Those of you who follow me and know me know that I LOVE fall. I love root vegetables, fall spices, and the crisp feeling in the air. As soon as the temperature outside changes I start roasting butternut squash and making it into all things delicious. One of my favorite foods during the autumn and winter is soup. When you are working on reversing inflammation, hormone imbalances, leaky gut, chronic pain and autoimmune disease there are certain foods that pack a big punch in getting your immune system to calm down. Two of those foods are in this delicious soup: turmeric and ginger. Using both in one soup is a win-win!
I get patients in my practice who are frustrated with the limitations their autoimmune disease and leaky gut has placed on their dietary choices. I always feel nothing but compassion for these frustrated patients of mine. Navigating the dietary changes necessary to reverse inflammation, hormone imbalances, digestive issues, chronic pain, and autoimmune disease can feel very overwhelming. I know I was completely frustrated and overwhelmed when I was first diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.
People trying to figure out life with an autoimmune disease can also be overwhelmed by the conflicting information out there. Why is it conflicting? Because we are all different and there is no one-size- fits all diet for autoimmune reversal. That’s why I do individualized testing for my patients so they know exactly what their immune system is attacking and what they can safely eat. Fear not if you are one of these frustrated people. Your food can be easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. An autoimmune diagnosis does not banish you to the inner circle of hell and tasteless food. On the contrary, it can be a culinary adventure as you try out new ingredients for the first time. Soups are easy to make and can be tailored to fit the tastes of everyone in the family, even picky eaters. One of the great things about pureed soups is you can sneak healthy ingredients in and your kids and spouse won’t know.
You can add protein to this delicious soup by serving it with a tasty side of fish, chicken or turkey, or you do what I often do; add 3 TBSP to your serving bowl of Great Lakes green label collagen. Now you have 20 gms of protein in your soup!
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Autumn Turmeric Ginger Squash Soup
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil or ghee
- 2 chopped green onions
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
- 1-inch piece of turmeric root, peeled and grated
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 butternut squash roasted and peeled
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- 4 cups of water
- ¼ cup full fat coconut milk for serving
Chopped flat leaf parsley for garnish
- Melt coconut oil or ghee in a medium saucepan and cook onions until translucent. Add garlic, minced ginger, and for 1 to 2 minutes or just until glossy.
- Add chopped cooked squash, cumin, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and turmeric and cook another 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add water and heat. Puree soup in batches in a high-speed blender.
- Divide soup between 4 to 6 bowls and place a drizzle of coconut milk in center of each and finish with chopped parsley, a pinch of additional salt and freshly ground pepper and roasted pumpkin seeds if desired.
Dr. Keesha Ewers, PhD, ARNP is a Doctor of Sexology, Psychotherapist, is board certified in Functional medicine and holds an advanced certification in Ayurvedic medicine, and is the founder and medical director of the Academy for Integrative Medicine Health Coach Certification Program.
Dr. Keesha has been in the medical field for over 30 years. After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis—an incurable disease according to Western medicine—she discovered how to reverse autoimmunity using her Freedom Framework® Method, which she has now used with thousands of her own patients and teaches to her health coach students in her online certification program.
Dr. Keesha is a popular speaker, including at Harvard and from the TEDx stage, and the best-selling author of Solving the Autoimmune Puzzle: The Woman’s Guide to Reclaiming Emotional Freedom and Vibrant Health and Your Libido Story: A workbook for women who want to find, fix, and free their sexual desire. You can listen to her Healthy YOU! Radio Show and find her programs at DrKeesha.com.