Detox Diet: The Right Way

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Detox is one of the most abused word today. People want to detox with powders, pills and something green to drink, without putting much thought to what detox actually suggest. What is exactly the right way to detox? To understand that we have to understand human body a bit scientifically.

In actual term, detox means cleansing. When one detoxes, they abstain themselves from eating certain food and engage into a systematic method to clean their system.
So drinking a green colour drink in the morning and then eating pizza at night is not detox. Human body is very smart when it come to detox. Our body part, especially liver is working 24/7 to cleanse our blood. The point is how we help our body to be more effective in doing what they do best.

Lets look at body parts, which actually work hard to detox our body.

1. Liver: The liver filter blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. It also plays vital role in metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrate.

2. Intestine: With secretion of bile toxic substances are transported into the small intestine and continue through the intestinal tract to exit the body in the stool.
Whatever can still be utilized from the alimentation, such as fiber, is broken down with the help of the intestinal micro flora, and is transported to the liver for detoxification.

3. Kidney: kidneys remove waste products and excess fluid from the body.

So when we talk about detox diet, we should eat food or do things that help these important body parts to do their job better. And avoid things that would restrict from smooth functioning of these natural processes.

What are food items that make a detox diet?

Water: Water should be first step towards cleansing your body. Drink 4-5 liters of water, preferably lukewarm. Add lemon, mint, fennel, rose, bishop weeds, fenugreek seeds, raw turmeric, pepper or ginger to improve digestion and metabolism

Fruits: Fruits that are rich on fiber like apple, papaya, pineapple, guava, sugarcane, and Indian gooseberry. Dry fruits like Figs and Munaka (Raisins with seeds) work as natural laxative.

Vegetables: Most Non-starchy seasonal vegetables are helpful as they are light in stomach and are packed with nutrients. Most vegetables are highly recommended in detox diet.

Jaggery: Jaggery works as a blood purifier. Eat a small piece after lunch.

Lemon: Lemon aids digestion. It helps in relieving excessive accumulation mucus and unwanted products from stomach.

Raw turmeric: Effective properties of turmeric that makes it sharp and penetrating in nature, helps to remove blocks in liver.

Garlic: Garlic has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. Removes unwanted bacteria from intestine.

Dry Ginger Powder: Dry ginger powder is has anti-inflammatory properties. It improves digestive juices in body and helps in improving metabolism.

Few Tips for detox diet

Avoid Salt for a day: Help your kidney to flush excess water. Sodium retains water in our body. if we feel bloated or has eaten high sodium food, it is better to avoid salt for a day.

Drink water: On detox diet, drinking 4-5 liters of water is must.

Use Ghee as only source of fat
: Ghee has the ability to improve metabolism, So it is important to have ghee during detox.

Sleep well
: Nothing will work if you don’t get a good night sleep.

Sweat it out: Go and do whatever exercise is possible. Let the blood circulation work wonders.

Happy Detox!

Lentil Lasagna

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GREEN LENTIL

Green lentil is called mudga in Ayurveda and commonly known green moong. Green lentil is considered best among all lentil in Ayurveda. Also it is one of richest source of plant based protein and very low in calories. Green Gram helps in detox as it eases bowel movement and also replenishes skin tissues.

Effect on doshas

Green gram or green mung is Tridosh samak, which means they it balances all three doshas, Vata, Pitta and kapha.

Qualities (guna) of green gram

Light and dry

Ayurvedic Qualities (Dravya Guna)

Taste (Rasha): Sweet, Astringent

Potency (Vipaka): Cooling

Post Digestion Juice (Virya): Sweet

CHEESE

Rich source of calcium and good fat.It has good amount of protein and required nutrients like B12 and zinc.

Effect on Dosha

Good in balancing Vata dosa.

Qualities (guna) of Cheese

Heavy, Uncutous

Ayurvedic Qualities (Dravya Gina)

Taste (Rasha): Sour

Potency (Vipaka): Heating

Post Digestion Juice (virya): Sour

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Calories (approx):150

Ingredients

1.40 gm green lentil
2. 1 cheese cube (Vegan can use tofu cheese)
3. chopped veggies
4. Clarified butter, (Ghee) 1 tsp
5. Basil leaves (optional)
6. Black olives (optional)
7. Herbs- Rosemary, basil, oregano and Paprika
8. Salt

Method:

Soak lentil in water for two to three hours. Rinse the lentil and steamed it in pressure cooker just for 10-15 minutes without any water or just two to three tablespoon of water. In a pan add ghee, sautee the veggies, add few basil leaves, herbs and salt. Take the mixture from pan and put it in a flat bowl which can be used in ovens or microwave. Press the mixture well. Add grated cheese and put it in the oven (175 degree for five minutes). Take the bowl out and olives and fresh basil leaves, again bake it for another five minutes.
Cut it with a spatula or pizza cuter into large cubes before serving.

Amaranth puff & seeds parafait

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AMARANTH PUFF

Effect on Doshas
Amaranth puff balances pitta and kapha. Also Vata prakriti can eat as it is sweet in nature.

Qualities(Guna) of Amaranth Puff
Dry, light and easy to Digest

Ayurvedic Qualities(Dravya Guna)

Taste(Rasha): Sweet, Astringent
Potency(Virya): Cooling
Post Digestion juice(Vipaka): Pungent

Yogurt fresh are sweet and cooling in nature. And balances Vata and Pitta.

Note: As parfait recipe has more then 4-5 items, whose nature is such that each as effects doshas in their own way, in turn balances all three.
Calories: 320

Ingredients:

1. Amaranth puff: 3 Tbsp
2. Sunflower seeds: 1 tbsp
3. Flax seeds- 1 tbsp
4. Honey-1 tsp
5. Unsweetend raw cocoa powder: 1 tsp
6. Cashwes and Almonds-2-3 pieces
7. Pomegranate- 3 tbsp

Recipe:
Roast amaranth puff very well. Mix seeds, honey and cocoa powder in yogurt in a small glass. Keep it in fridge to chill overnight
In the morning, on top of the yogurt put amaranth puff layer.
Make another layer of pomegranate, nuts and sprinkle cocoa powder.

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Green Gram Hummus

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GREEN GRAM (GREEN MUNG BEANS)

Effect on doshas

Green gram or green mung is Tridosh samak, which means they it balances all three doshas, Vata, Pitta and kapha.

Qualities (guna) of green gram

Light and dry

Ayurvedic Qualities (Dravya Guna)

Taste (Rasha): Sweet, Astringent

Potency (Vipaka): Cooling

Post Digestion Juice (Virya): Sweet

Calories (approx): 435

Ingredients:

  1. 50 gm sprouted whole green gram
  2. 1 tbsp chopped garlic and ginger
  3. 2 tbsp chopped onion
  4. 1/2 lemon
  5. 1 tbsp soaked sesame seeds ( soak for an hour)
  6. salt
  7. chilly powder
  8. coriander
  9. Plain yogurt, 50 gm
  10. Olive oil, 1.5 tbsp

Method: 

Pressure cooker the green gram slightly with water.  Take 1/2 tsp olive oil in a pan, once heated sautee sprouted whole green gram with onion, garlic, ginger and salt.  Sautee them very slightly. Once it is cool, add the green gram, yogurt, sesame seeds and 1 tbsp olive oil in grinder and make smooth paste. If necessary, add the remained water from boiling green gram little by little to make the paste smoother. Squeeze the lemon in it and mix well. Put the hummus in a bowl, pour left over olive oil in the center, garnish with chilly powder and coriander. Goes well sauteed veggies, salad or whole wheat pitta bread.

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WHOLE EGGS

Effect on Doshas

Whole eggs suits people more who has Vata and Pitta dosha dominant in their body.

Qualities (Guna) of whole eggs

Sweet, unctuous, soft in nature.

Ayurvedic Qualities (Dravya Guna)

Taste (Rasha): Sweet

Potency (Vipaka): Heating

Post Digestion Juice (Virya): Sweet

Calories (approx)- 250

Ingredients:

1. 1/3 cup chopped onion and 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
2. Two eggs
3. 1 tsp butter
4. Green chilli
5. Salt
6. Pepper
7. Turmeric

Method:
Put butter in a pan, once it is hot add chopped onion and tomatoes. Add salt and turmeric and let it cook, add little water so that it does not become dry.
Break two eggs in the pan, sprinkle salt, pepper and green chilli. Cover it and reduce the flame.let it cook for 5 to 10 minutes. If you feel it is sticking to the pan, sprinkle some water and cover it again. Once it’s cooked remove it gently from below and place it in a plate.

Best Diet For Thyroid Problems

Thyroid disorders are conditions that affect the thyroid gland. It is autoimmune disease. It produces hormones that control the speed of your metabolism -the system that helps the body use energy. Thyroid disorders can slow down (Hypothyroidism) or rev up (Hyperthyroidism) metabolism by disrupting the production of thyroid hormones. Hypothyroidism is more common, leads to storage of fat because of slow metabolism and causes weight gain. If Thyroid is not working properly, it is vital to check with your health care expert and at the same time as focus on the

Best Diet for Thyroid problems

In Ayurveda- When there is a shortage of Iodine in the diet for a long time, there is a permanent increase in the Thyroid gland called Galgand (Thyroid disease) According to Ayurveda, due to the imbalance or increase of vata, kapha and meda, accumulates around throat and arteries which leads production of cyst which gradually increases with its symptoms. Ayurvedic diet for Thyroid focuses on regulation of thyroid hormone and improving metabolism for better health. Diet for thyroid is about balancing dosha to reduce kapha and medha that will help in reducing fat from the body.

Ayurvedic Superfoods that helps in managing Thyroid disease:

  1. Kachnar Guggulu
  2. Sendha namak (Rock salt)
  3. Pipali (Long pepper)
  4. Ginger
  5. Pumpkin seeds
  6. Sea kelp
  7. Spirulina

Food that is helpful in managing thyroid disease are foxtail millet, Pearl millet (Bajra), Barley (Jau), Sea fish, Ghee, seaweed, cashews, sesame seeds, water melon seeds, chickpeas, prunes and corns etc.  Ayurvedic Soul Diet is the best platform guiding you to create the best diet for Thyroid problems. You have to simply follow the steps and guidelines to stay healthy and fit.

Diabetes Diet Plan Chart

Diabetes, can be defined under metabolic diseases, in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar).
Type 1 Diabetes – It results from the pancreas’s inadequacy to produce enough insulin in our body.
Type 2 Diabetes – It begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin properly.

Taking your food according to diabetes diet plan chart is certainly a way to stay fit and keep your diabetes in control. In Ayurveda, Prameha occurs primarily due to imbalance of two doshas – Pitta and Kapha. Prameha as per Ayurvedic samithas, can be described under conditions involved in obesity, prediabetes, diabetes mellitus, and metabolic syndrome. Due to unhealthy lifestyle choices, the imbalance affects kapha , pitta, mamsa (Muscles) and medha (fat), the increase in them leads to condition, Madhumeha, which is diabetes.

    Some of the causative factors mentioned in Ayurveda are-

  • Excessive amount using salt and eating sour food
  • Use of unhealthy and excessive amount of oil
  • Regular over eating
  • Excess amount of eating new grains like new wheat and rice
  • No regular exercising

Due to such unhealthy choices, doshas are imbalanced, which affects Kleda (it starts to waste our tissues), agni mandya(digestive fire or metabolism slows down). Most of the toxins, dushyas culminates in medodhatu (get stored in fat tissues) and unnecessary fluid gets oozed out from all tissues which is excreted in the form of urine. When anyone is suffering from Type I or Type II diabetes, it is important that they eat food, which helps in regulating release of blood sugar in the body. Hence it is important to stop eating all sorts of junk food, food prepared using all-purpose flour (maida), food which is high in sugar and salt,(chips, biscuits, canned food )and sugar substitutes. According to Ayurvedic Diet, Some of the super food for diabetes is

  • Barley (Jau): Barley is high in fiber and antioxidant. It has absorbent qualities, which helps in reducing weight. It is rich in vitamins and minerals- rich in selenium, B vitamins, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, niacin, and more.
  • Black Plum (Jamun): Black plum, both fruit and dried seeds powder are considered to control blood sugar. It is astringent in taste, and astringent food balances kapha dosha, which helps in diabetes. It is rich in antioxidant, magnesium, calcium, folic acid and more.
  • Bitter Gourd (Kerela): Bitter melon has hypoglycemic properties, which helps in regulating blood sugar. It is very good for detox as it cleanses blood and is anti inflammatory in nature.
  • Oats (Jaee): Oats are rich in high soluble fiber, which slows the process of digestion and that regulates release of blood sugar in the body. And are a good source of magnesium and phosphorus
  • Horse gram or Barley Sattu: A very good source of vegan protein, high in fiber. It has properties that improves metabolism and digestion.

Balanced Diet Food For Fat Loss

A healthy and balanced diet is not only the best source of keeping you stay fit, but also gives you a powerful mind that thinks right. Following a few simple steps towards Ayurvedic way of eating will give you a healthy lifestyle change for life. A balanced diet for fat loss or the best diet food for fat loss is not the one where they ask you to cut down on local or seasonal food, or the food, which you have been raised eating. A balance diet does not differentiate food only in terms of its macronutrients but keeps in check its micronutrients as well the essence of that particular food in that region. A balanced diet will work by keeping your energy level maintained and provide you all essential sources to stay fit.

Know About Balanced Diet for Fat Loss or Diet Food for Fat Loss

Ayurvedic Soul Diet develops diet plans specifically for you with the principles of Ayurvedic – an individual approach to build and sustain healthy body and rejuvenating lifestyle. We all know that every individual has different type of body system and all types of food or same diet plan are not suitable for everyone. Ayurvedic soul diet focuses on providing balanced diet for fat loss by keeping these points into consideration

  • Prakriti- Ayurvedic body constitution of an individual. We understand through detail discussion which doshas are dominant- Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
  • Giving seasonal foods in the diet so that body assimilates the nutrients better
  • Adding regional delicacies and flavours so that one does not feel deprived of his/her home cooked or favourite food. Also as per Ayurvedic samithas, regional food is always digested better and improves metabolic function.
  • Taking into account an individual Basal Metabolic rate, life style, calorie requirement and thoughtful division of macronutrients.
  • We always give meals, which revolve around ones lifestyle and schedule not other way round.

All above helps us give personalized diet plans and lifestyle regime, which helps our clients in achieving successful fat loss, better nourishment, energy and fitter bodies.

Post Pregnancy Weight Loss Diet Plan

Pregnancy is the natural process after marriage or as per a lady’s choice to feel the proud of Motherhood. It is a phenomenal experience for a lady that may witness a complete change in her body and shape. Focusing on some essential points like getting enough sleep, following a healthy breastfeeding diet and working out are all complicated with a new baby in the house. However, it doesn’t mean that weight loss is not possible. Proper post pregnancy diet plan for weight loss or the best diet list for weight loss will be helpful in providing what exactly you are looking for. The fact cannot be denied that your diet is vital part of your post pregnancy program – mainly post pregnancy weight loss diet. However, you don’t be lured to set out on a diet – mainly at the same time as breastfeeding. It is vital to follow a sensible balanced diet that supplies your body with the nutrients that it needs post-baby.

Here are a few points of post pregnancy diet plan for weight loss that include, but not limited to:

  • It is vital to balance your hormones with zinc and vitamin B6
  • Don’t forget to detoxify your body from chemicals. In simple words, don’t smoke, consume alcohol excessively and caffeine intake
  • Aiding digesting with fibrous food like fruits and vegetables, beans and pulses is important
  • Getting lots of folic acid in your diet with green vegetables and pulses is important
  • Add essential fats are important that you can found in nuts, oily fish and others. It is vital to reduce any inflammation.

Ayurvedic Soul Diet guides you about the best and healthy post pregnancy diet plan for weight loss.

Whole Wheat Veg Tortilla with Tomato Salsa

Whole Wheat Veg Tortilla with Tomato Salsa

Whole wheat veg totilla with tomato salsa

Ingredients
1/2 cup kidney beans (rajma)
1 cup chopped bell peppers, onion, tomato and Baby corn
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and Mexican seasoning
Amul cheese cube-one
1/3 cup wheat and 1/3 cup semolina
2 tomatoes for@tomato salsa
Method
1. Boil kidney beans and strain the water
2. In a pan put oil, stir fry veggies and kidney beans. Add salt and Mexican seasoning
3. Shred cheese on top and bake it in the oven for 2-3 minutes. Just enough to melt the cheese
4. For wheat tortilla knead wheat and semolina flour in water.
5. Use rolling pin to make thin flat breads
6. Cook the flat breads slightly in a pan both sides
7. Fill beans and veggies in the tortilla
Tomato Salsa
1. Roast two tomatoes in flame
2. Mash the tomatoes
3. Add chopped onion, garlic, coriander and green chilly
4. Add salt@and mix well