I’m not a consistent “What I Ate Wednesday”-er, but I think Vegan MoFo is an excellent reason to post pictures of all the vegan food I’ve been eating, don’t you? This week is a fun and special week of eating because I’m doing a mini-CLEAN/auyrvedic-inspired cleanse. Every once in a while I like to stick to an eating routine that gives my digestion a bit of a break. I love the CLEAN program because you still get to eat actual food, but the first and last meal of the day are always in liquid form (soups, smoothies, or juices). For my solid lunches I decided to make kitchari from my auyrvedic recipe book Eat Taste Heal.
I’ve written about ayurveda before, and if you’re not familiar with it, I definitely encourage you to look into this alternative healing practice. The first thing to know about ayurveda is that we all have a dosha, or a constitution. I invited my friend Michael over to share in food prep for the week, and we both decided to answer the questions in the book to determine our doshas.
I knew I was a strong pitta, but this round of self-analysis revealed that I am actually pitta-kapha. (Still more pitta, but more kapha than I had ever been before). I found this really interesting, partly because I had previously leaned more toward pitta-vata. The cool thing is that I have consciously done things to balance my vatta (anxious energy, in particular), and apparently it’s working, because I wasn’t registering that high on vatta! Cool!
Kitchari is a staple dish in ayurvedic cooking. There are many variations, and this was ours:
My breakfasts and dinners have been a variety of soups and smoothies:
On days that I feel hungry after lunch, I’ve been snacking on my favorite snack, carrots and almond butter.
It’s only been a few days, but I always feel great almost immediately when I do the liquid/solid/liquid plan.
What have you been eating lately? xo