FAQ


Frequently Ask Questions:

  1. Will I be hungry during this “5 Day Detox Plan”?
  2. What to do if I get Constipated during this “5 Day Detox Plan”?
  3. What to do if I get a headache during this “5 Day Detox Plan”?
  4. What else can I eat during this “5 Day Detox Plan”?
  5. While doing this “5 Day Detox Plan” keep in mind important lifestyle considerations:
  6. What can I eat after this “5 Day Detox Plan”?
  7. What to do after the “5 Day Detox Plan”?
  8. Which Detoxes does Ayurveda consider to be detrimental?
  9. Which Detoxes does Ayurveda consider necessary and beneficial?
  10. What Detox can we do at any time of the year?

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1) Will I be hungry during this “5 Day Detox Plan”?

You need to keep in mind YOU ARE DOING A DIET. So you won’t be eating the same amount of food you ate before. You will be eating less. It is a mono-diet so you will be eating less variety as well. The portions are enough to keep you satisfied and energized to go through the day. If you find you need more food, simply add an extra tablespoon of “MIX 2” and some extra water to your pot, or go to the section on this page What else can I eat during the “5 Day Detox Plan”?

2) What to do If I get Constipated during this “5 Day Detox Plan”?

It is not uncommon to feel constipated on the first or second day of the detox. Although we want to get the bowels moving again as soon as possible. This is the exit way for the toxins (AMA). These gentle measures may help to support regularity. 

  • Drink plenty of lukewarm water away from meals.
  • Increase the quantity of Ghee (or coconut oil), you can add extra to your breakfast and kitchari.
  • Try 1 tablespoon of Psyllium Husk (or another form of powder fiber available near you) with plenty of warm water after meals.
  • If you have access to Triphala, (an Ayurvedic mild cleanser and laxative) take 2 tablets or 1 teaspoon (if powder) half hour before bed.

If nothing of this works, you can contact me through the contact page or find a herbal solution to support your bowel movement.

3) What to do if I get a headache during this “5 Day Detox Plan”?

It is possible to experience headaches. This is often during the first day or two. This is caused by your body’s reaction to missing certain foods, such as sugar or caffeine that were habitually present. Try plenty of water and if you really need your morning coffee, you can have it, but make sure you add your choice of milk and a natural sweetener as jaggery, coconut sugar, panela, etc. Plain black coffee is very bitter and will aggravate Vata in you, and we don’t want that now. I do suggest refraining from process sugar.

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4) What else can I eat during this “5 Day Detox Plan”?

Certain fruits, vegetables, and spices are especially helpful in detoxifying, so you’ll want to favor them during detoxification.

Fruits: cooked apples, pears, prunes, dates, figs, raw red papaya, and red grapes are ok. (An important Ayurvedic rule is that fresh fruits must be consumed always 20 mins away from any other food).

Vegetables: Cooked leafy greens, carrots, asparagus, sweet potato, zucchini, broccoli. (choose one). Cook separately with ghee or coconut oil and a pinch of your spices from “MIX 1”. Then add on top of your kitchari before serving. You can eat a little bit of avocado with some lemon, salt and pepper. Avoid mushrooms, bell peppers, and eggplant. Add this only in your lunchtime meal in case you need an extra push of food, not for dinner. For dinner stick to plain kitchari. (Coriander, Lemon, Salt and Pepper and always a good addition to your kitchari.).

Liquids: Pomegranate juice, Coconut water (all juices room temperature) Ginger tea, Mint tea, Fennel seed tea, lukewarm water, Dandelion tea (you can add natural sweetener and milk), Chamomile tea, and basically all your herbal teas are ok. 

5) While doing this “5 Day Detox Plan” keep in mind important lifestyle considerations:

In Ayurveda, we consider important not only WHAT we eat, but also HOW we eat…

  1. Do not fast or skip meals during any part of this “5 Day Detox Plan”.
  2. Eat at the same time every day so your Agni can “fire up” for the meal. 
  3. Eat while sitting down in a settled atmosphere; pay attention to the food when you eat (no TV, no phones, no reading). Be Present, Enjoy, Appreciate! 😀
  4. Engage in pleasant conversation with friends or family (no business meetings or emotional discussions).
  5. Eat only when the previous meal has been digested (no grazing or untimely snacking, this really disrupts digestion). 
  6. Eat only when you are hungry again. (if not hungry, try a pinch (tablespoon) of shredded fresh ginger with sea salt and lemon 20 mins before food time, this will increase digestive acids.
  7. Sit quietly for a minute at the beginning of the meal (you can say your form of grace otherwise just give your self a calming deep breath). This gives your digestion a settled start.
  8. Leave a little space in your stomach at the end of the meal to give your digestion room to function. Imagine a washing machine that needs empty space to optimize its functions. Only ¾ (75%) of your capacity should be full of food. This last guideline is especially important when you are doing this Detox plan.
  9. The above considerations can be carried after your Detox to your daily eating habits.
  10. After your Detox, get guidance, book a consultation and find the appropriate nutritional balance for your Dosha type.

6) What can I eat after this “5 Day Detox Plan”?

You should feel much lighter, more blissful, and more energetic. You may even have shed some unwanted weight. Give yourself time to gradually transition into your normal routine and eating habits. Take time to gradually add heavier foods (like meats and dairy to your diet) Pay attention to how you feel when you try these foods again—you may discover that your body doesn’t actually want or need some of the foods you’re used to eating and feels better without them and be sure to get enough rest for a few days after the Detox is over. Eat light and follow the normal recommended diet for your body type. If you don't know it yet we can discuss it in a consultation.

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After the Detox choose light meals:

  1. Lentil soup.
  2. Kitchari.
  3. Light vegetable soups.
  4. Steamed or sautéed broccoli, carrots, zucchini, asparagus, spinach, chard, and beet greens and beets. (Use Spices such as ginger, cumin, coriander, and fennel).
  5. Basmati rice, quinoa, millet, and barley
  6. Flaxseeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds (if you are Vata predominant Dosha, sautéed with ghee for a few minutes).
  7. Cooked apples, pears, prunes, dates, figs, raw red papaya, and red grapes.
  8. Fresh berries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries.

 After the Detox foods to minimize or eliminate:

  1. Refined sugar and flour products.
  2. Canned, leftover, processed, frozen, and microwaved foods.
  3. Fermented foods in high quantity, including pickles and vinegar.
  4. Cold and raw foods including salads.
  5. Fried foods.
  6. Alcohol.
  7. Caffeine.
  8. Chocolate.

7) What to do after the “5 Day Detox Plan”?

As a general observation, after this “5 Day Detox Plan” eat light and follow the general diet observations advised above (in question 6), rest, give time to your body to adjust. Take advantage of your clear mind and your energized body. Set new goals and do things that make you happy. Nourish yourself by choosing the adequate experiences, foods, and company. Meditateincorporate self-massage, Increase your Pranic intake, breathe consciously.

Amongst your new goals we can help you set up is a new “Diet, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Plan” through a consultation.

Many people choose to extend their Detox for some extra days. That is ok if it feels nurturing, although consider that your body needs variety. So as much as it needs to cleanse, it also needs to rejuvenate, and maintain it´s health. So don’t overextend if it feels depleting after the 5 suggested days. ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR BODY AND HEART. If you wish to extend it is a possibility if you have extra ingredients, otherwise, we do provide the following boxes with a 25% discount at any time after you’ve purchased your first one. Use the code “CLIENT” in the checkout.

8) Which Detoxes Ayurveda considers to be detrimental?

In Ayurveda different from other practices, we consider that the body can do better with less raw food by optimizing its functions consuming cooked unctuous food. Raw food contains large quantities of Celulosa which is very difficult for the body to decompose, making digestion difficult and slow.

In Ayurveda we also pay attention to food combinations, so we don’t support juice detoxes nor long fasting, as all these detriments the function of our AGNI (inner digestive fire), aggravates the Doshas, creates Ama, blocks the arteries, contributing to fatigue, weakness, lethargy and brews disease.

For example Juice/Smoothie Detoxes usually have poor food combinations. Fruits with milk/yogurt mixed together can contribute to easily multiply parasite, yeast, and bacteria in the gut.

Fruit and veggie juices combined are another “No No” in Ayurveda, due to the effort that demands from our digestive system to process them together, also because they are usually cold, which deranges the AGNI, they contain frozen foods which lack Prana. (vital energy) therefor it doesn’t contribute to our overall energy levels nor health.

9) What Detoxes Ayurveda considers necessary and beneficial?

In Ayurveda there are 2 major cleanses done throughout the year. At the end of Spring we clean the Kapha Dosha after it has aggravated. Only then we do the major cleanse as the Dosha is in its most liquid form needing much less preparation for the expulsion/pacification.

Kapha Cleanse will clear the Kapha zone (Chest, upper one-third of the stomach, Lungs, Heart, Oesophagus, sinus, and sense organs) and the Kapha Dosha of every single cell in the body. It consists of a period of mono-diet (in general  Kitchari is consumed) followed by emesis. Elimination of Ama (waste products or toxins)will occur through upper channels. Kunjula and Baghi perform. Should be done under the guidance of an  Ayurvedic practitioner.

The second major cleanse is the Pitta cleanse followed by the Vata cleanse. Pitta cleanse is done at the end of Autumn after its period of accumulation and aggravation. Again consists on clearing the Pitta zone, (The lower third part of the Stomach, Small Intestine, Sweat Glands, Blood, Fat, Eyes and Skin, Duodenum, Ileum up to the Ileocaecal valve, Liver, Pancreas, Gall bladder, Spleen) and the Pitta dosha of every single cell in the body. A period of preparation with mono-diet (in general Kitchari is consumed) followed by purgation. Elimination of AMA (waste products or toxins) will occur through lower channels.

Then Vata is pacified with oil and herbal enemas. Should be done under the guidance of an  Ayurvedic practitioner. The Colon, the Pelvic Cavity, the Bones, Skin, Ears, Thighs, the Bladder, the Kidneys, Uretors, Uterus, reproductive organs, Hip joints, and Femora are all in the Vata Zone.

10) What Detox can we do any time of the year?

Ayurveda works along with the seasons, the five elements, and the 6 tastes. The body gets out of balance when we don’t follow the rhythms of nature. This “5 Day Detox Plan” we’ve put together for you can be done any time of the year as it will give the system a well needed rest and restoration.

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