absolutely love!

And for sharing your favourites, I’ll share my favourites with you:


Included:

  • Iron Vegan Sprouted Protein – Chocolate and Vanilla 
  • Praire Naturals Coconut Seed Snacks
  • Smart Sweets Gummy Bears
  • Lara Bars – Blueberry and Chocolate PB
  • “Dreams are Worth Chasing” mug
  • “Noteworthy” notebook
  • WOW Peppermint Relief Roll-on

I am not associated with or sponsored by any of the pictured companies – these are just items I enjoy day to day, and I wanted to share them with you!

This giveaway is open to Canadian and US Residents. The winner will be drawn on Sunday, April 23rd. One entry per person, but if you want to share more than one blog that you love, please do.

I look forward to seeing your favourites!

 

March Update

Hey Strong Babes!

My oh my it seems like just yesterday I wrote the last update. But that wouldn’t be accurate now would it? They say time flies when you’re having fun – it must have been a fun past couple of weeks for me!

…..or something!

Actually, it has been a great past couple weeks. It has been on my mind more and more that soon I will be certified in holistic nutrition and ready to change lives with food. Even my partner points out the subtle ways in which our eating habits have changed. I’ve learned so much and I’m ready to move forward but – there are still a few more months left to go!

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I’m also making subtle changes elsewhere – namely my wardrobe – in light of something that happened earlier this week! I went to a jumping class with my mom; it’s a fitness class where you jump on a personal-sized trampoline during the workout… way harder than it sounds, trust me. Anyways, the instructor told me I couldn’t witness my mom signing her waiver because I was under 18… I looked at her astounded. My mom could not stop laughing! “I’m 28!” I told her. She definitely looked surprised.

I get it – in my sweat pants and messy bun I don’t look my age. The problem is, I’m always in sweat pants and a messy bun!

I never shop, like… ever. But I went to the mall and got a couple of things that made me look a little more age appropriate. Don’t get me wrong I am so lucky I get to wear sweaters and sweat pants every day! But those days won’t last, and I want to be ready!

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I wanted to include another photo as a part of my fitness update, but I couldn’t find a good one for you guys – so if you want to check in on my physique in the coming weeks you will just have to follow me on Instagram! (I’m so sneaky!)

Here’s what’s up: I’ve been cutting for the past couple of weeks. It’s just the beginning of a long stretch of cutting, so I’m not doing anything too drastic. Comicon is coming up here in Calgary at the end of April, so Matthew and I are preparing ourselves mentally and physically! I am so excited for Comicon and it’s a great goal for me to look forward to when cardio gets tough!

My lifts have been awesome. I’m feeling strong and motivated. It’s kind of cool but the more progress you see, the more motivated you continue to be! I may have actually grown tiny quads this winter, which is exciting for me! If you ever read my previous updates I have gone on and on about growing my legs, ha!

The question is: how ripped will I get this summer? The answer is: only as much as I can maintain my health. I know many people think that it’s impossible, but I think slow and steady can win the race! And I wouldn’t sacrifice my health for any number on the scale. I’m eating carbs strategically and doing extra cardio – that’s it!

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Before I go: Psst – guess what’s in my cup there? Tea, that I poured my own cashew creamer into! I did up a video on how to make it, it’ll be up on Youtube and WordPress tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by, you guys are the best!

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