Day 7 | Integrate + Celebrate!

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Congratulations!

You did it! This is the final day of your Ayurveda Fall Reset.

I am SO proud of you for sticking this out to the end!

Today, you will begin integrating back to your regular lifestyle. That said, if you’re feeling good, you are more than welcome to keep going with this cleanse! (I recommend no longer than 2 weeks.)


The only thing that will truly change today is dinner. You will keep the daily schedule and everything else, as is.

Eat a vegetarian lunch, and when dinner comes - opt for something vegetable heavy with the addition of eggs, grilled chicken, or fish.

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Though tempting, DO NOT jump right into eating something heavily cheesy, or fried. Trust me, your guts will thank you! Also, save the caffeine and glass of wine for tomorrow. It’s better to ease your digestive system back to your normal eating habits, than pummel it with heavy things.

I truly hope you all learned something valuable to take with you into this next season.

Remember:

  1. The daily routine and Ayurvedic rituals are applicable to your everyday life beyond this experience!

  2. You can continue taking the triphala until you run out.

  3. A shortened 3-day version of this cleanse is helpful at any point when you are feeling like you need a reset!

  4. You’re a kick ass human who can do anything you set your mind to!

    It was an absolute honor to lead you through this experience, and I can’t wait to hear about your experiences in the comments!


Day 6 | Thank you

As we near the end of this journey together, we will change our mantra one last time to a very simple, well known one:

Thank you.

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I acknowledge that this experience has been unique to every single one of you. Each one of you has had successes and failures on this cleanse. Some of you learned lessons you didn’t think you would during this time.

Thank you for your commitment to learn about yourself.

Tomorrow, we will shift back towards what is more familiar. So today, we start on the path of reflection.

  1. What practices have you learned that you will continue weaving in to your life moving forward?

  2. Which ones are you ready to release?

  3. What has been the most challenging part of this experience?

  4. What was easier than you thought?

  5. If you could do one thing differently next time, what would it be?

Day 5 | Ojas - the nectar of life

It has been said that the whole practice of Ayurveda is aimed at maximizing the production and maintenance of ojas.

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In Sanskrit, ojas has two prominent meanings. When it comes to our physical health, it means “vigor, virility, and vitality.” In regards to our spiritual and emotional well-being, it is our “expression of consciousness.”

Ojas is the most refined byproduct of digestion. While it is thought to take around 24 hours to digest a meal, it takes a full 30 days for the body to refine the digested food into ojas. And as we all know, a lot can happen in 30 days…

What is Ojas?

The best way to illustrate ojas is to compare it to honey. Honey is essentially the ojas of flowers. Thousands of bees collect the nectar of flowers and concentrate it, refining it into it’s most pure form.

When we feed our bodies with fresh, unprocessed foods, microscopic traces of each meals essence accumulate over time, and through the process of healthy digestion, ojas is created.

Someone who is potent with ojas is radiant and lustrous - they appear full of health, and may possibly even be glowing. To have a high amount of ojas means everything we eat is transformed into toxin-free energy, creating vibrant features, along with an alert and blissful state of mind and emotions.

Someone with depleted ojas typically has a dull complexion, compromised immunity, low fertility, anxiety and a cloudy mind.

A major obstacle to the production and flow of ojas in the body is ama, or toxins. Ama is the product of weak digestion and metabolism, along with other contributing factors, like stress. Ama is the complete opposite of ojas. It clogs and creates blockages in the body's energetic and circulatory channels, obstruction communication and connectivity at a cellular level.

What depletes Ojas?

  • Stress

  • Lack of sleep

  • Overwork

  • Extraneous exercise or activity

  • Processed foods

  • Excessive alcohol consumption

  • A weak digestive fire

  • Malnourishment

  • Draining emotions: sadness, fear, anxiety, depression, irritability, anger


What builds Ojas?

  • Fresh, unprocessed seasonal foods

  • Relaxation

  • Loving relationships

  • Being in nature

  • Adequate sleep

  • Laughter

  • Creativity

  • Keeping a regular daily routine

  • Abhyanga (self oil massage)


Foods packed with Ojas:

  • Dates

  • Almonds (most nuts really)

  • Coconut

  • Ghee

  • Honey

  • Milk

  • Eggs

  • Oranges

Ojas building herbs:

  • Cardamom

  • Ashwaghanda

  • Shatavari

  • Saffron

  • Chyavanprash

As you can see, building ojas takes some seriously conscious effort. A lot of people associate cleanses with depletion, but a true cleanse is meant to feed you, not leave you hungry. Everything you are doing on this Fall reset is designed to help you build ojas. That is literally the entire goal of the Ayurvedic lifestyle - to make you the most vibrant, radiant human you can possibly be!

Day 4 | I have everything I need

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| Day 4 |

Day 4 + 5 Mantra: I have everything I need

Today we change our mantra to one of acknowledging abundance.

When it comes to cleanses we often get caught up on what we “can’t” have. By now, I am hoping you are starting to feel the fullness of what this lifestyle can offer you and how it can enhance your overall experience.

One of the permeating energies of this Fall season is harvest! We see it everywhere - the plethora of sweet potatoes at the farmers market, the bounty of pumpkins and mums, and the opulence of color all around. This season is a reflection of how we are continuously taken care of by nature. We plant a seed, it grows into food. We plant a tree, it grows into shade. We sow love into our community, we get love back. We feed ourselves with good, wholesome food, we get health in return. And so it goes, forever and ever.

This is the time to revel in the abundance and beauty that surrounds us at every turn. The secret to living an abundantly full life is all about your mindset. When we look at our life and tally all of the things we lack, we blind ourselves to true wealth. This mantra is designed to help us focus on what we HAVE, rather than what we are lacking. It will also help you remember to pack your lunch, make sure your fridge is still stocked and kitchari still cooked. : )

You’re more than half way through this week! Keep it up the good work!


One of my fave artists - Trevor Hall - put this mantra to a catchy tune, making it impossible to forget. Enjoy!

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Day 3 | A few of my favorite things

Every time I do an Ayurvedic Cleanse, I learn so many amazing recipes to add to my routine. I love how creative and diverse food can be. This reset I have made an extra effort to make my meal prep experience as enjoyable as possible. I turn on some of my favorite tunes, get to chopping and gently force myself to focus on my breath as I cook. Turning meal prep into a kind of meditation has always been a source of rejuvenation for me. I do enjoy cooking, but it’s not my most beloved pass time, so trying new recipes for these cleanses helps re-inspire me to fall back in love with my kitchen. <3

Here are a few of my new forever favorites:

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Lemon, Thyme, and Rosemary Infused Water

Talk about upping your lemon water game! Serve in a wine glass to make yourself feel extra fancy. Room temp, never iced - of course.

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Baked Pears with Cardamom

These babies over oatmeal and a splash of the date + cinnamon oat milk = day made!

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Korma Curry Sauce

This sauce is absolutely addicting! Delicious over cooked veggies (especially sweet potatoes) and rice for dinner.

Tips: Sub coconut oil for ghee, and almonds for raw cashews. This recipe calls for tomato paste - which can be easily made at home!

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CAFFEINE-FREE CHAI MIX

When I’m craving something sweet in the evening I’ve been reaching for this simple chai mix. Super easy and satisfying after a long day at work.

How’s everyone feeling so far about this process?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the mantra, what’s working, what you’re struggling with, questions you may have and what recipes you’re digging!

Day 2 | Right now, it's like this...

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Welcome to day 2 of your Ayurvedic Fall Reset!

Hopefully, you spent yesterday preparing for the days ahead and your pantry is stocked with yummy foods to eat because, it’s your time to shine!

This is you’re day to:

  1. Embrace the fullness of this cleanse!

  2. Integrate the Ayurvedic daily routines into YOUR routine | Tongue scraping, neti/nasya, and dry brush/abhyanga (self-massage)

  3. Stick “Right now, it’s like this” mantra cards in your top 3 most seen places | ex: bathroom mirror, fridge, car dash, office computer

The Literal Logistics:

  • Wake up between 6am-6:30am | *no later than 7a

  • Eat breakfast between 7a-9a

  • Eat lunch between 11a-1p

  • Eat dinner between 4p-6p | *If that’s not possible, eat lighter as the time gets later

  • Take 2 triphala tablets at bedtime

  • Go to bed no later than 10p


Day 2 + 3 Mantra:

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For the next 2 days you will be working with a modern mantra birthed from Buddhist Theravada teacher, Ajahn Sumedho.

“Right now, it’s like this” is an invitation to explore what is present. At the same time, it clearly reassures us that impermanence is hard at work. So even though the mind threatens us with the idea that “it’s going to be like this forever,” this phrase helps remind us that is simply, untrue.

When it comes to cleansing, you may find yourself feeling like it will last an eternity. Especially, right at the beginning of the journey. For the next 2 days you are invited to use this mantra to help tune your mind to the impermanence of this experience. You will not eat kitchari forever! So when you find yourself saying “no” to your favorite things, feeling frustrated that you have to cancel plans, or maybe questioning why you’re doing this damn cleanse in the first place, remember:

“Right now, it’s like this.”

That’s it. We’re not here to pretend life isn’t hard. We’re here to embrace every aspect of the experience - the easy and the hard stuff.

You chose to be here! You’re doing an amazing thing for your mental, physical and emotional health by taking a step back and reassessing what in your life actually nourishes you! Keep it up!

Day 1 | Preparation is the key to success

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Day 1 is all about building a relentless foundation for your reset success.

This is you’re day to:

  1. Start loosening the knots of your most tightly drawn habits

  2. Un-clutter your schedule

  3. Go grocery shopping

  4. Make your first batch of kitchari

The Literal Logistics:

  • Wake up 15 minutes earlier than you typically do

  • Cut your morning coffee/caffeine dose in half

  • Choose a vegetarian option for breakfast and lunch

  • Re-arrange/cancel extraneous social, work, and physical activities

  • Prepare + Eat Kitchari for dinner

  • Go over your reset booklet

  • Make your mantra cards for Day 2 + 3

  • Take 1 triphala tab at bedtime

  • Go to bed 15 minutes earlier than normal

Mental + Emotional Preparation:

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The truth? Cleanses are not easy. But they do get less scary and challenging with time and practice.

It’s ok to mourn your favorite lunch, your evening glass of wine and every other ritual you’re consciously releasing this week. Say a loving goodbye to them today, but don’t linger there too long.

‘Cause babe, it’s time to boss up!

This cleanse is real, this cleanse is happening, this cleanse is REALLY HAPPENING. No dilly dallying, no excuses. You’re in, you’re committed, you’re seeing this to the end.

And this day…this is your day to set it up right.

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Now on to the grocery store!