Change of Season Rituals

Fall is a fantastic time to do a mini-cleanse. We’re letting go of summer’s heat and activity. The days are getting noticeably shorter, the harvest is in. We’re beginning to store our crops for the winter and hunker down into the darkness to winter.

apple crispWonderful foods for this time of year are apples, fresh from the tree (or market), be sure to get organic and local whenever possible, melons abound. Squashes, pumpkins, broccoli, cauliflower, dark greens all await us.

To do a mini-cleanse, you can do a mono-diet. My favorite is to make a mung bean stew, with basmati rice and seasonal veggies. Enjoy this for lunch and possibly dinner. Super simple, super nutritious.

All you need is about ½ cup rice, 1 cup lentils or mung beans, a nice spice blend – perhaps an unsalted curry, and a veggie or two in season.

First take about a teaspoon of ghee (clarified butter), melt it over medium heat, add the spice blend, stir until fragrant. Rinse the rice and beans until water runs clear. Add the spice mixture and then add about 6 cups of water. Simmer until beans are tender. Add veggies, simmer another 10 minutes or so. Enjoy!

Garshana and abyhanga are wonderful self care rituals that can be added to the mono-diet.

Here is a delightful apple recipe that is super easy and delicious. I sometimes add this to my breakfast or have it for dinner during a cleanse.

If you’d like to do a more formal cleanse, consider this.

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