Up until recently, juice cleanses were all the rage. OK, so I totally get the whole ‘easy to digest’ side of juicing, but do we really need to ingest so much sugar? Because, sadly, fruits are rich in sugar, and limiting your diet to juiced fruit will obviously raise your blood sugar levels through the roof.
Why would anyone want to do that? Even if you mix fruit with veggies, in their juiced form they still have a significant amount of sugar and not enough of other macros needed for both health and to keep hunger at bay. Well, I have a better solution for you: it’s called a soup cleanse.
What is a soup cleanse?
Also, known as ‘souping’, this cleanse implies that you only eat soups for a period of time providing your body with everything it needs. As with all cleanses, there are several approaches to the soup cleanse. You can opt for a 1 day raw cleanse, a 3 or 5-day soup cleanse, or follow a soup diet that includes specific recipes.
The point of a soup cleanse is to make you focus on eating healthy foods (but obviously only in soup meals) in an easy to digest form. This can help improve your digestion and even reduce any existing digestive issues you might be having, reduce inflammation and aid in detoxing.
What all soup cleanse programs have in common is that all meals of the day are made of soup only.
Soup cleanses are versatile
Interestingly, a soup cleanse is something you can do regardless if you’re an omnivore, a vegetarian, a vegan, or you follow another type of diet such as Paleo, for example. The main rule of a soup recipe that’s suitable for a cleanse is to be made with healthy and wholesome ingredients.
I definitely understand the concept of souping. A warm, homemade soup is incredibly comforting! Also, you can prepare 2-3 types of soups and have ready-made food for the next 2-3 days (almost any soup keeps very well in the fridge and some can even be frozen).
Soup cleanse vs. juicing
Compared to juicing a soup cleanse offers a richer variety of foods you can eat, it can be much more filling, have significantly lower sugar levels and you can prep meals ahead. Juices are obviously easier to digest but I’m not sure this is such an advantage since this also means they won’t keep you full too long and you will soon need to drink another glass of juice.
Another benefit of souping is that soups are easy to make – once you throw all the ingredients in the pot it will basically cook itself. On top of that, they don’t require any special equipment.
Losing weight on a soup cleanse
Can you lose weight on a soup cleanse? Well, of course, you can. You’ll need to stay away from vegetables that have a high glycemic index and use the ones that have a low carb content such as carrots, onions, root vegetables, cauliflower, broccoli, and leafy greens.
Soups can also contain legumes and even meat although if you want to lose weight you should choose lean meats. For the best satiety levels, I also recommend you stay away from cream soups and chop the ingredients instead of pureeing them.
There’s a whole range of detox soups you can find online via a simple search so the variety is practically endless. And making them yourself is that much easier if you own a slow cooker or an instant pot.
What do you think of souping and have you ever tried a soup cleanse? Did you experience any positive or negative effects?