I have been hearing the call from my body for quite a while now that it's time to cut the shit and start eating like an adult again. I imagine that my diet is probably healthier than the average American's, but like everyone does from time to time, I've gone off the reasonable-eating rails and have been giving in to any and all cravings—sugar, carbs, repeat.
I put "Complete a Cleanse" on my 2017 Goal List and April is feeling like the month to get it done. In the circle of Para Yogis that I follow on social, I noticed that Katie Silcox, author of Happy, Healthy, Sexy: Ayurvedic Wisdom for Modern Women, was leading a 7-day cleanse in her monthly subscription group, Lineage of Love. $18 got me into the group for the month and includes a PDF cleanse guide (including recipes and the list of supplements and spices to purchase), 2 live video-calls, and access to a private Facebook group of others who are also participating. Perfect.
So, what kind of cleanse of it? Katie describes it as an "Ayurveda/modern-science-inspired cleanse protocol that is manageable, effective and easy to incorporate into our modern life." For those who might be unfamiliar, Ayurveda is yoga's sister-science of health and wellbeing that was developed thousands of years ago in India. The fundamental goal of Ayurveda is to help us reach balance in our body mind and spirit, and its teachings offer us many ways to do so—including cleansing, which is seen as an important part of an Ayurvedic lifestyle.
For this particular cleanse, I will be eating food (this is not some bizarre grapefruit-only diet or juice cleanse), but it will be very particular foods, spices, and supplements aimed at "stabilizing digestion, clearing the blood of toxins, revitalizing body tissues, supporting the body's major cleansing organs (liver, kidneys, colon, skin, etc.), and alkalizing the diet." For the next 7 days (hopefully longer if I can swing it), my diet will be 60-80% veggies, I will be consuming a whole host of strange spices and supplements, and I will be completely avoiding dairy, sugar (not even fruit), alcohol, caffeine, and essentially anything that is processed in any way. There will be lots of kitchari in my life this week, luckily it's delicious.
Day 1 down, 6 more to go. Now it's time for my nightly digestive tea with triphala and ghee before meditation and bed. I'll report back on how I'm feeling next week. 🙏