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For the next 3 days I will be eating the kitchari diet and incorporating the gentle, daily routines to help eliminate toxins and aid digestion. Some kitchari cleanses will include shots of ghee or coconut oil during this phase but the cleanse I’m following includes coconut oil in the kitchari recipe, ensuring adequate oleation for optimum cleansing.
This is what I’ve been waiting for! I timed the first 2 days of the active cleanse to fall on my days off from work. I’m glad I did because the active cleanse focuses on resting, an inward perspective and plenty of pampering. I started the day with tongue scraping, a cup of hot water, a sugar/oil scrub and a long soak in the bath – bliss! My first kitchari of the day was warming, wholesome and absolutely delicious.
I have encountered a slight dilemma. As a self confessed grazer I am struggling to eat a large enough meal, 3 x per day, that won’t make me feel too full and uncomfortable, but that keeps me going on until the next meal. For now I am experimenting with optimum meal sizes.
Warning! Do not pop into your favourite supermarket “just for a look”! While sugar cravings have subsided I am still day-dreaming about all the wonderful meals that I’ll be putting together in a week’s time. I’m really glad I set the first two days of the active cleanse on my weekend off work. Although I don’t feel too lethargic, hungry or uncomfortable, I do feel a lot more relaxed knowing that whatever may arise during this part of the cleanse can do so in the safety of my own home. Today I’m keep a low profile and enjoying the self indulgence of body scrubs, warm blankets, candles and quietness.
After 6 consecutive kitchari meals I have decided to take the cleanse option for a simple porridge breakfast instead. While the kitchari is delicious (and one of my favourite meals anyway) the repetition is starting to make it hard to swallow. The simple porridge is very simple; small handful of apples, raisins and the sweet spices, cardamom, nutmeg & cinnamon with oats cooked in water. The wee change was all I needed and today I feel wonderful. My energy levels are the highest they have been all week and I am feeling light, refreshed and mindful. My mind isn’t wandering to meal plans, or recipes or what I’m not eating but is instead focusing on the comforting ritual of preparing my meals and the delicious tastes of the foods that I am eating.
I’ve made it to the final day of the active cleanse! The main things that I am noticing at the moment are increased focus, more mindfulness (particularly when eating), a level head, better skin and a more productive daily routine. I am of course excited for the reintroduction phase of the cleanse but I am not nearly as frantic as I thought I’d be. I had visions of myself drafting mass shopping lists and recipes at this point but instead I’m quietly calm about the next couple of days and not really thinking about any meal past the next one.
Next up… Autumn Ayurvedic Cleanse: Phase 3 “Reintroduction”.