Panchakarma: Year 2, Day 2 Complete

Since everyone keeps asking me about Panchakarma, I figured I’d share with you the general guidelines and why I am participating in it for my second year in a row.  For one thing, my body just loves it.  Seriously, I already have more energy, my skin looks great, and I am much more focused on my work.  Basically, I eat the same thing which is completely neutral to my body for thirty-five days, eating around the same time three times a day, without any snacking so that my body can do what it does best and heal itself!

This is what I am doing for 35 days:

  • Sprouting moon-g beans twice a week over night in a glass pitcher with clean water so that the next day I can make a fresh batch of kitcheri in a large crock pot, which I will then eat for the next few days.
    • There is a local Indian grocer where I purchased everything I needed and it was fun!
  • Roasting organic vegetables including sweet potatoes, beets and carrots in a glass pan in the oven to add to the kitcheri every day.
  • Getting up at 8am every day
    • Since I’ve returned to Houston, I’ve been getting up at all sorts of times!
  • Eating three times a day around the same time (8:30am, 12:30 and 5:30pm) with a big glass of warm uncaffeinated tea.
    • I usually eat throughout the day and rarely eat the same thing twice.
    • Which means, I am taking a glass storage dish with me to visit friends during lunch so that I can continue eating with them and being social, but staying on the program.
  • Taking care of myself.
    • Now it’s a priority every day to cook, take walks with my dogs, and even baths before going to bed.
    • I also use different oils on my skin and hair to moisturize myself since I am a Pitta Vata and coming from Colorado I was so dry and chapped that it feels great.
  • Putting myself to bed early.
    • The first night I took a bath at 7pm and fell asleep before 9pm with the lights on!  I woke up the next morning feeling completely rested and ready for an amazing day!
  • Listening to my intuition and being mindful of all of my time.
    • Rather than stressing about this or that not going the way I had planned. It’s Pure Genius.
  • Taking it one day at a time.
    • Not stressing about the length of time, because it will go by quickly.
    • Also because I’ve seen the progressive list of organs the body will cleanse as I keep up the program successfully.  I am committed to the program and love stuff like this because it takes a lot to finish.  Most people will never even try this! Would you?  I’m a purist and it worked so well for me last year that I am continuing.  And the program runs three years in a row or three sets of 35 days (5 weeks) consecutively in a row.

This is what I am NOT doing for 35 days:

  • Abstaining from using a Microwave
    • Microwaves kill all the good nutrients in your food.  Put a plant by a microwave and it will die.  But in this day in age we like everything fast!  But for now, I am not using a microwave.  I am using a tea kettle to heat water for tea and a cast iron pan to heat the kitcheri.
  • Not taking any of my usual supplements or medications (which I don’t have anyway)
    • I typically take supplements like calcium, fish oils, probiotics, Barlean’s Greens, you name it, but for now, I am not taking anything so that I can cleanse my body.
  • Abstaining from eating out, snacking and eating anything in between meals.
    • It was hard just last night when I felt so hungry before bed, but I had a big glass of tea and reminded myself that I lost 17 pounds last year when I did this and when I looked back at my journal, I was back to my original weight.  This year I plan to keep it off and keep losing weight so that I can return to my pre-cancer and post-divorce weight which I truly miss.
  • Rushing around doing last minute things and jetting into town!
    • That is my usual mode and now I wake up and listen to my intuition so that I can stay authentic and continue doing things with complete focus.