The word ‘cleanse’ is used with increasing frequency in the health and wellness industry.
I decided to come up with a new word for discussing the Ayurvedic version of a ‘cleanse,’ one that would let people know that
it is a way to gently nourish and support your body.
So, here it is (drumroll please….) – a Reset.
Yup, I’m not very creative. So, let’s add an adjective – a Gentle Reset.
Ayurveda encourages a Gentle Reset seasonally. I think this is an awesome idea: each season I get a chance to Gently Reset my body and mind.
Things I love about an Ayurveda Gentle Reset
1. I have an excuse to take a break from sugar, alcohol, and caffeine.
I love all of these things, but when I take a break from all of them at the same time, my body and mind feel lighter and clear.
*warning: when considering removing caffeine from your life, be sure to do so gradually to avoid the dreaded caffeine headache
2. I don’t have to think about what I’m going to eat or make for dinner.
A part of the Ayurveda Gentle Reset is a Kitchari monodiet, which means you eat nothing but Kitchari for a few days. Not only do I like how Kitchari tastes, but removing the decision of what to eat or what to cook from my life for a few days is an amazing gift. It’s a beautifully layered simplification: my life is simplified by cooking only one thing and my body is simplified by only having to digest one thing.
3. A chance to disconnect.
An integral part of my Ayurveda Gentle Reset is an entire day where I am disconnected from my electronics. It turns out that I can survive without my iPhone. If at all possible, this is also a day of silence. Silence is one of my favorite sounds.
For me, the Ayurveda Gentle Reset (or cleanse)
is a gift to myself.
A chance to look inward and consider
what choices in my life support me best,
and what things are no longer nourishing me.