DATES CAN BE ADJUSTED TO YOUR PERSONAL CALENDAR, JUST LET ME KNOW
A comprehensive packet of information on the 18 day cleanse including:
A check off list provided for each day to help keep track of the daily routine. This daily routine called “dinacharya” will help us maintain our energy levels and certain practices will help the cravings that may come during the initial days of the cleanse.
Daily Yoga and Breath work reccomendations.
Spring Food Shopping list and yummy recipes to use throughout the cleanse
Easy to follow calendar to guide us through our journey together
Facebook Private group site where you will receive daily information on the cleanse and be able to ask questions on different aspects of the process such as physical ailments or mental and emotional challenges.
Spring Community Cleanse 2018
Frequently Asked Questions
The season of spring is always a good time of the year to “reset” your digestion and change some of the stagnant patterns and behaviors established from the heaviness of winter.
The spring cleanse is a great way to help reestablish balance in the body and mind by introducing 18 days of change into our diets and lifestyle.
In the Ayurvedic system it is understood that there are qualities in the winter season; heavy, dull, sluggish and stagnant to name a few. These may describe how we feel mentally and physically at the end of the winter season and it is a sign that there is “Ama,” accumulated toxins in the body.
Body toxicity can appear as:
Poor stamina and lack of focus
Common colds and congestion that is hard to get rid of
Weight gain or sluggish digestion
Body aches and pains
Insomnia or excessive sleep
Day 1-5 Pre-Cleanse
The first five days are to prepare the body for the ten days of cleansing that follows. Each day there will be something to eliminate from our diets: caffeine, alcohol, dairy and meat, foods from a can or out of a box, refined sugars and white flour. There are recipes and a Kapha favoring food list provided to help offer new ideas to the menu planning for this first five day pre-cleanse.
We are using foods that favor the season of spring. These foods are specifically chosen to help nourish the body help clear the Kapha qualities of the winter season.
We are eating more foods that have the taste of Pungent/Spicy, Bitter and Astringent. Share the Guna qualities of Light, Dry and Warm.Such as Steamed Veggies, Soups with clear broth and brown rice.
We are avoiding foods that have the taste of Sweet, Sour, Salty and share the Guna qualities of Heavy, Cold and Oily.Such as fried foods, ice cream, heavy dairy and breads.
On the daily check-list, there are several places where you will rate your energy level, bowel movements and the white coating on the tongue. The ayurvedic practice focuses on watching the body’s ability to eliminate “AMA.” Ama is a sanskrit word meaning body toxins. There are several ways we can identify toxin excess in the body; by watching the quality of stools, the white coating on the tongue, and the smell of our urine and sweat.
Day 6 - 10 Cleanse
We are now entering the first five days of the digestive cleanse.
During this five day period, the diet consists of rice and steamed veggies. There is a Breakfast Rice meal that can be added to the menu for a different flavor if you need it. If you are not hungry for breakfast, you may skip it during this time period and eat an earlier lunch.
It is recommended not to eat raw foods during this time except for fruit. It is important that we do not eat fruit during our meals. Our bodies digest fruit faster and if we combine the fruit with our meals, it will decrease the energy needed to completely digest the meal. Eating fresh fruit as a snack at least one hour before or after our meal is recommended.
This first five days we will be taking ghee first thing in the morning, this is also optional. The ghee is considered an internal oleation. Ghee will help loosen the stagnant impurities in our digestive tract. It acts as a solvent and will help mobilize the toxins so that the AMA can be moved out and eliminated from the body.
These five days we will be eating a “mono-diet” of kitchari. This is a diet that will give us all the nutrients we need, protein and carbs to help us continue on with our work days and continue the cleanse process. At this time our digestive tract has been cleaned out and now we are getting the gut back into a balanced state. You should begin to see a significant change in your bowel movements and other Ama indicators at this time.
There are several kitchari recipes we can use and many others out there you can find online. Many of you have bought the “kitchari kit” and feel free to play around with the different recipes. It is important to understand that these five days are ONLY kitchari and Breakfast Rice. No fruit or veggies.
For the next three days of the cleanse, it is important to reintegrate certain foods back into the diet. The digestive tract has been cleaned and reset so this is the time to slowly introduce foods that may potentially aggravate the body such as dairy, wheat and soy. Again, eat whole foods using recipes from the packet and diversify your menu slowly. Caffeine, Alcohol and or any other type of stimulant could over stimulate the systems in the body.
This is also a good week to get a massage, facial or any other spa treatment you would enjoy. This is a time to celebrate you and your healthy body!