I was first introduced to Ayurveda in 2010. A wonderful friend brought me to Sri Lanka for a Panchakarma. I spent 7 blissful days in the beautiful Barberyn Resort healing from a very difficult pregnancy with my first baby. I returned home renewed and with a new love for the science of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is the sister science of Yoga. It’s a 5000 year old philosophy that focuses on the functioning of our digestive system. Ayurveda is the worlds oldest health system its the science of life based on achieving mind and body balance. According to Ayurveda the secret to health lies in your digestive system. It looks at the elimination and assimilation of food that governs our digestive system. When our digestive system isn’t functioning properly we are more susceptible to disease and illness. Western medicine now backs this wholeheartedly with research indicating that there are as many neurotransmitters in the gut as there is in the brain and that stress occurring in our brain directly impacts on our gut. Our gut health plays a huge role in the physical, mental and emotional state of our bodies. An ayurvedic cleanse recognises this and eliminates the intensity of multiple foods to allow the digestive system to rest and promotes self-healing.
If I ever feel ungrounded, unsettled, anxious or out of balance, I always turn to a Kitchari Cleanse. After a fabulous holiday in Italy eating all the pasta and drinking all the wine ! I felt my system needed a rest. Anyone can benefit from a detox , Kitchari is the ultimate healing recipe for all doshas. Kitchari gives your digestive system a chance to rest , its simple delicious and much easier than juice cleansing as you are having 3 meals a day and wont feel hungry..
Each ingredient plays a specific role in the process. The mung beans are blood-purifying and provide protein and nutrients to nourish the body. The rice is easily digestible and warmed with the healing spices
This cleanse is all about nourishing and nurturing the body from the inside out. It will deeply ground you, leaving you with a happy gut and feeling well. I highly recommend to anyone that is wanting a nourishing reboot and a time to self-nurture.
Drink a glass of cooled boiled warm water with fresh lemon and ginger
Scrap your tongue using a copper tongue scrapper (easily available on line or in health stores ) you can also oil pull pittas use coconut oil vatas and Kaphas use sesame oil. If you are new to Ayurveda check out your dosha type here https://shop.chopra.com/dosha-quiz/
Prepare your kitchari (see recipe below) for breakfast (soak your mung beans overnight )
Whilst kitchari is cooking, take some time to practice yoga & meditation. Start with Pranayama (breath work ) to warm the body followed by slow mindfull practice. Some great videos on you tube to help you if you are new to Pranayama or Yoga.
Throughout the day drink warm water with ginger & lemon or a cleansing detox tea ( I like the teapigs detox tea ) . Make sure you are drinking lots of water as you move through this detox at least 3 liters.
Throughout the day
Drink warm water and tea
Kitchari for lunch
Spend time outside try to stay off your phone and social media allowing time for the mind to relax.
Have a warm hot shower or epsom salt bath
Dry brush your skin usind a body brush. Perform abhyanga (massage) your body with oil moving from the bottom of your body up towards your heart.
Heat up the kitchari for your dinner.
Soak your mung beans for the next day.
Try to stay off social media and read a good book.
Try to get to bed by sunset.
RECIPIE FOR KITCHARI
• 1 cup yellow split mung beans washed and soaked at least 6 hours, preferably overnight & 1 cup of basmati rice (brown or white )
• 2 tablespoons coconut oil
• 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
• 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
• 6 cardamom pods
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 1 teaspoon turmeric
• 6 cups water salt & pepper to taste
In a large pot heat the oil and add the mustard seeds until they pop then add cumin seeds , cinnamon stick , cardamom pods turmeric and ginger. Heat for 30 secs to activate the spices then add the rice and mung beans, combine with the spices for 60 secs. Add water and bring to the boil. Stir , reduce heat to simmer and cook for approx. an hour. You want most of the water to absorb and the Kitchari to have a creamy texture similar to risotto. Season to taste and add fresh lime juice to taste.
Try to do a cleanse at a time when you are not busy and preferability not working ,give yourself time and enjoy process of slowing down, resting and nurturing your mind and body , a total focus for you on your wellbeing
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