Get Ready to Cleanse
Ayurveda recommends a cleanse at the junction between two seasons.
Just as you feel inclined to clean your home or office during Spring to freshen things up, so too our bodies need to shed toxins from the build up of fatty foods from winter.
“When we cleanse in the spring, we burn off winter, kapha, water and earth,” says Karuna Sabnani, naturopathic doctor and founder of Karuna Naturopathic Healthcare in New York City. “This is why we have the urge to eat lighter and detoxify.” As we shift into the new season, Dr. Sabnani recommends eating more cooked greens, drinking cleansing soups, and reducing heavy, toxic foods, including fried foods, saturated fats, dairy, sugar, soda, alcohol, and grains. And if you’ve overindulged recently, try a two-week detox to reset your body.”
Kitchari (pronounced kich-uh-ree) is the traditional cleansing food of Ayurveda. It is a combination of split mung beans and white basmati rice with plenty of spices, depending on your constitution.
Amidst all of the modern diet trends happening today, this might seem like an unusual cleansing food.
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Here are a couple of ways to do a kitchari cleanse:
1. Make your own. Kitchari kits are sold at Banyan Botanicals– You can eat kitchari for a three day, five day, seven day or two week cleanse.
2. Join the “Colorado Cleanse” – my favorite cleanses by DR. John Doulliard.
Now is the time to register for the Colorado Cleanse- a two week Ayurvedic guided cleanse beginning in March. All supplies will be mailed to you.
3. Sama Food For Balance- Kitchari cleanse in Buckhead
4.Kashi Atlanta Ten Day Cleanse
Local Yoga and Ashram offering cleanses three times per year.
Hope you find this information helpful.