A simple, delicious plan to get back on the healthy food track
The holiday season comes with its share of late nights and binge eating. From Navratri in October to New Year’s Eve in December, most of us put our bodies through quite a challenge. As a result we often end up feeling older in the New Year and experience the need to recover.
Luckily, you can use this 3-day Detox program based on Ayurvedic principles to recuperate from your adventure and step rejuvenated into the New Year:
- Start your day by getting an Abhyanga or Ayurvedic Massage. Abhyanga is best done on an empty stomach in the first 4 hours after sunrise. If you can follow up this massage with mild steam for a few minutes, that would be the cherry on top. Abhyanga calms your nervous system and gives a boost to your Agni*.
- Breakfast can comprise of just half a cup of warm milk spiced with some cardamom and saffron. Don’t be shy to give your body a break from food. Keeping it light is the key.
- Lunch can be a simple clear vegetable soup, spiced with black pepper and other warm spices. Your Agni that has probably dwindled in the holiday season gets kindled with these warm spices. If a bowl does not satiate you, have two, but I would strongly advise against adding more variety to your meal.
- For the 4pm snack, munch on some ghee roasted makhanas with a cup of chai if you choose to indulge, or a cup of chamomile tea.
– Dinner should be consumed early and should only comprise of mung dal soup. You can use a mild ghee tadka with cumin and asafoetida(hing). Add powdered coriander, dried ginger, roasted cumin and saindhav salt to it.
- At bedtime, use lavender essential oil on your wrist or pillow to help you unwind and heal.
- Bonus tip: Soak one spoon of Triphala* and black raisins in half a cup of boiled water and keep it overnight. Blend this mixture with your hands or a fork first thing in the morning and consume it, without thinking about the taste. Again, this will cool down your body and take your doshas* out, so don’t fear if the toilet becomes your friend in the morning.
- Did you have the Triphala and black raisin decoction? There’s a great chance that you will have a good bowel movement.
Get an Abhyanga again, if possible.
- For Breakfast, you can have a warm glass of milk with some cardamom or rose jam (gulkand).
- Lunch can be a simple vegetable khichdi cooked in ghee, followed by buttermilk. No yogurt, please. You should be feeling light and fresh and your Agni should be kindling by now. If not, consume one tablet of Hingvashtik* tablet.
- 4pm Snack: Same as that on Day 1.
- Dinner on Day 2 can be mung dal with some stir-fried vegetables. Give preference to squashes and gourds over all other vegetables.
- Repeat the Triphala- black raisin mixture on Day 2 as well.
- Consume the Triphala decoction and pay your regular visit to the restroom.
- You will probably wake up hungry on Day 3. That is a good sign. You agni is kindling and you’ve maintained it well.
- For Breakfast, you can indulge in a laddoo or some halwa with half a cup of spiced milk.
- Lunch can be regular Dal, Chaval, Jowar Roti with some vegetables. Avoid pickles, papad and yogurt but chutneys and buttermilk are fine.
- For a snack, have pomegranate seeds and some herbal tea.
- For Dinner, you can choose between dal-chawal and veggies or lentil soup and stir-fry.
- At Bedtime, fry one pinch of dried ginger in one table spoon of castor oil, cool it down a bit and consume it with a half a cup of hot water or hot milk before bed time.
Don’ts during the cleanse
Do not get fooled that fruits or vegetable juices will help you. They may make you feel lighter in the short term as they literally weigh nothing but they will hurt your Agni and lower your digestive flame in the long run. Agni always likes warm and cooked food. Also, say no to social events for at least 3 days. The world will still be waiting when you present yourself post this cleanse, hopefully, fresh and new.
Agni: The digestive fire in the stomach primarily responsible for metabolism and identification of nutrients and waste. Call it the controller of metabolism and nutrient-waste management.
Doshas: Refers to toxic, waste material here.
Ahar: Food or consumption items
Triphala: A combination of three herbs that can dry excess fluids and cool your body by purging out waste. Available at all pharmacies.
Hingvasthik: A strong herb that kindles your fire and boosts up your digestion.
NOTE: Please do not consume Ayurvedic herbs on a regular basis without consulting an experienced Practitioner. When taken for longer periods of time, they can interfere with constitutional balance.
ABOUT NIDHI PANDYA
Nidhi Pandya is a Thriive-verified Ayurveda expert. She was born in the family of an Ayurvedic Healer. So the principles of Ayurveda are already ingrained within her. With added formal education from Shubham Ayurveda, where she studied the Sanskrit ancient texts of Carak Samhita and Ashtanga Hrudayam, she has gained deeper understanding of the subject. She is based in the United States where she teaches people how to prevent disease and lead happy, healthy lives by applying Ayurvedic principles.
She can be contacted here: https://tinyurl.com/ycgx8ker