It’s very empowering to take one’s health into one’s own hands. On the first day of our upcoming Sparkle & Glow winter cleanse (more info), being Sunday January 5, 2:00pm, we will meet at Satya Yoga studio and practice a spirited Yoga class, followed by taking a dosha questionnaire which will help us to determine our constitutional type according to Ayurveda, and culminating in a cooking demonstration on how to make digestive khichari. This Ayurvedic stew is your friend.
Wow is it ever time for me to do a cleanse. If I’m being honest, it’s been a long time. Too long. I have been nursing going on 2 years now, and when you are trying to keep up your milk production, warm sweet and salty foods are great and also exactly what you crave. I have danced around the final 15 pounds out of the 50 that I gained during my pregnancy. When I get down below that final magic 10, I usually get cocky and start eating bread and cheese, and drinking frothy cappuccinos and red wine to bring it back up. So now if I want the effect of a lighter, more nimble body, which I do; and the accompanying feeling of a grounded and coordinated nervous system; well, then I have to start waking up very early, detox from the intoxicants, and put in only the purest of fuel, get plenty of exercise, plenty of water and enough sleep. It’s pretty plain and simple. So let’s tackle this 5-day winter cleanse.
I live in a cold winter climate in the beautiful rural & agricultural land of New York’s Hudson Valley. It’s blizzarding outside as I write this, my Yoga class very well might be canceled tonight . . . In any case, when it’s cold, the body needs more assistance in maintaining its internal heat, and to stay in balance, we really need warming foods. While there is a place for raw food diets and fasting purely on vegetable juices, not feeding the hara or hearth of the body when it's cold outside can interfere with digestion, metabolism and even thyroid function. For this and other reasons, in addition to juicing, this winter protocol will rely on a khichari, which is a stew made from rice, mung beans and vegetables. The stew is nourishing and acts as a cleansing agent for the body, directly affecting the kidneys, liver and intestines. Cooking for one’s self in this way is healing on a few levels.
- we are administering to our own health needs
- we are sustaining our attention on the act of cooking
- we are striving to make something that tastes good and is good for us.
Look forward to posts tomorrow with pics of my homemade batch of khichari being prepared tonight, and another piece about this cleanse each day leading up to our official start day, Sunday January 5! If you are in the area, we hope to see you there! Contact me with questions!