Saturday, January 26, 2013
Well, it's been an interesting week for me. I checked out this week's links about different kinds of cleanses and I chose to do the Kitchari cleanse for one day. I had never heard of it before but it sounded good. It's a very old ayurvedic practice which is supposed to have similar effects to fasting, but instead of not eating, you eat a "mono diet" during the cleanse.
Kitchari is a porridge-like dish made from basmati rice and mung beans. Rice and beans are the key ingredients and there are many, many recipes out there which include different spices to balance different things that may be going on in your body. It is supposed to be very easily digested and allows the body to rejuvenate while you're doing the cleanse. I don't do well when I don't eat meals at regular times so I thought this would be a great alternative to fasting.
So, I looked at lots of recipes and cooked up a potful of Kitchari using a simple recipe that included ginger, cumin and fennel seeds. It was easy to make and it made more than enough for one day's worth of meals. I started with breakfast. It was warm and comforting. It was a bit bland but I knew it was supposed to be good for me. I headed out and took my son to his swimming lesson. By 11 AM I was starving, but I waited until noon and had my second serving of Kitchari. Again, I found it bland, but it's a cleanse so I wasn't expecting gourmet flavour.
By the middle of the afternoon I was craving protein and wanted to eat everything in the house. By late afternoon I started to get a really heavy feeling in my abdomen. By supper time I felt horrible and ended up having a bowl of soup instead of the third serving of Kitchari.
By the next morning it became apparent that the Kitchari was having a negative effect on my digestive system. My bathroom habits are usually very regular and there's no delicate way to put this...that stuff plugged me up like cement.
It took me three days of high fiber to get back on track. In the meantime I used herbal camomile and peppermint teas to help my digestive system recover.
In hindsight, the Kitchari cleanse sounded too good to be true. It was definitely not the right thing for me and I wouldn't recommend it. Unless perhaps you're looking for an antidote to extreme diarrhea.
On the other hand, chamomile and peppermint tea seem to be very soothing ways to help my digestive system feel normal again after eating something that wasn't right for me.
I hope everyone else had better luck than I did.
Oh, and to top it all off I gained a pound this week. Boo.