welcome…

…to your Ayurvedic spring cleanse!
Best of luck over the next 12 days as you take time to detoxify at all levels of action: physical, verbal and mental.  I strongly encourage you to slow down, nourish and take care of yourself in order to make the most of this time.  I hope that the framework of the cleanse can serve as a mini-retreat for you to reconnect to your body, mind and spirit.  I will be posting different things to help support you through this practice:

– recipes to inspire and aid you in the kitchen
– “food for thought” which are excerpts from various texts about yoga, Buddhism, Ayurveda (I hope you go on to read the books themselves!)
– little bites of Ayurvedic philosophy to colour your experience of cooking and eating

If you have any questions, please feel free to submit them to the blog (to comment on a post, you must click on the post’s title!) or directly to me.  Also feel free to share any of your own recipes and what you find inspiring!

For the cleanse parameters, here is a review of what the 12 days will consist of:

Day 1: eliminate alcohol and caffeine (includes coffee, black and green tea, and chocolate)
Day 2: eliminate meat, eggs, seafood, dairy (except ghee, if using)
Day 3: eliminate gluten (wheat), sugar (including fruit), nuts/seeds, tofu
Day 4, 5, 6: only rice, mung beans, water, and herbal teas (e.g. ginger, coriander, fennel)
Day 7, 8: add steamed vegetables (e,g, carrots, zucchini, peas, green beans)
Day 9: reintroduce sugar (preferably fruit) and nuts/seeds
Day 10: reintroduce gluten (wheat)
Day 11: reintroduce dairy (perhaps milk in morning, cheese at night)
Day 12: reintroduce meat, eggs, seafood (pick one of these items)

Beyond the 12 days, slowly reintroduce other items (e.g. alcohol) at your own discretion.  Remember that this is an awareness practice to watch how your body and mind reacts to eating certain foods.  It is best to reintroduce a food one meal at a time, or better yet, one day at a time.

May this journey bring you wisdom, health and contentment!

Namaste.