Healthy Soups

Healthy Soups

Healthy Soups During Cancer Recovery

The problem with medical treatments for ovarian cancer is that they can take away your taste buds and bring you to a state where you don’t want to eat anything. And then you end up missing out on so much pleasure in life.

What if you could tell yourself you are going to start enjoying life and eating again, and do it with healthy soups? If you have a willing family who will help you through this time in life, perhaps they could start making the healthy soups for you. All you’ll need are three different soups each week. One soup will be your meal soup. This is a soup that contains protein plus vegetables, and lots of them. It may be blended if you have difficulty chewing.

The second healthy soup will be your appetizer soup. This is a soup that is generally made of between one and three vegetables and it has a unique flavor of lemon, ginger, an herb of your choice (basil, oregano, thyme, savory, rosemary, lemon grass). It’s a blended soup as well. For example, it might be a cream of celery soup with mushrooms and onions and basil. The purpose of this is to pique your appetite.

The third soup will be your dessert soup. This is a soup that is exotic and maybe even is topped with pears and coconut, such as a carrot celery soup with turmeric. This one has such a good flavor that you want to eat. You can’t help but eat more of it, and you look forward to it. The pears and coconut are both fruits and whenever a soup is topped with a matching fruit or two, it will be considered a dessert soup.


The total cooking time is only about 2 hours for all three soups, and the prep time is about 45 minutes. This is really a minimal time investment from a loving family member who sincerely wants to help.

Now even if you’re still in the hospital, it may be possible for family to bring in these soups to you in a cup or bowl. It’s not really a good idea to microwave the soups because all the goodness is destroyed, but if it’s the only way, then don’t sweat it. Do what you can.

The dietary department at hospitals use canned foods, frozen foods, not a lot of fresh food – and most of it is processed. There’s no life in this type of food. If you want life, you’re going to have to eat foods with life in them. Because you are recovering, you can’t eat a lot of foods that are raw, but you can eat healthy soups.

Donna SchwontkowskiDonna Schwontkowski

Dr. Donna Schwontkowski is a retired chiropractor with two degrees in nutrition and a Master's in herbology. She is convinced that every illness can be improved significantly through diet and nutritional protocols.

Nov 4, 2014
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