I know the word ‘cleanse’ is usually associated with desperately trying to shed weight… but this isn’t about that AT ALL.
This cleanse is part of the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is basically a preventative mind-body health system (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge) and many of the practices (meditation, plant-based diet, coconut oil obsessions..!) are pretty recognisable today the popular ‘wellness scene’.
Ayurveda is the ancient ‘sister science’ to yoga which works to prevent rather than just cure poor physical and mental health by helping us tune in with the rhythms of nature and our own unique constitution.
The wisdom of Ayurveda is designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realising their full human potential. Sounds pretty good eh?!
Kitchari is a simple, soupy Indian dish made primarily of rice, split mung beans, seasonal veggies and spices. By eating just this for a few days you give your digestive system a break from all the crazy things we chuck into it, whilst also totally nourishing your whole self from the inside out with some warming, grounding and hearty grub. Doesn’t sound like your usual cleanse does it?
The purpose of this cleanse is to give the body a break and provide an important means of clearing accumulated waste and toxicity from the mind and the tissues. Our bodies process an endless barrage of harmful inputs such as environmental toxins, processed foods, unresolved emotions, and psychological stress. Over time, these stressors build up and slow us down until we feel, well… 🐌
So just kitchari 3 times a day. I’ve done lots of reading and you can snack on fruit and raw nuts if you feel a bit mental!
Otherwise just tonnes of herbal tea and fluids and lots of self-care (baths, covering yourself in oil, long meditations… YIN ) Come along to my self care workshop in Hackney on Friday 13th October to take your self care routine to the next level!
I got this photo and most of the recipe from Sami Bloom – it was the best I found 😍 I just tweaked a little & added some substitutions.
Find me on Instagram to join the #KitchariCleanse starting Wednesday 27th September! We can DO THIS together 🙂
One days worth – my teacher @agniayurveda recommends you make it fresh each day for optimal goodness
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* 1/2 cup brown rice (or you can use Quinoa or porridge oats) soaked overnight and rinsed
* 1/2 cup green mung beans soaked overnight and rinsed
* 1L water (you can adjust to make it soupier)
* 1/2 carrot chopped
* A few florets of cauliflower chopped * 1/2 cup kale or favourite greens chopped
* 1/2 tbsp ground turmeric
* 1 tsp mixed fennel seeds, cumin and coriander
* Himalayan pink sea salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
* Handful fresh coriander chopped
* Kombu (it’s like seaweed) or micro greens or sprouts if you fancy
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1. Soak the rice and mung beans in water overnight or for 4-8 hours (for easier digestion).
2. Place the rinsed beans and rice in a large pot with the water spices etc Bring the pot to boil then lower heat and cover for 30 minutes, whilst you chop the veggies.
3. After 30 minutes, throw the chopped vegetables into the pot. Cover and allow to cook for a further 20-30 minutes.
4. Add in coriander or any herbs you wish to use. Season with salt and pepper last.
Good luck! Pop a comment below and let me know how you get on with it 🙂