Once the festive fervor subsides, the only word that may come to mind is detox! It is always good to divert attention to health, especially after a long period of celebrations. From delicious laddoos to scrumptious sauces, you need to gorge yourself on all these delicious foods, taking your fitness goals to the back burner. If you agree, we show you a way to rejuvenate your health and detoxify your body. Detoxing or detoxing can become a smooth and simple endeavor on a mono diet.
Here are the answers to your “what, why and how” about the monodiet.
What is the mono-diet?
The mono diet or monotropic diet consists of consuming the same food for all meals of the day and maintaining such a dietary pattern for a few days. The diet is simple and easy to perform. There are no smoothies or complex dishes to follow here!
You’ll want to make “Just one meal – on a loop” your new mantra this detox session after listening to what Dr. Dimple Jangda, Ayurveda and Gut Health Coach has to say in his recent Instagram post.
Why do a mono-diet?
We agree that variety is the spice of life, but your versatile diet could be putting undue strain on your digestive organs. Don’t your pancreas, liver, gallbladder, stomach and intestines deserve a well-deserved break?
When you adopt a monodiet, you consume a single meal continuously for a few days. “Because there are no complex food groups to break down, your digestive system will spend less time and energy calculating over and over how to digest a meal,” shares Dr. Jangda.
Did you know that your liver performs over 500 functions? It is the largest detoxifying organ and a vital part of our body’s primary filtration system. Your liver does many things at once. It converts toxins into waste, cleans our blood, and metabolizes nutrients and drugs to supply the body with some of its most important proteins.
A mono diet makes your liver slightly less busy. Since your diet is simple and predictable, your liver quickly fulfills its digestive obligations. Now there is a much better focus on removing toxins from your body.
How to make a mono diet?
The rule of thumb is “a simple meal does not mean a nutritionally deficient meal”. The expert health coach emphasizes, “Don’t go to extremes. Do not go on a mono-diet with only one food. We understand that “just chocolates all day” might be a childhood dream come true, but it can be hazardous to your health. The same goes for living only on apples, bananas or grapefruits. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that eating fruit is always healthy. A single food cannot meet the nutritional needs of the body. Apart from nutritional deficiencies, this malpractice can also lead to muscle loss and various Ayurvedic imbalances in your body.
“Choose a simple vegetarian meal instead that is a healthy balance of carbohydrates, protein and fiber. A more digestible meal,” she advises.
Mono meal for detox
Before diving into the depths of the internet, here is an easy recipe to follow while on your mono diet: Mung bean porridge, also called khichdi, can be made by following these simple steps.
- 6 servings unbroken white rice/red rice
- 6 parts moong beans aka green gram (soaked) or any lentil of your choice
- 6 parts vegetables such as carrot, beetroot, potato, peas and beans
pinch of asafoetida, fresh ginger, ghee, turmeric and salt to taste
1. Soak mung beans for 1-4 hours. Next, cook the water-soaked rice and moong beans until they have a consistency of dry oatmeal. Keep it aside.
2. In a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of ghee or cold pressed oil of your choice, fresh ginger, a pinch of asafoetida and turmeric.
3. Add chopped vegetables and cook well.
4. Add a little salt according to your taste.
5. Pour it into the mixture of cooked rice and beans. So ! Time to break out the plates and spoons.
This ‘Khichdi’ will reorganize the digestion, absorption and assimilation of nutrients. In addition to eliminating waste, the mono-diet with this nutritious recipe will beautify your hair and skin, boost your immunity and boost your overall health. It’s a bargain, you might say.
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