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Why You Should Cleanse in October?

Change of Seasons

As we enter the fall season our bodies need a purging from the toxins built up over the summer months. Summer is San Antonio's most aggressive season of the year. If you feel sluggish, out of rhythm or with a compromised immune system you should consider an Ayurvedic cleanse. Cleansing with mono diet principles is also a form of preventative health care.

What is a mono diet?

A mono diet is a method of fasting practiced in India for more than five thousand years. The body is fed a combination of grains and soft legumes designed to nourish the body and rest the digestive system, while forcing the body to seek out fat and toxins lodged in the internal organs.

Ghee is an important part of the cleanse and is cholesterol free and lactose free. Ghee is a super food and has been used in India for the purposes of cleansing and nourishing the body for millennia.

Here is the logic on taking warm ghee first thing in the morning during the mono diet: The body needs fat to survive and ghee is a clean fat and an excellent conduit for pulling out toxins from the internal organs. During the second more intense part of the mono diet you will drink one tablespoon of warm ghee shortly after waking and at least thirty minutes prior to drinking your morning teas (as it takes the ghee time to travel through the digestive system and deposit into the internal organs).

How does the mono diet work?

By providing the body complete amino proteins (mono diet = kitchari and congee) through the combination of rice and soft lentils, the body is starved of fat and it consumes it’s fat stores in order to survive, thereby ridding the body of toxins (lodged in the fat cells) as well as fat.

During your 3-day mono diet cleanse, you will cleanse your kidney, gall bladder and liver. You will drink hot teas and abstain from consuming other fruits or vegetables in order to “fast” by eating easily digested foods that the body can easily burn, allowing it to “give up” stores of fat and toxins lodged in the body’s reserves. This “exercise” of fasting that you will undergo requires energy and will affect your energy levels. Please take time to rest, sleep and practice the daily Ayurvedic routine during your mono diet. It is customary to fast a mono diet for 7 days and perform a castor oil purgation on the night of the seventh day. You should eat only cooked vegan foods in the days after completing your mono diet to ease your body back gently from the cleanse (and not overwhelm the digestive system).

Turmeric Maca Energy Bites

How to Use Turmeric in the Fall

Whether it's combining freshly grated turmeric with healthy fats in our Turmeric Maca Energy Bites (for enhanced absorption), or creating anti-inflammatory synergies with turmeric peels and black peppercorns in our teas, turmeric is one of the pillars of the Pharm Table Kitchen.

Knowing how to enhance the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric is key in general, but especially when we transition seasons. 

During the summer our body can take more raw turmeric since we need bitter, astringent and sweet foods to keep the body cool during hot summer months. 

Once fall winds arrive our body's naturally crave foods that are “sweet”, “salty” and “sour." These flavors help naturally warm the body. Turmeric's superfood qualities are “bitter,” "astringent,” and “pungent” So what does all this mean?

In the fall we want to counterbalance the seasonal change by adding dense, warm and liquid foods into our diet with an emphasis on good quality fats and that are warming to body. In this recipe we focus or sweet and pungent ingredients to warm the body, layered with the anti-inflammatory effects of the turmeric.  

Why these Turmeric Maca Bites = Energy 

Turmeric has superior absorption when consumed with fats and actually stays in the body. The addition of black pepper creates a nutritional synergy, enhancing the anti-inflammatory effects of the turmeric. The chia seeds also work to make the body feel more satiated as they expand when wet, which also leaves the body more hydrated. Maca, aka "Andean Viagra" is pure amino acid and is a form of Ginseng. All in all, these energy bites are high in potassium which means electrolytes!

Work this recipe into to your weekly routine for breakfast or as healthful dessert.  

These bites are available weekly in the café (open daily from 11am-3pm) or online.

Tasting is believing!


Yield: 2 dozen

1/2 cup

1/2 cup

1/2 cup

1 1/2 cup

1/2 cup

1/4 cup

1 tsp

1 tsp

1/4 tsp

1 pinch

2 tbsp

coconut flake (sweet)

almonds (sweet)

pepitas (pungent)

dates, pitted (sweet)

almond butter (sour)

chia seeds (sweet)

turmeric, freshly grated (pungent, bitter, sweet)

ginger powder (pungent)

pink salt (salty)

black pepper, (pungent) optional 

maca powder (bitter, sweet)


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    Place all ingredients in the bowl of a high powered food processor and blend on high until finely ground. We use thermomix for best results.
  • 2
    Roll into one ounce balls or press into bars. Refrigerate until ready to serve. 
  • 3
    Shelf Life is 20 days.

The Peppery Power of Pippali

Have you ever heard of Pippali?

You might not have heard of it, but if you’ve been to Pharm Table, you might have already eaten it! We use it all the time to season our healthy dishes, including the food in our Rejuvenating 3-Day Culinary Cleanse. Pippali is Kapha pacifying, which means it is a good ingredient for the winter and spring months.

Pippali, or Pippali Rasayan, is an Indian long pepper fruit and one of the most popular Ayurvedic herbs. The name means “to drink and digest”, which is fitting since its primary benefit is digesting and burning toxins. In the world of Ayurveda, Pippali is a powerful culinary spice and tridoshic herb, meaning it’s good for all body types. These oblong pods are often ground up and used just like its cousin, black pepper, although Pippali is less spicy, more earthy-flavored, and a beautiful army green color.

The health benefits are extensive. Traditionally, Pippali has been used for colds, digestive problems, reproductive issues, insomnia, cramps, congestion and many other ailments. In fact, South Texans who suffer from allergies might appreciate its soothing abilities. Throw a little Pippali on just about any dish or visit us at Pharm Table for lunch or dinner, and we’ll put a dash on for you!

Why We Love Kitchari

Kitchari is a healthful Indian dish traditionally made with yellow mung dal, basmati rice, spices that encourage digestion and ghee (clarified butter). You can easily find all of these products at the grocery store or come to Pharm Table and let us make it for you! We often like to use quinoa in our kitchari bowls to make them even healthier. Our new summer menu includes a satiating Indian-style kitchari bowl as well as a Southeast Asian-influenced kitchari.

As you probably know, proper digestion is integral to our health. In India and the states, people who practice Ayurveda use kitchari as a mono-nutrient fast that gives the digestive system a much-needed respite. When most people hear the words fast, cleanse or detox, they often associate them with starvation, but this doesn’t have to be, nor should it be, the case. You can cleanse gently and we believe, deliciously, with kitchari.

Pharm Table’s Rejuvenating Culinary Cleanse includes a kitchari bowl each day for lunch. It’s actually a very hearty and satisfying dish, and we like to get creative with our kitchari so that you really don’t get bored. Our Persian kitchari bowl, for example, is made with sprouted bi-color quinoa, sprouted green lentils, beets, watermelon radishes, kale, collard greens, sumac & za’atar, ginger, black pepper, pipalli.

The nutrients found in kitchari provide the body with a copious amount of amino acids, which is the foundation of a protein. Proteins are the building blocks of life – every single cell in our bodies needs protein, and protein from non-animal sources are more alkalizing for the body (i.e. less inflammatory).

A fast or cleanse can actually consist mainly of kitchari. With the help of ghee, these Ayurvedic powerhouses increase the internal fire, called agni, that balances digestion and metabolism. Try eating kitchari for three days straight or simply sign up for our new culinary cleanse to get fit. It will change your life!

Ten Mantras of Pharm Table Kitchen

1. Breathe and be mindful!

2. Eat until you are 80% full. Ideally, maintain a balance of 30/30/30 of food/air/water in your stomach when you eat.

3. Avoid acidic foods (too much dairy, animal proteins, sugar, processed foods, coffee).

4. Favor alkaline foods, such as citrus and plant-based foods.

5. Avoid iced or carbonated drinks. Instead drink room temperature water or hot tea. Cold or carbonated foods slow digestion in the body, which strives to maintain a 98-degree environment.

6. Eat probiotic-rich foods (fermented foods), like kombucha and kimchi.

7. Consume all 6 flavors at every meal to satisfy and balance your body. These include pungent, sour, sweet, salty, bitter and astringent.

8. Sprout and soak your dry ingredients for increased fiber, nutrition, and ease of digestion.

9. Create complete amino proteins with plants by combining the right foods.

10. Eat plants that are local and honor the seasons, and eat foods that pacify your dosha (body type) and are pacifying to the season/your dosha.