I did it: I ate kitchari 3 times a day, for 7 days.
It was so easy, it was hard.
Let me explain.
When you know exactly what groceries you need to have around, and exactly what you will eat for the next 7 days, that makes life EASY. The decisions around what to make, what to eat are just not there. Food life is very simple.
I likened this experience to feeding our dog. We have fed her the same food for the 8 years we’ve had her. We rarely give her human food lest she gets sick from it. We rarely change the brand of the food. We rarely give her more than 2 scoops at a time. She eats the same thing 2x a day, everyday, for 8 years.
But it was also some of the hardest 7 days I’ve ever spent when it came to food.
After the first day, I thought about how sad I was that I couldn’t eat anything else. I made other dishes for my family, sat with them while eating my kitchari.
I would taste other textures and flavors in my mouth and pined for them. I would smell BBQ and baked goods in the air coming from the neighbors’ yards. I would walk by scrumptious looking ready to go meals at various stores and markets.
My mind wanted to throw a tantrum those first few days. Thankfully, I didn’t abide by its consistent suggestions. I remembered why I wanted to do the cleanse in the first place (see Kitchari Cleanse blog post Part 1) and with the accountability from my friend/coach Betty, I persevered.
I communicated with Betty daily – sharing my journal of my activities, and pictures of my tongue for progress. Betty reminded me that this Kitchari cleanse is more than just eating kitchari and resetting my gut. It’s a gentle way to do a whole body cleanse: it was a mind-body reset for sure.
Along with the kitchari, I was supposed to slow down in different areas of my life. I was to meditate, practice yoga nidra, self massage and more.
Half way through the cleanse, things started to change.
The fog of no coffee lifted. My mind started to calm down as it began to see the benefits of the reset.
My body started working like itself again. I slept better and longer than I had in a long time. My body felt lighter. My moods stabilized. Also to my happy surprise, my hormones shifted enough and I got the period I had been waiting for (I missed it for a the first time in my life and that was NOT normal for me).
I was thrilled.
The last few days of the Kitchari cleanse felt easier. Not only because I was for sure experiencing the benefits of this Reset, I was also proud that I honored my intuition and my body.
I felt stronger in my ability to manage and reframe my mind.
The Kitchari Cleanse was a good reset button for me. It may not be the right thing for you to do, but if you are looking to do something different, it may be worth a try.