Autumn Ayurvedic Cleanse – Phase 1 “Preparation”

Autumn Ayurvedic Cleanse – Phase 1 “Preparation”

Autumn Ayurvedic Cleanse – Phase 1 “Preparation”

If you’re interested in embarking on an Ayurveda cleanse please seek the advice of a qualified Ayurvedic consultant.  Please contact Meadowlark reception and we will happily recommend a consultant to help you on your journey.

With mixed feelings of optimism and trepidation I begin my first ever cleanse.  I’ve never so much as skipped a meal let alone followed a structured cleanse for 10 days.  But here I am under the watchful eyes of Ayurvedic consultant, Emma Burrows, to see what an Ayurvedic cleanse can do to help me rebalance my doshas.  Click these links to learn more about Ayurveda, doshas and the cleanse that I am embarking on.

Preparation Phase

This phase is all about preparing the body for the active cleanse ahead.  During this phase we eliminate any meat, dairy, wheat, caffeine, alcohol and… sugar… my personal weak spot.  So for 3 days I will be eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, pulses, wholegrains and legumes.

Day 1

Today I feel excited as I imagine what changes may lay ahead for me.  I’ve heard promises of more energy, better sleep, clearer skin and healthier lifestyle choices to name a few but I’ve been a little sceptical – after all, isn’t your liver supposed to function as a daily cleanse anyway?  I begin the day wholeheartedly chowing down on my porridge with cinnamon and seeds although I must admit it is a little less appealing without the usual maple syrup or honey.

I’m eager to see a change, in whatever form, as soon as possible (it’s in my nature) so this slow cleanse is a test of mindfulness and patience.  Bring on Day 2!

Day 2

I’m not particularly interested in my meals without the prospect of a sweet treat to follow!  I have noticed that while my appetite has reduced, I am now turning to other activities where before I sought pleasure in sweet foods.  So now a cup of tea with a book, or a warm bath, or even… walking in the rain with the dogs, brings a new-found joy.

Day 3  

I’m getting restless and ready to move on to the next phase of the cleanse now.  Despite the beauty and delicious taste of the meals I have been preparing (beetroot risotto, roast vegetable courgetti…), I am being distracted by daydreams of epic feasts and sweet treats.  I’m hoping that during the next phase (my weekend) I will have more opportunity to turn inwards and start to see the cleanse as an opportunity to indulge in body treatments and calming daytime activities without the distraction of work, social & family life.

Next up… Autumn Ayurvedic Cleanse: Phase 2 “Active Cleanse”.

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