Do you ever treat your body like shit and then need a way to recover after?
I’ve done this a lot in the past. It left me feeling drained, exhausted, and negative. I felt depressed about my life and my future.
Sometimes I just need a perfect 5 days to get my mind and body back in balance. Once I restore things on a chemical level, I can work effectively and enjoy my work. Otherwise, life is miserable.
Most of my methods for rapid weight loss or healing require a lot of discipline or tolerance. Some may even seem unusual or risky. This method isn’t jumping into an ice bath for 7 minutes, fasting for 7 days, or eliminating carbohydrates for several weeks. In fact, I challenge anyone to find something in this diet that is unhealthy or risky. This is the 5 day Kitchari diet.
It’s as inexpensive as a diet can get. I spent about $15 on 15 meals and it would be even cheaper for a smaller person.
I spent 15 minutes preparing 15 meals of food for 5 days. After that, I just filled a bowl and put in the microwave. I didn’t have to spend time cooking, cleaning, or shopping. I ate the same meal 3 times a day-for 5 days.
I originally came across it after asking one of my yoga mentors “How can I cleanse and heal the body without putting it under extreme stress?”
He said, “Keep it neutral. Try the Kitchari diet.”
Neutral as in: the diet is not heavy or light, hot or cold, damp or dry, acidic or alkaline.
Sounds safe and gentle to me, maybe a little boring, but I’ll try anything.
After searching for the simplest recipe, I executed. For 5 days, I only ate only beans, rice, grass-fed butter, watercress, and pink salt. (Don’t worry about the side affects of beans, we’re going to predigest them to mitigate that issue)
I’ve done this a few times. Each time I’ve had friends noticed that my muscle mass looks great. They tell me I look “ripped,” or “jacked.”
I assume that I looked “ripped” because I fasted from all inflammatory foods and toxins. (sugar, alcohol, smoking, caffeine) Also, The diet kept my blood sugar in a level range. That is a consistent variable in all successful fat loss diets.
I looked “jacked” because I had high-energy workouts. I was spending less energy processing food and chemicals so that allowed me to recover faster.
I had steady energy. I slept well. I felt confident and optimisitic!
I felt like I was fasting or in Ketosis. (Click to Read More on Ketosis) But I didn’t have to drain my will power by suffering through days of carbohydrate withdrawal. I was excited about all the tasks on my to do list. The steady, slow digesting, energy allowed my muscles and brain to consistently stay fueled while never spiking or dropping my insulin/ blood sugar, which could cause me to store fat or get tired. The Kitchari has enough protein, fiber, and fat while containing zero sugar. It also removes coffee and meat, which are acidic. (Replace coffee with green tea to avoid caffeine withdrawal.)
How does it taste? Not bad. If you can eat oatmeal, you can eat Kitchari. Typically, when I do these fasts and cleanses I notice how much I look forward to eating. This always reminds to find other things to live for besides food and parties.
Lots of days I just eat this for lunch. When I eat “bad” carbs I feel a mental fog and laziness. I end up spending the rest of the afternoon watching Youtube or Netflix. The Kitchari is a quick, cheap, and healthy lunch. With this meal I can maintain my focus and get back to work without missing a beat. Now that I’ve mastered making the Kitchari I keep a freezer full of it. If I’m feeling a little wild, I’ll even add organic barbeque sauce to it!
At some point in the next year I may spend a few months eating a ton of Kitchari while attempting to gain muscle because its quick, its cheap, and it’s clean. I’ll also add canned sardines, grassfed meat, quinoa, and other vegetables.
The Kitchari feeds your gut bacteria, it fuels your hormones, and its vegan (*use saukrout instead of yogurt). This diet alternates well in conjunction with Ketogenic diet. It’s healthy and natural to fast from every food group for a least a week. The Kitchari is fast from meat while the Ketogenic diet is a fast from carbohydrates. Rotating these diets restore balance in our excessive and deficient lifestyles.
At this point in my life I’m usually on 1 of 3 diets. Ketosis, Kitchari, or I’m social butterfly, eating at restaurants or parties where I’m not overly concerned with my diet or alcohol consumption. I allow a moderate amount of sugar and alcohol!
Enjoy the Kitchari Energy and Happy Holidays!
Remove: All supplements, multivitamins, caffeine or other toxins. Eat only the Kitchari meal for 5 days. EAT AS MUCH AS YOU WANT. Maintain normal exercise and sleep. It may be beneficial to take long walks or do other long bouts of easy cardio.
The easiest version-
If cutting all caffeine is too difficult then drink green tea to prevent caffeine withdrawal.
Frozen- pre cooked- beans and rice
Grassfed butter, walnut oil, coconut oil or any other oil
Microwave the beans and rice then add your butter or oil.
The cleanest/cheapest version- See the video
Dry uncooked, unsprouted mung beans- 1.5 scoops should be enough for 5 days
Dry uncooked, wild rice or brown rice- 1.5 scoops should be enough for 5 days
Grass-fed yogurt or Sauerkraut – to ferment
Lemon or apple cider vinegar
You could add watercress or any other alkaline vegetable.
A large Pot
Have Tupperware or glass Pyrex (ideal) for storage.
Soak beans, rice, 1 scoop of yogurt (or sauerkraut), 1 lemon (or shot of apple cider vinegar) in a large pot for 12- 24 hours.
Step 3. Bring the beans and rice to a brief boil. Then let the pot simmer on low heat for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Step 4. Strain everything and mix in vegetables while the beans and rice are still warm.
Step 5. Wash it clean. It was soaked, cooked, and fermented to remove the outer layer of the beans and rice. This allows for easier digestion.
Strain it again and put it the freezer.
Remove it from the freezer, put it in the microwave or frying pan. After cooking, add pink salt and your desired ghee, butter, or oil. I like walnut oil, almond oil, and olive oil.
-Soaking beans and rice cause then to expand quite a bit. Use a lot of water and make sure you have space for storage.
-Practice making the Kitchari a few times. Once you’ve got it down make a massive amount and keep it stored for long term, healthy, quick, inexpensive meals!