Congratulations! You gave your body, mind, and spirit a great boost by eating kitchari for the past 5 + days. How you transition out of the cleanse is critically important in order to sustain the benefits to your digestive fire. Follow these suggestions for optimum results.
How, When & Why
Continue to eat slowly, consciously, and only when you are physically (not mentally or emotionally) hungry. Remember that the empty hollow burning sensation in your belly is the real signal that it’s time to eat. Refrain from eating due to an idea that you should because it’s meal time, because food is available, or in response to a thought that a certain food sounds good right now.
Plan to eat freshly cooked vegetables. beans, and whole grains for the next two days to transition your body back to more solid foods.
Grains such as quinoa, brown rice, wild rice, and millet are nutrient-rich choices.
Beans such as split mung dal and adzukis are the easiest to digest, black beans and black eyed peas are also good choices. Make sure they are well-cooked.
Vegetables such as kale, broccoli, green beans, carrots, beets, artichokes, chard, collard greens, sweet potatoes, bok choy, zucchini,
Season with fresh ginger, turmeric, cilantro, oregano, ghee, cumin seeds, coriander powder, sea vegetables ( such as kombu, wakame, hijiki)
Start slowly with fruit having one piece per day, ideally eaten separately from other foods.
After two days of cooked vegetables and grains, steel cut oats with cooked apples, ghee, and cinnamon is a great breakfast. The more processed the oats, the less nutrients are available, so instant oatmeal does not offer your body much nourishment. Taste the sweetness of the apples, and the richness of ghee and the lack of need for added sweeteners.
Introduce nuts, seed, dairy, and animal proteins very gradually. At least 3 days after the end of the cleanse. If at all possible, keep your animal products organic to avoid the hormones and antibiotics pumped into commercial meat, poultry, and dairy production.
To keep your diet clean while eating eating prepared foods, you must pay attention to the ingredients in what you buy. If you eat or drink something of less quality, notice how you feel after eating it. Self-observation will be your best guide to what is most appropriate for you. Recognizing that your actions affect how you feel leaves you empowered to make a conscious or unconscious choice every time you want to put something to eat or drink in your mouth.
Finally, think about whether or not you really want to reunite with sugar, caffeine, or alcohol before you indulge in these addictive substances. Delicious herbal teas are loaded with nutrients, so are much better choices for your morning (and afternoon) hot drink ritual. There are other great sweeteners to enjoy in lieu of sugar and high fructose corn syrup such as maple syrup, honey (not to be cooked), stevia, and agave nectar. As for alcohol, you have to ask yourself if it’s worth the damage. Go at least another week without any of these substances and see how you feel!
You can always come back to balance no matter how far you stray. Don’t beat yourself up for falling off your program, just come back to doing what you know is best for you. Whole Life Health is a cumulative process involving everyday decisions, so be sure to pat yourself on the back every time you make a healthy choice.