This is for all you lovely folks who like your Cranberry Sauce smooth, jellied and delivered in slices on your plate.  If you’re looking for a traditional lumpy version of Cranberry Sauce, just go here.

This is slightly more convoluted to make than the lumpy version, but it’s much more exciting in the long run because you get this magnificent dome of perfect, beautiful, glistening redness at the end of it.  No one will believe you made it yourself.  Make it the centerpiece of your holiday table and then floor them by telling them it’s sugar-free to boot.

SANE Cranberry Sauce  |  Carrie Brown

Hooray for the holidays!


SANE Jellied Cranberry Sauce
Author: Carrie Brown |
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 10
  • 12 oz. / 340g fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup / 8 fl oz. hot water
  • 8 oz. / 225g xylitol
  1. Put an apron on. Seriously. Cranberry juice stains like the devil.
  2. Put the cranberries in a pan with the hot water over a high heat and bring to the boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover with a lid – this is important! – and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Carefully pour the cranberries into a blender and blend on high until completely smooth.
  5. Rinse the pan out and place a sieve over it.
  6. Push the puréed cranberries through the sieve, using a clean spatula to scrape the purée from the underside.
  7. Add the xylitol to the cranberry purée and stir well.
  8. Turn the heat to medium and bring to the boil.
  9. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring well and often. If you don’t stir you will end up with a lot of super thick gunk on the bottom. We don’t want that.
  10. Carefully pour the cranberry sauce into a bowl. Whatever bowl you choose is the shape the jellied cranberry sauce will become, so choose carefully. Make sure the bowl is widest at the top otherwise it will be really difficult to slide your jellied cranberry sauce out.
  11. Leave to cool completely.
  12. Once cold, gently press around the edge of the sauce to free it from the sides of the bowl.
  13. Put a plate upside down on the bowl and turn the bowl over so that the plate is now on the bottom.
  14. You may need to gently push the jellied cranberry sauce to one edge of the bowl before you turn it onto the plate so that it comes out easily.
  15. Serve as a beautiful glistening jewel on the serving plate or slice.
**Please be very careful when cooking and pouring this sauce – it gets extremely hot and would cause a burn if it comes into contact with your skin**

Sane Cranberry Sauce  |  Carrie Brown





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  • cowgirl rae - I just LOVE the concept that there is so much natural pectin in cranberries they jell on their own…. so cool.ReplyCancel

  • Grant - Hey Carrie, just got your soup cookbook, love it. I have a quick question. I am shooting for 10 servings of veggies per day, can you give me an estimate of how many servings of veggies would be in say 1 cup of soup, on average.

    Just looking for some approximates to make it easier to get my servings in.

    Thanks Carrie, keep up the great work.


    • carrie - Grant – 1-2. However, eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. I find it easier to just make sure at least half of each meal is non-starchy veggies and call it good. Hope that helps! Thanks for the cookbook love!!ReplyCancel

It’s the Holidays!!

Here in the US, Thanksgiving, aka Turkey Day, is just around the corner, while in other parts of the world people are gearing up for Christmas.  If you’re celebrating any of the holidays with a turkey, you almost certainly like to add a dish of Cranberry Sauce to the feast.  Personally I think turkey and cranberry sauce together are the absolute bomb.  So I thought I’d whip us up a SANE version, because who wants to down all that pesky sugar with your cranberries?  Not to mention that choosing healthy food shouldn’t preclude you from all the deliciousness that the holidays bring.

Want SANE cranberries?  Your turkey shall not be naked! SANE Cranberry Sauce  |  Carrie Brown

Then I remembered that in the US, at least, there is this other version of Cranberry Sauce which is smooth, jellied and you slice into rounds.  Between you and me, I think it’s very strange, but each to their own.  Notwithstanding that I think round, sliced, smooth cranberry sauce is a little odd, I made a SANE version of that too.  I am putting the recipes on different posts so that you can print both of the recipes out with that nifty little print function.  Unfortunately I can’t add two recipes to the same post and get the little printy thing on both, and since I didn’t want to discriminate between the Lumpy Cranberry Sauce Lovers v. the Smooth Cranberry Sauce Lovers on who would get the print button, two separate posts it is.  If you are looking for the lumpy version, it’s right here on this page.  If you’re looking for the smooth version you can find it here.

This is super simple to make and done in 15.

SANE holiday cheer to you and yours!


SANE Cranberry Sauce
Author: Carrie Brown |
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
  • Zest and juice of 1 large orange
  • Approx. 3/4 cup / 6 fl oz. hot water (see instructions)
  • 12 oz. / 340g fresh cranberries
  • 8 oz. / 225g xylitol
  1. Put an apron on. Seriously. Cranberry juice stains like the devil.
  2. Zest the orange straight into a pan.
  3. Juice the orange and add enough water to make 1 cup / 8 fl oz.
  4. Put the orange juice water, cranberries, and xylitol in the pan with the zest and stir well.
  5. Over a high heat bring to the boil.
  6. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring well and often.
  7. Remove from the heat and careful pour the sauce into a bowl.
  8. Leave to cool completely.
**Please be very careful when cooking and pouring this sauce – it gets extremely hot and would cause a burn if it comes into contact with your skin**




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  • Cowgirl Rae - YUM! yesterday I canned the remaining 6 pints of the cranberries I purchased from I bought 10 pounds. They were UBER Fantaboulous! You must get some next year. NOT. AT. ALL. like what you get in the little cello bags in the grocery. These berries were huge and the most beautiful color.
    Some thinly sliced oranges went into my last batch, I intended to add spice but I forgot :( OH well I can add spice later to any sauce.

    You’re the best Carrie!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Yay! It’s on the stove now!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - It turned out great!!! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - I got rave reviews at Thanksgiving! Thank you Carrie!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Shepard - SANE pecan pie:
    1. pit a date.
    2. stuff 2 raw pecan 1/2s into the hole.
    3. close your eyes.
    4. eat.

    passed these out on Thanksgiving and was given SUCH dirty looks – until everyone ate them. ;-) THEN they were quite impressed. You can’t eat more than about 3.ReplyCancel

  • Wren - This is Delicious! I am so making this for Thanksgiving this year. I am anxious to try the other smooth version as well, but I really like the orange tangy-ness of this one. Can you also add the orange juice and zest to the smooth one?ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Yes, Wren, although you might have to strain the zest out of if it to make it really smooth.ReplyCancel

2013 is going to go out with one heck of a BANG! this year.

On December 31st The Bailornator’s new book, The Calorie Myth, will be published by HarperCollins.  I am so excited I can barely stand it!!!  Even though I’ve already read it, I simply cannot wait for this magnificent tome to be let loose on the world.  You know when every once in a while something incredibly special comes along that you want to share with everyone in your life because you know, without a doubt, it can immediately improve their lives?

This book is one of those things.  And it’s written by one of my very favorite people – the utterly brilliant Jonathan Bailor.  He explains the science and tells the truth about health and fat-loss in a way that is so very simple.  And let’s face it, maintaining a healthy body should not be hard.  Jonathan’s first book, The Smarter Science of Slim, completely changed the course of my life.  I have no doubt that The Calorie Myth will do that for hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

“Based on more than a decade of research and endorsed by top doctors and researchers from Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins, and UCLA, The Calorie Myth, by Jonathan Bailor, offers a radically new and scientifically proven model for sustainable weight loss: the key to long-term success is not the quantity of calories that we eat or exercise off, but rather the quality of our food and exercise.  Bailor summarizes more than 1,300 scientific studies to offer us an alternative roadmap to lifelong weight loss and vibrant health. And, in doing so, he exposes the fundamental myth upon which the diet industry has been built: eat less + exercise more = weight loss. The equation simply doesn’t add up! Isn’t it time we forever change the way we think about fat loss and robust lifelong health?”


But don’t wait until December 31st to order your copy.  Here’s why:

If you pre-order 3 or more copies, as well as getting copies of this life-changing book hot off the press, you can gain access to a myriad of bonuses including a free e-book, recipes, eating and exercise plans, and even videos.  And if all that isn’t enough, pre-order using the link below and a portion of the proceeds will be gifted to charity.  You win, they win.  Get together with friends and family to place a bulk order and enjoy all those bonuses!

If you want just one copy for yourself, click on the book image below and not only will your copy of The Calorie Myth be winging its way to you the day it releases, you’ll be helping out folks in need via a charitable gift.  Jonathan has set up this special link to take you to the page where he can track the charitable gifting.  Please place your pre-orders from that page to make sure that Jonathan can track correctly.  This applies to Kindle editions as well.

calorie myth book

Want to avoid all the frustrations of New Year diet and exercise programs that just end up leaving you fatter and poorer?  Want to free yourself from all the frustrating calorie myths?  This is the book that will show you why you need to eat more and exercise less – but smarter – to lose weight and live better.

Finally understand the why and how of health and fat-loss, and discover for yourself how simple slim can be!


And then, once you’ve pre-ordered your copy of The Calorie Myth, tune in again tomorrow for two versions of SANE Cranberry Sauce to dress up the turkey at your Holiday gatherings!  Gobble gobble!



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  • Kiz - Carrie:

    While we all wait for the book, I want to Thank YOU for all the excellent recipes.

    I have made the following in the past two weeks since watching you on creativeLive:
    Green smoothie-Orange creamsicle, with almond milk instead of coconut
    Leek and Mushroom quiche cups
    Cheesy scones
    Chicken and Mushrooms
    Tomato salad soup – excellent cold as an afternoon snack
    sour cream and chive biscuits – so filling and fulfilling; just one, beside a salad and some turkey
    Strawberry seed porridge
    Avocado and walnut salad
    Cinnamon raisin rice pudding

    Everything has been excellent and I have enjoyed cooking with some unfamiliar ingredients.

    I feel so amazing. No snacking in the evenings
    No endless trips to the cupboards because I am unsatisfied and constantly looking for something to eat.

    I feel so SANE.

    Keep up the good work. I bet you can’t wait til the new kitchen is finished.ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Kiz – you are a ROCKSTAR!!!! Look at you go! Your post made me smile so wide it hurt :-)ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - Carrie – Will any of your recipes be in The Calorie Myth?ReplyCancel

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room.

Right now I am not thin.  Yes!  That’s right.  I am the elephant!  Ta da!

I had a feeling I’d be taking a stroll down this path once Jonathan and I did our CreativeLive Workshop earlier this week and were broadcast around the world.  I was prepared to address it right there on stage if it came up.  It didn’t.  But it has now.  People saw me on TV and some of them think I am fat.

I know it shouldn’t bother me what people think and say, and typically it doesn’t, but in this case it does.  Wait.  It *really* does.  Partly because I am a human with feelings, but almost entirely because I don’t want anyone to conclude that a SANE lifestyle doesn’t work or isn’t effective because I am carrying 20lbs of unwanted weight right now.  I am – by default – the poster child for all things SANE.  I should be a female version of Jonathan.  I spend every waking hour, when I am not paying the mortgage, creating SANE recipes to help the world eat smarter and live better.  And yet…I. AM. FAT. when I *should* be skinny.  And honestly, if you don’t know my story, it’s understandable that you might be wondering why.  It would make sense that the girl who extols SANE eating should look the part.

I have never thought of myself as fat – I mean, when did a size 4 / 6 become fat?? – but some people clearly do.  When they look at me they see “fat”.  One person said it gently, “…yet you’re a little curvy”, while another just blurted out, “Hey wait a minute she’s not fit she’s fat.”  I like to think that if they knew the reason, and if they knew the struggle, they’d be kinder.  But let’s be honest, on the surface, right now – I do look fat.  I remember expressing my frustration to Jonathan a little while back after the effects of my medication started to show.  He said, “Don’t worry about it.  You’re not trying to be a bikini model.”  Just one more reason why I love that man.  If you’re new here and don’t know why I suddenly gained 20lbs in the last few months, you can get the scoop on that here.

When the comments started to appear the day after the shoot, I was prepared; but heaven knows it still hurt to read them.  Initially, anyways.  I wanted to explain my situation and make them understand.  And then an email from The Bailornator made me see that some people will just never get it, no matter what the truth is.

Since then I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it, and realized that there are a whole lot of people in the world who know exactly how this feels.  This pain.  This judgment.  This label that prevents some people from paying attention to anything else about a person.  It is like they see the person wearing a black cape that covers them from head to toe, revealing nothing but their size, as if that was the only worthwhile or important thing about them. blog1

So what am I supposed to do?  Do I become a hermit until I am skinny again?  Do I stop creating SANE recipes and doing all I can to help others on their journey until I am the perfect picture of SANEity?  Do I hide away until I am good enough in the eyes of the world?  Can I no longer put my talents in the kitchen to use because I do not yet have the perfect body?  Does my current body shape mean that I have no value to add to the world?  Will my recipes effectiveness magically change when I lose the 20lbs that my medication put on me?  Of course not.  All that will change is a few people’s opinion of me – my recipes will be exactly the same:  just as delicious, just as healthy, just as effective.  So honestly, what’s the real issue here?  The issue is opinion and perception.  Am I going to stop doing what I was meant to do with my life because of a few people’s issues?  Now wouldn’t that just be all kinds of ridiculous.

And the more I thought about this stuff, the more narrow-minded the judgments became to me, until I just mentally gave them the finger and went back to concentrating on what I do best – creating scrumptious SANE recipes.  And if there are people out there who are so prejudiced and judgmental that they can’t use an incredibly healthy recipe from someone who isn’t currently living in a perfect body, well, it’s totally their loss. blog

Then I started feeling protective towards all of you out there who are doing the very best that you can and yet are being judged for your external appearance.  I was reminded of the show JB and I published on iTunes a few weeks back about this exact topic and I decided I needed to write about it, because I would hazard a guess that the vast majority of you have struggled with this very issue at some point in your life because otherwise you would not even be here.  Well, except that these SANE recipes are completely delicious whether you have a goal to lose body-fat or not.

I began thinking about all the things that people don’t know about me that influence my weight but which I have no control over:

  • What is my genetic makeup?  Naturally skinny and small-framed father, naturally chunky and large-framed mother.  Ain’t nothing I can do about the genes I came to earth with.
  • What is my body type?  Mesomorph ie. hour-glass.  Even when I weighed 110lbs I was curvy – think Barbie without silicone enhancements.  Ain’t nothing I can do about the genes I came to earth with.
  • What is my height?  5’4″, but I am more legs than anything else.  I am very short-waisted – there is almost no gap between my bottom rib and my pelvis, so the tiniest amount of fat can happily turn itself into a roll.  Ain’t nothing I can do about the genes I came to earth with.

And those are just the basics.

Then there are all those other things that people wouldn’t know just by looking:

  • Where did I start out?
  • How far have I come?
  • What are my health and fat-loss goals?
  • How many times have I lost and gained weight?
  • How old am I?
  • What allergies do I have?
  • What medications do I need to take that may interfere with basic metabolic processes in my body?

I am sure you can all think of many, many more, but I think you’ve got the point: there’s a whole bunch of stuff that interferes with how our bodies work that we have no control over.  To some people it’s just all about meeting a pre-conceived notion of what fit and healthy looks like, and deep down we all know how wrong that can be. blog2

So please don’t be discouraged when others criticize you for your efforts to improve your health, or condemn you because you are still on your journey.  You are so much more than what they can see.  They can’t see the metabolic healing that is taking place inside.  They can’t see the improvement in your blood work.  They can’t feel the extra energy that you have, or the way this SANE lifestyle makes you feel.  Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see changes overnight – it took you years to get where you are, and it will take time to reverse that.  If you run into additional hurdles along your path like I did, don’t blame yourself for the things that you cannot control.  Have faith in the process and faith in your yourself.  When the going gets tough just keep on going.  Look at how far you have come, not how far you have to go.  Never give up because of the uneducated opinions and perceptions of others who know nothing about you.  And always remember that the critics and the naysayers are simply not worthy of your attention.  Spend that time moving forward down the right path for you, with the people who love and support you.

Eat smarter, exercise smarter and you WILL live better.  As Jonathan and I always say, “Progress, not perfection!”





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  • Gina - Right on girl! You summed it up perfectly. Can’t let the haters mess with our happy sane minds. Focus on positive energy only.ReplyCancel

  • Dr Mike Keen - Carrie, you are defined by what you do in your life, how you do it and why you do it. What you do is amazing, how you do it is selfless, why you do it is for them not you. You are a beautiful human being, don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise by giving them the oxygen of publicity. We all thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you do, you really ARE amazing. Without you, none of this ‘journey’ we are on would have any real credence, you complete the picture and make it all work. Take heart, don’t stop, rest easy! xxReplyCancel

  • Allison Sherman - Not that it matters what I or anyone thinks, but when I saw the picture of you guys (with the guys with the biscuits in their mouths!) I thought “Oh she’s looking so good, she will be so disappointed when she meets me and I’m a bit… poochy.” But it doesn’t matter what you look like or I look like. Are we healthy? Do we have energy? Do we take care of our skin, our hair, our hygiene? Can we play with our friends or kids or cats? Can we make a living and provide for our families the way we need to? My goal for the last several months has been to achieve balance. Balance in how I eat, how I feel about myself, how I exercise. It’s a nice goal. I’m achieving it better than I ever have the extreme ones I set for myself. No one can judge your journey, but we can all benefit from what you share with us, recipes and introspection. We sure do love you.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley - CArrie,

    I said it at the time – I thought you looked gorgeous.
    And I still do.
    I struggle, not with what people say, but what I think they are thinking – figure that out!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Life is a journey. One day.. One month, one phase – is not the final chapter of the story. Each day the story can be re-written. Or not.

    Be well, healthy mentally, healthy physically. Love yourself and love what you do for all of us.

    Be the very best and happiest you that you can be.ReplyCancel

  • Joolz - I appreciated that you and others took the risk to put yourselves ‘on display’ during the CL class in order to benefit others, and am so sorry you’ve been subjected to such disrespect as the result of that generosity.

    As someone who is very curvy, it actually helps me to see ‘imperfect’ people talk about their experience w/ a program. I don’t believe skinny people very much anymore, but I was very touched by your and Kathy’s stories and as a result, believed this system might work for me. After trying a lot of things that haven’t been sustainable for various reasons, I’m more interested in eating in a way that makes me feel good and is better for my health – fat loss has to be a by-product not the goal.

    I was inspired to make a version of your Tomato Salad Soup w/ some veg. I had on hand after the class. It was amazing and I had a stunning amount of energy afterward. I plan to try more recipes in the coming days, and have been inspired by more of your recipes to try to eat SANEly as much as I can given numerous limitations. I thank you so much for all your work and will be buying your Soup book soon.

    Wishing you wellness and joy – however that looks.ReplyCancel

  • Gina Ryan - Aloha Carrie!
    This is an important post.
    “…it took you years to get where you are, and it will take time to reverse that.” I say there are many many people who will not ever reverse to where they were at one time or to where they think they “should” be. For the reasons you listed and many more the body mat not go to a particular lower weight. That does not mean we cannot be healthier!
    Our health is not determined by our weight and while our SANE eating will bring us to greater health and wellness it may not bring us to a smaller size. Health is my focus with clients and sometimes that can mean a great deal of weight loss other times not. But they all leave healthier!
    The problem is not your size Carrie or my size or Jonathans size the problem is the misconception that if you are thin you are healthy and if you are fat you are ill. This is so freaking far from the truth I could scream! I work with the very thin, athletic, picture bikini model type quite often….they are not well when they come, they don’t eat for health but for size, they have fallen prey to a cultural belief that all is well if you are thin. I actually see more low weight people than I do high weight people!
    In Dr Lustig’s latest video he does a great job visually showing the numbers and percentages of illness in fat people and the illness in thin people and the bigger number of ill people that will bankrupt American health care are in the thin people. We have to stop thinking we can tell anything about a person by their size, and we need to stop explaining! It is no ones business why you weigh what you do. Yes even though you are Jonathan’s super hero cookinator. You make people healthier –deiciously so and that is what we are seeking. It’s this ridiculous idea of perfection that has taken the joy out of life!
    I know I don’t need to tell you any of this you already know and Jonathan knows and so I thank you both for being a beacon of hope for the people who want to get well to feel vibrant and actually live life rather than diet.
    Mahalo for the space to vent :)
    Alohas Plenty, GinaReplyCancel

  • No-Egg Kati - Carrie,
    You are a beautiful woman, inside and out. You have proven that with every podcast, blog post, and magnanimous thing you do for the rest of us. No number of insults, veiled or overt, can take that away or diminish your accomplishments as one of my favorite people I’ve never actually met. :) I have a tremendous amount of respect for all you do and all you’ve done. Your skills in the kitchen, behind the camera, and in herding cats of all shapes and sizes are all exceptional. I remember an early podcast when you were in awe of finding a new muscle you hadn’t seen before, which means you made the effort and embraced the changes to build it. That is never something to be mocked!

    I’m 5’8″, 225 lbs, and finally into a size 16. I’m sure people look at me and see a fat woman. You know what they don’t see? The 30 lbs of fat I have shed since finding you and Jonathan. So let them say I’m fat. It’s their problem and they are wasting their time to complain about it. I, on the other hand, am gaining strength of mind, body, and soul by beating the demons that have ruled my life for too long. So who’s really the better person? I would wager it has nothing to do with pant size.

    Thank you so much for being an amazing woman I can look up to and strive to emulate. Rather than taking all you could in life or beating others down, you have instead given so many of us a gift we can never repay.

    Lots of love,

  • Sandy - Two words: YOU ROCK!ReplyCancel

  • Mari - Hi Carrie,

    I sympathize with you. I gained 12-13 lbs during late summer/early fall. My foray into bio-identical hormone replacement turned out to be an epic fail, as my body apparently doesn’t detox estrogens very well. My feet swelled up, my butt grew an inch and a half overnight and I began retaining water (I don’t retain water — my body doesn’t do that under normal circumstances).

    I’m in my mid-forties and my stats are almost the same as yours — 5’4.5″, very fit mesomorph with long legs, a scrawny father and tall/heavyset mother — my “weight” genes are a mixed bag. I weighed 120-123 lbs for a long time, my almost perfect weight, then suddenly this happened.

    Turns out that I bought into information and hype from our neighbor, the great Seattle alternative medicine pioneer Dr. Jonathan Wright, purporting that all women hitting “the pause” should take bio-identical hormones to stay healthy. BHRT has helped many, many women, but we are all individuals, and for me BHRT really sucked.

    After ditching the hormones, I’ve been “sausaging” myself into my size 2 jeans and hoping I make it back down to my happy place again soon. I’ve lost a few, but I have like 8 painful pounds to go still.

    Hang in there, Carrie. If possible, find another doc who is willing to work with you on the meds to find a solution that doesn’t throw your system off balance. Or some other solutions to hit the root cause of your issue from a non-pharmaceutical perspective (no, I’m not foolish enough to think bipolar can be fixed with therapy).

    Best of luck to you! Namaste’


  • KrazyK - I fully agree with what others have said here. I am 5’2 and (I threw away my scale so I don’t know my weight) when I hit a jean size 22 and could fit in the seat at the theater, i did a happy dance right there in front of a lot of people. To them it looked like a large woman losing her mind but to me this was a priceless and joyful moment! I wanted to share it with everyone! I fit in the seat and had extra room! No bruises on my hips and no awkward side ways sitting to fit in the space. This was a miracle. A miracle that you helped me achieve! Thank you. With all my heart thank you!! No one truly knows the struggles and challenges another has to carry. But I know that we all have them what is important is how we feel about ourselves not how the world sees us. It has taken 20 years to learn that lesson and commit it to heart for me.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Sellers - I thought you looked lovely and I so enjoyed seeing you after listening to your podcast. I have learned so much from you have really changed my life. Please know I have had similar struggles so you keep fighting the good fight and I will be here cheering you on..ReplyCancel

  • Lori (aka SierraSun) - {{{{{{{ HUGS CARRIE!!!! }}}}}}}}
    I’ve read your earlier posts on this and I wish there was something I could do for you. I don’t know if you can ever imagine how much you help people around the world. Whether it is developing and sharing those wonderful SANE recipes, the inspiring rapport and dialog between you and Jonathan in the podcasts, and from the heart in your blog posts.

    That second day of Creative Live, there were a bunch of people there just looking to be snarky and cause trouble. Doctor Mike and I tried to keep them in line – along with the CL moderators, but they were just mean troublemakers.

    It boggles my mind how people feel they have the right, or even the obligation, to criticize people about what they weigh. This had been my burden my whole life. I don’t know if thin people can even understand how hateful people can be when it comes to people with weight issues. In my opinion you are a slim beauty, but your true beauty comes from your heart. And if those people couldn’t see that – they are blind and hopeless.


  • Jyl - I am so sorry you faced the criticism you described. You are beautiful. You look fantastic. No one has a right to criticize you in the way they did. For me, what you faced has a lot to do with being a woman. How many bikini models are healthy, eat well, and take care of themselves as carefully as you do? Why would we want to aspire to be a bikini model? There is *nothing* wrong with the way you look. Why do bikini models set the standard for healthy and beauty? It’s ridiculous.

    Thank you for standing up for yourself and for us. Thank you for affirming our right to be on a journey, trying, and acknowledging that our bodies are constantly being compared to other women whose own bodies are altered before they ever appear in the media. I appreciate your honesty and candor, your bravery and incredible talents. Thank you for offering your gifts to us. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Dieanna - Carrie,

    You are AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL!! I just loved your post and it is SO true. God Bless you. I am so happy that I found you, your recipes, blog and everything else about you. People can be just plain mean, so good for you for giving them the finger and not paying anymore attention to them, they don’t deserve it. Medications can wreak havoc on our weight but we need them to keep us healthy at the same time. I just love how you put it all out there and share every bit of your life with us…good and not so good. Thank you so much for all you do. I wish I could meet you in person and give you a great big hug, but since I can’t do that right now, here is a big HUG…….xoxoxoxoxoxoxo………. Stay positive girlie!!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - To borrow a few words from Pink.., So what! You are a rock star! You got rock moves. You inspire me and lots of others you will never meet. Rock on Brown. Rock on!!!ReplyCancel

  • Minta - You look fabulous. That extra 20 lbs. looks terrific on you!ReplyCancel

  • Meghann - Carrie
    Thank you SO much for the heart and soul you put into all of this.

    I was saddened to see this post. Not by what you’ve written but by the need to write it at all. You have shared more on your blog than I have ever dared to do on my own blog. You have inspired and you are a role model — someone who puts on big girl panties and goes to work through hell and high water.

    I love your sense of humour. I appreciate the “why’s” that you weave into the directions for your recipes. I truly appreciate that you’re doing this on your “free” time in the hopes that you will help me.

    As someone who is in the middle of her own journey back to health and vitality, I am grateful for people like you who have the courage to talk about the twists and turns in their journey.

    You GO girl!


  • Michelle - Haters will be haters. Thank you for your recipes, your kindness, caring and genuine honesty. Your beauty and health radiate from the inside to your outside! Loved you on CreativeLIVE. You are awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathrine - Carrie,
    Let me just say, I have never joined in on a conversation like this before but I have been following you and Jonathan on your podcasts and posts now for 4 1/2 months and you both have had such a profound impact on my physical and mental health, so I find my self compelled to chime in on this. When I finally got to see the ‘animated Carrie’ I was so excited because your voice and sensibilities have captivated me from the get go, my first reaction was “what gorgeous hair!’ then ‘what presence you have’!

    I am one of those who has read of your struggles, the fact that you are so willing to share such intimate details about your life with all of us shows that you are a generous hearted woman, and with every thing you are doing, clearly you are very determined and a force to be reckoned with! Keep doing what you need to do to get through this ‘Blip’ in your life and be assured you have a HUGE fan base out here. I just bought your Ice cream book and my Daughter bought your soup book, all contributing to my SANEity.
    Thank you and Hugs, KathrineReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Carrie, your post touched me. I guess I’m about 20lbs over weight too and feel self-conscious at times. Unfortunately I didn’t see your webcast because it was due to start at 3:00 am here in the Middle East! And as much as I love you & JB… Nothing I can say can be any wiser or kinder than any of the posts above, just know that there is a lot of love and support for you and let’s face it some jealous women can be bitches :0ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Hi Carrie I echo all the sentiments above, I am more than 50lbs overweight and have suffered the same humiliation and Yes it hurts!! Thin people think their comments will make you diet but we all know diets don’t work, what we need is what you and JB is giving us and that is the knowledge on how to feed our bodies for health and vitality.
    I also struggle, not with what people say, but what I think they are thinking. As Kati said “the joy of sitting in a cinema seat when your a size 22” and the extreme joy I felt when I sat in an aircraft seat and fastened the seat belt when I used to have to ask for the extension which was so embarrassing!
    You are beautiful, funny and very clever and no-one can take that away from you, your SANE recipes are to die for and my family can’t get enough of them so keep up the excellent work that you do for all of us, not just for us big girls and boys but for everyone who wants to eat SANE and have a healthy life. We all Love You Carrie!!!ReplyCancel

  • teilzeitDAU - already replied on twitter but wanted to leave a comment here as well.

    These critics quite obviously have no idea what other issues you’re dealing with. How *dare* they. But they ain’t got nothing on you, Carrie. Those who mind don’t matter, those who matter don’t mind.

    I admire you for not only ignoring those haters and nay-sayers, but for actually turning this sad and unjust experience into a blog post that will help other people who are dealing with the same unfair accusations themselves.

    A person of true greatness, Carrie, that is what you are :)ReplyCancel

  • Helen - Brilliant post Carrie. For what it’s worth I thought you looked in great shape in the photos before I even read all the above. I don’t get the mean people who try and make themselves feel better by putting others down – I hope they see the light of niceness. Keep on truckin’ (and keep the recipes coming please, yyyyyuuummm) xxReplyCancel

  • Claire Lucas - Hi Carrie, thank you for your post, but isn’t it sad you had to write it at all. Society is judgemental, nothing we can do to change that except our own behaviour. My personal experience is weight gain (40 to 50lbs) since starting to take antidepressants about 15 years ago. But people don’t see that, they don’t see the daily struggle, that I’m healthier and fitter now than I have been in years. As you say, there is so much going on behind the scenes that people just don’t see……
    Keep doing what you’re doing – please!! I love your recipes and your podcasts with JB are brilliant. You’re an amazing woman – even more so knowing what you’ve shared with us all. xxReplyCancel

  • Barbara in TX - Well, Carrie you are a complete inspiration to me. I’m glad that you’re not a super model. I’m not either, nor will I ever be. That makes you real to me and helps me keep going and fighting the good fight! Had you been too perfect, I’m afraid that I’d be intimidated. Yeah for being REAL!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - Hi Carrie. I went through the same cravings on an antidepressant! Carbohydrates! Especially ice cream. I explained it to people this way: I could be at my favorite restaurant, with my favorite people, eating my favorite meal. But I’d rather be home eating ice cream. And I couldn’t stop thinking about ice cream! It was awful!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Hanegraaff - Hi Carrie,
    When reading this post I got a choking feeling. Are you kidding, do people say that out flat?
    You know, last weekend something happened and I said to my husband that sometimes I really hate people. Some of them are really really stupid, not just dumb, but plain stupid. Please don’t go anywhere but stay on the bailornator team :D.

    I just want to take this moment to thank you for the recipes you post. It’s a heck of work to get things right, and it takes time. Thank you for putting in your time, energy and creativity.

    By the way, may I also say I absolutely love your accent. Makes me think of my home country (the Netherlands, so in a way we are neighbors :D).

    Even though I don’t know you personally, I just want to say that you are awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia - I can feel your pain Carrie, but honestly, the people who make such comments clearly have no feelings and have obviously not been brought up to be considerate of others. You are gorgeous, strong and courageous no matter what your weight is and we all love you.

    Keep doing what you obviously enjoy doing and what you do so well. I, for one, really appreciate it.

    Thank you sooooo much!!!ReplyCancel

  • Katy - It’s so disappointing that some people are so quick to judge and dismiss others on such superficial bases. We all love you Carrie – you’re so warm hearted, talented and funny. And a genius chef!ReplyCancel

  • MegansBeadedDesigns - Thank you so much for sharing Carrie. I just discovered you and JB at CreativeLIVE and was instantly hooked and mesmerized! One this I really loved was how “normal” you, Dr. Kathy, and Dr. Mike looked, and it really made me not only want to get involved, but encourage my mother-in-law, as well as others to look into going SANE too. there’s something very encouraging about not having to think that we have to be athletes, or live off of solely grapefruit in order to lose pants sizes.ReplyCancel

  • Karen - Carrie, as much as I love Jonathan and appreciate his brilliance in sharing with us science of the best SANE foods to eat, it was YOU that I was excited to see on the Creative Live broadcast. In order to actually implement the science, we need recipes that are delicious AND that we have the time and ability to make. You are a genius in the kitchen, and I so appreciate your blog and recipes. I have ordered your new soup cookbook, and it should arrive in a few days. Can’t wait to try it!

    I would also like to tell you that since I am female and a similar age to you, I identify strongly with your experiences and viewpoints shared on the podcasts. I have gone back into the archives and listened to every one of them. Thank you for being REAL and giving inspiration to me and many others. You are the best!ReplyCancel

  • cowgirl rae - I love you Carrie. (stands and claps) BRAVO!ReplyCancel

  • Steve - People are idiots, especially the internet bullies. You look great. If I was in a room with you (and if I wasn’t married), I’d probably hit on you. Especially after knowing how brilliant you are.

    You’re an inspiration. Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

  • Candy - When I saw your picture, I thought, she’s so pretty and what great hair! You seem like such a fun, pleasant, and authentic person and I appreciate how much work you put into what you do. People are so inconsiderate and forget that people in the public eye actually have feelings. Looking like a fitness model does not, by any means, define how healthy you are. Just keep doing what you do and try not to let the naysayers get you down.ReplyCancel

  • margie - I watched the whole CreativeLIVE program and loved every bit of it. You’ve helped me change my eating and cooking habits. You are an inspiration. And you are beautiful. And thank you for this fantastic post. I deal with being judged all the time. This is so helpful.ReplyCancel

  • Michael - You are incredibly sexy at your current weight.

    You LOOK so healthy and happy and vibrant!

    The work that you do improves and enhances the lives of so many.

    Don’t listen to the haters.

    Best Regards,

    Your friend, Michael, in Texas.ReplyCancel

  • May - Well Carrie, I was going to say (when I started reading your post) pretty much the very things you said yourself from mid-way through. I’m also *really* proud of you that you’ve moved through this pain that big-mouthed, opinionated others inflicted on you. Two things spring to mind…
    1) A saying that crossed my path recently because I needed it “I don’t care about the people that don’t love me because I’m too busy loving those who do love me.”
    2) I first ever head of SANE, Jonathan and you because of CreativeLive. Seeing slim, young, male Jonathan shining with health was inspirational, but in a way that ‘very curvy’, old, female me couldn’t feel a personal resonance. Seeing beautiful you, a real woman (if you will), not a flimsy reed, and just a tad the wrong side of 20… Well it gave me a closer way to relate to what Jonathan was saying. I then knew that SANE could work on me as well. I loved your energy, enthusiasm and bubbliness – to say nothing of your culinary creativity.
    Continue to be proud and excited by who you are, what you’re achieving, and what you’re gifting the world.
    My ‘Sour Cream & Chive Scones/Biscuits’ are cooling in the kitchen; I ate 90% SANEly over Christmas; I lost 2 kgs in the 2 weeks before Christmas; I’m now eager to see what I can achieve towards a ‘normal’ and energetic body. All because of CreativeLive, Jonathan and (allegedly) curvy you. Keep it up is all I have to say!ReplyCancel

  • Gigi - I think you look FANTASTIC! I also think you are quite brave to go live and open yourself up to the world like that. Pat yourself on the back for all that you have done, and for all the fans that you have. Fans that are mostly silent, but I gotta speak out today because those jerks are usually so much louder.

    I really appreciate your wonderful website and your happy bubbly voice on the podcasts.ReplyCancel

  • Jerry - When I first saw a a full length shot of you in one of Jon’s videos, I thought you were fat, or, overweight. But so am I.

    If Jon was 275 pounds, he would not be on tv shows, or be able to sell his book(shouldn’t he be taking his own advise?). Though we all would say he really is a nice guy and he looks great.

    An overweight woman giving “healthy” meal tips might cause a few eyebrows to go up.

    So, I’ve lost two belt notches since buying Jon’s book, and eating foods that hsve lots of water, or are high in fiber, or has lots of protein, or some combination of the three. And some fat of course. It’s been 16 days of no wheat and grains, and no sugar.ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Jerry – I am thrilled that you are notching up your belt and wish you every success on your journey!ReplyCancel

  • Caspar - Hello, I regularly use your recipes to create delicious ‘sane’ meals for myself, friends and family. Honestly your recipes are great (please keep them coming). I think it is rather pathetic that people find it necessary to comment upon other people’s appearances, it really shows that they are hiding their deep insecurities from within.

    Clearly, the work you are doing is helping many people lead a happier, healthier life. I’d much rather be the person who helps people live better than the person who seeks pleasure through fat shaming.

    Thank you for your lovely recipes and other great work.ReplyCancel

  • Jill - Carrie,
    I’m sure you get tired or reliving all of us getting up to speed on things you’ve blogged. 20 lbs? That’s it? What you look like isn’t important to me. The fact that you will have Jonathan re-explain things, not for yourself, but for us. The fact that you went on the SANE journey, that you opened yourself up to the process–right in front of us–is truly remarkable and takes guts. Life is a journey-a personal journey-and that is all it is. Thanks for all your delicious recipes, and thank you for helping us in our journey. You’re great!ReplyCancel

  • phil - Carrie, I was blessed to come across a podcast in which you were interviewed. The Calorie Myth by Jon Bailor. Your accent is so Brit .
    I have just finished spending 2 hours on your website and so enjoyed your style and class ! ( awesome recipes ,I will buy the new book ) I wanted say “Toodle Pip” ( I learned that from a roommate who was a Brit and went to Oxford). Thank you for all you are doing and helping to make this complicated world a better place. Bless you in all your endeavors !
    A new fan

  • Jacki - Carrie, you look beautiful. I would not want to be a skinny sour person ever (they are sour because they are hungry, LOL!)
    I have enjoyed listening to every podcast on the Smarter Science of Slim. YOu make a wonderful contribution and it is appreciated by all who listen to you and read your posts.

    You go girl!ReplyCancel

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    Im really impressed by it.
    You’ve performed a great job. I will definitely dig it and for my part suggest to my friends.
    I’m sure they will benefit from this web site.ReplyCancel

  • Candy - Hi Carrie

    The shoot on Creative Live was the very first time I even heard of Johnathan Bailor and the SANE and inSANE concept. I have to say how impressed I was to see all shapes and sizes during that show. I thought you were amazing and started following the podcasts and bought both the books. I couldn’t wait to try your creamsicle smoothie. Plus I’m a huge fan of xylitol (an occupational hazard working in Oral Health ) and you were the very first person to introduce it into recipes that I’ve seen.

    I often wonder why people feel it’s their right to comment on the size of another person. People are judgmental and ignorant. No matter what size you are I am grateful for your blog, recipes and podcasts!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Of course, my recipes just magically work so much better for everyone now that I am 20lbs lighter ;-) Ha ha!!!ReplyCancel

Dear, dear people.

Lately I have started way too many posts apologizing, and here’s another one, just to round things out.  I’m sorry I’ve been MIA.  In my defense, while I’ve been missing from here, I’ve been beavering away over there, and entirely on your behalf.  I’ve written you {another} cookbook.  A whole second book!  I think you’ll like it, mainly because it is full of soup.  More to the point, it is full of *SANE soup.  40 fat-burning, health-boosting, totally delicious soups.  I think my timing was good because it’s definitely soup season where I am, and where a lot of you are, too.  If you are one of our Southern Hemisphere friends, make them anyway – even though you’re heading into summer – they really are delicious.  And easy.  And simple.  And staggeringly healthy.  Did I mention delicious? Leek and Fennel Soup  |  Carrie Brown

I’d really like it if you added this cookbook to your collection of awesome SANE resources, mostly because these recipes have the power to make living a SANE lifestyle that much easier, and THAT is important, dear people.  It’s important because Jonathan and I continually hear that you want delicious SANE recipes that make it a doddle to stay on track, and that part of staying on track is recipes that are easy and fast to make.  Check! Cucumber, Celery and Dill Soup  |  Carrie Brown

Then, we regularly hear the cry, “How can I get more veggies into my day?”  This book is the answer to that – 40 scrumptious SANE soups.  FORTY!!!!  The big 4-0!!!! Green Bean Casserole Soup  |  Carrie Brown

As the lovely Jonathan Bailor said in his foreword:

“Enjoying an abundance of non-starchy vegetables is the single most impactful action you can take to optimize your health. Enjoying these spectacular, simple, and savory soups is the most practical and enjoyable way to do that. I could not recommend anything more highly than I recommend “Eat Smarter! Soups”. It’s made living optimally infinitely easier and more enjoyable for me, and it will do the same for you.

Practicality, perfected. Nutrition, perfected. Taste, perfected. I’m so excited for “Eat Smarter! Soups”  to warm your soul while it shrinks your waist.”

Bacon and Brussels Sprout Chowder  |  Carrie Brown

SANE soups are magical.  Here’s why:


  • They are wildly nutritious.  Veggies, veggies, and more veggies.  These recipes are all veggie all the time, although your taste buds won’t believe it.  There is no better way to get a ton of real, whole food goodness into your body.  We love non-starchy veggies!


  • You can eat way more veggies in soup form before you get full than if they were in whole form.  If your goal is to cram more nutrition into your day, soups do it better than anything else; not to mention that with soups you don’t feel like you’ve been munching on veggies all day long.  You just feel like you’ve been slurping down deliciousness.


  • They don’t look like vegetables.  If you – or those you feed – are not typically of the vegetable persuasion, this could well be the all-star game-changer.  Our minds are great trick players – if it tastes great and doesn’t look like something you thought you didn’t like, it’s a slam dunk.  Top tip: ask people if they like it before you tell ‘em what’s in it.


  • They don’t taste like vegetables.  At least they don’t taste like the vegetables you’ve been used to.  With these soups you can eat things that you don’t like in real life.  Cabbage that tastes like tortilla soup?  Brussels Sprouts that taste like bacon?  Cauliflower that tastes like rich cheese sauce?  Yes!  Please!  And can I have seconds?

Sausage and Kale Soup  |  Carrie Brown

  • They are simple and easy to make.  Simple recipes that come together in a heartbeat and are easy enough for kitchen novices.  Just learning your way around a kitchen?  Start with soups!


  • They are low maintenance.  You can wander off and do something else while they are cooking.  Dishes?  Done.  Laundry folded?  Done.  Quick break with a cuppa?  Done.


  • They can easily be made in large batches. It takes almost no more time to make 16 servings than it does 4.  Make a huge pot and enjoy effort-free meals for several days.


  • They are freezable.  Make large batches, freeze in portion-sized containers, and you have instant meals at your fingertips; except these instant meals are healthier than just about anything else on earth that you could eat.

Prawn Cocktail Soup  |  Carrie Brown

  • They are easily portable.  Perfect for lunches, road trips or any time you need to have a tasty, nutritious meal on the go.


  • They are fast and easy to reheat.  A pan on the stove top or a quick spin in the microwave, soups are reheated and ready to go in minutes.


  • They are just as tasty cold as they are hot.  Well, most of them.  Some soups just need to be hot to make sense – like Chili – but others are equally as delicious cold.  Soups aren’t just for winter anymore.


  • They only need a spoon to eat them.  Then, if finding a spoon is an issue, you can just drink them.

Thai Chicken Coconut Soup  |  Carrie Brown

Most important of all – the ones with protein included in the recipe are perfect, complete SANE meals.  They have everything that you need in one simple, portable bowl – non-starchy veggies, protein, and healthy fats.  No wondering what to have with your protein.  No juggling several different dishes or sides.  No wondering if you got the balance right.  Just pack a bowl of this and you’re done.  For the recipes that don’t include protein, there’s a handy chart to help you decide what protein to toss in to make the perfect one-bowl meal.

And if you still aren’t sure whether you need this SANE and scrumptious soup cookbook in your life, here’s the note that The Bailornator posted on my Facebook wall a couple of weeks after I shared some of the recipes from the book with him.  When I say shared, what I really mean is that I made him soups from this book and took them down to the recording studio for a couple of weeks.  And then gave him the recipes because he said he could not possibly wait until the book was published to eat them again.  Bless him.

Jonathan Bailor on Carrie Brown

I admit when I saw those words on my Facebook timeline, I nearly fell out of my chair.  I can’t imagine anything more humbling than seeing the dude who spent 10 years of his life researching nutrition, the author of the brilliant Smarter Science of Slim, and, let’s face it, a guy who has 9% body-fat and a staggering physique, change his eating habits to eat as many of my recipes as possible.

So if you’re looking for a way to cram veggies into your day in the most delicious and nutritious way – here are 40 ways to do just that. Eat Smarter! Soups Cookbook Cover

THANK YOU for all your support while I was missing.  THANK YOU for all the cheering and whooping from the sidelines.  THANK YOU for all the notes and posts and emails.  They meant the world to me while I was heads down working on this tome.

You dear, dear people are simply awesome.



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  • teilzeitDAU - I love the book! Can’t decide which soup I like best, every one that I made so far was a total success.

    I think I’ve traded my starch addiction for a “Carries recipes addiction” but I can definitely live with that!!!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - You are so sweet, teilzeitDAU!!! I think my fave is the Clam Chowder. Today, anyway…ReplyCancel

  • Allison Sherman - I love this book. I cannot decide which one to make first. But future book purchasers, do yourself a favor and when you order the book, take a minute to order konjac flour and guar gum at the same time. It’ll save time going from store to store looking for that stuff. I can’t wait to get these odd little ingredients in the mail this week. I found them easiest/fastest/cheapest on

    Carrie, bless you for pounding out this book. I love soup!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - This is extremely good advice, Allison – THANK YOU! :-D GO, Soup!ReplyCancel

  • Allison Sherman - PS: One of the best things about soup is that it goes well with CHEESY BISCUITS!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Ordered my book over the weekend! It is supposed to arrive tomorrow. :)

    Congrats on book #2 Carrie!ReplyCancel

  • Matilda - I now own an ipad, so I can buy the ebook’s (i’m hoping they will be gifted to me, if not I’ll buy them myself), but I’m so excited, shame it’s not winter, but who cares, soup!ReplyCancel

  • Francesca - Great book, although as you say, here ‘downunder’ we are heading into summer; freezable and portable work lunches will still be great. I’m looking forward to getting in the kitchen. I also bought the SANE ice cream recipe book for my daughter for Christmas, she has a seldom-used ice cream maker in the cupboard, this might inspire her! Love your stuff Carrie. Francesca (Adelaide, Australia)ReplyCancel

  • Eda - Carrie, I love listening to your podcast and I’m really inclined to buying your books. However, I’m from Brazil and we don’t have xylitol available (I googled it but most companies wont send it overseas). Honestly, I’m afraid to buy the book, the churner and have disappointing results because of it…Will it taste bad or not work at all if I use stevia or something? What do you suggest?

    Ps: I’ve been living SANE for 9 months now, lost 15 kilos and now I’m in dire need of inspiration and creativity to keep going the long run. Thank you so much for providing that!

    (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)ReplyCancel

  • Lindy - Just ordered your book, Carrie. Wondering what VitaMix do you use or recommend?ReplyCancel

  • ROSE - Carrie/everyone,

    Made my first soup last night and love it so much, I now plan to go the Bailornator route and make/eat these soup non-stop :-)

    How do you store large amounts of soup in the freezer? I cannot seem to find on amazon an airtight glass container large enough.
    Right now I’m thinking ginormous Ball jars for the freezer?


  • ROSE - LINDY/CARRIE, I also have a reconditioned base model and it works perfectly.

    Last night was my first soup (Tortilla soup with chicken – and no tortilla). I was amazed how it heated the soup so quickly due to the power of the motor so definitely do not walk off mid-blend. The more advanced models detect the heat and stop automatically (but that will run you many hundreds of dollars more…). And this also demonstrated to me exactly why Carrie says get a different blender for normal blending needs.ReplyCancel

  • ROSE - I have these very bowls, I didn’t occur to me to use them in the freezer. These are great because I can just thaw/microwave and eat away. Gadzooks! Thanks, Carrie!

    Day two in my Vitamix/soup odyssey and I’m making another batch of Tortilla soup (adding green chilies this time for a try). Yes, I’ve almost emptied out the first lot. I must do some grocery shopping so I can diversify my soup options. Also making a variant of Carrie’s sausage and mushroom bake using chorizo sausage for the work week’s lunches.ReplyCancel

  • Rose - Update —

    Tortilla soup: I added ~1/4 – 1/6 cup of green chilies to the Tortilla soup and it worked out well. I love spicy but cannot tolerate much more than “mild” salsa, so take that for what you will. Loved it.

    Sausage & Mushroom bake: substituted the sausage with equal amounts of chorizo and I love, love, love it. Definitely spicier, some may want to mix and match their chorizo w/ equal amounts of sausage.

    Happy Nov 25th week, everyone! Thank you again, Carrie.ReplyCancel

  • Eda - Carrie, you answered everybody but me :( You are hurting my feelings (particularly my ice cream desires feelings) this way.
    I’m afraid it is because the recipes won’t work with other sweeteners… Is that it?

    I bought the soup book and loooooved it! It’s awesome, thank you so much for it!ReplyCancel

  • carrie - Hi Eda! I am sorry I missed your comment. It is getting harder and harder for me to keep on top of all the correspondence that I get these days and sometimes I miss things. Can you get erythritol in Brazil? Or a product called Lokanto?ReplyCancel

  • Eda - Yayy, I have a celebrity talking to me, so excited! But no, I can only get Stevia, sucralose and the devil, aspartame.
    Should I just give up? And sorry for harassing you so much! :)ReplyCancel

  • Nadine White - I am SO pleased to see your book of Soups, having become a confirmed weekly user of your wonderful Book of Ice Cream (and also of several of the other recipes from your website)!

    One of the challenges in the UK is finding suppliers of some ingredients. For example for the ice creams, I can only find sugar-free version of commercial Almond Milk over here… and I have had to make my own Hemp Milk with shelled hemp seeds and water (1/2 cup of hemp seeds to one and a half cups of water works well… that’s US ‘cups’… or 12 fluid ounces of water). The only commercial hemp milk available is full of sugar and other unwanted stuff.

    I’ve just downloaded your Soups book on my Kindle and am anticipating the delights ;-) .

    And again ingredient availability is an issue for the soup recipes. I’ve ordered some konjac powder to use as thickener, but I have to get it from a German supplier, as it doesn’t seem to be available in the UK. I’m prepared for the possibility that I might experience some digestive effects from konjac.

    Question: I do already have some chickpea(gram) flour and wonder if it might work as a substitute for some of the recipes.

    THANK YOU for all your work in producing the recipes for this delightful and SANE food!ReplyCancel

  • Rose - “Cauliflower that tastes like rich cheese sauce? Yes! Please! And can I have seconds?”

    Holy cow, I made the cauliflower and cheese soup last night and… dare I say it? I kept licking the ladle. Ate the entire over-stuffed bowl for lunch. Then this evening I poured more soup into a lunch bowl for tomorrow and licked the ladle again. I just can’t stop. It is cheesy and filling and oh man, how I love this. My blood sugar is SANE and my palate is happy! (And guilt free!!!)

    Next up, I’m trying out the coconut soup…ReplyCancel

  • Dr Mike Keen - Hi, all you UK SSoSers. I have, so far, sourced ALL Carrie’s ingredients from For both soups and ice cream. I use Amazon Prime and get 95% of the stuff within one day! AMAZing service.
    Dr Mike Keen
    SSoS Team memberReplyCancel

  • Krista - Hi Carrie-

    I just bought your book and it looks amazing. One question – I can’t eat chicken. Do you have a suggestion for what to substitute for chicken stock in your recipes?ReplyCancel

  • Sherry Yancey - Carrie!!!! Guess what was under my tree??!!?? Yeppers, a soup cook book. I should not be this excited. :DReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - Carrie: Your website and recipes are such a gift – thank you SO much! Once I started listening to the SSOS podcasts and then found your website, I was hooked. Then – TWO COOKBOOKS! Wow! I have never been a veggie-lover and your recipes have turned me around. I now love to make soups. (Before, I didn’t even like to cook!)

    Now, a question for you: GUAR GUM. I suspect when I added it to my Spinach and Orange Soup, I may have blended too long. Not sure. Is there any way to undo (dilute?) the effects of the guar gum. The soup now seems just a bit too thick/gummy/gluey. Any advice would be appreciated. I figured I’d ask before I did too much more damage. : )

    Thank you for for all you are doing. You are such a talent and, oh, so entertaining in your writing and podcasts. Know that everything you are doing is a big help to all of us out here who wish to shed the fat, get healthier, and eat yummy food!ReplyCancel

  • Jerel - I’ve been making these soups since before I really started trying to live the SANE lifestyle. My, but they are DELICIOUS! I’ve made the Fennel/Leek Soup, a Cucumber soup, and the Brussel Sprout and Bacon Chowder. They’re all delicious and VERY filling! Thank you! I also got the Ice “Cream” book, and just today got the vegie book. I can’t wait!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Jerel – thank you so much for the cookbook love and support! I hope you love the ice cream and veggie books every bit as much!ReplyCancel

  • Janelle - Carrie, I have borrowed this book from my local library, and was looking at it today. I was terribly excited about the Thai Chicken Coconut Soup, as it looked just like something I recently tried in a restaurant and absolutely loved! So off to the store for lemongrass and lime (had everything else) and that was my dinner tonight. That was probably the best soup I’ve ever made! It was phenomenal!!! Now I’m going to have to go order my own copy of the book, because I cannot wait to try the other recipes. You are amazing! Thank you SO much for all your hard work and for sharing your talents with us. This is the first time I’ve ever been deliriously happy over soup!!! :-)ReplyCancel