Updated: Dec 3, 2020
If you are feeling heavy, bleh, unenthusiastic about life and ready to just give up on every diet ever created, you gotta try this. With consistency and dedication, you will see a difference in how you look and feel within as little as 3 days and up to 7 days. It's recommended to do a kitcchari cleanse for 3-5 days if it's your first time. The more you do it, the longer you'll be able to go and the more healing you'll experience in your gut and within your mind.
Kitchari is the perfect cleansing food for those with digestive issues. It resets the palette and the internal body leaving you feeling light and rejuvenated. It has deep roots in Ayurveda, India's ancient healing system that focuses on balancing the mind, body and spirit and brings all three Doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) back into balance if consumed for long enough. The meaning of kitchari is actually "mixture of two grains" and the consistency is much like porridge. And what you'll love most about it is that it has so many benefits including removal of toxins, restoring nutrition (for those who deal with malabsorption), resetting your palette (tongue) to mitigate cravings and restoring balance to your gut.
The main ingredient yellow mung beans are a great source of fiber which helps to remove toxins from your body and any toxic build up that has occurred in your intestinal lining. Additionally, the mixture of aged sona masoori rice and mung beans provides your body with not only proteins but essential amino acids. These amino acids can't be made by our bodies naturally so we must get them from the foods that we eat which makes kitchari such a perfect option especially if you were considering fasting as a way to loose weight or to feel lighter in your body.
The digestive herbs in kitchari such as cumin and fennel seeds plus the water content of this soupy dish make it extremely easy to digest, like baby food! In fact, in the Indian culture, this dish is given to babies, elderly people and people who are sickly. It is recommended that you consume this dish 3 times a day, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and refrain from consuming snacks in between. Each bowl of kitchari should be served at 3/4 the size of your regular portion and it's important to avoid eating anything outside of ktichari and after 7:00 pm at night. You can have the occasional stewed green apples (in emergency situations) or warm almond at night to get you settled in for the night.
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