by Adrienne Shum

The acronym KISS stands for, “Keep it simple, stupid,” and it is a design principle that was coined by the US Navy in 1960.  Snarky put-downs aside, it is a pretty solid life mantra to keep coming back to.  In the cerebral, technology-centered world that we live in, our minds love to swirl and twirl in thoughts without discipline or direction.  We tend to overload all of our senses (sight, smell, sound, taste, touch) with input, perhaps through a deliciously indulgent dinner (hello, Thanksgiving), or spending a little too much time on Instagram.  

After periods of excess, gastronomic or otherwise, it is refreshing to give our bodies and minds a break, and the KISS principle comes in handy here.  Whether it is feeding our bellies with a bowl of plain white rice, or quieting our minds with seated meditation, we all require moments of respite from the intensity of our lives.

Here is a simple soup to soothe the senses: when it feels like things are about to spin out of control, make some KISS soup and shut out the world, if just for a little while.


This soup can be made with any vegetables you have on hand, which is another aspect of its simplicity: there is no requirement to include any or all of the vegetables listed, just make do with what you have. Less is more.
If you are indeed planning a trip to the market, consider buying the freshest vegetables you can find, preferably organic - a stupidly simple soup will not mask the insipidness of shrivelled, wilted vegetables.

The quantities here will make enough soup for 4, or 2 very hungry people. Leftovers will simplify future meals, so making a little more is a good idea.
2-3 carrots
2-3 stalks celery
1 zucchini
A handful of leafy greens, like kale or swiss chard
And maybe a small handful of green lentils 
(soaked overnight if you remember, but it’ll be fine either way)

Chop all the vegetables into similar sized pieces. Put everything in a large pot and add enough water until it is just covered. Bring to a boil, then cover and let simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until the vegetables/lentils are cooked. A light pinch of salt or a splash of soy sauce might be nice - but letting the natural flavour of the vegetables shine through is also nice. Serve in plain white bowls. Be soothed, 
dear soul.

If you are interested in more internal cleaning, join Adrienne for her next diet cleanse workshop on October 26th, 2-4 pm, at Yoga Public. You will learn the fundamentals of an Ayurvedic diet and be given the tools to help restore and rejuvenate your digestive system through a 12-day diet cleanse.
Shum, MSc (Food Science) is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counsellor and yoga instructor.  Drawing from the lessons in her own practice, she strives to empower her students with the tools to pursue self-healing.  Contact her at adrienne.shum@gmail.com.


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