Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Bieler's Broth for 'Spring Cleaning'

As the days become warmer and brighter, nature rouses from her winter slumber and looks ahead to the new growth of spring.  It is a common practice in many parts of the world to undergo a 'cleanse' at the change of season - Spring and Fall.  Springtime is associated with the element Wood.  In traditional Chinese medicine, the Wood element represents the liver and the gall bladder.  The liver especially being the major filter of everything in your body.  Treat your body like you do your house: dust, open the windows to air things out, and purge clutter.
Here are some suggestions for living in harmony with the spring season and re-connect with Nature.
  • Begin your day early, with a brisk walk. 
  • Feel the sunshine on your face, watch buds rush into leaf, often doubling their size in a day. Look for birds' nests - you'll find them everywhere.  Make a garden. Eat greens.
  • Begin new things - at home, in your work, and in yourself. In this season when nature reinvents itself, we too can see people and situations with new eyes. Take time to create the next path in life and take fresh hope.  Make things, do things. Begin!
  • Consider how you wish to prepare your summer harvest.  Spring does not last forever.  Use its bountiful energy wisely, so that the crops you sow - in yourself, in your work, and in your life - are those you wish to harvest.  The energy of spring brings vision.

Perhaps you are someone that looks forward to a spring cleanse where you can modify your nutrition to rejuvenate and detoxify your mind and body with lots of rest, meditation, and simple food.  In an ideal world, everyone would simply eat a well balanced, nutrient-dense, seasonal diet and avoid junky, over-processed foods.  In reality, however, this doesn’t always happen, and occasionally it’s nice to give the digestive system a mini-vacation.

Bieler’s Broth is a great recipe to try when your looking to lighten up, and spring time is an ideal season for doing so after a winter of hearty stews, and breads.  Taken from Nourishing Traditions, this recipe was originally create by Dr. Henry Bieler, MD, “for fasting, for energy, and for overall health.”

The combination of veggies in Bieler’s Broth is thought to be ideal for restoring acid-alkaline imbalance as well as sodium-potassium balance to the body.  Perfect for recovery from stress and adrenal fatigue or a weekend of over-indulgence, this soup is also recommended for individuals with back and ligament problems.  Try eating it for breakfast (or before breakfast) for a cleansing start to the day.

Bieler Broth
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
2 bunches parsley, stems removed
fresh herbs (thyme or tarragon) tied together with a string
1 quart filtered water
whey, optional *

Place water, vegetables and herbs in a pot.  
Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer, covered for about 30 minutes.  
Remove herbs.  
Vegetables may be eaten whole with cooking water, or blended into a thick soup with an immersion blender.  
One tablespoon of whey may be added to each cup of soup.

*Whey is prepared by straining yogurt through cheesecloth.  The liquid that drains from the yogurt is whey.  

1 comment:

Robyn said...

Once you add whey (which would come from the creation of cottage cheese--as in curds and whey), it isn't really Bieler Broth any more. You can also cook it in a pressure cooker which shortens the cooking time and prevents loss of nutrients. That's how Dr. Bieler cooked it.