How to Cleanse
It’s a really good idea to cleanse on a day (or 3 to 5 consecutive days) when you can switch off from the world around you and take time for yourself.
You don’t have to do all of the suggested routine if you don’t want to - just immersing yourself in whatever self-nurturing things make you happy is enough, for example a warm bath, resting, sipping herbal teas, writing, drawing or reading spiritual texts can all be enjoyed.
It’s not ideal but it is possible to cleanse and continue with a normal day, perhaps at work or out socially with friends. In this case you’ll need to take more time to prepare your food for the day and be disciplined about how you go about your day - being mindful not to over-do-it.
Recommended cleanse routine:
6am - self-massage and gentle Yoga practice followed by warm water, then prepare your kitchari for the day if you haven’t prepared it already
8am - morning Kitchari - or alternative breakfast (choose a simple vegetarian breakfast to suit your body-type, see All Recipes for ideas)
12pm - midday Kitchari with greens
4-6pm - evening Kitchari broth (1/2 Kitchari, 1/2 added water)
Notes: fresh or dried fruit can be added to manage blood sugar levels between meals, caffeine is best avoided, stimulants/drugs and alcohol all to be avoided, drink plenty of warm water and/or herbal drinks throughout the day.
Ayurvedic spiced milk can be taken in the evening (8pm) if necessary (this is whole milk or substitute milk brought to the boil, then simmered with a pinch each of ground ginger, ground turmeric, ground nutmeg and saffron).
Disclaimer: It’s important to note - both the recipe and the cleansing technique outlined here belong to the science of Ayurveda. Your decision to try any type of cleansing must be your own, I am not responsible and I recommend speaking to your GP and/or finding a registered Ayurvedic Practitioner for the appropriate guidance and support.