Is the Ayurvedic Diet Right for Weight Loss?

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If you’ve ever heard of Ayurveda-yoga’s sister science-you’ve likely heard of the perks preached alongside it: disease prevention and treatment, improved mental and physical health, and overall well-being. You’ve probably also heard of people who swear by the diet portion of this ancient philosophy, which promises to strengthen digestion, clear your skin, and, yes, help you shed excess weight. I was first introduced to the concept after visiting several Ayurvedic spas (the beliefs have a direct correlation with beauty too). As a big fan of Eastern medicine and holistic wellness, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more. Coupled with the fact that I felt stuck in a bit of a food rut-and, yes, a desire to feel more confident in my bikini-I decided to spend a week following an Ayurvedic diet. (To rebalance, reboot, and recharge, you could also try this 5-Day Clean Eating Meal Plan.)

What Is Ayurveda?

Literally translated, Ayurveda means ‘life knowledge.’ “It teaches that by living in accordance with the observed cycles in nature, you restore and maintain health,” explains Monica Yearwood, founder of the Hamsa Wellness Center in Chicago, a full-service Ayurvedic center. These cycles include things like the four seasons and the 24-hour cycle of the sun. As such, an Ayurvedic diet is structured around these cycles, with major importance placed on eating foods that are in season and having your largest meal midday (when the sun is at it’s strongest), with minimal eating in the evening. It’s by no means an elimination diet; in fact, almost no food or food groups are considered off-limits. Rather, the goal is to incorporate the six main tastes-sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent, astringent-into every meal.

While these three are universal rules, there is also a second tier of guidelines based on the individual. According to Ayurveda, every person has a dosha, a term that refers to the biological energies that govern an individual’s constitution, both physically and mentally. There are three main doshas, each reflective of a different combination of the elements: vata (wind and air), pitta (fire and water), and kapha (earth and water). For example, a person who is vata may be very thin and flighty; pittas can be hot-headed and have oily skin; kaphas are often bigger-boned and very grounded. When it comes to diet, your dosha determines the ratio and amount in which you should incorporate the aforementioned six tastes, along with which specific foods are more and less beneficial to you.

My Week-Long Experiment

In order to figure out my dosha and get more insight as to exactly what I should be eating during my week-long experiment, I met with Yearwood for a customized consultation. Not to toot my own horn, but I am definitely a super healthy, clean eater. I regularly exceed my daily fruit and veggie quota, I genuinely dislike processed food, and am all about eating local and organic. What I’m not so good at is when I eat. I definitely don’t eat enough during the day, and I ingest, oh, about 92 percent of my calories at night (I also have a legit weakness for pizza). (If you have to eat late, follow this guide to Avoid Weight Gain When Eating at Night.) So, as Yearwood told me, changing the timing of my meals would be the biggest change I’d have to make. The goal: Up my caloric intake during the day, meaning a big lunch before 2 p.m., a super light dinner, and no eating after 8 p.m. After filling out a questionnaire about my typical mental and physical tendencies, I learned that I am a pitta, the fire dosha. As such, my personalized recommendations included cutting down on spicy foods and upping my intake of cooling foods (think things like leafy greens, cucumber, watermelon) to keep my fiery dosha in balance.

So if I followed these guidelines for a week, what results could I expect? “The goal is to strengthen your digestive function and your mental tendencies so that you feel better, physically and mentally,” Yearwood told me. And what about dropping a few pounds? While this is a lifelong nutritional philosophy and not a crash diet, most people do tend to lose weight, mostly because they’re not eating late at night, according to Yearwood. Ultimately, following these principles even for a week would ideally function as a good physical and mental reset, a detox of sorts. I should note that I did this diet after spending two weeks in France followed by a week in Wisconsin (cheese was literally coming out of my pores), so I was most definitely ready for a reset.

But it was hard not eating after 8 p.m. I took a barre class after work one night, got home at 7:15 p.m., and found myself frantically cooking and scarfing down food before the clock struck eight. And it’s definitely not as fun to stay up late watching Real Housewives when there’s no simultaneous snacking involved (though I did go to bed earlier as a result). Not to mention, it definitely impedes on your social life. When I met with Yearwood, I was upfront about the fact that I had unchangeable dinner plans on days four and five of the diet. Her suggestion: Eat lightly during the day (soups, juices), then have a cup of ginger tea before bed to help your digestion. And so I did, because, let’s be real, when you have to be at a birthday dinner at 7:30 p.m., there’s no way you’re going to be done eating by eight. That being said, I loved that the diet wasn’t restrictive and included healthy carbs (quinoa, brown rice, sweet potatoes), which I normally avoid or limit. (Try these 7 Grains to Break Out of a Brown Rice Rut!) A sample menu: A green smoothie, with lots of assorted greens, almond milk, and a banana for breakfast. Lunch might be a plate of veggies, a protein like beans, tofu, or organic turkey, and one of the healthy carbs. Dinner was light, a veggie-based soup or some steamed greens with avocado, and a piece of fruit for dessert. Totally doable, and not all that varied from my normal diet.

Did It Work?

When the week ended, I was definitely excited that I could eat whenever I wanted and that I didn’t have to put so much thought into all my meals (it required lots of time, planning, and multiple trips to Whole Foods to ensure that each meal was properly balanced with all the six tastes). I lost a pound and a half and my digestion improved noticeably; my stomach was flatter and I felt much less bloated. But the biggest change wasn’t so much physical as it was mental-I was suddenly more mindful and cognizant about eating and my appetite. A huge part of Ayurvedic nutrition is focused on mindful eating, and Yearwood suggested that I say a quick blessing in my head before I ate, simply to draw my attention to what I was doing. I completely forgot for the first few days, but eventually it became a habit, and one that really helped my slow down and center myself. Per her advice, I also ate one meal in complete silence and solitude-no TV, no computer, no phone, no magazine, no dining companion. If you’ve never tried that, I highly recommend doing so. It feels bizarre, but makes you focus on the actual process of eating and nourishing your body. After the diet was over, I went out to dinner and came home full, but not stuffed. Normally I’d sit on the couch, watch TV, and keep on munching, but recognizing that I wasn’t physically hungry, I skipped the snack and felt way better for it.

Could I follow this diet full-time? Personally, I don’t think I could do it. Still, Yearwood says a realistic goal to aim for is following these principles and practices 80 percent of the time, which for me is much more feasible. And even if I don’t incorporate every element of the diet, certain practices-the mindfulness, cutting back on late night noshing-are most definitely things I will continue.

If you want to try an Ayurvedic diet, start with these changes: Eat foods that are in season, eat your largest meal midday, eat a smaller breakfast and an even smaller dinner, and add Ayurvedic “superfoods” to your diet (almonds, ghee, raw honey, and dates). Even these small changes will make an impact, says Yearwood. If you then want to take it a step further, you can determine your individual dosha (there are helpful quizzes online) and look into more specific dietary tweaks. But at the end of the day, keep in mind that this is truly a lifestyle, a way to feel physically, mentally, and emotionally balanced, not some fad diet.

  • By Melanie Rud Chadwick

7 Ayurvedic Secrets for Weight Loss

We live in a diet-obsessed culture. It seems like every week a new diet makes headlines, claiming to be the best path to weight loss. From Paleo, South Beach, and Atkins, to Primal, Ketogenic, and Zone, it can be hard to decipher the best way to shed excess weight. Isn’t there a tried-and-true plan that has been around the block and back again?

Well, in fact, yes, there is! Ayurveda is a wellness system that has helped people achieve optimal health for more than 5,000 years. According to Ayurveda, as you move into a state of perfect health, unneeded pounds naturally melt away. The following seven Ayurvedic guidelines will help you to shed excess weight and feel amazing.

1. Sleep from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Every Night

Our ancestors lived in harmony with the natural rhythms of the Earth. When the sun went down, their bedtime shortly followed. Yet with the advent of electricity, humans began a gradual transition from natural rhythms to artificial ones. As a result, sleep quality and time have been compromised.

Modern researchers have identified insufficient sleep as a contributing factor in weight gain. Not only is sufficient rest important, but sleeping in harmony with the sun’s rhythms is just as vital. According to Ayurveda, the time period that is most supportive of restful sleep is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Current research is beginning to corroborate the importance of sleeping in harmony with the sun’s cycles. To make the most of nature’s rhythms, turn off your screens and begin to wind down by 9:30 p.m. At 10:00 p.m., turn off the lights and get in bed.

2. Exercise upon Awakening

The ideal time to exercise is between 6 to 10 a.m., when the earth and water elements are high in the environment. Earth and water, when combined, create slowness, coolness, dullness, and inertia. In fact, you may have experienced those qualities upon awakening in the morning.

Exercise counteracts sluggishness, warms the body, brings fresh blood to your brain, and prepares both body and mind for a new day. Aim for 45 to 60 minutes of vigorous exercise each morning.

3. Cut Out the Snacks

To snack or not to snack, that is the question—and the answer is not to. When you eat, your body produces insulin to help shuttle sugar into cells and keep your blood sugar balanced. The sugar that enters your cells will fuel average energy needs for about three hours. Only after that time will your body begin to burn fat in order to supply its energetic requirements. If you eat every three hours, your body is never given an opportunity to dip into its fat stores. Three nourishing, balanced meals each day with no snacks in between will actually stabilize your energy levels more than frequent meals. In addition, your fat burning potential will drastically increase.

4. Include all 6 Tastes at Every Meal

Ayurveda recognizes six distinct tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. In order to feel satisfied after eating, it is critical to include at least a small portion of each of the six tastes in every meal. Below are a few examples of foods that might be found in each taste category.

  • Sweet foods build muscle and produce energy. Foods such as whole grains, dairy, meats, nuts, legumes, and sweet fruits are sweet foods.
  • Sour foods are cleansing to the body. They include citrus fruits, pickled or fermented foods, yogurt, and sour cream.
  • Salty foods stimulate digestion and absorption of nutrients. Sea salt, ocean vegetables, and fish are all salty foods.
  • Pungent foods are those that contain spice. This taste clears the sinuses and stimulates metabolism. Included in this taste category are peppers, mustard seeds, ginger, cloves, onions, and many spices.
  • Bitter foods detoxify the body. This group is comprised of dark leafy greens and vegetables, coffee, and cacao.
  • Astringent foods create a drying sensation in the mouth. They tone the bodily tissues, reduce heat, and pacify inflammation. These foods include green tea, grapes, garbanzo beans, and pomegranates.

5. Eat Your Largest Meal at Noon

There is a saying in Ayurveda that you are not what you eat, you are what you digest. Digestion is a very important concept in the Vedic tradition..

To maximize your digestion, eat your largest meal at lunchtime. The noon hour is when your digestive fire, known as agni, is at its strongest. Dinner should be light and easily digestible. In addition, it is advisable to finish dinner two to three hours prior to bedtime. If you are going to bed by 10 p.m. (which is ideal) then dinner needs to be completed by 7 p.m. Not only will you sleep more soundly, your body will be able to attend to the critical tasks of detoxification and rejuvenation rather than the digestion of food.

6. Sip Hot Water or Tea Throughout the Day

Hot water is something of a health elixir in the Vedic tradition. Toxins, known in Ayurveda as ama, accumulate within the body from external sources (e.g., pollution, pesticides, poor food choices) and internal sources (e.g., stress, anxiety, anger). Ama is sticky, by nature but can be dissolved with hot water. The amount of water that you drink is not as important as the frequency with which you sip. Try to have a few sips of warm water every half an hour. You can add fresh ginger or dosha-specific herbs and spices to further enhance the beneficial qualities of the hot water.

7. Practice Meditation

Researchers have found that hormones associated with high stress can decrease your ability to lose weight, particularly abdominal weight. Fortunately, current research also shows that meditation is a powerful way to unwind and de-stress. To see results in both your life and your waistline, devote at least 20 minutes a day to meditation. Sit quietly, relax your body, and focus on your breath. Let thoughts pass by like floating clouds. Eventually the mind will quiet, and you will be able to receive all the beneficial effects of a regular meditation practice.

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*Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Chopra Center’s Mind-Body Medical Group; and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.

Let me start out by saying that I consider myself a healthy, physically fit 24-year old woman and am grateful for the body and lifestyle I have been given. Since I was a teenager, though, I’ve suffered from IBS-C, painful menstrual cramps, and hormonal acne. After the implantation of my hormonal IUD last fall, I noticed an increase in my symptoms as well as some minor weight gain. I was feeling anxious, exhausted, and stressed constantly. I found myself in a yoga slump where the creative vinyasas I normally enjoyed seemed boring and my monkey mind never wanted to slow down. I didn’t feel like my normal creative, silly self anymore.

The Ayurvedic Doctor’s Prescription

Dr. Douillard prescribed me with herbs, yoga poses, and diet changes he believed would help balance my body and mitigate my symptoms. For the first week, I would complete his “Short 4-Day Home Cleanse” regimen. The rest of the month I would eat off of his “3-Season Diet” grocery list, take some supplements (specifically Cool Digest Capsules, Turmeric Plus Capsules, Neem Capsules, Liver Repair Capsules, Manjishtha Capsules), drink a Slippery Elm Prebiotic formula from Lifespa and a homemade beet, apple, and celery juice every morning. He also encouraged daily Sun Salutes, stomach pulling, and backbends to help open my abdomen.

See also Dr. Douillard’s 4-Day Fat-Burning Detox for Emotional & Environmental Toxins

Week 1: My First Ayurvedic Cleanse

In order to reset my clock and give my liver a break, Dr. Douillard prescribed a “Short 4-Day Home Cleanse.” I was nervous about doing a cleanse because I had heard they could be dangerous for the body if taken to the extreme—not to mention my reputation for getting “hangry.” But this safe cleanse allowed me to alter my diet with veggies, fruits and chicken if needed. For four days, I cooked and ate only non-fat kitchari with seasonal vegetables, the occasional chicken breast for protein, took herbs and a teaspoon of ghee every morning.

I’m not gonna lie—the first two days were difficult. I was having intense sugar cravings and wasn’t seeing any immediate improvements. I still felt fatigued and my IBS-C still remained. I took a restorative yoga class, and the teacher De West told us that in Chinese medicine the liver holds anger. Interestingly, I felt like anger was rising up in me throughout the liver cleanse. Old memories, resentments, and fears surfaced, but at the same time I felt a sense of calm like they were not attached to me anymore. My stress and anxiety really were melting away.

I ate my dinners at 5:30 pm every day, as Dr. Douillard had recommended, to give my digestive system a break until the next morning. I noticed by doing this, I woke up with more energy, positivity and enthusiasm. Before the cleanse, I would hit the snooze button several times and then immediately pick up my phone and scroll through social media until I felt awake.

By the fourth day, I was feeling more energetic than I had in years. I was excited to start working out, eating healthy foods, and taking care of myself in a loving way again. The final push of the cleanse was to drink an epsom salt laxative to release all the leftover toxins.

By the end of the four-day period, I lost eight pounds and I felt like a fog had been lifted off of my life. Everything felt clearer. My portion sizes had become a lot smaller, and I felt satisfied by less. I realized that before this diet, I’d frequently been eating out of boredom more than hunger. I felt like I had been brought back to life.

See also 6 Creative Ways to Add Ghee to Your Diet

Week 2: Eating seasonally is harder than I thought…

Dr. Douillard’s Ayurvedic Kapha-balancing diet for Spring called for no gluten or dairy and to load up on bitter greens like dandelion, endive and swiss chard. Cooking from home, this was easy enough. I often made brown rice bowls loaded with dandelion greens, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. But when I went out to eat, I struggled to follow the diet. Because most fruits and vegetables are available to us year-round, most restaurants do not offer a seasonal menu. I tried my best to follow the diet, but sometimes I ended up eating something with tomatoes or zucchini (two foods I’d been advised to avoid) or gluten. I noticed more gas and bloat when I strayed from the diet, but overall I was still feeling more energetic and experiencing less IBS-C symptoms throughout the week.

See also Ayurveda 101: 3 Ways to Cleanse Your Body for Spring (and Burn Fat)

Week 3: Ayurveda helped me return to myself.

The boost in energy, contentment, and gratitude I got early on continued through the month. I began taking our office yoga classes every day and got back into running because my body was craving it. I noticed this lifestyle change brought me closer to my partner, and my libido increased with my energy. Because I had started slowing down and listening to my body, I began to feel more in tune with what it actually needed. I stopped using food as a stress reliever and started using it as a vessel to fuel me. The Sun Salutes and backbends were opening up my chest and and loosening my stomach. I noticed less fat around my belly and that my jeans became more comfortable. I wasn’t seeing much improvement with my acne, but I began to see a drastic difference in my digestion. I found myself getting on a consistent schedule and noticed less stomach irritation.

See also Detox Your Life: 5-Step Holistic Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse

Week 4: Finishing up and finding balance

In the last week of my diet, I was excited to introduce foods I previously restricted back into my routine. I noticed I was more sensitive to gluten, alcohol, and sweets. I was having intense cravings for avocado, a food I was previously intolerant to. I am happy to report that I now can eat avocados without any issue. I believe the cleanse and diet change helped my liver and digestive tract reset, allowing me to eat this food again. Overall, I lost 10 pounds and saw an increase in energy and mood. I saw a slight change in my acne and a mild lessening of my menstrual cramps. My digestion completely cleared and was not struggling with the gas, bloat or constipation I constantly suffered with in the past. Another added benefit I did not expect from this diet was that my immunity increased. I have not experienced any Spring allergies or suffered from a common cold since.

Now that the month of Ayurvedic living is over, I plan to follow the 3-season diet throughout the year, but with less restriction. If I feel the urge to eat something, I will allow myself. I have learned how to be mindful of what I put in my body and how to nourish it. The 4-Day Home Cleanse can be practiced at the beginning of each season, but I plan to do the kitchari cleanse once a year at the beginning of January to restart my body for the new year. This was the change I needed to balance my mind and body.

See also 10 Things Only Kaphas Will Understand

What is kitchari?

The basis of an Ayurvedic cleanse is a monodiet (or a diet where only one type of food is consumed) of kitchari — a traditional Indian dish made with basmati rice and split mung beans — along with a few other optional foods, like fresh fruit, oats, and cooked vegetables. The rice dish is prepared with detoxifying spices and is cooked in ghee — or clarified butter — which helps to bring balance to the mind and body, regulate digestion, and rid the body of excess toxins.

Kitchari is known as the ultimate Ayurvedic food because together, the combination of rice and mung beans form a complete protein, as they contain all the necessary amino acids to keep blood sugar balanced and energy stable during the cleansing process. Kitchari is extremely nourishing, grounding, and easy to process, so it allows the digestive system to rest and reset itself.

How to Do an Ayurvedic Fall Cleanse

The cleanse is simple. You can eat your kitchari (recipe below) three times daily alongside some avocado or cooked veggies, or you can eat kitchari for lunch and dinner, and have a meal of simple oats in the morning for breakfast (try a recipe for simple oatmeal, like this one from Banyan Botanicals). In between meals, you can snack on fresh fruit or soaked almonds, but be careful not to overdo it. To aid your digestion, it is recommended that you take a triphala supplement at nighttime, either in capsule form or by mixing a powdered version, like this one from Banyan Botanicals ($13.99, Amazon), in a teaspoon of ghee and adding it to your evening kitchari.

During the cleanse, make sure that you’re getting at least eight hours of sleep, and that you’re not exercising rigorously (try a restorative yoga practice instead). It is absolutely crucial that you do not overly tax the body during this process, and that you allow yourself proper time to rest. Remember, your organs will be working in over time to get through the cleanse!

Additionally, Ayurveda considers the tongue to be an excretory organ, and it is encouraged that you scrape the tongue in the morning of excess “ama” — the filmy, white layer on the tongue which holds toxic buildup from the intestinal lining — using a tongue scraper, like this one from Health and Yoga ($6.95, Amazon). For a guide on Ayurvedic tongue scraping, check out this one from Banyan Botanicals.

Another grounding and detoxifying practice you can try during your cleanse is an Ayurvedic oil massage using coconut oil or avocado oil. Simply massage the oil onto your skin by making sweeping, upward motions on the arms and legs toward the heart, and clockwise motions on the abdomen and joints before getting into the shower or a warm bath in the evening. The oils and heat help to draw toxins out of the body through the skin, lubricate the joints, promote healthy circulation, and stimulate the digestive system. This practice should leave you feeling warm and nourished just before bed.

There are a variety of ways to approach the cleanse. Personally, I followed this diet plan for seven days, but you can follow it anywhere from three to seven days, or even up to 21 days! If this is your first time trying it out, I’d recommend limiting the cleanse to a week. Whatever you choose, just be sure that you’re listening to your body and following a plan that works for you.

A Kitchari Recipe for Cleansing

Kitchari is very simple to make, especially thanks to kitchari kits containing the basmati rice, split mung beans, ghee, and a kitchari spice mix, like this one from Banyan Botanicals ($49.99 for a seven-day supply, Amazon). With a kit like this, you don’t need to scramble for ingredients, and everything can be prepared in just one pot! To make a balancing Ayurvedic kitchari, follow the recipe below. Note: This recipe makes about one serving of kitchari, so adjust if you want to make enough for multiple meals.


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup split yellow mung beans
  • 2-3 Tbsp. ghee
  • 3 tablespoons kitchari seasoning
  • 5 cups water (you can sub 2 cups of water with 2 cups of coconut milk for a more calming dish)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger
  • 1-2 cups of chopped vegetables (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • salt and pepper to taste

Note: For the fall season, it’s best to favor vegetables like asparagus, sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squashes, and okra. Avoid raw and other gas-producing vegetables like leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and white potatoes for the time being.


  1. Soak your rice and mung beans overnight. This is an important step because it encourages the beans to “wake up” and sprout.
  2. Before making your kitchari, wash the rice and beans until water runs clear.
  3. Heat ghee in a medium sauce pan, then add garlic, ginger, onion, and spice mix. Sauté until fragrant.
  4. Add rice and mung beans to pan and stir. Sauté for about a minute, until rice and beans are fully coated.
  5. Add the water and coconut milk and bring to a boil. Cover and let cook for 30 to 40 minutes, adding chopped vegetables halfway through.
  6. Serve garnished with fresh cilantro or cilantro chutney (recipe below), lime, and a few slices of avocado.

Note: There is no “right” texture of kitchari, so you can make it according to your own tastes. If you prefer a more soupy dish, add more water to the above recipe and forego the coconut milk. If you prefer a drier rice, substitute some of the water with coconut milk, but keep an eye on your dish to ensure it doesn’t dry out too much. The kitchari will dry out more upon cooling.

Ayurvedic Cilantro Chutney

A cilantro chutney is the perfect accomplice to kitchari, offering a fresh burst of flavor as well as heavy-metal-removing cilantro for added detoxification. You can serve as much of this chutney with your kitchari as you want, and it keeps in the fridge for up to a week! To make an invigorating cilantro chutney, follow the recipe below.

  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped (stems and leaves)
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • sea salt to taste
  1. In a food processor, blend cilantro, lemon juice, and water until cilantro is finely chopped. Add remaining ingredients and blend to desired consistency. Store in a container in the fridge for up to one week.

What to Expect

I know what you’re thinking: There’s no way I’m going to feel better after eating rice and beans for a week. In fact, I also wondered if this was going to be the gassiest week of my life, since beans can typically have that effect on me. Well, it wasn’t. Soaking the mung beans overnight before making the kitchari really reduced the gas-causing effect that legumes can have on the gut, and I didn’t experience any discomfort the entire time. Be sure not to skip this crucial step when preparing your kitchari!

The most notable thing to mention is that the first three days of the cleanse were the hardest, not because I was hungry, but because I was confronting and breaking old habits. Before starting the cleanse, I gradually reduced coffee and caffeinated tea for about a week so that my body wouldn’t go into complete shock. At first, it’s difficult to give up things like caffeine and sugar, but after the first three days, symptoms of withdrawal tend to subside — and you may find that you’re not as reliant on them as you thought.

After day four, I felt more energetic and levelheaded than I had in a while, and I was already down a few pounds. My digestion was better, and I even noticed a reduction in anxiety. There were times that I felt a bit tired, but when the feeling hit, I did my best to allow myself to rest. By the end of the cleanse, I was down a total of eight pounds, and I feel like my tastebuds are completely changed. I’m more sensitive to — and more satisfied by — the different tastes in foods I’ve been eating for years.

The Ayurvedic cleanse is certainly meant to be balancing for the body, but it is also incredibly balancing for the mind. This experience really encouraged me to examine my relationship with food and my body, and I found it to be very transformative. When you force your body to only consume what it needs nutritionally, it becomes easier to notice where harmful cravings arise from. Sometimes we reach for a snack because we’re bored, and other times we overindulge because we’re stressed or sad or overwhelmed. Sometimes we forego taking care of our own wellbeing because we feel that our obligations are more important than we are. Bringing awareness to my habits has taught me how to consume food more mindfully while changing the way I approach both my physical and mental health, and I’d absolutely recommend it to anyone looking to improve their overall quality of life. Happy cleansing!

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Kitchari – Your New Favorite Cleanse

Let’s be honest, cleansing and detoxing is hot right now. It has been for a while. People are looking for quick fixes to remove bloating, drop weight, and feel better. Whether that is after a weekend of indulging, the holidays, or getting ready for an event where we want to look our best.

But majority of cleanses are shocking and harsh to the body. I’ve done juice cleanses, water fasts, “cleansing” shakes, liver detoxes, etc. And every single one has left me feeling hungry and depleted. Sure, I lost weight. But that only lasted for so long. And I felt like I often did more damage to my body and mind than good.

Kitchari is different. It is nourishing, warm, and delicious. Complete opposite of typical cold and abrasive cleansing protocols.

Kitchari (pronounced kich-uh-ree) is a traditional cleansing food of Ayurveda, the ancient, holistic health science of India. It has long been used to nourish babies, the elderly, the sick, and the healthy during special times of detox, cleansing, and deep spiritual practice. With a combination of basmati rice, split mung dal, and warming spices, this dish is comforting and satiating.

The Kitchari cleanse is not a cleanse where you will lose weight quickly. Losing weight is not the point of this cleanse. It is to heal your gut, give your digestive system a chance to rest so your body can restore itself, and remove toxins. So if you are looking for a quick fix to lose weight, Kitchari ain’t the cleanse for you.



This warming dish is balancing for all constitution types, Vata, Pitta and Kapha. You can add veggies for your dosha to the pot to make it very balancing for your constitution and what you are needing that day to feel grounded.


The combination of basmati rice and mung dal provides all the essential amino acids needed to form a complete protein. The protein content of kitchari supports stable blood sugar levels (crucial for us hormone-balancing gals!) so that energy and mental clarity are balanced during the cleansing process. Taking a mono-diet of primarily kitchari for several days gives the digestive system a chance to reset because the diet is so simple.


Mung dal has an astringent (dry) quality which has a natural pulling action that helps remove toxic build up from the intestinal lining. This particular pulling action is much gentler than the harsh or abrasive “scraping” that can happen with cold or raw foods, particularly raw vegetables. Once the toxins are loosened from the body, it’s essential that they are properly eliminated. Split mung dal provide 15grams of fiber per 1 cup serving, thus making it easy to move the toxins through the G.I. tract and out of the body.


With 95% of the body’s serotonin produced in the gut, it’s clear we process our stress through the intestinal wall. Chronic stress will irritate the intestinal wall and compromise digestion, the ability to detoxify through the gut, and cope with stress. During a kitchari cleanse, the digestive system can heal. This gives the body a chance to reset and restore.


The ideal amount of time to do a Kitchari cleanse is 5-7 days. But if you want to try out a weekend and do 3 days, that is totally fine as well. However, it is not recommended to go over 14 days.

You will be enjoying Kitchari for lunch and dinner during the days you choose to cleanse. For breakfast, you may have Kitchari or a stewed apple with cinnamon and cloves. See what is calling to you each day. Have enough Kitchari so that you are satisfied, but not overly full. The best way to think about this is eating till your stomach is about 2/3 full. If you are in need of nourishment in the afternoon, have a small bowl of Kitchari as a “snack”.

RECIPE – Adopted from Meredith Klein at Pranaful


*2 Tablespoons ghee (or coconut oil) If using Ghee, I LOVE Ahara Ghee

*1 teaspoons each: cumin seeds and black/brown mustard seeds

*1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated

*½ cup mung beans, soaked* and drained ¾ cup white basmati rice

*4–6 cups water (use less for drier kitchari; more for soupier kitchari)

*1-inch piece of kombu seaweed – optional but highly recommended

*¾ teaspoon turmeric powder

*1 pinch hing (asafetida) – optional

*1 teaspoon salt

*Up to 2 cups chopped veggies – optional


  1. Heat ghee in a medium pot over medium-low heat.
  2. Add cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, and ginger, and sauté for a couple minutes, until mustard seeds begin to pop. Stir often to keep ginger from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  3. Stir in the rice and drained mung beans, and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add water and raise heat to high.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat back to medium low, and stir in kombu, turmeric, hing and salt. Cover and cook 25-35 minutes, until rice and mung beans are soft. Stir occasionally as needed to prevent sticking.
  6. If using fresh veggies, add the heartier veggies (like cauliflower) at the same time as the kombu and spices. Add lighter veggies (like greens) in the last 10 minutes of cooking.

* If using whole mung beans, soak at least 6-8 hours (overnight is best); for split mung beans, 2-3 hours minimum. Split beans are recommended for cleansing.

I truly hope you enjoy this nourishing cleanse. If you are interested in me writing about my cleanse experience, leave me a comment and I would be happy to share!

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Losing weight is surely a matter of concern for all of us, but doing so is not a cake walk. A lot of efforts are needed, and doing it in a natural and systematic way of Ayurveda is better than other harmful methods. Explore the blog and know the effective Ayurvedic tips for losing weight.

Weight management is something we all juggle up with, and this brings in a lot of ailments. Obesity or being overweight is surely not good for your physical health, and there are people who face body shamming that affects their mental health too. Banishing the social stigma of achieving a beauty standard, lose weight for yourself-for a healthy body and mind.

The whole procedure of shedding pound is indeed a task which one can achieve with hard work, dedication, proper diet, exercising, and following a systematic regime. In today’s time, people with weight issue are constantly inundated with the best diets, workout options, and more. The array of options and advice make the whole errand of choosing a right method quite bewildering.

Ayurveda is one systematic natural way of shedding weight. An ancient system of healing is known for preventative and curative medication. A trusted and most used alternative therapy for a healthy body, Ayurveda is widely known for its weight loss, beauty, and detox therapies.

So here are the seven effective and amazing Ayurvedic tips for weight loss.

Warm Water to Start the Day With

Ayurveda strongly suggests you start the day with a glass of water, and for weight loss, it is better to sip warm. You can add lemon and honey to make it taste better, and the concoction surely does wonders for the weight. It is the most well-known practice of Ayurveda, and even science supports it. Drinking warm water first thing in the morning raise the temperature of the body that regulates the metabolism, helps in detoxification, enhance organs functioning, and promotes clear and easy bowel movement.

Exercise to Sweat and Shed Pounds

Regular exercising of any kind is mandatory to reduce weight. It is recommended to exercise daily for about 40-60 minutes to stay fit. You can either go for brisk walking, swimming, cycling, Yoga or Gyming, as per Ayurveda you need to sweat it out to fasten the process. Exercising increases activity of metabolism, and do go for a walk for 5-10 minutes after each meal- to fasten the digestive process and to not feel lethargic and sleepy.

Pranayama way of waving away fat

Yoga practice combined with Ayurveda is not only good for your body but also keep the mind and soul at peace. Along with the asana practice, there are few breathing techniques or Pranayama that help burning fat. Bhastrika and Kapalbhati Pranayama are the right way to breathe away fat.

Lunch should be the Biggest Meal

Ayurveda suggests consuming the three meals at a day, where the largest meal should be consumed in Noon. A healthy digestive system supports an easy reduction of the weight. So to speed up the weight loss process, you need to keep the digestion active, strong and healthy. Make your largest meal-Lunch- during this time the Agni is at its strongest point. In the morning it is in its sluggish condition, and at night it is slowing down.

The Mandates to Ignite Inner Fire

Great digestive health support speedy weight loss process, and to kindle the Agni up consume ginger. Chop or grate an inch of this herb, add few drops of lemon, a pinch of salt and chew it. The other step you can take to ignites inner Agni, for the speed up weight loss procedure is to start using hot spices while cooking. These spices burn fat- so include cumin, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, fennel, and all spices mix (garam masala) in the food.

Eat Properly and Seasonally

According to Ayurveda, a person should consume Kapha specific diet, but also try to experience the all six tastes at a moderate level that includes- sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. The diet should be balanced, proper and full of nutrients- and a person should eliminate the unhealthy items from the meals. Along with it, eating seasonally also has a lot to do with weight loss. Summers are perfect for water-based, and high carb fruits and veggies, winter for root veggies, nuts and seeds, and in monsoon eat sprouts and leafy greens.

Ayurvedic Home Remedies and Therapies

Undergo Ayurveda treatment and therapies that include dry massage, Panchakarma, Udvartana, etc. to lose and maintain weight. Along with it, one can also try Ayurvedic home remedies for weight loss using various healthy and herbal ingredients from your kitchen.

These Ayurvedic tips for losing weight surely help you to attain the desired result, and with healthy weight loss, it makes you fit and active.

Weight loss: Best Ayurvedic foods to help you lose weight quickly

As more and more people are moving towards opting a healthy lifestyle, a plethora of options engulf you to shed those extra kilos. Right from gyming to various forms of diet management to popping on supplements, there are numerous ways to lose weight. However, for a sustainable weight management, it is always good to go organic and naturally shed those extra kilos. Interestingly, Ayurveda has some amazing foods that can help you not only lose weight but also boost immunity that too without any side effects. Here are some ayurvedic foods which help in losing weight naturally along with some exercise.
Miraculous foods that help in losing weight

This common remedy for cold and cough can work wonders for your weight loss. Interesting, isn’t it! This wonder herb is loaded with the goodness of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which help in easing bowel movements and boosting digestion. The juices released due to consumption of ginger helps in easy and quick digestion and helps in fat loss. According to ayurveda, ginger is a component of agni, this further helps in weight loss.
Since ages lemon has been one of the most commonly used remedy to get rid of excess belly fat. Drinking lemon water on empty stomach has been a sure shot remedy. The pectin fibers present in lemon help in cutting the belly fat and regulating the insulin level. This further leads to a healthy metabolism.
Another important ingredient used in most ayurvedic medicines in known for its umpteen health benefits. Honey helps in easing bowel movements and further leads to healthy weight management. Honey is the best replacement for sugar. So if weight loss is on your mind you can replace sugar with honey and lose those kilos in just a few weeks.
A dose of good health, amla is a great source of nutrition, which helps in controlling sugar and keeps you satiated for a longer duration due to the presence of fibers. Moreover, the citrus quotient of this fruit helps in balancing the sugar level, which eventually helps in weight management.
Black pepper:
Black pepper can increase the thermogenic effect or thermic effect of food, which further burns calories. This is one of the reasons why eating too much spicy food can affect digestion. Hence, adding pepper to your meals help in reducing belly fat gradually.

3-Day Weekend Ayurvedic Detox Plan You Can Do at Home

As we ease into another new year, you may be feeling inspired to take charge of your health. Many people make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, exercise more, or eat a healthy diet, yet according to research from the Statistic Brain Research Institute, only about 9 percent succeed in their goals. One reason why so many people abandon their resolutions is that they try to make too many sweeping changes all at once, quickly becoming overwhelmed and frustrated.

A powerful alternative to this all-or-nothing approach is starting small and gradually making incremental changes to create a lifestyle that cultivates health and well-being. I recommend beginning with a gentle three-day Ayurvedic detox that you can do at home—an extended weekend within for you to nourish your mind, body, and spirit.

What Are Toxins?

According to the healing system of Ayurveda, your natural state is health, balance, and happiness. A toxin is anything that enters your body-mind and interferes with your natural state, creating imbalances that, over time, can lead to illness. There are many kinds of toxins that you can distill into two major sources:

  • Physical toxins found in your food, personal and household products, air, water, and other elements of your environment
  • Emotional toxins, such as negative thought patterns and beliefs, self-criticism, chronic stress, and painful experiences that you haven’t fully digested

Ayurveda recommends detoxifying on a regular basis to eliminate toxins and return to your innate state of health and well-being. While a complete Ayurvedic detox often lasts several weeks, undertaking a three-day detox will still give you many benefits, awakening your body’s capacity for renewal and self-regulation.

How to Detox

Here are a few guidelines to create your own three-day detox that can facilitate your body’s release of toxins, optimize your body’s detoxification pathways, and reverse some of the effects of chronic stress.

1. Set a Date to Implement Your Intention

Your three-day detox will require some preparation and planning, so begin by scheduling time for both your preparation and for the detox itself. Ideally, set aside a three-day period when you won’t be working so that can take time to rest and rejuvenate. For example, you can make the commitment to begin your detox on Saturday morning and complete it Monday evening.

2. Eat a Simplified Diet

Simplifying your diet allows your body to redirect its energies to mobilizing and releasing accumulated toxins. According to Ayurveda, some foods are easier to digest than others and are preferred when you undertake a detox. In general, foods that come from the vegetable kingdom, are freshly harvested, and are low in calories are more detoxifying that those that come from animals, are packaged, and are rich in calories.

Easy-to-Digest Foods that Support Detoxification

  • Lentil soup
  • Kitchari (see recipe below)
  • Light vegetable soups
  • Steamed or sautéed broccoli, carrots, zucchini, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and beets
  • Lightly steamed greens such as spinach, chard, and beet greens
  • Basmati rice, quinoa, millet, and barley
  • Spices such as ginger, cumin, coriander, and fennel
  • Flaxseeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds
  • Poached apples and pears; cooked apricots, prunes, and figs
  • Fresh berries – raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries

Foods to Minimize or Eliminate During Detoxification

  • Animal and dairy products (clarified butter, or ghee, is fine in small amounts)
  • Refined sugar and flour products
  • Canned, leftover, processed, and microwaved foods
  • Fermented foods, including pickles and vinegar
  • Cold and raw foods
  • Fried foods
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate

Since your digestion is strongest when the sun is brightest, it’s best to eat your largest meal at noon, and have a small, light dinner, such as vegetable soup.

Recipe for Kitchari

The consistency of this rice and legume dish should be soft, like a porridge.


  • 1 cup uncooked split mung beans
  • ½ cup uncooked white basmati rice (rinse with water until water runs clear)
  • 1 tablespoon of ghee (can substitute sesame oil)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger root or 1 teaspoon dried ginger powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon each black mustard seeds, cumin, and turmeric powder
  • Optional: ½ teaspoon each coriander powder, fennel, and fenugreek seeds
  • Optional: 1 pinch hing (also called asafoetida or asafetida)
  • 6 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt (rock salt or Himalayan pink salt is best)
  • Optional: 1 small handful fresh chopped cilantro leaves


Rinse the mung beans until the water runs clear. Bring mung beans to a boil in 4 cups of water and then turn them off. Allow to rest for 1 to 2 hours in the boiled water, then drain and rinse.

Heat a large pot on low-to-medium heat and add the ghee or sesame oil, followed by all the spices (except the bay leaves), and roast for a few minutes, stirring constantly. This roasting will enhance the flavor. Keep a close eye on the spices to make sure they do not burn. Add mung beans and rice and stir again.

Add water and bay leaves and increase the heat of the stove. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Turn heat to low, cover pot, and cook until mung beans and rice become soft (about 30 to 40 minutes).

Add cilantro leaves as a garnish just before serving, if desired. Add salt to taste.

3. Include the 6 Tastes in Every Meal

During your detox, make sure to include the six tastes (sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent) in every meal to ensure that you are eating a balanced and satisfying diet.

By incorporating all six tastes, you’ll get all the nutrients your body needs and decrease any cravings for unhealthy foods. Learn more about the six tastes here.

4. Drink Fresh, Pure Water and Ginger Tea

While detoxifying, it is critical to stay hydrated in order to flush toxins and waste out of your system. Drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses of filtered water daily. Ayurveda recommends ginger tea to help purify the body and boost your digestive system. You can drink several cups a day, as tolerated. For those whose Ayurvedic dosha type is Pitta, strong ginger tea, which is heating, can lead to symptoms such as irritation and burning sensations. They can dilute the tea with water, drink less tea, or simply drink water instead.

Recipe for Ginger Tea

Ginger tea will help purify the body and boost your digestive system.


  • Unpeeled ginger root
  • Hot water
  • Raw organic honey (optional)
  • Chopped mint (optional)
  • Lemon slices (optional)


To make one cup of tea, put approximately one heaping teaspoon of coarsely chopped unpeeled ginger root into a cup of hot water. Let the tea steep for 2 minutes. Strain or let the ginger settle to the bottom of the cup.

To make one quart of ginger tea, coarsely chop an unpeeled 2-inch piece of whole ginger. Place the pieces into a 2- or 3-quart pot with one quart of purified water. Bring the water just to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the tea simmer for 15 minutes.

Strain the ginger pieces and put the tea into a thermos bottle or store in a glass jar. Reheat the tea as needed. Try sweetening your tea with raw organic honey and chopped mint or lemon slices (optional).

5. Lubricate Your Digestive Tract

Internal oleation is the process of introducing healthy oils into the digestive tract to begin gentle elimination and facilitate release of fat-soluble toxins, as well as to stimulate release of bile salts that help us eliminate cholesterol and excess estrogens through the GI tract. According to Ayurveda, oleation (ingestion of oils) helps you loosen and eliminate toxins, also known as ama.

One way to provide internal oleation, along with healthy fiber, is through a combination of sesame seeds and raisins. Here’s what to do:

Recipe for Oleation


  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins


Mix sesame seeds and golden raisins. Take a teaspoon of the mixture one hour before each meal, or two hours after each meal.

Tip: If you have problems digesting seeds, try taking 1/2 teaspoon of sesame seed oil along with three or four raisins, three times a day. Another option is to take one teaspoon of tahini (ground sesame seeds) and about six raisins, three times per day.

6. Consider Triphala Supplementation

Triphala is an Ayurvedic herbal supplement used to support the digestive tract and the healthy bacteria in the intestines through antioxidants and healthy fibers. To encourage elimination, you can take 1,000 mg of triphala two hours after dinner and one hour before bed (assuming you have eaten by 7 p.m. and are in bed by 10 p.m.) Learn more about triphala here.

7. Enjoy Daily Self-Massage

Each day of your detox (and, ideally, every day after the detox) give yourself an Ayurvedic self-massage, or self-abhy, using therapeutic aromatherapy oils. Regular massage and loving touch detoxifies the body’s tissues, increases circulation, calms the mind, and enhances immune function—and it feels blissful. You may also want to get a professional massage at a wellness spa or healing center. Find instructions for performing a self-abhy here.

8. Sweat Out Toxins

Exercise is a cornerstone in a detoxifying program. The increased heat and sweat generated through exercise helps to purify and detoxify your body. Each day, aim to engage in at least 20 minutes of aerobic activity that is vigorous enough to leave a light layer of sweat on your skin. You can also take hot baths or go to a sauna or steam room to encourage the removal of toxins through your skin.

9. Turn Off the Electronics and Nourish Your Spirit

During your detox, take the opportunity to withdraw from the flood of energy and information that can create emotional toxins in the body-mind. Excessive TV viewing, hours of mindless web surfing, disturbing movie and news watching, and compulsive social media engagement can deplete your energy and well-being. Eliminate or at least reduce your consumption of electronic media and instead participate in activities that nurture your senses and strengthen your vitality.

Here are a few alternatives:

  • Read an inspiring book.
  • Listen to uplifting music.
  • Spend time outdoors—go for a hike, take a bike ride, or feel your bare feet on the earth.
  • Practice yoga.
  • Breathe deeply and consciously.
  • Visit a museum or art gallery.
  • Get a massage.

Think of the senses as portals through which you ingest the raw materials of the world and create your picture of reality. Your health depends on the positive input of your five senses as much as it does on nurturing food. What nourishes your soul, nourishes your body. Take care to seek out moments of joy and beauty, which are the gifts that are senses continually provide.

10. Meditate

Meditation is the perfect vehicle for rejuvenation of the body, mind, and spirit. By its very nature, meditation takes you to the quiet place inside yourself and works gently to stem the fight-or-flight stress response. Our physical body reacts to ongoing stress by creating physiological changes that damage the body and accelerate aging. Prolonged stress can make you sick and accelerate the aging process. During the stress response, your heart beats faster, your blood pressure rises, your breathing becomes shallow, your blood sugar level rises, and your immune system is suppressed.

Through the restful awareness of meditation, it is possible to quiet and purify the mind and calm the stress response. In short, meditation is a very important way to purify and quiet the mind, thus rejuvenating the body.

If you have difficulty meditating and experience lots of thoughts, restlessness, or boredom, don’t be discouraged. This means you are actually releasing stress. Keep a neutral attitude towards the thoughts, and gently return to the focus of your breath or mantra. The more you put your attention on a single focus during meditation, the more distractions will recede. When you begin to meditate on a regular basis, you will start to notice that thoughts and feelings that may have been building up inside of you are gently released and you reach the quiet place that was always there, waiting for you—the place of pure awareness. It is there that you experience peace, healing, and true rejuvenation.

If you are new to meditation, try the So Hum technique below to start your practice. Remember not to force anything, and allow your breath to move easily and gently. Don’t inhale deeply or hold your breath, just breathe normally. After you have practiced this meditation, you may wish to learn a more specific and personalized process through a certified meditation instructor.

  • Choose a place where you won’t be disturbed. Sit in a chair or on the floor, using blankets and pillows to make yourself as comfortable as possible.
  • Close your eyes and for a few minutes and take a few moments to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath.
  • Now take a slow, deep breath through your nose, while thinking or silently repeating the word So.
  • Then slowly exhale through your nose while silently repeating the word Hum. Continue to allow your breath to flow easily, silently repeating So . . . Hum . . . with each inflow and outflow of the breath.
  • Whenever your attention drifts to thoughts in your mind, sounds in your environment, or sensations in your body, gently return to your breath, silently repeating So . . . Hum.

Do this process for a few minutes when you’re first getting started, gradually building up to half an hour. Just breathe easily and effortlessly, without trying to concentrate. When the time is up, sit with your eyes gently closed, taking a moment to rest in the stillness and silence. When you emerge from your meditation, you will carry a little bit of still and silence into all of your daily activities.

11. Create a Daily Schedule

Set a schedule of activities to follow during the detox to make it easier to stay on track and enjoy the experience. For example:


  • Meditate
  • Gentle stretching or yoga
  • Self-massage
  • Warm breakfast such as ginger tea with cooked cereal or grains with almond milk (remember to eat the sesame-seed mixture an hour before each meal or two hours after)


  • Main meal at lunch
  • Take a 10- to 15-minute walk after lunch to aid digestion
  • Engage in exercise that helps to generate sweat or take a sauna
  • Meditate


  • Light dinner
  • Short walk
  • Read something inspirational
  • Warm bath
  • Reflect in journal
  • Be in bed by 10 p.m.

As you create your schedule, make the appropriate appointments or reservations and acquire the necessary supplies or equipment you’ll need. Make a trip to the local natural foods store to stock up on healthy food. Purchase the ingredients for the delicious healthy meals you’ll be preparing.

After the Detox

At the end of your three-day detox, it’s important to gently transition by gradually introducing more complex foods into your diet, such as meat and dairy products. 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.

You can use this three-day detox on a regular basis to eliminate toxins and balance your body.

Ayurvedic detox for weight loss includes following dinacharya (ayurvedic daily routine) , following healthy ayurvedic diet according to seasons and exercising regularly according to our strength.

Weight gain is the product of wrong eating habits as well as casual lifestyles living by people. This has over the time led to accumulation of belly fat. The associated disadvantages of belly fat ranging from bad body structure to increase in the chances that subject many to health problems.

All our activities and habits are prone to various types of toxin, food, and variation in environmental weather which exposes us to radiations, pollutants, and stress of daily activities which lead to accumulation of toxins in the body.

These toxins in the body play significant roles in weight gain. This is the reason the body needs to undergo daily detoxification to flush out these unwanted toxins in the body. However, this doesn’t happen all the time due to some issues such as body state or health complication; hence the need for detoxification.

Detoxify Body in Ayurveda Way for Weight Loss

Ayurveda is blessed with many resources to detoxify the body and some of these tips will be discussed in this article. Below are the daily home detoxification tips for weight loss: (Click here for ayurvedic weight loss treatment) . Men can reap benefits of this detox for erectile dysfunction or impotence also.

Drink a glass of warm water, honey with organic lemon in the morning:

Drinking a large glass of warm water with a tea spoon of honey and organic lemon first thing in the morning has been found effective in improving metabolism. (Read Do Lemon And Honey Reduce Body Fat ? ).This rejuvenates the complete digestive system to give you a new start to the daily activities. This daily habit is useful in burning toxins which leads to weight loss.(Read Five Effective Ayurvedic Tea Recipes for Weight Loss )

Regular exercise:

Exercises such as brisk walk (Read Benefits of Daily Brisk Walking ), jogging, and much more can help detoxify your body for weight loss. This single act promotes overall body health and assists you in solving many health issues. However, you must exercise actively to break a sweat for you to achieve your aim of detoxifying your body for weight loss. (Read Ayurvedic weight loss tips for a busy schedule ).

For good result, the ideal duration for your daily exercise is expected to be between 30 – 60 minutes (based on your strength) and should be between 6 – 10 am when the body is still active. Exercise has been researched to warm the body, refresh blood to the brain, and cancel out sluggishness to make your activities energized throughout the day as well as help you achieve your weight loss goal.

Ayurvedic detox diet for weight loss:

Another way to detoxify your body to reduce your weight is to eat all your daily meals without skipping anyone. Many people sometimes make the mistake of starving themselves because they want to reduce weight; not knowing that as they are trying to shed off their fats, their body also needs daily nutrients for their overall health. However, eating three meals a day with moderation can go a long way in weight loss.

Food is regarded as fast-burning fuel in the body, and when it is supplied continuously, the body doesn’t think of accumulating unnecessary fat. Breakfast is expected to be a medium-sized meal such as fresh fruit, first before the meal, to be taken ideally between 7:30 am – 9 am, while lunch is usually large.

In the Ayurvedic system of fighting fat, 50% of your total daily calories are expected to be taken at lunch between 11 am and 2 pm. Your dinner should be the smallest meal of the day because at this period, your body always has the weakest digestion and it should be taken between 5:30 pm and 7 pm. Above all, your lunch should be your daily most important meal because, at this period, you have the most active and strongest digestion.

Cut out the Snacks:

Do away with the snacks to achieve the goal of reducing your weight. Whenever you eat, your body produces a hormone called insulin to assist process sugar into cells and balance your blood sugar. The sugar in your cells fuels needed energy for about 3 hours before the body starts to burn fat to supply needed energy. This implies that eating every 3 hours will not give your body the opportunity to dip into your fat storage and burn the stored fat. However, eating three balanced diets frequently every day without snacks in between helps burn fat and reduces your weight drastically.

Incorporate all six tastes in your daily diet:

Ayurveda six tastes are sweet (madhura rasa ), salty (lavana rasa ), sour (amla rasa ), bitter (tikta rasa), pungent (katu rasa ), and astringent (Kashaya rasa ), and they are all expected to be incorporated in your daily diet. The first three tastes such as sweet, salty, and sour are known to be anabolic (or building) in nature while the remaining three tastes such as pungent, bitter and astringent are known to be catabolic (or burning) in nature, help to balance the system.

Taking too many of the first tastes like sweet, sour and salty ( which are fat building) without taking other tastes (fat burning) or few according to the American diet standard can result in accumulation of fat for fast weight gain. Taking food such as leafy greens, spicy chili peppers, pomegranate seeds which are bitter, pungent, and astringent respectively balance and counter fat-building foods of sour, salty, and sweet tastes.

Eat fruits and vegetables:

Some fruits and vegetables are beneficial for body cleansing and it is advisable to have a one or two servings of the fruits and vegetables during your cleansing phases and you may also take them as breakfast if possible. Mostly, sweet juicy fruits such as cooked figs, raisins (Raisins or Dry grapes Health benefits ) and prunes along with a stewed pear or apple are excellent cleansers to do the work. Leafy greens, cooked with detox spice mix are a great food for good result. Other ones are cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and much more.

Make your own detox spice Mix:

Take 4 tea spoons of cumin seeds (Jeera), 2 tea spoons of saunf (fennel seeds) and 1 tea spoon of black pepper (Kali mirch) or long pepper (pippali) . Slightly warm jeera, fennel seeds and pepper. Grind these together and store it in an air tight container. Sprinkle this mix on salads, smoothies and juices.

Morning elimination practice:

Morning elimination has been viewed by Ayurveda as one of the essential daily hygiene and health practices to help, especially when you are trying to detoxify your body to lose weight. This elimination method involves cleaning your tongue and drinking warm water if you don’t have the bowel movement in the morning. It assists you to regulate and activate this body functions. Triphala which contains amla (Ayurveda medicinal properties of amla or Indian gooseberry ) , haritaki (Ayurveda Medicinal Properties of Haritaki-Terminalia Chebula ) and vibhitaki (Ayurveda Medicinal Properties of Vibhitaki-Bibhitaki- Terminalia Bellirica ) , can also help in the regular and healthy elimination of your body toxins.


Just like gaining weight is enjoyable, losing weight can also be healthy and pleasurable. You don’t need to starve yourself before losing weight. In Ayurveda, it can be simply done in a way to also enjoy other overall health benefits. However, they have been simply highlighted above for your actions. Try to adjust your eating habits and lifestyle to achieve a good result in a timely manner.

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What Is the Ayurvedic Diet—and Can It Help You Lose Weight?

Non-Western approaches to wellness have become increasing popular, from massage and meditation to acupuncture and aromatherapy. The interest in nutrition for both preventative and therapeutic purposes has also soared, including the awareness of eating practices from healthy populations around the globe. One in particular that’s been bubbling up is the Ayurvedic diet.

In existence for thousands of years, the Ayurvedic diet is based on principles of Ayurvedic medicine. The focus is on balancing various energies within the body—to achieve better synergy and improve health of body and mind.

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Why your body type matters

Body type determines the guiding eating principles. According to Ayurveda, there are five elements that make up the universe: vayu (air), jala (water), akash (space), teja (fire), and prithvi (earth). These elements are believed to form three distinct doshas, or body types, which relate to energy that circulates within the body. While everyone maintains characteristics of all three doshas, one is typically dominant:

Vata (space and air): Vata controls basic bodily functions, including the mind, breathing, blood flow, and digestion. People with this dosha are typically thin and energetic. When they are out of balance, they may experience issues with digestive health, fatigue, weight loss, insomnia, or anxiety.

Pitta (fire and water): This dosha controls metabolism, hormones, and digestion. People with a pitta dosha often have a medium build. If out of balance, they may struggle with high blood pressure, heart disease, inflammation, or digestive conditions.

Kapha (water and earth). This dosha controls immunity, muscle growth, and strength. Those with a kapha dosha typically have a sturdier frame. If they’re out of balance, they may experience problems with weight management, fluid retention, diabetes, depression, allergies, or lung health.

Your dosha determines which foods you should eat and avoid. And according to Ayurvedic practice, once you are in balance, you will naturally desire foods that are most beneficial for maintaining wellness.

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What to eat for your body type

The Ayurvedic diet also identifies six major tastes with distinctly beneficial effects: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Including all six in your daily meals is encouraged, so you consistently feel nourished and satisfied. The belief is that regularly eating only a few of these tastes can trigger cravings for unhealthy foods—or throw the body out of balance. For example, consuming pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes help to counter sweet, sour, and salty. This can curb the desire to overeat the latter, which can lead to health problems, as they are characteristic of fast food or processed foods.

Those who are vata dominant should minimize cold and raw foods and too much caffeine. Instead, they should favor warm dishes that are more dominant in sweet, salty, and sour tastes. Sweet foods, like whole grains, starchy vegetables, and honey, have a soothing effect on the body. Salty foods, including table salt and salted fish, enhance appetite. And sour, found in citrus, berries, and pickled foods, aids digestion.

Those with a pitta dosha should reduce hot and spicy foods and avoid alcoholic and fermented foods. They should instead focus on sweet, bitter, and astringent foods. Bitter foods, including leafy greens, broccoli, and celery, help with detoxification. And astringent foods, such as lentils, beans, green apples, and pomegranate, help to balance pitta.

People with a kapha dosha should curb salty or heavy foods, as well as dairy. Instead, hey should prioritize pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes. Pungent, found in peppers, garlic, onions, mustard, and ginger, helps clear sinuses and promotes sweating.

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Can the Ayurvedic diet lead to weight loss?

While few studies have been published on the outcomes of an Ayurvedic diet, there are some concrete benefits. In one small study that paired the diet with other Ayurveda-based lifestyle practices, including yoga and stress management, participants averaged a weight loss of 13 pounds over a nine-month period

Overall, the diet emphasizes whole foods and minimizes processed foods, a pattern that ups the intake of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, and may help support weight management. One study found that a switch from processed foods to whole foods without decreasing calorie intake resulted in an increase in post-meal calorie burning by nearly 50%.

An Ayurvedic diet also incorporates plenty of herbs and spices. In addition to being rich sources of antioxidants, some natural seasonings act as prebiotics—which nourish the beneficial gut bacteria tied to anti-inflammation, immunity, and a positive mood. Herbs and spices have also been shown to boost satiety. And some, including ginger and hot peppers, are known to rev metabolism.

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The Ayurvedic diet and m eating

Ayurveda also promotes mindful eating, which can result in naturally consuming fewer calories while simultaneously feeling more satisfied. And the lifestyle encourages other healthful habits, including spending time in nature, prioritizing adequate sleep and rest, being physically active, and laughing more. Laughter has been shown to lower stress hormones, including cortisol. Excess cortisol has been linked to an increase in belly fat and weakened immunity.

This, however, is just a brief overview of the Ayurvedic diet. A consultation with a registered dietitian nutritionist trained in the practice would provide much more in-depth and tailored recommendations. You can also learn more by exploring cookbooks that include introductions to the diet principles, along with flavorful recipes.

Bottom line: Even if you don’t embrace all of the tenants of the Ayurvedic diet, consuming whole foods in a thoughtful balance, and combining nutrition with other wellness-focused behaviors, lays the foundation for healthy, sustainable living.

Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, is Health’s contributing nutrition editor, a New York Times best-selling author, and a nutrition consultant for the New York Yankees.

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Rebalance Pitta for Natural Weight Loss

Date Posted:4 December 2011

If you are dominantly Pitta, then you generally digest your food well and have no problems burning carbohydrates or sugars. Most Pitta-types do not have a problem with weight gain, but it can occur if this dosha burns too hot for too long. Maintain a proper Pitta balance to encourage natural weight loss.

Problems with digestion begin by skipping meals; this is the number one problem for Pitta individuals. When digestion is thrown off balance, ama (toxic waste produced by the body due to incomplete or improper digestion) clogs the body’s channels. Pitta-types should be very careful to not only never skip a meal, but eat at the same time every day. When the stomach is too empty, Pitta’s fire burns too hot and can cause damage to the stomach.

It is essential for an individual who is predominately Pitta to start with a healthy and nourishing breakfast. This gives the body something to burn and fuel for the day ahead. Porridge, oatmeal or a stewed apple and pear are all highly recommended for a proper Ayurveda breakfast. Continue eating at the same time every day in order to maintain proper balance of Pitta dosha.

Overweight Pitta-types experience problems with their weight because they skip meals, not because they eat too much or too often. By not eating regular meals at regular times, ama overwhelms the body slows the metabolism and clogs the body’s channels. Once there is too much ama, Pitta’s fire tries to burn even hotter in order to clear ama and that can result in hyperacidity. In order for a Pitta individual to achieve natural weight loss, they must avoid skipping meals, eat at consistent times throughout the day, and eat healthy and nourishing meals that pacify Pitta.

Pitta-types should avoid foods that increase their fiery nature. Spices like black pepper, cayenne, chili and black mustard seed should be avoided, as well as cold, heavy, rich desserts, which only serve to create more ama and cause Pitta’s fire to burn hotter. On top of hot and spicy foods, Pitta-predominant people should also avoid sour or salty foods. They should not eat when they are overly stressed out or angry, either.

Yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises can all help relieve tension and anger, so that a Pitta person can eat while calm and relaxed. Even twenty minutes of yoga or meditation is usually enough to release any pent-up stress and aggression.

According to Ayurveda, to maintain balance or for natural weight loss, Pitta-types should favour cool to warm foods, sweet, bitter or astringent flavours, and dry foods that are moderately heavy in texture. Fully-ripened and sweet fruits, milk, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, green beans and dark leafy vegetables, zucchini, and cabbage are all examples of foods that help cool the burning fires of Pitta. Healthy and nutritious oils like olive oil and ghee are also recommended.

A Pitta’s desire for natural weight loss is easier to achieve than for other doshas. Their energy and motivation lend themselves well to losing weight. However, balance must be maintained in order for weight loss to occur. When Pitta is imbalanced, it leads to emotional overeating. Emotional stress creates even more acid in the stomach and many Pittas find themselves reaching for foods they think will cool their stomach.

When the acid levels reach too high, it affects the body’s digestion system, damages the stomach and blocks the channels with ama.

A Pitta individual must also maintain balance in their life. They should go to bed between 9 and 10 pm, and awake before 7am. Many Pitta types still feel energetic at this bedtime, but it is important to train the body to sleep during these times. Balance in life also requires less demand on the individual, both mentally and physically. Most Pitta-types tend to be high-strung and energetic, but they must learn to relax and slow down. It is not healthy for you to always rush around and be constantly in a hurry. Take some time off for yourself, enjoy your kids or partner, and learn to enjoy life without the constant need for doing something at all times.

Most Pitta types are also very motivated and competitive. While this can be a healthy thing, it can also work against them if it overwhelms their life and becomes a stumbling block. It is essential to slow down, set your priorities and realize it is okay not to be perfect all the time. A Pitta’s fierce competitive nature can easily lead you to exercise too much. Try finding workouts that are playful and fun rather than intense and strenuous. Hiking, swimming, dancing and running are all great sporting activities for a Pitta individual.

There are many ayurvedic herbal remedies that can not only help cool Pitta down, but can aid in natural weight loss as well. The most effective natural supplements or ayurvedic herbal remedies for a Pitta-type include mint tea or green tea, guggal, triphala, garcinia cambogia and liquorice. If an individual has high blood pressure, they should avoid liquorice and seek the advice of an expert in Ayurveda.

For Pitta dosha, herbal water is extremely helpful for natural weight loss. Bring one quart of water to a boil. Add two pinches powdered liquorice root, two pinches ground fenugreek, one-fourth teaspoon whole coriander seeds, and one-fourth teaspoon fennel seeds. Allow the mixture to steep and to cool down completely. Once it is cooled, strain the liquid. This is a great drink to sip on throughout the day to cool Pitta’s fire.

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It’s fairly well-established that not every weight loss plan works for everyone. In fact, whether or not you can successfully lose weight depends on many factors, from your gender to your metabolism to your genes. But what if we told you that your body type and your overall mental makeup also play a role?

At least, that’s the core principle behind Ayurveda (pronounced eye-yur-vayda and translated to “science of life”) Medicine, a holistic wellness system of beliefs that originated in ancient India nearly 3,000 years ago. Recently, wellness gurus have been dipping back into Ayurvedic texts to come up with the principles for the Ayurvedic Diet, which ostensibly uses Ayurvedic principles to help you lose weight.

OK…what, exactly, is the Ayurvedic Diet?

Glad you asked. At the root of Ayurveda is the belief that everyone has a set body type and energy that comes along with it. This is called your dosha.

According to Kate O’Donnell’s Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind (which I used as my bible of sorts for this experiment), the three doshas are vata, pitta and kapha. Vatas tend to be thin, lean creative types (bizarrely, they often tend to suffer from cold hands and feet). Kaphas tend to have wider bodies and rigidly loyal tendencies, but sometimes suffer from foggy thoughts. In the middle are pittas, who have medium builds and are highly motivated. Each are equipped with specific bodily traits and energies associated with them that supposedly sync with the five elements of nature, including earth, water, fire, space and air.

It’s important to note that Ayurveda lacks a medical or scientific basis, meaning there’s pretty much zero actual proof that any of this, ya know, works at all. But it does encourage being mindful of your daily eating habits, avoiding processed foods, and being conscious of your mental health and wellness, all of which have been linked to weight loss.

What can you eat on the Ayurvedic Diet?

Well, that depends on your dosha.

Ayurveda doesn’t place any hardcore restrictions on your diet, but it does stress being more mindful of your choices and eating according to your dosha. Vatas, pittas and kaphas are encouraged to eat fresh, cooked food that is heavily spiced and easily digestable. Vatas are a cold and dry dosha, so they’re encouraged to eat foods that are warmer, heartier, and richer in oils; pittas are encouraged to eat drier, more carb-heavy foods; and kaphas lean towards smaller portions.

If you’re trying to follow an Ayurvedic diet, identifying your dosha should be your first step. The Ayurveda Experience has a quick three-minute quiz to help you ID yours. While the questions may seem silly — the quiz asks, among other things, whether your veins are visible, or if your joints make a cracking sound when you walk), the ultimate goal is to personalize your health and weight loss plan, according to Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary, MD, a neurologist and author of the weight loss manual The Prime who Dr. Oz has called “one of our country’s foremost experts in Ayurveda Medicine.”

“What is unique to Ayurveda is that we never make the same dietary recommendations for everyone,” Chaudhary told “In other words, some people would do very poorly with a raw diet; some would do poorly on a vegan diet; some would do poorly on a juice fast. Ayurveda takes your individual constitution into account before making any dietary recommendation. In this way it’s very personalized.”

“What is unique to Ayurveda is that we never make the same dietary recommendations for everyone.”

Alan Marks, the CEO of vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda Products International, told me that people who follow the Ayurvedic Diet are encouraged to go light on breakfast or skip it altogether, go light on dinner, and make lunch their heaviest meal of the day. This runs counter to most conventional weight loss advice, which encourages people trying to lose weight to get most of their calories in the A.M.; further, there seems to be some debate in the Ayurvedic community on whether or not skipping breakfast is OK. But Marks explained that there are drawbacks to loading up on calories in the evening, which most people tend to do.

“When we eat our largest meal at dinner, we’re sending two competing signals to our body,” says Marks, who has followed the Ayurvedic lifestyle for more than 35 years. “We’re telling it, ‘When I go to bed, I want to settle as deeply as possible and get as much rest as possible, but I also want to digest food.’ So people who eat a really large dinner don’t get as deep of sleep.”

Regardless of whether the Ayurvedic Diet works in general, this particular takeaway is actually (kind of) supported by science: eating too much too late has been linked to lower-quality sleep, and a number of studies have found that people who pack in the calories at night are more prone to metabolic issues, which can lead to weight gain.

I also admittedly had a deeper reason for trying the diet. My late, great mom, who was born and raised in Mumbai, India, always used spices like turmeric and ginger in her own cooking. When she passed last summer, I took it upon myself to dabble with some of those spices in my own cooking. Sometimes when I cook, I feel like my mom is guiding my hands through. It’s a special connection, and the fact that Ayurveda originated in India made this diet/lifestyle resonate with me that much more.

With all of this info in mind, I decided to try the Ayurvedic Diet for myself. Here’s what happened.


Mark Lelinwalla

To start the week, I took the online quiz on the Ayurveda Experience to ID my dosha. I’ve always been on the skinny side (in fact, my problem has always been trying to gain weight, not to lose it), plus I’m definitely a creative, so I was immediately pegged for a vata, which meant I was encouraged to use spices such as turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon when cooking. (These spices have some well-established health benefits: turmeric, which is often used in Indian cooking, has notable anti-inflammatory properties, and ginger is often used to treat nausea).

Unfortunately, I didn’t have a light breakfast or a heavy lunch, so this day was kind of a write-off. I vowed to start the diet in earnest tomorrow.


Mark Lelinwalla

I wanted to keep the start of the work week simple and clean. So I started the day by enjoying my typical breakfast, steel-cut oatmeal with blueberries, which felt light enough. For lunch, the heaviest meal of the day, I went with oven-roasted chicken thighs and some garlic sautéed spinach; for dinner, I made pan-seared tilapia. Nothing fancy, but it was definitely a vibe for me. I had Alexa playing old-school Nas while I was cooking, so I definitely felt like I was in the zone.


As a freelance writer, my life can get pretty unpredictable, so when I had to head out the door to cover an event, the “mindfulness” aspect of the Ayurvedic Diet crumbled. I grabbed a strawberry pastry from a bakery in Queens on my way to the subway that morning and treated myself to a lobster roll in Manhattan that evening. Those were the only things I ate that day, so that was not good.


Mark Lelinwalla

On Wednesday, I wasn’t hungry, so I skipped breakfast. For lunch, I ordered Pad See Ew Thai noodles, which came with spring rolls and a salad; for dinner, per Marks’s advice, I grilled a cod fillet. It was simple, light, and delicious.


Mark Lelinwalla

I’m lucky to have grown up on what I consider some of the best Indian food ever (thanks, mom). But since she passed, I haven’t eaten much Indian food, just because it’s not the same as mama’s.

Still, with this experiment, I got a little bit nostalgic. So per O’Donnell’s book, which contains a recipe for lentils daal, I called a local Indian spot to pick up a dinner plate of lasooni daal, a.k.a. yellow lentils covered in a garlic sauce and served over a plate of fragrant, savory Basmati rice. Per the guidelines for the diet, it was actually pretty light for dinner — at least, lighter than the chicken slice of pizza I took down for lunch.


Mark Lelinwalla

I had a big bowl of oatmeal with blueberries for lunch, just to see how that would sustain me as a midday meal in lieu of breakfast. I also had a mango lassi (a delicious, creamy yogurt Indian drink, pictured above). For dinner, I went lighter with tilapia, which is one of my favorites.

To my surprise, even though this was my third straight day of skipping breakfast, I felt totally fine. So much for breakfast being the most important meal of the day.


Mark Lelinwalla

Although I was out with my daughter all day Saturday, I still managed to somewhat adhere to the flow of the Ayurvedic diet. I once again skipped breakfast and made lunch my biggest meal of the day (although, to be fair, my lunch was a burger, which is not the healthiest option). For dinner, I made us pan-seared cod with buttery garlic sauce … which she loved.

The results

When I started the Ayurvedic Diet, Marks predicted that I’d feel more energized and alert by the end of it. While this might just be placebo effect (and while I admittedly didn’t do a great job sticking to the diet at first), I must say that I did feel both of those things — especially from Wednesday through Saturday, when I made lunch my first and heaviest meal of the day, followed by a lighter dinner. Sure, I didn’t lose any weight, but because I’m already a pretty lean guy, I wasn’t exactly trying to, which made the diet a success for me.

Marks say that “Ayurveyda honors that people eat the food that they’re comfortable with,” and for the most part, I felt like it really did. I never failed to be mindful of the food I ate and how it affected my body, and if you’re trying to lead an all-around healthier lifestyle, I think that’s super important.

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