Feel lighter and brighter with a Cleanse
- 07 Sep, 2018
- Written by Jacqueline Iles
I thought it was time to share with you the benefits and reasons why I do this.
For me, a cleanse is not a drastic deprivation of substances and starving my body. Rather it is a time to re-calibrate and get in touch with what my body is asking for. It is a time to reflect, tune in, slow down and nurture my body. This gives me more energy, enthusiasm and I feel more grounded.
Like taking the car to the garage for a tune
up I like to give my digestive system a rest by simplifying my food. This strengthens my digestive fire so it has more energy to access deeper tissues
to bring them nourishment and digest any waste that has accumulated through normal living.
In my teens and twenties I often suffered from terrible digestive pain. Doubled up on the couch type of pain. Although I learn how to avoid this pain it had left me with a fear of not eating regularly as I had identified that as a trigger. If I skipped a meal or even simply late too late then I would suffer for it! Unfortunately this fear gradually created a restriction and rigidity around eating. Since practicing regular cleanses I have found new freedom and flexibility in my eating. I can allow longer times in between meals and have stabilized my energy and moods.
From an Auyrvedic perspective, we all have different body types. Some people are naturally more heavy set and solid in their body, they have more of the earth and water elements which gives them great stamina and strength. Others are lighter, quicker and more flighty. They have more of the air element. Some have a more fiery nature; they are quick and driven and have more heat in their body. All of us are a unique combination of the 5 elements, Space, air, fire, water and earth.
When is the best time to cleanse?
Ayurveda teaches that our bodies reflect what is happening in nature. We are a microcosm of the greater macrocosm of the world around us.
Spring has the energy of throwing open windows and airing, clearing and cleaning as we tune into the new life bursting around us in nature. We talk about Spring cleaning our houses the spaces we live in. Why not Spring clean our ultimate living space, our body!
Our bodies have so much to process every day from what we take in from our environment; Food the air we breathe all of our experiences need to be digested.
Ama is a metabolic waste material, a sticky, heavy type of sludge that accumulates in our body over time. It gunks up our channels and tissues and blocks the natural functioning of the body.
How do you know if you have Ama?
What creates ama in our body?
When we have Ama our digestive capacity is weakened.
When we cleanse our body is clearer we are better connected to this inner wisdom and we can listen more clearly to what our body is actually asking for. Then our choices everyday become clearer and more aligned with what our body actually needs to be healthy and happy.
It is important to plan for it. A cleanse might be a 1-2 week period of eating food different to your normal way of eating. It takes some proper forethought and preparation.
It is important to remove what is tempting from your space. Choose some recipes so that you know what to buy and have on hand. Eat a plant based diet that is cooked and easy to digest. More soups and salads. Reduce processed foods and buy fresh foods to provide more energy! Give your body a break from coffee, alcohol, processed sugars.
Without this planning your cleanse will be more difficult and stressful. We do not want it to be like that!!
Our digestion needs warmth and good clean and easy to digest food. This supports the power of digestion and mobilisation of toxins/ama out of the body.
Mung Bean Soup! It does not sound sexy but it is wonderfully effective and delicious! This soup will actually convert Ama, that body sludge, into fuel for the body to use as energy!
If this soup feels too light for your body type then try a Kitchadi mono diet to allow your digestion to rest and strengthen. Kitchadi is an Ayurvedic one pot delicious and easy to digest meal that soothes and nourishes our digestion.
Just 1-2 weeks, twice a year, practicing a cleanse is so beneficial for re-setting your digestion, creating a deeper connection with your body’s needs and replenishing energy reserves. It is so worth doing!
This group Spring Cleanse will run over 2 weeks starting on the 12th October 2018 with a preparation call and concluding on the 29th Oct with a closing call. There will be guidance along the way. A closed facebook page, tips and recipes to support your cleanse.
Call me on 0421601715 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if this is a good fit for you!
Feel lighter, brighter and more connected to your body with a cleanse!