Three-Day Autumn Cleanse


Written by: Danielle Kerr

As we transition into autumn, the crisp days and cool evenings will encourage a cascade of brightly coloured leaves to fall from the trees.  At this time our bodies will also undergo and shift in preparation for the new season, making it the perfect time to do a cleanse.  This three-day Ayurvedic cleanse will help your body transition smoothly into autumn by giving your digestive system a break, soothing your intestines, and helping to shed toxins from your system. 

It is important to note that even though this cleanse is extremely gentle and shouldn't cause too much discomfort, you may still experience highs and lows, both physically and emotionally.  This cleanse should not be undertaken if you are menstruating, pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have other medical conditions that may be affected by a change in diet.  We always recommend consulting your physician before starting any cleanse.

Planning Your Cleanse
This three-day cleanse consists of eating Kitchari for all three meals each day, and drinking plenty of water and herbal teas. You may add steamed vegetables, lean chicken/turkey, or oatmeal to your meals if you find yourself feeling weak or dizzy.

Kitchari

(servings: 3)

Ingredients

1 cup      Basmati Rice
½ cup     Yellow Split Mung Beans (Dal)
2 Tbsp    Ghee
1 tsp       Black Mustard Seeds
1 tsp       Cumin Seeds
5 pods    Cardamom
¼ tsp      Cinnamon
½ tsp      Hing
½ tsp      Turmeric
½ tsp      Salt
4 cups    Water

Instructions

  1. Wash rice and mung beans well.  Let soak overnight (or a few hours) to help with digestibility. 
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, heat ghee.  Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, cardamom, cinnamon, and hing. Stir until seeds pop. 
  3. Add rice, mung beans, turmeric and salt. Stir until well blended. 
  4. Add water and bring mixture to boil.  Gently boil uncovered for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low.  Cover, leaving lid slightly ajar. 
  5. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until tender.  Serve warm.

Enjoy!


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