D-tox January, Day 29: Carrot Ginger Soup from the Cardigan & Cook

Daffodils

Loving my daffodils, while the rain falls outside

A big ‘woo hoo’ goes out to my ‘soul sister’ Megan today. Megan has launched a new blog with her friend called the Cardigan & Cook and todays’ post for D-tox January is their first blog post. I’m exited and honored to be with them (virtually speaking) at the beginning.

The new blog is all about shopping and cooking and the wine country. Three perfect things in one. Today, Megan shares a carrot, ginger soup. She makes it in her super duper new Vitamix. For those, who don’t have a high powered blender (like me) – it’s ok, really. You can still go ahead and recreate this yummy soup.

Why is Megan my soul sister, I hear you ask? I met Megan in September of last year. Megan was one of my fellow models who graced the runway for the annual Stepping Out to Celebrate Life fundraiser fashion show. Megan is a fellow breast cancer survivor. One of the songs in the show was Train’s ‘Hey Soul Sister’ and so we called ourselves ‘soul sisters’ – and ‘brother’ (one male breast cancer survivor joined us too). One of the lines in the song is: “you gave my life direction”. You could argue that having breast cancer has given a few of us renewed focus and direction.

My direction swayed a bit today. I woke up with a sore throat, stayed in pj’s for most of the morning, finished my book for next weeks’ book club meeting (all good) and – when I should have been turning to a fab immune boosting smoothie – I must confess that I caved and turned on the coffee machine. I’ve learned that it’s ok to not be super healthy all of the time – sometimes it’s even better for the soul not to be. Right? Having said that, Megan’s soup could quite well be on the menu later today.

The English Beat are coming to play at our local theater in January. Remember them? For the Brits that are reading. it’s just the plain old ‘Beat’. A group of us are going to go and see them for a friends 40th birthday. Should be a giggle. A few of my school friends were big ‘The Beat’ fans back in the early 80′s. I wasn’t one of them and so I go onto iTunes this morning to remind myself of the other songs I might remember other than ‘Mirror in the Bathroom’. iTunes is a dangerous place in our house. We all love it. We get sucked into the computer and could listen to music for hours on end. The kids usually cry out for ‘The Beatles’, but they had a Justin Bieber morning today. Could be worse. No?

I delve into my past and dig up some great Joe Jackson tunes. Amidst them, I find a song that I’d never heard. ‘Cancer’. It doesn’t exactly make me feel better about my coffee. Kind of scary that things haven’t moved on much since he wrote it, in some ways. I’ll leave you with the lyrics and renewed positive thinking that we CAN spread the word about prevention and we CAN affect our own health and cancer treatments ARE improving by the day. Megan and I are a testament to that.

Cancer by Joe Jackson

Everything
Everything gives you cancer
Everything
Everything gives you cancer
There’s no cure, there’s no answer
Everything gives you cancer

Don’t touch that dial
Don’t try to smile
Just take this pill
It’s in your file

Don’t work hard
Don’t play hard
Don’t plan for the graveyard
Remember -

Everything
Everything gives you cancer
Everything
Everything gives you cancer
There’s no cure, there’s no answer
Everything gives you cancer

Don’t work by night
Don’t sleep by day
You’ll feel all right
But you will pay

No caffeine
No protein
No booze or
Nicotine
Remember -

 

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4 Comments

  1. Maggie says:

    Nicola I think you should buy yourself a blender tomorrow. YOU DESERVE IT! I’m a big believer in the 80-20 balance (wait, that doesn’t balance!). As long as you’re starting the day with smoothies 80 percent of the time…you’re good :) My husband knows “The Beat”. His Mom and Dad moved from England about 40 years ago. He was born here but is full of Brit! I love it. I’m off to drink my coffee and watch Corrie!

    • nstockmann says:

      ;-). I have a blender – just not a blend tec or a vitamix. It’s good enough – for now. Love that you are watching Corrie!!!! xo

  2. Another wonderful post, Nicola! I’m going to miss this series so much! Woohoo on your friends starting their own blog. Life-changing events can cause a person to do that. ;-) Love those daffodils, PJ, time, etc. While I’m not a coffee person, I have enough other indulgences, but I just ate some wonderful homemade chicken noodle soup after a lazy day of snoozing with hubby and the pooch, and eating nothing earlier, so life is good! I think that Joe Jackson song needs to be updated to include green smoothie, detox soup, and more. There’s a lot that can cause cancer for sure, but there’s a lot that can prevent it, too, as your amazing series and all the great bloggers and their recipes have shown.

    xo,
    Shirley

    • nstockmann says:

      Thanks Shirley. Loved seeing you on ‘Gluten Free TV’. So great. And – yes – prevention is SO key. I truly believe that if we keep educating about living a healthy lifestyle then we really can make a difference and hopefully those lyrics will become a thing of the past – at least in my childrens’ lifetime.

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