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).