Ayurvedic Tips and Reminders

Happy New Year 2015!

Dear friends,

With all the buzzzzzz about weight loss and detoxing at the beginning of the new year, I’d like to offer a simple Ayurvedic approach.

kitchari It’s delicious, satiating, creamy, full of protein and very easy to make! It’s called “kitchari”. Dr Taz in her book “The 21 Day Belly Fix” has a great detox plan if you seriously need to reverse your digestive issues and other health issues for that matter. It is a very sound combination of multiple approaches including Ayurveda and kitchari. I highly recommend it.

However if you are not feeling so gregarious about jumping in for 21 days you may start with a simple kitchari detox for a day or two a week just to give your digestion some” r and r “like we talked about last week. You can even eat kitchari for longer periods under proper guidance.

Kitchari is a traditional Ayurvedic healing soup made from yellow split mung beans, white basmati rice, ghee, indian spices, and vegetables. It is used to fast and detox in Ayurveda.Split mung beans and rice make a complete protein so you won’t starve during this detox and eating kitchari can easily be incorporated into your daily life.  It is also delicious and children even love it~! Just had some for dinner.

If you really want an easy method, pick up one of our kitchari kits at the office.

There are sooo many variations to the recipe but here’s one I use from Vasant Lad… be creative;

1/2 cup basmati rice
1 cup split mung dal ( indian grocery)- soak for one hour in boiling water or overnight
6 cups water
1 inch ginger root
1/4 tsp mineral salt
2 tsp ghee
1/2 tsp cumin, coriander, cumin seeds,tumeric and 1/2 tsp mustard seeds( omit for Pitta)

1-2 cups vegetables such as carrots, celery,asparagus,zucchini, spinach,sweet potato

Rinse rice and beans and put in pot with water -bring to boil and cover simmered about twenty minutes. Then add chopped vegetables and cook another ten to fifteen minutes. Meanwhile heat the ghee in another skillet and add the spices. Then pour the spice mixture into the kitchari.. it’s magic. Serve with cilantro leaves and a slice of lime.

This will last for only one or two days then prepare fresh.

Hope you enjoy the taste of kitchari! To learn how to create longevity and vitality through “taste” please join me for the “Ayurvedic Sampler Package” where you will learn how to create balance through the six tastes, the five senses and the four seasons!