How my Ayurvedic Cleanse went this year

November 12, 2020

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Ayurvedic Cleanse 2020

Why do a cleanse?

  • It helps removes ama (toxins) from your body.
  • It helps you release stress from the body in particular on your liver & kidneys.
  • It helps you reset your body and mind.
  • It improves your digestion and helps improve your immunity.

How long do you do a cleanse?

  • Vata Dosha- 3-5 Days
  • Pitta Dosha- 5-7 Days
  • Kapha Dosha- 7-10 Days

Time of year- Usually the last week of September through end of October is the best time to do a Fall cleanse. A spring cleanse depending on where you live late March through early April. 

What do you eat?

Breakfast

  • Have a small bowl of kitchari (recipe below)
  • Green juice (recipe below)
  • Oatmeal 

Lunch

  • Kitchari 
  • Quinoa with vegetables (any vegetables listed in the kitchari recipe)
  • 1-2 cups of bone broth 
  • Fresh coriander chutney can be added onto kitchari or quinoa bowls 

Dinner Ideas

  • 1-2 cups of bone broth
  • Kitchari 
  • Fresh coriander chutney can be added onto kitchari or quinoa bowls
  • If not hungry you don’t need to eat 

What else to do on a cleanse?

  • Try not to snack
  • Make sure you are waiting 3 hours before eating
  • Try not to eat after 7pm
  • Drink plenty of room temperature water throughout the day
  • Enjoy un-caffeinated tea throughout the day
  • If in need of more food enjoy another bowl of kitchari but try to space them out between meals
  • You can also do a handful of nuts in between meals if needing something more to eat

Before bed

  • Make a cup of triphala tablet before bed - if in need of more regular elimination (optional)

Activity

  • Now is not the time to start a new workout routine as you will be in a cleanse mode- walking and yoga are ideal.
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My Cleanse this year

My goal going into the cleanse this year was to do a 7 day cleanse. It ended up being 5 days. My body knew after 5 days it was done. I felt good but was feeling a bit to flighty and not enough food was being consumed. So I called the cleanse early.

 

I personally ate kitchari and drank bone broth for the cleanse this year. I drank a lot of tea, and gave up coffee for the first time ever during a cleanse.

 

The first two days I had a lack of caffeine headache. It went away and I felt really good. I was fully emptying my bowels, I wasn't hungry but did feel the lightness from not snacking all day. I also realized how many times I mindlessly snack during the day.

Leaving the cleanse this year I thought I had kicked my coffee habit but alas it came back. One thing that has stuck was my awareness of my snacking. I am much more strict about when I eat and why. I try to eat when hungry and not just bored. I also really feel the call to watch what I consume.

 

Right now there is so much negativity, and judgement and anger in the air. I refuse to participate on a daily basis with the energy going on. I don't need to stay on social media all day long. I don't need to constantly be listening to a podcast, or watching tv. I really found a good place with letting things go.

I will do another cleanse in the spring and look forward to new insights and maybe kicking the coffee habit for good!

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