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Ayurveda Cleanse: The Exciting Conclusion!

I made it! 5 days of Ayurveda cleansing complete! Okay maybe not extremely exciting, but my cleanse week has taught me a couple of things:

Simplicity is key. Don’t over think your food choices. Obsessing about everything you eat will just give you more anxiety surrounding food. The nice thing about cleansing is eliminating a couple decisions from your day. When you start to over-complicate your diet, that’s when you start over or under eating and digestion gets messed up. Find a few meals that you like and can have on a daily basis. It will be more cost efficient and make you feel better in the long run.

I don’t need as much food as I think I do. I ate 1 cup of kitchari for each meal. A cup of kitchari has about 300 calories, totaling 900 calories a day give or take a couple hundred calories of coconut oil.

I run better on raw foods. During my cleanse, I didn’t feel so great during yoga. When I’m following a raw food diet, I feel flexible and strong, but eating kitchari was making me feel tired and stiff in my practice. I know that it’s a different story for every body, but this was my experience.

It’s nice to restart. It felt wonderful to break the not-so-great diet habits I had developed. After my cleanse I felt like I had pressed the restart button and could start from page 1 with my diet choices. Eating a mono-diet has made me appreciate so much the different flavors and textures of food, I can savor and have gratitude for each bite.

Enjoy your food! It is one of the great pleasures in life. Sitting down to a family dinner, baking cookies for a loved one, sipping lemonade on the front porch…

Habits I will hold on to:

Tongue scraping. It just makes so much sense to me. White icky stuff on your tongue? Scrape it off!

The media diet. Waking up and not immediately staring at my email inbox was one of the things that made this week great. I am making a commitment to leave my cell phone alone until I walk out the door.

Warm water. Warm water with lemon made me feel bright and energized. That stays.

To your health!

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Ayurveda Cleanse Day 4: Pump Up Your Detox

An Update:

Happy Thursday, all!

Today is my last day on kitchari. I’m not really going to miss it, mostly because I enjoy fruit and eating what I want when I want. Although I must admit, adding sweet potato made all the difference. Tomorrow I will go 100% juice to break my fast. Yay!

I took a dropperful, as prescribed, of my Herbalist Detox tincture last night, and woke up very nauseated. It could very well be because I took it on an empty stomach and there are some powerful things in there.

Today I took a power shot of fresh dandelion juice, which was WAY more disgusting than parsley juice, by the way. Dandelion juice does wonders for your liver and serves up a whopping 203% of your daily need of vitamin A, 58% of vitamin C, 17% of iron, and 20% of calcium. (source) That is for sure a power plant!

Detox Tip #3

Give yourself a boost! Eating kitchari, drinking juice, or master cleansing isn’t going to give you dramatic results. You have to make a lifestyle change and engage in activities that further detoxify your body.

Daily yoga practice. It might be five minutes, it might be an hour. Give yourself some time daily to stretch your fascia and loosen up. Include twists and deep breathing for added benefit. Sidenote: It doesn’t necessarily need to be yoga! If you are a runner and you’re up for it, run! Sweat daily, 30 minutes preferably.

Acupressure. I’ve been using my Spoonk Mat daily because I read of a method especially for cleansing. You stand (yeoch! It’s not so bad) on the mat, relax your body and do some gentle movement like swinging your arms. Like laying on the mat, it feels euphoric after a while. Some candles and music help, too. There are also many reflexology treatments you can do at home for the liver and kidneys.

Media diet. One of my favorite things about this week is waking up to sweet thoughts and saying a mantra of gratitude when I wake up, instead of immediately putting a screen in my face and checking my email. It makes for a much more peaceful morning. It unwinds your brain a bit and clears some of the mental clutter.

Superfoods. I highly recommend adding some raw, fresh, herb or superfood shots in to your diet. If you have a juicer or juice bar near you, a wheatgrass shot or pure herbal shot is ideal. They don’t taste great, but when your body is in a pure state of cleaning itself, these can really give it a boost. Turmeric is also an incredibly detoxifying root.

Skin brushing or massage. Brushing with a skin brush helps stimulate the lymph nodes, and circulatory system. It removes dead surface skin, and opens up pores, allowing toxins to excrete your body better. Similar to massage, skin brushing also breaks up groups of toxins, allowing them to be removed from your body. I feel more comfortable with massage because I can tell a professional exactly what I want to work on and trust that they will know what they’re doing. This is especially useful for the buildup of lactic acid from working out.

Ayurvedify. The complete package of the Ayurvedic Panchakarma that I am doing can be found here. This includes info about tongue scraping, nasal flushing, etc.

Remember this is all stuff that should make you feel GOOD. If something doesn’t feel good or feels off in your body, don’t do it! Everyone is different, these are just my experiences. Any detox boosts I missed?

Turmeric

Turmeric

Dandelion

Dandelion

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Ayurveda Cleanse Day 3

An Update:

I added a bit of sweet potato to my kitchari after yoga today…SO good. I highly recommend it. Just sauteed a bit in coconut oil and through it into my normal mixture. Since today I am not at work, I was feeling low blood sugar creep in with the absence of the fruit/vegetable juices, so the sweet potato was perfect. I just read that you can go off the cleanse with a one day juice cleanse, I think I’ll do that friday.

The kind folks at The Herbalist set me up with a special detox herbal tincture for my cleanse! I’m going to make some tinctures of my own in the next week to see how they turn out, their benefits are amazing!

This one has Oregon Grape root, Yellow Dock root, Burdock root, Dandelion root, and fennel. I will let you know how it effects me after a full day of use.

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Tastes like rotten garbage…That must mean it’s working!

Detox Tip #2

Lemon water! I know it sounds obvious, but it has really saved the day for me! On cleanses your sense of smell and taste are heightened, and the lemon water tastes so flavorful and delicious! As much as I miss my morning coffee, these benefits of drinking warm lemon water in the morning are hard to ignore:

Boosts your immune system. Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.
Balances pH. Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). An alkaline body is apparently the key to good health.
Aids digestion. The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.
Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic. Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
Clears skin. The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.
Hydrates the lymph system. This cup of goodness helps start the day on a hydrated note, which helps prevent dehydration (obviously) and adrenal fatigue. Your adrenals are also responsible for regulating your stress response. So, things like yoga can only control it up to a certain point, your diet must help out!
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Ayurveda Cleanse Day 2: Detoxing with Pranayama

An Update:

Thank goodness the headache is gone today. Unfortunately I’m having some sinus pressure, I remember that happening during my juice cleanse too but I’ve never heard anyone else mention that symptom. It faded mid morning and all went back to normal. I devoured my first two servings of kitchari already today and in between had smalls cups of carrot lime juice and kale cucumber lime juice with a dash of apple. No pure parsley shots today but the juice definitely clears that foggy brain feeling.

Yoga went well again, sweating is always nice although my body doesn’t feel as flexible or strong as when I’m on a raw food diet. I will admit I just had double servings of kitchari…this batch was so good and I was hungry! The no water with meals thing is tough for me too! Apparently water during meals dilutes the digestive enzymes and makes it difficult to absorb nutrients.

Tomorrow night I think I’ll treat myself to a more gourmet version with veggies and whatever my personal chef boyfriend concocts. Namaste!

Detox Tip #1: 

I’ve been reading about the detoxifying effects of pranayama.

Deep breathing, where you fill your belly and expand your diaphragm downwards, is one of the most powerful exercise you can do to activate your lymph system which helps to detoxify your body. Your lymph system is what gets the garbage out. Practice 10 deep slow breaths counting 4 seconds in, 8 seconds hold and 8 seconds out.

According to the ‘Tao of Breathing’ up to 70% of our body’s waste products are eliminated via our lungs and the rest through the urine, skin and feces. When the efficiency of our lungs is reduced due to poor breathing less oxygen is available to our cells, it slows down the flow of blood which carries wastes from the kidneys and lungs. Our lymphatic system which fights off viral and bacterial invaders is weakened along with a slower digestive process.It’s all about the breath!

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just in case you forgot how to breathe

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Ayurveda Cleanse Day 1

Kitchari (kitch-a-ree)

This morning I had my first bites of kitchari. I went for simple the first day- mung beans, basmati rice, cilantro, spices, and coconut oil. The smell was so good coming from the rice maker this morning that it actually woke me up! It’s pretty tasty, hot definitely better than cold. It looks a bit…predigested, but seasoned well it’s hearty and filling. I found skipping coffee easier than I had anticipated. I had a cup of warm water as planned and felt okay with that. I arrived at work around 6:30 and felt fine.

At about 8:30 I hit a wall. Somehow I knew it was sugar I wanted, not caffeine. I don’t crave candy or white sugar, but I’d kill for some fresh fruit right now! I have had a headache since around then, but it got better when I had my second serving of kitchari and some herbal tea.

I am blessed to work in a place where fresh raw juices are being pressed all day long, so I treated myself to a shot of pure parsley juice and some grapefruit, kale, lime, and alfalfa juices. That seemed to curb the headache a bit too. I considered cutting the juices completely too, but they are so nutrient dense that I feel like they could only help, as long as I stay away from the extra sweet ones.

Before hot yoga I was feeling very hungry in combination with my headache, but I’m happy to report both are gone! I just had my dinner serving of kitchari and feel much better. I suppose I eat many more calories normally than I have today, which is why I’m so low energy today.

I can’t wait to see how tomorrow goes!

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