Time for a spring cleanse! It doesn’t seem like it…but it’s coming! Warm weather, sun, tiny buds on trees and little green sprouts peeping out of the ground to check if its safe.
As the weather changes, so does our microbiome. The root veggies and grains that served us during the Winter will no longer serve in the Spring. Our bodies will want to shed the extra layer of winter fat, and fasting is one of the best ways to do that. In fact, historically most cultures have ‘religious’ fasts which were in fact based on the dwindling supply of food that naturally occurred in nature. The food stores are depleted, and Spring greens start to emerge from the earth. That is mostly what we should be eating for a while, until summer brings its abundance of fruits and sweet colorful vegetables.
In Ayurveda, we reset the system with every change of season. And yes, you guessed it, the reset starts with khichadi.
Give yourself a week or two to nudge your body in the right direction.
For 3-4 days prior:
Give up caffeine, alcohol, and artificially sweetened drinks
Give up packaged and processed foods – anything that comes in a box
No fish (due to pollution and mercury)
Only pastured dairy, meat and eggs if you eat animal proteins
Organic veggies to limit herbicides and pesticides
Drink lots of water! Room temperature and maybe from a copper vessel?
Eat psyllium husk once a day
The week of:
Eat khichadi for breakfast lunch and dinner! ONLY if hungry.
Drink plenty of water.
And maybe some herbal tea if you want.
Do a 5-10 minute abhyanga (self massage) in the morning before your shower.
Get 8 hours of sleep between sunset and sunrise.
Do a gentle Yoga and meditation practice in the morning.
Or choose to go for a morning walk.
You can do it!!
The 3-4 days after:
When you break your week long cleanse, don’t dive into a bag of chips. Eat some gently steamed vegetables, softly cooked fruits, and plenty of nourishing liquids. Herbal teas are perfect, light soups, you get the idea.
Supportive spices and herbs during this time can be: cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, tulsi (holy basil), fennel, and peppermint.
Be prepared to feel amazing.