Ayurvedic Kitchari Cleanse
In Ayurvedic medicine, the key to feeling great in your body and mind is good physical and mental digestion – and sometimes to get there you need a cleanse. When we get stressed, run down, too busy, experience lots of emotion, or just get out of our regular routine – it is often our digestion that gets out of balance first. With our modern-day routines, it is easy for the strength of our digestive fire to be compromised. This can lead to feeling congested, heavy and sometimes tired. It is often during these times that we feel the need to do a ‘detox’ or ‘cleanse’, and for good reason.
Our body does so much for us every day to make sure everything works in harmony and balance. By simplifying the food we eat for a single day or a few days in a row, we can give our body time to relax and put precious energy that would normally go into digesting complex meals – into healing, rejuvenating and rebalancing.
If you are feeling out of balance and needing a rest, eat Kitchari for a few days to give your body a ‘digestive holiday’.
Steps to your Kitchari Cleanse aka ‘digestive holiday’
1) Choose whether you want a ‘digestive holiday’ for 1, 2, 3 days or more. I recommend starting with 1-3 days if you’re new to eating a mono diet.
2) Look at your calendar and find a time during the month where you have space with no big deadlines or social events happening. Choose your dates and write them in your diary so you can mentally and emotionally prepare yourself. Cleansing requires ‘detachment’ and often there can be emotions associated with ‘letting something go’, such as your favourite raw chocolate afternoon treat or morning smoothie. It is wise to be kind and understand that things may come up during your cleanse, talk to your body and simply be kind and patient with yourself and the process). — Tip: talk to your body and let it know that you love it and are going to give it a nourishing rest, so it knows that you’re not going to starve!
3) Get into action! Shop for your ingredients and then cook up a pot of Kitchari either the night before your cleanse, or the morning of, so that your delicious Kitchari is ready to go for breakfast, lunch and dinner as soon as you are hungry. – Tip: heat up extra Kitchari in the morning and take it with you in a food thermos so that your warm, nourishing Kitchari is ready to go and with you as soon as you get hungry and start searching for food.
4) Sip on warm water and ginger tea during the day while cleansing to gently assist in warming your digestive fire and supporting your body’s natural healing abilities.
5) Once you’ve completed your Kitchari cleanse, continue to eat light, soupy, easy to digest foods for the next week so that your body can gradually adjust to more solid foods again. Avoid cold and heavy foods and listen to your body. You may find that Kitchari becomes your best friend and an easy, nourishing yogi meal that you enjoy having on a regular basis. …It is a staple meal in my house!
Extra cleansing considerations: Consider consulting a qualified Ayurvedic Consultant, Practitioner or Naturopath when embarking on any cleanse.
During your cleanse, you may choose to use herbs and therapies that help to promote improved digestive function.
It’s important to have a holistic picture of what is going in your life, so that you can find the cause of any imbalance that is occurring. Educate yourself so that you can be empowered to make necessary changes that support your true nature!
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