Back in the Spring, I did my first Ayurvedic Cleanse. Typically, I have a fairly healthy diet and a strong self-care routine, but from time to time I'll get off track, and I've found that cleansing helps me to get back to healthy habits. Ayurveda encourages cleansing in both the spring and fall, so since it went so well last time, I'm giving it another go.
This morning I got my meal plan together, did my shopping at Trader Joe's, and my fridge is now stocked for 7-days of cleansing. Here's the gist of what I'm doing:
- Morning: Upon waking, hot water with lemon, ginger, and turmeric. For breakfast, an alkalizing green drink (aloe vera juice, cucumber, ginger, coconut oil, celery, kale), and mid-morning, hot water with Tulsi.
- Lunch: Kitchari or a salad with apple cider vinegar and a small portion of salmon
- Dinner (before 7pm): Kitchari or steamed veggies with quinoa
- Before Bed: Hot water with Triphala and/or a Detox Tea
- Snacks: Ideally none, but a handful of nuts if necessary
- Supplements: Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Krill Oil
- Water: Aiming to drink 3 liters a day (that's over 100 ounces, eek!)
- Exercise: Mild, like walking or gentle yoga
- Do Not Eat List: Sugar (not even fruit), dairy, alcohol, caffeine, simple carbohydrates (breads, pastas, etc.), and any processed food.
Considering that I literally ate a 3.5 lb. bag of assorted Tootsie Roll candies by myself over the past 2 weeks, I am so ready for this. The goal is to cruise into Thanksgiving feeling 10/10 so that I start the holidays on a high note.
Here's an extensive article about fall cleansing from Banyan Botanicals (note that this particular article is written for pitta-vata dosha types, which is my constitution).