If we look out upon nature’s landscape we can clearly see the reflection of our own internal world. In this time of change, Fall begins to call us inward to deeper layers of nourishment and selfcare.
To comfort this inward direction, it is important to give the body comfort. The comfort that the body discovers in consistency and routine is the foundation of a setting a healing rhythm to our lives.
So what does a healthy, healing rhythm look like? This will be different for each of us depending where we are at, but the common thread is that it will be a routine that deeply nourishes our adrenal system as well as gently aids the liver in detoxification. The intention of this cleanse is to explore this together and discover where our unique balance is.
Where Ancient Meets Modern
Ayurveda, the oldest medicinal system in the world, is important to learn from, but also to recognize that it is ancient— and we can adapt it to our modern times.
Our modern times call for great healing on an emotional and physiological level. Detoxification of the damage that has been done to our bodies and the earth is becoming more obvious and many of us are hearing the call.
Anthony William, Medical Medium is a great source of healing nutritional information that are reflective of the modern times. It is the information we need to reverse the damage being created for our bodies and planet at this time.
Depending on your Dosha, or dominating Ayurvedic element (take the Quiz!) you may find some of this information contradictory.
Many of us following his nutritional information are eating a lot of cooking foods (raw) and also lowering their fat intake.
For example, Vatas will favor more grounding, nourishing and oily foods. However, if our liver is compromised this will not function well for the human body no matter what the Dosha. Cutting fats for a time can help to purify the blood and move stagnant lymph, all which helps the liver to heal and do it’s originally intended job. At a certain point in healing, a Vata type may gravitate to adding more fats in their diet, which is perfectly okay. Always gauge what you are consuming based on how certain foods make YOU feel, versus what someone else is telling you is the right way. During a healing phase, the body receives support by simplicity, first and foremost.
If you are in a healing phase, another way to receive the grounding effect of oils and warmth is through self care bathing rituals that incorporate warmth and self-massage. We will be exploring this throughout the cleanse, so be sure to tune into Lives + the Glow Community on Facebook!
We need keep in mind while exploring Ayurveda that it is a medicinal system reflective of ancient times and of the geography and agricultural practices of Indian culture. Adapted to modern times in the western world, it is easy to see how we can still follow an Ayurvedic-inspired life while not consuming animal products.
How Fall Calls Us Into Deeper Levels Of Selfcare
Our approach to selfcare is very centered on NOURISHMENT. As Fall is typically a cooler season for most of us, we are called to more warming and grounding foods + spices like sweet potatoes, squashes, cinnamon + rosemary.
These herbs will be a main focus of the cleanse as we explore the many ways we can add this nourishment to our daily eating habits. Our daily challenges will be centered around developing these selfcare rhythms. For some they will be new and for others a reinforcement of what already is working.
REST is another important aspect of nourishment that we will be focusing on. This looks like having a consistent time that you are waking and falling asleep. Perhaps even having steady rituals around those times to help welcome and end your day.
We will be exploring what these rituals may look like during the course of this Cleanse. You can tune into them by reviewing The Daily Dashboard and also the Private Facebook Community.
We can’t wait to see you there!
10 medjool dates
1/8 cup of Earth Circle dulse // or 5 tbsp coconut aminos (to taste)
1/2 of a lime, juiced
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp maple syrup
Mix all ingredients together in a high speed blender until very smooth. Taste and adjust flavors; maple syrup for sweetness, lime juice for acidity, coconut aminos for salty. To thin texture add water. Enjoy!
• As a salt-free alternative to coconut aminos, any dulse will work but Earth Circle is just so naturally salty / mineral rich!
• If you haven’t had dulse keep in mind this is a seaweed and does have a seaweed taste that takes some getting used to.
• If you are using coconut aminos, we love the brand Coconut Secrets. They have a Teriyaki + Garlic option that is delicious all on their own.
• Let’s be honest, dunking sushi rolls in straight coconut aminos is always pretty wonderful. And hassle-free.
1 cup medjool or halaway dates, pitted
1 small, ripe + soft fuyu persimmon, peeled
2-3 tbsp fresh coconut water (add slowly as not to over water)
a dash of vanilla powder
These ingredients will create a flavor profile very similar to a whipped caramel sauce. For optional flavor profiles, add a dash of the following spices:
• Cinnamon + Nutmeg = for a warming taste
• Curry spice = for a savory taste
• Cayenne spice = for a spicy taste
• Dried Lavender = for a floral taste
Blend all ingredients into a creamy consistency + enjoy!
• Top on banana “nice cream” or dip with chopped fruit!
2 large mangos, diced into small cubes
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/2 lime, peeled + diced
1 tbsp ginger, minced
1/2 cup red pepper, diced
3/4 teaspoon curry spice
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1 tsp chili flakes (to taste)
Sea salt + white pepper (to taste)
1 tsp maple syrup
RAW : Combine all ingredients in a food processor, except for red onions, cilantro + mango. Pulse until a chunky dip texture is achieved. Stir in mango, cilantro and red onions by hand.
COOKED : Heat a sauté pan with a splash of water + add the onions to sweat until soft. Add the ginger, bell pepper and chili flakes. Saute for 1 to 2 minutes. Finally add the mango and golden raisins to cook for 1 more minute. Turn off heat and stir in cilantro, maple syrup + lime juice. Eat as is or pulse in a blender to desired texture.
• Dip with red bell pepper slices, tomatoes, and cucumber OR top on salad, veggie noodles, or cauli-rice!
2 cups cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
1/4 of an avocado (optional)
1 tsp cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 cup small white onion, chopped
1/4 cup salt-free sundried tomatoes
Sea salt, to taste
In a food processor, pulse ingredients together to desired texture. Blend just enough for a chunky, dip texture. Mix in cilantro, chopped onions, and sea salt by hand.
Use as a veggie dip or salad topper!
1.5 cups cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup celery
1 medjool date
1/8 cup raw onion
1 garlic clove
1/2 lime, juice
sea salt to taste
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender + enjoy!
• Any tomatoes will work, cherry just tends to be sweeter.
• To thicken and sweeten sauce, add an extra date.
• For extra warmth, blend on high for 3-4 min.
2 cups cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup basil leaves, diced
1/2 lemon peeled + chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 medjool date
Sea salt + black pepper (to taste)
Place tomatoes in a high speed blender and mix. Pulse in the rest of ingredients to desired texture.
• Any tomatoes will do, but cherry tomatoes tend to be sweeter and less watery than large tomatoes.
• For extra sweetness, blend in 1-2 tsp of maple syrup.
• Enjoy served over your favorite veggie noodles!
Prepping cauli-rice (aka cauliflower rice!) ahead of time is a great way to create a solid base for a satisfying meal.
To create some yummy cauli rice, simply break apart of head of cauliflower into florets and place in a high speed blender or food processor. You can also grate by hand.
You can store your cauli-rice for up to 4-5 days in the fridge. Simply add sea salt and a fresh squeeze of lime when you are ready to eat. Too with your veggies and dressings of choice and you have yourself an amazing meal!